The Southwest. SMU seemed intent upon personally regaining the honor and prestige of the Southwest. Setting out to prove its only loss, to Iowa, was a mistake, and its victory over strong Minnesota was no fluke, SMU bounced another Big Ten team, Wisconsin, 75-62, then moved over to the Big Seven to defeat Kansas 81-61. Rice refused to slow down either, beating LSU 85-60 for victory No. 6 as prize Sophomore Temple Tucker scored 27 points. And Texas, led by the shooting of Raymond Downs, came from nowhere to win the Blue-Gray Tournament with victories over two unbeaten teams—Auburn and Mississippi.
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