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KEY FACTS ABOUT 10 OF THE BEST
John Underwood
March 16, 1964
LOYOLA OF CHICAGO RON MILLER Independent W 20 L 5Coach: George Ireland
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March 16, 1964

Key Facts About 10 Of The Best

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LOYOLA OF CHICAGO
RON MILLER
Independent W 20 L 5
Coach: George Ireland

More casual on defense these days, the defending champions still like to run, with Jack Egan, a deft playmaker, leading the charge. They also set up around 6-foot-7 Les Hunter in the pivot and frequently use a double post. The two-way attack led by Miller, a superb 6-foot-2 leaper and shooter, averages 90.2 points. But the bench is weak and the rebounding too often erratic.

MICHIGAN
CAZZIE RUSSELL
Big Ten W 20 L 4
Coach: Dave Strack

Big, bold and young, Michigan makes mistakes but has the muscle to command the boards and the aggressive swiftness to overpower opponents. Sophomore Guard Russell is the take-charge guy. He passes deftly, shoots long jumpers and even drives the baseline. Six-foot-7 Bill Buntin and Oliver Darden are strong rebounders. A tough Big Ten schedule has been good seasoning.

UCLA
WALT HAZZARD
Big Six W 26 L 0
Coach: Johnny Wooden

Unbeaten and ranked No. 1 most of the season, UCLA has used a simple formula for success. Lacking size up front, the quick Bruins just harass their opponents with a ball-grabbing zone press and run over them with a withering fast break. Hazzard, who passes with the touch of a faro dealer, and Gail Goodrich do the scoring. Some weak rivals may have inspired overconfidence.

DUKE
JEFF MULLINS
Atlantic Coast W 23 L 4
Coach: Vic Bubas

Duke's strength is threefold: domination of the boards, scoring balance and strong bench. Jay Buckley and Hack Tison, both 6 feet 10, and Mullins, only 6 feet 4 but a fine jumper, snap up rebounds voraciously, and all three can score. Mullins averages 23.5 points. The Blue Devils prefer to run but are not disturbed by a slowdown. They defend well, with a pressing man-to-man.

KENTUCKY
COTTON NASH
Southeastern W 21 L 4
Coach: Adolph Rupp

Although Rupp has spent most of his coaching life ridiculing the zone defense, he won with it this year. His kind, a scrambling 1-3-1 with fast-handed Tommy Kron at the point and All-America Nash in the middle, has been devastating. Kentucky runs when it can, otherwise prods opponents off balance with split-second screens. But a tall team could bother the Wildcats.

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