Coach Lon Jourdet's Pennsylvania Quakers are slowly beginning to evolve into a basketball team, but at present two complicating factors are muddling the year's prospects.
Captain Pace Brickley is still the question mark as far as early season playing is concerned. His sore back has not yet improved enough to lot him engage in vigorous practice so his debut as captain is apt to be delayed until mid-season.
Another worry to the Quakers is that center Swede Gustafson has not yet rounded into shape after the stiff football campaign. Coach Jourdet's five misses him, because it has no other sixfoot starters.
Tony Mischo, an offensive wizard, is back for another year at one forward spot, and diminutive Chuck Diven will be his running mate. At the guards the competition is the keenest as Gerry Seeders, Bernie Schreiber, Tom McNichol, and Norm Retchin are waging a nip-and-tuck race.
Sporting a new style of play under Coach Blair Guillion's regime, the Big Red team from Cornell is hoping to improve upon its fourth place finish in the League standings last year.
High-scoring Captain Walt Foertsch heads the list of returning lettermen, and he is paired with Sophomore Jim Bennett at the forwards. Another second year man, Duke Ramsay, has been a real sparkplug for the Gullionites in his center position so far.
Two experienced men, George Polzer and Howle Dunbar, have teamed together in the backcourt in the first two Cornell encounters. The Big Red has chalked up two wins in as many starts, but there are a few rough edges to be polished off. There will be plenty of opportunity to do this, too, because Cornell has an extensive Christmas trip scheduled.
Captain Tom Macioce leads a team of Columbia veterans who are hoping for their most successful season since 1936-37 when the Lions swept through a league schedule undefeated.
Coach Paul Mooney's team is built around four experienced campaigners who all play basketball the way their head coach wants it played. That means speed to burn, and the three other men are Ed Anderson, Sam Retano, and Jack Naylor, Footballer Art Radvilas seems to have the inside track on the center job, and there are at least four likely looking prospects sent up from last year's Freshman five.
In an article in the Daily Dartmouth. Coach Osborne Cowles of the Indians said that Columbia's experience made them the team to beat.