Opposing coaches lavishly praised 6'11" freshman Center Rudy Woods of Texas A&M. In a 74-69 overtime verdict over Arkansas, Woods had 20 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers. "He could be one of the great ones ever to play in this conference," Razorback Coach Eddie Sutton said. The Aggies then downed Texas Tech 68-63 as Woods scored 21 points. Coach Jim Haller of Baylor, which had lost to A&M the previous week, was so impressed by Woods that he said about him. "He is the most agile, the most coordinated and the quickest big man of his age that I have ever seen."
Also coming on strong was Louisville's Darrell Griffith, who credited his improvement to several sessions with Dr. Stanley Frager. Psychologist Frager describes his treatments as "a form of hypnosis" in which "Darrell's not in a trance. I try to reinforce his skills." Thus reinforced, Griffith has greatly improved his play on defense, in which he had long been a laggard. And in his past five games he has fired in 132 points.
In Louisville's first game last week, a 77-76 win at Dayton, Griffith outscored the Flyers' Jim Paxson 25-23. Louisville then began its Metro 7 season with two road victories. First came an 82-77 triumph over Cincinnati in which Griffith had 23 points and freshman Scooter McCray 22. Pat Cummings of the Bearcats led all scorers with 30 points. At Florida State, the Cardinals held off a late Seminole spurt, got 24 points from Griffith and won 67-65.
1. INDIANA STATE (16-0)
2. TEXAS A&M (15-3)
3. LOUISVILLE (15-3)
"When we set up the play, we thought John Smith would be the only one not getting much attention," said Arizona Coach Fred Snowden of his strategy during the waning moments against UCLA. The score was 69-69 when the play began. As Snowden had hoped. Smith, who had not scored in the game, got little attention, and when the ball was passed to him, he went to the basket and drew a foul with six seconds left to play. Now all the attention was on Smith, who missed his first shot. On his next try, Smith scored his first point, and the Wildcats won 70-69. UCLA continued its travels by storming past Arizona State 96-79.
Southern Cal also played at Arizona State, but not before Coach Bob Boyd announced at home that he would be retiring at the end of this, his 13th season with the Trojans. USC blew all except two points of a 22-point lead at State and hung on for a 69-65 win.
Weber State ran its record to 18-4 and its Big Sky mark to 6-0 by squeaking out a pair of road victories, 62-61 at Gonzaga and 42-39 at Idaho.
1. UCLA (12-3)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (13-4)
3. BYU (13-5)