Hoosier Fans to Watch Two Basketball Wars Tonight

Hoosier Fans to Watch Two Basketball Wars Tonight

Net Crown at Stake As I.U., Kansas Play

The Evening World, Bloomington

March 30, 1940

National Crown At Stake In Kansas City — Crimson Expect Tough Game

Probable LineupsIndiana                      KansasArmstrong.......f............MillerSchaefer........f............EblingMenke...........c............AllenHuffman.........g............HarpDro.............g............Kline
From the March 30, 1940 Bloomington Daily Telephone

Indiana’s Eastern N. C. A. A. champions will oppose the Kansas Jayhawks tonight in what promises to be a whale of a ball game at Kansas City as the two teams point for a national basketball championship in collegiate circles.The Indiana Union will provide a running report of the game at 8 o’clock tonight. Bulletins from the auditorium will be flashed on a lease wire service directly into Alumni hall, where Robert Cook, managing editor of the Bloomington Star, will dramatize them over the public address system.

Hoosiers in Shape

The Hoosiers arrived in top shape for the game, despite a 500 mile train trip from the basketball state. The Crimson team rested Friday morning and worked out in the Rockhurst College gym in the afternoon, whipping shooting eyes into shape with a bit of shooting practice. Branch McCracken, who expects a tough game form Phog Allen’s outfit, will not have his team workout today, but will order complete relaxation until this evening.Coach Allen prescribed several days’ rest for his charges before taking them to Kansas City for the big test with the Hoosiers.

Fast Vs. Slow

Indiana’s sharpshooters will pit their speed against a deliberate, well-co-ordinated Kansas offense. While the Hoosiers present a well-balanced scoring broadside, the Jayhawkers rely on three players to do three-fourths of the point-getting – their two forwards, Ralph Miller and Don Ebling, and their center, Bob Allen.To qualify for the final game tonight, both teams had to post season records outstanding enough to be named for the Eastern and Western regionals with the Mississippi river as a dividing line. Indiana took second in the Big Ten, but was picked over Purdue because it whipped the Boilermakers twice and rang up 17 triumphs in 20 games for the best record in the Midwest.

Kansas Won 14

Kansas, winner of 14 of its 19 tilts this season, tied for the Big Six honors with Oklahoma and Missouri. But by coming back in two post-season play-off tilts it won the right to play in the regional by nipping Oklahoma A. and M., 45-43 in overtime after avenging Oklahoma’s previous victory.As the Hoosiers swept through the Eastern regional tourney with comparative ease, beating Springfield and Duquesne last week-end in Indianapolis, the Kansans beat Rice and then edged out Southern California, 43-42, in the last 16 seconds to take the western title at Kansas City.Only mutual foe met by the rivals this tear was Nebraska. Indiana beat the Huskers, 49-39. Kansas beat them, 40-24 and 48-41. Although Indiana’s superior speed and scoring power make it the favorite, Kansas won its important games with smashing last half rallies-and may do so tonight.