In his final home game. Skip Dillard scored a game-high 19 points, which gave him 1,000 for his career, and led DePaul to an 83-61 victory over Ohio U. Terry Cummings added 18 in that game and got 22 more, along with 22 rebounds, in a 74-70 defeat of Detroit.
Tennessee stayed atop the Southeastern Conference standings, but barely. After beating Mississippi State 50-48 in Knoxville, the Vols nipped Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, 54-53 on a tip-in by Dan Federmann at the buzzer. Or did they? Not according to LSU officials, who claim Federmann's basket should be disallowed because the official clock had malfunctioned. The school asked SEC officials to replay the game's final eight seconds at the conference tournament next month in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky remained in second place in the SEC, beating Florida 84-78 behind Derrick Hord's 17 points and Melvin Turpin's 16, and edging Vanderbilt 73-69, to give Coach Joe B. Hall his 300th coaching victory. Alabama snapped a three-game losing streak, beating Georgia 99-85 in Athens and hapless Florida 70-69 in Gainesville.
Back home in Columbia, Missouri exhibited a potent offense and timely defense and got unexpected assistance from Oklahoma State to win its third consecutive Big Eight title and fourth in six years. On Tuesday the Tigers walloped Iowa State 100-71, establishing a school record for shooting percentage in a single game (73.2) and making seven steals, which brought their total to a school-record 167. Five Tigers scored in double figures, led by Jon Sundvold's 19 points. Two nights later in a 60-55 win over Oklahoma, Sundvold was again the main man, throwing in a game-high 21 points, including 15 of the Tigers' 29 in the second half. "My role is just to make sure we win," said Sundvold, who made doubly sure when he hit a pair of foul shots with 13 seconds left.
Missouri's victory over Iowa State gave the Tigers a tie for the Big Eight crown and Oklahoma State's 72-62 defeat of Kansas State in Manhattan made the coronation official. The Cowboys did in the Wildcats by shooting 60.5% from the floor, outrebounding them 31-17 and making 26 of 32 free throws. The Wildcats rallied to beat Kansas in Lawrence, 63-53, with Tim Jankovich scoring 19 points.
Tulsa's loss to Drake left Bradley alone atop the Missouri Valley Conference. The Braves got 19 points from Guard Barney Mines in a 74-61 victory over West Texas State and then beat New Mexico State 81-75 in overtime.
Center Scott Hastings was perfect—5 for 5 from the floor, 14 for 14 from the line for 24 points—in leading Arkansas to a 72-65 overtime victory over Rice. The Razorbacks made 30 of 32 free throws (12 for 12 in overtime) and needed every one of them to offset a 34-point performance by the Owls' Ricky Pierce, who has scored at a 32-point clip in his last four games. The Hogs got a respite after a string of heart stoppers when they trounced Texas A&M 92-75 in Fayetteville and knocked the Aggies out of a first-place tie in the Southwest Conference. Hastings scored 27 points, his season high, got 11 rebounds and held A&M's 6'11" Rudy Woods to nine points.
After Memphis State beat Penn State 52-46 in Memphis, Tiger Coach Dana Kirk said, "It was so physical; I know Penn State plays football." The Tigers converted 18 of 30 foul shots; the Lions, a mere six of eight. Center Derrick Phillips led the Tigers with 20 points, including six of eight free throws in the final five minutes.