Not too many years ago, little kids used to go early to Yankee baseball games to get their thrills during batting practice, because they knew the machine-like bombers would more often than not crunch their opponents with little excitement.
For the next two years, little kids--and big kids too -- better get to U.C.L.A. basketball games in time for layup drills. The invincible Bruins will very likely polish off their next 60 enemies with the same minimal effort they needed to waltz to the 1967 national championship.
Led by every-adverb-in-the-book-fantastic Lew Alcindor, the youthful -- four sophomores and junior captain Mike Warren -- Uclans drubbed upstart Dayton 7964 at Louisville Saturday night.
Alcindor -- unquestionably and officially the outstanding player in the nation and the tournament -- dropped in 20 points, grabbed off 18 rebounds and, as Dayton coach Don Donoher said, was a general presence.
After rushing to a quick and crushing 20-4 lead, aided by the dazed Flyers 18 misses in their first 20 shots, the Bruins coasted in behind the 7' 1" Alcindor's various forms of intimidation under the bucket and the flashy ball-handling and shootof guards Warren (18 points) and Lucius Allen (19). Bruin forward Lynn Shackelford dropped in 12 additional markers and fifth man Kenny Heitz turned in a sparkling defensive job on Dayton high scorer Don May, limiting him to 6 points in the first half.
The easy win came as no surprise to anyone -- Alcindor and company had been the unanimous number one pick in sportswriters' weekly balloting for the last two months of the season.
Coach Donoher joined the ever-growing ranks of the "they can be had" club after the game. "It will take a complete team, a very complete team, to beat UCLA," he said. "It will take someone who can contain Alcindor and have the speed to go with their other players." The NBA All Stars, coach?
UCLA is the fourth team in history to go through an entire season undefeated--and the victory last night marked Coach John Wooden's third NCAA championship in the last four years.
In the preliminary game, the other Western representative, Houston, romped to third place in the tournament by beating North Carolina 84-62.