Cincinnati split two other games. Marching behind Sammy Drummer's 25 points, Georgia Tech shocked the Bearcats 59-56. Playing at Tulane, Cincinnati romped to a 102-67 victory.
Nebraska pulled off a succession of surprises at Kansas State. It was not uncommon for the Cornhusker fight song to be played before the Big Eight game—except that it was rendered by the Wildcat band under the direction of a Husker fan. And it certainly was not surprising that State led by three points at halftime. The Wildcats' prospects seemed to get even better with 13:38 to play, when Center Carl McPipe, Nebraska's leading scorer and rebounder, sat down with four fouls. Replacing McPipe was 6'7" freshman Andre Smith, who startled K-State by popping in 14 of his 18 points in the second half as Nebraska earned a 77-63 win.
Kansas salvaged a 71-67 victory at Missouri. Although four starters fouled out, the Jayhawks hung on as Donnie Von Moore scored 25 points and Darnell Valentine contributed seven field goals and seven assists.
"When I read about them, I didn't see how they could be that good," admitted Hofstra Coach Roger Gaeckler following a 95-70 loss at Arkansas. "But their timing is so good and they're so quick, I can see that what I read was right." Doing the most to make Gaeckler a believer in Razorback Power were Sidney Moncrief, who hit on 12 of 16 shots and had 29 points, and Marvin Delph, who made 11 of 15 from the field.
Texas battered TCU 90-41 in a Southwest Conference runaway. TCU, which scored only 12 points in the first half, shot .269 for the game and committed 29 turnovers. The Horned Frogs were so disorganized that four of (hem once dashed downcourt, leaving no one behind to receive an inbounds pass. As for the Longhorns, they continued to pour in points as they polished off Texas Tech 101-86.
Marquette had its hands full at Wichita State. The Warriors led by only 52-47 before surging to a 67-56 win.
It's hard to be overlooked when you are 6'11", but that has been the plight of Indiana State's DeCarsta Webster, who has been overshadowed by the scoring feats of teammates Harry Morgan and Larry Bird. Webster, though, was highly visible during a Missouri Valley Conference game against Southern Illinois, grabbing nine rebounds, scoring eight points and blocking four shots as the Sycamores won 66-58. Morgan added 24 points and Bird a season low of 21. Going into a game against West Texas State, the Sycamores had the best field-goal-percentage defense in the country (.377). The Buffaloes shot well (.587), but could not cope with Bird (30 points) and Morgan (23) as they lost 79-63.
2.INDIANA STATE (10-0)
3. LOUISVILLE (9-2)
North Carolina Coach Dean Smith, that renowned tactical wizard, had two chances to show his acumen in the Tar Heels' ACC opener at Clemson. With eight seconds left and Carolina behind 72-70, Smith called time-out and set up a play. When action resumed, Mike O'Korcn took an inbounds pass and fired the ball to 6'11", 312-pound Geff Crompton, who was open. Crompton scored, sending the game into overtime. Some genius, that Smith. Who would have thought of having the ponderous Crompton take such a vital shot? Not Smith, to be sure. His plan was to have Phil Ford shoot. When Ford turned out to be covered, O'Koren looked for an open man and found Crompton. Smith set up another play with 10 seconds to go in overtime and Carolina down 77-76. Tom Zaliagiris wound up with the ball, put in a layup, was fouled and sank the free throw for a 79-77 triumph. Some genius, that Smith. Who would have thought he would have a spear carrier like Zaliagiris take such a shot? To be honest, Smith did not design the play that way. But Ford and O'Koren were blocked out, Zaliagiris was open, and Smith looked like a mastermind.