As if Cambridge temperatures aren't cold enough, the varsity basketball team will move even further north--to Colby College in Waterville, Me.--to play in the third annual New England College Basketball Tournament on December 28,29, and 30.
The varsity, loser of its last two games after winning three in a row, will meet a tall, but young Bowdoin five in its first game. Should they get by the Polar Bears, the team will face the winner of the Colby-Middlebury game the next day. Middlebury has already beaten the varsity this year, winning a tight 50-46 contest.
The other four teams entered in the tournament are Amherst. Brown, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Connecticut, winner of the first tournament in 1953, is favored to repeat this year. Last season's winner, Dartmouth, also rated one of the top teams in the Ivy League, is not entered in the tourney.
Although there is still a week to go before the first tournament tap-off, it is far too early to name a starting lineup-Coach Floyd Wilson may well start the same five that started in the losing effort against Middlebury Friday. In that contest, Dick Hurley and Bob Bowman were at the forwards, with Ike Canty at center and Bob Hastings and Bob Barnett at guards.
Should the varsity lose to Bowdoin, they will move into the consolation round on the 29th. Starting time for the game with the Polar Bears is 7 p.m., in the Colby College field house.