It was quite a week for the Indiana basketball team. On Tuesday, Coach Bobby knight dismissed three players, allegedly for smoking of marijuana; that same day five others were put on probation for undisclosed reasons; Saturday the Hoosiers climaxed events with a 68-67 overtime upset of sixth-ranked Kentucky.
"It's about time we started playing well," said swing man Mike Woodson, one of the five put on probatioin. "this just might get us over the hump."
The host Hoosiers had gotten off to a 3-3 start before the victory over the previously unbeaten defending NCAA champion Wildcats.
Woodson, who scored 27 points, tied the game at 58-all with a three-point play at the end of regulation time. The junior connected on a pair of free throws late in overtime to provide the final victory margin.
Sophomore centre Ray Tolbert, another member of the quintet on probation, added 21 points. The Hoosiers took twice as many free throws as did the Wildcats (44-22), who shot 38 percent from field.
Michigan State (No. 3), the highest-ranked team to see action Saturday, suffered a 70-69 upset loss at the hands of host North Carolina, ranked 13th.
The Tar Heels were ahead, 58-54, with forward Mike O'Koren at the free throw line when the Spartan wench was hit with a technical. O'Koren made three of four possible free throws and Rich Yonakor scored on Carolina's ensuring possession to give the Tar Heels a 63-54 lead.
The Spartans trailed by five with 1:24 remaining but scored two baskets while Tar Heels Al Wood and Dudley Bradley were missing free throws to narrow the gap to 70-69 with 15 seconds left.A Carolina turnover gave them a final shot, but Jay Vincent missed a 15-footer with seven seconds left.
Freshman Derek Smith scored 22 points in 18 minutes, canning eight of 10 shots to pace fourth-ranked Louisville to a 106-60 rout of West Virginia.
No. 5 UCLA got 23 points from Roy Hamilton and 21 from Dave Greenwood en route to a 97-73 victory over San Diego State.
Hawkeye Whitney scored 13 points to lead a balanced Wolfpack attack as No. 7 N. C. Carolina State routed North Carolina-Wilmington, 75-51.
Senior center Paul Mokeski's season-high 19 points sparked No. 8 Kansas to a 71-64 triump over SMU. Oxon Hill (MD.) High's Booty Neal and Brad Sanders came off the bench to ignite a 12-2 burst that lifted the Jayhawks into a 61-52 lead with seven minutes remaining.
Mike McGee scored 36 points to lead ninth-ranked Michigan to a 104-73 trouncing of Western Michigan. The Wolverines outscored the Broncos, 14-5, at the beginning of the second half to pull into a 62-46 lead.
Dale Shackelford and Roosevelt Bouie each scored 19 points as unbeaten and 10th-ranked Syracuse dusted Penn State, 67-50.
Four members of the Associated Press second 10 kept their unbeaten records unblemished. Bernard Toone scored 23 points as No. 14 Marquette posted a 72-55 victory over Minnesota; Mark Smith's 18 points carried 18th-ranked Illinois to an 82-44 romp over Kent State; Larry Bird poured in 48 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to spark No. 20 Indiana State over Butler, 109-71.
No. 16 Georgetown, with 16 points from freshman Eric Floyd and 15 more from Craig Shelton, made extensive use of its reserves in a 96-58 blitz of St. Mary's (MD).
Freshman Jeff Bullis finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds and frosh Mike Hancock made all four of his shots from the field and grabbed five of the Hoyas' 54 rebounds.
Albert King returned after a two-game absence (sprained knee) and notched a 19-point, four-assist effort to lead host Maryland to an 82-71 vicotry over East Carolina. Terp forward Ernest Graham led all scorers with 20 points and Larry Gibson pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
In other games involving area teams, Auburn defeated Nave, 63-57, in the final of the Big Sun Invitational; Dan Harrigan's 18-footer with four seconds left gave Colgate a 73-71 victory over Howard and UDC rallied for a 75-69 victory over Kutztown State.