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December 01, 1979 - Image 8

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ge 8-Saturday. December 1, 1979-The Michigan Daily


agers ready forMinutemen


It's been a long Wait, but the 1979-80 collegiate basketball season is finally
here. Having buried Windsor 135-75 Monday night in an exhibition game, the
Wolverines open their regulr season this afternoon against Mvassachusetts at
Crisler Arena.
Massachusetts-home of the Minutemen. The university which produced stars
like former-Piston Al Skinner... NBA sensation Julius Erving ... and even
Michigan head coach Johnny Orr.
Orr coached the Minutemen to a 39-33 record over three seasons before coming
to Michigan 11 years ago. His assistant coach, Jack Leeman, immediately took
over the team and the two head coaches have been trying to lock horns ever since.
Ironically, now that the two teams will finally meet, Leeman is gone. After
compiling a respectable 217-126 lifetime record and 11 of 13 winning seasons,
Leeman retired last spring-taking half the team with him.
New coach Ray Wilson, Leeman's assistant for 10 years, has only one starter
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and four letterwinners returnings-bad news for a team which finished last in the
Eastern Athletic Association at 0-10. Moreover, Massachusetts lost their final 13
games of the season finishing 5-22 overall.
The Minutemen graudated their top four scorers including their one class
player, forward Mark Haymore (17.1 points/game) who really stood out as a 53.1
percent shooter on a 44 percent-shooting team.
The most seasoned returnees are 6-3 senior guard Bill Morrison, 6-1 guard Tom
Witkos, and 6-7 junior forward Jay Stewart, now the best shooter on the team (50.4
To say that some of the four recruits are being counted on is a classic under-
statement, but unlike a decade-ago, Wilson hasn't signed any Julius Ervings this
Nonetheless, the Wolverines aren't taking the Minutemen lightly. The large
turnover in personnel and the coaching change leaves Michigal{ without a clue as
to what to expect.

Ray Wilson, on the other hand, aware of Michigan's superior quickness, plans
to run a more deliberate offense.
"Now that doesn't mean we're gonna sit on the ball," added the rookie coach,
"but if we get into a running game with Michigan, we'll get blown out."
Minute by minute-man.




Mike McGee
Thad Garner
Paul Heuerman
Mark Lozier
Marty Bodnar



.... (6-8)
..... (6-4 )
..... (6-1)

George Dennerlein
Curtis Phauls
Jay Stewart
Bill Morrison
Tom Witks

"We know very little about Massachusetts," said Orr. "That'll make the game
more difficult."
"We don't know if they're gonna run the same offense as last year," adds
Frieder, ''play zone defense or man-to-man. We might have to do a lot of adjusting
on the floor depending on what Massachusetts does."
Not knowing what to expect from their opponents, Frieder said the Wolverines
have spent "more time this week on what we want to do, rather than doing a lot of
things against what we think they might do."
As for Michian's starting lineup, Frieder refrained from positively announcing
a startling backcourt.
"Our guard situation is still up in the air," said Frieder, "but it's not because
we're not satisfied. It's because they're all doing a pretty good job.
"At center we'll go with Heuerman with Garner and McGee at the forwards."
As was the case with Windsor, Michigan intends to come out running.
"Our first preference is to run a controlled break," said Frieder. "Then if we
don't have it, to set up and run our offense."

MICHIGAN'S JOHNNY JOHNSON drives towards the basket for an
apparent easy layup against Windsor. The Wolverines host Massachusetts
today beginning at 2:05 p.m.


By MARK MIHANOVIC may well be playing o
It's been a roller-coaster ride for place team.
Michigan State senior guard and co- DONNELLY HAS b
captain Terry Donnelly. sistent throughout hisc
Three years ago, he cracked the star- averaging 7.9, 6.7, andE
ting lineup as a freshman on a Spartan tively. He did managet
team that finished sixth in the Big Ten. under the shadows one i
THEN ALONG came a talented against the Indiana St
freshman named Earvin Johnson to He connected on five o
work alongside Donnelly and do won- attempts and five of six
"derful things with a basketball. Lo and
behold, the Spartans surprised the
world and won the 1978 Big Ten cham-
And last season, Michigan State
reached the pinnacle by defeating In-;
diana State in the NCAA final, 75-64, in
their closest game of the tournament.
But it's a new year, and the roller-
coaster has descended. Gone are John-'
son and Greg Kelser, and pre-season
prognosticators figure that Donnelly ยข

n another sixth-
been Mr. Con-
career at MSU,
6.6 ppg, respec-
to step out from
time last year -
ate Sycamores.,
f five field goal
free throws for


o respect

said at the annual Big Ten media lun-
cheon in Chicago last Sunday.
"IT ISN'T OFTEN that you have in
the Big Ten a starter for four years that
deserves more recognition than Terry
Donnelly, and I think he'll prove that to
people this year, just as he did in the
championship game against Indiana
State last year."
Donnelly isn't the only Spartan with
some convincing to do. "We're the only
NCAA champion in modern history that
is receiving no pre-season recognition
or publicity," Heathcote said. "From a
program standpoint, it bothers us to
some extent; from a team standpoint, it
does not. Pre-season means nothing.
It's (what happens) during the season
and post-season that counts.
"I think that our players are going to
prove that they can do a little more than
they've done. They know that they have
to be more productive, especially offen-
sively, than they were last year. We
hope to be able to sneak up' on some
ONE WOULDN'T expect a squad that
destroyed everyone en route to a
national championship and is returniig
five of its top seven players to be able to
sneak up on people. Such is evidence of
the strength of the Big Ten and of the
question marks hovering over MSU.
A major question mark is the right
foot of junior center Jay Vincent (6-8),
who averaged 12.7 points per game last
year. Vincent incurred a slight fracture
of his foot toward the end of last season,
and saw minimal tournament action. It
still hasn't/ completely healed,' Vin-
cent's health is crucial to Spartan hopes
against the likes of Ohio State's Herb
Williams and Purdue's Joe Barry
At the forward spots will be 6-8 senior
Ron Charles (8.8 ppg) and 6-4 junior


The Big Ten:
Mike Brkovich (7.0 ppg), each of whom
started at one time or- another last
season. Sophomore Rob Gonzalez (6-7)
came on strong for the Spartans at the
end of last year and is a capable third'
Smith, will start at guard opposite Don-
nelly. Smith was forced to sit out last
season after transferring front the
University of Detroit, but will be a key
ingredient if the Spartans are to be suc-
cessful in 1979-80.
MSU scored an impressive 85-67 vic-
tory over Athletes in Action Tuesday
night, but their coach hasn't ventured
to make any rash predictions.
At the luncheon, Heathcote, in his
fourth year, joked, "Since I have been
associated with Big Ten basketball, a
team from the state of Michigan has
either won or shared the title every
year, and if that trend is going to con-
tinue, then Johnny Orr is going to have
to get off his dead butt."
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TOMORROW: Minnesota


Terry Donnelly
the biggest 15 points of his life, while
Johnson battled foul trouble much of
the game.
"I did what I had to do in the clutch,"
Donnelly said matter-of-factly. "It was
nice to do something in front of a bunch
of people."
Michigan State Coach Jud Heathcote
expects a few more similar performan-
ces from Donnelly in the coming year.
"He's playing much better offensively
and still tough defensively," Heathcote

,... -'


Johnson stuns Galindez

NEW ORLEANS - Challenger Mar-
vin Johnson, throwing a vicious left
hook early in the 11th round, knocked
out champion Victor Galindez of Argen-
tina last night to win the World Boxing
Association light heavyweight title in a
stunning upset.

Early in the eleventh round the two
fighters traded punches in the middle of
the ring, and then Johnson unleashed
the lethal left hook that sent Galindez
staggering backwards to the light blue
In a preliminary bout, middleweight

Thomas "Hitman" Hearns of Detroit,
who has won all in 24 of his pro bouts,
took an easy 10-round decision over
Mike Colbert of Portland, Ore. Hearns,
who has 22 knockouts, staggered
Colbert on the ropes in the final round
but could not put him away.


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LAS VEGAS - In a middleweight
bout, Vito Antuofermo, a big underdog,
came on in the late rounds and retained
the undisputed championship with a 15-
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