Harvard's basketball team encounters Bill Bradley and four guys named "Hey-you" at Princeton tonight--and the result is likely to be disaster.
The contest is the first of a frightening two-week stint during which the Crimson will meet Ivy League powerhouses Penn and Princeton twice.
On February 8, 1964 God smiled on the Harvard quintet. The Crimson scored one of its greatest victories in history on that memorable night by beating Princeton, 88 to 82. But no repeat last year's amazing upset, or even to eke out one victory during this four-game stretch, would require providential intervention that would astound a Jonathan Edwards.
For Princeton has a bit more than a one-man show this year. The Bradley mystique lured a number of high school basketball stars to Nassau two years ago, and the Tigers are benefiting this year from the presence of such sophomores as 6-9 Robbie Brown, 6-6 Ed Hummer, and hotshot backcourt man Gary Walters.
But Bradley is the immortal. Without question, he is the honest college basketball player in America; he dispelled any doubts on this issue by scoring 42 points against the nation's number one team. Michigan, in the ECAC holiday tournament. Princeton lost by two points, but Bradley convinced even the most skeptical skeptics of his greatness.
The 6-5 'forward is averaging 33 points per game, and 35 on League play. He heads the League in rebounding. He is the first Ivy player in history to score more than 2000 career points.
Harvard Coach Floyd Wilson will start his usual contingent of Keith Sedlacek, Barry Williams, Herle McClung, Gene Dressler, and Leo Scully against the Tigers. There is no way to stop Bradley, of course, so if the Crimson even wants to keep the score respectable, the entire team will have to have an outstanding night-particularly All-Ivy center Merle McClung, whose performance this year has been somewhat disappointing.
Princeton currently holds down second place in the Ivy League with a 6-1 record. The Tigers suffered their only loss by one point to Cornell, which leads one League with a 7-0 mark. Princeton knows that one more loss could eliminate them from the Ivy race--so they don't be caught loafing tonight.