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Tops -iur


honors if the rest of the pack
keeps knocking each other off,
and if someone (maybe the Wol-
verines themselves) can stop the
Spartans. Perigo's depth problem
will be the big stumbling block.
INDIANA is still a big question;
mark as the loss of Bob Wilkinson
due to academic troubles forces
the Hoosiers to start a quintet in-
cluding four sophomores. Wilkin-
son was the only starter from last
year's squad.
However, a record shattering
122 points against -Ohio State
showed that scoring punch is not
lacking from Indiana's youngsters,
as Wilkinson's replacement hit for
Upstart MINNESOTA has been
having its days of glory, and even
led the Conference at an early
stage. But not even the scoring of
Ron Johnson should be able to
bring the Gophers to the top of
the heap.
PURDUE got off on the wrong
foot with a loSs to Michigan, and
has had a hard time getting back
into winning habits. The Boiler-
makers have begun to roll now,
though, and could make it tough
for any team in the Conference.
With one of the highest team
scoring averages in the country,
ILLINOIS should be higher up the
ladder than it is. But the defense
of the Fighting Illini has been as
porous as its offense has been
sharp. Unless things change, Illi-
nois will probably continue as an
unranked crowd-pleaser.
season favorite, lost starter Phil

one of the top scorers in the Big Ten, as he continually goe
20 points a game. His scoring has enabled the Hawkeyes to
Michigan and Michigan State.

Warren with a broken foot early
in its hardwood wars and dropped
three league games in his absence.
Warren is back how and the Wild-
cats may begin to live up to ,their
early potential.
Cast in the role of spoilers,
IOWA has fit the casting perfect-
ly. Dave Gunther has averaged
over 20 points a game as the
Hawkeyes periodically step in and
wreck some other team's title as-

OHIO STATE has a good tee
built around Larry Siegfried E
Larry Houston, but haven't clic
often enough this season to s
in contention.
'nuff said.
So the big show rolls into
second part of its performar
Who will be on top when the t
is rolled up for the season? Pr
ably no one will know until
last act is over.

Teams Battle for Tournament Bid


This year's basketball season is
rapidly approaching the month of
March, when the two big college
tournaments-the NCAA and the
NIT-take place.
All the major college teams as-
pire to play in one of these tour-
The NCAA is a 24-team affair
which includes the champions of
the major conferences plus teams
at large which have had good sea-
sons. Kentucky is the defending
champion, having won its fourth
crown last year.
Xavier Falls
On the other hand, the NIT is
a 12-team tourney comprised of
independents, second place teams
in the big conferences, and usual-
ly a liberal sprinkling of New York
area teams. Last year's champ,

Xavier (of Ohio), is having a poor
year and it's unlikely that they
will be back for another try this
One interesting note about the
two tourneys As that they some-
times fight over teams, especially
independents. It is debatable
which of these championships is
the biggest prestige factor, and
both tournament committees want
the top ranked clubs playihg in,
their contests.
NCAA Possibilities
At the present time some of the
best bets to play in the NCAA are
Michigan State, Kentucky (again),
Marquette, Cincinnati, the Univer-
sity of Washington, Oklahoma
State, Oklahoma City, ,and pos-
sibly Notre Dame, which is recov-
ering from a poor start.
However, in the NTIT as well as

the NCAA, it is very difficult noN
to foresee the teams which wil
play. Some possibilities are Day
ton, Louisville, Bowling Greer
Butler and several others, espe
cially New York squads.
Some Surprises
Some of the teams striving fo
tourney bids have been surprise
this year while others have le
down their supporters. Kentuck
and San Francisco, two perennia
powerhouses with young club;
have come up with good squac
as have Michigan, Indiana, an
Butler in the Mid-West.
Another surprise team has bee
Texas Tech which beat a goo
Iowa team earlier. Meanwhil(
other Big Ten teams, Northwest
ern and Purdue, along with Notr
Dame, have not lived up to expec

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