Hopeful of avenging its 52 to 42 defeat at New Haven a week ago and at the same time atoning for a mediocre season with an upset victory over Yale, the Varsity basketball team will close its season tonight when it meets the heavily-favored Elis in the Indoor Athletic Building at 8:30 o'clock.
For Captain Charley Lutz, for Sam White and for Chet Legg this will be the last game in the Harvard uniform. Lutz has been one of the stars of the team for three years and it high-scorer for the past two. Legg is playing his third year and White his second on the Varsity.
Three Seniors Will Start
Lutz and Legg will probably start at the forwards tonight with White at center. But Finegan and Ed Buckley will open at the guard posts but it is certain that Ed Buckley as well as Bill Webber, Franny Simpson, and Ed Rothschild will see plenty of action.
Yale, with its height, speed, and power, is easily the favorite on paper, but Harvard will have the advantage of playing on the home court tonight. This is an especially important factor against the Blue quintet, which has proved to be much more potent on the Payne Whitney floor than on any other.
Again the Crimson will be faced with the problem of breaking through the Yale zone defense, one of the best of its kind in the country. It is this potent factor which has given the Elis, otherwise an in and out ball team, victories over such teams as Fordham, Tulsa, Brown, and Princeton.
However this time the Feslermen will know exactly what they are facing and that fact will be an aid in planning both the offense and the defense. It wasn't until the second half last Saturday that they discovered the remedy for fast breaking attack in a modified zone defense which proved quite effective, and tonight they will not have to experiment for a whole period.
Height, Shooting Problems
Whether any plan which Wes Fesler can think of will be enough to overcome the height handicap of Yale's Charley Sellblatz, Tom Erickson, and Al Stevens, and the shooting of Johnny Cobb and Bert Ingley is a question that cannot be decided except on the actual field of battle.
The Elis stand third in the League standings with six victories and five defeats. Harvard with three wins and eight losses, is fighting to stay in fifth place ahead of Pennsylvania and Columbia.
At three this afternoon the Yardlings will meet the Bulldog Freshmen in New Haven in an attempt to repeat the victory scored by the Class of '42 last year. The Puppies will present a strong lineup to the Crimson hoopsters, who will be led by Larry Hall, Art Scully and Charley Royer