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By The Associated Press
HOUSTON, Tex.-Lew Alcindor,
scratched eye and all, received
word to hit the boards Saturday-
making the UCLA-Houston bas-
ketball game the classic everyone
His vision, however, still was re-
ported to be less than good. The
7-foot-1 star of the undefeated
Bruins spent a couple of days in
the UCLA eye clinic for treatment.
But when bandages same offa
Friday, doctors said he was well
enough to play before the largest
college basketball crowd in history
"-probably 55,000 in the Astro-
dome. The game will be telecast
nationally starting at 9 p.m. EST
in some places and 9:30 p.m. in
others depending on network com-
Alcindor, Player of the Year, last ELVIN HAYES
season as a sophomore, can't be at
TONIGHT AGAINST OHIO STATE:
Stewart Seeks New Look
By HOWARD KOHN
Dennis Stewart, an enigma to
many who once thought he was
an All-America basketball stereo-
type, doesn't understand losing.
"I was used to being a win-
ner," admits Stewart, who spur-
red his senior year high school
team to second place in the
Pennsylvania state finals.
He came to Michigan (the last
in a long list of universities he
visited) one year after the Wol-
verines had been mighty, had
been loyal and true blue to the
credo of champions, working
peak condition. The only practice
he's had since injuring the eye a
week ago is a couple of laps
around the court and a few half-
hearted shots at the basket:-
The return of Alcindor took
some of the spotlight off the Uni-
versity of Houston star, Elvin
Hayes, who has spent his career!
Hawthorn Center offers n
opportunity to work direct
in n crentive well-sunervi,
laboring in the shadow of Alcindor. 24-20. But UCLA stalked off with their magic in every sport and
But the 6-foot-8 All-America an easy 73-58 triumph. especially in basketball. He may
from Houston has no animosity " h he's in there," s have expected too much.
I hoe h's i thresaid
for the big guy from UCLA. Hayes (the Big E) who forms the Especially in basketball.
Last year in the semifinals of backbone of the attack for the Michigan didn't r e m a i n aE
the NCAA national championships, Cougars. champion long, finishing last,
Hayes won his personal duel with dead last, in Stewart's first year
vlcindor, outscoring him 25-19 "It's not a personal thing, like on the varsity last season. Left
and beating him on the boards it was the last time we played. alive was only an eight-game con-
It's just that we don't want to ference losing streak, extended to
play them when they're down." 10 this year.
OR"We're a better team now than What happens when a team
FOR M ALE we were then," Houston coach Guy starts losing?
Lis said. "But they are, too. "Everyone starts playing for
E WORKERS yre probably the estrcolle himself, trying to run up hisl
team ever put together." totals. Nobody passes off," an-
Lewis pushed the Cougars But what happened to Dennis
wit through a closed-door drill at the Stewart, who averaged nearly 18
unity with Emotionally Astrodome Thursday, but said he points per game until the Wol-
has no secrets in preparation. verines hit their dead-end skids?
"I figured it, would be hard "I guess I sort of gave up. All
nature students a unique enough to keep the team's atten- of a sudden I was only scoring
ly with disturbed children tion in that place even with no 10 or so a game. I deserved to get
sed in- ti ti+t I one around," he said. i benched when I did.
"When everything's going good,
I play well. When it isn't I just
seem not to care."
Critics have argued, certainly,
that perhaps Michigan didn't do
well because Stewart didn't.
But it is hardly that simple.
Stewart, admittedly, is not an
All-American yet. And maybe le
will never be an All-American.
But he isn't a self-virtuous stereo-
Talking freely about himself
and about Michigan, his answers
bespeak the lonely courage of
"Sure, I'm having a lousy
year," he acknowledges. Though
he scored 21 points in last Sat-
urday's loss to Michigan State, he
has been benched-in a sense-
for tonight's game with Ohio
State. Long-maligned for his lack
of aggression under the boards,
Stewart has been moved out of!
the pivot into the corner by coach
Dave Strack. He will alternate
with Bill Fraumann, a more rug-
"I don't like playing with my
back to the basket. I think this
change will be for the better,"
he reasons, realizing that he is
officially now the sixth man on
"We may have hampered him'
by making him play the post,"
"If I'd have known I was go-
ing to be this bad a basketball
player, I would have kept on
playing piano," jokes Stewart
easily, reflecting on high school
days when he was a well-regard-
ed musician. (Now he contents
himself with drinking orange
juice and collecting jazz albums.)
But his joking facade doesn't+
hide what he's saying.
"Maybe I just can't convince
myself I can be that good," he!
Rated better than All-America+
Larry Miller of North Carolina,
whom he played against in high
school, and compared to Cazzie+
Russell and Elgin Baylor when
he was recruited, he ostensibly
should be "that good."
"He's got a big man's size
(6'6") with a little man's speed1
and agility," praised Strack when
Stewart signed a letter of intent
Stewart is still fluid and able,
masking his moves with a casual-
FORWARD DENNIS STEWART shows the form that brought
him All-America honors as a Pennsylvania prep performer. Ac-
cused of being "lazy" and "moody" by some fans, the quiet junior
has been one of the Wolverines' steadiest players since earning
Must for 'M'
No sportswriter worth his salt
has paid more than passing no-
tice to tonight's (7:30 p.m.) game
between Michigan and Ohio State
Because Houston is hosting
basketball's "Game of the Dec-
ade," no one is even paying any
attention to Big Ten surprise
leader Northwestern's bout with
defending co-champion Michigan
State and Minnesota's trip to
Iowa. (Exams have put the other
four Big Ten teams in the class-
"It's a must game. If we win.
we'll be in the money (Michigan
plays unheralded Ball State Mon-
day night and returns against
OSU next Saturday in two home
games)," predicts Dennis Ste-
"But if we don't . . ." he trails
off, remembering the Wolverines
haven't won a Big Ten game in
their last 10 starts.
Buckeye coach Fred Taylor's
forte has been a stringent de-
fense, predicated on 220-pound
Bill Hoskett (6'7")and 218-pound
Dave Sorenson (6'7").
Behind their over powering re-
bounding (at times), the Bucks
have jumped off to a 7-3 overall
record, including a 1-1 mark in
Michigan coach Dave Strack
has shaken up his lineup, putting
the unwavering but unpoised Bill
Fraumann up front to fortify the
Because Ohio State's pre-sea-
son victims included a long list
of relative unknowns (e.g. South
Dakota, Hawaii, UC Davis), the
Bucks are not heavy favorites.
But they are favorites, and the
Wolverines need desperately to
prove to themselves they can win.
Both of their Big Ten losses
have been almost by default,
hardly a panacea for the growing
conviction that Michigan's short-
lived champion tradition died in
Yost Field House.
On clear days, some old tra-
ditionalists claim they hear the
rafters of Yost echo and re-echo
S t r a c k ' s woe-begotten words,
"Where will I ever find another
Cazzie?" ... on that day, nearly
two years ago.
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a starting position last season.
ness that is often misinterpreted
as apathy. But he is still only al-
most-brilliant, still one . step
away from being All-America.
"I need to have somebody on
my back, but not somebody who's
just nagging and telling me
what's wrong . . . somebody to
tell me what to do right, criticism
that means something," he an-
Stewart, however, doesn't in-
dict Strack without an explana-
"We were all individuals with
individual faults last year," he
explains, "but Strack didn't treat
us as such. I know there was a
lot of pressure on him because
people expected him to win and
also because he was the only
"George Pomey (former assist-
ant coach and former teammate
of Cazzie) told us the right things
but no one listened because he
was about the same age as we.
"(C u r r e n t assistant coach
Johnny) Orr communicates with
the players a lot more. They re-
spect him," concludes Stewart.
Fair and frank, Stewart pulls
A self-admitted "loner," he has
no aspirations for a career in
coaching. He has settled on a
major in psychology, after a brief
skirmish with poor grades, and
may go to grad or law school.
"If I don't improve as a basket-
ball player, there'll be no point
to thinking about a job in the
pros," he points out.
But there is a point, because
his potential lies just below a
thin veneer of near misses, just
a half-step behind the march to
"Idon't show too much emo-
tion," Stewart says, "but I'm just
like ayone else. I don't like to
lose. It just doesn't doanything
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