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Miss. State Undecided
On NCA A Tourney Bid

Substitute Oosterbaan Aids Team



JACKSON, Miss. (P)-Whether
to let Mississippi State University
play in the integrated NCAA
basketball tournament posed "the
greatest challenge to our way of
life since reconstruction," a State
College Board member said yes-
M. M. Roberts of Hattiesburg,
one of five members who sought
the Saturday board session to
consider the question, urged in a
statement that the board "do its
full duty to its constituents and
to the southern way of life."
Top Rookie,'
Coach Says
BALTIMORE (R) - Terry Dis-
chinger, a top-notch player on a
last-place club, has'moved anoth-
er step closer to rookie-of-the-
year honors in the NBA.
The former Purdue University
star scored 27 points Wednesday
night and was voted the game's
most valuable player, as he paced
the Chicago Zephyrs to a 121-111
victory over the San Francisco
Shifted to guard, to give Chi-
cago more scoring punch and re-
bounding in the backcourt, Dis-
chinger hit 12 of 21 field goal at-
tempts and added 3 for 4 from the
foul line.
Boston's John Havlicek is Dis-
chinger's chief competitor for
rookie honors, but Chicago Coach
Bob Leonard says if his player
isn't named it will be something
akin to a Brink's robbery.
Leonard's observation that Dis-
chinger can do everything well on
the court was echoed by Paul
Hoffman, a former NBA player
who coached Terry on the fresh-
man team at Purdue four years,

Last week, MSU President D. W.
Colvard said the university would
represent the Southeastern Con-
ference in the NCAA playoffs un-
less some higher authority inter-
vened. The State College Board
is vested by the state constitution
with final authority over the in-
Barnett, Too
Roberts' statement made clear
he shared the views of Gov. Ross
Barnett, who appointed him. Bar-
nett told a news conference
Wednesday, "I feel it participa-
tion is not for the best interest
of Mississippi State University,
the State of Mississippi, or either
of the races."
Mississippi State earned an
NCAA berth by winning the SEC
basketball title, its fourth in five.
years under Coach James Babe
McCarthy. In previous years,
State had declined the bid be-
cause of an unwritten policy
against participation in integrat-
ed tournaments.
The university basketball team,
student body and faculty have
supported the Colvard decision.
Advocates said they felt a large
m-ajority of alumni also wanted
State to play..
Declines Comment
Tom Tubb of West Point, Miss.,
head of the college board, de-
clined comment on the new devel-
opments. Tubb said* the Saturday
board meeting was called at the
request of five members, who of-
ficially did not specify what they
wanted to bring up.
Tubb said he would not be pres-
ent at the session because of a
previous engagement.
Mississippi State is scheduled
to play-March 15 at East Lansing,
Mich., against the winner of the
Loyola of Chicago - Ohio Valley
Conference champion g a m e,
either Morehead, Ky., or Tennes-
see Tech. If Mississippi State does
not go, Georgia Tech is expected
to represent the SEC.

John Oosterbaan has come a
long way from the days when
every press release from the Mich-
igan athletic department carried
the parenthesis after his name (no
relation to Benny) or (who keeps
busy explaining to people that he
is no relation to -Benny).
Now every Michigan sports fan
knows at least the bare outline of
his basketball career which will
end this Saturday at Madison.
Every true Wolverine fan can tell
you how John transferred to
Michigan after his freshman year
at Hope College.
And how after sitting out his
year of residency, he led the team
in the number of field goals made
and percentage of shots made dur-
ing his junior year. After being
knocked off the starting team for
this, his senior year, he is still a
favorite of the crowd when he
enters the game in a tough situa-
In his role of a substitute this
season, his achievements have gen-
erally gone unrecognized. However,
there have been many situations
where his presence in the game
has made as great a contribution
to winning as when he was a
starting forward.
Best Game
Coach Dave Strack calls the first
Iowa game Oosterbaan's best this
season. But he mentions several
other contests where the appear-
ance of Oosterbaan made a signi-
ficant difference to the team.
Strack points out that the role
of a substitute in basketball is a
difficult one. He compares it to
being a pinch hitter in baseball.
"A substitute has got to. imme-
diately pick up the tempo of the
game," Strack comments. When-
ever we've called on John, he's
done an exemplary job."
One of the reasons that Ooster-
baan has. done such a good job
in coming off the bench into the
game is that he is such a fine'
shooter, Strack says. During his
junior season, Oosterbaan hit over
46 per cent of his shots from the
floor. This season his percentage
of field goals made is lower. But
this is understandable when you
consider the pressure-packed situ-

-Daily-Ed Langs
ACE CAGER-John Oosterbaan (34) closes out his basketball
career this Saturday against Wisconsin. Following his transfer
from Hope College, John started at forward last year, but
moved out of the starting lineup this year when John Harris
switched from center.
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CHICAGO W)- The new aca-
demic look, a trimester term cov-
ering the entire calendar year,
was reflected in a Michigan re-
quest to Big Ten athletic leaders
yesterday for an Aug. 26 start of
football practice next fall.
The University will start classes
next school year Sept. 2, possibly
opening the way to three school
terms, including a summer term.
At present, two semesters cover
the regular school year.
Big Ten faculty representatives
and athletic' directors will act to-
day on Michigan's request for the
earlier grid practice start which'
would not give that school any

advantage o v e r other league
Classes generally start in the
Big Ten between Sept. 15 and Oct.
1. and twice-a-day drills are per-
mitted up to that point. Michigan
starting practice Aug. 26, would
have only six days of double drills
prior to the Sept. 3 start of
Commissioner Bill Reed esti-
mated Michigan would get in
some 34 practice sessions, while
other schools had a potential of
48 sessions even though starting
The faculty representatives,
meeting separately from the ath-
letic directors Thursday, discussed
matters of financial aid for new
students and transfers.
The faculty group decided aid
could be given athletes during
summer studies, provided a year's
residence was established.
It referred to its eligibility com-
mittee the matter of determining
eligibility status of an athlete
who may practice at another
school before enrolling at a con-
ference school.
The faculty men also decided
an incoming student - athlete
would be ineligible for tutoring
from athletic funds if he failed
to meet a projected C-minus
academic rating.

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ations that Oosterbaan usually ap-
pears in.x
Oosterbaan says that when he
comes off the bench into a game,
"I have confidence right away. I
can get into a game faster than
many players." Besides, when
Oosterbaan is sent into a game it
is because the Michigan scoring
attack is faltering and the Wolver-
ines need someone who can score.
"Shooting has always been my
strong point," Oosterbaan says.
Shooting Falls .
"I feel my shooting has fallen
off a bit this season because of
losing a little confidence," he con-
tinues. Oosterbaan points out that
he never scored less than 10 points
for Michigan in a game that he
started. But it is a little harder to
keep your condifende after being
substituted Into a game rather
than starting it, he says.
The times that Oosterbaan has
helped the team this season are
many. In the Iowa game at Iowa
City, Oosterbaan scored 18 points,
14 of them in the second half, to
lead the Wolverines to an 88-67
victory after being behind 36-38
at halftime.
In the opening game of the
season against Ball State, Michi-
gan was behind 50-48 when Oos-
terbaan started to work. He tied
the score with a jump shot. Be-
fore the crowd could realize what
was happening, Oosterbaan had
knocked the ball out of a Card-
inal's hands over to Doug Herner
who raced down the court for a
In quick succession, he scored
six point by putting in a rebound,
stealing the ball and dribbling the
length of the court for the basket,
and hit on another jump shot.
The score was now 58-50 and the
Wolverines went on to win the
In Defeat, Too
But Oosterbaan was a bright
spot in some losing games as well.
In the three-point loss to Min-
nesota, Oosterbaan tied the score
twice in the tense, closing minutes
of the game. There were other in-
stances too such as the second
Northwestern game when Ooster-
baan had the courage to shoot and
score in tight situations.
These heroics are the fitting
close to a long basketball career.
In Oosterbaan's senior year at
Kalamazoo Christian High School,
he led his team to the Michigan
class C championship end was
named to the all-state team for
class C.
Strack was an assistant coach
here then and he remembers try-
ing to recruit Oosterbaan.. Even
though Oosterbaan had always
wanted to attend Michigan, he
entered Hope College on the advice
of his parents. As a freshman, he
was the "sixth man" on an un-
defeated team.
Oosterbaan came to see Strack
the next summer just ater Strack
had been named the new head
coach. "John came to me and told
me he was transferring to Michi-
gan and wanted to try out for the
team," Strack says.
No Scholarship
Oosterbaan comments, "I think
my story shows that it's still pos-
sible for an athlete to come to a
Big Ten school without a scholar-
ship and through hard work, make
good. There are always risks in
coming to a Big Ten school, risks
that you won't be good enough.
"I came to realize that I wasn't
the greatest player ever here,"
Oosterbaan continues. "But you
just have to try to carry through.
I realized at the start of this
season that I wouldn't be playing
much but I wanted to help out the
team however I could."
Strack summarizes Oosterbaan's
career by saying, "John has made
a very great contribution to our
basketball program." Strack also
says that Oosterbaan never com-
plained to him that he was not
playing enough. "He seems to be
really; involved in the game even
when he's on the bench," Strack
said. "That's the mark of a good
kid and a good team member."



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