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195THE Mi iiGAN DAILY _____________

N kthe t ow i
By HANK MANTHO
Daly Sports Editor

THE OUTCOME of the Western Conference basketball race has finally
been settled since Iowa defeated Illinois, 43-37, last Saturday to take
the crown, but the Illini had the satisfaction of making this tilt the
deciding factor and again proving the worth of their coach, Doug Mills,
as one of the games most skilled mentors.
Although the three successive losses administered to the Illini by Ohio
State, Northwestern and Indiana, plus their defeat by Michigan earlier
in the season, virtually eliminated Illinois from the top spot in the Big
Ten and relegated them to a third place position, they could easily have
thrown the Conference race into a tie between Ohio State and Iowa
by beating the Hawks in their contest Saturday. If the Iowans would have
lost to Illinois this week, it would have marked the fifteenth tie for the
crown since 1900, and it would have again robbed Iowa of a chance to
win their first undisputed title.
Illinois had nothing to gain or lose in the standings either way
in their game with Iowa, therefore they were able to shoot the works,
and the star-studded outfit from Iowa .City had to be up to par to
compete with them and thwart their second half challenge before a
crowd of 14,400 persons.
The loss of Coach Mills' Illini crew last week-end did not discredit
them, as they have been mostly responsible for the nip and tuck battle
of the crown, and they managed to carry the suspense and interest of this
basketball season right down to the wire. For a team that wasn't even
given an outside chance by pre-season dopesters, it is quite a tribute, and
more so since three freshmen have been on the starting roster and carried
much of the burden.
TfHE THREE starting freshmen are Johnny Orr, 6 ft. 3 in. forward from
the champion Taylorville High School team; Jack Burmaster, 6 ft.
2 in. guard from Elgin, and Walt Kersulis, 6 ft. 4 in. center of East St.
Louis. In Conference play the three yearlings have maintained the best
scoring average for Illinois.
Coach Mills' crew has trailed at half-time in six games and their last
half spurts were enough to salvage five of these games. Although this
performance doesn't offer any comparison with the Whiz Kids of
Phillip, Menke, Mathisen and Vance who never had to come from
behind, it serves as a good indication of a better than average team.
However, when this Illinois crew is hot, it can almost equal the
torrid pace set by the former Whiz Kids. This is attested by the fact
that they outscored Iowa 17 points to 2 in an eight minute splurge of offen-
sive play, stunned DePaul with a 13-0 tally in the last seven minutes of
play to eke out a three point victory, as well as outscoring Northwestern
25 points to 9 when the Wildcats were riding a 33-26 lead.
IN SEVEN seasons at Illinois, Mills, who is one of the youngest coaches
in the Conferente, has won 66 games and lost 33, which is three better
than Purdue in the runner-up spot, and gives Mills the best record of
all Big Ten coaches in Conference play.

aiae nd Blue R
Puicksters S plt
Weekend Series
Defeat Ontario; Lose
To London Rinksters
Michigan's hockey team split a!
weekend series when they won theI
opener 11-2 Friday night against at
University of Western Ontario sex-t
tet and dropped Saturday's game,
6-3, with the more powerful London1
outfit.
The Wolverine pucksters jumped
to an early lead in the Friday tilti
when Capt. Ted Greer scored with
the assistance of John Jenswold and
Herb Upton one minute after the
game began. Jenswold made a tally;
and Bob Lillienfield, and Carl Sullen-
tich accounted for two markers
apiece. Greer made a hat trick by
the end of the stanza.
In the second period Herb Louns-
berry tallied at 15:45. At 19:03 Jens-
wold made his second and last goal
of the evening with the assistance
of Greer.
Lounsberry scored his second
marker and Michigan's last tally for
the evening at 4:27 of the final stan-
za.
Western Ontario's two goals came
in the first and second periods. Herb
Ballantyne shot the puck past Dick
Mixer at 12:21 of the stanza on an
unassisted attempt. In the second
period Bob Bloxem tallied with the
aid of Ballantyne at 18:25.
Michigan Drops Second Game
The second game of the weekend
saw Michigan at the short end of
the score, 6-3. Two out of three of
the Maize and Blue's tallies. Both of
these markers were made in the first
stanza. The first was made with
the assistance of Sullentich and Jens-
wold; in scoring the second one Greer
had the aid of Henderson and Upton.
J The Wolverines' other tally was made
by Francis Allman, assisted by Paul
Groth.
For the London Hockey Club, Ed-
dy Clark scored one in the first and
one in the second period; Jack Whit-
by, Andy Andres, and Jack Mustel
tallied in the second stanza. Pat
Barrett and Mustel scored in the
third period.

TOUGH LUCK, BOB
Ufer Declared finli eble
By Latest A AU Mandate
By ;IL.L LAMBERT of Pittsburgh. Les Eisenhart, former
Snuffed out before starting . Ohio State star, who only two weeks
this is a fitting description of Bob ago ratersth ost yieekos
Ufer's attempt to defend some of the for Great Lakes, coached at the
titles which he has won in the past Port Clinton, 0., high school in a
two or three years. Pr lnoOhg colma
Atougthemas.eo h nhjob similar to Ufer's.
Although most people here on thei Another obvious factor which brings

Mijhigan Switni ers Defend'
Cot ~ i*~ii atuday
,eparture of Key n , Higgis, Zi.er. an
deals Severe Setback to Title-Bound Hopes
By BUD ROVIT
This Saturday, March 10, the Michigan swimming squad will attempt
to defend its Conference Swimming crown, at Evanston, against a. strong
field of powerful contenders, which includes a potent Ohio State team, and
a once-beaten Purdue squad.
The Wolverine team, which so far this season has amassed victories over
Northwestern, Purdue, and Minnesota, and has split with a formidable
Great Lakes aggregation, has been severely weakened in the past two
weeks due to the loss of two key contenders.

Michigan campus were unaware of
Ufer's returning to competition, his
hopes of retiring the Cardinal Hayes
Memorial Trophy for the 600 in New
York's Madison Square Garden this
Saturday were shattered when he
was suddenly declared ineligible by
an AAU ruling.
Ufer, who will go down as one of
Michigan's greatest track competi-
tors, won the first leg of this tro-
phy in 1943, when he covered theI
distance in 1:11.4. He was unable
to compete in the event last year,
when he helped pace the Wolver-
ine squad to a Big Ten crown at
the Conference meet in Chicago
the same night.
The three-year trophy will be re-
tired this year, either by Jimmy Her-
bert, who won it last year in 1:13.5,
or by the man with the fastest time.
Ufer's time is fastest at the present,
but Herbert could gain permanent
possession by winning twice in suc-
cession.
"Hose," as Ufer is still called, is
the world's record holder for the in-
door 440, captured the Big Ten quar-
ter mile crown three years running,
and was the National AAU title hold-
er in 1944.
At the present time he is employed
in the capacity of physical education
instructor at Ann Arbor High School,
but has retained his amateur stand-
ings since graduation from Michigan.
The ruling, which in one blow,
knocked the Wolverine ace from
the amateur ranks,,-was based on"
the contention that he was cashing
in on his athletic abilities by coa-
ching. Yet, other famous cinder-
path stars have been combining
coaching with running for years.
Glenn Cunningham, whose name is
synonomous with mile records, com-
peted in amateur meets while Coach-
ing at Kansas, as did Harold Stickle

a question mark to bear over the!
AAU ruling, is that last year, Ufer
held the same position while compet-
ing for Michigan. Without changing
their rule books then, it appears evi-
dent that the AAU possesses the dic-
tatorial power of distorting the pre-
scribed. standards at a moment's no-
tice.
Could this be the AAU's method of
taking a crack at the Big Ten for the
latter's ruling prohibiting Western
Conference tracksters from compet-
ing in eastern circles? Are they seek-
ing revenge against an order that
came about because of wartime tra-
vel conditions?
To issue a ruling against such a
fine athlete for this petty reason
makes the AAU appear rather
small, and it would be to the lat-
ter's advantage to clarify the situ-
ation as soon as possible.
Ufer's past five weeks of tough
conditioning and training entitle him
to a fair chance at running, and it
is very evident he is not seeking to
join the professional ranks in any
manner or form.
All eligible students desiring to
try out for the Sports Staff of the
Michigan Daily should report to
the Sports Staff at the Michigan
Daily any afternoon after 3
o'clock.
MSC Cager Drafted

Charlie Higgins, short distance re- '
servist and a potent cog in the Maize
and Blue relay machine, and Jack
Zimmerman who has shown up so
promising in the 220 and 440 free-
style, are both unable to remain with
the squad, while Bob Munson, ace
backstroker may not contend in the
Big Ten meet.
The other Michigan stalwarts,
Mert Church, Chuck Fries, and
Heini Kessler, are in fit condition,
and Coach Matt Mann, predicts the
regaining of their respective Con-
ference championships in the 50,
100, and 200 yard events.
Mann also goes on to prophesy
that the outstanding individual con-
test Saturday, will take place be-
tween Heinie Kessler and Vernon
Ojampa of Minnesota, when these
two breaststroke stars meet in the
200 yard breaststroke event.
When Minnesota swam against
Michigan on February 11, Kessler
because of an early spring cold, was
unable to compete, while Ojampa
the Gopher speedster, churned to an
All men interested in trying out for
the golf team please report at the
driving nets at the Sports Building
between two and four-thirty Wednes-
day. -Bill Barclay

easy triumph in the fast time of
2:34.8.
Coach Mann also went on to say
that the rivalry in the meet would
be a keen three-cornered one, be-
tween Ohio Statg, Purdue, and
Michigan.
"Ohio State, especially, will be a
tough nut to crack, since they have
great strength in the freestyle with
Nakama and Schlenger, and also
are exceedingly strong in the diving
department and reserves, but I can
only say that our boys will do their
best," concluded Mann.
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EAST LANSING, March 5-(,P)-
Robin Roberts, one of Michigan State
College's basketball "iron men," to-
day received notice to enter the army MO
at Fort Sheridan, Ill., March 22. The
18-year-old Springfield, Ill., youth, 114 1
scored 138 points in 13 games and Com
contributed to the Spartans' sensa-
tional mid-season comeback.

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