FROM THE PRESS BOX
By JOHN THOMAS
MICHIGAN WILL ENCOUNTER Illinois tomorrow night at Urbana in
the second game of the current trip. The Suckers have planned a rous-
ing welcome for the Michigan team that includes a victory on their home
floor-or so they intimate in advance dope.
We never heard of weather conditions hampering basketball practice
until just the other day. In the Daily Illini there appeared a story about
a rainstorm causing postponement of practice for the Michigan game by the
Ilini cage team. In their brand new gym someone forgot to plug the roof and
numerous leaks allowed the water to fall to the court. Finally Coach Craig
Rudy called off the practice for the day because of uncertain footing. Sev-
oral of his players had slipped and*- -
and here it is-r-
the decision was made that it was
too dafigerous. They might have em-
ployed a "mopper-up"-as Michigan
does during games.
Coach Cappon expects to stand pat
on his lineup that started Michigan's
ast two games, Syracuse and Iowa.
Captain Eveland and Plummer will
he at the forwards and Garner at
center. Ray Altenhof, one of the stars
of the Iowa game, will team with Pe-
toskey at the guards.
, If Coach Ruby uses the same line-
up tomorrow night as he did in the
cipning game of the year, against
Bradley, (which he probably won't)
the Illini should have a slightly tal-
ler aggregation on the floor than the
Wolverines. That team, composed of
F'enl, Froschauer, Helimich, Beynon
aid C. Kamm, averaged something
6v r six feet.
Hellmich is a mere six feet four
inches while our own Ed Garner
f-ears up into the atmosphere for
two more inches. The battle for tip-
off should be close and interesting.
Incidentally, two good ends should
meet in tomorrow night's battle.
Fred Fenclr, regular Illini fiankman
this year, is one of the few experi-
enced cagers playing for Coach Rudy
this season. Ted Petoskey will prob-
ably start at one guard for Michigan.
The ref may even find the two off
in a corner of the court sometime
during the evening discussing the
matter of evading the defensive half
while going down under punts, or
sm aof the other technical points
connected with end play.
'The twin bugaboos, ineligibility and.
injuries, hndicapped the Illini in
their wvrm-up games, .and, as far a
we can learn, may still be on hand
tomorrow night. Capt. Red Owen was
kept out of early practice and the
Bradley Tech game with an infected
ear, while Cas Bennet, a regular, was
kept out by inelegibility during the
early games, but did play in the game
with University of Detroit last week.
Owen also got into the Detroit game
for a short time and will probably be
sufficiently recovered to start tomor-
The line-up against Detroit shows
that coach Rudy has been experi-
. pf deal during the
Bennet and Fros-
chauer were at the
3.* lforwards, Helimich
at center, and Ben-
~2~Q Yon and Theobold
When Owens has
i Benyon and Theo-
'?bold will have to
*, k: fight it out for the
other guard posi-
tion, with the lat-
ter having an edge due to his fine
play in the Detroit game.
The Illini record for -warm-up
games gives them a -big edge over
Michigan. They won- four and lost
one while Michigan won- one and lost I
four. This fact cannot be taken as a
particularly good indication of the'
relative strength of the two teams,
though, because, in no case, were
their opponents the same.
In the final preliminary game they
turned back a strong U. of D. team
by a close score, 26 to 21. U. of D.
has a good team this year but we
don't believe they would be any
match for Michigan State or West-
ern State, both of whom defeated
In their opener they defeated
Bradley 26 to 21, lost to Wabash in
the second game 29 to 27 and came
back with wins over Missotri, 36 to
24 and North Dakota, 26 to 24.
---Associated Press Photo
Bout Set Fri. .1.4
CHICAGO, Jan. 7.- /P)-"Society
Mid" Hogan, the old featherweight
of 10 years ago, looked up with blank
amazement at Sidney Strotz and
made a dash for the door.
"Didja see what that guy just
did?" he gasped. "Why, he's gone
nutty! He picked up a looking glass
and jumped on it just like that! I'm
not going to hang around that guy.
No, sir! He's flirting with bad luck."
But if you peek into the office or
bedroom of theyoung president of
the Chicago Stadium these days,
you'll find such an event as break-
ing a mirror just an ordinary jinx,
defier by Strotz. He's president of
Chicago's Anti-Superstition Society
and delights in tearing four-leaf
clovers into bits, walking under lad-
ders, drinking with his left hand,
reaching for checks and getting
some one to toss dice behind his
"I'm out to prove that these su-
perstitions, most of which have
grown tobe lawstamong fighters, are
a lot of foolishness," he says.
To top off his campaign, Strotz
astounded his friends and associates
by scheduling a featherweight chai-
"ionship fight at the Stadiul on no
other day than Friday, January 13.
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