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Spartans, Wildcats Picked as 'Favorites'

e Scramble
Wolverines Battle Badgers;
Search for First Loop Win



TONIGHT at 7:15
in Room 3C in the Union.
HUGO HOHN of Boyne Mountain
will give a LECTURE and SHOW MOVIES.


Midway through last season,
lanky John Benington flapped in-
to Yost Fieldhouse locker room
to cackle over a green-and-white
speckled scheme he'd just hatched.
Illinois was playing unbeaten
Michigan and Michigan State
coach Benington figured that, if
his math held up and the Zodiac
smiled on share-croppers, he'd let
Illinois coach Harry Combes help
him win Coach of the Year
Benington crowed even louder
later on that night when the Il-
lini shot Old King Michigan off
the roost-plugging the Wolverines
with their first loss in 16 home
'Party Crasher'
Benington's Spartans, led by
Stan Washington who could have
been the first 26-foot high jumper
if he'd set his mind to it, went on
Attention all latent penpush-
ers! Here's your chance to make
a name for yourself and get
free press passes. We don't ask
for perfection - in fact, we
don't even. get ulcers being dis-
organized. And we have girls!
to repay Combes by also knocking
off Michigan in the season finale
-but by that time high school-
sized Indiana had cracked the
scheme by tripping up both Illinois
and MSU.
But to show just how scurrilous
Benington's. handshake was, a
gashouse East Lansing team
crashed the season's opening party
at Champaign last weekend.
It's every man for himself this
year in what could be the closest
-the Big Ten has come to a Fourth
of July sack race since before Jer-
ry Lucas.,
Cazzie Russell has graduated,
Rich Jones has been suspended,
Ben McGilmer had a yo-yo for a
tutor, Larry Glass had a Harold
Stassen for a teacher and Bening-

ton had a lot of nerve trying to
win the Big Ten in his first sea-
Jeanne Dixon should have a
field day.
In a league devoid of any na-
tional powerhouses or any fire-
eater All-Americans, the word is
out on Dame Fate. Sophomores and
surprises are in; seniors and
stereotypes are out.
Already, though, Big Ten ath-
letic director Kay Schultz is point-
ing to a season finale between
Michigan State and Northwestern.
Even with loaded dice in the roll,
at least one of the two should be
near the money on March 11.
Pied Race
Both were early pre-season
favorites, both had spotty pre-
season records but both came
through with wins in their open-
Along with MSU and Northwest-
ern, veritable darkhorses Iowa and
Illinois could cash in. Michigan,
Ohio State and Indiana are long
shot favorites and Wisconsin, Pur-
due and Minnesota could have real
trouble getting off the ground.
Shapes of Things
! Michigan State-With Wash-
ington and Bill Curtis off to better
and higher things, Benington has
turned the scoring chores over to
ponderous Matt Aitch and soph
whiz Lee Lafayette. Aitch, bulky
but bruising under the boards, let
Loyola (of New Orleans) and Vil-
lanova wrap him up somewhere
between high and low post and
the Spartans were canned.
Lafayette, touted as the Big
Ten's next superstar, and Aitch,
pumped in 24 apiece against Il-
linois. John Baily plays smartly at
guard, Art Baylor adds rebouding
strength despite an early season
ankle injury, Steve Rymal is an
uncomplaining Joe Dependable,
and 5'7" Richie Jordon can do a
two-handed stuff.
0 Northwestern- Coach Glass
has effectively whiled away two
"potential" championships by try-
ing to play Walter Alston, leaving
an offensive explosion unignited.
This year the 'Cats have become
back-alley scratchers on defense

and have perfected their purring
outside shooters. Jerry Burns,
everyone's pick as the conference's
best guard, means 20-plus points
per game. With soph Terry Gam-
ber, another guard with exception-
al touch, Northwestern has a pow-
erful combo from 20 feet out.
Jim Cummins comes close to
being merely adequate, but Ron
Kozlicki and Mike Weaver are
slick scorers up front. The 'Cats
botched up two in a holiday tour-
nament after nudging St. John's
but their 95 ppg average is still
tops in the ,conference.
* Illinois-Even though the
slush-fund suspension emptied the
extra cartridges out of the Illini
ammunition belt, Combes had
enough guns to come within two
points of the Spartans. The loss
of All-America write-in candidate
Rich Jones should have cut 25
points off Illinois' average, but
soph center Dave Scholz pulled a
Unitas and whizzed into the line-
up at a 22 ppg clip. Suspended
high post man Ron Dunlap may be
riding the bench even if the sen-
tences are revoked at the Big Ten
meeting next week.
In addition to Jones and Dun-
lap, prize sophomores Steve Ku-
berski and Steve' Spanich were
axed in the purge. Jim Dawson
uses a popping jumper and Preston
Pearson scurries at the rate of
sound, but Combes needs Jones at
forward to keep from stalling,
* Iowa-Ralph Miller's Hawk-
eyes hit only 17 per cent from the
floor in the first half during a
home game last year and then
went on to win. Miller has his own
Palestra in isolationist Iowa City.
If the Hawks hadn't been am-
nesiacs on the road, they could
have expanded the NBA.
Chris Pervall and George Peeples
are now trying to outrebound Col.
Hershey and last year's soph sen-
sation, McGilmer, now ineligible,
is fighting it out with the books.
Gerry Jones, Sam Williams, and
Tom Chapman have, however,
sparked seven straight victories.
" Ohio State-Fred Taylor has
been alternating a string of sopho-
mores with junior Bill Hosket and
senior Ron Sepic. In nine games,
Taylor has had as many starters.
Joe Sadelfield, eighth man on the
team until Taylor put him in the
lineup over vacation, returned the
surprise by swishing 16 points in
the Bucks' opener.
Even with Hosket, Ohio State
has strictly a hit-and-miss offense.
Soph Jeff Miller struck for 20 ppg
in his first five starts and then
tailspinned for the next three.
Indiana - Branch McCracken
steped out just in time to let Lou

Watson take credit for the Hoos-
iers' worst season in a decade last
year. Returnees Vern Payne and
Butch Joyner, give Watson a nu-
cleus. Payne is a 5'10" wizard with
a one-handed jumper and Joynerl
is a top cornerman. Even so, the
remainder of the team is staffed
with non-entities like Irv Inniger.
0 Wisconsin-In step with the
rest of the conference, John Hen-
drickson has assembled a senior-
less team, but the Badgers still
do an about face when the com-
pany matches too fast.
Senior Tom Schoeneck has the
only permanent job on the team
-he plays whenever the Badgers
are 15 ahead or behind. Soph
Chuck Nagle, with a deadly corner
shot, has been Hendrickson's most
consisten scorer.
Purdue-Until scandal-studded,
All-America-starred Rick Mount
becomes eligible next year, Boiler-
maker coach George King will play
unlikely men such as Hank Suerth.
King's recruiting maneuvers to
coax Mount into enrolling got him
and Purdue in hot water with the
NCAA, but he has only cold show-
ers to expect from conference foes
now that Dave Schellhase has
graduated. Guards Henry Ebers-
hoff and Dennis Brady help keep
King placated.
0 Minesota-"A coach can show1
a player a lot, but he can't make
All-Americas out of anyone,"
soliloquized Coach John Kundla
before the season. Kundla couldn't
win when All-America Lou Hudson
cracked his elbow last year, and
he has as much chance of win-
ning the Big Ten with Hudson
and Archie Clark in the pros as
Castro has of winning the Nobel
peace prize.
Kundla talks of spirit and en-
thusiasm but says little about
players. Tom Kundla is a respect-
able pivotman, but Wayne Barry
may be the worst starter in the
Big Ten.

Dairyland's John Erickson has
two of the Big Ten's tallest cen-
ters in T1" Eino Hendrickson and
6'9" Tom Schoeneck, but he's de-
cided both are short enough to
ride the bench in tonight's Mich-
igan-Wisconsin game at Madison.
Schoeneck, a senior, has been a
reserve for three years; and Hend-
rickson, a sophomore, bungled his
T h e Michigan - Wisconsin
basketball game tonight will be
broadcast on radio stations
WAAM and WUOM-FM begin-
ning at 8:15.
chance with an inept showing in
the Los Angeles Classic.
Michigan's defending champions,
decimated by Northwestern Satur-
day, are seeking, their first Big
Ten victory. They dumped the
Cold 3Minn.
breaking Indiana defeated Minne-
sota 83-68 last night and evened
its Big Ten basketball record at
Minnesota never led and was
even only at 2-2. The Hoosiers
built up an advantage and were
in front 42-33 at-the half. Minne-
sota came closest at 44-39 early
in the second half, but Indiana
coasted in.

Badgers, 98-88, in a rare exhibi-
tion match set up during the
Ted Voight, a 6'8" soph who
r e p1 a c e d Hendrickson because
Erickson wanted "someone with
more speed and better moves in
the lineup," will start tonight. He
started and played in Wisconsin's
79-76 squeaker over Purdue and
scored zero points.
Outside of Voigt, Erickson hasl
one of the smallest quints in the
conference. Soph Chuck Nagle,
who's been pacing the Badgers
with an 18.2 ppg average, is the
next biggest man under the boards
at 6'5"
Junior Joe Franklin, the other
forward, however, has been the
most aggressive rebounder with
nearly 11 per game.
Even with changes at both
guard positions, Wisconsin will be
without a senior in tonight's line-
up. Junior Jim McCallum has
taken over for junior Mike Carlin
and sophomore Tom Mitchell has
moved ahead of junior Bob John-
Carlin hit for 22 points against
the Wolverines in LA but could
3 manage only two against a shoddy
Boilermaker squad.
With limited backboard strength'
and only scattered outside shoot-
ing, the Badgers play a reckless
hit-and-run game punctuated by
offensive spurts.
In seven years at Madison,
Erickson has mined only two win-
ning season's out of his Dairyland
denizens. Michigan's lifetime rec-
ord against the Badgers is 38-32.

] TS
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Vanderbilt 54, Oklahoma State 38
Florida 78, Mississippi 63
W. Kentucky 63, E. Tennessee 61
Oklahoma 99, Nebraska 87
Wilberforce 109, Bluefield State 78
Ilardin-Simmons 87, E. New Mexico 75
No. Texas State 80, Wichita State 68

22. Sullivan (6'4")
40 Stewart (6'6")
4 Dill (6'10")
32 Bankey (6'1")
24 Pitts (6'3")
11 Nagle (6'5")
25 Franklin (6'4")
41 Volgt (6'8")
34 McCallum (6'3")
14 Mitchell (6'2")


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