TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1966
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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By CHUCK VETZNER
Acting Sports Editor
It ended with a loss to Ken-
tucky. It started with a win over
Tennessee, the only team to beat
But it really started before that.
Try Nov. 30, 1963 when the Wol-
verines whipped Ball State, 90-76.
That squad depended heavily on
sophomores. Last year's team re-
lied on juniors. This time it was a
There's always a sentimental
cringe when a season ends. If it
was successful, the feeling is more
intense. But it was more than a
season that ended Saturday. An
era . . . a saga of glory . . who
cares what you call it, it's over.
It's like finishing the most excit-r
ing chapter in the book, and not
ever being able to read it again.
There was one main goal for
that period-win the NCAA crown.
They never made it, but they came
A Time for Escalation
The theme for this season was
escalate-go from third to second
to the top. But Adolph Rupp's
Wildcats took care of that hope.
The story of the game could best
be seen in Michigan's anemic
shooting (below 38 per cent). "I
never really thought about losing,
but if we did lose, I never thought
it would be on our shooting,"
sighed Dave Strack. "I thought
they might be able to beat us on
speed or carelessness, but their
baskets on fast breaks didn't hurt
us that much and they made more
turnovers than we did.
"The Kentucky 'defense was
good, but we didn't force our shots.
We lost on what we had lived."
Strack did have praise for the
Kentucky squad. "Their team and
Duke are the two best teams we
saw this year, but I'm disappoint-
ed the nation won't be able to see
Picking Up the Pieces
Strack now will devote his time
to recruiting. Oncean era ends,
basketball at Michigan doesn't
stop. Perhaps one day it will even
get better, but even a more suc-
cessful team won't mean as much
as this year's team meant to
"This was a fun team to coach,"
he says fondly. "It was gratifying
to see so many boys make im-
provements and know they con-
tributed to a winner.
"Even aside from athletics, this
was a great bunch. They were a
credit to Michigan and to all, in-
tercollegiate athletics. Most of the
seniors are going on to graduate
school, and you just never heard
a bad word about any of them."
Sentimental? Maybe, but what
fan isn't, and even a coach is a
fan to some extent.
The Saddest Day
"It's a sad day not only because
we lost," adds Strack, "but be-
cause we won't ever see these boys
again. I don't think we'll ever get
the same wonderful blend of in-
gredients to produce such an excit-
ing team. I know they've given me
a lot of thrills, and I feel I've been
lucky to coach here during the
past few seasons."
The Wolverines may yet win
that coveted NCAA title. But the
people who were around to see
Michigan beat Ball State and lose
to Kentucky won't ever forget
Number 55 winging upwards to
Juniors Dennis Bankey and
Craig Dill were elected co-captains
of the 1966-67 Michigan basket-
ball team yesterday.
Cazzie Russell was chosen this
year's most valuable player.
Bankey, a swift guard who is
noted for his defensive and play-
making abilities, started several
games while John Thompson was
injured. Once Thompson returned
to the starting line-up, Bankey
was the number one back court
reserve and saw extensive action
in nearly every game.
The 6'10" Dill is one of the key
figures in next season's plans. He
started most of the preseason
games and filled in either at cen-
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