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PAGE SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1967

PAGE SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 17. 1967

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UNION-LEAGUE
PRESENTS
PROF. BRETTON of the Political Sciere Dept.
Speaking on
SOUTH AFRICA AND AMERICAN AFFAIRS
8:00 p.m. TUESDAY Feb. 21
in the UGLI Multipurpose Room

Tigers,

Tigers,

Burn ing

Bright .

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By HOWARD KOHN Ivy League scoring and rebound-
Sitting up straight in his swivel ing records. luminary C h r i s
chair, he slapped it on the line: Sophomore pumindrdownh1r ifs
"You can't be a champion if youThomforde pulled down 19 of
can't play all the championship Princeton's 90 rebounds.
teams." y Thomforde became dedicated to
Bill Stryker, sports information basketball as a junior in high
director at Princeton, has a case school after reading a verse in the
d poitt. Bible, "I exhort you, therefore,
Pintithebrethren, by the mercy of God
Princeton isn't eligible fort to present your bodies as a sacri-
NCAA finals. At least, not yet. fice, living, holy, pleasing to God."
An academic debate last spring The Not-So-Secret Miracle
over the 1.6 grade point require- This year, he's presented him-
ment for tendered athletes-to self in the starting lineup of every
which the Ivy League refuses to
conform-cut Princeton and the Princeton game-pushing himself
other Eastern mods out of post- so hard he's lost 20 pounds.
season NCAA activity. "He can't play any other way
Now a committee headed by but all out," sounds out Van Breda
Yale President Kingdon Brewster Kolff. "I'm going to start sitting
is trying to deal Princeton back in. him down in practice to conserve
Only no one wants to talk about his weight.''

Thomforde is part of a quasi-.complexion of Ivy League basket- chance at the pros in lieu of en-
miracle formula which has trig- ball with the advent of Bill Brad- tering the Lutheran ministry.
gered Princeton's unpredicted rise ley. Now, with a nationally-feared "Over the long stretch, this
to the top of the national polls. freshman team, he threatens to year's team could be better than
"I'll have to admit I didn't expect create a powerhouse image for the one on which Bradley was a
19 wins off the top when the sea- Princeton. senior," compares Van Breda
son started. Now I'd like to go all But a dynasty? Kolff. "When Bradley was on, the!

All five were recruired while
Bradley was still playing.
In the past few weeks, Prince-
ton's opponents have been frus-
trated into below-the-belt desper-
ation attempts at shutting down
the Tigers.

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the way . . . not for myself . .
but for these kids. They've reallyj
put out," credits Van Breda Kolff.'
Seniors Ed Hummer and Gary
Walters and juniors Joe Heiser
and John Haarlow are the other
Tiger starters.
"We don't have any secret plan
or any super-stars. But I think all
the starters have been the high
scorer in at least one game. That's
pretty fair balance," praises their
cigar-chomping coach, who fin-
ally got a full-time assistant coach
this year.
Van Breda Kolff changed the

"Not here. That's a figment of
some sportswriters' imagination.'
We play the game, you tag on the
names," he laughs.
Yet the championship atmos-
phere of the Bradley era still per-
meates the scene. -
"Because of Bradley, Ivy League
basketball is accepted. The league
played teams like Kentucky, Tulsa,
Georgia Tech and Arizona for the
first time in a long time this year."
Bradley also helped interest
Thomforde in Princeton. Unfor-
tunately for the National Basket-
ball Association, he's also helped.
convince Thomforde to give up his

team played great. But it's better Dartmouth, a 40-point under-
when you don't have to depend on dog. froze the ball in a game-long
just one man." stall - refusing to shoot for the
In the forepart of the year, first ten minutes. When'a Dart-
Hummer-the slick-shooting cap- mouth player finally chanced a
tain-fired up eight straight vic- jumper, he missed. 'homforde
tories. When he contacted a virus grabbed the rebound, passed to
disease over Christmas vacation, Hummer: and Hummer drove in
he faded; but the Tigers didn't. 'for a lay-up.

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Hummer, Thomforde and Haar-
low were the three most actively
recruited among the starters.
"Several top Eastern colleges were
eager to sign them," recalls Van
Breda Kolff.
Walters and Heiser were win-
ning gambles.

"It's been quiet as a tomb," sighs
Stryker.
"No comment," says NCAA Pres-
ident Marcus Plant.
"We've got nothing to report so
far," reports Brewster's office.
"We're all hopeful," perks up
Stryker.
"Callme back next week," adds
Plant.
"It's a touchy situation.. It isn't
that we don't want Princeton to
play. It's a question of policy," re-
ports Brewster's office.
Back to the Ball
It certainly isn't a question of
basketball ability.
Bill Van Breda Kolff, the easy-
come easy-go Dutchman who
flunked out of Princeton as an
undergrad, has tutored his team
to 19 wins in 20 games, including
one over highly-regarded North
Carolina. Louisville's 72-63 ex-
pelling was the lone loss.
This week's Associated Press
rankings listed Princeton third-
behind UCLA and Louisville.
A few weeks back, the Tigers
roared past defensively-deafened
Dartmouth 116-42-establishing

M' lcers Host rratic

Princeton won easily 30-16. But
Dartmouth coach Dave Gavitt In-
sisted: "If our shooting had been
better, we might have beaten
them."
It sounds reasonable until you
consider Princeton shot 65 per
cent.
Duluth
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By DAVE WEIR
With their top scorer on the
bench with a bad knee, and their
five game winning streak a thing
of the past, Michigan's icers will
attempt to regroup and conquer
the invading Bulldogs of Minne-
sota, Duluth, in the first of a two
game weekend series in the Coli-
seum at 8:00 tonight.
The Wolverines, who have drop-
ped three straight contests, will be
without the services of senior Bob
Baird and his hot stick, which has
blasted enemy nets to the tune of

19 goals and 20 assists this sea-
son.
Baird twisted his knee in last
week's Michigan State series, but
the extent of the injury is not
known as of yet. He will not re-
join the team for practices until'
next week..
Up from the Depths
Duluth, currently mired in sev-
enth place in the WCHA stand-
ings with a 5-10 mark, is what
Michigan coach Al Renfrew de-
scribes as "a strange team which
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They have lost an awful lot of
one-goal decisions."
Despite their record, the Bull-
dogs boast several standouts in-
cluding All-America candidate
Keith (Huffer) Christiansen, who
tops the league in scoring. The
little (5'5"--150-lbs.) center has
racked up 10 goals and 20 assists
in conference play this year.
Renfrew compares Christiansen
to graduated Wolverine star Mel
Wakabayashi. "He (Christiansen)
is the same type of player as Mel
.. small and tricky and an ex-
cellent playmaker. One problem,
however, is that he has trouble
staying out of the penalty box.
There is no doubt that he is the
real sparkplug of the team."
An Offensive Team
Duluth coach Ralph Romano
agrees that Christiansen is "in
some ways similar to Wakabay-
ashi."
Christiansen centers a line which
which features Pat Francisco and
sophomore Bruce McLeod, the
team's other top scorers, at the
wings. McLeod, touted as the top
rookie prospect by pre-season ob-
servers, has "really moved up in
the scoring totals since. joining
the front line," according to Ro-
mano.
Overall, the Duluth mentor is
satisfied with his squad's perform-
ance to doate: "We've come along
pretty well, considering that we've
played the toughest schedule of
any team in the loop. Ten of our
games have been against the other
threestop teams.
"It's difficult to compare Mich-
igan with our squad. The Wolver-
ines have been the big surprise
in the league this year . . . they're
good and strong and tough ... but
of course they stumbled last week
against MSU. We, on the other
hand, had a relatively easy time
with State, beating them twice.
"All in all, it's a crazy league,"
concluded Romano, "You can't
make any sense out of it."
The Duluth coach thinks that
North Dakota is "bound to win
the title. They have been playing

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so darn well and they have a big
jump on everybody in the stand-
ings."
The Top Four
Wolverine coach Renfrew con-
siders his corps anything but out
of the league race, however. "We
have been working hard all week
and have organized new lines, so
we're ready to get back to the job
of winning. I consider it a four
team race between Tech, Denver,
Dakota and ourselves."
Senior Danny Walter will re-
place Baird on a line with Doug
Galbraith and Ron Ullyot. Gal-
braith explained some of the prob-
lems of starting a new line:
"When you've never skated with
a guy before, you don't know ex-
actly what he will do in certain
situation.But the way we've been
skating all week, we should be in
good shape against Duluth."
In one of the top contests
around, the conference tonight,
Michigan State travels up to North
Dakota for the first of a two
game series which could have im-
portant bearing on the final stand-
ings. A double win for the Spar-
tans, combined with sweep by the
Wolverines, would lift Michigan to
within eight percentage points of
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