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Page 8-Wednesday, December 5, 1979-The Michigan Daily
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i P'RESS
Michigan hoopsters..1

MICHIGAN EYES 3-0 MARK:

* some early impressions
By MARK MIHANOVIC
The Miphigan Wolverines are a pretty good basketball team. That's one
of the conclusions I've drawn after watching the Blue in its exhibition versus
Windsor and in victories over Massachusetts and Central Michigan, respec-
tively.
Another conclusion that I've drawn is that they are not a great basket-
ball team. Thus, a second division finish in the Big Ten is most likely.
Nothing startling from this corner, obviously.
Now I'm going tp propose something that may well startle many
Michigan hoop enthusiasts: Johnny Orr knows more about basketball than
Crisler Arena fans. Yes, he knows more than those of you who are sure that if
you were sitting at the end of the bench, you would run things differently. Es-
pecially with regard to the center position.
Two things are clear about Michigan's pivot situation. One, John Garris
is not yet a Big Ten center. Two, he better become one - soon.
Garris' attitude has improved considerably from last season. He wants
to play, no doubt about that. As Orr said before the campaign, anything
Garris does will be tremendous improvement. But the 6-9 sophomore must
learn what it takes to be a successful pivotman against competent opposition
because there are no more Massachusetts' on the schedule.
Garris is a fantastic leaper who stimulates the crowd with his shot-
blocking and dunks. He looked superb against Massachusetts as he scored 14
points on seven of nine from the field, blocked six shots, and snared five
rebounds in only 18 minutes on the court. However, he did it all purely on
jumping ability. He didn't play good, fundamental defense by trying to
"deny" his man the ball; rather, he laid back, waited for the ball to go up,
apd simply jumped up and swatted it away. It won't be that easy against Joe
Barry Carroll.
Garris not ready
The same holds true forbhis rebounding. He didn't worry about boxing
Out the other man from the basket; he just leaped and grabbed. Will he be
able to consistently outjump Herb Williams and Derek Holcomb? It's doub-
tful.
Evidence of Garris' limitations was witnessed on Monday night, as the
physical Central frontline gave him fits fighting for rebounds. Despite the
fact that he blocked four shots, Orr wasn't pleased with Garris' performan-
ce,and he only saw eight minutes of action.
The starting center, Paul Heuerman, played a fine game against the
Chippewas, on the other hand, with career highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Heuerman isn't a great shooter, and he lacks quickness and height, but he's
physically stronger than Garris, he'll dive on the floor for loose balls, and,
most important, he's a fundamentally sound defensive player.
Heuerman had a knack of getting into foul trouble last year, however,
and he will undoubtedly have the same problem in the current campaign as
he battles taller and quicker opponents. That's where Garris enters the pic-
ture, and that's why Garris must improve. He has the physical tools, in-
cluding a soft, short jump shot; continuous intensity is the key for him.
McGeec--instant offense
The Wolverines are relatively stable at the other positions. Mike McGee
might be the best offensive forward in the Big Ten, or the country, for that
matter. He can get by most defenders with a lightening-quick first step
alone, and he appears to have regained the confidence in his jumper that he
lost last season. McGee still isn't a great defensive player, or even a good
one, but I doubt that Orr expects him to concentrate on much more than
pumping in points. If McGee improves his defense, it's a bonus; if he slumps
offensively, the Wolverines are dead.
Thad Garner loves to play basketball. He shows it with every move he
makes on the court. Monday night he brought the Crisler crowd to its feet by
diving into the stands for a circus save that led to a fast break. As he walked
down the floor, he raised his fist and a huge grin broke out over his face. The
crowd roared louder. He'll never be very smooth, but Michigan needs him
for his hustle and enthusiasm alone.
At guard, Marty Bodnar is simply the best all-around player Michigan
has. His 23-point game against Central is indicative of things to come; he'll
be relied on heavily. Keith Smith should have a pretty good year at the other
guard. He's fiery and he's quick, but he still has a tendency to turn the ball
over.
Mark Lozier had a bad night versus Central, but will prove a good third
guard. Johnny Johnson has a world of talent but doesn't always have his
head together. Mark Bodnar has as good a shot as his brother, and he plays
solid defense; his major need is experience.
Of the freshmen, Ike Person has performed the best so far in limited ex-
posure. He's a strong rebounder and could see a lot of action if Heuerman
and Garner get into foul trouble. Joe James can jump over the moon, but has
been too nervous to do anything, and it's "wait 'till next year" for Leo
Brown.

ageagI
By MARK MIHANOVIC
As an old wise (but dull) man once
said, "The party's over." Tonight
Johnny Orr's Michigan Wolverines get
down to business, as they take on the
Toledo Rockets at noisy Centennial Hall
in their first road game, as well as their
first stiff test, of the season.
After advancing to the final sixteen in
the 1979 NCAA tournament and
finishing 19th in the AP poll with a 22-8
record, Toledo has gotten off to a slow
start this season. The Rockets absorbed
a 64-60 road loss to talented North
Carolina-Charlotte in their opener
before defeating Massachusetts, 84-74,
on Monday night.
The Wolverines demolished the same
Massachusetts unit by a 112-64 count,
but assistant coach Bill Frieder
declined to make comparisons. "Sim-
ply by the way Toledo plays, it's going
to be a closer game," he explained.
"They're very patient; they slow it"
down. On top of that, Massachusetts
probably made a lot of adjustments af-
ter their game with us."-
TONIGHT'S GAME provides a sharp
contrast in styles. While Michigan has
used its quickness to run at will against
Massachusetts and Central Michigan,
Toledo is a physical squad that wins
with defense and a slow, methodical at-
tack.
Toledo coach Bob Nichols hasn't been

satisfied with his team's performance
in this young season. "The things I
thought we were going to be strong at
we haven't shown yet, he said. "At the,
end of the year, though, we'll probably
be a good defensive team. Other than
that, I'm kind of concerned."
Toledo has won four straight games

face

tough
SENIOR JIM Swaney starts in the
pivot for the Rockets. At 6-7/, Swaney
faces much the same height problem
that confronts the Wolverines' Paul
Heuet'man, so they should match up
well. Swaney is one of the key men for
Toledo, he leading the Rockets with 28
points Monday night, after averaging

THE LINEUPS
MICHIGAN

Foledo
the team in that department. Junior
Harvey Knuckles (6-6/2) flanks Miller
at the small forward.
Jay Lehman (5-11) does the ball-
handling at point guard, while senior
Tim Selgo (6-2) is the shooter of the duo.
Mitch Seeman provides Nichols the
luxury of going to his bench without
losing a great deal in the backcourt.
DESPITE THE Rockets' slow start,
Frieder is anything but overconfident.
"They're a veteran ballclub with NCAA
experience. They are a very patient and
well-coached team.
"Their front line gives you a good
combination of board strength and
scoring, and they always seem to do the
right things at the right times."
Michigan also has to battle Toledo's
home court advantage. "The fans there
are nuts," Frieder pointed out. "It's a
tough place to play, and they'll be sky-
high for us because we're a Big Ten
team, and we're Michigan."
The Wolverines will need at least the
equal of Monday night's performance.
"We've got to play the type of defense
we played (Monday) night," Frieder
said. "If they have some weakness, it
might be their quickness."
And if Michigan is anything, it's
quick.

TOLEDO

Mike McGee .........
Thad Garner ......
Paul Heuerman..
Marty Bodnar .........
Keith Smith ...........

(6-5)...
(6-7)...
(6-8)...
(6-3)...
(6-0)...

F...(6-6/2) .... Harvey Knuckles
F ...(6-7/2).......... Dick Miller
C ...(6-8) . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Swaney
G ...(6-2) ............Tim Selgo
G ...(5-11) ......... Jay Lehman

against Big Ten opponents over the last
three years, and seven lettermen are
returning from last year's group which
won a share of the Mid-American Con-
ference title and defeated Iowa in the
NCAA's.I

eight a game last year.
Senior forward Dick Miller .6-7%), is
a four-year starter at forward. He
scored 19 points in the loss to North
Carolina-Charlotte and has hauled in 18
rebounds in the first two games to lead

Hockey Poll
Michigan's hockey team, which split
a home-and-home series against
Michigan State last weekend, held onto
third place in the college coaches' poll
this week.
DEFENDING WCHA champion Nor-
th Dakota was a unanimous choice for
first place, holding a comfortable edge
over second-ranked Northern
Michigan.
Minnesota, despite a 7-6 record, was
fourth, only three votes behind the
Wolverines.
1. N. Dakota (10) 9-3 100
2. N. Michigan 10-2 59
3. Michigan 10-4 55
4. Minnesota 7-6 52
5. Mich. Tech 8-5 44
6. Boston U 3-1 43
7. Clarkson 4-2 40
8. Wisconsin 7-6 32
9. New Hampshire 3-3 27
10. Notre Dame 7-5 26
NFL Standings
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East

quick.

Jolly receives honorable mention

Michigan linebacker Ron Simpkins
was named to the Associated Press All-
America first team yesterday, while
defensive back Mike Jolly earned
honorable mention status. Simpkins
had been named to the firstteam UPI
All-America squad Monday.
Joining Simpkins on the first team
were Heisman Trophy winner Charles
White of USC and Oklahoma standout
See more sports, page 7
,Billy Sims, last year's Heisman
receipient.
THE AP All-American team:
OFFENSE: Junior Miller,
Nebraska, TE; Ken Man'gerum, Stan-
ford, WR; Jim Bunch, Alabama,:T;
Greg Kolenda, Arkansas, T; Brad Bud-
de, USC, G; Ken Fritz, OSU, G; Jim
Ritcher, North Carolina St., C; Marc
Wilson, BYU, QB; George Rogers,
South Carolina, RB; Billy Sims,
Oklahoma, RB; Charles White, USC,
RB.
DEFENSE: Hugh Green, Pit-
tsburgh, E ; Jacob Green, Texas A&M,
E; Steve McMichael, Texas, T; Jim
Stuckey, Clemson, T; Ron Simmons,
Florida St., MG; George Cumby,
Oklahoma, LB; RON SIMPKINS,
MICHIGAN, LB; Mike Singletary,
Baylor, LB; Kenny Easley, UCLA, DB;

Mark Haynes, Colorado, DB; Johnnie behind Alabama in the polls for the past
Johnson, Texas, DB. several weeks, was elevated to the AP
Bucks Number 1? top spot after the Crimson Tide
struggled past Auburn, 25-18.
From wire Service Reports Alabama, 11-0, will meet sixth-rated
Maybe Ohio State shouldn't show up Arkansas, 10-1 in New Orleans. Ohio
in Pasadena on January 1. The State will face third-ranked USC, 10-0-1,
Buckeyes may earn the mythical in the Rose Bowl (as if you didn't
national championship by sitting home know).
in snowy Columbus, if this week's Michigan, awaiting its Gator Bowl
Associated Press poll is an indication of date with North Carolina Dec. 28, ear-
what's to come. ned 14th place in both the AP and UPI
OSU, 11-0 for the season, but second polls.
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UPI Top Twenty

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Ohio St. (16).......11-0-0
Alabama (29) .... 11-0-0
So. California (19) .. 10-0-1
(tie) DAILY
LIBELS.......... 10-0-1

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Miami ............ 9 5
New England...... 8 6
Buffalo ...........7 7
NY Jets...........6 8
Baltimore .........4 10
Central

W
Pittsburgh .......11
Houston .......... 10
Cleveland......... 9
Cincinnati ........ 3
West
W
San Diego..........10
Denver..........,10
Oakland .......... 8
Seattle ............ 7
Kansas City ....... 6

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4. Florida St.......... 11-0-0 1
5. Oklahoma (1) ...... 10-1-0 1
6. Arkansas (1!2) .'..... 10-1-0
7. Nebraska ... ,...... 10-1-0
8. Houston (/a) ..... 10-1-0- 89
9. Brigham Young (1) 11-0-0
10. Pittsburgh..........10-1-0
11. Texas ............... 9-2-0
12. Purdue...........9-2-0
13. x-Washington.......9-2-0
14. MICHIGAN........-3-0
15. Tulane............9-2-0
16. South Carolina......8-3-0
17. Auburn ............. 8-3-0
18. Clemson............8-3-0
19. Baylor .............74-0
20. Temple...........9-2-0
x-Includes forfeit by Arizona State

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I. Alabama (22).........11-0
2. So. California (4) ... 10-0-1
(tie) DAILY
LIBELS (4) .........10-0-1
3. Ohio State (3)........ 11-0
4. Florida State........11-0
5. Oklahoma...........10-1
6. Houston...........10-1
7. Arkansas ............ 10-1
8. Nebraska ............ 10-1
9. Brigham Young......11-0
10. Pittsburgh ........... 10-1
11. Texas..............9-2
12. Purdue ............... 9-2
13. Washington............ 9-2
14. MICHIGAN......,.......8-3
15. Tulane ............. 9-2
16. South Carolina.........8-3
17. Clemson .............. 8-3
18. Temple..............9-2
19. Baylor....-...........7-4
20. Penn State-............7-4

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CELTS PREVAIL IN OT:
Ford throttles Pistons

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SCORES
Women's College Basketball
MICHIGAN 70,.Adrian 52
Men's College Basketball'
Missouri 67, Illinois 66
Tennessee 97, St. Johns 80
Wake Forest 88. Pennsylvania 58
Yale 106. Fordham 102 (OT)
Florida 93. Biscayne 88
Connecticut 71, New Hlampshire62
Boston College 77, Fairfield 53
Wittenberg 82, Urbana 63
Marquette 57, Fresno St. 54
NBA
Boston 118, Detroit 114 (OT)
Cleveland 115.San Diego 112
New York 118. Phoenix 114
NHL
Hartford 3, Washington3
Vancouver 5, N.Y. Islanders I

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Tampa Bay ........9
Chicago .. ......... 8
Minnesota ........ 6
Green Bay ........ 4
Detroit........... 21
West
W I
Los Angeles ....... 8
New Orleans ...... 7
Atlanta ........... 5
San Francisco .... 11
x-Clinched playoff berth

W
x-Philadelphia ....10
Washington ....... 9
Dallas ............ 9
NY Giants ........ 6
St. Louis .......... 4
Central
W

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By MARK FISCHERy
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC-Two old Pistons, Chris
Ford and M.L. Carr, came back, to
haunt their old team last night at the
Silverdome as the Bostpn Celtics
squeaked by Detroit, 118-114, in over-
time.
Both Ford and Carr canned clutch
thre-pointers. With :01 remaining in
regulation time and the Celtics trailing,
104-101, Carr grabbed a missed Dave
Cowens three-point attempt, dashed out
to the left corner and sunk his second
three-point basket in a row, sending the
game into overtime.
THE PISTONS took the early lead in
the overtime on several jumpers by
Bob Lanier, the second of which broke a
Pistons' career scoring record for-
merly held by Dave Bing. But backed
by tough defense, the Celtics battled

back and with 17 seconds left Ford hit
his three-pointer putting the Celtics out
in front, 116-114.
After Bob McAdoo's shot fell short,
Cederic "Cornbread" Maxwell was
fouled on the rebound. Maxwell conver-
ted two foul shots to clinch the win for
the visitors.
The game did not start out this close.
Buoyed by 16 points each by John Long
and Bob McAdoo (8 out of 11), the
Pistons broke to a 15-point halftime
lead. The Celtics were both outreboun-
ded, 27-21, and out shot 52-42 per cent by
the hustling home team.
THE TWO TEAMS traded baskets for
much of the third quarter, which was
relatiely uneventful. The period ended
with the same point Spread as it star-
ted-85-70, Pistons.
The fourth quaster-which included a
near-fight between Lanier and Max-
well-was a different story. Trailing 87-

72 with 11 minutes left, Boston rallied
behind Rick Robey (13 fourth qurter
points) to score nine points in a row,
putting them right back in the game.
Another stretch of eight straight
brought the Celts within one as the six-
minute mark.
Several trades of baskets and a few
minutes later Lanier vented some of his
frustration and he swung wildly at
Maxwell. "Laneir got a rebound and I
had my arm around his shoulder. He,
said I was in his face. I fell purposely, I
could tell he was mad," said the Celtic
forward. "I wasn't about to get hit by
Bob Lanier."
AT ANY rate, Lanier's action seemed
to rally the Pistons, who surged ahead
again, 102-95, witn 2:19 left. But
Boston's Nate Archibald then sunk
three out of four foul shots, bringing the
Celts to within four. Carr then hit his
first clutch bomb.
The Pistons learned after the game
that interim coach Richie Adubato was
named the team's coach for the
remainder of the season. The decision
was made by Dresident Bill Davidson
prior to the contest.
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