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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 1867

PAGE SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY SATURDAY, JANUARY 7.1967

Tankers Enter Minn. Relays

By GRETCHEN TWIETMEYER
Before Christmas, Indiana prob-
ably figured they could walk all
over any team in the Big Ten and
sweep today's Minnesota's relays.
Why not? Their divers, among
them Ken Sitzberger, Win Young,
Charlie Neel, and Jim Henry, are
considered the best in the country.
Bill Utley in the 200 yard in-
dividual medley, Ken Webb in the
400 individual medley, and Sitz-
berger are all three national
champions.
Charlie Hickox, a sophomore
who won six gold medals at the
recent Little Olympics in Mexico
City, is praised by Hoosier coach
Jim Coucilman as "on his way to
becoming one of the great swim-
mers of the world." The list could
go on.
Vacation may have changed
that. Utley broke his jaw in an
automobile accident. He will be
out for six weeks, along with other
swimmers.

Unquestionably, Indiana still has
a lot of good swimmers left. But
the sport often depends on how
well a coach can juggle his team
to provide the depth needed to
earn -oints. And Indiana has lost
some of that depth.
This does nothing towards elim-
mating Michigan's other poten-
tial rival, Michigan State. Coach
Charles McCaffree's sure-point
man is Gary Dilley, 100- and 200-
yard backstroke NCAA and Big
Ten champion, whom he tabs, "an
intense competitor with great abil-
ity and all the characteristics of
a great champion."
Perhaps the key man, however
will be Ken Walsh, a good sprinter
who will also have to be used in
distance events. Michigan's swim-
ming coach Gus Stager summed
up the squad with seven All Amer-
icans tersely: "State looks tough."
The Meet
Today's competition, which dif-
fers from regular dual meet con-
.___ '

tests, is comprised of 14 relay
events. The relays are open to all
Big Ten schools and most of them
will be represented.
Stager noted that "we should
take at least four events, and I'm
pretty confident of two others."
He has the 400 yard freestyle re-
lay, the 300 butterfly, the 200 med-
ley and the 400 medley stacked to
win.
Michigan diving coach Dick
Kimball is pitting All-American
Fred Brown and sophomore Jay
Meaden against Indiana's Sitz-
berger and Young, and Ohio
State's Chuck Knorr and John
Guning. And Kimbal believes his
duo could take it if they dive well.
Nobody could confidently pre-
dict the outcome of today's activ-
ity in Minnesota's ancien t,
wretchedly narrow pool. But what-
ever it is, it should be a good in-
dication of the Big Ten's develop-
ment.
There will be a meeting Mon-
day night at 7:00 at the IM
Building for all those interested
in officiating IM basketball.
Pay for IM referees is $2 per
hour.

Cagers
By HOWARD KOHN
The way basketball experts see
it, a team on its way up is at Yost
Fieldhouse today for a passing
glance at a team on its way down.
A veteran group of wizardly:
shooters from Northwestern are
favored to gun down Michigan's
unproven quint, which is still hid-
ing in the umbrage of the Cazzie-
Buntin era, at 1:30 this afternoon.
After years of "better luck next
time" jeers, the Wildcats are on
the spot to come home a winner
this season. And smashing three-
time defending champion Mich-
igan, in the Big Ten opener for
both teams, would give the 'Cats
a running start on the rest of the
pack.
'Cat Coach Confident.
Northwestern coach Larry Glass,
who nursed the lowly tabbies
through the second-division blues
to a 7-7 fifth-place finish-high-
est in six years-last campaign,
thinks he has the right team of
horses.
In a pre-season interview, he
agreed that "on paper, at least,
Northwestern figures to be right
in there."
A poll of the Big Ten basketball
coaches put Northwestern second,
right behind Michigan State, and
pushed Michigan down to seventh.
Glass, although wary of the
prediction about his Wildcats,
seemed satisfied with the verdict
on the Wolverines. "Besides us,
there are five or six other teams
that have a good shot at succeed-
ing Michigan," he qualified.
... and Cocky
Northwestern's three losses in its
last four games haven't really di-
minished Glass' opinions of his

Face

Wildcat

Wizards

NORTHWESTERN
(45) Weaver
(32) Cummins
(43) Kozlicki
(35) Burns
(34) Gamber
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MICHIGAN
Sullivan (20)
Stewart (40)
Dill ( 4)
Pitts (24)
Bankey (32)

Terry Gamber, who replaced last kept soph Dan Davis from taking
year's starting guard-senior Walt away Cummins' job, but Davis
Tiberi. played against Rhode Island and
"Gamber gives us an excellent is expected to see more action
playmaker who can score." said today.
Glass as he explained Tiberi's Despite their relative shortness,
benching. Gamber and Burns rep- the Wildcats are shot-gun quick
resent an explosive outside scoring and trigger-finger dextrous.
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or any of the other conference'
teams.
"I still think it'll be a tight
race," he said yesterday. "We
didn't play exceptionally poor
games against Providence or
Rhode Island, but we were play-
ing on their floor and with their
referees. We were in both games
up until the end when we seemed
to start fouling a lot more, and
all the fouls were two-pointers."
Northwestern lost to Providence
and Rhode Island after knocking
down St. John's in the opening
round of the New York Holiday
Festival. In addition, its scoring
total per game dipped over 20
points beneath its 95 ppg average
-one of the best in the country-
in the tournament.
Earlier in the season, the fast-
break 'Cats had been stretching
to 100-plus scores.
No Slow Going
Glass, however, stressed that
there has been no drastic switch
back to the stifling ball-control
strategy of the past two years.
"We still plan on a wide-open
game. This is a running team and
we're going to run. On the other
hand, I think our defense has also
tightened up.
"In the Tulane and Vanderbilt
games, played right after exams,
we acted like a back alley team
.. just daring them to shoot so
we could get the ball back," he

Northwestern ripped Tulane but
was knocked off by Vandy. Going
into today's encounter, the 'Cats
boast only a run-of-the-mill 4-4
mark compared to the Wolverines'
6-4 standard. Northwestern's
other loss was an excellently-
played 118-116 decision to Ken-
tucky.
Big Games
For the lightly-regarded Wol-
verines, today's session is the first
in a five-part exam in January.
In rapid succession, Dave Strack's
class has tests against Wisconsin,
Illinois, Michigan State and Iowa
-and the latter three have also
been mentioned as conference
favorites.
Marking on a pass-fail basis, the
grades on these five games should
be a good indication of Michigan's
chances for another title.
"I'm certainly not counting us
out of anything,' declared Strack.
"I think, though, that a Big Ten
opener has got to be rated as a
crucial game, especially against a
team as talent-laden as North-
western.'
High Scorer
All - America candidate Jim
Burns, a 6'4" senior guard, was
the conference's fifth top scorer
last year and has been hitting
for 22 ppg in pre-season bouts.
Joining him in the backcourt is
the 'Cats' lone sophomore starter,

Kozlicki in PivotI
Senior Ron Kozlicki, a former
6'6" forward who shares the co-
captaincy with Burns, has been
shifted to center to replace grad-
uated Jim Pitts. Kozlicki, although
not as rangy as the bounding Pitts,
is a smooth-working pivotman
who manages to get position on

"We're going to try and play
a control game. If we can pull
down those defensive rebounds and
limit our mistakes, we may be able
to slow them up.

"Of course, we
really consistently
controlling the ball
tioned.

haven't been
successful in
yet," he cau-

taller backboard men. Michigan, which lost only one
Flanking him in the frontcourt home game during the past three
will be junior whiz Mike Weaver years, is unbeaten at Yost so far
and senior dependable Jim Cum- this year. The way Strack sees it,
mins. A shoulder separation suf- Northwestern may be in for more
fered in practice a month ago than just a glance.
Gymnasts Host Indiana,
Drive for 'Seven in''

"We'll be playing Northwestern vUiverines useAAeig
on a man-to-man basis today. Strack, who has settled on the
They shoot so fast that there same five starters he began with
would pe too much daylight if we six weeks ago, is anxious that the
used the zone defense," said Wolverines use their height and
Strack-giving credit to the 'Cat ball-hawking ability to advantage
sharpshooters. today.

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By JON SISKIN
Head gymnastics coach Newt
Laken squirmed in his chair.
Anxiously awaiting today's dual
meet with Indiana here at 3:15,
there was a bit of uncertainty in
his voice as he spoke about his
1967 squad.
"Today's opener is a question
mark," he said. "Eight sophomores
are competing for the first time
in a varsity dual meet, and you
can't be sure how they'll react
under pressure. Should they and
the rest of the squad perform as
they have in practice, Michigan
could be off to a fast start in this
year's Big Ten race."
Winning has become a habit to
coach Loken and his bymnastic
teams. The Wolverines are out to
capture their seventh consecutive
Western Conference title. Loken,
wno came to Ann Arbor in 1947,
has seen his squads pile up an
enviable 98-29 dual meet record.
On the trampoline, Michigan
appears to be unstoppable. Junior
Wayne Miller and sophomore
Dave Jacobs accumulated nine
titles between them over the past
year, and the trophies should keep
pouring in. Miller became the first
gymnast ever to carry off the Mid-
west, Big Ten, NCAA, NAAU,
Schuster Cup and World' Title
crowns in one-year. Jacobs, mean-
while, picked' up the NAAU, Nis-
sen Cup, and last month won the
Midwest Open.

Two other seniors, Phip Fuller
and his twin brother, Chip, 'are
counted upon heavily in the vault-
ing event. They along with captain
Gary Vander Voort and Wayne
Miller make up Michigan's entries
in the floor exercises. Chip Fuller
placed fourth in the NCAA finals
and second in the Big Ten in floor
exercise last year.
On the side horse, seniors Art
Baessler and Chris Vanden Broek
will be the mainstays. They will
be given able assistance by junior
Dave Geddes and sophomore Steve
Swiryn. The Wolverines should be
strong on high bar with seniors
Vander Voort and Vanden Broek,
junior Scott Paris and sophomore
Mike Sasich.
Dick Richards, a sophomore,
leads the parallel bars contingent
followed by Vander Voort and
sophomores Tim Mousseau and
Fred Rodney. Seniors Cliff Chil-
vers, Dick Stone and Vander Voort
will perform on the rings along
with sophomore Rich Kenney.
Hoosiers Improve
Indiana, under head coach Otto
Ryser and assistant Jim Brown, a
former Michigan alumnus, could
pose some problems for the Maize
and Blue. Loken calls the Hoosiers
a "very formidable opponent
which has improved tremendously
over the past few years. They
scored well in their December
meets while showing some fine
talent."

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