The Michiaan Daily-Thursday, February 8, 1979-Page.Ul
MEN FACE SL UMPING BUCKEYES
Cagers get second chance at OSU
By BRIAN MARTIN
Michigan has had a knack of being in
the right place at the right time.
The Wolverines caught .Michigan
State two weeks ago when the Spartans
were in the throes of a two-game losing
streak and nipped them on Keith
Smith's infamous free throw, 49-48.
Then Michigan went to Champaign two
days afterwards and stole the game
from the Illini at the buzzer, 56-54.
Illinois, incidentally, had lost its two
previous games after winning its first
Now, guess what? Michigan enters
two) over Iowa. However, the Bucks
have run into hard times.
They managed to pull out an over-
time victory from Indiana in Columbus,
even though they trailed the Hoosiers
by nine with only two (is there another
number?) minutes remaining and In-
diana in possession of the ball. Then
MSU stung the Bucks in overtime last
Thursday, and the Hoosiers avenged
their earlier defeat with an eight-point
win in Bloomington.
Now the Buckeyes stand in a two-way
tie with Iowa for first. Michigan is
crouched in a fifth-place tie with In-
enough to free the inside games of
Williams and Smith.
Ransey ranks third among Big Ten
scorers, averaging 21.3 points per,
game, with Williams fifth at 19.8. In the
teams' previous meeting at Crisler
Arena January 29, Ransey scorched the
nets for a game-high 25 points and was
the key to the Buckeyes' nine-point vic-
Ransey has scored in double figures
in 50 consecutive games, It short of
Ohio State's record.
Rounding out the starting five for
Coach Eldon Miller's squad are 6-2 for-
ward Carter Scott an'd pint-sized Todd
Penn, who even makes Keith Smith
look tall. Penn is listed at 5-9, which is a
kind gesture from OSU's sports infor-
Actually it was the loss to the
Buckeyes last month that sparked the
Wolverines back into the winning track,
who since then have won three of their
last four games.
With CHRIS CHAPMAN,
DEIDRE FLYNN & JONN SPARAGANA
Reading from their works
And BROTHER DAVID STEINDL-RAST
Reading from the poetry of J. Edgar Edwards
As a memorial
THURS. FEB. 8-7:30
GUILD HOUSE-802 Monroe
(6-7)....... C .......(6-10)
(6-6)....... F .......(6-8)
(6-5)....... F .......(6-2)
(6-0)....... G .......(5-9)
. .... . .
. ....... ... .. ....... .........
Daily Photo by LISA UDELSON
OHIO STATE'S Herb Williams powers past Blue center Phil Hubbard for two
points as Michigan's Alan Hardy and Jim Smith of the Buckeyes look on. Williams'
cluthc' play down the stretch was one of the reasons for Michigan's 79-68 loss
to OSU at Crisler Arena earlier this year.
St. John's Arena tonight to play against
the Ohio State Buckeyes, who, inciden-
tally, have lost their last two contests
after winning their first eight conferen-
The Buckeyes were on top of the Big
Ten only a week ago with a two-game
lead (there's that magic number again,
Blue wrestlers primed for MSU;
counting on Fraser, Churella
diana at a 5-5 mark. And, in a position
that has become characteristic of the
current Big Ten race, both teams are.
The Buckeyes present an imposing
front line with a pair of musclemen,
center Ilerb Williams and forward Jim
Smith. Together they stand 13-6 and
weigh 458 pounds.
Williams leads the conference in
rebounds, averaging 11 caroms per
game. He is the only player to pull down
over 100 boards thus far, having
cleaned the glass 110 times.
The main scoring punch for the
Buckeyes comes from slick shooting
guard Kelvin Ransey. Picked by both
wire services last year for the All-Big
Ten team as a sophomore, 1,ansey can
hit the important outside jumpers
By DAVE JOHNSON
Fresh off tournament victories, Michigan wrestlers
Mark Churella and Steve Fraser rejoin their Wolverine
teammates for an intrastate grudge match against'
Michigan State tonight at 7:30 in Crisler Arena.
This will be their second confrontation of the year. The ;
Spartans (11-6), upended Michigan (10-4), in their first ;
meeting, 23-14, November 27th in East Lansing.w .
WOLVERINE COACH Dale Bahr hopes the loss will
prove to be an incentive in tonight's contest. "They han-
dled us pretty good last time," said Bahr. "We hope to
come back and give them a really good show."
Bahr shouldn't worry too much about a good show
from his heavier weights, especially Churella and
Fraser. Both athletes are in top form, as demonstrated
in Tuesday night's NCAA Coaches Association East-
West Meet at Corvallis, Oregon.
Although Churella and Fraser's East team lost 23-11,
the two Wolverine wrestlers combined for nine of their
CHURELLA, 354 and top-ranked in the nation at 167
pounds, pinned fifth-ranked Dave Miller of Missouri 49
seconds into the first period. Fraser, equally im-
pressive, knocked off second-ranked Dave Severn of
Arizona State with a 7-3 decision, upping his record to 31-
The double victory brought much jubilation to the
Michigan coach. "It's a real boost for our program,"
said Bahr. "I'm extremely happy for both Mark and
Steve. I only wish our lower weights could be as equally
"We'll be hurting from the outset," said Bahr.
"They're (MSU) really strong in the 126, 134 and 142
weight classes and that's where we are weakest."
A GLANCE AT the combined record of these respec-
tive weight divisions strongly supports Bahr's case. The
Spartans are 53-11-2 while the Wolverines are 18-30-1.
Nonetheless, the Michigan coach is optimistic that his
heavier grapplers will offset any advantage the Spar-
tans pick up in the early going.
"If the lower weights keep from getting pinned," said
Bahr, "then we should stay close enough for our bigger
guys to get us back in the game. But if we get pinned
early, it's gonna be a long night."
SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:
Former Pistons dealt to Philly
By the Associated Press
RUTHERFORD, N.J.-The New
Jersey Nets traded guards Eric Money
and Al Skinner; both former Detroit,
Pistons, to, the Philadelphia 76ers
yesterday in exchange for center Har-
vey Catchings, guard Ralph Simpson
and future considerations.
Money, who the Nets acquired in the
off-season from Detroit in exchange for
guard Kevin Porter, was averaging 16.6
points; playing in 46 of New Jersey's 49
Simpson, also a former Piston, was
dealt to Philadelphia with Bobby Jones
in the trade that sent George McGinnis
to the Denver Nuggets. He played in 36
games with Philadelphia, averaging 3.4
BOSTON-Troubled Boston Celtics
forward Marvin Barnes was waived by
the National Basketball Association
Notre Dame 5'S, N. Carolina St. 52
N. Carolina 76. Maryland 67
Georgetown, D.C. 62, St. Peter's, N.J. 60
Central Mich. 100, Bail St. 80
Eastern M'ich. 92, Western Mich. 76
Vanderailt 68, Kentucky 58
Philadelphia 114, Detroit 103
New Jersey 90, Indiana 84
Boston 107, Seattle 100
Washington 96. Milwaukee 90
team yesterday, making him available
to other clubs for the price of $1,000.
Barnes had been suspended last week
for skipping practice and has appeared
in only six of the team's last 11 games.
"Barnes has failed to live up to his
contractual obligations," said Celtics
President Red Auerbach.
"He hasn't contributed competitively
to the ball club."
In the NBA, Barnes has played for the
Detroit Pistons-averaging 9.6 points in
1976-77-and Buffalo, where he
averaged 11.4 points last season.
.. Is''"" "" '""""
-.. -. . . .... . . . .
I . ....- . . . *
1 I 4
'I I 4
I- - -
IJoin us at Bananas tonight and every night. The
Bananas Disco. A throbbing, irnviting new light in
Jote igsht Banan Ha tnighlt.ndoveryinigt. Th
Baaa wic.Atrbig iniignek lgh"i
U - i