North Carolina's reign was now in Spain. The Tar Heels spent their vacation in Madrid and won three games to capture the International Christmas Tournament title. But the championship game was not that easy, and North Carolina struggled before downing Europe's best amateur team, Real Madrid, 83-77. Said Coach Dean Smith: "They've been together for 10 or 12 years. Their shooting is amazing. They would rank among the Top Ten college teams in America." Before their foreign invasion, the Tar Heels gave their friends in the ACC something to think about. They smashed North Carolina State 99-68, in taking the Big Four Tournament. Dennis Wuycik and Robert McAdoo scored 20 apiece and McAdoo held State's Tom Burleson to just eight points.
Barry Parkhill's aim was to prove before Christmas that there is a Virginia. "It will be nice," said Parkhill, "to go home for Christmas and wait for somebody to ask how we are doing. I'll answer, 'Oh, we're 7-0 and nationally ranked.' " The Cavaliers' seventh win, 93-58 over Richmond, came in the final of the Roanoke Classic with Parkhill scoring a third of Virginia's points.
Teams receiving an invitation to the University of Kentucky tournament should beware. The Princeton Tigers, who already had a North Carolina hide to their credit and surely were no turkeys, were swallowed by Adolph Rupp's Wildcats 96-82. Jim Andrews, Tom Parker and Ronnie Lyons combined for 72 points while Princeton's Brian Taylor scored 39.
Tennessee proved just as nasty to its guests in the Volunteer Classic. First, the Vols frustrated Penn State with a 57-55 opening-round win, then they jolted Michigan State in the championship game 85-61. Len Kosmalski, Tennessee's sophomore center, scored 36 points in the two games and was named the MVP as the Vols took their sixth straight tournament title.
South Carolina's Gamecocks remained unbeaten through five starts, four of them away, by winning at Pitt 69-59. Kevin Joyce had 24 points and Tom Riker added 18.
1. N. CAROLINA (5-1)
2. S. CAROLINA (5-0)
After seven minutes St. Bonaventure seemed to be in for a tough night against Boston College and Coach Larry Weise went to his bench. In came Jimmy Wallace for Tom Baldwin and Wallace hit a 20-footer to put the Bonnies ahead. He finished with eight of 14 for 16 points in an 86-66 win, causing teammate Matt Gantt to say: "That cat came off the bench and did what we always thought he could do. He gave us a big lift." Another cat who helped was sophomore Center Glenn Price, who contributed 31 points.
In Philly, where basketball is thicker than brotherly love, Temple put it to nationally ranked Penn 57-52. Coach Harry Litwack sprang a box-and-one on the Quakers, assigning Mike Jones the responsibility of shadowing Bobby Morse. Morse scored just five points, but he was not much worse than his fellow players, who hit only 33% of their shots. The loss was the first in 49 regular-season games for the Quakers. "I'm sure the box-and-one was a factor," said Penn's Chuck Daly. "But I question whether we will ever have as bad a shooting night again." Certainly not against Western Kentucky, gunned down by the Quakers 88-79. In its next game Temple opened up on Stanford, winning 76-64 as sophomore Guard John Kneib scored 15 points. Kneib's name is spelled K-n-i-e-b on his warmup jacket, but he doesn't mind. "I saw it before our first game, but I won't change it. I wear it for good luck."
Roy's Runts—the Syracuse team of Coach Roy Danforth—finally lost after six wins. American University did it, 78-74.
In a battle of unbeaten teams, and the sixth game for both, Marshall was a 110-107 winner over St. John's. Two free throws by Bill James in the last 39 seconds of overtime gave the Thundering Herd their own Memorial Tournament title. Randy Noll scored 33 points, two more than St. John's Mel Davis.
1. ST. BONAVENTURE (3-1)
2. PENN (5-1)
"How is that for 33.9 defense!" Marquette Coach Al McGuire said afterward. McGuire was referring to 33.9, a book written by Minnesota's Bill Musselman when he was coaching Ashland College and went through the season with that defensive average. The final score, after Marquette had built a 25-14 halftime lead over Minnesota, was 55-40 in favor of McGuire's Warriors. The only trouble high scorer Bob Lackey had came before the game when he went to shake hands with Musselman. The Minnesota players formed a huddle around their coach and would not let Lackey through. Lackey and Jim Chones returned the favor on the court by batting shots into the seats. "You can't get 10 behind this team and expect to come back," said Musselman. "They'll hold it and be patient." Said McGuire, "I'm glad we played them so early. They are going to get better with Musselman's system. Not many people will beat them in the Big Ten." Two nights later Minnesota took its frustrations out on Drake 70-56.
Coach Fred Taylor continues to tinker with his offense at Ohio State, and the return of Guard Allan Hornyak, recovering slowly from a heel bruise, gives Taylor something pleasant to tink about. Hornyak played half a game each in wins over Brown and Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Indiana continued its preparation for the Big Ten season by destroying Notre Dame 94-29—yes, 29—and defeating Butler 85-74. Henry Wilmore injured a knee in an 87-81 win over Ohio University, and Michigan lost its own Invitational Tournament to Toledo 88-72.
Southern California journeyed to Kansas and defeated the host 87-77, to win the Jayhawk Classic. "What upset me," Kansas Coach Ted Owens said, "was the way they beat us down the court on the fast break. That is just a matter of effort and we were not making it." The Jayhawks had defeated previously unbeaten Brigham Young 83-67 to reach the final.
1. MARQUETTE (6-0)
2. OHIO STATE (6-1)
Others have used the ploy but few have managed to shock their own teams the way Coach Hugh Durham of Florida State did against Hawaii. The Seminoles were behind 26-10 when Durham decided to try the old stir-the-gang-up trick by drawing a technical foul. The trouble was, Durham drew the roof down. He charged after Referee Dave Mahukona and expressed his hopes and fears in a few hundred expletives, some of them unprintable. He got not one but two technicals and then, after the Rainbows' John Pennebacker sank four free throws, he got the ultimatum: leave the court in two minutes. Durham did not leave and the game was called on the spot: Hawaii 30, FSU 10. "I went out there to get a technical," Durham said. He succeeded. A few nights later the Seminoles and Rainbows went at it again, this time for the full 40 minutes. Unbeaten Hawaii also won this one, 81-76, for its sixth victory.
John Wooden likes each of his UCLA teams to have its own identity. Still it was hard to ignore the fact that the only loss last season's club had was to Notre Dame. The well-reminded Bruins built a 53-16 lead at halftime and eased up in the second just enough to win 114-56. It was the second slaughter of the Irish innocents in a week. Said Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps, "I think Wooden could split his team, send one East, and they'd still end up playing each other in the NCAA finals." For UCLA Henry Bibby scored 28 points and Bill Walton added 20. The next night Walton had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Bibby 25 points, and TCU was the new victim, 119-81.
St. John's, one of the better Eastern teams, flew into Albuquerque and right out again with the Lobo Invitational trophy when Forward Mel Davis scored 29 points in the championship game, won by the Redmen over New Mexico, 95-92.
"It would be nice," said Loyola (L.A.) Coach Dick Baker, "to have a team that played as poorly as Long Beach did tonight and still win." Recovering slowly but satisfactorily from its loss at Southwestern Louisiana, Long Beach made Loyola the first of four new victims, 73-67.
Tall Oregon State, with Guard Freddie Boyd and newcomer Steve Ericksen leading the way, defeated Weber State 82-75 for its sixth win. "Playing them is like going through the redwoods," said Weber State Coach Gene Visscher.
Kresimir Cosic was fouled but still put in a rebound of a teammate's missed shot at the buzzer to give Brigham Young an 87-84 victory over Utah State. Surprising Utah won its third straight Utah Classic by defeating Yale and Washington State.
1. UCLA (6-0)
2. LONG BEACH STATE (7-1)