On Friday evening, UCLA Coach Larry Brown joined a throng of Bruin fans who were "camping" outside Pauley Pavilion to await the next night's game against Southern Cal. Brown bedded down on an air mattress and was treated to bagels and cream cheese by members of the swimming team and to donuts and hot chocolate by some women basketball players. At 2:30 a.m., though, Brown heeded the students' advice and went home for some shut-eye. "I just wanted to show the students that any success we have had has been largely due to their enthusiasm," Brown said. "It was a special experience." So was his team's 91-64 drubbing of the Trojans. Brown has been remolding his squad by adhering to the principles of former UCLA Coach John Wooden, junking his complicated attack for Wooden's simplified high-post offense.
Arizona State Coach Ned Wulk was also tinkering. He rotated his big men at Oregon, where his Sun Devils, down 37-34 at half-time, came out on top 88-65. All four big guns were productive: 6'8" Sam (the Slam) Williams had four dunks, 18 points and seven rebounds; 6'6" Johnny Nash had 15 points and seven rebounds; 7' Alton Lister added 14 points and grabbed eight missed shots; and 6'10" Kurt Nimphius had 10 points.
Weber State's top four front-liners teamed up for 137 points as the Wildcats whipped Montana 74-60 and Montana State 94-83. David Johnson led the way with 49 points.
Brigham Young was waltzing at Utah, leading by 17 with five minutes left in the first half. From there on, though, the contest became more of a tangled tango. The Utes spurted in front 58-55. Then the Cougars took charge 76-66. Utah rallied again behind Danny Vranes, who had 25 points and 14 rebounds, but came up short and lost 83-82.
"I have never, ever seen anything like that," Nevada-Las Vegas Coach Jerry Tarkanian said after a 98-86 conquest of San Diego State. What made Tarkanian marvel was the far-out shooting of State's Eddie Morris, a 6'5" freshman guard-forward who got 41 points. Morris, who hit on 20 of 25 field-goal tries, sank 11 shots from beyond 17 feet.
1. OREGON STATE (22-2)
2. ARIZONA STATE (17-5)
3. BYU (18-4)
Like the price of back-fin crab meat, Maryland has been soaring. Not even .630 shooting by North Carolina in the first half could deter the Terps, who were .636 from the floor, overcame a 19-11 deficit and led 44-38 at the intermission. The Tar Heels pared Maryland's lead to one point, but Albert King scored six in the last 85 seconds, got two vital rebounds and broke up Carolina's final inbounds pass. King finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the Terps won 70-69.
Maryland's image was tarnished a bit by a 90-81 loss at Clemson, but even so the Terps held a two-game Atlantic Coast edge over the Tigers. Clemson's delay game—the "Tiger Pause"—helped defeat Maryland. So did 24 points by Larry Nance and 22 by both Billy Williams and Horace Wyatt.