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A three-point play by Dave Robisch with seven seconds left pushed Kansas past Colorado 66-65 and kept the Jayhawks unbeaten in the Big Eight. Earlier in the week the Kansas State cheerleaders displayed a rubber chicken—a gesture aimed at mocking the Jayhawk nickname—and then watched their team lose to Kansas 61-48.
Disgusted by lopsided losses to Kentucky and Tennessee, LSU Coach Press Maravich decided to make some changes. First, he escorted his players to a Baton Rouge barber shop because "some of them have hair so long they can't see the basket." Then he left one starter, Gary Simpson, and the sixth man, Jere Shockey, on campus for disciplinary reasons and loaded the others into a bus for a grim four-hour trip to Mississippi. "We aren't using the team plane this weekend," Press explained. "If we're going to play bush league basketball, we'll travel bush league." When the team finally arrived in Oxford, the Tigers used a slow-down against Ole Miss, held Johnny Neumann to 17 points—and still got beat 62-54. Where have you gone, Pete Maravich-io? A lonely father mourns the loss of you.
Adolph Rupp left his bed in a Lexington hospital and flew to Nashville to watch Kentucky overwhelm Vanderbilt 119-90. It was the most points ever scored against the Commodores. "This is just the sort of tonic I needed," said Rupp, "although it may not be applicable in my present situation. Also, I just wanted people to know that I'm still very much alive."
North Carolina clinched a first-place tie in the ACC when Dennis Wuycik made two free throws with nine seconds left to beat Virginia 75-74. "We did something no other conference team has done," said Coach Dean Smith. "We won at Virginia." Also winning and awaiting the conference tournament was South Carolina. The Gamecocks beat Houston 88-71 and then celebrated the news that John Roche's number would be retired with an 84-64 waltz over Wake Forest. Three nights later Roche scored 37 points and Tom Owens took 15 rebounds—enough to beat North Carolina State 82-69.
Because the teams hadn't played each other since 1946, when Weber State Junior College upset Utah State 53-44, last week's game was billed as a modestly historic event. Nowadays, Weber State is a university complete with a big-time All-America, Willie Sojourner, and the Wildcats won again, 63-62, with Willie blocking two shots in the last four minutes. The one truly historic incident in the rematch became a mere footnote. Weber Coach Phil Johnson drew what may be the most bizarre technical foul in the history of the game. At one point he gestured somewhat violently and his watch flew out of its casing. When he wandered onto the court in search of it he got hit with a technical for leaving his seat.
Four days later four more technicals were called in Logan during a Utah State-New Mexico State game, two after six minutes of play, when Harry Ward of New Mexico and Nate Williams of State were ejected following a brawl. Before the game ended—Utah State won 77-67 and will probably go to the NCAA's West Regional playoffs—security officers were sitting on both benches.