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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27,1967

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By JOEL BLOCK
Craig Dill is out of place in
Michigan basketball history.
He has reached his pinnacle in
a waiting period between two bas-
ketball eras.
He is caught between the Caz-
zie-Buntin glory years of the past
and the Stewart-Sullivan dominat-
ed years of the future.
Dill's plight is not his fault,
nor was he unaware of what was
to happen when he chose Michigan
as a senior at Arthur Hill High in
Saginaw.
"When the Michigan recruiters
talked with me when I was in my
last year at Arthur Hill, they told
me how good the team was going
to be in the next few years. I
knew that Michigan was going
to be great and I decided that if I
couldn't make it on a very good
team, then there wasn't much
sense in playing."
Go Blue
Dill also got a big offer from
hes father's alma mater, Michigan
State, but he decided to go Blue.
"I always had a great respect for
Forddy Anderson who was State's
coach at that time, and he as-
sured me of a starting position
for my three varsity years. At the
time, their prospects weren't too
good and I felt: ,Sure, I might be
able to play three years but it also
might have been on a rinky-dink
last place team."
So Craig Dill made his decision,
a decision to wait in the wings be-
hind such front-liners as Bill Bun-
tin, Oliver Darden and Cazzie Rus-
sell. Dill probably anticipated the
bench-warming he'd do in his
sophomore year, but not the boos
he would receive during the few
times he got into the game.
Distracting Flak
"I received a lot of flak from
the crowds in my first two years
and it was pretty distracting. The
people were expecting a lot of
things from me that maybe I
should have done, but I didn't. I
was really trying to impress them
that I could make it, and when
they got on me, I was really sen-
sitive to it."
"It (the hazing) began again at
the beginning of this season but I

CRAIG DILL

think I've gotten over it now. I've
resolved t: just go out and play
the best I can. I don't care if they
boo me the whole game long. It's
not going to mean two cents to
me."
In trying to play the best he can,
Dill uses some natural devices to
prepare himself for a game and a
few supernatural ones, too.
"During the week before a game,
all I try to do is to work hard
during practices and if I do that,
I'll be ready to. play that Satur-
day. Then on the night before a
game I'll just stay at home and
listen to some popular music or a
little Motown to get me up for the
next day."
Superstition takes over in his
pre-game psychological warmup.
On away games Dill takes along a
special tie which he feels "psyches
me up a little."
Another device which Dill em-
ploys is wearing rubber bands on
his wrists just before a game. "In
my junior and senior years of high
school I did it all the time, but I
quit doing it here when Darden
and the other guys started to kid
me a lot about it last year. Then
I picked it up again at the be-
ginning of this year and about
five or six other guys on the team
wear them too."

Honey-eating is also a part of
Dill's pre-game ritual. "I used to
hate the stuff, but then I started
eating it in high school and the
trainer, Jim Hunt, said it was a
good thing too because it has a
lot of concentrated energy-produc-
ing material."
The last part of Dill's seir-
psych plan is in the pre-game
shooting drills. "Somehow I've got-
ten into the habit of trying to
take the last shot before the buzz-
er signals the beginning of the
game. I don't know why, but I also
make it a practice to miss that
last shot."
. Temper Tantrums
A problem of Dill's all through
his basketball career at Michigan
has been his temper. "During the
first two years, I was put in for
just short periods of time. In those
type of instances you have to put
out in a hurry to show the coach
what you can do. This tends to
get you keyed up and then when
I made a mistake and the crowd
got on me. I really got riled up."
When Dill gets mad on the court
he also becomes angry at himself
for making the mistakes that he
does. This has repeatedly hurt his
play, because he keeps thinking
about his past errors and doesn't
concentrE,',e on the rest of the
game.
Return Against Iowa
Dill had this problem his first
two varsity years at Michigan, but
he thought he had it licked this
season. Then it came out in the
Iowa game last Monday. "I wasn't
prepared mentally for the game
and when things went wrong, I
lost my composure. I started yell-
ing at the refs for some close calls
when the game was tight but gen-,
erally I've tried to keep my anger:
inside of me."
In his sophomore ard junior
years, Dill lost some of the confi-
dence he had in himself when he
was playing high school ball.
"Sure, you're bound to loose some
self-confidence when you have to
ride the bench instead of playing
all the time. When you've got a
starting position nailed down, you
don't have that worry about lous-
ing up during your short time on
the court and you can concentrate
on beating the other team."
Inconsistent Rebounds
One thing that Dill has been
thinking about this year has been
rebounding, or lack of it. Some
games this year, notably Bowling

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SENIOR CENTER CRAIG DILL (4) goes up for a tip-in against forward Bill Bauck (34) and
center Ed Schilling (35) in the Butler game earlier this season. Dill is currently leading the Wol-
verines in scoring with an overall 18.3 points-per-game average. His 19.4 scoring average for confer-
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Green and Michigan State, he has
rebounded like a 6'10" center
should, and then in Ether games,
such as Northwestern and Iowa,
he's had problems even getting
near the boards.
"I think I go into most games
with the same attitude for re-
bounding, but it turns out that a
lot of the time you just don't do
the things that you want to do.
'I'm Screened Out'
"I know several of the teams
we've played, especially the small-
er ones, have assigned one man
to keep me away from the basket.
It's in this type of situation when
I'm screened out that I have my
biggest problems in getting posi-
tion."
The new era of Michigan basket-
ball will be dominated by the
present highly-touted sophomore
crop. The main characters will be

Dennis Stewart, Bob Sullivan, Ken1
Maxie, and Dave McClellan but1
the plot they play won't be asl
emotional as the last four years.1
Dill continued, "In the years"
that I've played on the varsity,a
there was always someone who
sparked the team when we needed
it. Two 'years ago it was Larry
Tregoning. When he got juiced up,
it fired up the whole team. And
last year it was Cazzie who
charged up the team.
"But this year, the only way we
get juiced up is if everyone does
it together and it hasn't been
often."
Neither the two co-captains,
Dill or Dennis Bankey, have been
able to psych up the team. The
reason lies in the unemotional
personalities of the sophomore
crop. They are an unemotional
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bunch. They also are convinced
that they will be the big men in
Michigan's basketball picture in
the next couple of years and con-
sequently don't respect the last
remnants of another era-Dennis
Bankey and Craig Dill.

LEAGUE STATISTICS:
M' lcers Lead WCHA Offensive Play

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By DAVE TuCKTON .
Never do anything half way.
This could be the motivating
cliche in future games for the
Michigan Hockey team which
sports a '7-1 record and. a one
game lead in the WCHA league
standings at midseason. The Wol-
verines, with a two game sweep
over Colorado College last week-
end have a 15-1-1 record over-
all.
The statistics mirror a true re-
flection of the icers' success. In
17 games they have averaged 6.5
goals per game - 1.4 goals more
than runner-up Colorado College.
Forwards Dean Lucier with 9
goals and 8 assists, and Bob Baird
with 9 goals and 7 assists in 8
games, are third and fourth res-
pectively in individual scoring
statistics.
Michigan goalies have been
tough on defense side. Puck stop-
pers Harold Herman and Jim
Keough have given up 28 goals
in 8 games while stopping 240
shots for an average of 3.5 goals
per game. This ranks the Michi-
gan defense fourth in the extre-

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Hockey

Volmar's Reversal
Michigan State, despite a 4-6
record, has the best goalie in the
league, Jerry Fischer with a 2.0
average. Part of the reason for
State's poor .record 'might be at-
tributed to last year's top scorer,
Doug Volmar, who this year tops
WCHA skaters in penalties rather
than points. Defensively, Michi-
gan Tech shares the low mark as
a team with North Dakota at, 2.8
per game.
One reason behind Michigan's
success might be due to their

'hard skating and checking all
over the ice. The statistics con-
firm the aggressiveness of the
Wolverines play as they rank, sec-
ond to Minnesota in number of
pealty minutes served in over-
all games.
Michigan has displayed a well
balanced attack all season. Doug
Galbraith, sixteenth in scoring
with 4 goals and seven assists, the
Marttila brothers, Bruce Koviak,
and Keith Magnuson have all
been instrumental in the potency
of the Michigan attack.
Eight More
Michigan has eight games re-1
maining on their schedule. They
travel to Houghton next week for
a two game series with Michigan
Tech followed by a home game
with State. After two games with
Minnesota, the Wolverines finish
at home with second place North
Dakota. This final series will
probably be decisive in determin-
ing the WCHA champion.

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