Duke's Gene Banks came home to Philadelphia and led the Blue Devils to an 88-82 win over Perm. Although he scored a season-high 28 points (nine of 12 from the field, 10 of 13 free throws) and ran his four-year record against Philly teams to 8-0, Banks insisted the locale was no big deal. "I don't get psyched up to play against Philly teams," he said. "I just enjoy it." Penn Coach Bob Weinhauer didn't enjoy the 50 free throws the Blue Devils received to the home team's 14. "We don't defend well against free throws," he said sarcastically. "Giving up 50 foul shots is unheard-of."
Virginia's Ralph Sampson is wondering if he'll ever hear the end of his roommate's chattering. Sampson's roomie, Louis Collins, a footballer turned reserve basketball player, was three for three from the floor as Virginia crushed Baltimore University 103-62. "It's a good thing I'm leaving for Christmas," Sampson said. "Hopefully he'll be all talked out when we get back." Sampson may want to compare his stats with Collins'. The 7'4" center had 15 rebounds, made 10 for 12 field-goal attempts and scored 24 points in 24 minutes. Sampson is shooting 70.1% from the field for the year.
Points weren't plentiful for Ernest Graham and Dutch Morley of Maryland. Although the Terrapins beat Georgia Tech 66-55, the two were held scoreless. For Graham, who averages 12.1, it was his first scoreless game in two years. He complained of a sore left ankle. "When you feel terrible, you're going to play terrible." Graham said. His running mate at forward. Albert King, felt fine, though, shooting 12 of 18 from the field, mostly from long range, and scoring 28 points.
Georgetown's main scorer, Eric (Sleepy) Floyd, played decoy in an 80-61 win over Texas Southern. Floyd, who averaged 19.4 points entering the game, took only seven shots and scored but four points. The difference was made up by forwards Mike Hancock and Jeff Bullis, who combined for 33 points.
The morning of the Indiana-Kansas State game, visiting Coach Bobby Knight said that he and Wildcat Coach Jack Hartman were anachronisms because they believed in "old-fashioned" teams built around discipline and defense. Later that evening Knight's squad lived up to the billing in a 51-44 win. The discipline came from a patient offense that took only 33 shots from the field but made 20 of them. The defense was a hard-nosed man-to-man that stifled the Wildcats. Still, Knight raved about his opponent. "That's the hardest any team has played against us since I've been at Indiana," he said.
Kansas State rebounded later in the week to defeat Arkansas 47-46 in overtime. With two seconds to play and the score tied at 46, the Wildcats' Rolando Blackman blocked a shot by Arkansas' Darrell Walker. The referee called for a jump ball, but the game was being played under a Big Eight rule that specifies alternating possessions on all jump ball calls. This time it was Kansas State's turn to have the ball. "I told my players, 'Don't foul,' " said Razorback Coach Eddie Sutton. Evidently Scott Hastings wasn't listening. Hastings fouled Ed Nealy, who hit a free throw for the win.
Defending NCAA champion Louisville slumped to 1-5, losing to Minnesota 62-56. The Cardinals blew a number of inside shots against the Golden Gophers, who average 6'9�" across the front line. Louisville Coach Denny Crum denied that his team was intimidated by its opponents' size, but Minnesota's 7'2" Center Randy Breuer felt otherwise. "When I put my arms up, I'm 9'6" or 9'7". To shoot over that is a little difficult."
Just before a game at Iowa State, Alabama-Birmingham Coach Gene Bartow claims he overheard an Iowa State professor tell referee Charles Greene that he (the prof) was keeping a chart for the Big Eight office and would record every call Greene made. Naturally, after a 71-70 loss to the Cyclones, Bartow was mad. "The Big Eight official really made high grades tonight," he said. "I told him that he was a dirty homer." It didn't help Bartow's demeanor that the Blazers shot only 43% from the field and committed 15 turnovers. Tulsa matched its entire victory total of a year ago, making its record 8-1 with a 90-76 defeat of Purdue. Last year the Golden Hurricane finished 8-19.