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full court
* PRESS
Blizzard in Wisconsin .. .
. . . Wolverines drifting away
By JAMIE TURNER
MADISON
I F GOD CREATED the world, he must have forsaken Madison.
For the past twenty four hours Old Man Winter has blasted this
part of the country with snow, wind, ice and assorted other plagues. Tem-
peratures were supposed to reach 15-18 degrees below zero Saturday night
with another four to five inches of snow piled on a city that already resem-
bles an arctic outpost.
Nothing particularly unusual about this; Madison has become used to
blizzard conditions. Winters are long and hard in this area and it is a com-
mon occurrence to get out of one's car and aid another stranded motorist
through a large snowdrift.
So why did Michigan feel compelled to warm the hearts of Badger
athletic fans everywhere by totally collapsing in the second half to hand a 77-
66 decision to Wisconsin? For the Wolverines did just that, practically of-
fering no resistance to an inspired but still mediocre adversary. Michigan
managed to lose even though it played arguably the best first half offen-
sively since Alabama and Louisvile, to grab a 12 point lead at hafltime,
46-34.
Quite simple, my dear Michigan fans. This Wolverine squad had
developed the second half blues, sumbitting weakly to the merest pressure
placed upon them when the going gets rough. In the three consecutive loss
string that Michigan finds itself in, the Wolverines have led going into half-
time without exception. And without exception they have blown that lead,
until finally they hit rock bottom with the pitiful first 12 minutes of the
second half in Madison-scoring only four points while giving up 31.
Injuries aren't only problem
Sure, the Wolverines are hurt. Neither Marty Bodnar nor Mike McGee
practiced Friday night due to injuries, but they were well enough to play
long periods in yesterday's game-so things couldn't have been all that bad.
In fact, McGee pulled another Jeckyll and Hyde routine against the Badgers,
pouring in 20 points in the first half but only six more in the second.
The Wolverines do have injury problems, and a quick return by one
Keith Smith would help this team greatly, especially considering how the
quicker Wisconsin guards consistently hassled their counterparts into
mistakes. But there is something more important that the Michigan crew
has to learn if it is to challenge anyone, including horrendous Northwestern
Thursday night.
The Wolverines don't seem to have what it takes to play well and win
against adversity. The team appears intimidated by the opposing fans
almost as much as by its opponent. Maybe that's to be expected out of this
team, but if so, then you might as well write off the Maize and Blue for any
post-season activity.
Undoubtedly, the best thing that could happen for Johnny Orr and his
squad would be a strong leader-like performance from Phil Hubbard. But
Hubbard can't give that type of game unless he plays the entire contest, and
you can't do that with five fouls. And as for the protestations about his suc-
cessful surgery, Hubbard has been slow and embarrassingly sloppy around
the basket since the joint swelled up on him two and a half weeks ago.
But don't give Hubbard the full share of the blame for Michigan's
current malaise. Someone has to come forth and instill confidence into this
thoroughly shell-shocked troop. If Hubbard can't do it, then Orr has to find
another candiate for the task. And quickly.
Orr must show leadership
Surprisingly, Orr has taken the current losing skein very quietly. It isn't
hard to get Orr to state how bad his team is right now, but there doesn't seem
to be any "Well, we'll get out of this and tear 'em up soon" determined con-
fidence that typifies the coach who expects the weather to brighten any
moment now. Orr was quiet and reserved after yesterday's loss, almost as if
his team's loss did not surprise him.
Could it be that Orr has resigned himself that his cagers were drastically
overrated in the preseason and must face the season that offers more dismal
moments than happy ones? That would be unfortunate. Even with Hubbard
operating at 100 per cent efficiency, this team seems to have the talent to
battle it out for the Big Ten title. In a conference in which number one
Michigan State and number three Illinois, lose three of four games this
weekend, it is possible that the eventual conference champ will have as
many as four or five losses.
Michigan could still be that team, but it will have to learn a little pride
and poise. And in the final analysis, Johnny Orr-on whom the burden
falls-has his work cut out for him.

The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 14, 1979-Page9.
THIRD STRAIGHT DEFEAT, 77-66

Blue folds in,

second half

By GARY KICINSKI
Special to The Daily
MADISON - Ever cut open an apple
and find everything alright in one half,
but the other completely rotten?
The Michigan Wolverines bit into one
such apple again yesterday, as they
raced out to a 46-34 halftime lead but
were totally outplayed in the second, as
Wisconsin upset the rapidly sinking
Blue cagers, 77-66 before 7,711 happy-
to-get-out-of-the-snow fans.
The Badgers (2-2) turned around a
Wolverine-dominated first half by out-
scoring Michigan by an incredible 31-4
margin in the first twelve minutes of
the second half. Wisconsin forward
Claude Gregory sliced the twine for 28
points, 20 in the lopsided second half,
and also pulled off 12 rebounds.
IT WAS THE third straight contest in
which Michigan (1-3) has lost a game
after holding a halftime lead. Forward
Mike McGee had as many points him-
self in the first half as did the entire
team in the second (20), and he finished
as Michigan's leading scorer with 26
points.
The loss marked the first time
Wisconsin had beaten Michigan since
1975 and the first time Michigan has lost
three consecutive conference games
since the 1972-73 season.
It didn't start out that way though, as
the Wolverines came out in an
aggressive two-three zone and unveiled
their powerful fast break which had
been closeted since early December...
Attempting to overcome the loss of
academically-troubled guard Keith
Smith, not to mention slight injuries to

Marty Bodnar McGee and Phil Hub-
bard, the Wolverines gave it a strong
effort throughout the game. After an
even contest for the first six minutes,
Michigan turned on its aggressive full
court press and forced numerous
Badger turnovers, allowing Michigan
to outscore Wisconsin 16-4 in a five
minute span, taking a 27-14 lead.

Wes Matthews
WISCONSIN THEN reeled off ten
unanswered points, but the Wolverines
countered with a 19-10 surge the rest of
the way to take the comfortable half-
time lead. Michigan's two-three zone,
summoned to substitute for the normal
man-to-man to compensate for the in-
jury-related slowness, had worked ef-
fectively and had allowed for Michigan'
to release its fast break with efficiency.
But so much for the good half.
Michigan came out in the second half
with an offense as mobile as a Madison

vehicle stuck in a snow drift. Turnovers
and bad passes limited the Wolverines
to just four points in the first 12
minutes, a ratio even the football team
would be embarrassed to claim.
Meanwhile, Gregory and guard Wes
Matthews went on a tear, giving the
Badgers a 65-50 lead. The Wolverines
tried futilely to get back in the game,
but never drew closer than nine points.
Michigan connected on a horrendous
28.6 per cent of its second half shots and
managed just a 40.3 percentage for the
game.
AFTER THE game, Michigan coach
Johnny Orr held mixed emotions. "The
first half was the best we've had this
year, but in the second they took us out
of our offense. The first ten minutes of
the second half was the most
aggressive I've ever seen a team play
this year. And they made their shots -
that helped too."
Wisconsin coach Bill Cofield, joyous
in victory, said that the key to the tur-
naround was a decision at halftime to
add pressure to the Michigan guards.
"The second half was just beautiful to
see the way we came back," Cofield
said. "We came out with an attitude
that we weren't going to stink this place
out, and played a very aggressive
defense."
Wisconsin's intensified pressure in-
duced 18 Michigan turnovers in the
second half - almost one every minute.
Injured Wolverines McGee and Marty
Bodnar, both of whom started, led the
team with seven and six turnovers
respectively.
Today at 1 pm
'Bowling, Pinball
and Biliards
at the un11o n

McGee ........
Hardy ........
Hubbard .
Bodnar, Marty
Staton.......
Johnson .......
Garner ..
Heuerman.
Lozier .........
Bodnar, Mark.
Team Rebounds
Totals .......
Chrnelich .....
Gregory .......
Petty.......
Matthews .....
Gaines.....
Hastings..
Smith .......
Mitchell .......
Team Rebounds
Totals .......

MICHIGAN
Min. FG/A FT/A
38.5 11/22 4/4
31 1/7 0/0
27 4/12 3/4
29 3/4 0/0
21 2/3 0/0
13 2/5 2/2
11 1/3 1/3
12 1/3 0/0
16 1/7 2/2
1.5 1/1 0/0
27/67 12/15
WISCONSIN

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7
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6
4
0
2
4
2
2
0
3
36

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2
0
0
3
2
4
4
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2
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PF
2
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5
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4
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Min.
31
38
35
39
38
5
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FG/AFT/A R A PF
2/3 2/2 7 2 5
13/24 2/3 12 0 4
5/8 0/1 10 0 2
6/13 5/7 5 9 1
3/10 2/2 5 9 2
0/1 0/1 0 0 0
3/3 0/0 0 0 3
1/1 0/1 2 0 1
2

Halftime: Michigan 46, Wisconsin 34
Att. 7711

Big Ten Standings

Conference

Downed again

Ohio State
Illinois
Iowa
Mich. State
Purdue
Wisconsin
Indiana
Minnesota
MICHIGAN
N'western

4-0
3-1
2-1
2-2
2-2
2-2
1-2
1-2
13
0-3

1.000 -
.750 1
.667 11/
.500 2
.500 2
.500 2
.333 21/
.333 2%/
.250 3
.000 3%/

Overall
9-4 .696
15-1 .938
9-3 .750
9-3 .750
12-4 .750
8-5 .625
9-6 .600
6-6 .500
7-5 .583
4-8 .333

Today's Games
Indiana at Iowa
Northwestern at Minnesota
Thursday's Games
MICHIGAN at Northwestern
Illinois at Wisconsin
Indiana at Michigan State
Iowa at Purdue
Minnesota at Ohio State

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