Of all times for the Crimson basketball team to entertain Pennsylvania's Quakers, tonight is the worst possible. But since schedules are irrevocable affairs, the Varsity cagers take on the Red and Blue quintet in an Ivy League contest at 8:30 o'clock this evening in the Indoor Athletic Building. A preliminary battle pits high-scoring Dean Academy against the Junior Varsity.
The Pennsylvanians are breathing fire. After they had won five successive League engagements to lead the loop, and compiled a neat 13-game winning skein, up popped Cornell at Ithaca Saturday night, with a record of only two triumphs in 15 contests, and plastered the Quakers 35 to 30. So the Pennmen will be in no mood to dilly dally.
Quakers Now Second
The Cornell defeat moved the Red and Blue back to second place in the Ivy League, while the Brownmen, with a record of two wins and five losses, are next to last, just ahead of Yale. Penn can't afford to drop a game if it wants to stay in the running.
Sparking the Red and Blue roster is Chink Crossin, a peppery Sophomore who has the enviable record of 69 points in five League battles, the best average per game in the circuit. At the other forward is Captain Chuck Vigners, a veteran of countless cage campaigns. Jack Colberg, who tallied 19 points in the Penn massacre of Yale, is at center, with Larry Davis and Pat Sholvin, a capable pair, at the guards. They are an awesome crow.
Coach Earl Brown, who has seen his team blow hot and cold all winter, plans no changes in his starting lineup. Dean Hennessey, sixth in the Ivy League scoring race, is at one forward, teaming with George Dillon. Captain Hugh Hyde is the Crimson center, with Mike Fansler and Jack Torgan at the guards. The hoopsters lately have been like the little girl in the nursery rhyme: when they are good, they are very, very good; but when they are bad, they are horrid.