After Indiana's loss to the Irish, Knight complimented rival coach Digger Phelps. "Notre Dame is the kind of team I would like to play a lot during the year," said Knight. "This is what college basketball should be." The defensive stopper for the Irish was sophomore Scott Hicks, who held Alford to four points. Meanwhile, freshman point guard David Rivers of Notre Dame burned the Hoosiers for 23 points and five assists. Notre Dame's momentum couldn't carry the Irish past DePaul. The Blue Demons turned a 57-50 lead with 10:22 to play into a 75-57 margin 5:07 minutes later on the way to a 95-83 win.
While scoring 18 points in an 88-55 rout of St. Mary's of Texas, Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale strutted his stuff before an old alumnus, actor James Garner, who sat behind the Sooner bench. Did Tisdale ask Garner to help him break into the movies? "Yes, I did," Tisdale said. "I asked him to take me to Hollywood. I acted a little bit for him, and he told me I should stick to basketball." In a 115-82 Oklahoma romp over Loyola of Chicago, he outdueled Rambler scoring machine Alfredrick Hughes 35 points to 25. Iowa State improved its record to 5-0 with victories over Drake (74-73) and archrival Iowa (54-50).
Houston upset LSU 81-73 and extended its Hofheinz Pavilion winning streak to 38 games. "I told the guys they'd been forgotten a little bit," said Houston coach Guy Lewis, whose two-time defending Southwest Conference champions were picked to finish third this season. "This was one way to get a little respect."
With all the talk about Washington's Detlef Schrempf and Christian Welp, how many people had heard of 6'5" red-shirt sophomore forward Kevin Vidato? Vidato missed his freshman year with a kidney ailment, and last season he scored a mere six points in 14 games. But after a summer spent scrimmaging against the likes of NBA stars Marques Johnson and Norm Nixon, Vidato is one more Husky for opponents to be wary of. He came off the bench to score 12 points, 10 of them in the second half, in a 68-48 victory over St. Mary's. "Thank heaven for Kevin Vidato," said his coach, Marv Harsh-man. "I don't know if a star is born, but the guy came to play." Washington had pulled out a 59-57 double-overtime victory at Texas Tech three days earlier when Paul Fortier rebounded his own missed shot and sank a 10-foot jumper with :03 left in the second OT.
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