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Seventy-Three Years of Editorial Freedom

VOL. LXXIV, No. 85

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1964

Strack Eyes

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Win

STRICTER POLICY, TOO.
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Even Coach Jumps
On Blue Bandwagon

Scouts, Coac1es Quick
To Praise Wolverines

By DAVE GOOD
Sports Editor
It's taken nearly half a season
to do it, but Dave Strack, coach
of Michigan's once-beaten bask-
etball team, has finally jumped
on his own bandwagon.
Strack, whose team has bolted
off to an 11-1 record and sits in a
three-way tie with Ohio State and
Illinois at 2-0 for the Big Ten
lead, has always taken a wait-
and-see attitude in his four years
as head coach here.
When the Wolverines took a 4-
0 record into exam week last
month, the most Strack would say
about the Big Ten title was, "I
don't say we're not going to win
it."
This week, however, as his team
heads into the thick of conference
competition, starting with a home
game this Saturday against Ohio
State, Strack has taken a more!
optimistic viewpoint.
'Real Contender'
"We'll be a real contender for
it," he conceded this week. "We're
not going to breeze into it, but
we'll try like the devil to win the
Big Ten this year."
This is not really earthshaking
news, as Strack points out, since
nearly every other Big Ten coach
has gone on record as picking
Michigan as the favorite already.
But Strack says, "If I were
coaching some place else instead
of here, I'd probably have to pick
Michigan, too. We've got the best
record, and we really do have a
good team."
He echoed the words of Adolph
Rupp when his Kentucky team
first was voted the number-one
team in the countryl last month:
"Off our record and the teams
we've played so far, I'd have to
agree that we're the best."
Only Strack means in the Big
Ten, not in the country.
Stronger All Over
As far as the other Big Ten
teams this year go, Strack holds
that nearly every team in the con-
ference has strengthened itself
over last year and that "none of
them should really be discount-
ed.",
Ohio State, Minnesota and Illi-
nois-in no special order-are the
three teams that Strack figures
to be in the race with Michigan,
although he lists Michigan State
as much improved and possibly a
factor in the race if the team
hits a hot streak. He also says
that Northwestern is a good team
and that Purdue and Iowa are
improved over last year.
Wisconsin and Indiana, he
adds, are about the only teams
that have not improved them-
selves.
"I'd have to agree with what
(Illinois coach) Harry Coombes
said out on the Coast last
month," Strack said.. "The team
that wins this year will have to
be better than either Illinois or
Ohio State were last year."
The two teams tied for first
with 11-3 records last year,
About the play of the Wolver-
ines so far this year, Strack, need-
less to say, is well pleased.
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NEW
IN THE JANUARY
ATLANTIC?
Sean O'Faolaln: "Viva Mol!": Ireland's
finest writer tells of his early years
and the influences which awakened his
Imagination. An Atlantic Extra.
ALSO
"The Power of James R. Hoffa":
A. H. Raskin reports on the Teamsters
Union and the secret of Hoffa's power
"The Art of Being Free": Are today's
colleges educating men in the art of
being free? Author-critic Gerald W.
Johnson discusses the question.
s "Born a Square: The Westerners
Dilemma": Wallace Stegner believes
that most writers who have spent their

youth in the western part of the United
States don't feel at home in

"We're not a superhuman team,
but we are hardworking," he com-
mented. "And I've been very much
impressed with our play in a lot
of games this year." ,
Where is the team's major
strength? To Strack, it's just that:
strength.
"I'd say that our physical power
combined with our quickness is
our strong point. We're powerful
on the backboards and the speed
of our big boys is a big asset," he
pointed out.
Only one of Michigan's starters
-Captain Bob Cantrell-stands
under 6'5". Bill Buntin and Ollie
Darden are each 6'7", Cazzie Rus-
sell is 6'5%", and Larry Tregoning
is 6'5". Of the three top reserves,
Jim Myers is 6'8", George Pomey
6'4", and Doug Herner 5'10"-the
same as Cantrell.
Depth, Strack says, is the other
reason why the team is doing so
well. "We have eight, or maybe
even 10 boys who can go in there
and not hurt us a bit," he said.
As for the rest of the season,
Strack isn't making any predic-
tions. He is, as the saying goes,
playing them one at a time.
"But I haveh agreat deal of
confidence in this team. The kids
really want to win, and they're
not overconfident."

By JIM BERGER
Associate Sports Editor
"Just great."
"Best I've ever seen." °
"Tops in the country."
No, these aren't theatre reviews
but just words of praise for Mich-
igan's basketball team.
Michigan's cagers are just
great, and if you don't believe it,
ask the opposition.'
Scouts and coaches who have
observed and fallen victim to Caz-
zie Russell, Bill Buntin and com-
pany can't give the Wolverines
enough praise.
Michigan, with an 11-1 mark
and third place ranking on both
major polls, is tied for the Big!
Ten lead with a 2-0 mark.

Darden, Bob Cantrell and Jim
Myers.
'Best Personnel'
At Los Angeles, Michigan
knocked NYU right out of it in
' the first game with an 83-72 win.
UCLA Coach John Wooden,
whose undefeated Bruins were to
play Michigan the next night'
said, "Man for man Michigan has
the best personnel I've ever seen
' a college club, and I'm includ-
ing Ohio State when it had Jerry
Lucaad John Havlicek."
ThisStrack says, must have
been a misquote.
Wooden also said Cantrell play-
ed better than NYU's All-Ameri-
can forward, Barry Kramer.
But Wooden's Bruins made

By CHARLIE TOWLE
The pressure for student and
faculty tickets to Michigan basket-
ball games has resulted in tighter
controls for obtaining tickets, an-
nounced ticket manager Don Weir
Monday.
With this tightening at the
ticket window and the gate, plus
the addition of three more home
television games to the schedule,
Weir hopes to avert seeing the
angry ticket mobs of early season
games.
The action stems from the mad
panic to get tickets for the Duke
game, Dec. 20. All tickets for that
game and the following two home
games with Detroit and North-
western were snapped up by eager
students within two hours.
Problems
Three problems became obvious
after this incident. First, not all
students who wanted tickets were
getting them. Second, not all stu-
dents who were getting tickets
were using them, since neither the
Detroit nor the Northwestern
games played to a full house.
Finally many students picking up
tickets were not sticking to the
ticket department's rule of only
two per person.
To solve the first of ,his prob-
lems, Weir first looked into the
possibility of closed circuit TV.
According to his tentative plan
there would have been a closed
circuit circuit hookup to the In-
turmural Bldg. Using a 9'x12'#
screen, 1500 to 2000 students couldI
have been accommodated at a
cost of $2000 per game.
Last Saturday night it was de-
cided that this plan would not
prove satisfactory and the call
went out to local television sta-
tions for volunteers to carry com-
mercial broadcasts of the games.
WWJ-TV, channel 4, agreed to
broadcast the highly publicized
Wolverine team. Because of prior
commitments for programs, how-

handle Tuesday night's game with
Minnesota on Jan. 21 or the Mon-
day night game with Purdue on
March 9.
It also could not carry the
Michigan-Illinois game on Feb..29,
which was already spoken for by
WJBK-TV, channel 2. In addition
WJBK has planned coverage of
the away game with Michigan
State Jan. 25. z
Policy Change
The last two major problems re-
sulted in the tighter ticket policy.
There will be only one line to dis-
pense tickets when the Ohio State
tickets become available tomorrow.
Look Again
For a story on the Los An-
geles Basketball Classic, as well
as other sports news you should
have read before you got this
far, turn to section one.

Only Skeptic themselves look that much better
The only skeptic is Michigan when they handed Michigan its
Coach Dave Strack, who is shrug- first and only loss this season.
ging off the praise as a method Took Third Place
fn the nn itin to attha fa

-Daffy-Kamalakar Rao
TAKE YOUR TURN-Ollie Darden, Michigan's 6'7" sophomore.
forward, snaps down a rebound against Northwestern while
Bill Buntin looks on. They and sophomore Cazzie Russell all
have over 100 rebounds this year.

BATTLE FOR FIRST:
Bradds, Ricketts To Lead Buckeyes
In Showdown Against Wolverines

Michigan enters its most critical
contest of the young Big Ten sea-
son Saturday afternoon facing
Ohio State at Yost Field House in
a regionally televised game.
The game will match the old
champs of the Big Ten, Ohio
State, who have at least tied for
first in the conference for the last
four years, against the team many
experts expect to replace the
Buckeyes as the perennial champs.
Toughest Game
Although OSU has only a 7-5
record so far the game figures to
be the toughest for the Wolver-
ines thus far in the Big Ten.
Ohio easily defeated their only
two conference foes so far this
year, Wisconsin 101-85 and Min-
nesota 85-73. Their poor showing
in the non-conference games was
due to coach Fred Taylor's ex-
perimenting with various com-
binations of payer; trying to fin.i
a winning combination. He ap-
pears to have found it.
Best Defensive Team
"Their the best defensive team'
in the conferee vme," says assistant
basketball coach Tom JorgensenI

wbo scouted the Buckeyes in the'r
last confene e outing against
Minnesota. As an example of
OSU's prowess on defense Jorgen-
sen cited Ohio State's holding
Minnesota to 10 points through
the first 15 minutes of that game.
One reason for the current posi-
tion of OSU in a tie for the con-
ference lead with Michigan and
Illinois is the emergance of Bob
Dove as a front line player. In the
Morgantown Classic, in which the
Buckeyes met Duke and St. Johns
of New York, Dove wasn't even in
the top ten men on the team.
Moved Rapidly
Since then Dove has moved
rapidly up and the 6'6" 225-pound
sophomore is now starting for
OSU. Needless to say with his
great bulk Dove is mainly an in-
side muscle man valued mainly
for his ability to rebound.
The big man for Ohio State is
still Gary Bradds. Bradds got off
to a slow start this year, but
according to Jorgensen he has,
rapidly improved. So far this year.
Bradds has scored 320 points and
has picked up 158 rebounds.

Michigan's leading scorer is Cazzie
Russell with 267 points and its
leading rebounder is Bill Buntin
with 141.
In the backcourt the Buckeyes
boast Dick Ricketts and Tom
Bowman, who have both started
all year. Ricketts with 166 points
is the second leading scorer on
the team. Bowman, who has only
77 points so far is characterized
by Jorgensen as a quick defensive
player. Bowman shares his corner
spot with Jim Brown.
Other Starter
The other starter for Ohio is
forward Don Devoe. Devoe was
the sixth man on last year's
team. The first substitute at for-
ward is Al Peters.
Ohio State plays a game based
on getting the one good shot.
They are able to fast break if the
situation arises. In each of their
first two conference games the
Buckeyes shot 56 per cent. Sum-
ming up Jorgensen says, "Their
as tough as any team we'll face
in the conference this year."
-CHARLIE TOWLE

Ior te oppositon to ge te iav-
ored team overconfident.
Starting with Michigan's lopsid-
ed win over highly regarded West-
ern Michigan, the praise has kept
rolling in.
Western's Don Boven, whose
Broncos bowed, 104-81, said:
"Cazzie Russell could emerge as
the player of the year."
Moreover, Boven said the Wol-
verines were the best team that
Western had played. The Broncos
just two nights before had lost by
three points to Loyola of Chicago,
currently the nation's number two
team, and at that time the na-
tion's top team. Western had beat-
en Marquette and lost by one
point to Michigan State before
playing Michigan.
'No Trouble'
One of Boven's assistants was a
bit stronger with his praise when
he said, "Michigan wouldn't have
any trouble with Loyola."
Nationally ranked Duke was
Michigan's next victim, and Blue
Devil Coach Vic Bubas was un-
sparing in his praise.
"Michigan is great," Bubas told
Detroit sportswriters. "I'd have
to say Michigan is much better
than Ohio State."
Earlier in the year Duke beat
the Buckeyes by one point. "Ohio
State would have to have
near perfect play execution to
beat Michigan because it isn't
nearly as strong," Bubas declared.
NYU Scout Impressed
At the Duke game was New
York University scout and assist-
ant coach Don Fortenberry, who
witnessed the 83-67 drubbing.
"Michigan has the best person-
nel in the country," Fortenberry
said. "I've seen 15 or so good
teams on a level, but Michigan is
above them all. I couldn't even
name a number-two team.
"Everybody's heard about Bun-
tin and Russell but look at the
other kids," Fortenberry said, re-
ferring to Larry Tregoning, Oliver

Michigan took third place in
the L.A. Classic by defeating
Pittsburgh, 95-80 in the consola-
tion final.
On New Year's Eve,*Michigan
settled a long standing dispute
with Detroit by snowing the Ti-
tans under, 117-89.
Titan Coach Bob Calihan join-
ed the I love Michigan band-
wagon by calling Michigan a good
bet for the NCAA title.
"I have to say I'll be surprised
if Michigan isn't at Kansas City
for the NCAA finals," Calihan
told Detroit scribes. "I feel that
they'll win the Big Ten title."
'Tremendously Strong'
Loyola had to go into overtime
to defeat the Titans. "Michigan is
a tremendously strong team,"
Calihan went on. "I'd have to rate
their front line as physically the
strongest I've ever seen on a col-
lege team."
After dropping his Big Ten
opener to the Wolverines, 85-73,
Northwestern Coach Larry Glass.
said, "I would rate Michigan right
along with the other top teams
we have faced this year and we've
met Kentucky and NYU."
Strack refuses to succumb to
these praises, however.
'Put Us on Spot'
"Scouts love to say wonderful
things like this," Strack said.
"Comments like these put us on
the spot and gets everybody Juiced
up when they play us."
The Wolverines have passed all
their non-conference tests except
for UCLA and currently hold a
tie for the top spot in the Big
Ten. Saturday's Ohio State battle
will help prove if these comments
are accurate observations or just
a lot of hot air.
The Buckeyes claim two of the
Big Ten's leading scorers in All-
American center Garry Bradds
and guard Dick Ricketts. Ohio
State is aiming for its fifth
straight Big Ten title.

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Previously there had been three
lines, which some students would
switch back and forth from, end-
ing up with more than the al-
lotted two tickets. In addition to
the single line there will be a close
watch for people trying to repeat
or for people taking "cuts" into
the line.
When the ticket seeker gets to
the window he will need both an
ID card and an athletic coupon
in order to pick up his ticket or
two sets for two tickets. The same
identification will be required at
the door along with the ticket in
order to gain admittance to the
game.
Weir hopes to enable more stu-
dents to have a chance to see the
Wolverines in person with this new
policy. In addition it should stop
ticket "scalping" and giving
tickets to non-students. In addi-
tion the check at the door should
discourage any repeat of the coun-
terfeit ticket incident which oc-
curred at the Western Michigan
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