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Cagers Face



By HOWARD KOHN Big Ten. At the moment, confer- seniors and the top rebounder,
special To The Daily ence officials haven't even talked now plays the post in perfectionest
CHAMPAIGN - Harry Combes to the boys yet." Combes' set-up.
doesn't wear a 21,000 dollar smile 1 and 2 Boomer Busboom

anymore. He worries about break-
ing even.
Combes, coach of Illinois and'
co-defendant in the Christmas
slush-fund case, needs a victory
over Michigan today to level the
Illini Big Ten at 2-2.
The game begin sat 4 p.m. Ann
Arbor time and will be televised
over WJBK-TV, channel 2.
The deeply-etched furrows on
Combes' wizened face tighten
when he recalls the case which
cost an Illini alumni organization
21,000 dollars in gifts to athletes
over a five year period and which
cost Combes two starters and two
prized substitutes just before va-
Quit Talking
"It's gotten to the point where
I just want to quit talking about
it," he explained yesterday in be-
tween barked orders at his deci-
mated team in the 16,000-seat
Assembly Hall.
"My deepest concern has been
for the boys who were suspended.
The timing of the announcement
ruined their holidays and they still
aren't able to concentrate on their
studies," he commented.
All-America write-in candidate
Rich Jones, starting pivotman Ron
Dunlap, number one sub Steve
Kuberski, and promising sopho-
more Steve Spanich were suspend-
ed by the Illinois athletic depart-
ment when assistant athletic di-
rector and long time friend of
Combes, Mel Brewer, informed the
school of the irregularities.
Dunlap and Kuberski have been
practicing with the team despite
their suspension. Unconfirmed re-
ports indicated that all four may
be reinstated at the upcoming
monthly meeting of the Big Ten.
Combes, however, disclaims the
speculation. "Actually, your guess
is as good as mine. I've been
learning more about the situation
from the papers than from the
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With Jones and accomplices on An outstanding problem of the

the sidelines, the Illini have lost7
to Big Ten co-favorites MichiganJ
State and Northwestern. They had
bumped Wisconsin in their tra-1
ditional pre-Christmas conference1
"The suspensions probably help-
ed the morale of the team. Hell,
they really played hard against
Northwestern. But the team has
lost its poise," sighs Combes. ;
Illinois rallied from 16 points
down to pull within one of the
league-leading Wildcats with a
minute to play. Preston Pearson
dumped in a foul shot which would
have tied the score, but soph Dave
Scholz prematurely pulled into the
landrand nullified the point.
Northwestern went on to win
Kid's Stuff
"Against an offensive team like
Northwestern you can't make mis-
takes like that. Scholz is a very
fine prospect, but he's only an+
18-year-old kid and he's got a lot,
to learn."
Scholz, Dunlap's replacement at
center, has a 15.5 ppg average-
third best on the team. However,,
in the six games he's started after
Dunlap's suspension Scholz has hit
a 21.1 average and has been pull-
ing down 10.1 per game.
At 6'7" he's the tallest man on
the team which has two 6'4" for-
wards and two 6-foot guards.
Combes had indicated that for-
wards Dean Flessner and Bob
Johansen would probably sag off
to help Scholz guard Michigan's
Craig Dill if Dennis Stewart didn't
Stewart, ineligible for Tuesday's
Wisconsin game because of an ad-
ministrative technicality, is ex-
pected to play though.
Tickled with the Pickle
Combes watchedMichigan play
during the Los Angeles Classic
and was particularly impressed
with Dill. "I don't ever remember
seeing a player of his height with
such an ability to shoot from the
Illinois began the year with a
strong man-to-man defense cen-
tered around Dunlap, but has been
switching to a two-three zone and
a zone press. "The zone helps us
on the boards. We outrebounded
Northwestern and gave Michigan
State a battle. I don't think any-
body in the conference is as
tenacious as -MSU," explained
Flessner, one of four starting

Illini has been their abominable
free throw shooting. Except for
some non-entity named Les Bus-
boom who's connected on two of
two, no one on the team has above
a .700 percentage on charity tosses.
"The whole thing has become a
serious block to the team. Each
time we miss a free throw it gets
worse," says Combes. Illinois mis-
sed 16 against Northwestern and
13 against Michigan State.

Even captain Jim Dawson, lead-
ing scorer among the regulars with
a 19.2 average, has a .673 per-
Pearson, Combes' other fiery
guard, has a woeful .457 and has
spent extra hours practicing foul
shots this week. "I may never try
a lay-up again," says Pearson
Combes chuckles along with
Pearson, but his laugh is forced.
"We're going to go all out against
Michigan. We can't afford three
losses at this point in the season
if we hope to make a run at the

Gym Team Tacles
Improved Illinois

"This meet with Illinois is a
crucial one. If we can win at
Champaign, we will be in a strong
position for our seventh consecu-
tive Big Ten crown with our next
four meets at home."
So spoke coach Newt Loken con-
cerning tomorrow's pivotal dual
meet with the Illini. The Wolver-
ines enter tomorrow's action after
a not so impressive victory over
Indiana, while Illinois comes in
seething after a hair-breadth 185-
183 loss to the powerful Iowa
Hawkeyes in Iowa City.
A loss to Michigan would vir-
tually eliminate Illinois from Big
Ten title contention. Last year,
the Illini fell victim to the Wol-
verines at Ann Arbor by .8 of a
point, which should make the
adrenalin flow even faster into they
bloodstream of e a c h Illinois
Low Grads
Charlie Pond, the Illinois coach,
said before the season that, ''We
should be better in every event
than we were last year. Our grad-
uation losses were relatively light,
and we have some fine new talent
in 'sophomores Steve Chapple,
Gary Holveck, and Mike Kaplan."
Pond has coached his squads to
an overall record of 196 wins, 42
losses and one tie in his 17 years
at Illinois. During his tenure his
teams have captured 11 Big Ten
championships and finished first
in NCAA competition four times.
The Illini are considered one of
the best in the Big Ten and the
nation in a large part because
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Rollo sees action in three events:
the trampoline, long horse and
parallel bars. He placed fourth in
the Big Ten and seventh in the
nation on the tramp last year, and
will have a difficult assignment
tomorrow outpointing Michigan's
Wayne Miller and Dave Jacobs,
possibly the two best trampolinists
in the world.
Silhan is rated by Loken as an
"all around excellent performer."
He has been sidelined for much
of his college career with various
injuries but appears healthy and
ready this year. Shaw, a junior,
won the long horse championship
of the Big Ten last year as a
sophomore, and is given the best
chance of any Illinois performer
of copping a national crown.
Weber, a senior and captain of
this year's squad, placed second
in the horizontal bar last year in
the conference. Weber, along with
Silhan and junior Randy Brown,
make up what Pond calls "the
best horizontal bar team in the
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If there was an Illini weakness
last season it was on the tram-
poline, where only Rollo was a
consistent performer. With the
addition of sophomores Holveck,
whom Loken is very high on, and
Chapple, their tramp unit has
solidified into a stronger crew.
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added incentive in winning tomor-
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