Tournaments Come in Bunches for the Wyoming Basketeers
After a Week Spent Competing in A.A.U. Event in Denver, the Cowboys are on Their Way Here for Western N.C.A.A Regionals on the Auditorium Court
by The Star's Sports Editor
What effects will their week of play in the A.A.U. tournament at Dnever have on the University of Wyoming Cowboys in the western Regionals of the N.C.A.A. in the auditorium here this week end?
The Cowboys, champions of the Big Seven conference of the Rocky Mountain area, finished third in the Denver tournament, playing the full week out. Will their play here be sharpened by that week of daily cavorting on the court or will the players do a fadeout because of too much high-tension tournament play?
There you have the main question marks that accumulate behind the Wyomngs as they come here to match their skill and stamina against the University of Oklahoma in the first game of the Western Regionals Friday night. They will have had five days of rest between tournaments. At least five days without competitive basketball.
The fact that Wyoming finished third in the A.A.U. is sufficient testimonial to their strength. The first and second place clubs of the A.A.U. tourney were composed of veteran collegians, perfected in post-college basketball and certainly calculated to defeat a team of collegians playing their first, second or at most, third years of highly competitive basketball.
An All-American A.A.U. First Teamer
Kenneth Sailors, captain of the Cowboys, was the star of the band in the A.A.U. play and shared with Jim McNatt, former Sooner star, the forward positions on the first A.A.U. All-America. Sailors is a Wyoming boy as are most of his teammates. His home is in Laramie, also the home of the university. He is 21 and stands 5 feet 11 and was rated the fastest performer and the best shot in the Rocky Mountain conference. Against Denver university in teh game for third place at Denver Sailors rang up eight baskets and five free throws, his 21 points being high for the game.
"Little Kenny Sailors looked every bit the part of an All-American forward as he dribbled, passed and shot the classy Cowboys to victory," reads a paragraph in the story of the game as published in a Denver newspaper.
So the Oklahoma guards will have a busy evening keeping tab on Ken Sailors.