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Tuesday, December 9, 1952
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
From The Sidelines
Conference Cage Race
May Surprise Experts
Kansas State, picked by all the experts to win the Big Seven
basketball race in a breeze this season, may have a much tougher
go than expected.
The Wildcats needed an overtime to win their opening
"warm-up" came with Drake University Saturday night. The Des
Moines club held the K-Staters to a 71-all tie at the end of ref
lation play. Drake had led at halftlme, 41-40.
Kansas State, long famed forlhe way it divides Its scoring among
s squad members, lost only one of its starters from
last season. Jim Iverson, all-Big Seven guard who
s ranked second high in individual scoring last year,
is tne only wildcat starting loss. .
Returning for the pre-season favorites are
all-American Dick Knostman, who had 390
points; Jesse Prisock, 214; Jack Carby, 197; and
Bob Rousey, 169.
Coach Jack Gardner lost some valuable subs.
nowever. uone are uene wnson, who scored heav
ily against the Huskers here last vear. John f"Hoon
iiibson, Don Upson and Dick Feck any one a po
"4 tential game-breaker.
Drake's Bulldogs, on tne other hand, had a
Nelson much less Impressive record last season than did
the Wildcats, who ranked high In the nation throughout the season.
The Bulldocs. who averaged better than 60 mint wr nmo
lest 13 of 25 games last year. They have nine lettermen returning to
me ioia, nowever, ana xour oi tneir top live scorers.
The 'Cat starting five, which averages just under 6-6, is com
posed of Knostman, 6-6; Carby, 6-7; Gary Bergen, 6-8; Prisock, 6-5;
and Jim Smith, 6-3.
While the stubborn team from Drake was handing Kansas
State its big scare, other Big Seven clubs were racking up lmpres- .
ive victories over their opponents In opening games.
Colorado, picked to give the Wildcats the best run for their
money, had an easy time rolling past Utah State, 81-64, at Boulder.
Oklahoma drew valuable blood by moving into the win column
with a win over the Hawkeyes of Iowa University, 63-62. A last
minute free throw edged the Big Ten team at Norman in the Sooner
Iowa State started off its 1952 campaign with a 70-47 romp over
South Dakota State at Ames.
Kansas and Missouri, who begin their slates this week, can
surely be figured upon to put dangerous teams on the floor. Al
though KU Coach Fhog Allen is crying over his great losses from
last year's NCAA championship team, the wise old prof almost al
ways turns out something of a powerful outfit.
Although Sparky Stalcup lost his all-American Tiger Bill Stauf
fer, he's putting a lot of trust in a 6-8 sophomore, Bob Reiter. His
squad will be made up mostly of sophomores this season, but all saw
action last year and could turn in veteran performances.
With 10 games scheduled this week for Big Seven teams, the
conference title race should be easier to visualize in a few days.
UCLA Coach Awaits
West Coast Victory
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LONE HIGH JUMPER, . . . Phil Heidelk, junior monogram winner
from Fairbury, will be counted heavily upon this winter for points
In his pet event, high jump. Heidelk is lone jumper returning In
this event, but will be joined by Irv Thode, who was a top jumper
in Ills high school days.
IHlyskeir Cage ffffeinise
Must . 3 mm prove
By GARY FRANDSEN
Sports Staff Writer
"It was definitely a typical first
game." Those were tne woras oi
Coach Harry Good as he leaned
back in his office chair and re
called the 65-53 licking his Corn
huskers gave the South Dakota
Coyotes last Saturday night at the
However, the Husker head
cage mentor had more than
that to say about his young
Scarlet and Cream crew.
Good thought the Husker de
fense did very well. South Da
kota, during the early stages of
the same, used double screens in
their offensive attack, but the!
Huskers quickly switched from
their man-to-man defense into a
zone which stopped the Sodak
screening cold from then on in.
As far as the Cornhusker of
fense machine was concerned,
Good admitted that it sputtered
frequently throughout the con
test. He brought out that, "our
ball-handling will definitely
AFU Track Manpower Shortage Great;
'Worst Outlook Ever,' Sap Coach Weir
By HOWARD VANN
Sports Staff Writer
One of the top controversies
around the country today is
whether Mid-West football is still
better than the caliber of ball
played on the West Coast
In an Interview . with Red
Sanders, UCLA head football
mentor, the coach said that USC
had a fine chance of breaking
ing the Mid-West's six year
jinx in the Rose Bowl.
USC is pitted against the Big
Ten's co-champion, Wisconsin. The
Badgers were beaten earlier in
the season by UCLA, 20-7.
The Uclans coach went on to
say that this year on the coast
proved that the westerners were
not going to take a back seat in
the gridiron world. He would not
predict any sure win for the Tro
jans after they absorbed a 9-0 de
feat at the hands of powerful
Notre Dame, but he did indicate
that he expected a USC win.
In another interview with
Johnny Moore, UCLA's sopho
more basketball sensation, John
said that it Is always hard to go
into a season as a favorite. The
Uclans are favorites to snag the
West Coast title in the cage
Koore hails from Indiana, and it
is interesting to note that John
played ball with Tom Harold,
sophomore letterman from Colo
rado. Harold was picked as "Mr.
Baskeball" his senior year in high
school for the whole state of In
"We've never been any lower
in scoring possibilities and man
power," Nebraska Track Coach
Ed Weir said Saturday as he
weighed the coming indoor cin
First regular indoor compe
tition will be against Kansas
State Jan. 31. on the East Sta
dium track. Before that there
will be a squad tryout and an
intramural meet, the latter for
Th trvniit. is scheduled for the
indoor path beneath the East Sta
dium Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13.
Tntrnmnral nreliminnries will
be held Dec. 16 with the finals
"We're woefully thin," Weir
declared. "Particularly in the
Likely to be the Huskers'
strongest events this winter are
the broad jump and snot put.
Back m the broad jump are
Glenn Beerline and Irving Thode,
both seniors who placed in the
Big Seven Conference champion
ships last spring. The No. 3 spot
in that event, however, is wiae
"We have three nne pros
pects in the shot," Wetir said.
"They are Paul Grimm, a sen
lot, and juniors Cliff Dale and
Other events look like this.
Distance races (mile and two
mile) Two chief contenders,
both sophomores, Clayton Scott
and Harold Sampson. Scott ran
a 4:22 mile last season but after
that was plagued by injuries.
Others working in these events
include Don Wilcox, rorrest do
ling and John Denny.
Half-mile Dale Schnackel
was the chief hope in this
event, but he has quit school.
Kobe Jones, recently out of the
Army, won't be able to resume
university action until April 1.
He will compete in the Sugar
Bowl championships Jan. 1.
"We hope to be able to move
Jim Hurley, a quarter-miler, into
this event," Weir said.
Quarter-mile Brien Hendrlck
son, sophomore, appears stronger
than a year ago. Emerson Scott
also is working out.
"It looks like we would have a
hard time mustering enough
quarter-milers for a relay team
right now," Weir related.
Sprints Main bet is Bob
Fairchild, who was lost after
the third meet last spring be
cause of a pulled muscle. Hen
drickson also may run here,
besides in the 440.
Hurdles Lost by midyear
graduation will be Don Bedker,
who won the conferenre high
hurdles and placed in the lows.
Dan Tolman looks to be much
stronger than a year ago. Other
prospects are Gay lord Smith, Dan
Lindauist. Ed Gazinski and
Pole vault Three lettermen
are bark Jim Hofstetter, Jim
Sommers and Robert Selden.
High jump Phit Heidelk ap
pears to be the top man.
Thode, who was one of the
state's top high jumpers in
high school, also will compete
here to help add point strength.
Other prospects 'are Darrel
Moreland and Raymond Kelley.
Weir hopes the intramural meet
will bring out additional cinder
But at present "we lack the
depth that has helped pull us
through in the past," he declared,
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Win Weekend Contests
Kansas Stock Drops; Phog Allen
Worried Over Big Seven Hopes
Facing a personal situation of
more speed than height, Phog Al
len plans to dust off his old "AP"
offense for part-time use in this
winter's Kansas basketball cam
"AP" . . . the correct AUen
Istic term Is Anterior-Posterior
offense ... is a type of three
out, two-in alignment, which
the Doctor conjured in the early
part of the 193" season follow
ing a defeat by Baker. The Jay
hawks promptly righted out of
a wobbly start to tie Nebraska
for the Big Six title at 8-2.
, "AP" is pegged on the middle
man in its backline. who "Quar
terbacks" all floor plays with an
initial pass or cut.
"We necessarily must make
changes because of our lack of
height," Allen explains. "AP"
will give us more opportunity
to use what speed we still have
after losing Squires (LaVan
nes), Hoag (Charlie), and Reich
(Gil). AP is a versatile offense
that keeps the keyhole open.
We will continue to use the post
B. H. Born, a 6-9 lefthander,
who broke in as Clyde Lovelette's
replacement last season as a soph
omore, will handle the post. If he
is lost through fouls, however, he
will take with him the only gen
uine big man on the Jayhawk
eniiol "AP" BHtnmaticallv will
become effective when and if this j
Dean Kelley, senior guard and
captain, will run the latter offense
from quarterback Born will shift
to forward when "AP" is on with
the remainder of the lineup un
changed. With the Tulane opener
in New Orleans upcoming next
Thursday, Born and Kelley are
the only upper-classmen sched
uled to start. Sophomores Larry
Davenport, Newton forward; Jer
ry Alberts, Lincoln, I1L forward,
and Bill Heitholt, Quincy, HI.
guard, have held the remaining
varsity jobs through early prac
Kelley will be the most im
portant figure in the Jayhawk
portrait whetner ne py
"quarterback" or guard. He Is
the highest scorer among the
returnees having averaged 6.5
in KU't 31-game campaign last
year on 205 points. Furthermore
he is a fiery leader, whose tire
less overall play earned him a
berth on the NCAA all-tournament
varsity last March in Se
attle. He even rebounds well despite
a 5-11 handicap and certainly wiu
be an all-conference candidate
from the outset of the season.
Jayhawk stock has dropped sev
eral points with the triple-deletion
of Hoag, Squires and Reich. The
flying halfback was one of only
two returning Jayhawks from the
passel of seven which heiped the
United States to the world Olym
pic title last summer in Helsinki.
Kelley, of course, is the second.
Hoag not only is a good floor-man,
rebounder, and defender but had
developed considerably wen
ac a chnnfer More imnortant he
plays with such hustle and desire
he often lifted the enure ciud.
This week's knee operation,
following a football injury,
probably will keep him side
lined the entire season. Squires
was another flyer who showed
encouraging all-round ability
as a sophomore although he did
not letter. He is out indefinitely
For the most part, Big Seven
cage squads were hard pressed in
posting their first wins of the
young 1952-53 basketball season.
Closest to defeat were the
heavily favored Kansas State
Wildcats, who had to go into
an overtime period to subdue a
stubborn five from Drake Uni
versity. Dick Knostman posted
22 points to lead his mates to
a 79-73 win over a scrappy
Kansas State trailed 41-40 at
half-time and the score read 71-71
at the final gun. The Wildcats
scored eight goints in the over
time while Drake mustered only
At Norman, Oklahoma, the
underdog Sooners turned a 35-31
half-time lead into a 63-62 win
over the Iowa Hawkeyes. Three
Oklahomans were credited with
shouldering the bulk of the Soon
er attack. Blue meshed thirteen
points, Waller slipped in 18 count
ers and Dwyer had eleven.
It was all Iowa State as the
Cyclones rolled up a 70-47 mar
gin over South Dakota State.
S. A. Long led the Iowa State
attack with 14 points and for
ward Bob Erhke was top scorer
for the Dakotans.
Colorado, one of the contenders
for the Big Seven championship
this year, raced to an 81-64 win
over the Utah Aggies.
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State: "Park Row," 1:21, 4:07,
6:53, 9:39. "Untamed Women,"
2:46, 5:32, 8:18.
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One of the bright spots in th
opening tussle was the. perform
ance of Don Weber, a Junior from
Esterville, la. The Husker coach
commented, "Weber played a fine
game and if he continues to show
improvement he'll be hard to keep
off the starting lineup."
One of the game's notable
aspects was the experimenta
tion of the 3-3 foul rule which
Is currently being tested In
various games throughout the
Under this setup each player
may have a total of six fouls, three
each half. Good stated that the
purpose of the rule is to enable
sood plavevs to be in tne game
during the latter stages when they
would ordinarily would foul out
long before that.
Looklnr forward to the clash
with Ozzie Cowle's Minnesota
hoops ters this Saturday, Good
anticipates a rugged, and per
haps a lonr evening. The Goldea
Gophers are ranked fifth-na-tionally
in the pre-season polls
and appear to have the material
to back that up.
Big Ed Kalafat, Minnesota's ex
cellent center, is back again to
torment the Huskers. He tallied 18
points in last year's meeting be
tween the two schools. Captain
Bob Gelle and Charlie Mencel,
two fine all-around guards, will
also return to the scene of action.
Cowle's highly-rated outfit
displayed their power Saturday
night as. they outscored a fine
Bradley quintet 79-63. Good
had this to say about bis com
ing foe: "The Minnesota team
is well-coached and is always
one of the hardest rebounding
teams in the country."
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with lnnr ailment. Reich came
out of the football finale against
Missouri with a double-break of
his right index finger. He may
be able to join the squad by
the time conference play opens.
He averaged slightly more than
10 points per game as a sopho
more at Army.
All this places a massive burden
on the three starting sophs and
Rnrn Thpv must rrnnp n 1 n n P
rmore swiftly than the normal im
provement time-table if the Jay
hawks are to climb into the flight
for third behind Kansas State and
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