Sport: Big Little Man

Bradley University (undergraduate enrollment: 3,341) of Peoria, Ill. has capitalized handsomely on a beguiling fact of modern athletics: a small school with old-time amateur spirit and a few basketballs can get famous as fast as a big, rich school with an expensive stadium and a whole carload of money-hungry football beeves. When Bradley basketballers ended their season by polishing off Drake University 92-63 last week, they had proved themselves the class of the Missouri Valley Conference, and one of the hottest teams in the nation.

Bradley has made Peorians wild with joy, not only by their magnificent team play, but by...