January 14-20, 1945

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January 14-20, 1945

The top game of the weekend involved a clash between two of the best big men in college basketball spiced with controversy over the amateur status of one of them.

  • In this corner, from Chicago, with a record of 10-1, DePaul's Blue Demons, led by 6'9" C George Mikan, the nation's leading scorer with 239 points. In the opposite corner, sporting a record of 11-1, Hamline's Pipers from St. Paul MN with 6' 6 1/2" Howie Schultz in the pivot. (The extra half-inch is significant because it put "Stretch" over the limit for military induction and made him 4F.) Sounds like a great matchup. How can anyone object to it? Well, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) secretary Dan Ferris did, contending that two Hamline cagers, Schultz and G Rollie Seltz, are ineligible to play college basketball because they are professionals in baseball. Schultz held down 1B for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1943 and '44 baseball seasons while Seltz played infield for the Rochester Red Wings of the AAA International League. Not only is the AAU ostracizing Hamline, it threatens to hold ineligible for AAU competition athletes in any sport from any school that plays the Pipers. As a result, some teams, such as Valparaiso and Westminster, have cancelled their games with the Pipers. But DePaul Coach Ray Meyer, calling the spat a "tempest in a teapot," went ahead with the game and the fans were happy he did. The score was tied nine times during the first half, which ended 24-24. After five minutes of the second half, DePaul surged ahead to a lead they didn't relinquish. With Hamline leading 29-28, coach Joe Hutton was called for a technical foul when he stepped onto the playing floor to protest a basket by Jack Allen of the Blue Demons. Mikan sank the technical FT to extend the lead to 2. George scored 26 to lead all scorers and continue his quest to surpass the great Hank Luisetti in career points.
  • Notre Dame's Ramblers, with Johnny Dee taking the scoring spotlight, recovered from a six-point deficit in the last half to defeat Great Lakes Naval Station 55-51 at Chicago Stadium. Dee, who took advantage of the double coverage Great Lakes placed on C Vince Boryla, dumped in 25. The victory avenged an earlier 59-58 loss to the Bluejackets.
  • Purdue gave Coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert his 500th victory by upsetting Northwestern 52-48 in OT in W. Lafayette. The Boilermakers had lost the previous three times at the milestone after starting Big Ten play with a surprise win over Ohio State. Lambert's boys led only once, 11-10, until taking the lead 45-43 with two minutes to go. However, it took Red Anderson's FT in the last second to tie the game at 46. The Boilers then scored the first six points in the extra period and played keep-away from that point.
  • Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Ohio State took over undisputed possession of second place behind Iowa Saturday night by downing Michigan 61-47 in Columbus. The Buckeyes never trailed behind C Arnie Risen's game-high 11 points.
  • The night before, the Wolverines had lost to undefeated Iowa 29-27 in Ann Arbor. The Hawkeyes 5'8" freshman Murray Wier popped in the winning basket after sparking the rally from a 25-16 deficit midway through the second half.
Murray Wier, Iowa
Murray Wier
  • In another tight conference contest, a basket by Ray Brandenberg in the closing six seconds gave Indiana a 48-46 win at Minnesota. It was the Gophers' third defeat in four Big Ten starts. Kleggie Hermsen, UM's elongated C, was the main cog in the Gopher scoring machine with seven buckets and six FT for 20 points.
  • Southern Methodist won an easy Southwest Conference game in Dallas over Baylor's Bears 56-34. The slow-moving but effective-shooting Mustangs cshed in from all angles while the Bears, although getting as many shots as SMU, couldn't maintain a consistent scoring pace. A crowd of about 1,000 saw Baylor drop its fifth straight conference game.
  • Arkansas, rudely upset by Texas on Friday night, roared back to smash the Longhorns 74-38 Saturday night before a howling throng of 5,000 in Austin. Giant C George Kok paced the Razorbacks with 27 points while Don Wooten was high for Texas with 11.
  • Kansas State proved to be rude hosts to Nebraska in a Big Six contest, routing the Cornhuskers 70-48. Every one of the 11 men who took the floor for K-State scored, with G Jay Payton topping all with 16.
  • Iowa State suffered its first Big Six defeat at Missouri, 38-32. The Tigers romped to a 29-14 halftime lead. Only in the last few minues were the Cyclones able to narrow the Tiger advantage. James Myers of the losers was the only scorer on either team to reach double figures, tallying 16, mostly from far out on the court and in the corners.
  • The other Big Six clash was the most exciting as Oklahoma Sooners edged Kansas 44-43 in OT. Harold Hines and Bill Whaley scored in the extra 5-minute period to give Bruce Drake's Sooners the win over Phog Allen's Jayhawks.
  • A fast-paced North Carolina State team came to College Park and defeated Maryland for the second time this season, 57-42. Flynn of the Terps topped all scorers with 24, over half his squad's tally, while Turner led the visitors with 15 points.
  • In nearby Annapolis, Navy smothered Villanova 71-28 for its third straight victory. The Middies displayed their usual speed and power, and their man-to-man defense worked well all night while Villanova's zone was never organized in time to ward off the onrushing Tars. Navy coach Johnny Wilson put all four of his quintets into the fray, not only outplaying the visitors but also wearing them down.
George Mikan, DePaul
George Mikan

Howie Schultz, Hamline
Howie Schultz

Coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert, Purdue
Coach Piggy Lambert

Arnie Risen, Ohio State
Arnie Risen

George Kok
George Kok

Coach Phog Allen, Kansas
Phog Allen

Coach Bruce Drake, Oklahoma
Bruce Drake

February 25, 1963: A Week of Upsets

Dave Stallworth

Jerry Harkness

Nate Thurmond

  • Cincinnati (19-0) went to Wichita State with a 37-games winning streak. But the last time the Bearcats were there, they lost by a point. Few took Shockers coach Ralph Miller seriously when he proclaimed, We have the balance and manpower to beat them. After all, Cincy had thumped Wichita 63-50 earlier in the season. The visitors seemed to have the game well in hand when they led by six with 3:30 to play despite 39 points by Wichita's Dave Stallworth. Then Tom Thacker fouled out, and Tony Yates and Ron Bonham each had four fouls. Perhaps trying to be too careful, Cincy's impeccable defense fell apart. Seven straight points by Stallworth put the home team ahead 66-64, and there went the winning streak.

  • Loyola of Chicago, undefeated in their first 20 games, was coping with the loss of two strong bench players to scholastic requirements. The Ramblers edged Marquette 92-90 on Jerry Harkness's two baskets in OT. Then Bowling Green stopped Loyola's fast break with a withering full court press. Howie Kornives shot over the Ramblers for 32 points while 6'11" Nate Thurmond controlled both boards and scored 24. The Falcons won 92-75.

  • Ohio State (15-3) vaulted into a first-place tie in the Big Ten by beating Michigan 75-68. The other team at the top was Illinois, which lost to Wisconsin 84-77. Dave Downey scored 53 points for the Illini, but it wasn't enough to take down Indiana, which won 103-100 to stay on the heels of the league leaders.

  • Down South, nothing pleases Mississippi State coach Babe McCarthy than beating Kentucky's Adolph Rupp. The Maroons upended the Wildcats 56-52 in Starkville to seemingly clinch another SEC title. Then MSU (17-5) traveled to Gainesville and fell to Florida 73-52 as the Gators made 39 of 45 FTs. Meanwhile, Auburn (16-2), running instead of shuffling, defeated Florida 88-59 and LSU 82-57 to tie State for the SEC lead. Georgia Tech, a 78-73 loser to Louisville in a non-conference game, stayed a game behind.

  • Duke managed to avoid the upset wave rippling across the land. The Blue Devils fought off determined Virginia 79-74, then turned their attention to Wake Forest. Coach Bones McKinney tried everything, including the "Lonesome George" offense - one player in the back court and the other four at the end line - but it wasn't enough. Duke (19-2) won 73-60 behind Art Heyman's 26 points.

  • In the East, NYU (13-2) continued its strong season. The Violets overwhelmed Temple 77-59 and Holy Cross 102-71 behind the scoring/rebounding tandem of Happy Hairston and Barry Kramer.

  • The Southwest Conference, usually the most topsy-turvy in the country, was just about the most stable league. The leader, Texas, trampled TCU 75-59 and stampeded Texas Tech 90-76. Meanwhile, Rice, once a challenger, fell to SMU 89-79.

  • Out West, Oregon State, confounded by an Oregon zone that collapsed around 7' Mel Counts, lost to the Ducks 54-50. But the second night of the two-game series, the Beavers (14-6) turned the tables 67-57. In the Western Athletic Conference, Arizona State turned Joe Caldwell and Art Becker loose in wins over Utah 83-78 and Brigham Young 104-87. Caldwell threw in 63 in the two games while Becker dominated the boards.
Reference: Sports Illustrated, February 25, 1963
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Dave Downey

Art Heyman

Mel Counts

Joe Caldwell
December 10-17, 1967

Elvin Hayes, Houston
Elvin Hayes

Calvin Murphy, Niagara
Calvin Murphy

Rick Mount, Purdue
Rick Mount

  • Roy Skinner's #3 Vanderbilt Commodores, known as the "Short Six," won their fifth in a row as they held off Duke in Nashville, 76-75. Mike Lewis, 6'7" senior from Missoula MT, put the Devils ahead by one on a jumper with 26 seconds left. But Bob Wyenandt hit from 25' with two seconds remaining to pull out the victory.
  • Houston, #2 behind UCLA, pasted Brigham Young 102-69 at home as Elvin Hayes tossed in 34. The Bruins, idle all week for final exams, had started 3-0 with wins over Purdue (73-71), Wichita State (120-86), and Iowa State (121-80).
  • #7 North Carolina, with soph G Charlie Scott sparking an 18-2 spree in the second half, rallied to beat #10 Princeton 71-63 at Greensboro NC. Scott finished with 17.
  • Another soph, Joe Cooke, tallied 27 to pace #9 Indiana over North Carolina State 101-97 in Raleigh.
  • Two more super sophs, Calvin Murphy of Niagara and Pistol Pete Maravich of LSU, provided the scoring heroics of the week. Murphy threw in 52 as the Purple Eagles whipped LaSalle 100-83 at Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Maravich scored 42 for the second straight night as the Tigers lost the consolation game of the Milwaukee Classic to Florida State, 130-100.
  • Creighton's Bob Portman got into the act with 51 as the Bluejays routed Milwaukee-Wisconsin at Omaha, 109-81. Bob Lanier, another soph, got 39 for St. Bonaventure in their 96-74 whipping of Duquesne in Buffalo.
  • Wisconsin broke a 62-62 tie with eight free throws in the last 32 seconds to beat Marquette 70-62 for the Milwaukee Classic championship.
  • Tennessee won its own Volunteer Classic 56-48 over Tulsa after Bob Knight's Army team upended Illinois 65-57 in the consolation game.
  • In another four-team tournament (in which three of the teams were from Jesuit schools), Santa Clara beat Western Kentucky 75-68 in the final of the Cable Car Classic at – where else? – San Francisco. Loyola of Chicago took third by downing San Francisco 89-84.
  • In the first round of the Virginia-VPI Invitational at Charlottesville, Yale whipped Virginia Tech 90-77 while Virginia conquered NYU 90-83.
  • The upset of the busy Saturday night occurred at Philadelphia. Wayne Gibbons' 22' jumper at the buzzer gave Fairfield a 63-62 win over Villanova.
  • Two FT by Wayne Doyal with two seconds on the clock propelled Texas to a 56-54 win at Oklahoma State.
  • Purdue whipped Tulane 107-92 in New Orleans behind 26 points by still another sophomore, Rick Mount.
  • Arizona ended Southern Illinois's 32-game home winning streak by beating the NIT champions 63-50 at Carbondale IL.

Charlie Scott, UNC
Charlie Scott

Pete Maravich, LSU
Pete Maravich

Bob Lanier, St. Bonaventure
Bob Lanier