Four teams have a good chance to win, and though all their coaches politely decline the role of favorite, PRINCETON is the logical choice. Four returning starters are led by junior Pete Campbell, the Ivy's top scorer last season with a 20.9 average. The others are 6-foot-4 Center Al Kaemmerlen, Forward Don Swan, a 13-point scorer and the league's second-best rebounder, and senior Mike Burton. Campbell's partner at guard will be Art Hyland, a sophomore who has the job of replacing sparkplug Jim Brangan. Coach Cappy Cappon's squad is deep for a change, but lacks size and speed. Reserves include Tom Adams, Larry Brennan, Andy Higgins, John Pasalis and Drew Hyland. One asset is the consistent man-to-man defense. PENNSYLVANIA has 6-foot-4 Bob Mlkvy, who scored 19 a game and is rated the Ivy's best forward, and a lot of above-average sophomores who won 18 of 21 games as freshmen. One of them, Guard John Wideman, is being hailed as another Ernie Beck. He will start in the backcourt with classmate Sid Amira, while 6-foot-3 Bob Purdy joins Mlkvy and the experienced Stew Greenleaf up front. Coach Jack McCloskey's first five has speed, good size and aggressiveness. The tall sophs are J. D. Graham, Dick Kauffman and Dick Biborosch; shorter reserves are Dave Kwait, John Canzano and John Gamba. DARTMOUTH is rebuilding and has some good material to work with. Doggie Julian, the Indians' ebullient coach, will do a lot of experimenting, but it will be based on a front line drawn between two fixed points. These are Center George Ramming, a 6-foot-5 rebounder with a 14-point scoring average, and 6-foot-6 Forward Dan Berry, another good rebounder. The long line of applicants for the other corner consists of junior Bill Shanahan and sophomores Sam Barton, Stephen Swirsky, Pete Davis and Walt Zwick. Because Ramming is easily injured, a 6-foot-7½ sophomore named Jim Bell may find himself starting. Two young guards, both fine shots and potential starters, are Barry Elson and Bob West. Guard Bob Brower is the top reserve, BROWN'S steady climb toward a title may be slowed by the graduation of four three-year lettermen, but Coach Stan Ward has his two top scorers back: all-Ivy Guard Mike Cingiser (16.8) and 6-foot-5 Center Greg Heath (12.1). A sophomore center, 6-foot-7 Gene Barth, should find a place up front, helping to solve last year's rebounding problem. Guard Dave Brockway and Forward Forrest Broman will get first chance to move up from last year's reserves. Another replacement is 6-foot-5 Ted Gottfried. The Bruins have the most height in the Ivy, are fast but need work on ball handling. Although HARVARD lost three of last year's four best scorers, Coach Floyd Wilson's most serious problems are rebounding and defense. The Crimson offense is in the competent care of Forwards Pete Kelley, up from the freshman team with a 21.6 average, and junior Gary Borchard, a 14-point man last year. They form a solid corner combination that is bolstered by good-shooting newcomer Denny Lynch. At center is Bill Danner. The guards are Joe Deering, Bob Bowditch and Gene Augustine. At YALE Guard Bill Madden is the only double-figure scorer (14) in a group of seven returning lettermen that includes starting Center Jim Hanson and Forward John Dowd. Coach Joe Vancisin has more speed and better shooting than last year but a very shallow squad. Forward Chip Oldt appears to be the only sophomore ready for regular duty, so the others will come from last year's reserves: Bill Polinsky, Marquis Landrum, Chuck Vachris, Bob Hipps and Dick Evans. The tallest team COLUMBIA has ever had will abandon the weave and try the fast break, to make full use of its great increase in rebounding. A 6-foot-7 sophomore, Indulis Brikmanis, moves in at center next to one of the Ivy's best forwards, Ed Auzenbergs. Another 6-foot-7 soph, Jim Brogan, is contesting the other corner with transfer Marc Laguardia. Guard Marty Erdheim and sophs Fred Portnoy and Bill Martin are the other regulars. CORNELL will improve with age. All-Ivy Center George Farley is gone, but his running mates, Forwards John Petry and Bill Baugh, return. The rest is up to sophomores Roger Seidel, Dick Crone and Jerry Szachara. If they can't do the job, veterans Don Shaffer, Stu Levin and Ron Ivkovich will step in.
TIPPING IN SHOT in scrimmage against St. Joseph's, Penn's Bob Mlkvy shows fine spring that makes him the team's best rebounder as well as its leading scorer.