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Back Alley

Tips in Career For Rudy

leers To Face Battered Sioux

By ROBIN WRIGHT records that sit on his living room
Rudy Tomjanovich's basketball floor.
career was almost snuffed out in But for each game he spends
the ninth grade. time planning what he has to do
A friend and confidant of the against that particular team -
freshman coach informed him that going over shots and plays in his
he hadn't made the squad list on head. "I do that because I haven't
the day before it was to be posted. timhe to think on the court. I'm
Tomjanovich's reaction was to like an animal, everything is byH
challenge the coach to a game. instinct."
Tomjanovich. beat him, and was Teammate and former room-
given a uniform the next day. mate Rick Bloodworth commented,
Almost the same thing hap- "Rudy has more personality than
pened again the next year. In anyone on the court. I haven't
the middle of the season his coach seen anyone more exciting.
told him not to bother coming "The only thing that has hurt
out his junior year due to his him is the new dunking rule. It's
performance as a sophomore. taken a lot out of his style. He
Tomjanovich put all he had into has some phenomenal shots that'll
the following games. never be used.
The next month he was moved "I think he has the potential
from reserves to the varsity in of a Rick Mount. First of all
time for the state tournament Michigan isn't capitalizing on him
and scored 30 points in his. first as they could. And secondly, he's
varsity game, not accustomed to guarding a cen-
In the summer Tomjanovich ter, Bloodworth explained,
liked to play basketball everyday A lot of Michigan fans feel
in the alleys of Hamtramck with' .Tomjanovich is a lazy player, but
players like Eddie Miles of the RUDY TOMJANOVICH that's only because it's an easy
Detroit Pistons and Mel Daniels game for him. He works real hard
of the Minnesota Huskies. His "These guys didn't like playing on the game at practice so he can
goal was to improve his game ordinary ball, so we. used to play be relaxed on the court."
enough to win a scholarship. But tip-in, where you couldn't throw Because of his personality and
his dad wanted him to work, not the ball through the basket unless ability on the court many fans SOPHOM(
waste time playing ball. But you tipped it in. Everything had have compared him to Cazzie Rus- De
Tomjanovich persisted. to be a rebound. I guess we used sell. Tomjanovich explained that December'
By graduation over 200 scholar- to play some pretty wild games. there could be no comparison. fans, Ton
ship offers had poured into the " h r t a "We're different kinds of play- sistent sco
fellow that had won the "Best One thing I regret is that I ers. Cazzie could dribble and had per game.
Player of the Year" award in never had a chance to work on my a powerful driving lay-up. I re-
Michigan defensive game. The concentration bound better and like to shoot Basically
was always on rebounds and tip- from the outside." likes to stay
Influences ifdoinge anythe
Since his family didn't actively ins. This has hurt my college Tomjanovich presently leads the doing anyt
promote basketball and his coach- game. Plus what defense I had team in scoring with a 19 2 aver- playing card
es weren't enthusiastic at the start, played was guarding forwards. The am in soringswth a 1. r- to kidnappi
who was the motivating force? change in college to guarding cen- age. He also tops the team in re- Bernard an
"Walt McCier-a guy who lived ters wears me out. Coach Dave Stra k best sum- friends bed
across the alley. He wasn't too Game Preparations med it up "There was only one Nickname
desirable a person, but he was the Tomjanovich prepares for games like Cazzie. He could do more ,epme
best basketball player in Ham- in different ways. Sometimes he'll things than any player I've coach- ership come
'tramck," Tomjanovich explained. stay up with his roommates all ed. It's unfair to compare them. ness to aid
"He had me playing everyday, night 'playing 500 Rummy or develops m
ICazzie was more mature, buti
even when I got tired of it. He Hearts-going to bed at 7 a.m. and Tomjanovich is an outstanding game.
taught me. shooting and rebound- sleeping until close to game time, prospect, who could be a great Teammate
ing tricks and got me rides to Other times to fire up he listens player some day." plained, "Hip
play with the better playerg. to one of the piles of Motown Other Interests
Tomjanovich likes-other sports
.ME*"F too.- A major interest until high:l Big T4
Pit t Se ent In ig en* school was baseball.. After playing;
P its Seventh in Big iTen- .a"fug i
every -position he convinced his
coach to let him try catching. Ohio Stat
Moun Hods corng eadOn a tight play, ready to catch Iowa
Mount Holds Scoring Lea d nu-r::h ~e
ll te ball, he threw his glove of f Purdue
instead of his face mask. After Northwest(
Michigan's Jim. Pitts has moved that his participation was more as Wisconsin
into a tie for seventh place in the a spectator. Illinois
Big Ten scoring race. It was about this time that Tom- Michigan;
The Wolverine captain tied janovich grew four inches within Indiana
Northwestern's Dale Kelley with one year. "That made me lose all Minnesota
a 19.3 points per game average in interestmin baseball. Basketball MICHIGA
the latest statistics released yes- ,. seemed more my type of game."
Although his life centers around TOMOI
terday by the conference. basketball, he doesn't like to talk MICHIGA
Michigan junior forward Den- :bu.t es vncnierd Iw tI
nis Stewart is ninth with an 18.6 ~. about it. He's even consideredI Iowa at Ini
average while Rudy Tomjanovich . quiet. He admits, "my egoism is Northwest(
is 10thithe Bidy Tmnih 7.9.isolated to athletics. I feel ordi- Ohio State
is 10th in the' Big Ten with 17.9. nr f h ors"Wsosn
nary off the courts." Wisconsin
Net riddling Rick Mount paces
the conference with a 30.4 aver->
age. The sophomore sensation, BIG TEN TRACK MEET:
who may pace Purdue to an up-{
hill conference basketball title
climb, is apparently beyond reach
of a Big Ten scoring record, how-C oa ch
The league's record scoring av- By The Associated Press Minnesota i
erage -is 33.9 points by Ohio COLUMBUS-Ohio State track Ralph Marin
State's Gary Bradds in 1966. Play- coach'Bob Epskamp is convinced the long jum

s game against Kentu
janovich finished the
rer and rebounder, hel
a night life man, he
up most of the night
.ing from talking or
s with his roommates
ng a fraternity St.
d dumping it in a
at 3 a.m.
d "Big Man" by his
Tomjanovich's lead-
s out in his willing-
others. His criticism
ostly with his own

Two hockey teams numbed from
double setbacks last weekend will
battle among the frozen depth
of North Dakota's "Igloo" in a
weekend series which opens to-
Grand Forks, North Dakota does
in deed have a fine ice rink, but
because of an old feud with the
University, the city refuses to let
Sioux icers use it. Thus the game
between North Dakota and Mich-
igan will be played amidst the
sub-zero temperatures in North
Dakota's version of an. indoor
arena; a quonset hut set up ov er
an ice surface with no heat.
In these familiar but hardly ap-
preciated surroundings, a shell-
shocked North Dakota team will
host a down-hearted Michigan
squad. Both the Wolverines and
the Sioux. dropped their two
game series last week to the
league's front-runners, Denver and
Michigan Tech.
Fell Short
While the Wolverines were just
falling short of the hard-nosed
-Daily-Andy Sacks Huskies, the Sioux were taking
7-0 and 8-2 shellings from the
OVICH goes up for a shot in last class of the WCHA, Denver.
cky. A familiar shot to Michigan With both teams now being
game with 17 points. A con- eliminated from the race for the
leads the team with 13 rebounds league's top spot, the emphasis
on the series will be the fight for
the most advantageous spot in a
rific. Although he expects a lot open early next month. A sweep C
from others, his main concern is the post-season playoffs, which nE
with his own job. He takes a loss by North Dakota would drop
personally. Michigan into the second division, at
"After a bad freshman game and thus force them to play the ri
you'd always be able to find him all important opening game of the in
running laps in the IM Building playoffs on the road. ou
the. next morning. The Wolverines will be out to by
'M' First Choice gain at least a split, which would li
Tomjanovich came to Michigan keep the standings like they are, D
to be near home. "Even if I were with Michigan fourth and the ar
offered a starting position at Nodaks fifth. They will then finish W
UCLA or Houston I'd stay at their regular season schedule in
Ngiriara T~vf toar vala c~in'

Wolverines attempt to get back
they tackle fifth place North
weekend against seventh place
olorado College at the Coliseum
ext weekend.
The Sioux, a highly touted club
t mid-season when they were
ding in first place, have fallen
ito a tailspin which they will be
ut to stop. Their offense is led
y a pair of extremely aggressive
Utle forwards, Bob Munro and
ave Kartio, who have 21 goals
nd 21 assists between them in
VCHA play this season.
The story of the Sioux demise is

into the winning column when
Dakota tonight and tomorrow.
in their defense. The proof of how
stout the North Dakota defense
was, is seen in the fact that de-
spite the 15 goals scored off goal-
tender Mike Curran last weekend
he still supports a 2.1 goals against
per gan'e, average, a figure good
for second place among the WCHA
The Wolverines have been de-
pendent on solid goaltending and
hustle, this season. However, it be-
came painfully obvious in the
Michigan Tech series, that their
offense lacks the finesse of the
WCHA's top clubs.

MICHIGAN GOALIE Jim Keough kicks away a save in one of the
last weekend's two heartbroken losses to Michigan 'ech. The


e Bill Frauman e:- Mchigan. Next year were .going
s desire to win is ter- to be right up there.
"My original intention was to
come here as an. in-between step
en Standing from high school to the pros. I
Stanings knew it'd increase my basic skills
WV L Pct. and my chances at a professional
to, 7 3 .700 contract.
6 3 .667 "But now school work really
6 3 .667 comes first. If you don't get the
ern 6 4 .600 grades you can't play."
5 4 .555 Bloodworth readily agrees.
5 4 .555 "Tomjanovich has really become
State 4 5 .444 a studier. He has grown up a lot.
3 6 .333 School now o'ffers him the per-,
3 7 .300 sonal challenge that only athlet-
3N 2 8 :200 ics have offered him in the past.
As Tomjanovich puts it, "The
RROW'S GAMES pros are now the step between
N at Minnesota college and a doaching career."
diana If he fights for the pros like he
ern at Illinois fought to keep playing when ev-
at Purdue erything was against him, he
at Michigan State should make it.

Seve Russlians to Enter
A A I T Trknntu Tivaoir Moot

WCHA Standings


.btI- UoIIUor I
OAKLAND (M) - A small band
of Russians will challenge the
United States' best in the U.S.
National AAU Indoor Track and
Field Chamiponships her'e tonight
and Saturday night.
The Russians already have par-
ticipated in meets in Seattle and
Los Angeles andthave come away
with five firsts, three seconds and
two thirds.
They withdrew from last week's
New York AC. meet to concen-
trate on training for the AAU in
the 14,000-seat Oakland Arena.
Valentine Gavrilo, 22, might
have the best chance of achieving
a Russian victory. He won the
high jump at Los Angeles at 7-
feet-2 after having been second
to Dick Fosbury's 7-1 at Seattle.
Tonu Lepik, 21, who won the
long jump at Los Angeles with
25-8V2 and was second at Seattle,
once defeated Russia's world rec-
ord holder, Igor Ter-Ovanesetan,
and has an indoor best of 26-6%.
But Bob Beamon, who recently
leaped 27-1 to an indoor mark and
Ralph Boston, who won gold and
silver medals in the 1960 and '64.
Olympics are among the 14 en-
The pole vault looks like a
United Nations event with Russian
Gennady Bliznetsov, 27, Greek
Chris Papanicolaou and three

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Finns, Nisto Ivanoff, Allti Alaro-
tu and Erkki Mustakari among
the 13 entries.j
Bob Seagren of Southern Cali-
fornia has the best indoor vault,
17-3. Bliznetsov and Alarotu have
gone 17. Ivanoff 16-11 and the
others 16-6. k
In. all, the meet has attracted
nearly 400hathletes for the 11
women's and 15 men's events.
Finals will. be contested tonight
in women's 60-yard dash, shot put,
220, mile and sprint medley-relay,
and men's pole vault, 60, long
jump, high jump, mile walk and
two-mile relay,

Denver 13
Michigan Tech 12
Minnesota 12
North Dakota 10
Michigan St. 4
Colorado Col. 3
Minn. Duluth 3





MICHIGAN at North Dakota
Michigan Tech at Denver
Minnesota at Michigan State
MICHIGAN at North Dakota
Michigan Tech at Colorado
Minnesota at McIichigan State




re is Records
n the 60-yard dash; will triumph here "There's tough

nello of Ohio State in1
np and Doug Conquest,

Ing a 14 game schedule, Bradds1
pumped in 474 points.
That means that Mount, who
has hit for 274 points in nine con-
ference games, would have to av-
erage 40 points in his remaining
five games to match Bradd's rec-
Mount takes his league-leading
average 'against invading Ohio
State in one of the key battles
of the conference season tomor-
row afternoon.
The Buckeyes currently hold
top spot in the see-saw champion-
ship race, while Purdue shares
second place at 6-3 with Iowa.
Mount; who is rated seven4h inI
the country in scoring, holds a'
comfortable margin in the Big
Ten race over runnerup Sam Wil-
liams of Iowa,'who has a 25.6 av-
jO erage.
This Weekei
HOCKEY-Michigan at North D
BASKETBALL-Michigan at Mi
GYMNASTICS-Wisconsin andI
HOCKEY-Michigan at North'D
SWIMMING-Big Ten Freshmen
TRACK-Michigan at Indiana
WRESTLING-Michigan at Min



quite a few" Big Ten records will
amble March 1-2 when the con-

Third leading scorer is Wiscon- ference holds its indoor champion-
sin's Joe Franklin with a 24.3 av- ships at French Fieldhouse.
erage. Ohio State's Bill Hosket "Times will be faster here be-
last week crept back into fourth cause we have excellent facilities
plac with 22.5, while Illinois' and because this is an Olympic
Dave Scholz dropped a notch to year," Epskamp told a press pre-
'fifth with 22.2. view of the 6th indoor meet.
Minnesota's Tom Kondla, de- "I feel certain that quite a few
fending scoring champion, is sixth of those athletes will be com-
in the conference with a 22.0 av- peting in the 1968 Olympics."
erage. The Buckeye coach said an out-
Tomorrow's regional TV show standing crop of sophomores and
at Lafayette, Ind., pits the two good depth should make for one
hottest conference .scoring ma- of the most balanced meets in
chines - Ohio State-with an 87.6 recent years.
average and Purdue with 86.3. "But everybody is picking de-
Defensively, Illinois continues fending champion Wisconsin to
the team leader with an average repeat. The fight for second place
'yield of 64.9 points. Northwestern { could be decided by a few points."
remains best in rebounding with The Badgers, shooting for their
an average of 44.9 retrieves per third title in the last four years,
game. have three of the 10 returning
individual champs. Some 51 of
the 72 athletes who scored points
in the 1967 meet also are back.
t1 in ,i Other individual indoor kings
rid in Sports e Meokns
returning include Mike Mondane
of Iowa in the 440; Larry Wiec-
)AY zorek of Iowa in the mile; Pat Wil-
akota son of Michigan State in the 600;
Roland Carter of Michigan State
RROW in the pole vault; Hubie Bryant ofI

of Purdue in the 1,000-yard run.
Epskamp is optimistic regard-
ing his team's chances for a title.
"There's a definite advantage
to running at home. The host
team generally does well."
Epskamp flatly predicts only
half of the returning champions

competition in all 15 events."
Wisconsin again counts on de-
lux hurdler Mike Butler, the in-
door meet's only double winner a
year ago in the high and low
hurdles. He set meet standards
with a :03.8 in the high and :07.6
in the low.
And Ray Arrington gives the
Badgers strength in the mile and
half mile. Arrington set the 880
record last year at 1:50.3.
Wisconsin's Bob Hawke, the
defending titlist in the shot put, is
not given much chance of repeat-
ing since suffering an injury.

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