IU Is 17-1 In Big Ten, 19-3 For Season

IU Is 17-1 In Big Ten, 19-3 For Season

Schlundt Misses Record In 68-61 Win Over Iowa

Daily Herald-Telephone

March 10, 1953

From the March 10, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

Indiana University completed the most representative basketball schedule in Big Ten history with probably the most fabulous record of all time in Conference annuals last night, dumping Iowa for the 17th triumph in 18 loop games in the Fieldhouse here, 68-61.

The current season marked the first and only time that each Big Ten foe met the other league quintets in home-and-home contests. The Hoosiers defeated all nine rivals here and won eight of nine on the road.

Runner-up Illinois, which blasted Northwestern last night, 86-70, finished three lengths behind the new champions – although the Illini had been picked in pre-season selections as possible national champs. Illinois had copped Big Ten honors in both 1950-51 and 1951-52.

Hoosiers In NCAA Next

Other results last night, the final session for Big Ten firing, saw Michigan State bow to Wisconsin, 58-51, allowing idle Minnesota to tie the Spartans for third place in the standings; and Michigan bow to Ohio State, 95-71, to drop to a last-place tie with hap-less Purdue.

Wisconsin finished in fifth place, Iowa in sixth, Ohio State in seventh, and Northwestern in eighth.

Thus ended the tough slate for nine of the schools; with Indiana carrying the Conference hopes into the annual post-season NCAA tourney – the major leagues of collegiate play – in the Regional at Chicago, starting this Friday.

Schlundt Has 25.5 Average

Last night’s win was an easy one for IU after the first 15 minutes. The Hoosiers rolled to an 11-point edge at halftime, 38-27, and immediately boosted their margin in the third period. The very ease of the triumph possibly cost sophomore center Don Schlundt a coveted Big Ten individual scoring record.

Needing 32 points to break the all-time average per-game record of Iowa’s Chuck Darling, set last year, Schlundt picked up 13 in the first period and finished the half with 20. He added a basket and was assessed his fourth personal early in the third quarter.

Coach Branch McCracken removed Schlundt as a safety measure. When it became apparent that his services would not be needed again, McCracken decided to permit substitutes to finish the game. Schlundt’s 23-point total gave him 459 for the 18 game season, a 25.5 per game mark.

Subs Play In Last Period

From the March 10, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

By far the most prolific scorer in Hoosier history, Schlundt has a total of 538 for all games to date – with at least two games remaining in the NCAA meet.

Iowa led twice in the early minutes last night, then trailed by only 15-13 late in the first period. The Hoosiers jumped this to 21-15 at the first stop. Iowa came back again to trail by only 24-23 in the second stanza, but the Hoosiers pulled away to stay by halftime.

Indiana led by 12 at 43-31, when Schlundt departed; and it was 59-41 by the end of the third quarter. Only regular Dick Farley saw even limited action in the final period as a five-man team of reserves finished out the game.

Post .338 Field Goal Mark

Iowa outscored the Hoosier subs by 20-9 to bring the final score to deceptively close proportions.

As usual, Bob Leonard followed Schlundt in the scoring column with 13 points – while three forwards, Dick Farley, Charlie Kraak, and Dick White, notched eight each.

Herb Thompson, one of four seniors in the Hawkeye lineup, grabbed 16 to top the losers. Center Gene Hettrick and guard Bob Mau, both of whom fouled out in the third quarter, added 11 and 10, respectively.

192-62 Record For Branch

Indiana tried only 71 shots in the game, connecting on 24 for a .338 average. The Hoosiers cashed 20 of 31 free throws. Iowa, meanwhile, had 94 tries from the field, hitting only 23 for .245. The Hawks hit half of their 30 charity shots.

Including his disastrous post-war seasons of 1947-48, ’48-49, and ’49-50, McCracken now has won 111 Big Ten games as compared to 47 losses; and he has a 12-year overall record of 192-62 here.

McCracken will be shooting for his second national title in the NCAA meet, having won the affair in 1940 – his second year at the Hoosier helm.

Box Score

IOWA (61) fga fg ft tm pf tpHerb Thompson, f 15 6 4 1 2 16Deacon Davis, f 12 1 2 3 4 4Bill Stenger, f 7 1 1 1 0 3Dan McBride, f 1 1 0 0 0 2Paul Stark, f 0 0 0 0 0 0Gene Hettrick, c 14 4 3 2 5 11Bob Miller, c 6 1 1 0 2 3Bob Diehl, c 2 1 0 0 0 2Chick Jarnagin, g 16 2 2 0 2 6Bob Mau, g 16 4 2 3 5 10Gerald Ridley, g 5 2 0 5 0 4Merle Jensen, g 0 0 0 0 0 0TOTALS 94 23 15 15 20 61

INDIANA (68) fga fg ft ftm pf tpDick Farley, f 7 2 4 3 3 8Charlie Kraak, f 9 3 2 4 4 8Dick White, f 10 3 2 1 2 8Jim DeaKyne, f 4 0 0 0 2 0Don Schlundt, c 11 7 8 0 4 22Jim Schooley, c 1 1 0 0 1 2Bob Leonard, g 16 5 3 3 2 13Burke Scott, g 7 2 1 0 2 .5Paulie Poff, g 3 1 0 0 0 2Phil Byers, g 3 0 0 0 1 0TOTALS 71 24 20 11 21 68(Technical Foul: Schlundt.)

Score By Quarters:Iowa 15 12 14 20 - 61Indiana 21 17 21 9 - 68

Big 10 Standings

Conference All Games W L TP OP W LINDIANA 17 1 1452 1248 19 3Illinois 14 4 1442 1223 18 4Mich. State 11 7 109 * 1097 13 9Minnesota 11 7 1307 1223 14 8Wisconsin 10 8 1156 1123 13 9Iowa 9 9 1256 1271 12 10Ohio State 7 11 1278 1337 10 12Northwestern 5 13 1288 1368 6 16Michigan 3 15 1247 1453 6 16Purdue 3 15 1220 1399 4 17