1. LOUISVILLE (8-0)
2. NORTH CAROLINA (7-0)
3. VANDERBILT (8-1)
After five straight home wins against small-college competition, LOUISVILLE played host to two major schools, Dayton and Missouri Valley rival St. Louis. The Cardinals cruised past Dayton 96-81 as Westley Unseld amassed 31 points and 19 rebounds. St. Louis collapsed around Unseld with a 2-3 zone and led at half time, but the zone could not keep him from controlling the boards and Louisville came back to win 75-68. Adolph Rupp of KENTUCKY became a grandfather for the first time with the arrival of Adolph III, and the Baron's Wildcats helped him celebrate by beating Oregon State 96-66 in the first round of the Kentucky Invitational, KANSAS STATE breezed past Penn State 83-59 (its sixth straight win) in the other first-round game. Then Kentucky beat K-State 83-79 in the final as Bob Tallent got 25 points.
Things may not be so simple for WESTERN KENTUCKY in the Ohio Valley Conference after all. The Hilltoppers (7-1) won the OVC Tournament in Louisville, but it was a struggle to beat Murray State 94-83, and More-head State 80-77 (in overtime). VANDERBILT Guard Tom Hagan used a borrowed contact lens in the 77-69 victory over Florida and scored 16 points in the second half. Two nights later senior Guard Kenny Campbell got his first starting assignment, against Northwestern, and scored 38 points in the Commodores' 116-92 win. MEMPHIS STATE'S tough defense paid off again in a 58-40 victory over Villanova for the Tigers' seventh straight, NORTH CAROLINA won the Tampa Invitational with 98-66 and 81-54 romps over Columbia and Florida State. MISSISSIPPI (8-1) held the SEC's leading scorer, Mike Nordholz of Alabama, to six points and won 79-58 before whipping LSU 74-67. MISSISSIPPI STATE (7-0) could not hold Nordholz (he scored 22) but beat the Tide anyway, 63-59.
1. UCLA (5-0)
2. NEW MEXICO (7-1)
3. SEATTLE (7-1)
Tall, beefy Colorado State scared top-ranked UCLA, but Lew Alcindor scored 34 points, 22 in the second half, and pulled down 20 rebounds to lead the Bruins to a narrow (for them) 84-74 win. For the first time, Alcindor played the last-man spot in the zone press. He was not quick enough and did not seem to have the stamina to do the job properly.
Seattle continued its policy of playing catch-up. The Chieftains trailed by as much as 17 points in the first half against Brigham Young and were still behind by six with 90 seconds left to play. Tom Workman's basket with four seconds left tied it up, and Jack Kreiger's 25-footer at the buzzer in overtime earned an 85-83 victory. Behind at the half against Missouri, Seattle came back to win 84-66 and then beat Evansville 93-89 on the road. Providence, despite Jimmy Walker's usual heroics, dropped two of three on a western swing, losing to UTAH STATE and USF, and beating Santa Clara.
Iowa State's Don Smith survived a head-on collision with a backboard to lead the Cyclones to the Sun Devil Classic title at Phoenix. CALIFORNIA won its fourth straight, a 75-73 thriller over Utah. Disappointing Pacific lost to unranked VALPARAISO 76-74 but finally got some balanced scoring and twice beat Portland 89-54 and 82-72. WASHINGTON STATE, after a horrible Midwest tour, came home to friendly Pullman to down previously unbeaten Montana 78-58, but the Cougars lost again, 49-47, when they had to travel 15 miles to play Idaho. Before going off to Kentucky, OREGON STATE shocked BYU 92-76.