Kansas State turned loose Larry Comley (who scored 33 points) on a fast break to beat North Carolina 77-69 in overtime. Michigan State was easier for K-State, succumbing 104-82. However, Kansas was not quite so fortunate. Wayne High-tower's 25 points led the Jayhawks past Michigan State 93-69, but North Carolina beat them 78-70.
Ohio State got another good game from Jerry Lucas (27 points, 21 rebounds) and defeated Wichita 93-82. But things were looking up for Big Ten challengers. Purdue, behind Terry Dischinger's rebounding and scoring, handed Detroit its first loss, 83-64, and beat Washington State 74-46. Six-foot-11 Walt Bellamy helped Indiana set down Missouri 66-55 and Nevada 80-52.
Oklahoma City's Chiefs, independent operators who had been striking it rich in Texas the last couple of weeks, hit a dry well in Houston and lost to the Cougars 78-65. Earlier OC had beaten Baylor 68-54 and Texas A&M 60-58.
While other SWC teams were still getting slapped around by outsiders, SMU installed a single post, used Jim Thompson's outside sniping for 20 points to break down Oklahoma's swinging and sinking defense and shocked the Sooners 67-61. Thus inspired, the Mustangs rode Steve Strange's 25 points to an 83-67 win over Tulane.
There were still some soundings to come from up north, where California's defense barely carried the Bears past San Francisco 53-49, but Notre Dame Coach Johnny Jordan was ready to call UCLA the best in the West after the Bruins manhandled the Irish 85-54 and Butler 73-61. "The best team we've played," said Jordan. "They just ran away from us." But USC wasn't far behind. With 6-foot-6 John Rudometkin covering the boards and popping in rebounds, the Trojans did almost as well against the same teams, beating Butler 66-56 and Notre Dame 93-63.