Sport: Box-Office Blues

The decisive Big Nine basketball game of 1947 was played last week. Its surroundings made it look more like two crossroads high schools battling for a county championship.

A collapsing grandstand had interrupted the Wisconsin-Purdue game at half-time (TIME, March 10), so a playoff of the second half was ordered. Wisconsin, which could clinch the title by winning, had to begin last week's half-game with its star, Walt Lautenbach, already four-fifths of the way out on fouls.

With so much at stake, everybody figured that there was no sense trying to get a seat in the little Evanston (ILL.) high school gym...

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