THURSDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 1965
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
'M' Gymnasts Set for Conference Showdowns
By LLOYD GRAFF The form sheets show Michigan'
The first of two showdown meets and State so equal that a tie is
heh fist deo twoshdown mes not out of the question, according
which will determine the Big Ten to Coach Newt Loken.
champion in gymnastics comes Michigan State has a splenid
up tomorrow night at 7:30 as gymnast in Jim Curzi who ranks
Michigan faces Michigan State at with Glenn Gailis of Iowa as the
the I-M Building. top all-around man in the Big
Though a Michigan versus MSU Ten and probably the nation. Cur-
meet carries excitement in its very zi barely edged Gailis in last year's
to Loken who talked to his coach
"But I'm betting with a Michi-
gan vs. Michigan State he'll fire
up and compete in all the events,"
says the Michigan coach.
"Curzi has been hitting 97 and
98 on the high bar which has to
make him one of the best in the
U.S." This makes him at least
name, this meet portends even
more than the usual fervor. With,
the Wolverines undefeated in four
conference meets, and the Spar-
tans' record tainted only by a slim
loss to top contender Iowa in fouri
tries, it is clear that the meet
should be a very tight one.
Michigan faces Iowa next Satur-
But no matter how close it is,
it won't be any closer than last
year's dual meet which ended in a
-.S" 0Tis akoA4 1him" W 1G 1t.
conference championships, five points higher than Michi-E
He is one of the tallest appara- gan's best man. He's strong in
tus performers to be found any- every other event with perhaps
where at 6'3" which makes his rings, his only weak link. Curzi
feats look even more spectacular could win almost 40 points himself
than they are. Height is some- if his performances match his rec-,
times considered a hindrance in ord.
gymnastics because it means more But State has more than Curzi.!
body to control. Ted Wilson is a solid all-around
Still Aching man who is second in scoring forI
Curzi has had injury problems the Spartans. And Ron Aure will
this year. He has a bad foot, a push the Wolverine's fine floor ex-
leftover from a fracture, which ercise team of Mike Henderson
might keep him out of some of and the Fuller twins to their ut-
the all-around events, according most. Tom Hurt is another ver-
satile performer for State who
could pile up a big point total.
But Michigan has been prim-
ing for this meet and Coach
Loken assures all that they'll be
ready. The ring men and floor ex
boys even had a special night
practice Tuesday to refine their
The Wolverines' only question
mark is Rich Blanton who has
ailed from flu recently. He is get-
ting back into shape and Loken
says, "We'll make the decision
about using him on Friday."
He is hoping for a sweep from
his trampolinists and solid per-
formances from everybody else to
offset the sure first places that
Curzi is almost bound to get. This
strategy worked against Wisconsin
last week which had Fred Roeth-
lisberger leading the Badgers
with four first places. Michigan
still won by getting the seconds.
Cagers To Spar with
CLIFF CHILVERS, after first-place performances against Wis-
consin and Minnesota last weekend, has emerged as a key man
in Michigan's gymnastics future. Coach Newt Loken termed his
still-ring routine against the Gophers as "just beautiful."
Lobo Mentor Berates
Big Ten Cage Prowess
By RICK FEFERMAN
Riding the crest of popularity
with six straight conference vic-
tories, the Wolverines face the
team which gave them their tight-
est Big Ten battle, arch rival
Michigan State, at 2 p.m.rthis Sat-
urday in Yost Field House.
Michigan enjoys the top rank-
ing in the Big Ten and in the na-
tion, while the Spartans still seek
their initial conference victory.
MSU possesses a 4-12 record over-
In the last encounter, January 6
at East Lansing, State experienc-
ed its finest moment of the Big
Ten season when it carried the
game into overtime before suc-
By The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N,M. - New
Mexico basketball Coach Bob King
had some harsh words for the Big
Ten and the weekly basketball rat-
"The Big Ten is the most over-
rated conference in the country,"
King said at the weekly Albuquer-
que Basketball Writers Association
luncheon after the weekly Associ-
ated Press ratings had three Big
Ten teams among the top 10 in the
"The Western Athletic Confer-
ence has the best percentage in
the country against nonconference
competition and we're 8-4 against
the so-called Big Ten and we still
can't get anybody near that top
ten," King said. Michigan's Cazzie Russell, aver-
New Mexico has a 16-2 mark aging 26.1 points per game, paced
this season, King's third straight the Blue with his tod effort of
winning season since moving here the year, 40 points, in downing the
froIowngaontheige mngwheretenacious Spartans. Bill Curtis of
from Iowa of the Big Ten where MS-ehd3 tkepSaei
he was an assistant coach. MSU meshed 36 to keep State in
the game. Curtis is averaging an
The Lobos, the leading defensive j..9 cnca
eighth in the nation, the Hoosiers
sport a 4-2 conference record and
are 14-2 overall.
Indiana's losses have been to
Illinois and Iowa by scores of
86-81 and 85-76. They are paced
by the trio of Jon McGlocklin
and the Van Arsdale twins, Tom
and Dick. For the season, the three
are averaging 17.1, 17.1, and 16.3,
A full slate of games this Sat-
urday guarantees a shakeup in the
Big Ten standings. Illinois and
Minnesota, tied for second place
at 5-1, square off in Minneapolis,
hoping for visiting Michigan State
to register a miracle victory
The fighting Illini, ranked tenth
in the nation with a 13-3 over-
Tickets for the Michigan-
Michigan State game this Sat-
urday have not yet been sold
out. The few ducats that are
remaining will be sold starting
at 8 a.m. at the ticket
window in the Athletic Admin-
all record, defeated Ohio State
last Monday, 86-71. Skip Thoren,
6'8i/ " center, is their leading
pointmaker with a 22.8 average.
Lead by LouI
As home team, the Gophers are
paced by junior forward Lou Hud-
son, averaging 20.6. Minnesota,
will be seeking to avenge its lone"
setback in the Big Ten, a 75-72
defeat to Illinois January 16. Il-
linois, conquerors of UCLA, suf-
fered defeat to Michigan, 86-79.
In other Big Ten action, Iowa
SpartansS 'Tis the day before the day of
will journey to Ohio State. The A WINTER WEEKEND '65
Rawkeyes will be aiming to re-
bound from their defeat at the T DON'T MISS:
hands of the Wolverines. Iowa MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE in BASKETBALL
Coach R1alph Miller, who has al- U 2:00 p.m.-Yost Field House
ready been hailed as a "miracle
man" in some circles, will bring M n HALF TIME SHOW-"Our Version of the Trojan War"
a club with a surprising 5-2 con- R -Spartans and Arboreniums battle for the sacred cow!
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Northwestern. The sophomore lad
en Wildcats are still waiting for
their youngsters to jell.
team; in the nation this year,
haven't cracked the AP's top 10
but have received votes in the poll.
"The trouble with those people
in the Midwest is that they don't
think we play basketball out here
in the Rocky Mountain area,"
King said. "The same goes for the
"Duke wouldn't break even play-'
ing in this conference," King said,
"and if Providence would play a
major college team outside of the
East, the eastern writers wouldn't
be so in love with them."
In addition to the top-ranked
Michigan Wolverines, this week's
AP poll includes Indiana (14-2)
rated eighth and Illinois (13-3) in
the tenth spot.
even u apoints per game.
State lost to Indiana in its last
outing, 112-94. Three men hit for
double figures in the defeat: Mar-
cus Sanders, 32; Stan Washington,
28, and Curtis, 19.
Indiana, in its lone appearance
against Michigan hosts the Blue
next Monday. Presently ranked
W L T Pts. GF GA
Chicago 28 i 5 61 170 125
Montreal 25 17 7 57 141 128
Toronto 23 17 11 57 151 122
Detroit 24 17 6 54 137 120
New York 16 25 4 41 124 158
Boston 13 34 4 30 112 182
Toronto 6, Montreal 2
Chicago 5, Detroit 2
Chicago at Detroit
Montreal at Boston
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