TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1966
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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'THE FIRING LINE'
Thompson Regains Starting Notch
Kentucky Passes Duke for AP Lead
As Wolverines Drop Down to Tenth
Michigan basketball coach Dave
Strack was in a jovial mood yes-
terday as a result ,of his team's
93-76 win over Indiana. He was
ready to respond to the first round
of "Firing Line" questions which
had been submitted to The Daily.
Q: What. are the comparative
strengths of guards Dennis Bankey
and John Thompson? Whom do
you plan., to start?
A: Both are very courageous
players who compliment each
other very well. Bankey has better
speed while Thompson is a better
outside shot. Bankey started while
Thompson was injured, but now
we've given the job back to John
since he wouldn't have lost the
job otherwise. They'll both con-
tinue to play a lot though.
Q: In the Wisconsin game, Caz-
zie Russell was very cold in the
second half. In such situations do
you change the team strategy?
A:' No, except that we feature
the part of our offense that doesn't
depend on him to shoot. But we,
will always go back to him because
he's never off his game too long.
Q: When Illinois' Rich Jones
and Don Freeman had four fouls,
why didn't you have the Wolver-
ines drive on them so that they
would pick up the extra foul?
A: We used the part of our of-
fense which concentrated on the
players Jones and Freeman guard-
ed, but we didn't concentrate on
them to the extent of forgetting
about the others. We were able
to score, but we couldn't get them
If you have Firing Line ques-
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to foul out. I didn't specifically
tell our players to drive because
their position on the floor deter-
mines what shot they would take.
Q: Why don't we use the zone
A: We use the press when it will
be benefical. It is a part of our
defense and an important part,
but our personnel isn't adaptable
to its use for a full game.
Q: Did you really have Yost
locked when Cazzie Russell was
A:r I didn't have it locked, but
we were unable to get in when I
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Q: How often does Michigan use
an actual offensive play rather
than just passing until a man is
open for a shot?
A: We use a maneuver every
time we come down the court un-
less it's a straight fast break. We
have eight separate maneuvers
and the guards serve as quarter-
backs, calling the plays. If one
maneuver doesn't work and the
man isn't open for a shot, the
guards call another one.
Q: Does Michigan have any spe-
cial patterns for stalls?
A: We have several, depending
on the defense. If the other team
tries to stop us with a full court
press, we use a special stall just
as we do for a standard zone and
a man-to-man defense.
Q: Who are Michigan's main
contenders for the Big Ten and
who are the best teams in the rest
of the country?
A: In the conference, Iowa, Illi-
nois, Michigan State, and Minne-
sota all have a chance. The rest
of the country, like the Big Ten,
seems to be well-balanced and no
one or two teams appear to be far
the best. I think this is a trend
which will continue although
UCLA might try to reverse it next
year with Lew Alcindor. This year,
we played Duke and I know they're
great. Kentucky and Texas West-
ern must be awfully good, and
there are a lot of other teams who
are strong this season.
By The Associated Press
Michigan fell from ninth in the
latest Associated Press basketball
poll but still received enough votes
to remain in the Top Ten. The
Wolverines had just climbed back
into the top ten last week after
Last Tuesday, Michigan met a
determined Illinois team and, af-
ter leading most of the way, suc-
cumbed to the upset-minded Illini
99-93. The Wolverines bounced
back Saturday with an impressive
win over Indiana, 93-76, as Cazzie
Russell went over the 500 point
mark for the third year in a row.
Michigan, 6-1 in the Big Ten,
meets Wisconsin at home Satur-
day in its only action this week.
Besides Michigan, three Big Ten
teams garnered votes in the latest
poll. They are Iowa, Illinois and
Meanwhile, Duke found out that
it does not pay not to play.
The Blue Devils, who had held
the No. 1 spot in the rankings for
eight consecutive weeks, dropped
into second place as unbeaten
Kentucky moved to the top for
the first time this season.
And chances are Kentucky's
three impressive victories-coupled
with Duke's seven days of idleness
--brought about the flip-flop.
Duke now has played only one
game in the last three weeks. The
first two weeks were taken up by
mid-year exams but the third week
was simply a case of not being
able to schedule a game.
"We tried very hard to shift
dates and arrange a game for this
week," said Duke Coach Vic
Bubas, "but we just couldn't do it.
We've practiced daily, but there's
nothing like playing."
The voters apparently saw it
that way too with the Wildcats
drawing 20 first-place votes and
341 points from a select panel of
sportwriters a n d sportscasters
voting in the AP poll. Kentucky
brought its record to 17-0 by beat-
ing Alabama 82-62, Vanderbilt
105-90 and Georgia 74-50 last
Duke, which finally got into
action last night, showed the vot-
ers a 15-1 record through Satur-
day's games and received 12 first-
place votes and 304 points.
Chicago Loyola and Texas West-
ern each moved up two spots to
third and fourth, respectively, with
Vanderbilt slipping two notches to
fifth. Providence, Kansas, St.
Joseph's and Nebraska round out
the top ten.
Neither Chicago Loyola, which
edged Marquette 85-84, nor Texas
Western, which just got by Colo-
rado State University 68-66, were
impressive last week but benefited
from Vanderbilt's loss to Ken-
tucky and the difficulty Provi-
dence had beating St. Francis, Pa.,
Kansas and St. Joseph's kept
the same places as the week be-
fore. Nebraska, 45-41 overtime
victor over Oklahoma State, mus-
cled into the ninth spot off a 14-2
Despite all the juggling, only
one team dropped completely out
of the top ten-Cincinnati. The
Bearcats were beaten by Bradley
67-56 and then had trouble sub-
duing Louisville 56-54.
The voting, with first-place
votes in parenthesis, records
through Saturday and points on
a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis:
1. Kentucky (20) 17-0
2. Duke (12) 15-1
3. Chicago Loyola 16-1
4. Texas Western 16-0
5. Vanderbilt 16-3
6. Providence 15-1
7. Kansas 15-3
8. St. Joseph's (Pa.) 15-4
9. Nebraska 14-2
10. MICHIGAN 12-5
Others receiving votes, listed
alphabetically: Boston College,
Bradley, Brigham Young, Cin-
cinnati, Connecticut, Davidson,
Dayton (1), Fairfield, Houston,
Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State,
Oklahoma City, Oregon State,
Rhode Island State, San Fran-
cisco, St. John's (N.Y.), Syra-
cuse, UCLA, Western Kentucky.
SENIOR GUARD JOHN THOMPSON executes a perfect jump
shot against Illini guard Jim Dawson (No. 24) in last week's lost
to Illinois. Thompson regained his starting position next to All-'
America Cazzie Russell last week after being out of the lineup with
a sprained ankle.
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