Colorful Pep Session Welcomes N.C.A.A. Champs Home

Colorful Pep Session Welcomes N.C.A.A. Champs Home

Fieldhouse Terraces Are Jammed With I.U. Rooters

April 1, 1940

McCracken, Pres. Wells and Players Address Jubilant Crowd Sunday

April 1, 1940 Bloomington Daily Telephone

One of the most spirited pep sessions ever held on the Indiana University campus welcomed home Branch McCracken and his National Collegiate basketball champions Sunday afternoon after a sterling victory over an out-classed Kansas team. A long car parade trailed a screaming firetruck to the Fieldhouse and hundreds of Crimson fans, students and townspeople, scrambled up the bank to get a glimpse of the team.Indiana did not play its best ball when beating Kansas, 60-42, Saturday night, Coach McCracken told the crowd. The Hoosiers played better basketball in the two Purdue games. However, “We had a job to do,” the Indiana coach said, “and we went out there and got it done.”

Players Speak

The players in turn followed their coach and said a few words. Some thanked the crowd for a good reception and the others attributed the success of the season entirely to McCracken. Bob Menke told the crowd about the Rinky Dinks (the second string five) and their minute-and-a-half of play. President Herman B Wells told the Crimson squad, first national championship basketball team in the history of I.U. athletics that “the game which you played at Kansas City was to the glory of yourselves, to Indiana basketball and to Indiana University.”With the sound of the final gun marking the end of the ball game Saturday night, the Crimson players, imbued with spirit of their great victory, carried McCracken around on their shoulders in jubilance. Following the initial display of enthusiasm, the team received gold basketballs to wear on their key chains and wrist watches. Capt. Marvin Huffman was chosen the most valuable player to his team in N.C.A.A. competition and received a trophy for his outstanding performance.

Win Tall Trophy

The tall award won by the champions was an engraved pillar of gold, flanked by two golden basketball players and topped by another carved figure. The trophy has a black base. The triumph of Indiana over Kansas, the Western champions, was a victory of the new over the old. The fast-breaking Crimson quintet thrilled the crowd of 10,000 persons with a display of hardwood razzle-dazzle that had never before been seen on the other side of the Mississippi. The fast-shooting, fast-stepping Hoosiers left both the fans and the opposing players breathless with their speedy play and fancy passing.Three Indiana University players were named to the all-American team chosen by the officials of the National Collegiate Athletic Association last night after the Hoosiers won the N.C.A.A. championship by defeating University of Kansas 60 to 42.Marvin Huffman, senior guard and captain of the Indiana Squad, was named the most valuable player of the tournament. The other Hoosiers honored were Jay McCreary, forward, and Bill Menke, center.

Selected Captain

Howard Engleman, Kansas forward, was selected as captain of the first team and Bob Allen of Kansas was the fifth to be named. Deciding to leave well enough alone, the national rules committee ended 48 hours of conversations late today by making only two changes in the playing code for next season.It made use of the smaller, fan-shaped bankboard optional for both high schools and colleges and revised the overtime ruling for prep quintets. The new rules provides for a full three-minute overtime period followed by a second “sudden-death” session.In the 1939 code, the team to score first in the opening extra session was the victor.