Irv Brown must have thought he was refereeing boxing or wrestling, not basketball, when he worked Missouri's game at Kansas. The infighting became so furious that Brown stopped the game at one point to avoid an allout slugfest. And when 6'8" John Crawford of the Jayhawks clamped a headlock on the Tigers' 6'11" Steve Stipanovich, Brown sent the teams to their benches and admonished both coaches about using such Gorilla Monsoon tactics. With Tony Guy tossing in 17 points and the Jayhawks switching from a porous zone to a stubborn man-to-man, Kansas earned a 69-66 upset. Stipanovich then had 20 points as Missouri won 84-63 at Nebraska, while Kansas lost 67-66 at Iowa State.
When Arkansas played at Texas, the score resembled that of a baseball game for a long time: Razorbacks 6, Longhorns 1 after five minutes; Hogs 8, 'Horns 5 after 10. Arkansas finally polished off Texas 55-50, after they had beaten Texas Christian 70-58. Texas A&M tied the Hogs for the Southwest Conference lead by exploiting its height advantage against Texas Tech—using an effective delay game in the late stages and getting 20 points from Rudy Woods to earn a 63-60 victory.
When Creighton's Daryl Stovall wasn't firing in eight of 11 long-range shots on his way to 26 points against Drake, George Morrow was hitting on 10 of 13 bombs en route to scoring 22. Thus, despite 30 points and 14 rebounds by Lewis Lloyd of the Bulldogs, the Bluejays were 97-83 Missouri Valley Conference victors. Lloyd had another 38 points as Drake beat Southern Illinois 116-91, but his 18-point, 19-rebound effort couldn't avert a 75-70 loss to first-place Bradley.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps fulfilled a recruiting promise he had made to Orlando Woolridge by playing a game near Woolridge's hometown of Mansfield, La. Woolridge had 10 points against Tulane in an Irish "home" game at Shreveport, and Rich Branning added 18 as Notre Dame romped 79-59.
Two days later, Tulane upset Florida State 80-79 in a Metro Conference game when Daryl Moreau banked in his only shot of the evening with seven seconds left. The Seminoles earlier had won twice, 84-69 over South Florida and 74-69 at Memphis State, as Murray Brown pumped in 44 points. Louisville, on top in the Metro, won a pair of conference games. Cardinal guards excelled during a 94-65 rout of St. Louis, Roger Burkman coming off the bench to get 19 points, five assists and five steals, and Darrell Griffith chipping in with 24 points, seven assists and five steals. Griffith had 20 points and Derek Smith 22 as Louisville beat Memphis State 69-48.
1. LOUISVILLE (12-2)
2. MISSOURI (12-2)
3. ARKANSAS (10-3)
It was a historic week for Southern Cal. First the Trojans got their 1,000th win, an 83-66 victory at Oregon in which Guard Don Carfino had 17 points and seven rebounds. Then, even more memorable, they beat UCLA 82-74, the first USC triumph over the Bruins since 1970. Carfino again was the big gun, scoring eight of his 24 points in the final 3� minutes.
Leading USC by one game in the Pac-10 was Oregon State. In a game marked by 31 ties and lead changes, the Beavers won 77-72 at Arizona, converting 21 of 26 foul shots and getting 22 points from Ray Blume. At Arizona State, Oregon State got 21 points from Jeff Stoutt and came out on top 63-59.