Mac Warns ‘Minute-Men’ Jayhawkers Tougher than Trojans

Mac Warns ‘Minute-Men’ Jayhawkers Tougher than Trojans

Names Squad For Trip To Kansas City

Bloomington Daily Telephone

March 26, 1940

Team Not to Leave Until Thursday, Coach Reveals

“Beat Kansas” was the battle cry of Branch McCracken’s “point-a-minute men” as the hurrying Hoosiers went through their opening drill Monday afternoon in preparation for the final game of the National Collegiate A. A. basketball championship against “Phog” Allen’s Jayhawkers Saturday night in Kansas City.”Kansas will be tougher to beat than Southern California,” Coach McCracken warned his Merry Macs before sending them through a light drill on the Fieldhouse floor. Chief reason for McCracken’s pessimism is the fact that he has not seen Kansas play this year and knows next to nothing about the stye of offensive employed by the Western champs. Assistant Coach Ralph Graham, however, who formerly played at Kansas State, is gathering data from the Corn State for the use of the Hoosiers.Kansas pulled the biggest upset for the year by downing the favored Southern California quintet, 43-42, in the final game of the Western Regional at Kansas City, coming from behind in the final minutes to pull the game from the fire. The decision was somewhat of a disappointment to the Crimsonites, who had looked forward to a game with the Trojans for a long time. McCracken had scouted the West Coasters earlier in the season the antics of Frankforts Ralph and was all prepared to stop Vaughan and the rest of Sam Barry’s proteges. The game was to have been a “natural” in many ways, what with Indiana’s Jay McCreary opposing Southern Cal’s Vaughan, both boys having played on Everett Case’s state championship crew four years ago. But a last minute Jahawker basket changed all this, and now it’s the red hot Kansans who bar the way the hardwood’s pinnacle.This afternoon was to be devoted to a hard scrimmage session, followed by a light drill on Wednesday and Thursday. McCracken had planned to leave for the Kansas City Wednesday afternoon, but the Crimson Coach changed his plans when he learned that the Kansas City hardwood would not be available for practice on Thursday. The 12-man squad will leave right after practice Thursday evening, according to present plans.The following 12 players will make the trip: Captain Marvin Huffman, Bob Dro, Jim Gridley, and Bill Frey, guards; Bill Menke, Bob Menke, and Andy Zimmer, centers; and Herman Schaefer, Paul Armstrong, Ralph Dorsey, Jay McCreary, and Chet Francis, forwards.