The other major factors in Oklahoma's victory were its defense, which limited high-scoring guards Travis Mays, Lance Blanks and Joey Wright to 14 field goals in 48 attempts, and its free throw shooting. The Sooners made 26 of 31 foul shots, while the Longhorns were only 16 of 31 from the line. Tubbs even wanted to credit that to the defense. "I think we guarded 'em real good at the free throw line," he said.
WHAT'S UP IN THE WAC
At week's end, Brigham Young, which was 12-3 overall and 3-1 in league play, led the Western Athletic Conference, but coach Roger Reid still wasn't feeling so hot. He has a degenerative hip disease that forces him to stand during games because sitting is too painful. Also on the league's medical list are coaches Rick Majerus of Utah, who has turned the team over to assistant Joe Cravens while he recuperates from heart surgery, and Don Haskins of UTEP, who has let assistant Norm Ellenberger handle most of his duties while he recovers from acute laryngitis.
The coaches of two other WAC teams, Hawaii and Colorado State, have so far avoided serious illness, and their teams have projected a healthy glow. When the Rainbows visited the Rams last Saturday night in Fort Collins, Colo., Hawaii took a 64-63 lead with 38 seconds remaining and then defended against Colorado State's inside game so expertly that 6'8" forward Mike Mitchell was forced to take a three-pointer with four seconds to go. It swished, giving the Rams a 66-64 victory and a 12-3 record.
Despite the loss, Hawaii went back to the islands with a 13-4 record and hopes of landing the second NCAA tournament bid in school history.
An important reason for Connecticut's surprising 13-3 start is 6'1" forward Nadav Henefeld, a 21-year-old freshman who's a former soldier in the Israeli army. He had a total of 33 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and 12 steals in the Huskies' two Big East conference victories last week, over Villanova and Seton Hall....
When Temple defeated West Virginia 73-69 last Thursday, the field goal that broke a 66-66 tie came on a dunk by Mark Macon that was uncontested because West Virginia had failed to leave a timeout huddle within the required 75 seconds. The Mountaineers claimed the crowd noise in Temple's McGonigle Hall prevented them from hearing the buzzer signaling the end of the timeout....
In its first season back after shutting down the basketball program for four years in the wake of a point-shaving scandal, Tulane wasn't supposed to beat a team as good as Memphis State. But that's what the Green Wave did, 81-80, when junior guard Michael Christian drilled a three-pointer with 28 seconds to go last Thursday in New Orleans....
Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote, after the Spartans defeated Ohio State for their 1,000th victory: "A lot of people think I've been here for the whole thousand."