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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, January

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Pretenders

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for court crown

By A. Z. SHACKELFORD

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As February draws near, all true
basketball fans will gather to-
gether and discuss that ultimate
question: Who gonna win the
NCAA title this year?
The fact that UCLA is undefeat-
ed, the winner of three straight
national championships and num-
ber one in both wire service polls
should hint at the answer to this
question. For those who have
doubts about UCLA's invincibility,
here is a roundup of those who will
challenge for the NCAA title this
year.
KENTUCKY IS currently on top
in the rugged SEC and looks like
the class of the league, even with-
'out guard Mike Casey (out with
a broken-leg). This could be old
Coach Adolph Rupp's last year
if the Wildcats take the NCAA, but
a weakness at guard could ruin
any title hopes Kentucky has. All-
American Dan Issel and Mike
Pratt can shoot rings around any-
one in the conference, however,
A half-game behind the Wild-
cats in the SEC is Georgia, spark-
ed by high-scoring center B o b
Lienhard, and farther back Au-
burn, but neither looks capable. of
taking the conference crown which
Kentucky practically owns any-
way.
Another fine Kentucky squad,
this one from Bowling Green, is
the Hilltoppers of Western Ken-
tucky, who are the Ohio Valley
Conference leaders with a 5-0
mark. Frantic battles for t h e
championship are characteristic of
the OVC, and this year should be
no exception. Western's m a I n
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Help I'm a Woman
Help I'm a Black
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CANDIDATE
FOR CITY
COUNCIL

challenge will' come from 1 a s t
year's champ Murray State, 4-2 in
league play, and 5-1 East Tennes-
see.
SOUTH CAROLINA, the na- I
ton's 4th ranked team, is ahead
in the ACC with a 5-0 mark, but
that league race is just a warm-
up for the conference tournament.
Frank McGuire has two sharp-
shooters from Manhattan, J o h n
Roche and 6'10 Tom Owens, who
have been playing together for
seven years, plus a front line that
averages 6'9".
South Carolina will have to play
like crazy to get to the NCAA, con-
sidering its competition. N o r t h
Carolina, North Carolina State,
Duke, and Wake Forest, all have
the stuff to win the NCAA nod at
the ACC tournament, and North
Carolina has perhaps the finest
player in the country in Charlie
Scott. Scott is especially good at
popping in acrobatic jumpers to
beat people with a few seconds
left.
FORGET ABOUT the Southern,
Conference race. Everyone knew
before the season started t h a t
Davidson would win and there
they are, at 7-0, in front of every-
one. The Wildcats beat Michigan
91-85 early in the season and have
a veteran, tournament-tested team.
Mike Maloy, Jerry Kroll a n d
Doug Cook are the core of a squad
that could go a long way this
year, maybe as far as the NCAA
finals against UCLA or whoever
might topple the Bruins.
The Mid-American title should
go to Ohio University, which leads
Bowling Green by a half-game,
but nobody frqm the Mid-Amer-
ican is going to win the NCAA
anyhow.
Now we come to the Big Ten,
which hasn't had much luck in the
NCAA lately. Purdue, the sacri-
ficial offering to UCLA in 1 a s t
year's finals, is screwing around
this year (just ask Rick Mount)
and so it looks as if it will be
Illinois and Iowa down to the
wire. Iowa seems to have the
stronger and more balanced team,

judging from their personnel and
respective performances of the
two teams against Michigan this
year. Neither is strong enough
to keep John Wooden or Adolph
Rupp awake at night.
THE IVY LEAGUE has a pair
of fine teams in Columbia and
Penn, both 4-0 in league play.
Columbia boasts All-American
Jim McMillian and Rhodes scholar
Heywood Dotson while Penn has
lots of depth and the personnel
from their 21-0 frosh team of last
year; Columbia's experience gives
it the edge.
Drake is the early-season lead-
er at 7-0 in the tough Missouri
Valley Conference, with pre-sea-
son favorite Louisville and North
Texas State trailing at 4-1. Drake
whipped Louisville in their show-
down last week, but the Cardinals
have much-traveled star Mike
Grosso and the conference race
has a long way to go.
Kansas State is the surprise
leader in the Big Eight thanks to
the unexpectedly bad play of Col-
orado, which was picked to win
the title. K-State is ranked 19th
in the latest AP poll, and is a
half-game up on Missouri in the
conference. The Big Eight looks
weak this year, though, and should
not make any waves in the NCAA.
WEBER STATE, that perennial
little powerhouse, has Willie So-
journer and flashy guard Sessions
Harlan back and leads the Big
Sky Conference race by half a
game over Idaho State and the
nation's seventh leader scorer,
Willie Humes. Pacific is leading
favored Santa Clara in the Pa-
cific Athletic Conference In a race
which will determine which team
gets creamed by UCLA in the
NCAA.
UTAH AND UTEP are both po-
tential NCAA threats; the Utes
have the conference's best play-
er of last year in Mike Newlin
while the Miners have All-Amer-
ican guard Nate Archibald and a
history which includes that me-
morable NCAA championship vic-
tory in 1966 over Kentucky.

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
Bruins batter the boards

(ooh Ia-Ia)a

That brings us to the Pacific
Eight and the UCLA Bruins. TheI
Bruins have great outside shoot-
ing, three fine big men, an ade-
quate bench, and a great coach
in John Wooden. They have also
won t h r e e straight national
championships and are the lead-
ing contenders for a fourth; in
their conference only Southern
Cal poses a threat.
PERHAPS THE BRUIN'S big-
gest threat in the NCAA tourna-
ment will come from a flock of
fine independent teams. Among
the best are:
-Jacksonville, beaten only by
Florida State, the proud owners
of a front line averaging 7'O" and
a damn good backcourt to boot.,
They play a laughable schedule,
but who cares?

-St. Bonaventure, number three
in the nation, has the best offen4
sive center around in Bob Lanier
but lost 64-62 to Villanova on
Wednesday night for its first loss
of the season.
-New Mexico State, Houston,
and Utah State from the West are
all great teams, with the Lobos
having the best shot at overthrow
ing the Bruin Empire.
-Marquette and Niagara from
this side of the Mississippi, b o t h
with super small men in D e a n
Meminger and Calvin Murphy.
Of coursehthere are other fine
teams in the country who could
put on a late-season surge to car.,
ry them into the NCAA's and may-
be even to the title. No matter
how you look at this year's college
season and the NCAA, however,
the word is still UCLA Bruins.

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NEW YORK (P) - Everything
is being set up to enthrone Pistol1
Pete Maravich of Louisiana State
as the all-time college basketball
career scorer in Baton R o u g e
Saturday night.
The weekly statistics released by
the National Collegiate S p o r t s
Services show Pistol Pete rolling
along in his customary No. 1 spot
with an average of 47.6 points per
game through last Saturday.
He needs only 40 points against
Mississippi on Saturday to sur-
pass the 2,973 career record high
posted by Oscar Robertson at the
University of Cincinnati in 1958-
59-60.
Pistol Pete is far ahead of run-
ner up Austin Carr of N o t r e
Dame. Carr has a 34.8 average.
Dan Issel of Kentucky is third
at 32.7 while Calvin Murphy of
Niagara and Bob Lanier of St.

Bonaventure each boast a 32.0
average.
Michigan's Rudy Tomjanovich
continues to hold eighth place irt
the listings with a 29.7 average.
Tomjanovich, who also rates as the
top rebounder in the Big Ten,
trails Michigan State's Ralph
Simpson by less than one point
per game.
Pro Standings
FT HL
East Division

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New York
Montreal
Boston
Detroit
Chicago
Toronto
St. Louis
Philadelphia
Minnesota
Pittsburgh
Oakland
Los Angeles

W L
26 10 F
23 14'
22 17 +
18 19
West Division

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Pt. GF
62 161
60 158
6i0 171
53 135
50 127
44 133

GA
110
11
100
135

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
Pistol Pete drives for the hoop

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1. Pete Maravich
LSU' 13 231
2. Austin Carr
NotrOeDame 16 227
3. Dan issel
-O> Kentucky 14 175
4. Calvin Murphy
Niagara 15 177
5. Bob Lanier
St. Bonev're 12 157
6. Rick Mount
Purdue 10 124
7. Ralph Simpson
Mich. State 14 168
8. Rudy Tomjanovich
Michigan 14 160
9. Willie Humes
Idaho State 13 151
10. Rich Yankus
Georgia Tech 15 180

ft
157
103
108
126

Pts. Avg.
619 47.6
557 34.8
458 32.7
480 32.0

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Yesterday's Results
Boston 6, Minnesota 5
Detroit 4, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis at Los Angeles, inc.

70 384 32.Q

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18 17
21 14
24 8
27 8
31 5

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96
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416

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NBA
Eastern Division
W L
New York 43 11
Milwaukee 37 17
Baltimore 33 21
Philadelphia 29 25
Cincinnati 25 30
Boston 21 31
Detroit 20 34
Westeirn Division

Pet.
.796
.685
.611
.537
.455
.404
.370

GB
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10.
14
18%
21
23

384 29.5

76 436 29.1

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Chicago 25 30 .455 6
Phoenix 23 31 .426 8
San Francisco 22 30 "423 $
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San Diego 18 33 .355 11
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San Francisco at Seattle, inc.

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