Only Kansas Stands Between Indiana And National Net Crown

Only Kansas Stands Between Indiana And National Net Crown

Merry Macs Win Eastern Tournament

Bloomington Daily World

March 25, 1940

Trojans Defeated By Allen Quintet In Upset Victory

Branch McCracken’s hard fighting hardwood hoopsters wrote a brilliant chapter in Indiana University’s history under the arching beams of the mammoth Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday evening by outshooting a brilliant Duquesne five, 39-30, to march off with the Eastern basketball championship of the United States and qualify to meet the tricky Kansas quintet for the national crown.

From the March 25, 1940 Bloomington Daily World

“Phog” Allen’s Kansans, champions of the Big Ten conference, booted away the last remnants of the old dope bucket when they shaded a favored Southern California five, 43-32, in the final contest of the Western Regional, at Kansas City, and McCracken’s Marauders are schedualed to battle the Jayhawkers this Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium for the night to wear the mythical crown which bears the title “National Collegiate Basketball Champs.”The game marked the 19th win in 22 starts for the clever Crimson team and kept McCracken’s record of never having lost to a non-conference team unsullied. Indiana’s three losses this season have been at the hands of Minnesota, Northwestern, and Ohio State. The win also was the second of the season over Dusquene, rnnerup to Colorado in the recent Metrepolitan Invitational tourney. The Hoosiers triumphed, 51-49, in a regular season contest.Led by Huffman and Bill Menke, the Merry Macs drew away to an early lead in Saturday night’s battle and ran the Iron Duke’s ragged in the opening half to breeze to a 25-13 lead at half time. The Easteners rallied brilliantly in the second frame, however, and pulled up to within four points of the Macmen with only five minutes to play. Superior height and reserve strength enabled the locals to increase the lead in the waning moments of the battle. The affair was hard fought throughout and both the Dusquene and Indiana teams rose as one from the bench to protest numerous decisions on the part of the Refs Pat Kennedy and Glen Adams. All of 25 seconds were required before the Cream and Crimson forged into a lead which was maintained throughout the brilliant contest. The opening score came when Captain Marvin Huffman dribbled down the side, poised and flipped a beautiful two-pointer through the meshes. Herman Schaefer contributed a free toss, Bill Menke tipped one in and Schaefer came bak with a brilliant one-handed shot to give the Crimson race horses an early 7-1 lead. Becker broke the ice for the bewildered Dusquenes with a free throw offering, followed by Milkovichwith another free toss, but Bill Menke tipped another one in and the hurryin’ Hoosiers held a 9-2 advantage.Both teams continued tha barrage for several minutes as Bill Menke, Bob Dro, and Herman Schaefer countered for the Macmen to run the score up to 17-5 before Widowitz snaged a long, looping fielder. Captain Huffman committed his third personal foul and was replaced by Paul (Curly) Armstrong, who celebrated his entrance by going under for two more Hoosier points. Dro’s topin shot made it 21-18, and then Widowitz dropped in a long one for the Iron Dukes. Armstong and Bill Menke connected as the play raged up and down the floor, but Becker’s free throw made it 24-11. Widowitz and Bill Menke traded honors as the half ended with the Crimson holding a 25-13 margin. Susquene came back to open the second session with mad rush, with Becker and Milkovich counting from the field, before Andy Zimmer sank a charity toss to shorten the count to 26-17. Armstrong hit two free throws, but Kasperik and Milkovich hit the draperies and Indiana led by 28-20. Fighting desperately every inch of the way the Iron dukes were finally findng their range, and Lasperik, Milkovich and Becker shortened the Crimson advantage to seven points before Schaefer and Huffman hit free throws to make it 33-27, Indiana.With the play getting rougher with every passing minute, Milkovich dribbled under the hoop, pivoted away from his guard and sank another basket. But Captain Huffman made Hoosier fans breathe a ittle easier when he dribbled nearly the length of the hardwood to score. Indiana led 35-29 at this point, but Debnar added another point before Schaefer salted the contest away by taking a beautiful pass from McCreary and sinking a one-hander. Becker committed his fourth personal foul on the play and left the game. Schaefer made it 38-30. A moment later Bill Menke and Milkovich were retired for their fourth fouls, and Andy Zimmer came back into the game. Captain Huffman tallied from the charity lane just before the game ended with Indiana winning the Eastern Championship of the United States.


Indiana (39) FG FT TP PFSchaefer, f -- 2 4 8 3McCreary, c -- 0 0 0 3W. Menke, c -- 4 2 10 4Huffman, g -- 2 2 6 3 Dro, g -- 2 1 5 2Armstrong, g -- 2 3 7 0Zimmer, f -- 1 1 3 0Dorsey, g -- 0 0 0 0 Totals -- 13 13 39 15Duquesne (30) FG FT TP PFBecker, f -- 2 2 6 4Milkovich, f -- 4 2 10 4Lacey, c -- 1 0 2 3Widowitz, g -- 3 2 8 3Debnar, g -- 0 1 1 2Kasperik, c -- 1 1 3 1Reiber, f -- 0 0 0 0Totals -- 11 8 30 17Score at half: Indiana, 25; Duquesne, 13.Referee-Pat Kennedy (New York). Umpire-Glen Adams (Columbus).