THE TOP THREE:
1. MICHIGAN (5-0)
2. LOYOLA (4-0)
3. WICHITA (4-2)
Davidson, the small southern school bent on acquiring a big reputation, got a foothold on fame against Ohio State. The Wildcats turned loose Dick Snyder, Terry Holland and Fred Hetzel on a dazzling fast break, tied up the Bucks with a pesky, pressing defense and down came OSU, for the first time in 51 games at Columbus, 95-73. Moaned Coach Fred Taylor: "We never even challenged them."
Two nights later MISSOURI came along and Ohio State didn't challenge the Tigers much either. Missouri plastered the Bucks 85-74. Then INDIANA'S Van Arsdales, Tom and Dick, with 51 points and 43 rebounds between them, demolished Missouri 100-76. All of which indicates that Ohio State is in for a long, hard winter in the Big Ten. MICHIGAN looked more and more like the Big Ten's best. Junior Bill Buntin and sophomore Cazzie Russell shot superbly and the Wolverines smothered Butler 80-70 and Western Michigan 104-81. IOWA and MINNESOTA were still unbeaten, too. Iowa edged St. Louis 79-77 and SMU 73-70; Minnesota trounced South Dakota 107-62.
UCLA'S Walt Hazzard, who makes it all work, was explaining his team's style before the Sunflower doubleheaders in Kansas. "We are a Mighty Mouse team," he said. "We lack size so we must depend upon speed, the zone press and a sagging defense to beat the big boys." So the precocious Bruins jammed up Kansas State's 6-foot-6 Willie Murrell inside, Hazzard bewildered the Wildcats with his slick passes, Gail Goodrich threw in 21 points, and UCLA won 78-75. The next night UCLA surrounded Kansas' 6-foot-7 George Unseld with three men and held him to three points. Hazzard and Goodrich shot for 44, and the Bruins won again, 74-54. USC supplied the only comfort for the home teams. The Trojans lost to KANSAS 60-52 and to K-STATE 82-58.
Winning was coming harder for NCAA Champion LOYOLA. Detroit took the Ramblers into overtime before losing 113-108, and then Western Michigan's little Manny Newsome scared the daylights out of them. He pitched in 44 points, and Loyola had to hang on desperately to win 105-102. Undefeated CREIGHTON won three big ones, over Idaho State 63-61, Arizona State 84-83 and Utah State 96-91 in double overtime.
Bradley, coming off a splendid 92-85 victory over Arizona State, was ready to press and run against WICHITA. But Wichita's Ralph Miller had other ideas. He shut off the Braves' running game with a semislowdown and kept the pressure off his big Nate Bowman underneath by putting it on Bradley outside. Bowman got the rebounds, Dave Stallworth got 24 points, and the Shockers took the game 56-50.
Cincinnati, ball-controlling in its old familiar pattern, was out in front of Wisconsin 56-42 on the shooting of Ron Bonham when the Bearcat system suddenly collapsed. Cincy, no longer fearsome, had to resort to a cat-and-mouse stall to come away with a 65-60 victory.
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