year I remember we played Indiana," he says. "That was when Indiana had
Don Schlundt, the All-America, at center. I read everything I could about
Schlundt in magazines and newspapers, trying to find out what he could do and
what he couldn't. By the time we got into the game, I was so tied up I didn't
know what I was doing. But I found out the first few times I brushed up against
him out there that he was human just like me. I got 20 points in the first half
and he got 9, but I fouled out in the second half and he went on to get 41. He
taught me something, too. I used to put my hands up on the guy guarding me to
get a quick start and beat him, and I got fouls called on me for shoving a lot.
Schlundt would just kind of lean on me until he had me off balance, then go the
other way quick, and he got the same effect and he didn't get any fouls. So I
tried that too, and it worked."
Krebs experimented for a while, looking for a weakness. He faked to his left
and cut back to his right for a layup, and Russell lifted a long arm and
covered the shot. Then Krebs tried faking right and going to his left.
"I was really
surprised," he says. "I expected to get the ball crammed down my throat
and I went up and shot and looked around and Russell was way out of position. I
kept faking that way all night and I found out he couldn't cover nearly as well
to his left as he could to his right."
For the first two
years Krebs played on the SMU varsity he had Tom Miller to relieve him and,
because he tired easily, he needed the relief. A combination of rapid growth
and the sinus infection which had kept him out of basketball his junior year in
high school robbed him of stamina.
"They used to
say he was not training," Hayes says. "But those big boys can't go at
full speed for long when they're not mature without getting completely
exhausted. We'd drive him until he was tired and then urge him to do some more.
Gradually, he built up stamina and coordination."
This year, for
the first time, Krebs can play a whole game without substitution. "I had to
learn to pace myself," he says. "Coach Hayes lets me handle the
time-outs if I figure I need one now. I found out you got to call time before
you get real winded. If you wait too long and get too tired, you can't get your
wind back at all. Then late in the game you go dead, and you're no good for
rebounds or jumping."
Doc Hayes, who
still makes a point of nursing Krebs's strength, has said, "Coaching is an
overrated profession. When you got boys as good as these, there's not much you
can show them."
is a resourceful coach who is wise enough to keep his offense fairly simple.
Krebs is the first really big man he has had since he started coaching at SMU
nine years ago. "When we knew we were going to get him we figured out all
the things big men had been doing to plague us through the years," Hayes
says. "Then we used the same things to plague everyone else."
supporting cast is, of course, topnotch. Bobby Mills and Larry Showalter were
all-conference players last year. Rick Herrscher is a cat-quick playmaker and a
fine outside shot. Ned Duncan joined the team this year from Kilgore Junior
College, where he was a junior-college All-America. Bob McGregor, who relieves
the other four players, can do so without spoiling the rhythm or effectiveness
of the team. He cannot relieve Krebs without damage, though.
Last week, three
days after, the Arkansas victory, SMU played Baylor in Waco. Baylor, with Rice,
is the strongest competition SMU has for the conference championship and might
have moved into a tie for the lead had SMU lost.