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YEAR OF THE WOLVERINE?:
Strack Ready for Big Basketball Year;
Big Ten Championship Up for Grabs
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nermen we lost, Captain Tom Cole
and John Harris."
Tregoning will be wearing con-
tact lenses this year, which fig-
ures to aid his shooting. Pomey
will be switched to forward, his
natural position, after a season at
The veterans will be pressed to
win a starting position by a 'crew
of hot shot sophomores. Jim My-
ers, a 6'8" Ohio product who has
a reputation for shooting the eyes
out of the basket, will challenge
for the position, as will Oliver
Darden, a 6'7" jack-in-the-box
who can outjump Buntin on a
tip. Bill Yearby and Van Tillot-
son may also have a shot at the
At guard John Clavson and
John Thompson, two Illinois prod-
ucts, figure to battle Cantrell and
Herner for the starting slots. Mich-
igan could conceivably put a team
on the court with four sopho-
mores and Buntin.
By now, everyone who has heard
anything abort Wolverine basket-
ball must be wondering about Caz-
zie Russell, a high school All-
American from Chicago Carver.
Cazzie is Strak's dilemma, as well
as his prize. "I don't know wheth-
er we'll play him at forward or
guard. We'll have to experiment
to see where he looks best," re-
marked Strack. Russell's deft
shooting and passing helped at-
tract large crowds to the fresh-
man games last season.
Strack pointed out, "There
won't be too many changes in our
offense this season. We'll use our
usual pattern offense, but we will
make some alterations particular-
ly if we end up playing Russell at
Strack went on to say tiat "a
man to man defense will be em-
ployed most of the time, but that,
too, may change on occasion.
Your material dictates your of-
fense anc defense."
Shooting Help Needed
Strack said he feels that the
weakness which is most in need of
correction is shooting. Michigan
finished a dismal eighth in Big
Ten field goal percentage last sea-
son and the same from the free
throw line. "The opposition bunch-
ed up on Buntin last year and
gave our guards and forwards the
long jumper," Strack said. "We
couldn't hit well from the outside
and that really hurt us. If we can
get the outside shooting this year
we'll be a lot stronger."
Michigan will have unusual
depth no mnatter what the start-
ing five looks like. Strack could
end up in the enviable position of
being able to close his ekes and
blindly point to five men on the
bench to start if the sophomores
are as good as many knowledge-
able observers think they are.
Last year it was the freshman
team which was stirring basketball
interest on campus to a fever pitch
as much as the varsity. The fresh-
man game, which was played just
before the varsity encounter, drew
the crowds to Yost as much as
three hours early. By a half hour
before game time getting a decent
seat was impossible.
But, alas, Michigan is not alone
in the Big Ten. Nine other teams
will be scratching aild clawing for
the title. "The league should be
extremely will belanced this year,"
said Strack. "Ohio State with Gary
Bradds and Jim Doughty will be
strong, as will Illinois, Minnesota,
Purdue, and Wisconsin. Nobody is
going to run away. The days of
wrapping it up easily like Ohio
State did a couple of years ago
Last year after getting off to a
fast start against non-conference
foes the Wolverine express ran
into Ohio State at Columbus with
junior center Bradds and was de-
In Bradds Buntin ran into the
only center to outplay him all last
year. Bradds matched Buntin in
rebounds, 15 to 18 in the game, but
went way ahead in the scoring col-
umn 33-15. In the rematch at Ann
Arbor Bradds again outplayed
Buntin. If Michigan is to take
the Big Ten crown things will
have to be different this year.
In summing up Strack said,
"We've got a real interesting ball
club this year. Coaching in this
league is going to be traumatic but
CONTORTIONIST-Larry Tregoning takes the side view in look-
ing' for someone to pass to. Tregoning was one of the most
important members of Coach Dave Strack's bench corps last
winter. He got into all 24 Wolverine games as a forward replace-
ment for Tom Cole or John Harris, both of whom have graduated.
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POETRY IN MOTION-Michigan's junior center, Bill Buntin,
displays the fans' favorite shot, the big hook, in last year's
Indiana game. Buntin finished the year with a 22.3 points per
game scoring average to lead all Michigan players, despite working
with a heavily taped leg for a large part of the season. Also in
the picture for Michigan is departed captain Tom Cole.
THE POPPER-Doug Herner lets fly with a one-hander against
Indiana in a game last year at Yost Field House. Herner showed
a tendency not to shoot last year, preferring instead to let his
fellow guard Bob Cantrell do the gunning. When he did have to
make a clutch shot, however, he usually hit. He also had the best
free throw percentage on the team last year.
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BACKCOURT TWINS-Doug Herner (top) and Bob Cantrell (bottom, dribbling) demonstrate the
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