Notre Dame fans, aware of the rumors that the NCAA's probe of UCLA was triggered by reports that a Bruin booster had allegedly helped finance cars for some players, tried to unnerve the Bruins by rattling car keys when the visitors took free throws. When a UCLA player missed, the crowd chanted, "Take away his car!" Unperturbed, the Bruins made 25 of 30 foul shots, got 24 points from Mike Sanders and won 75-49.
Indiana Coach Bobby Knight, angered by his starters' lack of intensity during the previous week's season-opening defeat of Miami of Ohio, started four freshmen against Notre Dame. They got the Hoosiers off to a 6-4 lead before Knight sent in three upperclassmen, Ted Kitchel, Randy Wittman and Steve Bouchie. Kitchel scored 22 points and Wittman 15, all in the second half, as Indiana ran away Tom the Irish 69-55.
Minnesota's 7'3" center, Randy Breuer, had 79 points as the Gophers defeated San Francisco State 88-69, Dayton 90-74 and Loyola of Chicago 61-60. Loyola led 50-39 with 9:12 to play, but a surprisingly effective Gopher press and John Wiley's tip-in with two seconds left did in the Ramblers.
"I told them at halftime, 'Go out and play like Iowa. Don't play like whoever you've been playing like,' " said Hawkeye Coach Lute Olson. As confusing as those words may have been, Olson got his message across, and Iowa, trailing 37-26 at Marquette, won 68-65 in overtime. Hawkeye Guard Bob Hansen scored 12 of his 18 points after the intermission, and 6'11" freshman Michael Payne had 11 of his 17 during the same span.
"We have three small guards, a forward who hasn't played much and a center who's not that strong," says Illinois Coach Lou Henson. That's why Henson uses a three-guard offense, a pressure defense and, if he has a late lead, a four-corners spread. All those components clicked as the Illini surprised Kansas State 55-49.
Against Purdue, DePaul showed it has something it lacked last season—a bench. When star Guard Skip Dillard's fourth foul put him on the bench with 8:45 remaining, only one Blue Demon regular, Forward Terry Cummings, was on the floor. Nonetheless, DePaul stretched a 52-50 lead to 62-50 in the next five minutes and held on to win 73-67. Cummings finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds. The Boilermakers got 30 points from Center Russell Cross, but they turned the ball over 20 times. Ohio State gave Kentucky fits with a three-guard offense it used because Forward Clark Kellogg was out with a fractured jaw, and trailed only 53-48 with 9:37 left. Wildcat Guard Dirk Minniefield hit seven field goals down the stretch to lift Kentucky to a 78-62 victory.
Louisville scored nine baskets in a row from underneath early in the second half to pull away from host Western Kentucky in the championship game of the Wendy's Classic. The Hilltoppers, who led 39-32 before the Cardinals surged, lost 71-66. Tulane outrebounded Louisville 36-28 in the opening round, but Derek Smith's 21 points salvaged a 55-54 win for the Cardinals.
For the first time in four tries, Alabama-Birmingham beat Mississippi; with Oliver Robinson scoring 24 points and Craig Lane 23, the Blazers romped to a 72-58 victory.
Georgia's showstopper, Dominique Wilkins, and its short stopper, 5'6" freshman Darryl Lenard, enabled the Bulldogs to survive. Wilkins twice scored 20 points as the Dawgs beat Florida State 70-67 and Georgia Tech 62-61. After coming off the bench in the late going at Tallahassee, Lenard converted a steal into a basket to put Georgia ahead 66-64. He then hounded the Seminoles into a critical five-second violation.
Youngstown State's 65-57 defeat of Gannon gave Dom Rosselli, 66, his 1,000th victory as a Penguin coach. It was his 582nd basketball triumph in 40 seasons. His 418 other wins have come in baseball, a sport he has coached for 28 years.