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7 Sixte
Daily sports Analysis
Do the Irish'believe in Magic?' Can
the Doctor of Dunk slay a wounded
Bird? Will Holland lie 'somewhere over
the rainbow' for Garland? What is the
Price on the head of the real McKoy?
All of these questions will be answered
the next four days when the "Sweet Six-
teen" are reduced to the "Final Four"
in the NCAA basketball tournament.
If the Irish do not believe in Magic,
they might after this weekend as Notre
Dame will take enMichigan State if
>they both win their Mideast regional
semifinal games on Friday night.
'Before the inevita ble matchup, the
Irish must tangle with surprising
- Toledo, a team that rallied to defeat
Iowa. This should be no contest for the
Smuch stronger and more talented Irish.
JUD HEATHCOTE'S Spartans face
San LSU squad racked by the suspension
of star DeWayne Scales. MSU, which is
Speaking at just the right time, should
win easily to set up the matchup of the
tournament, the winner of which could
and probably should be favored to win
the whole tourney.
In that matchup Notre Dame might
have trouble with the Spartans' sticky
- zone defense, as everyone else has, sin-
ce they do not shoot well from the out-
side. This was evident against
Michigan. The Irish rely on an inside
game, and all season long, the Spartans
have contained inside games (holding
AP PhotoJoe Barry Carroll of Purdue to 10 poin-
AP Potots, for instance).
MICHIGAN STATE guard Mike Brkovich drives around Lamar's B.B. Davis If the game becomes physical, as
in last Sunday's MSU victory. The third-ranked Spartans face seventh-ranked Notre Dame games tend to do, it could
LSU on Friday night at 9:90 in the semi-finals of the Mideast regional. With be a happy St. Patrick's Day for the
NCAA Tournament favorites North Carolina and Duke upset last week, the Irish as their bench is much deeper
Spartans have a solid chance to become the 1979 NCA A champions. than the Spar tans'. The Irish must

en figl
shake Kelly Tripucka from a bad slump
to win.
ON THE OTHER side of the ledger,
Earvin "Magic" Johnson could have
easy pickings against Bill Hanzlik, as
should Greg Kelser against Orlando
Woolridge. The Spartans will need Jay
Vincent to overcome an ankle injury for
them to be victorious.
Finally, the mighty Irish have been
surrounded by an ambience of pressure
all year - they have suffered, sub-
sequently, and wiill continue to suffer
because everyone expects them to win.
Turning to the Midwest Regional, the
Doctor of Dunk may not get a chance to
slay a wounded Bird since his team,
Louisville, has to first overcome a very,
very good Arkansas quintet. Darrell
Griffith, this famous doctor, will be
tangling with another All-American in
the Razorbacks' Sidney Moncrief. If
they had a leaping contest, the rafters
would lose some dust.
ARKANSAS PLAYS excellent defen-
se, and they go to their key man, Mon-
crief, when they need crucial points.
Louisville, on the other hand, may be in
trouble against the disciplined Razor-
backs, since the defensive play of Grif-
fith and Bobby Turner does not match
their offense.
The winner of this matchup will
probably gain a chance to shoot down
the wounded Bird, Larry that is. Bird's
Indiana State squad battles an unknown
Oklahoma five, whose only hope is that
their star center Al Beal can sweep the
backboards, therefore giving Bird less
chances to shoot.
Unfortunately for Beal, when Bird
shoots there is not much cleaning of the
back boards to be done. But here's the

bad news about Bi
fractured in three
.good news- it is n
shooting hand.
full with Arkansas,
Terre Haute have n
play before, and A
dition, Carl Nicks
contain Moncrief. I
out for Indiana Stat
prised if Arkansas
In the West, Ho
very well lie somew
bow for Garland's
team in the tournam
upend Marquette.
impressive in a wi
five of its starter
minutes. Their gua
and Clyde Bradsha
in the country, whil
possess the nation's
Mark Aguirre. Th
Melvin Watkins, is v
They should outm
well-coached, but
contingent, led by]
excellent point guar
they do, they will pr
although fabulous S~
Bill Cartwright will
ce to the Uclans.
lent backcourt tan
due to their harassin
io one to contend

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 15, 1979-Page 9
be four
rd-his thumb is defense, but the Uclans will pull
places. Now for the through if the Blue Demons play a zone
ot the thumb on his defense, because Holland can shred4l
zone defense to bits. The play of David
will have its hands Greenwood will proba bly be thle
since the men from deciding factor, but do not b~e
iever been in NCAA astonished to see DePaul make the fina1
rkansas has. In ad- four.
will not be able to In the Eastern Regional, the Price of
f Bird gets hot, look the real McKoy should be up to
e, but do not be sur- Syracuse. This five is easily tlie
mnakes the final four classiest in the region, sporting af
many as eight very talented players
[land (UCLA) may However, Syracuse tends to have la~
vhere over the rain- ses, illustrated last Saturday when the
DePaul, the fastest allowed a 25-point lead against Connee
ient, assuming they ticut to dissipate to two points.
DePaul was quite If Syracuse falters, their undoing wi1
n over USC, as all probably be at the hands of Tony Price
s played a full 40 a very good forward from Penn. BuV
rds, Gary Garland Penn, a clever team, will have all it can
w, may be the best handle with the fine inside play of
e they undoubtedly Roosevelt Bouie and Dale Shackleford.
finest freshman in THE REAL McKoy will take hii
eir other forward, stand, and keep standing, againsi
'ery good, also. James Bailey of Rutgers, a dominating
an and speed past a force. Although Bailey will have a large:
young Marquette impact, the Redmen of St. John's may'
Bernard Toone and pull off another upset as they are
d Sam Worthen. If peaking at just the right time behind'
'obably face UCLA, the inside play of McKoy and the out-
an Francisco center side shooting of Reggie Carter. This
be an imposing for- would set up an all-New York Eastern
final which should be captured by the
give UCLA's excel- Orangemen from Syracuse.
dem some trouble, -When all is said and done this
g defense There is weekend, there should be a lot of Magic
with Aguirre on left and maybe even a few surprises.


G olfers win

Gulf s(ream Classic

Michigan's Frank Sims'won the in-
dividual title and led his team to its first
victory of the season last week in the
Gulfstream Intercollegiate Golf Classic
in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sims earned
the medalist honor with a cumulative
score of 290 for the four-day event. Bob
Reynolds from Nebraska finished four
strokes back in second place.
Starting the third round of play, 24
strokes behind tournament leader
Western Michigan, the Wolverines
rallied back into contention, and while
doing so, set an individual team record
of 286 for the' day. Michigan completed
the event with a total score of 1187.
Nebraska tallied 1190 to finish second,
while Western Michigan fell from a
three-day dominance to end up third
with 1194.
Sims cited the comeback as an in-

dication of the team's potential. lHe
viewed the coaches, Tom Simon and
Jim Carras, as the motivating force
behind the team's early success.
"These two guys have been available
for us to talk to and make sure
everything's going smoothly." He con-
tinued to praise Simon, a former golf
professional, as "the best teacher I've
ever met. -
According to Sims, the strength of
this year's team is based in the senior
class, which includes Sims, Bruce Pat-
terson, Pete Pafford and Jim Marshall.
"We're serious about winning," he
said, "and this attitude will rub off on
the underclassmen."
The varsity squad is rounded out by
sophomore Tom Pursel and freshman
Steve Maddalena. Sims assessed them
both as long hitters, who will develop
their potential with Simon's help.

"I'm extremely pleased that the kids
won," said Simon. "They're a cohesive
group that's capa ble of winning. They
worked hard this winter and the prac-
tice has paid off."'
During the off-season, the linksters
practice in the Golf Building on an in-
door driving range and- putting green.
Simon expressed reservation about
practicing inside. "It helps to maintain
rhythm and tempo. It's an advantage
over those that don't have the practice,

but it's not the same as playing on the
Simon predicted a good season for the
Wolverines. "They're a helluva good
team. We're going to make some
o sefulfill that expectation, they will
hav ooecm atya' i e
champon, Ohio State, and the runners-
up, Indiana.
"If we have a good showing in Cape
said Simsr "w'l be giin hio State
as big a battle as they've ever seen."

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Miller defends Staub
By The Associated Press
Detroit Tigers General Manager Jim Campbell turned down a suggestion
yesterday from union head Marvin Miller to telephone Rusty Staub and try to set-
tle their differences.
"I absolutely will not . . . I have no intention of calling him, nor will anyone else
from our organization call him," Campbell said. "Our positions have not changed
one iota."
MILLER'S SUGGESTION came during a news conference at which he
discussed the contract problems designated hitter Staub is having with the
American League club.
Miller contended the contract specified that Staub would receive a deferred
payment should he choose to retire after 1977, 1978, 1979 or 1980.
"Rusty would simply be exercising his legal rights under the contract and all
that other junk about violating the contract if he quits, is just a lot'of hogwash,"
said Miller.
Campbell said that if Staub so desires, he could retire and receive two years of
his contract. But, he added, this could happen only if Staub formally applies for
Possible NH L-WHL merger
NEW WESTMINISTER, British Columbia-Radio station CKNW said yester-
day that four World Hockey Association teams will merge with the National
Hockey League next year.
Without naming a source, the radio station said the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton
Oilers, Quebec Nordiques and New England Whalers will join the NHL after the
WHA completes this season and folds league operations.
The report said the two remaining WHA teams, the Cincinnati Stingers and
Birmingham Bulls, will be offered NHL expansioni franchises for $6 million each.

Exhibition Baseball
St. Louis 6, Detroit 3
Minnsota- 8, Houston 2
Cincinnati 6, Toronto 5 (11)
N e Ygor M ts 0, M ontr a 7
Seattle 17. California 9
Milwaukee 6, San Francisco 3
Los Angeles 7, Baltimore I
Phoenix 126. Boston 117
Milwaukee 158, New Orleans 102
Seattle 99, PhiladelphIa 96
San Antonio 123, Los Angeles 112
Atlanta 6, New York Rangers 4
Detroit 4, Washington 1


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