A typically frenetic week in the ACC began with two surprises. Maryland winning 82-81 at North Carolina State in double overtime and Wake Forest holding off visiting North Carolina 59-56. When Maryland and State played three weeks ago, the Terps won 124-110 in the highest-scoring ACC game ever. Maryland sophomore Ernest Graham, who had 44 points in that shootout, scored 24 this time. It was Graham's turnaround jumper with six seconds left in the second extra period that won the game for Maryland, which started four underclassmen. A spread offense enabled Wake Forest to control the tempo at North Carolina, where the Deacons led 57-54 with seven seconds to go. Then the Tar Heels stole a pass and called their last time-out. On the inbounds pass, the Deacons, not wanting to risk a foul and a three-point play for Carolina, allowed an uncontested basket that cut their lead to 57-56. A pair of foul shots in the final four seconds gave Wake Forest the last points of the game.
Duke beat Clemson 73-54 and seemed set to establish the ACC superiority predicted for it. Playing at North Carolina two days later, the Blue Devils led 35-34 at halftime as Gene Banks flicked in 16 points. In the second half, Duke's Mike Gminski scored 15 of his 22 points. That wasn't enough, however, as the Blue Devils lost for the 13th consecutive year at Chapel Hill. 74-68. Making the difference was the Tar Heels' Mike O'Koren, who guarded Banks in the second half and held him scoreless; O'Koren finished with 17 points, 20 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. With that victory North Carolina took the ACC lead with a 3-1 record. The Tar Heels brought their season's victories to an even dozen by defeating Arkansas 63-57 the next day.
North Carolina State dropped its third straight conference game, 67-62 at Virginia, where Jeff Lamp led the Cavaliers with 25 points. Virginia trailed by four at the half, but from then on sank nine of 13 field-goal tries and all 15 of its free throws, 13 by Lamp.
Despite travel problems that forced Notre Dame to bus the final 100 miles to Davidson and despite 26 points by Wildcat ace John Gerdy, the Irish won 95-63.
Temple's 11-game victory streak was ended when Penn befuddled the Owls with specially tailored attacks against the Temple zone. The Quakers' offense made use of their quickness and backcourt depth and put 6'10" Matt White along the baseline, where he could be fed the ball and then dump it back to teammates as they made their cuts. Penn, which once led 69-54, won 79-74 as James Salters had 21 points and Tony Price 19 and 15 rebounds. Temple then bombed Lafayette 72-51, and Penn escaped from Princeton with a 59-58 Ivy League win.
Another Philadelphia team kept winning: Drexel raised its record to 10-0 by beating Lafayette 70-58 and American U. 77-61.
Syracuse was a three-time winner, drubbing American U. 103-73 and Penn State 85-70 at home before coming out on top 74-60 at Connecticut. Roosevelt Bouie of the Orangemen tossed in a total of 58 points.
Eric Floyd had 41 points and John Duren 20 assists as Georgetown won twice. The Hoyas whipped North Carolina Central 107-72 and Manhattan 78-64.
1. NORTH CAROLINA (12-2)
2. TEMPLE (12-1)
3. GEORGETOWN (12-2)