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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Mermen Have
Crowded Week
Swim Meet With Buckeyes
dIated ForWednesday
Wolverine swimmers will endeavor
to repeat their previous performance
when they meet Ohio State's natators
Wednesday evening in the first of
this week's three conference meets.
After defeating the Buckeyes, 50
to 34, on Jan. 24, the Varsity has had
alengthy period of rest and practice
prior to leaving for Columbus this
afternoon. Friday and Saturday eve-
fings will see the Michigan men com-
peting at Northwestern and Purdue
The trip will prove to be a sure
test of the Wolverines' power since
this trio of opponents are probably
the strongest teams in the Big Ten.
Moreover, no other team has sched-
uled three conference meets within
five days.
The first win over the Buckeyes
revealed a score that gave the Wol-
verines a decided advantage. Some
persons however feel that State's
diving duo of Charley Batterman
and Frank Dempsey have the edge
regardless of Michigan's "T-Bone"
Martin's sparkling victory a mere
two weeks ago. The uncertainty of
predicting the winners in this event,
however, can give the event to any
one of the four entered divers.
After this trip the Wolverines will
have just one week to prime them-
selves for the biggest meet of the
current season with Yale University.
The Eli will invade Ann Arbor Feb. 21.
Color, Fanfare
To Be Keynote
Of Mat Show
You know, in the East they do this
wrestling thing up big.
That is to say, a Mat meet at Le-
high or Lafayette or Penn State is
strictly no sneak preview. The
crowds that jam the stands don't just
happen to be there because the west-
ern serial at the Bijou that day ain't
so hot. They're there because the
wrestling meet is the day's biggest
attraction. There; a band, there's
cheer leaders, there's fire and life and
pepper from the time the 121 pound-
ers make the first overtures at each
other until the final thump in the
heavyweight brawl. In short there's
a spectacle, folks.
We're doing it the Eastern way out
here next Monday night.
After the basketball game with In-
diana that evening there will be a
brief flurry of mat-throwing-down in
the middle of the cage court. Follow-
Ing this prelude the Varsity will have
at it against a high-riding wrestling
outfit from the University of Neb-
raska. The Michigan band will be
there to provide fitting musical ac-
companiment. Cheer leaders and
other pertinent embellishments will
also be on hand. More details to fol-
low, but if you want two for the
price of one stick around after that
cage game.

,j PORTFOLIO
" Mr. Anderson Speaks
0 Cails For Fast Break
By HAL WILSON
Daily Sports Editor
* * S S
THE POSTMAN rang just once during the exam siege and sneaked in
some highly discouraging post cards, academically speaking, and this
letter from Harry Anderson, former basketball captain of the same Kelvyn
Park, Chicago, high school team on which Jim Mandler starred:
"Dear Hal,
"Something must be said about our basketball team. We have two
utterly swell fellows coaching it, a well-liked, capable captain, a per-
fectly amiable manager, a not too revolting personnel, and (I insert
this with great sorrow) an unsavoury collection of defeats, setbacks,
and routs.
"Why cannot Michigan fans speak proudly of their basketball
team's record?
"Here is why.
"Michigan basketball is living in the Naismith era of peach baskets
and YMCA's. This is the main problem.
"Winning basketball in the Midwest demands the FAST BREAK,
for the simple reason that such an offense allows for a maximum of
shots around the free throw circle. Three heads are better than one
or two heads, especially on a basketball court. Illinois proved this
conclusively in their last appearance here when they 'opened up' mid-
way in the first half and literally set the mesh afire with their step-in
shots.
"Michigan, if it holds visions of ever attaining basketball fame,
must meet fire with fire. Namely, employ the fast break.
"A dissenter's voice is heard. 'Yes, but with our personnel we could
never employ the fast break successfully. Our men would be dead by
half time.'
"I reply with the observation that Indiana and Illinois basketball
players are no different than Michigan basketball players. To all and
sundry it is apparent that the lot of them put on their pants one leg at
a time. However, there is one distinguishing thing. The Hoosiers and
the Illini have a certain something, call it a SCORING COMPLEX,
which is the result of their style of play, and which manifests itself in
scores of 50, -55, and 60 points per game.
"It is not beyond reason to dream of Michigan scoring 50 points in
a basketball game. The fast break, that frenzied desire to SCORE,
SCORE, SCORE, a few more substitutions than are generally employed
(take note dissenters), a few more screen plays if the fire horse is
temporarily stalled, and with the inherent defense Michigan teams
possess, the Yellow and Blue will win for themselves some basketball.
"'Nothing is given so profusely as advice.' I am not giving advice.
I am telling the truth.
"Keep 'em fast breaking."
Harry Anderson
All sincere letters offering fair and honest criticism will be reprinted
here if they are signed.
STRAW VOTE RETURNS from the scholastic polls indicate that Michi-
gan athletic teams were, on the whole, touched rather lightly. In fact,
with gains by the hockey and track teams of previously ineligible performers,
Wolverine teams probably added more athletes than they lost. Final re-
turns will be posted in a Daily roundup story as soon as completed.
A couple prospectiveAll-Americans were added to the tentative Michi-
gan starting lineups along about 1960. Papa Clarence Munn, Wolverine
line coach, adopted a six month old son weighing 13 pounds 4/2 ounces, and
has named him Michael Lane Munn. Forest Evashevski, 1940 captain who
now coaches at Hamilton College, nominates for quarterback six and a
half pound Fbrest, Jr., born to his wife, the former Ruth Brown, Feb. 5.
The team will even have a cheerleader. She is Patricia Jeannette
Reed, seven pound 13 ounce daughter of Fran and Bill Reed, former
Daily sports editor, now with the Western Conference Service Bureau in
Chicago.

Fordham Wins
Two-Mile Race
At New York
Wolverines Finish Third.
In Brilliant Meet; Ufer
Stars In Anchor Spot
By BOB STAHL
Blazing across the finish tape in
a time just a second slower thanthe
world's record, a brilliant quartet of
Fordham Rams captured the famous
Millrose Games' two-mile relay event
in New York's Madison Square Gar-
den last Saturday night, finishing
ahead of a surprising crew from Se-
ton Hall, who took second place, and
the Wolverine baton-passers, who
came in third.
In a race whose outcome depended
upon which runer could gain the
inside lane on the first lap and hold
it throughout the stretch, the Michi-
gan team performed quite creditably,
turning in a time of 7:51 seconds,
five seconds better than the winning
time of the Wolverine quartet which
won the same event last year. Boxed
in at the very start of the race,
Johnny Kautz, Michigan's lead-off
man, could not jockey himself into
postion, and when the runners were
finally strung out along the Garden
course, Fordham and Seton Hall
had established a lead which could
not be recovered by the Wolverines.
Ufer Thrills Crowd
Kautz, Dave Matthews and Will
Ackerman, the first three Michigan
runners, all turned in very good times
for their legs of the relay, butit
waV Bobby Ufer, the Wolverine an-
chor man, who really showed the
capacity crowd on hand for the in-
door track classic what Michigan's
reputation means. Taking the ba-
ton from Ackerman, who was in
fourth place at the time and 10 yards
behind Indiana's famed Campbell
Kane, the Big Ten half-mile king,
Ufer quickly overtook the Hoosier
Flash and sprinted to the finish tape
five yards ahead. of the long-striding
Kane to give Michigan its third place
in the event.
First Meet Saturday
Now with finals and the Millrose
Games safely behind them, the Wol-
verine thinclads are concentrating
on their first indoor meet, the tri-
angular affair with Michigan State
and Michigan Normal which is sched-
uled for East Lansing this coming
Saturday night. From the manner
in which things are shaping up, the
Michigan team is expected to come
out on the -long end of the score, with
Ypsi probably finishing second.
The large gymnasium will be re-
served between 4 and 6 p.m. each
Tuesday and Friday for the Mili-
tary ROTC.
Intramural Sports Dept.
- - - - -

Gibert, Soph Cage Flash, Is Ineligibi

By DICK SIMON
Old man ineligibility reached out
yesterday and claimed Ralph Gibert,
sophomore star on Coach Bennie
Oosterbaan's basketball team.
The Flint forward, an excellent
student, just barely missed the eligi-
bility mark while taking 18 hours of
some of the toughest courses in the
Engineering school, and his loss no
doubt will be felt.,
Meet Spartans Tomorrow
Tomorrow night the Wolverines
open the stretch drive against Michi-
gan State at East Lansing, and al-
though Michigan's record of four
wins and nine losses is not too im-
pressive, the Spartans are one of the
victims, falling to the tune of 37-20

in the season's opener here in Ann
Arbor.
Of late, however, the Maize and
Blue quintet has proven to be the
general all-around nuisance of the
Conference. Minnesota, resting in
second place in the Big Ten stand-
ings. was the latest victim of the
Wolverine purge, dropping a thrill-
ing 34-32 contest here during the
final examination period.
Led by Big Jim Mandler who
scored 12 points, Michigan took a
slight 20-17 lead at half time and
held on to it until there were only
four minutes remaining to play. Min-
nesota tied the ball game up at this
point at 32-all.
Neither team could penetrate

through the other's defense and it
was not until Mel Comin, inserted
into the fray with only a little more
than a minute remaining, sunk one
of Mandler's follow-up shots with 30
seconds to go did either team make a
point.
Comin Fouls Ajax
With 10 seconds remaining, Comin
fouled Warren Ajax, Gopher forward,
but Minnesota elected to take the
ball out of bounds and attempt to tie
the score. As the gun sounded, Ajax
took a desperate shot at the basket,
only to have it fall short.
Led by Chet Aubuchor, the "Hou-
dini of the Hardwood," the Spartans
have shown a great improvement
over their early season play and have
an excellent record, having won 12
out of 16 engagements.
BIG TEN BASKETBALL
Indiana 41, Illinois 36
Iowa 52, Ohio State 44
Wisconsin 54, Chicago 20
Purdue 50, Northwestern 41
LATE I-M ENTRIES
The I-M Department is allowing
late entries in the Independent
Basketball Tourney to be made up
until and including Saturday, Feb.
14. Teams must post two dollars
forfeit fee, which will be refunded
if they play the first three games.

Puck Team Bolstered:
Returning Trio Cheers Lowrey

By STAN CPAMAGE
Stock in the Michigan hockey team
took a swing toward higher levels
during the past examination period
when Johnny Gillis, Bob Kemp and
Bill Dance regained their eligibility
and are now available for puck duty.
First semester dope said that with
the icing of these three men the Wol-
verines would be able to become a
moreformidable opponent. Whether
the new additions to Coach Eddie
Lowrey's sextet will make so great a
difference will be seen on Saturday
when the Maize and Blue squade
faces the Paris A.C. in the Coliseum.
Gillis will probable take over a de-
fense spot, and his size and experi-
ence should strengthen the back line

tremendously. Winner of one varsity
letter in the sport already, Gillis is
fast and is an aggressive and hard
checker. Kemp and Dance are two
classy stick-handlers with plenty of
speed to boot. Dance is a center,
while Kemp handles a wing position.
One uncertainty hangs over the
puck team, however. Johnny Braid-
ford, sophomore center, is on call to
be drafted into the Canadian army.
Final word concernin~g his military
status will not be received for a few
days. A bright spot in the limited
successes of the Wolverines thus far,
Braidford's play-making and all-
around aggressive play would be
sorely missed should he go into mili-
tary service.

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