YORK (INS)- The top three teams in the country, West Virginia,
Cincinnati and San Francisco, will have to watch the remainder of the
NCAA college basketball tournament from the grandstands.
Cincinnati, which finished behind champion West Virginia in the final
"top ten" poll, and third-ranked San Francisco were kayoed by Kansas
State and Seattle Friday night to join the Mountaineers, who were dumped
by Manhattan in the first round.
State eliminated the Bearcats and the country’s most prolific scorer,
Oscar Robertson, 83 to 80, in an overtime thriller at Lawrence Kan.,
which catapulted the Wildcats into a quarter-final showdown tonight with
Seattle won a meeting with California at San Francisco tonight by
beating San Francisco, 69 to 67, on a 25-foot field goal by Elgin Baylor
in the final three seconds.
meets Dartmouth for the eastern championship at Charlotte, and Kentucky
plays Notre Dame in the Mideast Regional final at Lexington, Ky.
York's Madison Square Garden, meanwhile, the National Invitation
Tournament resumes with Utah (20-6) playing St. John's (17-6) of
Brooklyn and St. Joseph's (18-8) of Philadelphia meeting St. Bonaventure
(19-4) for semi-final berths
Niagara (18-6) meets Xavier of Ohio (15-11) and Fordham (14-8) plays St.
Loretto, Pa., (20-4) in an afternoon doubleheader for NIT quarter-final
Cincinnati's 16-game winning streak was snapped, Oklahoma State (21-7)
defeated Arkansas, 65 to 40; California (19-8) eliminated Idaho State,
54 to 43; Kentucky (20-6) ripped Miami of Ohio, 94 to 70, and Dartmouth
(22-4) got rid of giant-killer Manhattan, 79 to 62.
(25-2) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 24 straight by
defeating Maryland, 71 to 67, and Robertson hit a brilliant 60 per cent
from the field on 12 of 20.
Pacific Coast record crowd of 16,034 gave Baylor a tremendous ovation in
San Francisco's Cow Palace. The 6-foot-6 All-American scored 11 field
goals and 13 free throws, 11 of the free shots in the second half
without a miss.
Francisco, which had beaten Seattle early in the season, led at the half
and recaptured the lead for the last time with less than a minute
remaining. The game was tied at 67-all when Elgin cut loose with his
perfect jump shot.
Dame's Tom Hawkins outscored Indiana's Archie Dees, 31 points to 28, as
the Irish won their 12th straight victory. Charles McNeill was high man
with 24 points for Maryland but Temple got double figures from three
players- Bill Kennedy (18), All-American Guy Rodgers (16) and Jay Norman
Kan. (AP)- Kansas State, capitalizing on its vast superior height and
deadly accuracy from beneath the basket, won the NCAA Midwest regional
basketball championship Saturday night with a 69-57 decision over
Boozer, one of three K-State Wildcats standing 6-8 or higher, paced the
Big Eight champions into the final round of the championships to be
played Louisville, Ky. next weekend.
Boozer, making 78 per cent of his shots in the first half, ended up with
28 points. He also joined with Jack Parr and Wally Franks in sweeping
both the offensive and defensive boards on rebounds.
the Wildcats earned their trip to Louisville, All-American Oscar
Robertson of Cincinnati thrilled the capacity crowd of 17,000 with an
NCAA tournament scoring record. The Bearcat ace tallied 56 points in
leading his team to a 97-62 victory over Arkansas for third place.
Oklahoma State had only 6-8 Arlen Clark to counter the big and powerful
Wildcats. Clark was the big reason that the Cowboys were able to stay as
close as they did. He scored 24 points.
little over 10 minutes of the first period it looked as if Oklahoma
State might be able to overcome their height deficiency and make a
battle of it. With seven minutes left in the opening session the score
Roy DeWitz took charge and joined Parr and Boozer in giving K-State a
38-31 halftime advantage.
Boozer, Parr and Franks seldom giving the Cowboys more than one shot at
the basket, K-State continued to widen the margin in the second half
until the score was 61-41 with nine minutes left.
Oklahoma State, working the ball in its usual deliberate style, managed
to make the score respectable in the closing minutes as Clark added to
"K-State played us very smart, utilizing their height," said coach Hank
Iba of Oklahoma State. "We were going up too quickly with the ball,
especially when they were rallying to catch us in the early part of the
first half. K-State should make a great representative in the
competition at Louisville."
Robertson, the nation's leading scorer, broke the record of 48 points
made by Hal Lear of Temple in 1956 against Southern Methodist. The
Cincinnati ace also established a new mark for field goals as he dropped
in 21, one more than Bob Houbregs of Washington hit in 1953 against
Robertson picked up 27 of his points on nine field goals and nine free
throws in the first half as Cincinnati went ahead, 51-29. He was slow
getting underway in the second period but, once he got the range, he
dropped them in from every angle, adding 12 fielders and five free
throws to make his total 56.
left the game a minute before the end with the cheers of 17,000 fans
ringing in his ears. Robertson went into the game leading the nation
with a 34.4 average.
KY (UP)- Kentucky and Seattle, teams which were not supposed to make it,
will battle it out tonight for the NCAA basketball championship because
of hard driving guard named Vern Hatton and a fabulous character named
Hatton, a 6 foot 3 blond who stayed in his home town of Lexington, Ky.
to play basketball for Adolph Rupp, broke Temple's hearts for the second
time this season when he blazed along the baseline to sink a twisting
reverse layup shot with 12 seconds on the clock and beat the Owls, 61 to
60, in last night's semifinals.
left the NCAA record crowd of 18,586 limp but Baylor left 'em laughin'
as he led Seattle's Chieftains to a startling 73 to 51 victory over a
tall Kansas State which was supposed to succeed North Carolina as the
new national champion.
State, with three players measuring 6-8 or better, was nearly helpless
under the backboards against the 6-5 Baylor, who scored 23 points and
gathered in 22 rebounds. Seattle held a 37 to 32 lead at halftime and,
as the second half opened, Baylor personally turned what had been a
contest into an exhibition by scoring four baskets in little more than
51 to 40 lead, Seattle turned to a dazzling ball possession game which
not only kept Kansas State from scoring for nine minutes but had the
Wildcats looking ridiculous in their futile efforts to break it up.
Baylor finally drove in to dunk the ball for the basket which gave
Seattle a 59 to 47 lead with seven minutes to play, the contest was
Seattle Coach John Castellani remarked earlier this week, "Kansas State
may be taller than we are, but their hearts are no bigger," and his
underrated ball club proved it
Kentucky was not short of heart either or it never would have pulled out
a victory over Temple, which had a 60 to 59 lead and a free throw
coming with 47 seconds to play.
Rodgers, an All-American who proved his right to the title by playing a
brilliant ball game, missed the free throw as the crowd howled at him.
Kentucky called time out and in the 12 seconds left Hatton drove in for
the winning basket.
same Hatton last December sank a 47 foot set shot in the last second of
the first overtime to keep Kentucky in a game it finally won from
Temple, 85 to 83, in three extra sessions.
Kentucky stayed in striking distance of Temple last night only because
forward Johnny Cox matched Rodgers point for point, each getting 22
for the evening, and because guard Adrian Smith insisted on staying in
the game despite an ankle injury suffered with five minutes to go. Smith
scored six points for Kentucky in the final two minutes
Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp said, "Don't congratulate me. Congratulate
Hatton. We were lucky, to put it plain and simple, but we got the last
basket and that's what counts."
State and Temple will meet in a consolation game at 5 PM (PST) with the
championship game between Kentucky and Seattle set for 7 PM (PST).
Kentucky which already holds more NCAA championships than any other
school, will be seeking its fourth tonight and it may be significant
Rupp's teams never have lost a game in an NCAA semifinal or final round.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)- Slick Temple, driven by Guy Rodgers and Bill
(Pickles) Kennedy, perked up in the second half Saturday night and
whipped hot-and-cold Kansas' State, 67-57, for third place in the NCAA
Hulking Kansas State, the tournament favorite until crushed by Seattle
Friday night, blew an 11 point half time lead to lose this one, scoring
only one field goal in the first 13 minutes of the second half. Temple
simply ran away as the Big Eight champions, who finally looked like a
ball club the first 20 minutes, went flat again- just as flat as they
were against Seattle.
K-State's Bob Boozer hit with a jump shot with 45 seconds gone in the
second half. By the time K-State got another one, there were 6 minutes
left in the game and Temple had breezed into a 53-47 lead.
got the second field goal on a tip-in, cutting the Owls' lead to four
points, but that was as close as the big men from the Midwest got as
Rodgers and Kennedy promptly went back to work and quickly opened up a
Kennedy, who suffered a broken bone in his nose Friday night as Kentucky
snapped Temple's 25-game winning streak, led all scorers with 23 points.
Rodgers, every inch an All-America again, had 17 and did an excellent
job of quarterbacking.
the second time in three years the Owls, representing the Middle
Atlantic Conference, had finished third in the NCAA. They seemed to need
the first 20 minutes to shake off the disappointment of Friday night's
heartbreaking 61-60 loss to Kentucky. After hitting only 25 per cent of
their shots in the first half, the Owls bagged 13 of 26 after the
intermission and wound up with a 34.8 percentage.
Boozer, with 19 points, led K-State, which hit only five of 33 attempts
after the intermission and wound up with 38.3% for the game.
is a story about a brash young man who had the misfortune to run into
the Old Master of tournament basketball, Adolph Rupp of Kentucky.
brash young man was John Castellani, a peppery, fast-talking,
sharp-dressing 32-year-old; half-Irish, half-Italian, he has all the
loquacity and the fire traditionally associated with the blood that
surges at high speed through his slender, crew-cut frame. These are
qualities that threatened to wreck a career before it really got under
way when, in this, his second year as coach at Seattle University, his
fine collection of players lost four of their first eight games and he
was twice hung in effigy in downtown Seattle for his pains. To his
credit, Castellani kept his electric intensity, gained a measure of
control over it and, more importantly, gained control over his players,
which he hadn't earlier. He drove them relentlessly through the rest of
the season with only one more defeat.
leadership won Seattle entry to the NCAA championship tournament and
three stunning preliminary victories over Wyoming, San Francisco and
California. It won them entry to the semifinal round in Louisville last
week and there another superlative victory over Kansas State, a team
which appeared exhausted in body and spirit after a grueling season. It
won them vast popular support around the country and, finally, the right
to play for the title.
John Castellani met Adolph Rupp. On the coaching level, it was no
bulky Adolph Rupp, 56, and for many of those years probably the keenest
basketball mind in the nation, had already won more tournament games of
any kind than any coach in the history of the game. Since 1952-53, when
Kentucky was obliged to cancel its schedule because of alleged
violations of the NCAA code, Rupp has had one thought before him- through
the long summers after poor (for him) seasons, through endless, sweaty
afternoons of practice sessions, under the lash of a bitter, consuming
ambition. "I will not retire until Kentucky wins another NCAA
start of this season, Rupp, an open-eyed realist, could hardly have
hoped for much more than his 18th Southeastern Conference title, if
that. As he put it, he had a collection of "fiddlers" when he needed
"violinists." They were the holdovers of what he had termed possibly his
worst team in years. But the clue- for all who had eyes to see- was in
that word holdovers. He had a starting five of four seniors and one
junior. All had had three years of the rigorous Rupp discipline that
makes and, let it be said, can break basketball players. It is a system
of orders given and orders carried out- or else. This year's team played
its games by rote, by strict patterns laid down by Rupp; with hardly a
single free-lance move, they ran their patterns, getting better and
better at them as the year wore on, and won the Southeastern title
against competition which was far superior to that of many previous
seasons. In the early rounds of the NCAA tournament they simply
overpowered Miami of Ohio and actually humiliated a strong Notre Dame by
more than 30 points. In the semifinal against Temple they passed and ran
and ran and passed until they found the tiniest chinks in one of the
toughest defenses in the nation; that kept them even in a seesaw game
until they made capital of a last-minute Temple error and won.
was within one step of the goal, but no one knew better what a big step
it was. He could have had few real worries about his own attack against
only a so-so over-all Seattle defense. But the problem of what to do
about the offensive versatility and the apparently unstoppable
rebounding of Seattle's Elgin Baylor was a problem that hadn't been
solved by many another coach. (Portland Coach Al Negratti told
Castellani after Baylor had scored 60 points against his team: "John, we
almost had you. If we could have held Baylor to 54 points, we'd have
seems obvious now that Rupp decided there was nothing he could do about
Baylor; he just didn't have the height or the skill. There was only one
course open: get rid of Baylor. And that's what he did.
it through a young man named John Crigler, easily the most underrated
player in this tournament. Rupp set up fast-moving patterns that forced
Seattle into a continuous switching of defensive assignments until
Baylor was left guarding Crigler and Crigler was left with the ball. So
far so good and, actually, not too difficult to accomplish. But the crux
of the matter was that at the moment Baylor was forced to switch to
Crigler, Crigler had taken advantage of an intricate series of legal
blocking maneuvers and was already a half-step ahead of him and driving
on a cleared-out path to the basket. Baylor had to concede two points
each time or try to stop Crigler without fouling him. In a tournament
game players like Baylor concede nothing, and rightly so, of course. But
he could not avoid the fouls, and before the game was 10 minutes old he
had three. Two more and Seattle's key man would automatically be out of
the game. The issue was decided with a full 30 minutes to go.
Thereafter, Baylor tried desperately to avoid committing himself on a
defensive assignment until the last split-second, and his teammates ran
themselves to exhaustion to help him. But Kentucky continued to get the
ball to the man that Baylor was finally stuck with, and Baylor was
obliged to choose between giving that man plenty of room for drives or
shots or pressing him hard and running the risk of fouling out.
second half, Castellani tried to fend off the inevitable by putting his
team in a zone defense. He had four men out front, running furiously to
cover five Kentuckians and kept Baylor under the basket where, at least,
he was of value in rebounding. But there always had to be a free
Kentucky player outside and, whether it was the sharpshooting Johnny Cox
in a corner or the excellent jump-shooting Vernon Hatton near the top of
the key, he scored.
must be said for Baylor that, handicapped as he was by fouls and by a
painful rib injury, he still scored 25 points in streaks of brilliant
offensive play, and passed off daringly and well to his teammates. But
Kentucky won 84-72.
Rupp had his fourth NCAA title. The man dedicated to winning as the only
reason for playing or coaching had his victory. Rupp deserved this as no
other coach ever deserved a victory.
must be reported, unhappily, that among many of his peers, this was not
a popular victory (SI, Dec. 16). Adolph Rupp has made it clear often
enough: "I am not engaged in a popularity contest. I want to win
basketball games." He has followed this principle with public displays
of tactlessness toward fellow coaches, thoughtless immodesty and the
poor losing spirit that must seek an excuse for defeat. His attitude has
antagonized many another coach, many a player, many a mere spectator
over the years. It is to be hoped that after this particular
victory- after honors to sate any man- Adolph Rupp will at last strive for
that real esteem, as a man and leader of young men, for which he has
hungered all along without daring to admit it to himself.