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Friday, March 3, 1972

Vage Seven.

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, March 5, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By GEORGE HASTINGS
While the rest of the University
takes a rest during the spring
break, the Michigan basketball
team will be taking on its tough-
est assignment of the year as
they attempt to win their last
three Big Ten games. The Wol-
verines have their backs to the
wall, and winning all three is a
must to gaining even a tie for the
Big Ten crown.
Currently, the Wolverines with
an 8-3 record, stand in third
place, a half game behind the co-
leaders, Ohio State and Minne-
sota, who are both 9-3, and who
each have two games left. Mich-
igan coach John Orr agrees that
at least one of the other two
contenders will take its last two
contests, so that his team needs
all three. "If we win them all, I
think we'll probably tie for the
title," he says.
The remaining schedule is not
exactly favorable to the Wolver-
ines. Michigan plays the three
games within an eight-day per-
iod, taking on Michigan State
and Iowa, both away games, to-
morrow and next Saturday, with a
home contest against Wisconsin
sandwiched in between on Tues-
day.

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-Daily--Sara Krulwichl
Lockard jams the boards

OSU SECOND:
Tankers place third in prelims

8y'CHUCK BLOOM home in second place.
Special To The Daily The Wolverines captured ninth
EAST LANSING-Following lastEeleventh, and twelfth in that
night's first set of finals, Michigan event.
finds itself in a big hole in the Big aThe 50-yardhfreestyle saw th
Ten S w i mi m i n g and R iving last of IU's holy trinity, Mark
Championships. Spitz, blast home in record time
The Wolverines with 51 points Spitz, the Sullivan Award winner
trail favored Indiana and Ohio set an all-time Big Ten mark with
State who have 179 and 109dpoints, a quick time of :20.81.
respectively. Jose Aranha of Michigan swam
The Michigan tankmen were his best race of the year, a fine
plagued yesterday by their inabil- effort that gained him third place
ity to place enough swimmers in in a time of :21.86.
the finals. Indiana and Ohio State Illinois' Joe Tanner was second,
both did well in this department, while Ohio State's Bill Catt, came
the Hoosiers advancing nine and in third.,
the Buckeyes four. Ohio State really cleaned up in
Michigan's Dan Fishburn gar- the diving events, taking 1-2 in
nered ninth place in the 500-yard the one 'meter springboard. Tim
freestyle with a good time of Moore, a freshman, was the victor-
4:50.11. Re could not, however, sous Buck by a wide margin with
match: John Kinsella of Indiana, sidekick'Todd Smithsplashing
who clocked in with the winning down second.
time of 4:35.27. Kinsella's team-: Indiana took the next two po-
mate Bill Heiss finished second. sitions with Gary James third and
TheHoosier swept the first four TomEldridge fourth. Rick Math-
places in the 200-yard individual eny of OSU dove to fifth, while
medley. Gary Hall was the victor defending cbcampion Craig Lin-
with a new Big Ten record time coin of Minnesota fell to a dis-
of 1:55.63. Larry 'Barbie raced i appointing sixth.

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This Week r Sports

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TODAY
HOCKEY-Minnesota at the Coliseum, 8 p.m.
TRACK-Big Ten Meet at Columbus
GYMNASTICS-Big Ten Meet at Champaign
SWIMMING-Big Ten Meet at East Lansing
SATURDAY-
HOCIEY-Minnesota at the Coliseum, 8 p.m.
BASKETBALL-Michigan State at East Lansing, 2 p.m.
TRACK-Big Ten Meet at Columbus
GYMNASTICS-Big Ten Meet at Champaign
SWIMMING-Big Ten Meet at East Lansing
BASEBALL-at Phoenix (doubleheader)
MONDAY
LACROSSE-at Roaroke
BASEBALL-at Arizona State
TENNIS-at Corpus Christi,
TUESDAY
BASKETBALL-Wisconsin at Crisler Arena, 8 p.m.
BASEBALL-at Arizona State
TENNIS-at Texas A&M
WEDNESDAY
BASEBALL-at Arizona State
LACROSSE-at Duke
THURSDAY
WRESTLING-NCAA Championships at College Park, Maryland
LACROSSE-at Virginia Tech
BASEBALL-at Arizona
TENNIS-at Southern Mehodist University
FRIDAY
WRESTLING-NCAA Championships at College Park
BASEBALL-at Arizona
TRACK-at Detroit
TENNIS-at Trinity
SATURDAY
BASKETBALL-Iowa :at Iowa City
WRESTLING-NCAA Championship Finals at College Park
TRACK-at Detroit
BASEBALL-at Arizona (doubleheader)
SUNDAY
LACROSSE-at Denison
BASEBALL-at Arizona.

In Michigan's best effort of the
night, the 400-yard medley squad
t was barely "touched out" for first
place. The Wolverine team of
eChris Hansen, Byron MacDonald,
rStu Isaac, and Aranha toured the
pool in a swift 3:30.84, just .28 of
a second slower than the Hoos-
iers.
The outstanding time for the
Wolverines was due mainly to Ar-
anha's split of :46.6. Aranha has
been constantly improving and
should do well Saturday evening
in the 100-yard freestyle.
Coach Gus Stager sadly ad-
mitted that this first night was
"worse than last year."
"We really dug ourselves in a
hole this time," he added, "and it
may not be until Saturday before
we pass Ohio State. If we do at
all!"
Michigan must improve in its
diving where Joe Crawford placed'
a poor eleventh. So far, Oh 10
State's complete domination of the
diving events is the reason for
their large point spread over the
Wolverines.
Tonight things should improve
for Michigan. Isaac will gofor the
100-yard breaststroke title, while
Mas Donald will swim in the 200
yard butterfly. Saturday night will
feature the freestyle, 200-yard
breaststroke, and 100-yard butter-
fly. All hopes of catching the high-
flying B u c k e y e s rest on thesej
events.
Michigan State fans have been
treated to the heroics of "Doc"
Councilman's magnificent crew.
His marvelous men and potential
- Olympic medal winners have been
completely dominating all of the
swimming events. Their press
buildup as superhuman seems to
be very well founded.-
When the Olympics roll around
this summer, Councilman's tank-
ers can be counted on to play a
dominating roll, just as they have
taken command of the Big Ten
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Meanwhile, the Buckeyes take a
dangerous trip to Indiana tomor-
row, and conclude their season
by entertaining MSU Tuesday,
while the Gophers have a home
game against Illinois and a road
contest at Purdue.
Going into the clutch games,
Orr expresses confidence. "I think
we're quite capable of winning all
of them," he says. Despite the
Wolverines tough 79-75 loss at
Indiana Tuesday night, he feels
that his team is currently play-
ing some of its best basketball of
the year.
Michigan played perhaps its
best half of the season in the sec-
ond half against Minnesota just
last week, and Orr insists, it "did
not play badly" against Indiana.
He denies that his front line of
Ken Brady, John Lockard, and
Ernie Johnson let down against
the Hoosiers.
"They're front men may have
outscored ours, but -they took
three times as many shots," he
pointed out. The statistics bear
him out, showing that Indiana's
Joby Wright, Steve Downing, and
John Ritter, shot 26 of 60 in scor-
ing 59 points, while the Michigan
trio took only 20 shots, making
nine for 18 points.
"Besides," Orr says, "Our
guards were hot and we didn't
have to go to our forwards so
much," noting that Henry Wil-
more and Wayne Grabec com-
bined for 51 points,
The game tomorrow against the
Spartans might seem to be an
easy one in light of the Spar-
tans' 4-7 Big Ten and 11-10 ov-
erall records, but the Wolverines
are counting on a hard struggle
anyway. "They'll probably play
their best game of the year Sat-
urday," Orr speculated, noting the
traditional Michigan - Michigan
State rivalry, the Spartan home
court advantage, and the fact
that MSU is "due" for a big game
after three straight defeats as
factors which suggest a strong
Spartan performance.
The big gun for Michigan State
will probably be Mike Robinson,
the Big Ten's leading scorer.
Robinson, a quick 5-11 guard, has
averaged better than 26 points per
contest in conference games so
far. He does most of his scoring
on outside shooting.
The other man who could hurt
the Wolverines is Bill Kilgore,
the Spartans' 6-7 center. The big
pivotman is ore of the confer-
ence's premier rebounders, netting
Big Ten Standings
WV L Pt.
Minnesota 9 3 .750
Ohio State 9 3 .750
MICHIGAN 8 3 .727
Indiana 6 5 .545
Purdue 5 6 .454
Wisconsin 5 6 .454
Michigan State 4 7 .3641
Illinois 4 7 .3641
Iowa 4 7 .364
Northwestern 2 9 .182
Tomorrow's Games
MICHIGAN at Michigan State
Illinois at Minnesota
Purdue at Iowa
Ohio State at Indiana
Northwestern at Wisconsin

daily
sports
NIGHT EDITOR:
DAN BORUS
11 a game. However, Michigan,
with all three of its big men av-
eraging 10 rebounds or letter,
should take the overall battle of
the boards tomorrow.
Next week's contests are also
against teams in the Big Ten's
second division, but again are
not likely to be won without
strong Wolverine performances.
Needless to say, upsets have been
quite common in the Big Ten this
year.
For Wisconsin, which has been
coming on strong lately, the game
Tuesday could mean climbing
above .500 for the season, should
the Badgers, now 5-6, conquer
w e a k Northwestern tomorrow.
However, they will have to con-
tend with the Michigan home
court edge, which so far has been
for six victories in six tries for
the Wolverines.
The Badgers rely heavily on
Leon Howard, averaging 20 points
a game, for their scoring junch.
As for rebounding, they feature
Kim and Kerry Hughes, a pair of
6-9 identical twins, along with
the 6-5 Howard. Kim leads this
department with 10 a contest.
A week from tomorrow, should
the Wolverines still be in therace,
the team to beat will be Iowa-
at Iowa. And while the Hawkeyes
are only 4-7 on the year, the
Michigan squad would be wise to.
be wary when they enter the
Iowa arena. The Hawks may not
have been much on the road so
far this year, but in their own
back yard they have surprised
some people, including Ohio
State, whom they beat soundly
midway through the season.
Like Michigan State, the Hawk-
eyes bank on one little man who
can gun, andone big man who
SSCORES
College Basketball Scores
Manhattan 98, St. Peter's N.J. 95
Hillsdale 94, Ohio Northern 80
Miami, Ohio 77, Marshall 71
William & Mary 98, Richmond 82
Seton Hail 75, Colgate 62
Davidson 87, Appalachian St. 77
Georgia Tech 88, Athletics in
Action 87
East Carolina 80, The Citadel 71
Morgan St. 51, North Carolina
Central 46
St. Louis 99, Drake 79
Memphis State 80, Louisville 65
NHL
Pittsburgh 7, Detroit 4
Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 0
New York 4, Butfalo 3
Boston 7, Vancouver 3
ABA
Kentucky 135, Virginia 130, overtime

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Williams, listed officially at 6-3
and 156 pounds, and the big boy
is seven-foot Kevin Kunnert.
Williams is hooping the ball ot
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Michigan fans will remember the
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There is no guarantee that
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If there is any kind of a tie for
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