Basketball: Proof of the Promise

Some night when the moon is full and the wiverns and hobgoblins are about, somebody may actually beat U.C.L.A. in basketball—but only if Lew Alcindor happens to leave his shins at home. Now that the college season is two-thirds over, U.C.L.A.'s Bruins are still undefeated, and Alcindor has proved to be better, if anything, than his notices promised. The 7-ft. 1⅜-in. sophomore leads the nation in both scoring (31.2 points per game) and field-goal percentage (202 out of 299 for 68%). On the road against Illinois last week, he poured in 45 points as the No. 1-ranked...

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