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Page 2-Thursday, November 30, 1978-The Michigan Daily

HEALTHY KNEE LENDS HELPING HAND:

Hubbard keys Blue cage revival

By JAMIE TURNER
"Number one, we've got the fran-
chise back."-Tom Staton, co-captain,
Michigan Wolverines.
"If he goes down this time, we don't
have anybody to replace him."-John-
ny Orr, Michigan head coach.
In the atomic world of Michigan
basketball, Phil Hubbard is the
nucleus, the focal point. With the 6-7
forward-center Michigan twice went to
NCAA tournaments in 1976 and 1977.
Phil Hubbard
Phil luhhard Varsitx RCrd:
i~r G Pct . E T FT ' X Pct. X-. PPt .

Without him, last year the Wolverines
sank to fourth in the Big Ten, 11-7 in
league play and 16-11 overall.
Quite obviously, the Michigan
coaches, players and fans are expec-
ting big things out of the Wolverines
this season, largely due to "the Hub."
Even though Joel Thompson filled in
admirably in Hubbard's absence,
everyone is expecting improvement
with the Canton, Ohio junior returning.
It's not without good reason. In his
sophomore season, Hubbard averaged
over 19 points a game and cleared the
boards more than 300 times during the
season. As the cagers entered the 1977-
78 season, Hubbard was counted on to
provide leadership and points from his
position as one of the country's smallest
centers.
But all those hopes went down the
drain early, when on the first day of
practice, Hubbard came down wrong
with a rebound and injured ligaments
and cartilage in his left knee. . . a knee
already banged up from a minor injury
suffered in an international tournament
in Bulgaria that summer.
Thus Johnny Orr was left with an
inexperienced team already without
the graduated Rickey Green, John
Robinson and Steve Grote. For all in-
tents and purposes, Michigan's Big Ten
hopes ended with the tears in Hub-
bard's knee.
Now the knee is fully mended, and
according to Hubbard, the players and
Orr, all sights are set on recovering the
top spot ... aided by a healthy "Hub."
"I'm getting back into the swing of
things," said Hubbard on his progress,
"It was just a matter of time before I

would be ready. I hope that I can do the
things better than I did, but as long as I
do the things I used to do it will be all
right."
Hubbard worked with weights during
his recuperation, and it shows when one
compares his appearance with that of
two years ago. The 1978-79 edition is
heavier, particularly in the shoulders
and thighs, hopefully adding to the
strength needed to battle the giants like
Joe Barry Carroll and Herb Williams.
Also, the experience that Orr had
counted on in '77 returns, with Hubbard
taking on a responsibility to lead the
other players.
"Being co-captain is important,"
states Hub. "I'm no coach but I'm going
to tell 'em when they're doing
something wrong. Hopefuly, they'll
think that I'm leading in the right
way."
"Phil is a real leader on the court,"
voices sophomore guard Johnny John-

son. "He'll tell you what to do and he's
nice about it. He's been around. He's an
All-American, but he doesn't have a big
ego."
"Having Hub around gives us con-
fidence," concurs second year forward
Paul Heuerman-one of eight
Wolverines who have never been on the
same court with Hubbard in a game.
"One thing Hub does is give me plenty
of pointers. He's always helping you
out. He's a great guy."
If Hubbard's knee doesn't act up, it's
not likely that anything else will slow
down the Michigan pivotman. In his two
prior years of service, Hubbard had not
missed a single game to injury, a factor
that had pro scouts drooling over the
possibility of Hubbard as somebody's
power forward.
But all that has changed now. Scouts
are taking a look-and-see attitude,
waiting for positive proof that nothing
See IlUBBARD, Page 14

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Co-editors: Gary Kicinski and
Dave Renbarger.
Staff writers: Ernie Dunbar,
Geoff Larcom, Rick Maddock, Brian
Martin, Jamie Turner.
Advertising co-ordinator: Denise
Gilardone

Center spread and cover photo of
Mike McGee shooting over MSU's
Earvin Johnson courtesy of the
Michigan Sports Information Depar-
tment.
Other Daily photos by Wayne
Cable.

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WOLVERINE CENTER Phil Hubbard returns to action this year after a year's
absence due to a knee injury. The 6-7 senior has two years of eligibility remain-
ing, and coach Johnny Orr hopes that Hubbard will be back next year as well.
Hubbard has indicated that he will, as he would like to be eligible for the 1980
Olympics.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE"
YOUR FRIENDS ARE?
If it's between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. they're probably at
PIZZA BOB'S masticating the munchies away, ingesting epicu-
rean delights, imbibing impossibly delicious potables, submitting
their taste buds to salacious assaults of indescribable ecstacy.
Or, in other words, they probably slud on down to P.B.'s to
wrap themselves around one of the best tasting meals in A2.

Nov. 30
Dec. 2
Dec. 16
Dec. 31

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Alabama
Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Minnesota
Iowa
Ohio State

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Wisconsin
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