There it is again—UCLA. To USF partisans it is a four-letter word in more ways than one. The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles make Sparta and Athens look like friendly neighbors, and basketball is another handy thing for them to squabble about. Los Angeles has lately had the better arguments. In 1963-64 Peletta's team, led by a Washington, D.C. import named Ollie Johnson, was unbeaten in the WCAC, went to the regionals and knocked off Utah State. Then came UCLA in the finals. USF led by eight at half time but wound up losing by four, and Johnny Wooden's Bruins went on to win the National Championship. In 1964-65 Ollie Johnson again starred, as USF lost only one league game and beat Oklahoma City in the regionals. But UCLA beat the Dons by eight in the regional finals and again won the NCAA title.
If USF and UCLA meet once again in the Far West finals March 12 ( Oregon State and Stanford are giving the Bruins a fight in the AAWU), the Dons better get in their blows while they are able. Giant Lew Alcindor comes along next season for the UCLA varsity, and every basketball expert in the country believes the Bruins will win three straight national titles. Besides, USF seniors Ellis, Mueller and Gumina, not to mention P. P. Peletta, will be getting their last personal shots at UCLA. How two years of missing out on national glory must gall them!
"The seniors are very much intent on winning the conference so we get an opportunity to go to the Western Regionals," said Peletta between sips of Maalox, an anti-ulcer stomach liner. "We're all going out together."