Sport: Basketball: Midseason

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Metropolitan. Most basketball fans would like to see a game between Notre Dame and College of the City of New York, often called the two best teams in the U. S. Like Notre Dame, City College belongs to no conference, beats nearly every team it meets. For the last three years it has lost only two games out of 41, none so far this season. Also like Notre Dame, it has a whirlwind centre, temperamental Capt. Moe Goldman who, in a furious game with Temple, was knocked unconscious in the first half, returned in the second to score the eleven points which won the game. Also like Notre Dame, City College has in Nat Holman a remarkable coach. In 15 years Holman's teams at C. C. N. Y. have won 173 games, lost 41. Born and bred on Manhattan's East Side, Nat Holman learned basketball where many another crack Jewish player started, in a settlement-house gymnasium. While studying at C. C. N. Y. he did not play on the college team, but turned professional, signed in 1920 with a team called "The Original Celtics." Holman played with the Celtics for eight years, during which they won an average of 120 out of 130 games a year, never lost a series, finally broke up for lack of opponents. Softspoken, sleek-haired, he coaches smooth and deceptive team play, foxy shifts from man-to-man to zone defenses. In spare time he studies sculpture, has made three figures. Says he: "I mold my players just like I mold my clay." East. In 1908 Harvard quit the Eastern Intercollegiate League in a huff. This season it returned, and so far has lost every conference game played. Princeton, an early favorite, slumped after the Christmas holidays. Most of its first-stringers are seniors playing their third season and apparently bored with the game. Tied for first place are Penn and Yale, last year's champion. South. From Kansas, where lives the inventor of basketball, Dr. James A. Naismith, went jovial, jowled Adolph Rupp to teach the University of Kentucky boys how to play. He taught them so well that in three years they won 64 out of 72 games, and last year the Southeastern Conference. Last week, undefeated for the season, his team moved toward another championship by beating Alabama 26-to-21. In the Southwest, Texas Christian boasts: 1) League leadership; 2) a forward named Richard Allison, 6 ft. 5 in., 200 lb., who has scored 86 points this season. Rocky Mountain. Even in this single league basketball styles vary. The western division (Utah and Montana) plays a slambang, helter-skelter game resulting in high scores. The eastern (Colorado, Wyoming) tends toward conservatism and tight defense. W'yoming leads the league undefeated. Wyoming's ace is a tall, blond, left-handed forward named Les Witte, brother of Coach Willard ("Dutch") Witte. In a double-header last week against Colorado College he scored 17 points in each game, brought his season total to 113, his four-year total close to 1,000. Pacific Coast. California and Washington lead their respective divisions of the conference, but Southern California provides more entertainment. Southern California's waterboy is none other than Irvine ("Cotton") Warburton, phenomenal little quarterback of the football team. Besides tending the bucket, sponging the faces of sweaty players, he serves as a sort of assistant to Coach Justin ("Sam") Barry, lately of Iowa. One of Coach Barry's stratagems is to

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