Sometimes there is no practice at all. After an hour or so at Taylor County Coliseum the balls still had not shown up. An elderly gentleman would appear from time to time and mumble at Lemons, and occasionally a younger man who spoke no known language would pop in and make some noises. "Everybody throw in a nickel and we'll get up a pool on what's been going on here. Whoever guesses closest wins the pot," said the coach. Finally he gave up and merely had his players run a few laps.
Three days without practice did not unduly bother the Broncs. Against Hardin-Simmons, Rogers played an unusually controlled game, taking only 17 shots, making eight of them and scoring 19 points. That allowed teammate King to take a rare turn as high scorer with 24 points, many of them on passes from Guerra, who had 11 assists. All of which was enough to offset Pan Am's uncoordinated defense and keep Lemons from a long night in Abilene being stared at by a goldfish.