Coach Howie Dallmar would have you believe that his team looks "sort of dead, and in more ways than one." First, it is deadpanned—"They all have the same featureless features," says Dallmar. And second, it has had enough injuries to make Dallmar consider taking up medical practice. Recently, for instance, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward, Bob Garner, stopped to aid a driver, stepped out of his car, slipped and broke an elbow. Then there's Bob Sommers, a 6-foot-5 senior of considerable ability who has missed two whole seasons because of back and ankle injuries; Dick Gritschke, who sat out last season because of a head injury; and the identical twins, Don and Doug Clemetson, who solved Dallmar's identification problems by getting eight-stitch gashes over opposite eyebrows. Finally, there is 6-foot-8 Tom Dose, a very good center who early this fall pulled a muscle near his spleen. But he is healthy now, as are the others except Garner, and Stanford is far from dead.
Much depends on how Dose develops. A tremendous jumper with a nice soft touch, he came pretty close to being one of the best big men on the West Coast as a sophomore. A clean-cut, modest boy, he could be great if he were mean. He's not, but he's learning that an occasional act of aggression is an asset.
Hollis Moore, whose head was once described by a campus paper as "melon shaped" (they call him Honeydew now) is otherwise known as "the defensive forward." He won't score a lot of points, but he's a 6-foot-4 brawler who takes on the opposition's best scorer.
Dallmar contemplated using 6-foot-4 Darrell Sutherland at forward to add scoring punch on the front line. He's only 160 pounds, however, and backboard brawls are not his forte. So Sutherland will do his scoring from the backcourt, where his awkward but accurate jump shot and his quick drives will serve well. Don Clemetson, best of the twins, will be the other guard.
Bob Sommers will start at forward, if he doesn't succumb to injuries again, but it is doubtful he can help with the scoring. Stanford will have to make up for this with its backboard control. The not-so-ailing Indians can do just that.
Oregon State, at Stanford, Jan. 12
UCLA, at Stanford, Feb. 22
UCLA, at UCLA, Mar. 8