|-||Tom Zerfoss (L)||C||Fr.||-||-||Ashland, KY (High)||-|
|-||R. C. Preston (L)||C||Sr.||5-10||-||Inez, KY (High)||(Declared ineligible for 'alleged professionalism' after 10 games);|
|-||Karl Zerfoss||G||So.||5-11||-||Ashland, KY (High)||-|
|-||Herschel Scott (L)||G||Jr.||5-10||155||Madisonville, KY (High)||-|
|-||James Park (L)||C||Jr.||6-2||168||Richmond, KY (Model)||-|
|-||George Gumbert (L)||G||Fr.||5-7||-||Richmond, KY (Caldwell)||-|
|-||Charles Schrader (L)||F||So.||5-11||-||North Philadelphia, PA (High)||-|
|-||Ralph Morgan (L)||F||Jr.||5-11||-||Covington, KY||-|
|-||William Tuttle (L)||F||Jr.||5-9||168||Somerset, KY (High)||-|
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Front Row (l to r): Karl Zerfoss, James Park, William Tuttle, Herschel Scott, Roscoe Preston
Season Review - Review of the Season (Kentuckian)
No one can question the success of the basketball season. When a team plays thirteen games and wins eleven, finishing the season with a rating of .846, it is a safe bet that said aggregation was clothed in class. The Blue and White won every game played on the home floor this season. The only two occasions upon which the Kentucky five failed to connect with the necessary margin, were the games with Virginia and V.M.I.
Coach Brumage initiated practice shortly after Thanksgiving, and it was soon evident from the results of the practice scraps with the scrubs that State was due to clean up in the coming season. A fast second team developed and it was through their efforts that the Varsity took on the necessary values.
The schedule was taken up shortly after the holidays, and Kentucky copped the first two events by hard fighting. Then the team left on an eastern trip, and broke even. Ashland Y.M.C.A. and Marshall provided easy picking, but the Blue and White five hit a sang at Virginia. Tired from much bumping over the C & O, right- of-way, the State quintet went into a game against one of the fastest teams in the East and had the hardest fight of the season. Two nights later the husky V.M.I. five leaped on the exhausted Wildcats and rolled a wide excess before the whistle blew.
A week's rest put the Blue and White floor men in good condition. The new Auditorium door had been opened up, and the Wildcats christened it by breaking the Louisville Y.M.H.A. team 55 to 15. Thereafter the Cats made a clean sweep of the season. In spite of its distance from the pool room, Patt Hall, and other central points, the Auditorium games drew like a porous plaster, and big crowds saw every game. It sounded good to hear Karl Zerfoss move his flotilla of motor boats up the floor, it was great sport to see Squirrelly hit left tackle for eight yards, handling the old pill, as if it were a toy balloon with a rubber string; and when Morgan with that bored blasˇ expression could roll enough into the basket to bring home the groceries - why no wonder the student attendance was heavy.
The games with Tennessee and the scrap with Cincinnati were three of the prettiest exhibitions of basket ball ever staged on a local floor. In each case the Wildcat five finished winner by a nose, and in no game could the result be forecasted.
The Blue and White quintet won games by clever passing, and sure goal shooting. The team played a driving game all season and through several times outclassed in basket shooting, the ability of the guards to follow the ball and break up passing, it landed the decision. The season was a credit to the team, the coach, and the manager, and a good subsoil was laid for next year's team.
Not only was Tuttle one of the best guards in the South this last year, but he was one of the best captain the basketball team has had for years. Tuttle was an excellent example for his men to follow at all times. He was first a man, always trying to do his part by his team and by his school. No one can deny that "Squirrelly" should have first call at the guard position on the All Southern Team.
Morgan led in the scoring of the Wildcats this last year. He scored in every game played and hooked baskets from any angle or distance. He has been chosen as Captain of the team for the coming year and will no doubt prove the best possible choice. Morgan was a most consistent player. He was always to be depended upon and never was his work disappointing.
No better running mate for Captain Tuttle could have been chosen than Scott. Scott was a star guard for two-thirds of the season. The fans said Scott could no play elsewhere but after he was shifted to forward in the last six games to meet an emergency he was the same excellent performer there as at guard. Scott will be with us again next year and needless to say he will again be a stellar performer.
Preston at center was one of the best the Wildcats have had. Playing his fourth year on the team, he did great work. At mid-season, however, he was declared ineligible by the Athletic Committee and thereafter the team lost his services. Preston was a good, clean, hard, conscientious player and the school owes him much for what he has done in athletics.
Tom's career as a basket ball player on the 1913-14 team was cut short by an injury to his knee after the sixth game. He showed prospects of being one of the greatest forwards the Wild Cats have ever had. Here is hoping tom will be in good physical condition for next year's work.
The elongated quarter back of the football team also proved that he could be a star at basket ball as well as in other forms of athletic. Park was used as a utility man this season. He did great work every time he was called upon.
During the first of the season Karl seemed to be outclassed a bit by several of the other men, but before the season was half gone he caught up with and overtook all the others, playing a star game at all times. After mid-season Karl was the most versatile player on the squad. He could play one position as well as another and never failed to show ability equal to the best.
George Gumbert was used as a utility man and did good work. After the loss of Preston and Tom Zerfoss, Gumbert was called upon to play guard. No first year man ever did better work than Gumbert in the Cincinnati and Marietta games. His services were indispensable to the team. A great career is predicted for this boy.
Season Review - BASKET BALL TOSSING HAS CEASED (The Idea, March 19, 1914)
The Most Successful Season in the History of the University
ONLY TWO GAMES DROPPED
The basket ball season just ended has been one of the most successful in the history of the game at the State University. Sixteen games were scheduled, fifteen played and thirteen won. The last game of the season, which was scheduled with the strong Muskingum College team was not played on account of their failure to arrive at the time of the game was scheduled. The Wildcats played in hard luck in all games after the third week in January, yet the team was able to pull through with a complete string of victories after that date. The first hard luck was the loss of Tom Zerfoss, the speedy little forward who promised to break all previous records in point getting. Next Preston was ruled out of the game by the faculty on a mere technicality. Then Carl [sic] Zerfoss, who had been filling one of the positions so nicely, was compelled to leave the game on account of sickness. Still the team continued to finish in front and were not headed at any time. Perhaps no other team representing the University met adversity for as consistent playing.
Some of the best teams in the South were defeated. Only twice were the Wildcats beaten. Once by the strong University of Virginia team and again by the Cadets at V.M.I. It is doubtful if either of these teams could have won over the State on a neutral court. The Virginia team was one of the best played this season. The V.M.I. team was only fair. Had that team been played at any other time than on the end of a long, hard trip, the result would have been different.
All games played with S.I.A.A. teams were won. No other S.I.A.A. team had such a record this last season. It looks quite likely that the Wildcats have the call on all the other teams of the Association. Certainly no team can claim the championship over the State and none has as strong a claim to the championship. Only two Ohio Conference teams were played and both were defeated by a small score.
The men played most consistent throughout the entire season. Only once did the men fail to play good ball and that was in the V.M.I. game. The line-up was changed frequently to fill the positions of some man who was compelled to stay out of the game, yet the changes did not affect the playing of the men. Every man showed a remarkable versatility which strengthens the claim that the team was composed of excellent players. Karl Zerfoss, Tom Zerfoss, Preston and Morgan lead in the scoring. These men showed ability to score in every game. Scott, Capt. Tuttle and Gumbert were great guards. James Parks and Schrader were good men to fill a position in case of substitution. Parks played great ball when ever called upon. Capt. Tuttle proved a great leader for the team as well as one of the best players in the South and always had his men well organized and fighting hard for the school and students.
All of the members of this years' team are due to return to school next year except Preston, who will graduate in June. An effort will be made to take on more of the S.I.A.A. teams next year. Everybody wants an opportunity to measure strength with the best in the South. Another winning team is expected next year.
A partial summary of the results of this season is as follows:
Games played - fifteen.
Game won - thirteen, lost two
Five S.I.A.A. games won, none lost.
Two Ohio Conference won, none lost.
Points scored - 466
Opponents scored - 256
Average points per game - 31
Opponents points per game - 19