JOHNSON OUT AT LEAST 2 WEEKS:
The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 17, 1979-Page 9
No one seems to. covet the top spot as several of the top teams toppled
again last week. Michigan State was perched atop the country, only to be
upended by Illinois, and then Illinois was stunned by Ohio State. This all
boils down to the fact that Notre Dame has played less games than other top
teams, so they have lost less and are now number one.
Smith's eligibility decided today
AP Top Twenty
By GEOFF LARCOM
Johnny Orr and his assistant Bill Frieder are still
THE QUESTION of freshman guard Keith Smith's
eligibility failed to be resolved yesterday, as the
Michigan eligibility committee rescheduled his
hearing for one o'clock this afternoon. At that time,
Smith will petition the board to permit him to resume
play with the Wolverines.
Smith had originally been forced to sit out last
weekend's losses to Purdue and Wisconsin, due to an
incomplete he received in one of his classes. He has
since turned in the required coursework, and it is now
up to the board to determine Smith's basketball
future for the remainder of the season.
Orr describes himself as "hopeful" for Smith's
chances, while Frieder is optimistic. "But the way
everything's been going, I don't know," said Frieder.
THE "EVERYTHING" Frieder spoke of refers to
the Wolverines' dismal 1-3 start in the Big Ten, along
with the loss of sophomore guard Johnny Johnson for
at least two weeks.
The backcourt sharpshooter injured his knee in the
first half of the Wisconsin game and was diagnosed as
having a sprained knee yesterday by Blue head
trainer Lindsay McLean.
The temporary loss of Johnson accentuates the
Wolverines' need for Smith, who appeared to be
developing in the role of playmaking guard Orr had
envisioned for him in the preseason.
IF SMITH is ruled eligible, he would join his mates
in Evanston, where the 1-3 Wolverines battle last-
place Northwestern tomorrow night. If the commit-
tee rules against Smith, as Orr said, "that's it for the
season for Keith."
As of last night, Orr was still unsure whether his
team would fly or travel by bus to meet the Wildcats,
due to the blizzard snow conditions in Chicago.
"If we have to go by bus, Keith will practice in
Crisler with us and then ride out to Evanston. If we're
able to fly, Keith will take another plane and meet us
there," said Orr.
IN AN ATTEMPT to inject some fire into the recen-
tly dormant Wolverine offense, Orr plans on starting
a revamped lineup against the Wildcats. Paul
Heuerman will start at center, with Mike McGee and
Phil Hubbard at forward.
Should Smith make the trip, he would start at guard
along with Marty Bodnar. Otherwise, junior Mark
Lozier will man the second guard spot.
Smith expressed confidence when asked about his
chances of staying with the team. The Blue speedster
was second in assists for Michigan prior to his sitting
out last weekend's road trip.
1. Notre Dame (46)
2, North Carolina (3)
4. Illinois (5)
5. Indiana St. (2)
6. Michigan St.
14. N. Carolina St.
15. Texas A&M
16. Ohio St.
UPI Top Twenty
1. Notre Dame (30) 8-1 516
2. Illinois (3) 15-1 455
3. North Carolina (2) 12-2 446
S4. UCLA 11-2 434
5. Indiana St. (4) 13-0 363
DAILY LIBELS (1) 14-0 363
6. Michigan St. 9-3 335
7. Louisville 12-3 241
8. Louisiana St. 11-2 217
9. Duke 10-3 203
10. Marquette 11-2 149
11. Ohio St. 94 110
12. Temple 12-1 91
13. Arkansas 10-2 90
14. Georgetown 12-2 88
15. Syracuse 12-2 84
16. Alabama 10-3 76
17. Texas A&M 13-3 64
18. N. Carolina St. 11-4 62
19. Kansas 9-4 40
20. Southern Cal 9-4 23
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Pistons lose heartbreaker
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The New York Knicks stormed
back from an 18-point third-quarter deficit and defeated the
Detroit Pistons 111-110 last night on Toby Knight's steal and
stuff shot with two seconds left to play.
The Pistons led 69-51 with 9:52 to go in the third quarter
before New York began its amazing comeback. The Knicks
climbed back into contention by outscoring Detroit 20-4 in
4:41, with Knight getting eight points and Ray Williams
handing out four assists as New York closed the deficit to 73-
71 with 4:25 remaining in the third period.
e Knicks pulled to within one point at 100-99 on a short
jun per by Knight with 3:12 remaining, but Detroit seemingly
clinched the victory by scoring the next five points, three of
them by center Bob Lanier, to lead 105-99 with 1:48 to go.
But the Knicks did not give up. Two baskets apiece by
Bob McAdoo and Joe Meriwether closed the gap to 109-107
with 15 seconds to play. Leon Douglas sank one free throw for
Detroit with 12 seconds left, but Meriwether made it 110-109
with a follow-up shot with five seconds to play.
After Detroit called a timeout to move the ball to
midcourt, Knight stole the inbounds by M. L. Carr and drove
in for the winning dunk.
Another 'Black Sunday?'
MIAMI - Not taking any chance of Super Bowl Sunday
becoming a "Black Sunday," Miami police have assembled
an anti-terrorist strike force that is undergoing disaster
prevention training and will closely monitor the crowd at the
professional football championship game.
Authorities are keenly aware of the heavy promotion
CBS television is giving the movie, "Black Sunday", which
will air shortly after the game this weekend.
In the film, a group of terrorists hijack the Miami-based
Goodyear blimp for a suicide mission at the Orange Bowl on
Super Bowl Sunday. Miami police say they will be keeping an
eye on the blimp at Opalocka airport this Sunday.
While police say they have received no indications of
pending Super Bowl terrorism, "The threat is there; you
have the potential," said Capt. Mike Cosgrove, who will
coordinate the strike force.
"The whole point of terrorism is publicity. A disruption
of the Super Bowl would be a big plus for any of those
Banks to stay
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke basketball forward Gene Banks
yesterday denied reports that he will turn professional next
Banks' statement was released by the Duke University
Sports Information Office. A spokesman for the office said
published and broadcast reports in Philadelphia, Banks'
hometown, speculated that Banks would go hardship in the
pro draft next year.
"Right now, I plan on staying at Duke four years," Banks
saidin the statement. "I have enjoyed my college experience
and want to enjoy more of it. Up to now, I do not feel I have
played up to the par of a professional player."
Banks said he believes he will be worth more to a pro
team after he graduates.
"I still hope to fulfill certain dreams that I have of
playing in the 1980 Olympics and also of being the first black
player in the Duke Hall of Fame," Banks said.
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By the Associated Press
Pacers announced yesterday
they have reacquired former
Pacer Billy Knight from the
Boston Celtics in exchange for
rookie forward Rick Robey, said
a spokesman for the team.
The 6-foot-6 Knight was a first-
round draft choice of Indiana's
National Basketball Association
team in 1974. In three years with
the Pacers, Knight averaged 23.9
points per game.
Knight, a University of Pit-
tsburgh graduate, has a career
scoring average of 23.6 points per
Hewas traded from the Pacers
to Buffalo in September 1977 for
Adrian Dantley and Mike Ban-
The Buffalo Braves, who this
year became the San Diego Clip-
pers, traded Knight, a forward, to
Boston last August, along with
Nate Archibald, Marvin Barnes
and draft choices for Kevin Kun-
nert, Kermit Washington, Sidney
Wicks and Freeman Williams.
Michigaln Union continues
On Jan. 18 the Regents will vote on whether or not
to reorient the Michigan Union to student needs.
There is MUCH TO LOSE and MUCH TO GAIN:
new lounges, expanded services and programs, a
variety and quality-oriented food service, a focus on
responsiveness and usability, and MUCH MORE.
We must all pull together on this one-students, or-
ganizations, faculty, concerned others.
WE NEED A STUDENT UNION!
" Come to the Regents' Meeting Thurs., Jan.
18, 1 p.m. at Admin. Bldg.
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