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Thursday; March 16, 1972


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Thursday, March 16, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page EIeve~"


Black Ha
i a #t epect4 .-*,
Michigan basketbal

Baaaaaaad bounes
-john papa nek -

TWO MILLION DOLLARS is a lot of dough to play around
And when it's used as investment capital, the returns better
be pretty high. That's the logic that Don Canham uses when
he makes out his athletic department budget every year, and
so far that reasoning has made Canham a pretty well known
man in college athletics.
He knows well enough that to make money you have to
spend money. Well the magic has worked pretty well through
the past three football seasons, but somehow, the spark that
it takes to win consistently always seems to elude Johnny Orr
and his band of basketballers.
Ever since the far-off days of Cazzie Russell and Bill
Buntin, Michigan has been looking to renew its prominence
in basketball. It took some time, but the recruiting efforts
of Orr, Fred Snowden and Dick Honig finally seemed to be
piaying off when such outstanding high school players as
Henry Wilmore, Ken Brady, Ernie Johnson and John
Lockard, came to Ann Arbor.
After taking a year to feel themselves out, and finishing a
strong second in the Big Ten, Wilmore and company matured
enough to do some real challenging as juniors this season.
Man for man, this Michigan team had as much talent as
anyone in the league, Ohio State and Minnesota notwithstand-
ing. By season's end, Wilmore landed himself another All-
America plaque, and wound up as the Big Ten's second lead-
ing scorer. Lockard established himself as one of the confer-
ence's strongest forwards, and Johnson and Wayne Grabiec
made honorable mention All-Big Ten.
So why didn't the Wolverines go all the way?
That's the mystery. Or maybe it's not. The on-again
off-again Wolverines started tight, winning games but look-
ing unimpressive. They stalled against the press, sputtered
against the zone, threw passes away and missed shots. As
Michigan and its fans found out, the Wolverines just did
not play consistent winning basketball. When they were
good they were real good, but when they were bad, they
were baaad.
Once the Big Ten season started, the Wolverines had it
together enough to win four of their first five games, but look-
ing bad enough to suggest to everyone that it couldn't last.
Michigan looked bad in losing on the road to Ohio State
and Purdue. Against the Buckeyes, the Wolverines' run and
gun style looked shoddy against Ohio's disciplined, patterned
offense, and nagging defense. At West Lafayette, Michigan
ws.s beaten inside, where it had the potential to be one of
the strongest teams in the country.
Johnson, Lockard and Brady failed to keep William
Franklin and Bob Ford away from the hoop and they punished
Michigan. Once again it looked as though the Wolverines were'
outcoached - not an uncommon happening with the fine new
breed of Big Ten coaches abounding - Fred Taylor of Ohio
State, Bob Knight of Indiana and Bill Musselman of Minnesota.
But the Wolverines came back to show that they were
a good team -- a very, good team in two superb wins over
Ilino and the big showdown over Minnesota that put
Michigan in control late in'the season.
Then came the collapse. In losing on the road to Indiana,
Michigan played another shoddy first half and stayed in the
game only by the grace of Grabiec's hot second half shooting
and Wilmore's persistence in putting the ball in the hoop.
But the ,biggest indignation of all was the 96-92 setback at
the hands of Michigan State that sealed Michigan's fate. Not
only did that loss kill the Wolverines' hopes for a conference
crown, but it made the NIT committee in New York see that
Michigan would not contribute very much to their tourney.
It really is a shame that a team with Michigan's talent
could not win when it really counted. It's hard to figure
out where to place the blame. The obvious place to begin
is to question the quality of the coaching. With a player
as good as Wilmore at the helm, a pure shooter as good as
Grabiec, and a front line as powerfulas Lockard, Johnson
and Brady, there's just no excuse for losing to aMichigan
State or an Iowa.
With all the ashes of this season being swept away, a
look into the future reveals even better personnel for next
year. With, the addition of Campy Russell at forward and Joe
Johnson, who will finally provide an adequate replacement for
Dan Fife' as a playmaking guard, Michigan should be able to
play with just about anybody.
If the Wolverines don't open some eyes in '72-'73, some-
thing is wrong somewhere.

wks stop Rangers,
By The Associated Press Giacomin after taking a pass at E
CHICAGO-The Chicago Black the blue line from Dennis Hull.
Hawks powered past the New York Martin clinched the game in the:
Rangers in their National Hockey third period with teammate Doug
League contest at Chicago last Jarrett serving a hooking penalty.
night. The Hawks got goals from Pappin got the puck free from a
Stan Mikita, Cliff Koroll, and Pit scramble 4in Chicago ice and fed o r ts
Martin while the lone Ranger goal Martin as the little Hawk center
was scored by Rod Gilbert, his sped up center ice. Martin beat a NIGHT EDITOR:
42nd of the season. defenseman in the Ranger zone, CHUCK DRUKIS
The loss, the second in a row cut across in front of the net,
for the Rangers, cut their hold faked Giacomin to the ice and
on second place in the National flipped the puck home. treal midway through period but
Hockey League's Eastern division ' * * Norm Ullman got another for the
to 2 points over the Montreal Ca- s .,L Maple Leafs as the period ended.
nadiens. I Canadians crunch Marc Tardif and Mahovlich ended
Mikita got the Hawks in front TORONTO - Frank Mahovlich the scoring for Montreal, now un-
at 13:59 of the first period when scored two, goals and assisted on beaten in 11 games,
his backhander beat Ranger goalie two others to lead the Montreal + * *
Ed Giacomin from 30 feet out. Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over
Mikita got a penalty shot early in the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Celtics fly
the second period when he was National Hockey League game last PHILADELPHIA - The Boston
tripped, from behind by Bred Park night. Celtics clinched at least a tie for
while breaking in on goal. How- Guy LaFleur, assisted by Ma- the National Basketball Asdocia-
I ever, Giacomin held his ground hovlich and J. C. Tremblay, scored tion's Atlantic Division title last
and stopped Mikita's 10-foot shot at 10:05 of the first period to put night with a 120-115 victory over
with his right hand, the Canadiens on top. Mahovlich Philadelphia behind a late scor-
A few moments later, Rod Gil- tallied his first goal just 45 sec- ing outburst by Dave Cowens.
bert pulled the Rangers even at onds before the period ended. After John Havlicek tied the
1-1 with his 42nd goal of the Bobby Baun cut the margin to game at 104-104 with 5:31 left,
year. Koroll got the Hawks back 2-1 just 40 seconds into the sec- Cowens exploded for eight straight
in front at 12:20 of the secnd ond period with a Toronto goal. Boston points while Philadelphia
period, ramming a 40-footer past Guy Lapointe answered for Mon- could only counter with a field

goal by Bill Cunningham and the
Celtics led 112-106 with 3:41 re-
Philadelhpia could never come
closer than three points the rest
of the game and Boston gained its
52nd victory against 25 losses. The
idle New York Knicks now trail
Boston by six games.
Cowens scored 17 of his 24
points in the last quarter after 36-
point contibuter Havlicek had
done some clutch scoring for the
winners. JoJo White matched
Cowen's 24 points for the Cel-I
The 76ers were led by Bill CurP
ningham's 32 points.
Hawks scal
ATLANTA - Lou Hudson scored
14 points'in a 36-point opening
quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawk's
134-96 rout of the Seattle Super-
Sonis in a National Basketball
Association game last night.
The Hawks hit 66.7 per cent of
the field shots in the first quarter
and built a 36-16 lead.
Hudson wound up with 30 points,
high for -the game. Don Adams
added 21, Walt Bellamy 20 and
Herm Gilliam 18-for the Hawks.

Bra ins


! r IiR ES

to go

Boston 2, St. Louis 0
Baltimore 4, Cincinnati 3

--Associated Press

From Wire Service Reports Detroit's Lamont King. The 49'ers
The big daddy of 'em all, the already have a win over tough
NCAA basketball tournament, will Brigham Young under their belt,
flame into hot action tonight at while San Francisco is coming out
four regional sites with a whole of a rugged PCAA season.
handful of potentially - explosive Fans at Ames should be treated
matchups. to a jewel when SW Louisiana tries

UCLA's near - invincible Bruins,
winners for the past five years,,
open defense of their crown at
Provo, Utah, against WeberhState,
the perennial patsy from the Big
Sky Conference. Long Beach State
and San Francisco will play for,
the right to dump the Bruins.
U n s u n g Southwest Louisiana,
powered by high-scoring Dwight
Lamar, steps up to the big leagues
in an Ames, Iowa, tussle with
powerful Louisville, winners in the
traditionally-tough Missouri Valley
Conference. Weak sisters Texas
and Kansas State will collide in
the second game.
Closer to home and the hearts
of Michigas fans will be the clash
between Minnesota and Florida
State at Dayton Ohio. Preceding
that expected rough-anal-tumble af-
fair will be the Kentucky-Mar-
quette game.
The Eastern Regionals at Mor-
gantown, W.V., has its strongest
field in years, with the North Caro-
lina-South Carolina game followed
by a battle between effete East-
erners Villanova and Pennsylvania.
Nobody has to worry about UCLA
being ready. The Bruins boast
America's player - of - the - year in
red-headed center Bill Walton, the
ofay answer to Kareem Jabbar,
and another first-team All-America
in streak-shooting guard Henry
Bibby. Unfortunately for Weber
State, Bibby's streaks last quite
a while: last year he was off, buti
this year he's on.
Quick Keith Wilkes, Greg Lee
and Larry Farmer round out a
strong, Bruin starting five, and
there's plenty of talent tospare
on the bench, including hardcourt
genius John Wooden. Although
Wooden is a bloodless robot, he
will see to it that his charges don't
get caught looking past Weber
Willie Sojourner has passed into
the real big sky, the pro ranks,
but Weber State can rely on con-
ference all-star Bob Davis and a
faster, more-defense oriented squad
than in past years.
The Long Beach - San Francisco
affair should be no contest, with
the 49'ers cruising behind All-
America choice Ed Ratleff and

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to shed its small college skin and
do a giant killer thang against the
highly-ranked Cardinals of Louis-
ville. Experience is the key for the
Cardinals, as they return a half-
dozen seasoned performers from
last year. Jim Price, a fine 6-2
guard, cops most of the headlines
but his. supporting cast (Larry
Carter, Henry Bacon Al Vilcheck)
is outstanding. Louisville lacks size
but have a good run-and-gun style
and Wooden's former assistant
Danny Crum lurking on the pines.
Dwight Lamar, a schoolboy
teammate of Long Beach's 'Rat-
leff, licked the nets for 36 points
a game as a soph and equalled
that this season as this darkhorse
power ran over a whole crowd of
fair-to-middling opponents.
Kansas State, winners in the
weak Big Eight, should get by
Texas but that'll probably be the
last non-consolation game for the
Wildcats. K-State is tall, with a
front-line averaging 6-7, but Texas
may have an edge in firepower
with Larry Robinson, the top soph
in the Southwest, and vet Lynn
Marquette might get caught with
its Chones down against Kentucky:

to lght n peple veryoncein a Houston 4, Atlanta 0 ~-
to light on people every once in a Milwaukee 9, SantFrancisco 4 ASSUMPTION COLLEGE guard Timothy Shea (11) comes "to a
while, and Allie McQuire will try Detroit 6, Kansas City 2 skidding halt as Eastern Michigan's Gary Tyson (10) moved in on
to hold it together against a Wild- Los Angeles 5, Montreal 0 defense. EMU poured on the offense with George Gerwin netting
Cleveland 8, San Diego 2 .dfne M ordo h ffnewt ereGri etn
cat aggregation led by 6-7 Tom Philadelphia 8, Chicago (A) 6 42 points to beat Assumption 93-85 in opening round ,action of
Parker and 6-11 Jim Andrews. The New York (N) 9, Pittsburgh 4 the NCAA college division basketball last night.
Wildcats also lost their big man Chcgw _TkoLte ros
to the pros when Tom Payne rr---------------------------------- - ----- ------------ ------- n - --" s
jumped before the 1971-72 season II
started. l
Minnesota goes up against Fo- Large 16
rid& State without Ron BehagenPa
and Corky Taylor, and the Goph-
ers could use them both here.
State has 9. towering frontine u
featuring 6-11 Lawrence MeCray'.t
and 6-10 Reggie Royals, but have Ifor only
difficulty hanging onto the ball and
could be murdered by the tight; ' 1i
Gopher defense and yoccasional I
tough press. Minnesota ran Illinois
out of the gym recently with a 0
ferocious zone press. w
North Carolina clipped Maryland !
in the ACC windup and will get - h
another tough test from South wiii thi S coupon
Carolina. All-Americans Bob Mc-
Adoo of North Carolina and Tom E Lch d i i 50
Riker of SC lead a host of fine E ad i nin'e* )0
basketeers in the battle between 1 couper per pizza Good Thurs. 3/16 thru Sun. 3/19
two teams with the muscle to chal- pTS
lenge UCLA. Penn, with a bal-
anced starting five but a poor.v DOM INO'S
tournament track record, clobber-
ed Providence and could do the Call Your Nearest Ann Arbor Location
same to Howard Porter-less Vil- l



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Largest Crowd

the Warriors will have to field The largest crowd to ever see a
three sophs and unless your in- game in Tiger Stadium was 58,369
itials are UCLA, that doesn't win in a doubleheader against the
in the NCAA. Bob Lackey, known Yankees, July 20, 1947.
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