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Roger Kahn
December 13, 1954
Before college basketball was scrubbed clean, it was easy for knowing gamblers and fixers to sit down in December, predict the results of games in February and be certain of a phenomenal degree of accuracy. That was 1951. Today it is a pleasure to report that no one has any idea what's going to happen this season. Gamblers and fixers are no longer part of the game.
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December 13, 1954

Preview: Great Season, Greater Star

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This season the trio is through with graduate work and Rupp is rebuilding. He says he cannot rebuild enough to cope with ALABAMA . Somehow, though, it is hard to believe that Kentucky will be unseated again as long as Rupp remains. He likes to win and he knows how.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE likes to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and often does?so often that the N.C.A.A. has entered this scene, too. The Wolfpack is eligible for regular season play but ineligible for the N.C.A.A. tournament?punishment for overemphasis.

WAKE FOREST will push N.C. State in the title race, with Dick Hemric pushing hardest, NORTH CAROLINA has some competent veterans and sophomore star Lenny Rosenbluth. DUKE has height and seasoning.

In the Southern Conference the preseason script called for GEORGE WASHINGTON to repeat, FURMAN and WEST VIRGINIA may trouble George Washington.

Among the Southern independents, LOUISVILLE seems far ahead.


There's a good chance that the Big Ten basketball race will end up this spring as lopsided as the American League race for a pennant did last summer. What the Yankees and Indians did to the weaker ball clubs, IOWA and INDIANA should do to the weaker fives.

Forddy Anderson, an ambitious man, is coaching MICHIGAN STATE , but this is his first year. MINNESOTA has Dick Garmaker and NORTHWESTERN has a squad of three seniors and five juniors. The other Big Ten clubs don't figure at all.

The Missouri Valley Conference runs from Detroit to Texas and goes in for top-notch teams. Once OKLAHOMA A & M had things its own way, playing for possession, boring customers and winning consistently. This year, for the first time in memory, the Aggies are without a giant. If you don't get the ball off the backboard, you can't play for possession.

Coach Ed Hickey teaches fast breaks at ST. LOUIS and has a fine marksman in Dick Boushka. He doesn't have enough of everything else.

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