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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 1966




Wolverines Set

To Climb Over


Acting Sports Editor
Special To The Daily
IOWA CITY-Western Kentucky
coach Johnny Oldham is a very
confused young man. Sometimes
he thinks he runs the greatest,
* most terrifying group of basketball
players in the country. At other
times, he's just trying to do the
best he can with a poor little
school in Bowling Green, Ky-a
school that only wants a tiny
piece of glory, a weeny little bit
of fame, and a chance to rip the
9 hell out of Kentucky.
"Why, when we beat Loyola,"
he says smugly, "we didn't even
play our best game of the year."
Does that mean the Ramblers
were an overrated team?
"I didn't know anything about
Loyola when we played them,"
snorts Oldham. "All I know is
that they were rated number
four. Now that makes us pretty
good, doesn't it."
How does he feel about playing
Fingers Crossed
Suddenly his face turns pale,
and he shudders. "Gosh, they're a

great big school, and they get all
sorts of publicity. When we play
I'll have to cross my fingers .
and my legs too."
The Wolverines will get a chance
to find out what the Hilltoppers
are all about tonight at 10 p.m.
(Ann, Arbor time) when the two
schools square off in the NCAA
Mideast Regionals. The game will
be televised on channel. 2.
Despite Oldham's alleged fears,
most people think he would rather
play Adolph Rupp's number one
Kentucky crew. A few weeks ago
Oldham said he wanted to get in-
to the tourney to prove his team
was better than Rupp's. Assistant
Michigan coach Jim Skala adds,
"I think they care more about
playing Kent-4cky than they do
about winning the championship."
About Kentucky .. .
The story is that Western and
Kentucky have never ... no, never
played each other. This despite the
best efforts of the state legislature
which has twice introduced bills
designed to force the two Blue-
grass schools into a meeting. Rupp,
who has nothing to gain by such
a showdown, must have the
stronger lobbying forces as well as

the more prestigious team.
This season, the Hilltoppers dis-
like the Wildcats more than ever
before. Having one of their finest
seasons ever, Western has never-
thless been ignored by sportswrit-
ers. "I really don't know why we
aren't getting any publicity," sighs
Oldham. "But I sure know Ken-
tucky is getting their share."
Despite the Wildcat's phenom-
enal season, which has brought
them oodles of clippings, it is a
mystery why the Hilltoppers were
forgotten until their stunning up-
set over Loyola. The team is now
billed a sleeper, a cinderella squad,
and a sentimental favorite, but ac-
tually Western has a long history
of winning basketball.
Red Crying Towel
Ed Diddle, who was the coach
up until his retirement two sea-
sons ago, had a better career rec-
ord than Rupp. He was more col-
orful too.
Diddle, the man who introduced
the notion that he who laughs
laughs, laughs laughs, was famous
for his red crying towel. He used
the cloth more than Linus uses his
blanket. It served to mop perspir-
ing brows, cover the coach's eyes

from defeat, and symbolize a vic-
tory when it was tossed into the
air. En route to one such triumph,
Diddle got careless and he tossed
the towel with terrible accuracy.
Not wanting to drop the filthy
but precious possession, Diddle

leaned over backwards to catch town. ("Don't get us confused with
it. He succeeded but at the same I Bowling Green, Ohio," he warns

time he fell over the back of the
bench and took his assistant coach
with him.
Oldham is more sedate, but
equally dedicated to school and

Top Teams Bein
Regional Action

sternly. "We always wind up get-
ting their mail." He also points
out that as of last Saturday the
school became a university and is
no longer a state college.)
Getting back to his role as lead-
er of the best team in the country,
Oldham says, "We can beat any-
body if we play well." His squad
might be able to back up those
sentiments. Featuring four players
6'5" and a 6'3" star in Clem Has-
First Round
Temple 88, Virginia Tech 73
New York Univ. 68, DePaul 65
Boston 124, Cincinnati 120

kins, Western ranks among the
nation's leaders in such diversi-
fied categories as rebounding,
field goal percentage, and team
Trying to make his drawl sound
scholarly, Oldham promises, "We
use every kind of defense there is,
and one may presume with a high
degree of safety that we'll throw
them all at Michigan. We must
play well to leave the game in a
happy frame of mind."
Wolverine coach Dave Strack

says in more simple language
that he wants to win too. "They
are a fast ball club," he concedes.
"But we plan to run too. We'll try
to keep their attack slow by out-
rebounding them. One thing I'm
sure of is that we'll be ready. The
Michigan State loss only hurt our
And Michigan is willing to let
Western Kentucky get that meet-
ing with Kentucky . .. if Dayton
can beat the Wildcats in regional
game number one.

Thinelads Eye NCAA Meet

Fourteen Wolverine trackmen
will, make the- Journey to 'Detroit's'
Cobo Arena today for the NCAA
Indoor Track Championships. The
je preliminaries for the two-day meet
will begin this afternoon, with the
finals commencing tomorrow af-
The athletes are selected and
entrees accepted on a performance
basis. These competitive achieve-
ments must be attained during the
4 1966 track season. However, cer-
tain athletes not meeting the re-
quirements may petition the Se-
lection Committee for entry in
certain circumstances.
'M' in Six
Michigan's 14 qualifiers, includ-
ing one alternate, are found in
4 six of the 15 championship events
In the 60-yard run, which re-
quires a time of :06.2, Willie
Brown and Carl Ward are the
Wolverine entrees. Charlie Greene
of Nebraska, who shares the world
indoor record of :05.9 with Ford-
ham's Sam Perry and Craig Wal-
* lace of Kentucky State, will be
difficult to conquer. However, only
Greene has run the record time
this season.
Bob Gerometta, Marion Hoey,
Clive Laidley, and Alex McDonald
for m the Michigan mile relay
team. Morgan State will be back
to defend its title in this event.
Iowa and Southern University will
also be tough, according to assist-
ant track coach Dave Martin.
Georgetown, Villanova, a n d'
Eastern Kentucky are; all strong
contenders for the two mile relay,
which requires an effort of 7:40
for participants. Ken Coffin, Jim

Mercer, McDonald, and Elmo Mo-
rales are the Wolverine represent-
atives, with Brian Kelly as an
To Erase Records
In the high jump, defending
champion Frank Costello of Mary-
land and world titleholder Otis
Burrell of Nevada, who is credited
with a mark, of '7'24", are favo-
rites...'M' cindermen Bob Den-
sham d RichHunt have both
surpassed the qualifying mark
of 6'6,>.
One record that has an excel-
lent chance of being erased is the
top NCAA pole vault mark of
15'8%". Bill Fosdick, NCAA out-
door champion from Southern
California, has made 16'1%/" andl
consistently aims for the 16'
mark. Michigan entrant, Captain
George Canamare, holds the Big
Ten outdoor mark of 15'9".
The shot put is Michigan's sixth,
and, says Martin, "probably our
strongest event." Jack Harvey,
'M's' strong boy in track, is the
Big Ten king with a 58'3%" toss.
However, both Gene Crews of Mis-
souri and Southern Illinois stand-
out George Woods have eclipsed
the 61' mark.
More Stars
Outstanding stars in other
events include Central State's
Martin McGrady and Dave Crook
of Nebraska in the 600-yard
event. World recordholder Don
Payne of Kansas State has cross-
ed the wire in the 440 in an even
48seconds. Tom Farrell of St.
John's is a top prospect entered
in the 1000 yards, but he is also
a potential record breaker in
either the 600 or 880.
The two mile run features
Washington State's Gerry Lind-
gren, an 8:34 man, and Big Eight
champion John Lawson of Kansas.
Gene Washington of Michigan
State will be returning to defend
his 60-yard high hurdle title.
However, two hurdlers have done
7.1 seconds in previous meets, a
tenth of a second better than
Washington's best time.
W/ight Throw New
A new event has been added in
this year's NCAA competition, the
35-pound weight throw. Top con-
tenders are John Fiore of Boston
College and Bowdoin's Alex Schul-
ten. The preliminaries and finals
of this event will be conducted on
the Michigan State Fairgrounds.
In a special individual mile, Jim
Ryun, an 18-year-old Kansas
freshman, will highlight the Cobo
Arena competition. The consensus
of track experts and enthusiastes
is that Ryun is "the greatest miler

By The Associated Press,
The 16 remaining basketball
teams resume play tonight in the
NCAA Regional playoffs.
Duke, 23-3, ranked second in
the final Associated Press poll,
and fifth-ranked St. Joseph's,
23-4, play at 7 p.m., EST, in Reyn-
olds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C. Da-
vidson, 21-5, Southern Conference
champion, faces Syracuse, 21-5,
at 9.
St. Joseph's routed Providence
65-48 and Davidson demolished
Rhode Island 95-65 Monday night
at Blacksburg, Va., in the Eastern
regional's first round.
Kentucky,the country's No. 1
team, is in the Mideast Regionals.
Its first test is against Dayton at
Iowa City, in the first half of a
doubleheader that closes out with
ninth-ranked Michigan against
tenth-ranked Western Kentucky.
At Lubbock, Tex., seventh-rank-
ed Cincinnati takes on No. 3 Texas
Western, and fourth-ranked Kan-
sas plays Southern Methodist. The
Western Regionals at Los Angeles
pair University of Pacific against
Utah and Oregon State against
Tonight's winners pair off to-
morrow night. The four survivors
then go to the nationalsemifinals
at College, Park, Md., March 18.
The national title will be decided
Saturday night, March 19, at Col-
lege Park.
Based on the rankings alone,
Kentucky and Texas Western
should collide in the title match-
a game that would pair teams with
amazingly identical records. Both
won their first 23 games, both
lost last Saturday night, and both
came back with victories Monday
night. Kentucky closed its regular
season by beating Tulane and
Texas Western defeated Oklahoma
City in a first-round NCAA game.
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However, neither the Wildcats
nor the Miners have a weak op-
ponent in their respective regional
clashes tonight. Adolph Rupp, who
is sending his 36th Kentucky team
after the school's fifth NCAA
crown, calls his regional the "sui-
cide Junction."
"Dayton has the seven-foot boy,
Henry Finkel, who should give our
little kids a lot of trouble," said
Rupp. "And their Don May is one
of the top all-around sophomores
in the country."
Texas Western also faces a
tough regional opponent in Cin-
cinnati. Fighting ;once again for
national prominence, the Bear-
cats won the Missouri Valley Con-
ference crown for the seventh time
in nine years.

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ever developed in the United
States." In high school he cracled
the four-minute barrier five times
on the outdoor track and now the
6'2", 165 pounder holds the U.S.
mile record of 3:55.3. Ryun will
be joined in this run by at least
three other starters. Among them
is Al Carius, last year's invitational
mile winner, representing the
Chicago Track Club. This is the
last chance Ryun will have to
challenge the indoor record this
With such a star-studded indi-
vidual cast, competition for the
team title, which is decided on a
5-4-3-2-1 scoring basis, is some-
what obscured.
Last year Missouri won with
just 14 points, and 12 of the 14
events were won by different
schools. Therefore, several squads
can be considered as potential
champions. The pre-meet favorite,
if such a thing exists, is the Uni-
versity of Southern California.
However, if teams like Wisconsin,
Michigan State, Georgetown, or
Oklahoma State win the crown,
no major upset would be pro-
Assistant Coach Martin com-
mented that a few of the Michigan
thinclads might have a bit of a
let-down after last week's Big Ten
Championships. They may find it
difficult to rebound from that
rather disappointing fourth-place
conference showing.
However, with such a relatively
few number of points needed to
capture the NCAA title, the
Michigan cindermen could make
a very respectable-if not top-
showing in the 100-school meet.

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