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Page 8-Thursday, March 1, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Hawkeyes high on playo hopes

Strange how fast things change
sometimes, isn't it?
Just one short year ago, a Michigan
basketball victory over Iowa was just
about as predictable as a Michigan
football victory over the Hawkeyes.
And just as predictable would be
Wolverine Coach Johnny Orr's p'e-
game comments. Stealing a page from
Bo Schembechler's playbook, Orr
would insist to all, "They're a good
tean," ladling out large doses of
obligatory and largely unfounded
Ronnie Lester,
This.year, however, the shoe is ob-
viously on the other foot.
In the first weekend of the Big Ten
season, the Hawkeyes surprised
Michigan, leaving Crisler Arena with
an 85-79 triumph. It was their first over
a Michigan team in six years.
Since then, Iowa has surprised plenty
of other teams around the conference
and now finds itself in a three-way tie
for the league leadership. The 12-4'
Hawks need only to win its last two
games to clinch its first NCAA playoff
berth since 1970.
+ Meanwhile, the Wolverines found out
that losing is habit-forming. Michigan
has dropped eight of their 14 games sin-

ce that early loss to Iowa, falling to 7-9
and seventh place in the conference.
And now it is Coach Lute Olson who
does most of the talking before the
game, trying to raise the image of a
downtrodden opponent. Olson has
heard the speech .many times, and ap-
parently he's memorized the lines well.
"There's no question, (Michigan's) a
dangerous team,'.' he said. "You know,
they beat Michigan State a couple,
three weeks back there at Michigan.
Then they came back and kinda got
blown out.
"But Michigan's been right there in a
large number of their ballgames. And
that's the same group that was picked
to finish second in the conference."
He then went down the Wolverine
roster, labeling Tom Staton, Alan Har-
dy, Phil Hubbard and Mike McGee as
"proven Big Ten players."
Two of those players.- Staton and
Hardy - won't be in Michigan's star-
ting lineup tonight, once again revam-,
ped by Orr in the wake of his "in-
dividualistic play" charges last Satur-
day. Against the Hawks, Hubbard and
McGee will be joined by guards Mark
Lozier and Marty Bodnar, plus forward
Paul Heuerman.
"Those were the guys (with the ex-
ception of Hubbard) who played well
down the stretch against Purdue
(last Saturday)," said Bill Frieder,
Orr's right-hand man. "But we're liable
to go with anybody once the game gets
going. Johnny Johnson's been playing
well and Alan Hardy was just terrific in
practice yesterday."
On defense Lozier will get the initial
responsibility of trying to contain
Iowa's All-Big Ten guard, Ronnie
Lester, but help will be there if it is
"Lozier's done a good job for us
defensively and we'll start out with him
on Lester," said Frieder. "But we'll
probably end up rotating a couple of dif-
ferent guys on him.''
Stopping Lester, the 6-2 ballhawk
from Chicago, is the not-so-simple key
to stopping the Hawks. Olson's entire
offense is geared to manifest Lester's
ballhandling, penv'rating and shooting

abilities. Currently the Big Ten number
four scorer (20.3 ppg), Lester paced
Iowa's earlier victory over Michigan
with 29 points.
Forwards Kevin Boyle and William
Mayfield, plus 6-10 center Steve Waite
and guard Dick Peth, round out Olson's
starting lineup. Boyle, 6-6, is the highest
scoring freshman in the conference-
with an 11.9 average.
On the Hawkeye injured list is Steve
Krafcisin, the 6-10 pivotman who got
the starting assignment versus
Michigan last time. Slowed down by a
bad knee, Krafcisin didn't see any ac-
tion last Saturday in Iowa's clutch 83-68
win at Ohio State, and isn't likely to
play in tonight's game.{
Sports events are getting more
expensive, but they're not as bad
as reported here yesterday. Due
to typographical error, prices of
tickets to the Michigan-Notre
Dame were given as $14 and $12.
Actually, the prices of avaialable
tickets are $2 and $4.
After the Wolverines clear out of
Iowa City to play Minnesota this Satur-
day, Iowa entertains Northwestern in
the season finale for both teams. A pair
of Hawkeye victories will not only
assure the Hawks of a share of the Big
Ten crown (their first since 1970) and
the NCAA bid, but will set a school

record of 21 victories in a season.
"This is the biggest week in Iowa
basketball history since 1970," said
Olson. "I've been coaching on the var-
sity level for 21 years, and I don't ever
recall a team going through an entire
schedule and playing at nearly 100 per
cent efficiency all the way through (like
this one has)."
Coach Frieder laid to rest the mild
rumor -that he's in line for the newly-
vacant head coaching job at Western
Michigan. "I'm not going anywhere,"
emphasized the energetic coach. "I'm
staying right here until Orr and I get
this thing going right."
Blue bomber Marty Bodnar has led
the Wolverines in scoring in the last two
games. He's still the most accurate
shooter in the Big Ten, hitting at a .602
The Wolverines will be hard-pressed
to match the final record of 16-11 last
year. They now stand at 13-11, and
would need to beat both Iowa and Min-
nesota on the road and then upend
number three Notre Dame in Pontiac.
This sounds like a possibility that even
Jimmy the Greek would refuse odds on
at this point.
Far more likely is the possibility that
Michigan might lose its last three con-
tests, putting the team under the .500
mark for the first time since 1970.

Daily Photo by LISA UDELSON
TOM STATON is cleared for takeoff as he taxis in for a shot with Michigan
State's Alike Brkovich (12) and Jay Vincent (31) looking on. The cagers travel
to Iowa for a contest today at 8:35 p.m.

Women head for state

% , By LIZ MAC
Women's basketball teams
throughout the state play for all the
marbles this -week as the SMAIAW
tournaments get underway. '
The SMAIAW, or the State of
Michigan Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics for Women, divides the tour-
ney into two parts, small-college and
large-college. The small-college tour-
nament is being held at Adrian College.
The large-college playoffs are being
hosted by Oakland University, with

Michigan (13-13) t.eeing off today at 3:00
against Michigan State.
ARRANGING TEN large-college
teams into an organized tournament is
difficult enough, but it's an even
greater challenge when there are no
established conferences. Because of
this and due to the luck of the' draw,
season records have little bearing on
.the tourney schedule.
Consequently, top ranked teams don't
have a great advantage, and some hard
luck squads not only play an extra


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game, but play two games in one day.
"It's totally ridiculous," said
Michigan Coach Gloria Soluk of the set-
up. "The brackets and the seeding are
not appropriate."
Michigan State Coach Karen,
Langeland agreed. "There are a lot of
problems that have to be adjusted," she
said. "But it's the best we have at the
MUCH OF THE problem stems from
trying to choose the best teams without
considering their conference records
and trying to keep up with a rapidly
growing sport.
"It has to be set up this way because
of the way we have our organization,"
explained Lucy Parker, a commissioner
of the SMAIAW and the person respon-
sible for arranging the tournament.
"The national championship is based
on state representatives, not on con-
ference champions as in the men's
"THE BASKETBALL committee of
the state, made up of coaches, decided
on the tourney and did the seeding.
Rules of the draw were followed in set-
ting it up."
The University of Detroit is the ob-
vious top seed, having chalked up a 22-3
record. The Titans are followed by
Michigan State, Western Michigan, and
Thus, the Wolverines happen to be

seeded lower than two teams they had
beaten at the time of the seeding -
Western and Eastern.
After the state tournament the top
finisher goes on to the regional tourney.
There are also a number of at-large
berths to be filled.
FOR THE MOMENT, however, the
Wolverines will concern themselves
with their contest against the Spartans.
In their -first meeting earlier this
season, the Spartans edged Michigan
78-77 on a last second bucket.
"We came out with our press when
we played them the first time," said
Soluk. "This time we'll go into our mat-
ch-up defense. We also have a different
new press which we may use. I would
like to come out with something they've
never seen before."
THE SPARTANS are the defending
state champs, but Coach Langeland
said her team can handle the pressure.
"As long as I've been here we've never
been ranked lower, so we don't feel any
extra pressure."
Michigan, coming off a loss Monday
night at the hands of Wayne State, will
hope for some on-target shooting from
leading scorers Diane Dietz (16.5 ppg),
Katie McNamara (15.4 ppg), and Abby
Currier (13.0).
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no big surprises
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Indiana State's Larry Bird and UCLA's David Green-
wood, two of the country's golden frontcourt players, were named to the
1978-79 Associated Press All-American college basketball team for the
second straight year.
The AP's elite grboup also included Arkapsas' Sidney Moncrief and
Michigan State's Earvin Johnson, two players from last season's third team
All-America, at guard, and Bill Cartwright, the forceful center of the San
Francisco Dons.
Bird, who can muscle inside or shoot jumpers from outside, with equal
ability, averaged about 29 points and 15 rebounds a game. He is rated a sure-
fire pro prospect. ",When he gets anywhere near the ball it belongs to him,"
raves Boston Celtics General Manager Red Auerbach. "Everyone in the
country knows he can shoot. Other things impress me more."
The Celtics were so impressed they made Bird their No. I pick last year
in the NBA draft and have until June 25 to sign him before he goes back into
this year's draft.
The six-foot-nine Greenwood averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds a game
to pace UCLA. He is a super jumper, has good medium-range shooting
ability and rebounds with the best.
Moncrief, the last of the famed Arkansas "triplets" after the graduation
last season of Ron Brewer and Marvin Delph, made the switch from forward
to guard this year with success. He averaged 22 points a game and, with
unusual leaping ability, managed almost 10 rebounds a game from the guard
Johnson, a spectacular sophomore who at 6-8 is extremely tall for a
guard, is a gifted ballhandler and passer. He rbns the Michigan State offense
and averaged nearly 16 points and seven rebounds a game. Should he decide
to turn pro, scouts say he will go high in the draft.
The 7-1 Cartwright, who turned down pro possibilities' last year to remain
in college for his senior year, had his best season for the Dons - averaging
24 points and 16 rebounds. His number has been retired by the school, putting
him in select company with Bill Russell and K. C. Jones. Some feel that if
Bird signs with the Celtics, Cartwright will be the first choice in the NBA
Among the honorable mentions were Terry Duerod of Detroit and Kelvin
Ransey and Herb Williams of Ohio State.
Center: Bill Cartwright, San Francisco, 7-1, Sr.
Forward: Larry Bird, Indiana State, 6-9, Sr.
Forward: David Greenwood, UCLA, 6-9, Sr.
Guard: Sidney Moncrief, Arkansas, 6-4, Sr.
Guard: Earvin Johnson, Michigan State, 6-8, So.
Center: Mike Gminski, Duke, 6-11, Jr.
Forward: Reggie King, Alabama, 6-6, Sr.

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