Indiana in NCAA Bid tonight

Indiana in NCAA Bid tonight

DePaul Serious Barrier On Stadium Hardwood

Daily Herald-Telephone

March 13, 1953

From the March 13, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

Indiana University’s Hurryin’ Hoosiers, makers of history by claiming the 1953 Big Ten championship with the greatest record ever turned in by a Conference squad, make a bid for the “big one” – the National Collegiate crown – when they start NCAA Regional warfare at Chicago Stadium against DePaul’s talented Blue Demons.

The Hoosiers appear in tonight’s second game, after another state team, Notre Dame, tests Ivy league champion Pennsylvania. The opener is slated for 7:45, the second contest for approximately 9:40.

Win or lose, the Hoosiers will perform in the spacious Stadium again tomorrow night. Tonight’s losers clash in a consolation affair and tonight’s winners meet for the right to advance to the Kansas City Finals on the Saturday card.

DePaul Tough At Stadium

Indiana, off its No. 1 regular-season national rating, is favored over the Demons tonight; while Notre Dame is given a slight nod to trip the Quakers. Should both Hoosier clubs advance, Indiana would have an opportunity to reverse one of its three defeats. The Irish clipped the Hoosiers at South Bend by a 71-70 count.

Coach Branch McCracken’s crew is no cinch favorites, however. The Blue Demons are thoroughly acquainted with the Stadium boards, having played most of their home games there this season. Three noteworthy triumphs at the Stadium came over LaSalle, Oklahoma A & M, and Notre Dame.

Must Watch Feireisel

With four of its five starters native Chicagoans, the Demons always seem to rise to the heights before the home folks.

DePaul is blessed with plenty of size with which to cope with the lanky Hoosiers. The team averages 6-3, as compared to Indiana’s 6-4, and is noted for strong rebounding, especially on the defensive boards.

Guard Ronnie Feireisel, 6-3, is the second-most potent scorer in Demon history – taking a back-seat only to the fabulous George Mikan, who performed for the Windy City crew in the war years.

Mac Silent About Defense

From the March 13, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

The opposite guard is little Jim Lamkin, only 5-9, who is, oddly enough, the second-high scorer this season. Lamkin’s long set efforts usually loosen up the opponents’ defenses, allowing Feireisel to work in the neighborhood of the basket with effectiveness.

Supporting cast for the Demons consists of center Russ Johnson, who will draw the assignment to stop big Don Schlundt, and forwards Bill Schyman, 6-5, and Frank Blum, 6-4.

McCracken scouted DePaul Tuesday night, and later indicated that he had cooked up a defense for the Demons. He declined to explain the set-up, but most Hoosier followers were of the opinion that fleet Bob Leonard would be asked to halt Lamkin, while sticky Dick Farley would get the job of staying with Feiereisel.

All-American Leads Penn

The Hoosiers left for Chicago yesterday and were scheduled to hold one shooting drill at the Stadium before tonight’s game. The team was in top shape, and McCracken hoped it had shaken the sluggishness which gripped it through the final three Conference tilts – after a near-perfect showing at Illinois has clinched the title.

Respective season records for tonight’s four principals are: Indiana 19-3, DePaul 19-7, Notre Dame 18-4, Pennsylvania 21-4.

The Quakers bring the only clear-cut All-American, 6-5 center Ernie Beck, into the Regional.


Indiana DePaulKraak (6-5) F (6-5) SchymanFarley (6-3) F (6-4) BlumSchlundt (6-9) C (6-6) JohnsonLeonard (6-3) G (6-3) FeiereiselScott (6-0) G (5-9) LamkinTip-Off: 9:40, Chicago StadiumBroadcast: WFIU, WTTS (at 9:30).