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'M' Cagers Whip
Wisconsin, 87-63

To Win... Or Not


'HERE WA A TIME, and not very long ago, when Michigan hockey
_ teams never lost. The NCAA established an annual college hockey
iurnament, and the Wolverines walked off with six of the first seven
ties, and came in second the other year. Then they fell to third, and
Yen they fell completely . .. and they are still in that prone position.
Of course, things are different now. Michigan doesn't have nearly
s many good players. In fact, they don't have nearly as many players
t all. And there is the pfssibility that college hockey has improved in
ie tjnited States over the past ten years, as the game is slowly estab-
shing itself a national favorite. All this may well be working against
e once-mighty Michigan hockey team.
However, there are other rumors floating around the "M" campus.
ome of them say that the members of the team don't get along; others
y that the coach has little or no control over the players. The end
sult of such rumors is, naturally, the thought that perhaps this year's
Dckey team isn't as bad as the 6-14-1 record indicates-that they
mply play that bad.
Actually, the records back this up in some ways. The Wolverines
ave lost a lot of games, and looked quite poor in many of them. But
ien there are occasions when the "M" icers seem suddenly to jell-
ke the 4-2 victory over North Dakota and last Saturday's 6-3 trounc-
ig of Michigan Tech. One begins to wonder why these fine efforts are
D few and far between.
'ollowing the Tradition. ...
[HERE IS NOTHING in the Michigan athletic tradition that saysi
a team can't lose. Of course, most of the don't do it often, but it ist
Mlowed. To lose games that should have been won, however, is NOT1
art of that tradition.i
However, it must be remembered that these ideas are merely
imor. They may be true, or partly true-or they may be merely the
utward repercussions of the tensions that are present in any group,
f athletes who spend a good part of their time battling for a school
f Michigan's size and stature.
One must remember that if there is anything that accentuates'
uch everyday rifts, it'is LOSING. When victories are scarce, something
oust take their place. The first substitute is always excuses-lack of
ianpower, lack of skill, lack of luck. Then comes the gripinga-lack of
pirit, lack of coaching. These things grow, always in proportion to the
umber of losses.
The position that Wolverine ice mentor Al Renfrew finds himself
n now is not a new one. Almost every new coach-Renfrew is only
u his second year at Michigan-has difficulty during his first few
ears. For instance, Bill Perigo is in his seventh year as basketball
oach, and is turning out his first successful team. Even Gus Stager,
ow recognized as perhaps the most successful swimming coach in the
orld, had a shaky start. Rumors can fly about anyone-they must be
onsidered as only a temporary phenomenon, something that can
appen even to the best man.
Iust Get Established .. .
OWE VER, the fact that rumors exist at all must not be disregarded.
The 1958-59 edition of the Michigan hockey team has virtually
ailed, but the big question now is NEXT YEAR. There has been a lot
f talk about the top-notch freshman team here now, and the fact
hat most of the present varsity will be.back. Many have spoken with
he Idea that next year the Wolverines willsbe back on top.
But remember the rumors. If the present team members aren't
rtting along, or if the coach doesn't have the respect of the team,
here is little reason to think it will be different next year since the
ame team members are returning. Holdovers are always a blessing,
since an experienced team is usually better, but they are also a problem
>ecause any friction that existed will remain. The slate is never cleaned
ompletely, for the whole team never graduates.
If the rumors are true, then Renfrew has yet to establish himself
i the eyes of his team. This would not be surprising, since he faced
he task two years ago of taking over a hockey tradition that was used
o nothing but complete success. This is a rough job for anyone to
However, the team next year will be expected to make up for this
ear's failures. It appears that the manpower shortage will be gone,
nd there seems little doubt that talent will be available. The present
eam has proved that it can win, even with only 11 men. So victories
hould come quickly next year-that is, if Mr. Renfrew and his boys
an solve any problems that may happen to exist at present, and get
a new order established by then.

.. . Badger nemesis

Iowa Takes
Second Slot
By The Associated Press
IOWA CITY, Iowa-Pete Scheb-
ler, Iowa's only substitute to see
action, scored six straight points
late in the game here last night
to stop a Purdue rally and give
the Hawkeyes a 66-62 Big Ten vic-
* * *
Stto's Buckeyes last night
whipped Indiana's Hoosiers 92-83
in an amazing reversal of their
game at Columbus three weeks
W L Pct.
Michigan State 9 2 .818
.Iowa 7 5 .583
MICHIGAN 6 5 .545
Illinois 6 5 .545
Purdue 6 6 .500
Indiana 6 6 .500
Northwestern 6 6 .500
Minnesota 5 6 .455
Ohio State 5 6 .455
Wisconsin 1 10 .091
Northwestern 79, Minnesota 62
MICHIGAN 87, Wisconsin 63
Ohio State 92, Indiana 83
Iowa 66, Purdue 62

(Continued fron-Page 1)
lineups difring the course of the
season. Last night he cleared his
sophomore-laden bench in the
hopes of finding a potent combina-
tion for next season.
Back in the lineup after a one-
game absence due to a twisted
knee was Wolverine guard Terry
Miller. The fine playmaker still
wasn't in top-notch condition,
however, and saw limited action.
Gary Kane filled in more than
capably once again, connecting for
10 markers, most of them on long
jump shots. Lovell Farris followed
Kane in the scoring witheight and
was effective on the boards.
Despite the easy win, Michigan's
play was far below the level it has
Barneson 5 2-2 5 12
Biggs 3 3-3 2 9
Rossin 4 3-7 5 11
Stephens 1 1-1 2 3
Serblak 3 3-3 2 7
Clow 1 0-0 1 2
Murray 4 1-5 2 9
Jefferson 2 4-8 3 8
Rogneby 0 0-1 1 0
Duprisac 1 0-0 0 2
Hackbart 0 0-0 1 0
TOTALS 23 17-30 24 63
Burton 9 10-11 3 28
Tidwell 9 11-12 4 29
Farris 3 2-2 5 8
Miller 0 0-0 0 0
Lee 4 2-4 3 10
Kane 4 2-3 4 10
Rogers 1 0-1 2 2
Donley 0 0-0 1 0
Robins 0 0-0 1 0
TOTALS 30 27-33 23 87
Wisconsin 30 33-63
MICHIGAN 44 43-87
Try the rest
. ..then try the Best
715 North University

displayed in recent games, even in
losing efforts.
"It was difficult to get them up
for this one," said Perigo, "especi-
ally after that tough one at North-
western last Saturday."
Odd Strategy
In an odd bit of strategy, Wis-
consin began the game in a man-
for-man full-court press and con-
tinued it throughout. Michigan
countered with a press of its own
for a few minutes and then with-
drew it after running into trouble.
"A press seems to pick up the
defense," said Perigo, defending
the move, "but they caught us at
it with six quick points so we did
away with it."
The Wolverines were hindered
little by the Badgers pressing tac-
tics, with Tidwell especially rid-
dling it continuously. On several
occasions Tidwell raced past his
man the full length of the court to
connect on easy layups.
Michigan took advantage of the
numerous Badger fouls cashing in
27 of 33 charity throws.

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Half-miler Tony Seth and Mich-
an's mile relay team will be
edited with varsity indoor track
cords for their performances
gainst Illinois last Saturday,
oach Don Canham announced
Despite his second place finish
> world-famous George Kerr,
eth equaled Pete Gray's 1:52.4
locking in the 880-yd. run, which
as set in 1952.
Michigan's relay quartet, also
econd to Illinois, was timed at
:16.1 and bettered the varsity
;andard of 3:17.4 set by the 1956
"Even though they were second
laces, the 880 and relay perform-
nces will go into the record book
ecause each had two or more
mers checking them," said Can-
In the order which they ran,
phomores Bryan Gibson, Don
'half ant, Marsh Dickerson and
eth performed the feat. Canham
aid it was the second fastest in-
oor relay ever run on a dirt track.
linois, of course, set the new dirt
ack best with its 3:15.7.
New York University holds the
oard track (usually faster) record
)r colleges with a 3:15 while a
on-college foursome, the Grand
treet Boys of New York, claim
ie world indoor record at 3:14.4.
Sophomores Tom Robinson in
ie 300-yd. dash and Les Bird in

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