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The Michigan Daily-Friday, December 7, 1979-Page 11


Joe Barry is the Boilermakers

Purdue coach Lee Rose wants his
team to work the ball inside to center
Joe Barry Carroll this 'season. Defen-
sively, he thinks Joe Barry Carroll can
regulate traffic near the basket, forcing
opponents to shoot outside. He also
believes Big Ten foes will defense his
team by sagging in on Joe Barry
A quick examination of Rose's
philosophy might indicate that the 7-1
senior pivotman and defending con-
ference scoring champ is the do-all and
end-all of Boilermaker basketball. And
that's exactly the myth Rose is out to
explode this season.
Purdue grabbed a share of the Big
Ten title last year, largely on the efforts
of Carroll (23.8 ppg) and guard Jerry
Sichting (13.8), a tremendous shooter
and ballhandler who has since
graduated. Now Rose faces the difficult
job of replacing Sichting, while, at the
same time, molding a starting unit
which can adequately support his All-
american in the middle.
"At the moment, we're like a car
without a key," said the Boilermaker
coach. "We've tried a lot of different
things so far to fill the void. Replacing
Jerry will be impossible, but we'll keep
trying different combinations."
"Last year we had two bullets, with
Jerry and Joe Barry, and this year it
looks like we're going to have just one
bullet," said assistant coach Everett
Bass, echoing Rose's sentiments. "Joe

The Big Ten:
Barry is going to score and take the ball
inside, as he always has, but we're
going to have to come up with some out-
side scoring if we're to be competitive."
As a start in the right direction, Rose
has encouraged junior guard Brian
Walker to increase his scoring output.
Walker averaged only 4.3 points per
game in a starting role last season.
"He (Walker) was an outstanding
scorer in high school," said Bass. "His
role at Purdue mainly has been to pass
the ball to Sichting and Carroll. This
year, Brian will have to score more for
The backcourt worries haven't sub-
sided, however. Following a desperate
search for another guard, Rose finally
tabbed 6-5 sophomore Keith Edmonson
to start alongside Walker.
"It's safe to say that we don't have a
starter at that position right now," said
Bass. "We're very concerned about
that. We feel that if we don't get it
remedied, we're going to have a hard
time in our conference.''
Affairs in the pivot area certainly

need not be remedied. Carroll has
already garnered several pre-season
All-American honors, and is "shooting
the ball much better," according to
"I don't think we can get Joe Barry
any more offensive opportunities than
we did last year," said the pessimistic
Rose. "Our whole program is geared to
go inside; we go inside as much as we
can. That isn't going to change."
It hasn't taken long for Carroll to
showcase his improvement; he poured
in 41 points as the Boilermakers over-
whelmed Southeastern Louisiana, 105-
59, Wednesday night.
Rose is counting on forwards Drake
Morris and Arnette Hallman to provide

Carroll with some offensive help. The
pair averaged only 16 points collec-
tively last year, while combining for an
average of eight rebounds.
With the backcourt situation
somewhat clouded, the former North
Carolina-Charlotte mentor is prepared
to move the 6-5 Morris to guard and
move either Mike Scearce or Steve
Walker into a forward slot. Scearce was
a top reserve last year, averaging
nearly seven points a game coming off
the bench.
"You may see four guards out there
with Joe Barry, or you may see four
forwards and Joe Barry," said Bass,
leaving no secret as to Carroll's value
to the team.
Of course, the main concern of Rose,
the team, and the Boilermakers is the
assistance the Denver giant will
receive from the other four players who
are chosen to be his supporting cast.
This is the eighth in a series of
profiles of Michigan's nine Big Ten
opponents, which have been written
by staff writers Stan Bradbury,
Alan Fanger, and Mark Mihanovic.
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Women armed for MSU assault

Hampered by a small budget and
lack of facilities, the Michigan women's
track team is nonetheless hoping for a
"... sixth place finish .in the Big 10
meet", according to Coach Red Sim-
"We'll definitely be better than last
year. It's possible we'll have two or
three girls qualify for the nationals. We
have about one person in each event
that's good."
The weight events are going to be a
see more sports, pp. 12, 13, and 14
weak point for the Wolverines this
season. "Debbie Williams can put the
shot forty feet or so, but after that we
have nothing," noted Simmons.
IN THE SPRINTS, however,
sophomore Catherine Sharpe, a proven
sprinter, should fare well with her 11.8
speed for 100 meters. Frosh Brenda
Kaziner will bolster the efforts of the
speedsters, having personal bests of
10.6 for the 100 yards and 24.2 for the
220. In the hurdles, sophomore Renee
Turner looks to be tops on the squad this
The long jump is another strong
point, with sophomore Lori Thornton
leading the team with a best leap of

19'71/2". "She's had several practice
jumps over 19' this week," commented
Simmons. Sophomore Nanette Fileccia
has jumped over 17' and should im-
prove this season, as well.
The middle and long distances are
promising, though more depth is
needed. "I'm still looking for one or two
good distance runners," says Simmons.
In the 880, freshperson Sue Frederick
has run 2:11 and could get close to 2:00
this year; sophomore Dawn Woodruff
has run 2:17. Frosh Melanie Weaver is
the standout distance runner, coming
off a sterling cross-country season and
having recently run a 5:08 mile in prac-
tice. Lynn Fudala also had a good
cross-country season, and will help to
shore up the Wolverine distance corps.
PIONEER H.S. grad Joanna Bullard
will provde a boost in the high jump,
having had several performances in the
5'5" to 5'6" range; she was the Class A
champ in this event her junior year at
"We have a real team feeling that we
didn't have last year. We don't have
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much depth, but we should do well in
the dual and triangular meets," Sim-
mons concluded. The team goes into ac-
tion January 12 at the Michigan State

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