FAR WEST: The shotgun offense brightened the football season and now a basketball team is boasting of one, too.
experimented last year with this new formation, which is designed to trap the weakest opposing player, and now will use it more. The trigger man is sensational Eddie Miles, a guard who averaged 20.9 points a game last season. He is the major scoring threat on Coach Vin Cazzetta's talent-rich squad. Five starters are back, including 6-foot-9 Richie Brennan and 6-foot-7 Ernie Dunston, and a 6-foot-7 sophomore, John Tresvant, is good enough to make the first string.
Idaho State's Coach John Evans will open up his usually deliberate offense to take advantage of sound rebounding and fair speed. A good sophomore, 6-foot-4 Art Crump, will fill out an experienced team that includes rugged Al Rolf (6 feet 8) at center and slick Frank Swopes at guard. Lack of depth is a problem.
A demanding schedule will prove a fair test for
PORTLAND'S best team ever. Coach Al Negratti looks for improved scoring and rebounding from a team that has four starters back: Center Bill Garner (6 feet 10), two 6-foot-5 forwards, Art Easterly and Roland Carpenter, and Guard Frank Bosone. Jim Dortch, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, gives solid backcourt height.
is the nation's top scorer, Frank Burgess, but more balanced power from four of last season's starters could make this an improved team. Bob Hunt, a 6-foot-5 forward, will lead the club. Two newcomers add needed rebounding: George Trontzos, an unpolished 7-foot-1 center from Salonica, Greece, and Jim Dixon, a 6-foot-8 forward.
Dobbie Lambert has an experienced nucleus at MONTANA STATE COLLEGE, with a sound guard and forward combination in Tom Sawyer and John Bryant, and 6-foot-8 senior Gordon Haugen at center. With four big transfer students also available, the Bobcats will be slightly better this season.
had two guards last season whose average height was—in today's game—an unbelievable 5 feet 6. Both are back, and the smaller, 5-foot-5 George Sarantos, will start again. But he has three big new playmates on the first string: Tony Burr and Eddie Greene (6 feet 6 and 6 feet 2), both junior college transfers, and 6-foot-9 sophomore Center Ron Neff.
SMALL COLLEGES: With its entire starting lineup back, PRAIRIE VIEW has an excellent chance to repeat as the nation's top-ranked small college. Coach Leroy Moore's 25-2 squad again will be led by Cornel Lacksy and Zelmo Beaty. The success of the season depends, as usual, on the outcome of two games with
. There Coach Fred Hodby has won 137 of 160 games in his five-year tenure. He has six regulars back from his 1961 NAIA champions, including 6-foot-8 Charlie Hardnett, a second team All-America, 6-foot-10 Willis Reed, 6-foot-10 Tom Bowens, high-scoring Hershell West (18.9) and Guards Bob Ricks and Rufus Calhoun.
Tennessee A&I is trying hard to get out of the small college ranks. Hoping to become the first Negro school ever to qualify for the NCAA big college tournament, A&I will play 13 major schools. Unfortunately, Coach Harold Hunter has lost four regulars from last year's 24-5 team, so Porter Meriwether and Eugene Werts will lead a young squad in the climb up.
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