FRIDAY, DECEMBER S, 1967
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'M' Icers Get First Test;
Invade Denver Tonight
Sun Devil Classic, Houston
Head Vacation Hoop Slate
By BILL LEVIS
"We're going to have to do
something to plug up our defen-
sive middle," a disgrunted coach
Dave Strack said yesterday after
going over the statistics of Mich-
igan's agonizing 93-72 loss to Duke
"It was the funniest game I've
ever been involved in. We were
playing better than Duke in the
first half, dominating the back-
For all those cheap students
who have been using finals as
an excuse for not venturing
Into the new University Events
Building, the Michigan De-
partment of Athletics is proud
to announce that the Decem-
ber 30th game between Mich-
igan and Northern Illinois will
be free of charge.
boards. We were playing our best
defense of the year and I thought
at half time that we would win it.
Then came those last 17 minutes.
"Duke did a heck of a job. We
must have been tired." Strack
shook his head and then reite-
rated, "we must have been a little
more tired than I thought."
"We're the kind of team that
needs everybody healthy. We need
Dave McClellan. He couldn't de-
fend in the Duke game because of
his sore ankle and that's what
hurt us," Strack concluded.
The number of games the Wol-
verines have had to play this early
in the season had a lot to do with
the Michigan letdown in the sec-
ond half against the Blue Devils.
. "Schedule-wise, it's tough to play
three games in five days," assist-
ant coach George Pomey said.
The schedule isn't ;going to get
any better either as the Wolver-
Ines will meet Davidson's Wild-
cats tomorrow in Charlotte.
"Davidson is big and strong,"
Strack reported. "We run into the
same problem with them as we
had with Kentucky and Duke. And
they are ranked even higher than
Davidson has its own host of big
guns. Pomey, who scouted the
Wildcats when they beat VMI 80-
73, said Davidson has one guard
who is billed as a potential All-
American, Wayne Huckel. The jun-
ior averaged 16.8 points as a
sophomore and teams with an-
other junior, Dave Mosher, to give
the Wildcats an experienced back-
Still Porney said the Wildcats'
offense "is geared around their
forwards and center. Mike Maloy,
Davidson's first negro, is a real
leaper at 6-7 and the other for-
ward, Jerry Kroll, looked pretty
strong against VMI. In the pivot,
they play Rod Knowles, the only
senior in the starting lineup."
After a two Week layoff for final
exams following the Wildcat game,
the Wolverines' journey to Tempe,
Arizona to play in the Sun Devil
Classic along with Arizona State,
Oregon State and Oklahoma State.
Oregon State looks like the
strongest quintet in the four team
tourney. Both top scorers of last
year, Vince Fritz, a 6-4 guard,
and Loy Peterson, a 6-5 forward,
are back with 16.4 and 14.4 aver-
ages respectively for the Beavers
who tied for second in the tough
Pacific Eight last year behind
NCAA champs Lew-CLA.
Both the Sun Devil and Cowboys
are trying to rebound from dis-
appointing years. Arizona State
finished with a 5-21 record last
year while Hank Iba's crew closed
the season with 7-18 mark.
After the Sun Devil Classic, the
Wolverines play host to Butler and
Northern Illinois in the Events
Buildng before journeying to
Texas to meet the second ranked
Houston Cougars on Jan. 2.
Butler, which seems to win with
less talent than any other team in
the country year after year, will
be in the midst of a rebuilding
year when they play in Ann Ar-
bor Dec. 27.
Northern Illinois, which narrow-
ly missed defeating Big Ten pow-
erhouse Indiana last weekend, was
scheduled because of Strack's re-
lationship with NIU Coach Tom
Jongensen, Strack's .assistant dur-
ing the Russel years.
From there, it's on to Houston
and to the home of the Big E, the
Duck and now the Planet. The
Cougars, like Davidson, were upset
by Michigan last year and coach
Guy Lewis is, not about to forget
the loss or the six goal tending
calls charged against his super-
star, Elvin (Big E) Hayes in the
The 6-8 forward, who is regard-
ed by many as the best senior in
the country this year, averaged
28.5 points and 15.7 rebounds last
year. He is surrounded by one of
the tallest teams in the country
in 6-9 Ken Spain, 6-10 Mars (The
Planet) Evans, 6-7 Theodais Lee
and 6-5 Don (The Duck) Chaney.
By ELLIOTT BERRY
After two consecutive weeks of
"Ice Follies," Michigan's icers will
face their first tests of the sea-
son tonight and tomorrow night
when they meet Denver at Denver.
The Pioneers, who were rated
number one in the Wester Col-
legiate H o c k e y Association's
coacches poll, have run into some
early difficulties and have ;picked
up only two victories in their
first five decisions this season.
The Wolverines, who couldn't have
found four easier games if they
looked to Ann Arbor High School,
are currently enjoying a perfect
Denver, unlike Michigan, has
already collided with two of the
nation's toughest hockey clubs, in
two games with both North Da-
kota and Michigan Tech, and all
on unfriendly ice. The Pioneers
have only a split with North Da-
kota and a victory over Minne-
sota Duluth to show sofar.
Tough to Beat
Recognizing Denver's decided
edge in quality opposition and
their home ice advantage, Michi-
gan coach Al Renfrew is duly
concerned, "They ran into an in-
spired Tech team on Tech's home
ice but they're a fine team and
they'll be rough to beat, especial-
ly on their own ice."
Other than piling up some im-
pressive offensive statestics Mich-
igan's opening games did little to
help anyone evaluate the team's
ability to play winning hockey. "I
really can't say much about the
way we've playe dso far, " Ren-
frew commented, "Against the
kind of opposition we've played
there is just no way to measure."
The opening mismatches did,
however, unveil some very talent-
ed sophomores' who combined
with the veterans to display an
impressive offensive a r s e n a 1.
Sophomore winger Don Deeks has
been a real digger, setting up
Michigan's high scoring spead-
ster Dave Perrin time and again
and sophomore Barney Pashak
has also been a sparkplug. Doug
Galbriath, Bruce Koviak, Al
Brook, and Ron Ulloyt have been
holding down the veterans' end.
The defense behind captain Bill
Lord has looked strong but has
been completely untested. Goalie
Jim Keough, who must have had
a difficult time staying awake
during last week's games, has
come up with some big saves
when called on to do so. He too,
however has been totally untest-
ed as the pre-game warmups had
to be his most difficult trials last
Pioneer coach Murray Arm-
strong points to his defense as his
team's strongpoint. The blue line
corps is anchgred by Keith Magni-
son, who is a prime All-American
prospect. Along with him are
veterans Tim Gould, Dale Zeman,
and Randy Ward.
On paper, three big forwards
Cliff Korall, Jim Shires, and Tom
Miller, combine to give Denver
one of the strongest lines in col-
lege hockey, but as yet they have
failed to overwhelm any of their
The- Wolverines will go into the
game in good physical condition.
Only Doug Galbriath, who is nur-
sing a badly bruised foot after be-
ing slashed by the Waterloo goalie
last week, and goalie Keough, who
has been suffering from the flu,
will not be at 100 per cent for to-
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MICHIGAN'S ENTIRE TRAMPOLINE SQUAD will be in Sarasota, Florida, during the Christma
vacation trying out for the United States' World trampoline .team. Wayne Miller (center), Dave
Jacobs (right), and George Hunsicker will all be vying for positions during the trials, which star
Dec. 28. Miller, gymnastics team captain, and junior Jacobs are both past World Champioins, as wel
as Midwest Open, Big Ten, NCAA, NAAU, Nissen Cup and Schuster Cup winners. Hunsicker, a sopho-
more, joins a Michigan tramp team that has boasted a World titlist every one of the four previous
years that such a competition has been held. A second trial, to be held later, will complete American
preparations for the World Championsip in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August. Many Wolverine
gymnasts will attend clinics in Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale during the semester break.
No matter how things fare in
Denver, the Wolverines will get
a big lift for the Big Ten holi-
day tournament when high scor-
ing forward Lee Martilla and goal-
keeper Harold Herman will re-
turn to the team after a semester
OQ O~ti HEATED GRANDSTAND
Holiday Sports Schedule
Dec. 9-Michigan at Davidson
Dec. 21-22-Sun Devil Classic (Tempe, Ariz.)
Oklahoma State, Oregon State,
Arizona State, Michigan
Dec; 27-Butler at Events Building, 8 p.m.
Dec. 30-Northern Illinois at Events Building, 8 p.m.
Jan. 2-Michigan at Houston
Dec. 8-9-Michigan at Denver
Dec. 28-30-Big Ten Tournament (Minneapolis)
Dec. 28--World Trampoline Trials (Sarasota, Fla.)
Dec. 29-30-Midlands Open Tournament (LaGrange Ill.)
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