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Page Eight


Saturday, March 25, 1972





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Uclans seeking sixth straight
aganist ambitious Seminoles

Maryland hoping for
Purple Eagle dive

Contrary to public opinion, in
the beginning John Wooden did
not create collegiate basketball,
the heavens and the earth. Nor
did he invent the zone defense
or the jump shot. And one can
sincerely question the validity
of the tale that he singlehand-
edly defended the fortunes of
Kokomo, Indiana in the state
high school tournament when
his comrades had been banished
do the bench for excess viola-
Each year at this time, in
conjunction with the vernal
equinox, one hears faint rumbl-
ings that Wooden can dribble a
ball on aqueous solutions or
/some equally splendorous feat.
This year's precipitating factor
in the apocryphal stories is one
gangly red-head from the heart-
land of Republican California,
who may be the most dominat-
ing force to ever play the game
since one Lewis Alcindor (Ka-
reem Jabbar).
NCAA Tournament
Consolation Game: North Caro-
lina vs. Louisville, 3 p.m.,
Channel 4
Championship Game: Florida
State vs. UCLA, 5 p.m.,
Channel 4
NIT Tournament
Championship Game: Maryland
vs. Niagara, 1 p.m., Channel
Michigan High School
Class A: Pontiac Central vs.
Flint Northern,3 p.m., Chan-
nel 2
Class B: Muskegon Heights vs.
River Rouge, 11 a.m., Chan-
nel 2
Class C: Saginaw St. Stephen
vs. Shelby, 8:30 p.m., Chan-
nel 2
Class D: Flint Holy Rosary vs.
Ewen-Trout Creek, 7 p.m.,
Channel 2
Walton, coming off one of his
finest games of the season, ir,
which he stuffed six Louisville
shots and converted all but two
of his thirteen attempts from
the floor, is much more aggres-
sive on defense and much more
of a team player on the outlet
pass than his gargantuan pre-
decessor in the pivot. Like all
good big men, once he estab-
lishes himself as the force in
the middle, even his shadow be-
comes intimidating.
Joining Walton are super
sophs Lee, at guard Farmer and
Wilkes at forward, and senior
Henry Bibby, a bona fide genu-
ine streak shooter. Together
they play such an awesome zone
coordinated defense that all
play funnels to Walton. Wilkes
and Farmer are peipetually
present by the boards when the
bal ricochets out.
The only thing that separates
Wooden and this year's crop of
precocious sophs from their cus-
tomary top-of-the heap posi-
tion is an upstart club from the
swampland of Florida. The Sem-
inoles, just pardoned for a re-
cruiting violation that involved
Ed Ratleff who never deigned to
matriculate at FSU, come into
the finals after demolishing a
highly rega'ded North Carolina.
Led by the highly nifty and
speedy dribbling of guard Otto
Petty, who lines up with the
tape measure at a scant 5-7, the
Seminoles laughed at the vaunt-
ed Carolina man to man press
that had shut down such drib-
blers as Barry Parkhill of Vir-
ginia and Howie White of Mary-
Once the press was disposed
of, Florida State shooters could
concentrate on wearing down
the Carolina defense. With Ron
King, 6-4, Reggie Royals, 6-10,
and Larry McCray, 6-11, all go-
ing to work, even a fully stocked

Carolina bench was hard putto
keep up with the flying fast
Can Florida State break all
odds and drop the Bruins?,
To do such they will have to
neutralize Walton on defense,
placing McCray and Royals open
for high arching jump shots
that would force the friendly
giant away from his lay and
wait role. But Royals and Mc-
Cray, though fast and strong
for big men, probably cannot
match the quickness of UCLA
defense. The Bruin Zone is one
of the fastest adjusting marvels
of the maplewood. And with the
red-head as quarterback and

overseer, it is one of the coolest,
least likely to fall apart in a
pressure situation.
North Carolina, instead of us-
ing a zone press to trap the
Seminole dribblers Petty and
Samuels, used a man to man.
The Bruins will not be as fool-
ish, but still the Seminoles
should have no trouble with the
Bruin press. They will run at it
and their pint-size guards will
relish the opportunity.
Scoffing at advice that one
can't run with the Uclans, Flor-
ida State. mentor Hugh Durham.
commented, "We're not planning
to slow the ball down. If you
run against them (UCLA), you
might catch Walton away from
the basket, but if you slow down,
he'll be there and gobble every-
thing up."
Durham feels that if he can
get the ball to either Petty or
Samuels in the middle, no press
can put a vise-like clamp on
his offense. Both Wooden and
Durham feel that defense will
be the key.
Playing a sticky and quick
man to man, the Seminoles will
be hard pressed to keep up with
the overpowering Bruins. Wilkes
and Farmer, who have been sec-
ondary to the big man, are quick
enough that Royals and McCray
must keep them off the offen-
sive boards if the game is to
stay even. Failure to do this al-
lowed North Carolina to stage
a comeback in Thursday's thrill-

UCLA, on the other hand,
must slow down the Seminoles,
forcing them to the outside.
"If,".as one famed observer so
aptly put it, "the game gets de-
liberate, Florida State must take
the outside shot, at which they
are not particularly exception-
The advantage that the Sem-
inoles have is that they are the
possessors of great quantities of
pure, uncontrolled speed and
should be able to counteract the
Bruin fast break, the team's
most prized offensive weapon,
by returning quickly to defen-
sive roles.
Bibby and Lee will be inhibit-
ed by the quickness of the Sem-
inoles but they have the big
man in the post to cut off from.
Picking and rolling with some
ease, North Carolina thrice saw
the gnat-like Petty filch the ball
away from them to put the
Seminoles in a commanding po-
So the game comes down to
poise (UCLA) versus speed
(Florida State). But the game
is in Los Angeles and John
,Wooden's shoes have been wat-
erproofed for spring walking.

It will be the scrappy little
guys against the big bad giants
today at Madison Square Gar-
den in the finale of the Na-
tional Invitational Tournament,
when unheralded Niagara tries
to pull another upset against the
powerful Terrapins of Mary-
The Purple Eagles, certainly
not expected beforehand to
reach the tournament finals
have had to struggle through
four tough contests to reach
the final, and have done it
largely on tenacious defense
and clutch last-minute play.
Meanwhile, Maryland, the pre-
tourney favorite, has shown its
power by blasting three of its
four tournament foes out the
Perhaps the toughest of the
tests for Niagara was 'their
semi-final win over St. John's
of New York, a 69-67 sweat job
which was not decided until Al
Williams hit a pair of free
throws with five seconds to go.
Maryland gained the finals
with a rather easy 91-77 pun-
ishing of Jacksonville.
The Purple Eagles have put
together their unexpected per-
formance on a combination of a
fierce defense and a 6-7 for-
ward named Marshall Wingate.
The pressing defense was the
difference in both the quarter
finals and the semis, as Niag-
ara held heavily favored Prince-
ton to 60 and St. John's to 67,
as the Eagles fought from be-
hind in both contests.
Wingate has been the team's
top scorer and leader all year,
and has kept it up in the NIT.
He pumped in 20 of the Eagles'
62 points against Princeton,

and followed with 22 more in
the St. John's contest. He is also
a fine rebounder and defensive
But despite their heroic ef-
forts of late, Niagara goes into
today's game a decided under-
dog to the Terps, who hold
wide advantages in height and
in scoring punch.
The *big reasons for Mary-
land's edge are big indeed, at
6-11 and 6-9. Those are the
heights of Terp forward Tom
McMillen and center Len El-
more, respectively. This big
pair has been tearing up op-
position in the tournament and
makes Maryland a tough club to
stay with.
McMillen and Elmore domi-
nate the. Maryland stats coin-
pletely, both in the scoring and
rebounding departments. In the
slaying of Jacksonville, for in-
stance, the powerful duo com-
bined for 48 points, 25 for Mc-
Millen and 23 for Elmore.
Terp coach Lefty Driesell has
expressed confidence in his
team's chances, and it will be
no surprise should it come out
on top. But Maryland will have
to hang onto the ball long
enough to move it inside for
their big men to score, and that
may not be the easiest task
against Niagara.
The Eagles' chance for anoth-
er upset depends upon the abil-
ity of their defense, led by Win-
gate and little 5-9 ball-hawk Al
Williams. to. force Maryland in-
to mistakes and to keep the ball
from getting to McMillen and
Elmore. If they succeed here,
the Eagles will be in the game.
But if Maryland can avoid a
rash of turnovers and bad shots,
the Terps will be very hard to

-Associated Press
UCLAN'S HENRY BIBBY (45) and Larry Farmer (54) move in for the kill during a semifinal
game this week against Louisville.;Bibby will be quarterbacking the Bruins against FSU as the
"UCLA invitational" climaxes with the finals to day.


NCA ,/
Special To The Daily
WEST POINT, N.Y.-The mys-
tery and intrigue was in the air
yesterday at the NCAA swimming
and diving championships, and the
action in the pool was record-
breaking. Four new American rec-
ords and one NCAA record were
set in action last night.
The mystery centered around

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the eligibility of Tennessee's super-
swimmer Dave Edgar. It seems
that Edgar failed to pass enough
classes to be eligible for the spring
quarter at Tennessee. That quarter
begins today, but because the meet
began last Thursday, Edgar will
swim tonight. A ruling from the
NCAA insured that.
Meanwhile, back at the pool,
records were being broken like

Pistons hang on to drop Braves;
Bulls stampede 76ers, 116-99

skeets on a cadet shooting course. of UCLA, the former record hold-
The first race the 400-yard in- er, turned the tables on Job in
dividual medley, was the most ex- winning the event. This reverses
citing, even though no records their 1971 finishing order and con-
were broken. Indiana's Gary Hall tinues the battle over breast :,troke
repeated his championship, but supremacy.
had to come from behind to do so. The Michigan 800-yard freestyle-
Dick Colella of Washington and relay team knocked seven seconds
Steve Furniss of USC caught Hall off their own varsity record in
in the breast stroke portion of *he finishing a surprising tenth. The
medley. Hall then came on in the team of Steve McCarthy, Jose
freestyle portion to nip Furniss by Aranha, Dan Fishburn, and Ray
one-tenth of a second. McCullough came in with a time
The first American record to be of 6:56.99.
broken and the biggest upset of
the night was recorded by Jerry
Hidenreich of Southern Methodist The Cincinnati Reds traded
in the 200-yard freestyle. Hiden- hurler Tony Cloninger to the
Teich blew away from the opening St. Louis Cardinals for second
gun and established the record sacker Julian Javier. Javier
time of 1:38.35, clipping over a batted .259 last season while
second off Mark Spitz' record. Cloninger posted a 3-6 record.
Jim McConica of Southern Cal
and teammate Frank Heckel both Another new American record
beat the old mark in finishing was set by the Southern California
2-3. Last night's 500-yard freestyle relay squad, beating their old rec-
winner, John Kinsella of Indiana, ord by .7 seconds. They beat fa-
was fourth. Hidenreich received vored Indiana by three lengths,
two standing ovations from the even though their best swimmer
overflow crowd in the academy watched from the sidelines. The
pool. re~lQ team of Ed McCleskev Steve

By The Associated Press
DETROIT - Guards Dave Bing
and Jimmy Walker combined for
49 points last night as the Detroit
Pistons closed out their National
Basketball Association home sched-
ule by rallying to defeat the Buf-
falo Braves 112-105.
Bing finished with 27 points and
Walker 22, while center Bob La-
nier chipped in with 19 for the
Pistons, Randy Smith tossed in 33
for the Braves, who played with-
out star center Elmore Smith, out
with a strained knee.
After Buffalontook an early 24-9
lead, the Pistons closed to within
five at halftime and went into the
final period with an 80-79 edge.
The score then changed hands
10 times before a basket and free
throw by Lanier and two baskets
by Walker put Detroit in front for
Lanier wound up with 12 re-
bounds, leaving him three shy of
breaking the all-time single-seasop
Piston record of 1,111. The Pistons
still have two more games to go
before ending their season Son-

Bulls ba shfour baskets and Bob Dandridge
two in the first 1:30 of the thirdI
PHILADELPHIA - Bob Love quarter as Milwaukee rolled to an
scored 14 of his 29 points in the 89-58 lead.!
third period last night as the Chi- _ , *
cago Bolls rallied for a 116-99 vic
tory over the Philadelphia 76ers Rockets roar
in a National Basketball Associa- CLEVELAND - Rudy Tomjano-
tion game. vich and Calvin Murphy combinedj

*, * *
Bucks bop
MILWAUKEE - Lucious Allen
and Oscar Robertson propelledl
Milwaukee to a. 20-point lead in
the first 11 minutes last night, and
the Bucks rolled to a 131-88 Na-
tional Basketball Association vic-
tory over the New York Knicks.
Allen poured in 14 of his 28
points in the first period for the
Bucks, whose victory was only
their sixth in 27 meetings with
New York in four years and their
second in five games this season,
Robertson, after missing the pre-
vious six games with a stomach
ailment, contributed 10 points to
the big first quarter and finished
with 21.
The Bucks sank 30 of 45 shots-
67 per cent-in the first half for
a 68-49 lead. Robertson dropped in

for 68 points last night as the
Houston Rockets defeated the
Cleveland Cavaliers 127-119 in a
National Basketball Association
Bullets blah
CINCINNATI - Nate Archibald
who scored 38 points, and team-

* '


Not to be outdone, Mark Spitz of
Indiana set his own American rec-
ord in the 200-yard butterfly. His}
clocking of 1:46.89 beat Hall's
mark of 1:48.44. Fellow Hoosier
fRnh AfiniPrld An zuoc.rnnnA onr1 Ken

Tyrrell, Tom lycBreen, and Mc-
Conica set the record pace, even
though ace swimmer Heckel was
withheld. UCLA finished third and
Tennessee was fourth.

mates Sam
Arsdale all
tions when1

Lacey and Tom Van
received standing ova-
they left the court last

night as the Cincinnati Royals
played their last home game in
Cincinnati, beating the Baltimore
Bullets 132-114.
Cincinnati, which gained permis-
sion from the National Basketball
Association Thursday to move the
franchise to Kansas City, played
before 4,022 fans in its last game
after 15 years in the Queen City.
Archibald, with 11 assists, paced
the' Royals, who hit 53 of 118 shots
compared to Baltimore's 48 of 86
Hawks hum
ATLANTA-The Atlanta Hawks,
-continuing their longest winning
streak of the season, won their
fifth straight National Basketball
Association game by beating the'
Golden State Warriors 118-102 last
putter into

Sws uane wa.Indiana still leads Southern Cal-
Winsfield of Michigan State was ifornia, 257-225. This is an increase
In the second upset of the night, of only 13 points, mainly due to
Paul Gilbert of Yale set a new the relay and Hidenreich. UCLA is
NCAA record in whipping Mark third, and Washington is fourth by
Stamm of Indiana in the 100-yard one thin point over Tennessee.
backstroke. His time of :51.29 beat Michigan continues in tenth place.
Stamm's old mark. The ABC-staged spectacle is fast
Michigan's Stu Isaac repeated becoming the premier swim event
his fifth-place showing in the 100- of the year, possibly even better
yard breast stroke. In the pre- than the Olympics themselves.
liminaries, Brian Job of Stanford Records are falling as fast as the
established a new American record temperature, and with one more
with a time of :56.83. In the chain- day of competition left, hell might
pionship heat, however, Tom Bruce freeze over.
1TWT Tr QT t

-Associated iPress
MARK SPITZ OF INDIANA, swimming in the 200-yard butterfly
at West Point last night, shattered his own record which he
set in the afternoon trials, by posting a 1:46.89 time in the
NCAA meet.


tllljrll ZnUriVVL V IlrAU:l

Salami, salami, baloney and all that Far
Eastern jazz. Coming off a 7-for-8 semi-
final prognostication performance and an
abortive celebration of the Hash-In, the
Swami will pick himself up off the rug for
a quick peek at his infallible high school
crystal ball. Maybe you say, if Swami's crys-
tal ball is infallible, why didn't he take Pon-
tiac Central over Lansing Sexton last Sat-
urday? Well, although the Swami is very
new to this country, he is very polite in the}
phoney swami Hal Schram look too bad.-
After all, the Free Press swami is an old
American ways and didn't want to make
?man with bad digestion.

Swami crows


lin and Company for the boards. Rouge
may be a little weak in the backcourt, so
watch out for a Heights press. Somebody
once told me that the Rouge players are
afraid of great Heights, but I don't believe
HOLY ROSARY 62: I'm picking this D
game out of order because my crystal ball
got funky with me on the C game and
wouldn't come tharough with the goods.
Ewen's irrepressible Brookies are ranked
first in the state and haven't yet tasted
defeat on the season, so they are a good
bet to excommunicate Flint Holy Rosary.
Flint got by North Adams in overtime and
haven't exactly been pounding anybody off
the court. The initials "ETC" formed in
my alphabet soup this morning, but whe-
ther that means Ewen-Trout Creek or et
cetera I don't know.
BY 69V,: Due to my crystal ball breakdown
I'm relying on chicken entrails to pick this
one. Let's see. what does a gizzard and a
colon mean? What if the colon has burst?


MIAMI - Michigan fell -two So, without further muckabuck or boog-
more places yesterday in the Mi- aloo, the pickeroos:
ami Invitational Golf Tourna- * FLINT NORTHERN 80, PONTIAC CEN-
ment. Tenth at the start of the
day's action, The Wolverines TRAL 68: The key to this game may be
dropped to twelfth with a total of Pontiac's Larry Russell, who netted only
313 on the thirdday of play. three points last Saturday. If Russell re-
Florida appears to be "walk- gains his twenty-point form and All-Stater
ing away with it," explained Larry Cole has another hot-as-lust night,
Michigan coach Bill Newcomb. the Chiefs could pull another upset. Re-
The 0ators' total of 865 is 17 member, upsets are the rule in Michigan

-Associated Press
Hail, Swami
and playmaker Wayman Britt pitched in
with five assists.
HEIGHTS 71: Just as the NCAA tourna-
ment has been dubbed the "UCLA Invita-
tional" the Michigan Class B championships


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