With a first division League finish almost out of its grasp, the Crimson quintet will move on the road this weekend in hopes of defeating Penn tonight and Princeton tomorrow. Added to a victory over Yale next Wednesday, two wins would give the varsity a good shot at fourth place, much higher than was expected at the season's outset.
The Crimson has little chance of a triple victory, however, as Princeton is one of the top two squads in the League, Penn is hard to beat on its home court, and Yale has come along well since the return of Larry Downs in late January.
Tonight, Ivy eyes will be focused on the all-important Princeton-Dartmouth contest while the varsity tries to match last Saturday's triumph over Penn. Last year, each team won at home; despite the Crimson's 69-60 win last week, Penn must be given a slight edge at the Palestra.
Bob Mlvky, Al Schwalt, and George Schmidt will lead the Quaker attack, which is basically of the fast break variety, although hampered by a lack of solid rebounding. Set shot specialist Paul Rubincam and hard-driving John Follman will round out the starting five.
Should the Crimson, which will go into the game with a 4-7 League record, get by the troublesome Quakers, Princeton will nonetheless provide far stiffer competition tomorrow night, whether or not the Tigers manage to down Dartmouth tonight.
Undoubtedly, the Tigers will treat the varsity with greater respect tonight than they did last Friday, when the Crimson threw a real scare into their feline hearts before falling by a close 61-56 score, the closest, in fact, any Ivy team had come to beating them until Dartmouth shel lacked them, 71 to 59, the following night at Hanover.
Tiger coach Cappy Cappon as usual will employ his "Iron Five," although their tensile strength is dubious after the Dartmouth massacre.
The greatest hope for a Crimson win at Princeton lies in the possibility that Dartmouth may administer another one-sided defeat to the Tigers. In this case, the host five could fall apart the minute they come onto the court, out of embarrassment, if nothing else