Famous Indiana Firewagon Ready To Extinguish Kansas Blaze

Famous Indiana Firewagon Ready To Extinguish Kansas Blaze

Neither Five Given Edge By Dopesters

Bloomington Daily Telephone

March 29, 1940

Jayhawks Beaten Five Times in Nineteen Games

Kansas City, a great middle western metropolis which happens to be the scene of the Kansas-Indiana battle for the National Collegiate basketball championship, collected together all the city’s fire-prevention apparatus this morning and bid the eleven visiting Hoosiers a hearty welcome as the famous Indiana firewagon roared into the Missouri city with one Branch McCracken at the throttle. The din probably could be heard across the river into Kansas as far as Lawrence, where Phog Allen was just a week’s series of instructions on the art of “out-hustlin’ the Hoosiers.” Plenty of excitement was evident as scores of sports writers and basketball coaches, arriving in Kansas City for the national meeting of the group, compared the records of Kansas, winner of the Western Regional, and Indiana, champion of the East, who meet for the national crown at 8 o’clock Saturday night. Those favoring the Jayhawks pointed out that Allen’s athletes had finished in a three-way deadlock with Missouri and Oklahoma for the Big Six crown and had defeated both Rice and Oklahoma A. and M. in the Western playoff for a season’s record of only five setbacks in 19 games. Indiana fans , on the other hand, proudly presented the Hoosier record of 19 games in 22 games, including wins over Springfield and Duquesne in the Eastern tourney at Indianapolis. The boys from the bookie shops could find only one mutual opponent for the two teams this year, and the results of these contests gave them very little reason to gamble heavily on the outcome. Indiana conquered Nebraska, 49-39, in an early season encounter at Lincoln, while Kansas took a pair of decisions from the Cornhuskers, 40-24 and 48-41.

Kansas34-Oklahoma A. and M.----3031-Warrensburg Teachers--3363-Southern Methodist----3137-Southern Methodist----2640-New Mexico Mines------2452-Washburn--------------3446-Oklahoma--------------2640-Loyola (Chicago) -----3634-Kansas State----------3340-Nebraska--------------2436-Iowa State College----3422-Oklahoma A. and M.----2444-Kansas State----------3348-Nebraska--------------4142-Iowa State------------2942-Missouri--------------4033-Creighton-------------3536-Oklahoma--------------47(Play-offs)45-Oklahoma--------------3945-Oklahoma A. and M.----4350-Rice------------------4443-Southern California---42

Physically the teams will stack up about even when they take the floor tomorrow evening.Eight members of the Jayhawker squad tower at the six-foot mark or above, and Indiana’s streamlined smoothies will be up against a foe capable of matching them in speed. McCracken, however, seems to have the better of the argument in the matter of reserve strength. Three players, Don Ebling, Ralph Miller and Bob Allen, son of the coach, have carried the brunt of the Kansas scoring all season. Miller has registered 210, Ebling has tossed in 152, and Allen has accounted for 157 points. Other Jayhawkers have scored less than 100 points.The game is being billed as a coaches’ battle between a veteran of 30 years experience and a newcomer to big time net circles. Out in Kansas they’ll tell you that Phog Allen is to basketball what Knute Rockne was to football. This is his twentieth year at Kansas, and his son Bob, plays center for the Jayhawks and was among the leading scorers of the Big Six conference. McCracken is his second year at Indiana. Allen is 55 years old and McCracken is 32.