In a week distinguished by upsets, the Midwest led the way. Louisville's 12-game win streak was broken by Bradley, which led by nine points with 12:26 left, trailed by four with 4:31 to go and then triumphed with a final surge. Greg Smith scored five quick points, Tom Les came up with three steals in a row and Bradley pulled away for a 65-59 victory, benefiting from 31 turnovers.
In first place in the Big Eight was lightly regarded Nebraska (3-0) which downed Oklahoma 68-61 and Colorado 85-59. The Cornhuskers prodded the Sooners into 32 errors and got 24 points from quick-as-a-blink Guard Jerry Fort. Conference favorite Kansas was crumpled 96-81 by Iowa State as Hercle (Poison) Ivy tossed in 36 points. But then the Cyclones were jolted by Missouri 87-85. Also deflated was Oklahoma State, which had started off the league scramble with two successive wins for the first time since 1965. Then State was stopped 71-60 by Kansas.
Arkansas, a perennial underachiever, was tied for the Southwest Conference lead with Texas A&M at 2-0. The Razorbacks beat Texas Tech, the league's top-rated team, 65-62 and then won 73-69 over SMU, which had thrashed defending champion Texas 74-59. The Aggies fried Rice 64-61 and TCU 81-69.
Also upset was Kentucky State, the nation's No. 1 small-college squad, which was toppled by Lincoln (Mo.) 85-83 in overtime.
In the Tulsa-Oklahoma City game, a foul time was had by all. Seventy-one transgressions were noted by the officials, 39 of them against the visiting Tulsans, four of whom fouled out. The Chiefs were even worse off. Their 13-man roster was reduced to five able and eligible bodies after six players had been eliminated by fouls, one by the flu and another because of an injury. Hardiest of the Chiefs was 6'2" freshman Guard Jon Manning, who scored 43 points. Tulsa sank 36 free throws in winning the fouled-up affair 106-105 in double overtime.
1. LOUISVILLE (13-1)
2. KANSAS (10-5)
Clemson fans had every right to yell "timber," though not because their oft-maligned 7'1" Wayne (Tree) Rollins had been felled. Tree was peeved by what he felt were derogatory comments by Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell and by a newsman's reference to him as the "Twig" among Atlantic Coast Conference centers. So he went out and scored 24 points and blocked nine shots as Clemson edged the Terps 83-82. Maryland had victimized North Carolina State the week before and had been warned by Driesell that "the hardest thing to face in life is prosperity." How right can a Lefty be? After the Clemson ambush, Maryland lost 69-66 to North Carolina, which went into a four-corner offense with 11:30 to go and held the Terps scoreless for the next nine minutes. The Tar Heels also beat Virginia 85-70 as 6'9" Mitch Kupchak grabbed 15 rebounds and sank 12 of 13 shots. Kupchak gave thanks to Bobby Jones, a Tar Heel last season and a Denver Nugget now, saying, "He showed me that a big man could be versatile." Carolina moved to the top of the ACC with a 4-1 record, ahead of N.C. State (3-1), Maryland (4-2) and Clemson (4-2), which also bopped Virginia 74-64. The Wolfpack won 106-80 over Wake Forest, which beat Duke 122-109.
La Salle kept winning, 89-72 over West Chester and 88-79 over Duquesne.
Penn lost a player, Canisius regained one and both won. Although John Engles, the No. 2 scorer and rebounder for the Quakers, was out for the season after knee surgery, Penn downed St. Joseph's 79-70 and Providence 66-65. Larry Fogle, the nation's top scorer last season, who was suspended several weeks ago, was reinstated with "probationary status" by Canisius and had 19 points in an 81-75 win over Florida State.
Bucknell, 8-16 last season and without a senior starter, won three times to make its record 10-6 and raise its winning streak to nine games, its longest since 1919-20.
1. N.C. STATE (12-2)
2. LA SALLE (16-1)
"I want this place to be mass hysteria Saturday afternoon," said Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps at a pep rally before the UCLA game. The Irish gave their backers plenty to be hysterical about, cracking the Bruin press and winning 84-78. When inbounding the ball, three Notre Dame players stationed themselves along the baseline, one at the foul line and the fifth at midcourt. Scouting reports correctly tipped off the Irish about which way the Bruins would break after the initial pass and Notre Dame was able to work the ball downcourt quickly with few turnovers. Adrian Dantley swished 32 points for the Irish. Earlier, in its first home game in more than a month, Notre Dame held off Holy Cross 96-91 to become the ninth college team to win a total of 1,000 games.
In a tense game with Kentucky, Alabama handled the ball tensely, letting it slip through its hands 29 times. Although Alabama's Leon Douglas netted 27 points and pulled down 25 rebounds, Kentucky was forcing errors. Scoring, too, Kevin Grevey getting 20 points and 18 rebounds. The Tide was defeated 74-69. With Grevey getting 26 points and 12 rebounds, the Wildcats executed a series of steals and fast breaks and whomped Florida 87-65. Six-one on the season, Kentucky was tied for the Southeastern Conference lead with Alabama and surprising Auburn. The Tide recovered from its loss at Kentucky by bouncing Georgia 92-68 behind Douglas' 24 points and 18 rebounds. Eddie Johnson's 64 points carried Auburn past Mississippi State 98-69 and LSU 87-78. And Tennessee boosted its SEC record to 5-2 with wins over Vanderbilt (65-61) and Mississippi State (97-87) as Bernard King scored 46 points and Ernie Grunfeld 39.
"We're on an uptick and, if our heads stay in proportion, Cincinnati will have to play very well to beat us," said Marquette Coach Al McGuire, who was pleased with his Warriors' 11-2 record. But the "uptick" was ended 68-58 by the Bearcats, who did not even have to play very well: Marquette shot a horrendous 26.7% in this, its fourth home loss in 117 games, spanning seven years.
1. INDIANA (18-0)
2. KENTUCKY (13-2)
It took just one second for Oregon to fall from first place to fifth in the Pacific Eight. Playing away at Corvallis in the only league game of the week, the Ducks had seemingly beaten Oregon State 71-70 in overtime to snap a five-way tie for the lead. With one second left, however, Ricky Lee banked in a 30-footer to down the Ducks 72-71 and move the Beavers on top with a 4-1 record.
Wyoming, loser of 19 straight Western AC games over three seasons, stunned Arizona 65-61. Arizona State, too, was shocked, 91-80 at Colorado State. Both losers then retaliated. Arizona got 47 points from Bob Elliott and Al Fleming to beat Colorado State 85-82. And Arizona State, with Lionel Hollins putting in 15 points in the second half (12 in a row), overcame a 14-point deficit to overhaul Wyoming 79-67.
Independent Utah State pushed its record to 13-4, drubbing Weber State 92-66 and Denver 114-89.
1. UCLA (14-2)
2. ARIZONA STATE (16-2)