THE GEM OF THE MOUNTAINS-
HE Vandals entered upon their sixth season of Pacific Coast Conference basketball under the leadership of Coach Dave MacMillan, who in his seven years at Idaho has never had one of his teams finish below third place in the race for the championship flag. Under "Mac's" style of play Idaho has won the championship twice, won second place twice. and in 1925 finished third. This system of play. now known as the "Idaho system." is a man-to-man game- five-man offense and five-man defense, with a short, hard passing game. It is now used in practically all the high schools of Idaho, and has lately been introduced in several colleges of the west. The Vandals' defense is adaptable to any attack their opponents may display. because each man is ready for anything his opponent may try . Twenty-five men answered the initial call for basketball on November 22. and this number was later reinforced by several basketball men on the f o o t b a I I squad who turned out at the end of the grid s e a s o n. With seven lettermen back in suits and some promâ€˘smg material from the I 925 Freshman team. prospects for a winning team were rosy. For r he forward positions MacMillan had COACII M>eMI LLAN
Jacoby. Miles and Nedros from last season, and O'Brien, Estes and Collins from the Frosh quintet. Center was conLested for by "Lief" Erickson, veteran pivot man. and Burgher, who starred at forward on the 1925 Babes. Guard material was plentiful, both in qua lity and quantity. With Green. 1924 letterman. Dawald. Canine and Lamphere from last season. and Judevine from the Freshmen all in suits the fight for positions was hot. The Macmen split a double header with the Montana State Bobcats to open the 1926-27 season just before the Christmas holidays. Dur ing the vacation per iod MacMillan took ten men on one of the longest pre-season barnstorming trips in Vandal history. Leaving Moscow on December 22. the team went to Spokane, thence across to Seattle and down the coast to Los Angeles. from where they doubled home by way of Reno, Nevada, and Pocatello. Playing nightly and traveling most of each day from town to town. the Vandals won twelve out of sixteen games. No college team was able to defeat them. nor did the Macmen lose a game by more tha n four points. With great confidence in themselves as a result of the successful tour the Vanda ls returned home to open the conference season on Jan uary 14 against the University of Montana. Defeating the Grizzlies with ease I daho battled through rhe long schedule and losing but three games, ended in a tie with Washington for second place in the northern division of the Pacific Coast conference. Sweaters were awarded at the end of the season to Mi les. Nedros and Jacoby. forwards: Erickson and Burgher, centers. and Greene. Canine and Dawald. guards.
1927 Gem of the Mountains, Volume 25 - University of Idaho Yearbook