Louisville put on a special pre-Christmas show for the fans at the Idaho State game, starring "The Doctors of Dunk"—Darrell Griffith, Wesley Cox and Ricky Wilson. Griffith looked as though he could have touched the top of the backboard on a breakaway slam in the first half, and by the time Wilson jammed one home midway through the second half, Louisville was safely on its way to an 89-68 victory. "The adrenaline flows through the guy who dunks and into the other guys," said Dr. Wilson.
Cincinnati could use some medical assistance. Forward Pat Cummings, the team's best shooter the last two years, has yet to see action. Center Robert Miller was sidelined against Bowling Green, the first game he has missed in three years. The Bearcats won 67-63 even though Miller's replacement, 6'8" Paul Fazekas, caught a finger in the eye and had to leave the game to get two stitches. "I think tonight was one of those times when it was important that we had CINCINNATI written across our chests," said Coach Gale Catlett. Forward Brian Williams scored a career-high 29 points in a 122-78 rout of St. Joseph's ( Ind.) that raised the team scoring average to 101.4 per game.
1. CINCINNATI (5-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (3-2)
3. SO. ILLINOIS (6-1)
While Indiana was losing to Kentucky, for its second consecutive defeat of the season (page 26), further trouble was brewing in Bloomington. On Thursday, Mike Miday, a starter in the Hoosiers' loss to Toledo and a player who seemed ideally suited to Indiana's style, quit the team because of a conflict with Coach Bobby Knight. The university's official announcement stated that Miday felt that he had made the wrong choice of school, but in an interview with the student paper the 6'8", 215-pound Ohioan revealed that his problem had been one of personalities.
"I think my high school record speaks for itself," Miday said. "I could have played here. That's not the reason I'm leaving. I couldn't stand the way Knight treated me. I felt that as a player on the NCAA championship team I deserved better than to be treated as an object and demeaned in public. When he recruits you, you don't see him in a tense situation. In a game, he just goes bananas. I could take the tough practices, but it was the mental pressure. I'm terrified of the guy."
Purdue fans have taken seven-foot Joe Barry Carroll under their wing, dubbing the shy freshman "Rocky Mountain High." He showed why in Purdue's thrilling 72-70 defeat of Louisville. The score was 57-57 when Carroll put the Boilermakers ahead with a soft jumper. Then he blocked a shot, grabbed the ball and passed off to start a fast break. When a teammate missed the layup, Joe Barry was there to tip it in. He blocked another shot in the late going, made three important free throws—and was too embarrassed to talk to the press afterward.
Michigan showed no reluctance to assert itself, sinking 22 of 29 shots in the second half and racing away with a 97-76 win at Vanderbilt. Rickey Green and Phil Hubbard combined for 50 points. "They shoot like no team I've ever seen," said Vandy Coach Wayne Dobbs, "and their speed is awesome."
"If Florida can score 70 points, they will beat us," said Marquette's Al McGuire before the Warriors' 64-61 win in Gainesville. Marquette had less trouble with Western Michigan (78-53) and Penn State (79-49), but McGuire was having more with Forward Bernard Toone, a likely superstar who is playing behind walk-on Bill Neary. Said Al, "It would be nice if Bernard knew the plays."
Wisconsin found out what teams like VMI discovered last year—DePaul can't cut it against a zone. Down 14-4 and utterly com fused by the Blue Demons' offense, the Badgers abandoned their man-to-man and held DePaul's 6'11" Center Dave Corzine (23 points) to only one basket in the final 12 minutes. What finally undid the visitors from Chicago, however, was an official's ruling that disallowed Ron Norwood's last-second basket, which would have sent the game into overtime. "Norwood got the shot off before the buzzer," said Wisconsin Coach Bill Co-field, whose team won 68-66. "Somebody at the table just blew it."