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Thursday, February 19, 1970 1

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, February 191 1970

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Iowa eyes Big

Ten cage crown


The Iowa Hawkeyes are charg-
ing toward their f i r s t outright
Big Ten championship since 1956,
with only the Rick Mount-ed Pur-
due Boilermakers left in serious
The two contenders p 1 a y at
Purdue February 28 in a game
which might very well decide who
represents the Big Ten in t h e
NCAA championships. An earlier
meeting between the two January
3 resulted in a 94-88 win for the
Hawkeyes despite a big 53 point
night by Mount.
The game will mean nothing,
however, if Iowa continues to beat
everybody in sight. Their 9-0 mark
gives them a two game lead on 7-2
Purdue as both teams head into
their final five games of the sea-
son. Iowa gets Ohio State and

Northwestern at home and travels
to Purdue, Ohio State and North-
western; Purdue faces Iowa and
Minnesota at home and p 1 a y s
away games at Illinois, Minnesota
and Michigan State.
Iowa seems to have a decided
edge over Purdue in personnel be-
cause of its great balance: John
Johnson, Fred Brown, Chad Cal-
abria and Glenn Vidnovic are all
among the top twelve scorers in
the conference. The t e a m has
been topping 100 with regularity
lately and hit a season-high of 119
in its recent victory over Wiscon-
Add tough Boardmen Dick Jen-
sen and Ben McGilmer to the al-
ready potent Hawkeye roster and
you can see why Iowa is the lead-
ing contender for the Big Ten
title. They have good height, the
fine shooting to provide f o r a
high-powered offense, and that
9-0 record. All these factors make
a Hawkeye title likely.
Rick Mount, the one-man team
and premier Big Ten gunner,
probably won't be enough to pull

Purdue even with Iowa unless he
gets more help from the other
Boilermakers. Great as Mount is,
he cannot dominate a game like a
Lou Alcindor or a Pete Maravich.
That Purdue might be getting
together as a team, however, was
demonstrated in extraordinary

4). The Gophers continue to bur-
row through their opposition and
have three fine stars in guards
Ollie Shannon and Eric Hall and
center Larry Mikan. Michigan
fans will have the opportunity to
see Minnesota's exciting brand of
basketball Saturday at the Events

fashion last Saturday when they Building as the Gophers invade
walked over early-season leader the d e n of the lately-dormant
Illinois 83-49; it was a game which Wolverine.

must have surprised the hell out
of both schools. The Illini came
out with a Lilliputian lineup (even#
star center Greg Jackson was onI
the bench) and, after slowing the
game down and staying even for
a while, soon fell far behind and
never came back.
Purdue's awesome victory can-
not be completely credited to the
dubious strategy of Illinois' coach
Harv Schultz; t h e Boilermakers
played a fine team g a m e and
needed only 28 points from Mount.
The always uninteresting battle
for the lower positions in t h e
standing is being waged by Min-
nesota (6-3), Ohio State (6-3),
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Ohio State will soon have the
distinction of being t h e finest-
shooting team ever to lose a Big
Ten title. The Bucks have been
shooting over sixty per cent from
the floor in some games this year
and are usually well over fifty.
This exceptional shooting should
get them third in the Big Ten, If
the Wolverines can rip Minnesota
Illinois, fading fast and an 83-
81 loser to Iowa Tuesday night,
and Wisconsin, improving as the
season goes on, could give OSU
and Minnesota a tussle for third.
As for Michigan and the rest of
the league, there is little to cele-
brate about. The Wolverines are
mired in seventh place, just ahead
of Michigan State. Who can re-
member a worse y e a r for the
state's two major college teams?
Michigan has Rudy Tomjano-
vich, MSU Ralph Simpson, North-
western Dale Kelley, and Indiana
Ken Johnson and Jim Harris, so,
the game with the lower Big Ten
teams is just watch the stars and
wait for next year.



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Shula resigns as Colt's coach,
Takes position with Dolphins
By The Associated Press
* BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Colts announced last night
"with deep regret" the resignation of head coach Don Shula to
become part owner, vice-president and head coach of the Miami
Dolphins replacing George Wilson who was fired earlier in the day.
A spokesman for the Baltimore team gave no indication who
Shula's successor will be, but said he hoped "to be able to announce
Don's successor at an early date."
Shula said "the availability of immediate and substantial interest
in the Miami Dolphin football team" prompted his decision to leave
the Colts.
He said his seven years with the Baltimore team were happy ones,
although there were "a few bitter defeats" as well as "some great
victories and some great moments."
Shula said his move to the Dolphins "is a tremendous oppor-
tunity for me to continue to coach and also to become active in
ownership-something I've always wanted to do."
Shula, 40, posted a 71-23-4 record in a seven-year career with'
the Colts, being named National Football League coach of the year
three times.
Wilson, hired when the Dolphins came into evistence in 1966,
had a 15-39-2 record and was 3-10-1 in 1969.
* *- * ~*
$ CLEVELAND-Gary-haired Don Miller, last of Notre Dame's
famed Four Horsemen to be enshrined in football's Hall of Fame, pro-
nounced himself "tickled" and "just delighted" after the announce-
ment yesterday.
Miller, who averaged more than six yards per carry in three
seasons as coach Knute Rockne's workhorse right halfback during
the 1920s. was among eight former college stars named to The Hall.

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
Iowa cagers in action


Although the Wolverine base-
ball team has been practicing for
two weeks - pitchers and catch-
ers have been working out for a
month - the situation on the
team is anything but definite.
Seven positions are up for
grabs, according to Moby Bene-
dict, coach of the team.
Only the catching positionhas
been nailed down. Tom Lunstedt,
called a 'very fine ball player"
by Benedict, will be the starting
Benedict believes that the new
freshman eligibility rule will be a
definite help to the team. There
are no seniors and only six jun-
iors on the 31-man roster.
The pitching situation is al-
most as indefinite as that of the

rest of the team. Jim Burton, a1
left-handed junior, will be a sure
starter. After Burton, possible
starters are Peter Helt, a fresh-
man lefty, and Gene Lanthorn, a
sophomore right-hander.
The freshman players to look
for, and those Benedict is count-
ing most on are pitchers Helt and
right-hander Mickey Elwood, in-
fielders Pat Sullivan and Jim
Kocoloski and outfielder Tom
"Conceivably five or six fresh-
men could be of h e lp to the
team," Benedict said.
Benedict will look first, of
course, at the juniors, infielders
Mark Carrow and Mike Rafferty
and outfielders Mike Bowen.
Dan Fife will join the team af-
ter the basketball season and will
be used in the outfield or, maybe,
on the mound.
But nothing will be decided for
sure until after the team travels
to Arizona for the spring trip on
March 2 1. Benedict wants to see
how the players do in game con-
During the trip the Wolverines
play Arizona and Arizona State,
two excellent teams which have
the benefit of warm weather for

Practice. Michigan has to practice
in Yost Field House.
"We won't be adequately pre-
pared," admitted Benedict. "But I!
don't care if we lose 10 games in
a rowin Arizona; if we win the
Big Ten. We're going down for the
purpose of spring training.
"But I don't minimize the im-
portance of winning." And win-,
ning is something Benedict is op-
timistic about.
"I'm looking forward to t h i s
season more than any other," he
said. "We've got young enthusias-
tic kids, and they're talented too.
"If things go right, we could
walk off with everything."

IBatsmen face hopeful season


The Quarry helps keep Ann Arbor eautiful

There will be a fraternity
swimming .and diving meet to-y
night at 7:30 at Matt-Mann
Yost Field House will be clos-
ed to intramural participants
Saturday, February 21 and Sun-
day, February 22.








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