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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 2, 1945)
If ever a basketball series coulcl be termed really crucial, we
can t think of a better instance than the series tonight and
tomorrow at Seattle. At the moment, the Ducks are perched
well on the top in the league standings, and if they can take
the games with the Huskies, the rest of the season should be
almost a walk-away to the title. On the other hand, if the
Huskies nip the Webfoots, it will throw the title race back
into a wide-open league with any team having a good chance
to slip into the front spot.
Oregon will start their usual first five—the same that beat
ashing'ton twice last week—while the Huskies will start two
of their experienced naval trainees and three civilians. Warren
has been working the Lemon and Green quint hard this week,
with emphasis on stopping the Huskies' high-scoring twosome,
Bobby Jorgensen and Don McMillan. The Oregon five will
be able to counter the V ashington point-getters with Fresh
man Dick A\ illiams and Bob Hamilton, two of the highest
scorers in the nation.
1 he last time the Ducks took the Northern division crown
was in 1939, when the great Alleycats team of that year went
on to sweep the coast championship, and finally to top everyone
by defeating Ohio State to win the National championship.
Coach “Honest John” Warren will be able to tuck a feather
his hat if the Ducks continue to play the same brand of
ball that they have shown thus far this season. Picked as
underdogs at the start of the season, with only one regular—
Bob Hamilton—returning from the '44 team, Warren has come
up with an amazing group of freshmen like Dick Wilkins, the
nation’s leading scorer, Del Smith, and Jim Bartelt. Also not
to be forgotten is tall Kenny Hays, the 6-foot, 7-inch center.
.With two years of varsity ball left, he should be one of the
most outstanding players on the team.
After the W ashington series, the Ducks face five remaining
games, three of them against the Aggies from Corvallis. The
other two are against the cellar dwelling Idaho Vandals.
The hoop race is far from over, but unless the Webfoots hit a
Jjig slump, their present two-game lead should be strong enough
to carry them to the title.
Beavers, Cougars Split on
OSC Inland Empire Trip
Every Saturday Night
9 ’til 12
^ DEANNA DURBIN
Oregon State’s fading title hopes
took another drop Wednesday
night at Pullman, when the Wash
ington State Cougars handed them
a surprise 46-31 upset defeat.
The Staters came back the sec
ond night for a 45-42 victory, but
it took them two overtime per
iods against the underdog WSC
five to do it. For Washington
State, both games turned out to be
a question of “hold OSC’s Red
Rocha and we’ll win.” The Cougars
did just that during the first game,
when the 6-foot, 9-inch center was
held to a meager five points. The
second night Rocha ran wild, ring
ing up 27 counters, and the Beav
ers squeezed through for a win.
The defeats dropped both OSC
and WSC another half game behind
the league leading Oregon team.
MIGHTY MITE j
Captain Bob Hamilton, the only i
Oregon player who saw action j
against Washington last year, will |
lead thp Ducks as they try to make i
it four straight over the Huskies !
OREGON . 7 2
Oregon State . 5 4
Washington State .... 5 5
Washington . 4 4
Idaho . 0 0
WILL the person who took a note
book from the art school Mon-1
day afternoon please return it. i
Telephone Ext. 386.
BROWN pouch purse containing i
glasses and Schaefer pen. Lost
between Oregon and Gerlinger. |
Will finder please call Mary
Carnes, Ext. 386. Reward.
BLACK alligator cigarette case at
McArthur court Friday night.
Initials M.M.E. in gold on front.
Mary Margaret Ellsworth, phone
SMALL brown purse at game Fri
day. Jackie Kenfield, phone 2305.
NEW prewar double-breasted tux
edos at manufacturers’ cost.
Sizes 38 and 39. Also two tuxedo
coats size 35. Telephone 4092-J.
for deliciously aged
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Webfoots Meet UW
On Huskies Court
Playing their first road game after three weeks at home.
Coach John Warren’s Oregon squad of high-riding Webfoots
meet the Washington Huskies in the opener of a two-game
| series at Seattle tonight.
The Ducks need only a split in the two games to maintain
; the league lead, but a sweep of both tilts would almost assure
i Oregon of it's first championship
; since 1939.
| Coach Hec Edmundson will
| throw in all of Washington’s avail
' able talent, including their Naval
| trainees, in an effort to boost the
fading' Huskies back into the title
[ race. He will probably start his
I two lettermen, Vandenburg and
McMillan, both trainees, who were
unable to play in the two Oregon
victories 59-3G and b-t-51 here Ism
weekend, plus three civilian mem
bers of the squad.
Dick Wilkins of the Ducks, and
little Bobby Jorgensen will be apt
to stage another scoring spree for
their respective teams if they con
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