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THE MICHIGAN DAILY FR
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NCAA Begins Regional Cage Play

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By FRED KATZ
Special to The Daily
EVANSTON--Defending champ
Kentucky puts its NCAA title on
the line tonight here at North-
western's McGraw Hall with old
homestate rival Louisville getting
first crack at the Wildcats.
Michigan State and Marquette
closed out the first night's action
of the Mideast Regional basketball
tournament in the second game of
the attractive twin-bill.
Favorites Meet Tomorrow
Kentucky and MSU rule as sub-
stantial favorites to meet tomor-
row night for the right to advance
to the °NCAA finals to be held
March 20-21 at Louisville.
But Marquette could be the
sleeper in the foursome. The War-
riors, 423-4), appearing in their
first NCAA competition since 1955,
are one of the strongest indepen-
dents in the country.
Whips Bowling Green
They earned their way into the
second round by whipping Bowling
Green Tuesday, 89-71. Piloted by
rookie Coach Ed Hickey (former
All-American at St. Louis), Mar-
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quette is a solid, well-balanced'
club.
Six-foot nine-inch center Mike
Moran, the greatest scorer in the
school's history, paces the War-
riors, and is expeeted to give
State's Johnny Green a rugged
battle on the boards.
Strong Support
Moran gets plenty of support
from Walt Mangham (holder of
the National Scholastic high jump
record at 6'9/4"), Don Kojis, Jim
Kollar and Jim McCoy. The latter
is the brother of MSU's former
All-America Julius McCoy, thus
adding a touch of irony to to-
night's second game.
Michigan State automatically
earned a berth in the quarter-
finals by virtue of its Big Ten
championship. The Spartans, 18-3,
and seventh in the Associated
Press' final national poll, are com-
peting in their second NCAA tour-
nament. Two years ago they ad-
vanced to the semi-finals with
victories over, Notre Dame and
Kentucky, before being eliminated
by eventual champion North Caro-
lina, 74-70, in three overtimes.
State's great one-two punch of
Green and Bob Anderegg were
both vital parts of the 1957 club
as sophomores. Green made the
All-Tournament team in both the
regional and final tournaments.
Kentucky, sporting a 23-2 mark
(the tournament's best), was run-
nerup in the Southeastern Con-
ference but advanced to the
NCAA's when titlist Mississippi
State turned down its bid. One of

the Wildcats' losses came at the
hands of Mississippi State, 66-58.
Cox Leads Team
An old hand at NCAA tourna-
ment play, Kentucky will be shoot-
ing for its fifth national title in
its history. They're led by All-
America forward Johnny Cox who
averaged 18.4 points per game and
collected 315 rebounds.
Paired with Cox is Bill Lickert,
6'S" sophomore, who was second
in team scoring with 312 points.

Other starters are Don Dills, Dick
Parsons and Bennie Coffman.
Least Impressive
Louisville brings the least im-
pressive record (16-10) here, but
the Cardinals have been a rapidly
improving outfit after dropping
five of their first nine games
against some of the nation's best
teams. Louisville turned back
Eastern Kentucky, 77-63, Tuesday,
to earn its way into the quarter-
finals.

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Thon er-ztars
FOUR YEARS AGO M. C. Burton and George Lee finished their high
school basketball careers, and were acclaimed to be the finest pair
of "superstars"'to ever come out of Michigan in a single year.
Lee, teamed with George Duncan for two years, had made High-
land Park the most feared high school in state basketball circles. With
Duncan gone in Lee's senior year, the burly guard still managed to
carry the Parkers to the 1954 state championship game before losing.
The story was much the same with Burton, although he was only
the beginning of Muskegon Heights' fine basketball tradition. Teaming
with his younger brother Ed and a number of other fine high school
ball players, Burton led his team to the 1955 state championships, only
to lose in the finals.
This was perhaps typical of high school basketball. Upsets are
cohimon, and the best squads and best players-judged by, potential
and talent-don't always beat the squads that are "best" on a given
night. But they were still the superstars of the 1954 and 1955 seasons.
Highland Park, always a power in basketball, will remember the days
of Lee and Duncan as its best ever. And Muskegon Heights, on the
strength of the second Burton, captured two straight state champion-
ships.
Of course, it was a shame that neither could win the title in their
senior year, but fate has not always been kind to this pair.
A New Arena. .
IN THE FALL OF 1955, M. C. Burton and George Lee came to Michi-
gan. By November they were well known, as they sparked the fresh-
man basketball squad to a solid victory over the varsity. The immediate
reaction: things were looking up for Michigan basketball.
By their sophomore year the two had established themselves as
regulars on the varsity, spots they haven't relinquished since. But
Michigan's cage fortunes didn't
rise as far as most fans had hoped.
Nevertheless, the three years of
Burton and Lee have been the best
in Michigan basketball since 1948
-and certainly the best in coach
Bill Perigo's seven-year span. The
195647 season saw the 'M' cagers
hack out an 8-6 Conference record
that was good enough for a fifth-
place tie, Perigo's highest Big Ten
finish to that time. This was, of
course, the last cage season for
the great Ron Kramer, who was
the sparkplug of the squad al-
though newcomer Lee was the
leading scorer. u
The 1957-58 season, however,
was a different story. After the
usual 3-1 start in the Big Ten, the
Wolverines won only one more
game, and finished in ninth place
with a 4-10 record. Burton was the
leading scorer this time, but no
one really cared.
Apparently Michigan basketball
fortunes were not on their way up
at all, and the names of BurtonORGE LEE
and Lee would simply join those cuch shots
many others who had tried to play Big Ten basketball under the
Michigan banner.

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NEWEST CONFERENCE PHENOMENA--Jerry Lucas, Ohio State
freshman, shows the Junior varsity one of his array of fine shots
that helped him to average 32 points per game in 77 high school
starts.
Buckeyes' Lucas Heads
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By JIM BENAGH
The Big Ten will turn to fresh-
men for its top scorers next year
with eight of 10 top point-makers
graduating - and prospects hint
there will be a trend of great1
ones.
Nine Big Ten schools (exclud-
ing Purdue) answered a survey3
by The Daily and the combined;
report indicated that as many as,
15 yearlings may break into-start-;
ing lineups. Ten of these are lab-f
eled "sure-bets."
Ohio State, with four Ohio all-
state prepsters in its freshman1
line-up, is far ahead of the list.
The main reason is a 6'9" high
school All-America, Jerry Lucas,
who may be the best player in the,
Big Ten next year.
Averages 32 Points
The husky, 220-pounder scoted
45 and 48 points against the
Buckeye varsity, hitting 19 of 22
Crown Ready'
For Robertson
Cincinnati's Oscar . Robertson
finished the regular portion of
the basketball season with 862
points and an average of 33.2 a
game. And even though tourna-
ment games are included in the
final statistics, that made win-
ning the college title almost a
can't miss proposition.
To bring Robertson's average
down to the 29.3 point level of
runner-up Leo Byrd of Marshall
would require holding "Big O" to
18 points in four possible NCAA
tournament games.
Byrd finished with 704 points
in 24 games. Jim Hagan of Ten-
nessee Tech is third on the list
with 720 points and a 28.8 aver-
age.
Only two others of the top 10
scorers - Bob Boozer of Kansas
State, No. 6, and Jerry West of
West Virginia, 'No. 10 -' contin-
ued play in the National Colle-
giate Championships. Only a
couple of incredible scoring per-
formances could put them into
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field goal attempts on one of
those occasions. Lucas averaged
32.0 points in 77 prep games.
Guard Mel Nowell, a hometown
boy, is expected to join Lucas in
the line-up immediately and John
Havlicek has a good chance at one
of the forward slots. Frosh team-
mate Gary Gearhart'is said to be
a threat for another position,
which would give Ohio a four-
some of yearling starters.
Columbus followers are already
talking in terms of national
championships and seem to have
the Big Ten "sewed up."
But it could be another Ohio
all-stater who could spoil the bid.
He is Gordon Mickey, who crossed
the state line to join the strong
Indiana entry.
Hoosiers Best Bet
Mickey, a Chillicothe native, is
rated the best bet to break into
an already powerful Hoosier five
that included four sophomores
and a junior this past season. In-
diana coaches describe him as
"fast, good shooter and fine re-
bounder." He is 6'7".
Michigan's hopes are built
around Scott Maentz, an East
Grand Rapids all-stater in both
football and basketball. A cousin
of former 'M' grid captain Tom
Maentz, the 6'2" forward has the
best chance to play first string
next winter, Coach Bill Perigo
said.
A good shooter, he will be bid-
ding for one of the forward posi-
tions vacated by graduating M. C.
Burton and George Lee.
Other Michigan freshmen who
will back up next year's starters
are Steve S c h o e n h e r r, who
smashed former captain Pete ,Tl-
lotson's scoring records at Luding-
ton, and Dick Clark.
Attucks High Product
Illinois became the latest school
to benefit from an Indianapolis
Attucks High product when all-
stater Ed Searcy enrolled last fall.
This high school produced such
notables as Cincinnati's Oscar
Robinson and Indiana's Hallie
Bryant.
Michigan State turns to Art
Schwarm, an Evanston, Ill., new-
comer, to replace some of the
slack that will be left by graduat-
ing Johnny Green and Bob An-
deregg. The Spartans also have
Bob Spavero, of Pittsburgh, and
Art Brandstatter.
Iowa rates Dave Nelson its lead-
ing hopeful while Northwestern
ranks Ralph Wells in the'same
category. Both are good shooters.
Other than Ohio, Wisconsin
may get the biggest help from
sophomores. The Badgers claim
three youngsters could start, de-
spite the return of 15 lettermen
from its cellar team.

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The Big Season..
1958-59 SEASON started far better than those previous. Only
one game was lost before the Conference season, and the usual, Big
Ten beginning was recorded. Well, everyone knows the story. Those
who wanted a championship team were disappointed as always, but
those who simply wanted a team that would put on a good showing,
and would win its share are happy.
The 8-6 Conference record (ironically the same as the 1957 fiftly-
place team) was good enough for a second-place tie. The squad broke
the all-time team scoring record.
Burton broke Kramer's individual
season scoring record, and almost
reached his 'M' career scoring rec-
ord. And Burton was the first
Michigan cager to lead the Big
Ten in scoring since Bennie
Oosterbaan in 1927. They are the
only two ever-to achieve this feat
for Michigan.
So the college careers of Burton
E a and Lee are now over,'on a sue-
cessful note much the same as in
high school. But again without the
"big" one.
It is the way of all competitive
sports: everyone can't be a win-
ner. There are always those games
when ft would be "just great" if a
certain player could close out his
career in fine style. Such was the
Minnesota game last Saturday for
Burton and Lee. And such is the
world of sports: they played a
good solid game-but they didn't
M. C. BURTiN give the fais that "big" going-
concentrationaway present that was hoped for.

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Coaxing a spot to disappear is one of the trick-
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First, the cause of the spot must be considered. Then, only
those solutions and compounds that will not harm the
fabric can be selected for use. But the most important
"ingredients" of all is the spot-remover's skill.. In the
hands of a good professional, "spotting" works almost
like magic. For an amateur, the results can be disastrous.
Our dry cleaning manager personally attends to all our
spot removing. He's an expert, with over 30 years of
experience.

N4 MORE Burton and Lee: "We'll really miss them" is the only
comment needed from Perigo. Michigan will be losing the two best
basketball players in its modern cage history, and it will be awhile
before either can be replaced or forgotten.
Burton's deliberate and concentrated style; his sharp set-shots
and delay jumps; his "all-out" play in every situation; even his "go-it-
alone" tendency which results most probably from a feeling of "we've
got to have this basket" (and which almost always is successful); and
the resultant "show 'em how" leadership which his teammates can't
help but respect. These will be hard to replace.
Lee's powerful play under the boards; his effectiveness from either
the guard or forward position; his fine array of under-the-basket
shots, plus the soft jump-shot he has found this year; most of all the
great clutch play, as shown by the game-winning shot against Minne-
sota and many other such performances during the year (which goes
a long way to make up for Lee being one of the most erratic players
in college basketball); and, of course, his famous showmanship. These,,
too, will be hard to replace.

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