This championship race should be a two-team affair, although top to bottom league balance is better than at any time in the past 10 years, PRINCETON, saddened by the death last week of Coach Franklin Cappon after a heart attack, still has an excellent chance for a third straight title. Four of last year's starters are back. They are All-Ivy Guard Pete Campbell, All-Ivy Center Al Kaemmerlen, Art Hyland and Jack Whitehouse. The squad has good speed and shooting but is somewhat shallow.
Those four hot sophomores who won the last eight games for PENNSYLVANIA (and whomped Princeton by 25 points) are all back. Like the Tigers, they are not tall, but this team does have depth. Sid Amira, John Wideman, Bob Purdy and J. D. Graham were four of last year's five best scorers. Coach Jack McCloskey also has Guard Ray Carazo and Forward Karl Vogelsang, who averaged 19 and 13 points, respectively, with the freshmen.
Yale is one of four contenders for the other two places in the first division. The others are Cornell, Brown and Harvard. Eli Coach Joe Vancisin has a fast, large squad with better than average height, but a considerable portion of these assets is provided by untested sophomores, the best of whom is Rick Kaminsky. There is no doubt, however, about the talent of All-Ivy Guard Bill Madden or Starting Forward Charles Oldt.
Cornell will be using three sophomores in a lineup that already lists four returning starters. Coach Sam MacNeil's two strongest veterans, Bill Baugh and Don Shaffer, will probably start, with newcomers Bob Turrell, 6 feet 6, and Guards Ray Ratowski and Pete Bisgeier. Even if they lose their jobs on the first team, Center Ricky Clark and Guard Gerry Szachara add solid reserve strength to the Big Red's good height and shooting. The squad will be even stronger when John Shawkey recovers from an operation.
Brown must solve its backcourt problems, if it hopes to stay in contention. The Bruins have the tallest front line in the league—6-foot-4 Mike Cingiser, a 17-point scorer who is being moved to forward after two seasons as an All-Ivy guard; Greg Heath, a 6-foot-5 center with a 10-point average; and Gene Barth, a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 8.9. But Coach Stan Ward will have to experiment with sophomores in the backcourt.
Harvard has improved. Five of Coach Floyd Wilson's top six scorers are back to run his shuffle offense, and they are supported by some sturdy sophomores. Gary Borchard, Pete Kelley and Joe Deering are double-figure scorers. The other veterans are Dennis Lynch and Bill Danner. Even with the sophomores, however, Harvard could use one more guard.
Dartmouth, for years a winner or contender for the title, may be fighting to avoid last place this season. But Doggie Julian is skillful at polishing all the talent available. He is building what he calls an "undecided" offense—whatever that means—blending the good outside set shooting of Guard Steve Spahn with the scoring talents of Barry Elson, who was injured last year, and Bill Shanahan, the only returning starter up front. Some tall reserves will see active duty and should improve the rebounding. They are 6-foot-8 Jim Bell and 6-foot-6 sophomore Bill Bahrenberg.
Columbia expects to recover from a bad year in which two different head coaches taught different styles of play, while a sophomore regular, Fred Portnoy, was taking part in the point-shaving scandals. The coach this year is 29-year-old Jack Rohan, who produced several outstanding freshman teams for Lou Rossini at Columbia and NYU and who advocates the fast break. This sits well with the Lion players, most of whom were brought up in the run-and-shoot tradition of the New York area and felt confined when Columbia converted to a ball-control style for the second half of last season. Starting Guards Marty Erdheim and Jim Glynn get support from sophomore Art Woliansky, a good jump-shooter, while 6-foot-7 Centers Jim Brogan and Paul Murphy team with Forwards Jim Cleven and Roy Bohaboy, a fine rebounder, up front. The bench is not strong, but spirits are high.
THE IVY LOOK of Princeton's Pete Campbell is deceptively benign, for his aggressive backcourt play led the Tigers to their second straight conference title and may now win them a third.