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Tom "Satch" Sanders, NYU
Tom "Satch" Sanders
Coach John "Whack" Hyder, Georgia Tech
John "Whack" Hyder
Len Chappell, Wake Forest
Len Chappell
Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
Oscar Robertson
St. Louis Hawks F Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit

December 14, 1959
This report is based on "Basketball's Week" in the December 14, 1959, issue of Sports Illustrated.

"The game was the same but many of the faces were new as the college basketball season exploded with a roar that left some of the nation's most stalwart contenders for national honors shaken and gasping for breath."

  • "Long-suffering New York fans" got a lift from NYU's 70-69 victory over Marquette on Al Filardi's hook shot with 45 seconds left. The Violets' Tom Sanders threw in 22 to help offset the 31 of Don Kojis of the Warriors. Two nights later, Sanders tallied 21 as NYU whipped Georgetown 70-48.
  • Another Big Apple school, St. John's, the defending NIT champs, didn't fare so well, blowing a 13-point halftime lead to fall to St. Louis 76-67. "The Redmen panicked when St. Louis hit them with a full-court press and not even superb jump-shooter Tony Jackson's 21 points could bail them out."
  • Down South, "Georgia Tech, prematurely written off as a contender, suddenly raised eyebrows in the Southeastern Conference." "Whack" Hyder's Yellow Jackets startled Duke 59-49, manhandled Furman 91-63, and topped off the week by downing high-rated Louisville 68-56 on the sharpshooting of Roger Kaiser.
  • Meanwhile, perennial power Kentucky "was off learning the facts of life in the West." After squeaking by UCLA 68-66 on Sid Cohen's five points in the last 90 seconds, the Wildcats lost the next night to twice-beaten Southern California 87-73.
  • "North Carolina, bursting with talent, hardly missed academically ailing Doug Moe and physically ailing Dick Kepley as it smothered South Carolina 93-56 in an Atlantic Coast opener. Bulky Lee Shaffer led the surge with 25 points."
  • Duke recovered from its Georgia Tech stumble to beat Clemson 68-59.
  • Wake Forest, "getting board control from sophomores Billy Packer and Len Chappell, outhustled North Carolina State 73-59."
  • "With deadpan All-America Jerry West sweeping the boards, leading the fast break, driving, playmaking, blocking shots and doing the things that come so naturally to him," West Virginia rolled over Tennessee 93-78, The Citadel 98-76, and Furman 96-63 to stretch its Southern Conference streak to 52.
  • In the Midwest, Jerry Lucas, Ohio State's "eagerly awaited 6-foot 8-inch sophomore, spent some anxious moments learning to fathom Wake Forest's sinking zone but caught on in time to lift the Buckeyes past the Deacons 77-69. He was even more adept in his next two games, blithely snaring RBs, tipping in goals and feeding off to Gs Mel Nowell and Larry Siegfried as Ohio State battered Memphis State 94-55 and Pitt 94-49. His three-game totals: 74 points and 66 rebounds."
  • Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson, "as marvelous as ever, filled the baskets to overflowing with 88 points, and the Bearcats trounced Indiana State 107-62 and Marshall 102-61."
  • Defending NCAA champon California, "as deliberate as ever," opened with a 69-57 over UC Santa Barbara while Stanford outscored San Francisco 55-49.
  • In the "mercurial" Southwest Conference, only three teams remained unbeaten – Texas A&M, Texas, and Baylor. One of the Bears' three victories was over Oklahoma State 53-50 while SMU surprised Minnesota 73-60.


  • Philadelphia's "magnificent" Wilt Chamberlain flipped in 41 to beat the Minneapolis Lakers 121-109.
  • Boston, still led by Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and Bill Sharman, ran their winning streak to five to lead the Warriors by 2 1/2 in the East.
  • The St. Louis Hawks, "with Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan pushing in points at their usual brisk pace," led Detroit by 2 1/2 in the West.
St. John's G Tony Jackson
Tony Jackson

Lee Shaffer
Ohio State C Jerry Lucas
Jerry Lucas
Chamberlain & Russell
Wilt Chamberlain shooting
over Bill Russell
March 1, 1937
This one is based on "Basketball: Season's Climax" in the March 1, 1937, issue of Time.
Basketball 1938
Minnesota in Action 1938


Coach Lambert and His Purdue Team
Coach Ward Lambert and his Purdue team



Stanford F Hank Luisetti
Hank Luisetti

"Between three and four million people in the U.S. play basketball. About 15,000,000 will have seen some 10,000 college basketball games when the 1937 season, basketball's biggest, ends next month."

  • Purdue and Minnesota met in "the most exciting game of the liveliest week in the country's major intercollegiate winter sport." 5,500 fans at Lafayette IN watch Coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert's Boilermakers, Big Ten champions for three straight years, go to the wire with the Gophers, trying to win their first conference basketball championship in 18 years "as compensation for the unexpected failure of its football team to go through the year undefeated." The last several minutes of play were exciting. UM had rallied with five baskets in six minutes to close to within one, 32-31. The tip off after the last made basket went to Purdue's F Johnny Sines who drove through the D for a lay-in to put Purdue up by three. Then Minnesota's John Kundla made a stumbling shot to pull within one. Then the quintets lined up for the "centre toss when the game ended with the referee's whistle."
  • Two nights later, Illinois clobbered Wisconsin 48-31 while Minnesota thrashed Iowa 44-25 and Michigan "put Purdue apparently out of the running by a surprisingly one-sided beating, 31-16." "If the Big Ten title goes to either Minnesota or Illinois, Purdue's coach Lambert will at least have the consolation of knowing that both teams use variations of the fast-breaking, shifty game which Purdue has specialized in so effecitvely as to win nine titles in the past 18 years." Purdue also has the consolation of possessing the conference's leading scorer, F Jewell Young, who several weeks ago tied a conference record with 29 points against the Illini. However, Michigan, led by its 6'9" captain, Johnny Gee, held Young to only five.
  • The last Big Ten school to win four championships in a row was Chicago from 1907-1910. However, the Maroons are now on the bottom with 24 defeats in a row.
  • The Eastern Conference leader, Pittsburgh, was beaten 29-18 by independent Notre Dame in "an outside game." Temple remained second by nosing out Penn State 28-26. In the Eastern Intercollegiate League, mostly made up of "Ivy" colleges, Pennsylvania is undefeated in league play but last week lost a "traditional game" to Syracuse 39-35.
  • "Most sensational team in the East last year was the one that represented Long Island University, started eleven years ago in a disused factory, which ran up a string of 43 victories in a row." Last week LIU nicked St. Thomas 33-25 to warm up for "the crucial game of New York's metropolitan season, against Manhattan, this week." In other contests, Navy defeated Army 42-40 at Annapolis, Harvard 37 Columbia 30 at Cambridge, and Fordham 31 NYU 19 in New York.
  • The South is divided into two conferences, the Southern and the Southeastern. Both decide their champions by a post-season tournament among the Conference leaders. Last week, Washington & Lee beat North Carolina 29-19 in a game that will help decide seeding at the Southern Conference tournament at Durham March 5-7. The SEC's major game was Tennessee's 36-23 victory over Sewanee. Coach Blair Gullion's Vols, who have lost only to Kentucky, are the favorites in the SEC tournament in Knoxville this week.
  • Out West, the Pacific Coast Conference has a unique scheduling system "whereby each team plays its rivals four times, twice on each one's court." Stanford beat Cal at Berkeley 36-32 despite the fact that sensational 6'3" F Hank Luisetti, "whom Coach John Bunn calls the greatest player in the history of the game," was held to 15 points. The PCC is divided into Northern and Southern sections. If Stanford holds onto its lead in the South, its opponent from the North in the two-out-of-three series for the PCC championship will be either Oregon or Washington State, which are tied for the lead.
  • The Rocky Mountain Conference also splits itself into two parts. Colorado leads the Eastern division after defeating Colorado College twice, 39-31 and 35-32. The Buffaloes can clinch the division title against Denver this week. The Western winner will be the winner of the Utah-Utah State game this week in Salt Lake City.
  • Back in the Midwest, another major basketball league is the Big Six (Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma). KU, which was how the conference title five years out of eight, strengthened its hold on the lead by smashing OU 39-19.
December 3-9, 1979
Based on "The Week (Dec.3-9)" in the December 17, 1979, issue of Sports Illustrated.


  • Five seconds left. Oral Roberts leads Drake 81-80. Lewis Lloyd of Drake at the line. He made both to give the Bulldogs a one-point victory and was carried off the court by his teammates, who chanted, "Magic Man! Magic Man!" In the next game, the 6'6" Lloyd scored 22 in the first half for a 46-32 lead over Iowa State. Shackled by foul trouble, he managed to add 10 more in the 87-66 victory. Lewis, who was the Juco scoring leader last year, averages 31.2 during Drake's 4-0 start.
  • Brigham Young beat Tulsa and Oral Roberts with a pair of buzzer-beaters. A 17-foot jumper by Devin Durrant defeated the Golden Hurricane 73-71. The Cougars' Danny Ainge scored 19 and then added 24 against ORU to overcame a 16-pt deficit to win 76-75 on Ainge's 20-footer with one second left.
  • Missouri returned home from Illinois, where Larry Drew's 25 points gave the Tigers a 67-66 OT victory, to sweep its Show-Me Classic. After waltzing over George Washington 89-63, Mizzou rode Steve Stipanovich's 25 to down Arkansas State 86-67.
  • Kansas had a bad week that narrowly missed being disastrous. After losing 89-88 to SMU and 75-72 to Oral Roberts, the Jayhawks overcame the one-game suspensions of four players for missing curfew, including star G Darnell Valentine, to best San Diego State 79-66 behind freshman Ricky Ross' 19 points.
  • The upset of the week was Oklahoma Christian, an NAIA school, shocking Memphis State 90-76. The Eagles star was Kelly Jobe, the son of coach Jerry Jobe. Jobe fils scored 32.


  • "I went on a fishing trip and when I got back my assistant told me we had scheduled Purdue," said Southeastern Louisiana coach Ken Fortenberry. "That assistant is now at another school." The Boilermakers scheduled SLU only because the tournament they had been scheduled in was cancelled. 7'1" Joe Barry Carroll poured in 41 in the 105-59 rout. Then Carroll added 27 more in the 83-60 win over Butler and 32 in the victory over Providence 76-44 – an even 100 points in three games.
  • Indiana won its Indiana Classic for the sixth straight year. Mike Woodson was MVP for the second consecutive time, scoring 48 points in the Hoosiers' victories over Xavier (OH) 92-66 and UTEP 75-43.
  • Alabama played a rare game against a Big Ten team, defeating Wisconsin 66-62. The Badgers also fell to DePaul 90-77 while Michigan regretted going to Toledo, 67-64. The Tide rebounded from a loss to LaSalle and its "high-intensity' D 82-80 on a shot at the buzzer by Kurt Kanaskie.
  • Tennessee upended St. John's 97-80 before losing to Louisville 77-75. The Cardinals enjoyed 32 points from Darrell Griffith. Elsewhere in the SEC, LSU built an 11-point second half lead, then held on 80-79 against Tulane. Rudy Macklin tallied 18 while DeWayne Scales threw in 17. The Tigers had a far easier time with another Crescent City school, UNO, 104-78. Macklin, Scales, and Willie Sims all scored 20+. Kentucky clobbered Baylor 80-46 as Kyle Macy scored 14 in a 30-10 Wildcat run to start the game.
  • When the St. Louis Billikens closed to within 31-27 of Notre Dame, Coach Digger Phelps called for "spurt time." His Irish responded with 22 straight to win 93-65.
  • South Florida, a new school in Division I, planned to make a splash by hosting North Carolina in their brand-new 11,000-seat Sun Dome. However, cracks in the "Sun Doom" – as critics call it – forced the game into St. Peterburg's Bayfront Center. USF was doomed regardless of the venue as UNC ran away 93-62.


  • Larry Brown's UCLA Bruins wore down Santa Clara as Larry made 31 lineup changes. 11 straight points in the second half sparked the 92-79 win. Kiki Vandeweghe scored 28.
  • Oregon State played three games in Hawaii, including back-to-back against the Rainbows. The first contest went to the wire with the Beavers pulling it out 75-74. What a difference a day or two makes. The next contest was a 92-62 rout.
  • To prepare for the season, UNLV's Sidney Green attended a transcendental meditation class. The 6'9" freshman played terribly in the opener as the Runnin' Rebels lost. Last week, Green forsook the meditation to grab 24 RBs and tally 25 in a 70-58 win over Nevada-Reno.


  • "If you didn't like that game, you don't like basketball." That was Coach Jim Boeheim's comment after his Syracuse Orangemen edged Illinois State 72-70 in OT to win the Carrier Classic.
  • Cincinnati's "small but quick" Bearcats confused North Carolina with a zone D and led most of the way before succumbing a68-63.
  • Coach Pete Carril endured his worst loss in 13 seasons at Princeton, an 81-45 embarrassment at Duke. East Carolina gave the Blue Devils more competition. Duke Coach Bill Foster switched to a 2-3 zone with the score tied at 41 to pull away 92-73. Mike Gminski ended with 26/11.


Lewis Lloyd
Lewis Lloyd, Drake

BYU G Danny Ainge
Danny Ainge, BYU

Steve Stipanovich, Missouri
Steve Stipanovich

Mike Gminski, Duke
Mike Gminski

March 25-April 1, 1943
Wyoming's Kenny Sailors
Kenny Sailors, Wyoming

Wyoming Coach Everett Shelton
Everett Shelton,
Wyoming coach

St. John's Coach Joe Lapchick
Joe Lapchick, St. John's coach

St. John's-Toledo 1943
Harry Boykoff (11) and Al Moschetti (6) of St. John's battle Toledo in the NIT Final

Basketball is the most American game, according to polls taken throughout the nation. Evidence? The roundball game is the biggest drawing card according to attendance. In 1942-3, an estimated 90 million fans passed through the turnstiles despite the war. While down from the 100 million who packed arenas in 1941-2, the figure is still head and shoulders above any other sport.
No better indication of the excitement basketball generates can be found than the fact that 38 programs at Madison Square Garden, the high temple of the sport, drew 512,500 fans this season. Included in that figure are the 135,000 who stormed the Garden for eight nights of play in the NCAA and NIT tournaments last week.
(Phil Short Jr. in the Huntington (WV) Daily News 3/31/1943)

  • The NCAA gathered four teams for its East Regional at MSG while another quartet met in Kansas City for the West title.
    • In the East, Elmer Ripley's Georgetown Hoyas belted NYU 55-36 while rookie coach Ray Meyer's DePaul Blue Demons upended Dartmouth 46-35. Then in the battle of Catholic colleges in the regional final, the D.C. school edged the Chicago college 53-49.
    • Out West, no margin in the three elimination games exceeded four. Texas of the Southwest Conference nipped Washington of the Pacific Coast Conference 49-45, and Wyoming sneaked past Oklahoma 53-50. Everett Shelton's Cowboys, led by jump-shooting All-American Kenny Sailors, downed the Longhorns 58-54 to qualify for the championship game in New York.
  • Meanwhile, the National Invitational Tournament invited another eight teams to Madison Square Garden.
    • Two Big Apple teams, St. John's and Fordham, eked out two-point victories: the Indians 51-49 over Rice and the Rams over Western Kentucky 60-58. A third New York team, Manhattan, was not as lucky, falling to Toledo 54-47. In the last quarterfinal, Washington & Jefferson whipped Creighton by an eyelash, 43-42. In the semifinals, Joe Lapchick's St. John's squad clobbered its Bronx rival 59-43 while Toledo ended W&J's dream season 46-39.
    • On March 29, the Johnnies won the fifth annual NIT by routing Toledo 48-27 to the delight of most of the 18,277 in attendance. After the Rockets tied the game at 22 shortly into the second half, the Indians held them to only five the rest of the way. 6'9" Harry "Big Boy" Boykoff won the MVP award for his scoring and his ability to bat sure baskets away from the goal.
    • The tournament attracted a record 71,032 for the four nights.
  • The next night, the NCAA staged its championship game at the Garden for the first time in the five-year history of its tournament. Wyoming and Georgetown played head-to-head for most of the game with seven lead changes and ten ties. Finally, tournament MVP Sailors led a spurt to pull away 46-34 before 12,206.
  • For the first time, the winners of the two prestigious tournaments met each other on April 1 as part of a charity doubleheader at MSG for the Red Cross.
    • In the opener, the two runners-up met with Georgetown outscoring Toledo 54-40.
    • The finale lived up to the expectations of the 18,316 who packed the arena. The crowd particularly wanted to see the battle inside between Boykoff and Wyoming's 6'7" Milo Komenich. However, the Cowboys also boasted three other starters who are 6'3" or taller plus the incomparable Sailors, the little dynamo who orchestrates the show. The westerners led most of the way and seemed headed for an easy victory when they led by eight with two minutes to play. However, Komenich, who outscored Big Boy 20-17, went out on fouls in the last minute and with 30 seconds left, fiery little Hyman Gotkin stole the ball and led a fast break that tied the score. However, the OT was all Wyoming as Sellers' deft passes set up several baskets and the Cowboys held the Indians without a FG to prevail 52-47. There will now be no debate over who is better between the NIT and NCAA champions

Many observers think that the best team in the country, however, may be Big Ten champion Illinois (17–1), which declined invites to both tourneys. The Illini were paced by the Whiz Kids — 20 year-old All-America forward Andy Phillip and teenagers Ken Menke, Gene Vance, Jack Smiley and Art Mathisen. They so dominated the Big Ten that only Northwestern's Otto Graham could crack the all-conference team.

Meanwhile, the college coaches are demanding a change in the rules to prevent what has come to be known as "goal-tending." With more and more skyscrapers like Boykoff and Komenich swatting away shots as they head toward the basket, the coaches' Executive Committee has recommended that touching a shot when it is on its downward arc be made illegal. They also asked that the number of fouls for disqualifying a player be raised from four to five. The committee also opposes unlimited substitution in college games.

Video on the 1943 St. John's team including footage from the Wyoming game

January 21-27, 1980


"Ralph who?" That was the chant of Duke students as the Blue Devils hosted Virginia and its freshman giant, 7'4" Ralph Sampson. However, the visitor got the last laugh with 23 PT and 13 RB in the 90-84 victory. Sampson outdueled 6'11" Mike Gminski in a battle of the two best centers in the ACC. Jeff Lamp tossed in 27 to backup Big Ralph. Lamp tallied 24 more as UVA edged North Carolina State 49-47 to move into second place. Lamp's jumper won with four seconds left.

First place still belonged to Lefty Driesell's Maryland Terrapins, who also bested NC State 66-62. Meanwhile, UNC beat Clemson 73-70 and Wake Forest 73-61 despite losing sensational freshman James Worthy, who broke two bones in his ankle. G Al Wood moved into Worthy's F spot and scored 17 and 26 in the two victories.

Syracuse elated its fans by beating UConn 99-89 but deflated them because they finished one point short of the century mark which would have guaranteed everyone free French fries at a local establishment. Roosevelt Bouie led the way with 29. St. John's upended Villanova 81-75. At 17-1, the Redmen and the Orangemen rank 1-2 in the East, with Virginia third at 16-4.


Florida State, tied with Metro Conference rival Virginia Tech 77-77, missed a shot with seconds left. Les Henson grabbed the RB in the corner, turned and threw the ball the length of the court. Swish! 79-77 Tech. Watch video of the shot.

Louisville's Denny Crum gained his 200th victory in the fewest number of games of any coach reaching that mark. The Cardinals defeated Marquette 76-63, St. Louis 99-74, and FSU 79-73. G Darrell Griffith talled 78 for the week.

Arkansas met Texas A&M for the Southwest Conference lead. The Aggies switched from zone to press with 10 minutes left and roared back to win 45-39. Kansas State took control in the Big Eight behind Rolando Blackman who scored a combined 41 in victories over Iowa State (73-63) and Nebraska (66-64 in 2 OT).


Big Ten leader Ohio State beat Illinois 79-76 but fell to Wisconsin, which had lost five in a row, 72-71. Then the Buckeyes downed Virginia 70-65 in a major intersectional clash.

Kentucky moved to the top of the SEC with victories over Mississippi State 87-69 and Georgia, 56-49. Kyle Macy scored 20 against MSU while Sam Bowie had 18/10 for a double-double against UGa. The Bulldogs had earlier knocked Tennessee out of first, 55-54.

DePaul remained unbeaten, surviving a furious Alabama-Birmingham rally which took them from 15 down to two down in five minutes. Mark Aguirre's 22 helped the Blue Demons survive, 57-54. The next outing was a laugher, 105-94 over Evansville as Aguirre canned 27.


Washington State enjoyed the most memorable week in its basketball history. On Thursday, USC fell 77-67 behind senior F Don Collins' 36 points. Then two days later, the Cougars whipped UCLA for the first time in 14 years, 80-64. Collins tallied 31 as WSU shot a conference-record 73.7% from the field. Still, Oregon State remained on top in the Pac-10 by defeating Cal 86-55 for their 13th straight.

After Brigham Young clobbered San Diego State 63-14 on the gridiron last fall, the Cougars transferred their mastery of the Aztecs to the court with a 123-91 romp, the most points ever scored against SDSU. Hawaii tried a different tactic against BYU, refusing to run with them, but lost a squeaker 34-33.

Virginia C Ralph Sampson
Ralph Sampson

Mike Gminski, Duke
Mike Gminski (43)

Louisville G Darrell Griffith
Darrell Griffith

Kentucky G Kyle Macy
Kyle Macy
December 25-31, 1989

Based on "College Report" by William Reed in the January 8, 1990, issue of Sports Illustrated.

Radenko Dobras
Radenko Dobras

Georgetown Coach John Thompson
John Thompson

Tony Jones
Tony Jones

Mark Randall
Roy Williams and Mark Randall

Radenko Dobras, a 6'7" sophomore G for South Florida, led the Sun Belt Conference last season in steals with 56 and averaged 16.2 ppg. Coach Bobby Paschal switched him to shooting G this season. But what is interesting about Dobras is how he got to USF in the first place. You see, Radenko is from Yugoslavia. While playing for the Yugoslavian Junior National team in 1987, he caught the eye of Kansas coach Larry Brown to the point that Brown offered him a scholarship. Before Dobras could cash in on the offer, Brown left for the San Antonio Spurs. Word got to Paschal about the Yugoslav's interest in coming to school in the U.S., and USF signed him. Dobras's work ethic immediately impressed the USF staff. Dobras, who was used to five-hour practices in his homeland followed by hundreds of practice shots, found the limited U.S. practices a snap. Last week, Radenko's early season shooting slump continued as Houston defeated the Bulls 87-78 in the finals of the Tampa Tribune Holiday Invitational in the Sun Dome, USF's home court.

Another foreign player, Texas's Guillermo Myers from Panama, had a harrowing experience the day the Longhorns were to play VMI. That was the day that U.S. troops invaded Panama to capture General Manuel Noriega. It was many hours before Myers learned that his relatives were fine but barricaded in their homes. The 6'8" C played 16 minutes but failed to score in the 98-74 victory. After the game, an assistant coach led Myers off the court to shield him from the media.

Coach John Thompson's Georgetown Hoyas, who at the beginning of the season journeyed to Hawaii to take on "powerhouses" Hawaii-Loa and Hawaii Pacific, traveled to Nevada for a December 29 clash with Northern Iowa. Desperate for a game in Las Vegas during the holidays, Thompson called on friend Sonny Vaccaro, "the Nike sneaker wheeler-dealer." UNLV wasn't interested but Vaccaro found out that Long Beach State wanted out of its contract with the Panthers for the 29th. Since NIU would be playing at Nevada-Reno December 27, it was easy to convince them to replace LBSU with Georgetown. Thompson got his trip to glitzland and a 83-49 romp before 4,348 fans.

Tony Jones, Purdue's senior PG, piloted the Boilermakers to a surprising 7-1 start, leading the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and assists (5.5). But Jones also pilots actual planes. In fact, he came to Purdue because of its aviation program and made his first solo flight as a freshman. Coach Gene Keady is OK with Tony's flight plans but hasn't yet gone up with his captain, although he says it isn't because of lack of confidence. "Sure, I would go up with him." Last week Purdue competed in the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Tucson. After defeating Wake Forest in the opener 66-52, the Boilers were flattened by home-standing Arizona 85-66 in the finals.

Baptist College traveled from Charleston to Tuscaloosa to take on mighty Alabama. The visitors actually led 6-3. However, they didn't score another point the entire first half. The Buccaneers trailed 32-6 at intermission en route to a 63-32 thumping. Asked about his team's scoring drought, coach Gary Edwards said, "We did not shoot very well." Only someone with years of basketball training could offer such insight. Edwards has a future as a TV commentator.

The Kansas Jayhawks of second-year coach Roy Williams achieved the largest one-week jump in the history of the AP poll at the beginning of the season when they defeated #2 LSU and Shaquille O'Neal in Baton Rouge and #1 UNLV, and #25 St. John's at Madison Square Garden to capture the Preseason NIT. With victories over Texas-Pan American (103-83) and Stanford (83-61) last week in a tournament in Kansas City, the Jayhawks continued undefeated after 12 games. KU has been getting balanced scoring from Kevin Pritchard, Mark Randall, and Rick Calloway, all averaging within two points of each other.

Speaking of LSU, Dale Brown's Tigers continued their cupcake schedule last week. They defeated Hardin-Simmons 100-66 to run their record to 6-1. The talent-laden but young Bengals fell out of the AP poll after the loss to Kansas but won't get back in the Top 25 until they play some at least semi-formidable opponents. That list will start with Texas in Houston January 2 and Mississippi State at Starkville two days later.

December 5-11, 1966

Based on "Basketball's Week" by Mervin Hyman in the December 19, 1966, issue of Sports Illustrated.

"Everyone knows that visitors almost never win in Lexington, but Illinois missed the message" to the great chagrin of Kentucky czar-er-coach Adolph Rupp. Despite 40 points by Wildcat sharpshooter Louie Dampier, the Illini prevailed 98-97 on Rick Jones's two FTs in OT. The Baron was not pleased with the officiating mostly because F Pat Riley was called for three fouls within 32 seconds in the first half and had to sit out for 25 minutes.

Later in the week, it was Illinois's Harry Combes who was disgusted with the zebras. Playing in another difficult place to win, Morgantown WV, the Illini were tied with West Virginia at 88 when the home team's Dave Reaser launched a jumper at the buzzer. "Too late," screamed Combes. The officials thought otherwise and counted the basket.

Meanwhile, UK played another barnburner against a Big Ten foe, this time winning 118-116 over Northwestern on Riley's two FTs with two seconds left. NU's Jim Burns tallied 34 but Riley's 33 added to Dampier's 32 offset his efforts.

North Carolina trounced Tulane 92-69 as Bob Lewis dished out 10 assists, 6'11" Rusty Clark pulled down 19 RBs, and Larry Miller tossed in 28. N.C. State and Maryland met in an early ACC matchup. The Wolfpack tried to slow it down but scored only one FG in the lst 17:54 to lose 54-38. The Terrapins didn't fare so well in another conference game, losing to South Carolina 65-63 when the Gamecocks' Jack Thompson stole the ball with a minute to play, was fouled, and made both shots.

Southern Illinois collapsed around Louisville C Westley Unseld and played a deliberate style on O. Unseld still got 21 points and 28 RBs but the Cardinals needed sophomore Butch Beard's five points in the second OT to win 70-66.

Cazzie Russell, who led Michigan to the 1965 Finals against UCLA, "is no longer stomping the rickety boards of old Yost Field House." Nevertheless, Coach Dave Strack's Wolverines pulled two upsets. Ever hear of a team getting outrebounded 80-40 and winning? That's what happened when Houston shot so miserably that UM stole a 86-75 victory. Then Strack unleashed a press against taller Davidson, forcing 19 turnovers. Sophomore Dennis Stewart, benched for sleeping through a meeting, scored 22 to spark the 71-68 upset. However, Michigan was outquicked by Bowling Green 90-83.

The Kansas Jayhawks clobbered Ohio State 94-70, then combined with rival Kansas State to defeat Florida State and Baylor in the two Sunflower Classic doubleheaders. Elsewhere in the midwest, Bradley topped the century mark twice, battering Murray State 108-85 and USC 102-97 as Joe Allen totaled 45.

In a battle of Jesuit schools, unheralded Fairfield led Boston College by 11 at the half before Steve Adelman led the Eagles to a 93-76 victory with 26 points. Providence had trouble with crosstown rival Brown but prevailed 76-72 behind Jimmy Walker's 22.

Coach Don Haskins, irritated by the complacency of his Texas Western squad after their historic upset of Kentucky in the finals last spring, suspended backcourt star Bobby Joe Hill indefinitely. The Miners still had no trouble with East Texas State 61-30. Fortunately, Hill returned for Pan American. The Broncs shot 80% the first half of the second half to take an eight-point lead. TW squeezed by 67-65. Two nights later in Dallas, SMU threw up a 2-1-2 zone that shut off the middle. But wee Willie Worsley hit from outside to open up the middle for "Daddy D" Lattin to get 21 as the Miners won their fifth straight 71-62.

The most heralded sophomore in the nation, Lew Alcindor, led his UCLA Bruins to back-to-back romps over visiting Duke, 88-54 and 107-87. Fellow Athletic Association of Western Universities member Washington State bombed Montana State 116-79 while another AAWU contender, California, set a school scoring record in the 108-81 rout of Oklahoma.

Kentucky G Louie Dampier
Louie Dampier
Louisville C Wes Unseld
Wes Unseld
Steve Adelman, Boston College
Steve Adelman
Providence G Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
Lew Alcindor
Lew Alcindor