Tuesday, Navem6r 23, 1971
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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HIS TIMING WAS bad, but Bo Schembechler finally made the
statement that has been hanging on the tip of his tongue all
On the day that his Wolverines dropped out of third place in
the wire service polls Schembechler called the 1971 Michigan
football team "the best I've ever had." And since he's had some
pretty good teams over the years he added that, "we have a
great team, at Michigan. You have to be something special to
win 11 games."
Evidently the pollsters don't consider a 10-7 victory over
Ohio State very impressive, but Bo thinks otherwise. He
argued that the contest with the Buckeyes proved the Wol-
verines strength more than the previous ten, especially on
defense. "We' have a great defensive team," Schembechler
started. "They can play Defense. OSU couldn't move the
ball at all."
Even Bo would have to admit that the offense was not as
impressive against the Bucks. However he maintains that,
"offensively we did what we could, we scored enough to win."
Besides, some credit for the low score has to go to Ohio. The
Wolverines didn't play any worse against Ohio State, the Buck-
eyes just performed with more skill than Michigan's previous
opponents. Small errors in blocking and timing that went un-
noticed against squads like Iowa were glaring against OSU.
Anyway, the wires declining opinion of Michigan shouldn't
negate the Wolverines' accomplishments. At the beginning of
the season they decided to go undefeated, win the Big Ten cham-
pionship and go back to the Rose Bowl. And they accomplished
all their goals. As Schembechler stated, "there's nothing else
to do, 11-0 is perfect."
It was the first undefeated season for Michigan since
1948 and the first ever for Schembechler. He should be pleased
and he is. "It doesn't happen very often," he commented.
"It's a great feeling, it really is."
However there is a note of bitterness among the celebra-
tion. In addition to their other goals the Wolverines decided to
become national champions this year. And it doesn't look like
they're going to make it. Through no fault of their own, it's
. going to take a minor miracle to boost them to the top.
Part of the reason Michigan can't climb is that they haven't
played nationally ranked opponents. Clobbering Virginia, Navy,
UCLA, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa doesn't impress people as
much of an accomplishment. .However Schembechler stated that,
"I don't think a tougher schedule would have made any dif-
He also doesn't rule out the championship as a possibil-
ity, however slim. "Who would have thought that Nebraska
would be national champions last year," he asked. "We
would think that both Texas and Ohio State would lose their
bowl games." So don't give up on the title, yet, Nebraska
and Oklahoma might find a way to lse and the Wolverines
could slip in.
But don't hold your breath, because the team isn't. Right now
they're ,ready to start a well deserved vacation. They don't have
to practice again until Dec. 13, and they're getting set to enjoy
their vacation. Even Schembechler will take Thanksgiving off
before beginning work on the Rose Bowl.
All the team has to do for the next three weeks is watch what
they eat, stay in shape and try to catch up in classes. But it
shouldn't be hard because they still have to complete their third
goal. They are going to the Rose Bowl, and it won't be any fun
if they don't win.
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By JIM EPSTEIN
Crisler Arena, which has lain
fallow since last year's final bas-
ketball victory over Wisconsin,
will once again sprout cagers to-
night at 8:00 p.m. as the fresh-
men and varsity meet in their an-
Traditionally, the game has
been a showplace for varsity talent
with the freshmen shunted to a
supporting role. In past years
-when the freshmen were thought
to have some chance of defeating
the varsity, there were rumors
to the effect that the Baby Blue
had in fact been held back so as
not to embarrass the big boys.
This year, with a bumper cropa
of freshmen cagers, there again
exists the possibility of an upset
in the minds of both varsity coach
Johnny Orr and freshman mentor
of the best since the days of Caz-
' Cazzie's teams produced three
Big Ten championships, and this
season's freshman team, led by
Campy Russell, has been corn-
pared favorably to them by most
cage insiders. The varsity, of
course, boasts Henry Wilmore, a
distinct All-America candidate, as
its team leader.
Despite the possibility of a close
the contest is the expected shoot-
ing duel between Wilmore and
The varsity will start senior co-
captains Dave Hart and Wayne
Grabiec in the backcourt, with
Wilmore and junior John Lockard
at forward and junior Ernie John-
son in the pivot.
The freshmen will counter with
Joe Johnson and John Kantner
at guard, Russell and Doug Ash-
worth up front and C.J. Kubec in
Russell will be working on Ernie
Johnson in the match up, while
Honig will assign Ashworth,
whom he refers to as "my best
defensive player" to the elusive
The game may provide a few
answers about the varsity's depth,
especiallyuat forward. With Ken
Brady out with a knee injury
until at least the first of the year,
Ernie Johnson has been moved
to center and Lockard has re-
placed Johnson at forward,
The most pleasing aspect of
early varsity practice has been the
improvement of Lockard, who saw
very limited action last season.
The job of covering the 'new'
Lockard will fall to Kupec, the
most recent addition to the fresh-
Orr expects "a hard game, one affair tonight, the major draw for
ILLINI FINISH FAST
Wildcatsstruggle into second
Freshman -Varsity Basketball
Game Admission - Students with
season tickets can show tickets for
free admission. Staff members can
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man squad. Kupec had been play-
ing freshman football and has just
completedihis first week of basket-
Honig is impressed enough with
Kupec's performance in practice
to start him despite his unfamili-
arity with the Michigan style of
"He has made a quick reversal
from football to basketball," says
Honib. "He is still not at 50 per
cent of his ability, but he is com-
ing around very quickly on learn-
ing the plays."
As for the chances of a fresh-
man upset, Honig feels the key is
reducing the number of turnovers
his team has been making. "We've
been turning it over a lot in prac-
tice, mostly because of inexperi-
ence with the fast break and not
knowing the offense well," says
Honig. "However, we're a better
shooting team than the varsity."
Admission to the game is $1.00
on a first-come first-serve basis.-
Those season ticket holders pre-
senting their ticket booklets will
be admitted free.
Preceding the. game at 5:30 will
be an intra-squad wrestling meet.
By ROBERT HALVAKS Illinois and Ohio State, all 5-3 inc
Last Saturday's Big Ten finale the conference.t
saw the Northwestern Wildcats Eric Allen, the Spartans' little
move into second place in the fin- record breaker, better known ass
al standings, putting away the ail- the 'Flea', recorded State's only
ing 'Flea' and Michigan State. touchdown on a seven yard rompa
which had been nagging its Big in the fourth quarter.
Ten opponents the previous four Allen, playing with both hisr
weekends. right shoulder and ribs wrapped inf
Michigan State; which had been tiar for ta2 yards; well undhballe
hoping to place second behind the totals he's produced in previous
Wolverines, had its Wishbone of- leekends p
fense sputter and stall all after-'r T cu
noon The 28-7 upset loss put an In other Big Ten action Satur-
day, Illinois downed Iowa, 31-0,
end to the Slartans' four-game to join the deadlock for third
winning streak and forced them 'place.
into a three-way tie for third with It was the Illini's fifth straight
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hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
conference victory, after dropping
their first six games this season.
The conference streak is its best
since the 1946 Rose Bowl team.
In the traditional game for the
Old Oaken Bucket between Indi-
ana and Purdue, the youthful
Hoosiers took advantage of Purdue
mistakes and poured on a power-
ful running game to defeat the
The victory was the second
straight triumph for Indiana, fin-
ishing the season with an overall
record of 3-8
MICHIGAN'S HENRY WIL-
MORE (25) drives in for a lay-
up against Minnesota last year.
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