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I hursdoy,

Septembe{r 5, 1974

The Action Scene
Starts Here.



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By GEORGE HASTINGS conference opener, then sprint-
The most often heard com- ed to a 12-2 Big Ten record and
plaint from sports fans at the title tie.
University of Michigan is that Then, in an incredible week,
Wolverine football can be a bit they disposed of the Hoosiers
boring - too machine-like, too again, this time in a champion-
predictable. But such is certain- ship playoff, shocked the whole
ly not the case with- Michigan country by knocking off the
basketball, a sport in which not third-ranked Irish of Notre
even the experts or coaches Dame, and finally ran out of
have a good idea what's likely gas, falling 72-70 to Marquette
to happen in any given year or as two desperation shots by
game. Russell in the last ten seconds
Take, for example, the per- rolled off the rim.
formances of the last two years The team that wasn't sup-
by the Wolverines. Two years posed to go anywhere had gone
ago, everyone heralded, at last, 22-5, won the Big Ten title, and
the return of championship bas- made the country's final eight.
ketball to Michigan. All-Ameri- With that kind of superb sea-
can Henry Wilmore headed a son last year by a team which
star-studded cast that included did not have a senior in the top
the most publicized sophomore seven men, it looked as if this
in the country, by the name of season's squad would at last be
Campy Russell. easy to figure - they would be
It looked like a super-talented damn good.
team that couldn't miss. But But then came the develop-
miss the team did. Inexplicably, ment that Michigan sports fans
the 1972-73 Wolverines sank to had feared the most, as the
the dismal abyss of a 6-8, sec- newly crowned All-American
ond division Big Ten finish. Russell opted to.pass up his sen-
So, at the beginning of last ior year and turn pro.
year, gloom and doom abounded So once again a question
among 'Ann Arbor hoop follow- mark hangs over the Wolverine
ers. Wilmore and his talented squad.
class Were gone, the returning After last year's surprise per-
playyers other . than Russell formance, no one in his right
were undistinguished, and no mind is writing the Wolverines
one had ever heard of any of off. But losing a player as great
the recruited freshmen. The as Russell could devastate any
consensus was that the Wolver- team, and coach Johnny Orr's
ines were going to be lucky to squad was a well-knit unit that
stay out of the cellar. suffered whenever any regular
But a funny thing happened left the line-up, much less the
on the way to the disaster. Be- man who was the top scorer,
fore the handful of faithful that second - leading rebounder and
turned out, last year's Wolver- number two assist man.
ines came up with a precision, Still, the rest of that chain-
teamwork style of basketball, pionship team remains, and
improved with each game, and they will have to be reckoned
developed almost unbelievably with. The biggest load will fall
into one of the greatest basket- on the shoulders of the man
ball teams in Michigan history. who shared the role of co-cap-
They capped an excellent tain with Russell, C. J. Kupec.
pre-Big Ten campaign by sur- Kupec, a 6-8 senior, went out
prising powerful Indiana in the and proved last year that he
was a vintage Big Ten center,


r tti. a -t junior iritt plays rfee.'Frtefrttm ntet
with the quickness and tenacity They complement each other ears the i Ten wet
of a guard but defends and re- Ty sthe Big Ten will revert
bounds like a man six inches beautifully, and should again to a complete round-robin 18-
taller. give Michigan the best back- game Conference schedule. Re-
But Britt, too, will have to court in the league. Backing ge Cosern4 Leue Re-
brig u hi 117 sorig aer-them up will be Lionel Worrell, cently, just 14 League games
bring up his 11.7 scoring aver- te up w3 eLonlWrel have been played with each
age, and will have to add con- a 6-3 sophomore, who showed e.
sistency on the boards to go as a frosh that he could play team playing five steams twice
along with his occasional leap- defense, and handle the ball as each, an e other our teams,
ing brilliance. well as the pressure, but must just once,
One thing Orr and his well- improve his outside shot to be Michigan will only play eight
respected assistants Jim Dutch- of maximum value. non-conference opponents this
er, Bill Frieder, and "Bird" But the gaping hole on this year instead of the customary
ten. The Wolverines open the
Carter won't have to worry team is the one left by Russell. season withs a home game
about will be the guard slots. 6-6 junior Chuck Rogers, 6-4 against Toledo, November 30,
Steve Grote and Joe Johnson senior Bill Ayler, and 6-5 soph and entertain Tennessee a week
rmake up a tandem that's go- Johnny Robinson will get shots later. Michigan travels to South-
ing to be hard to improve upon. at filling it, but none of them ern Illinois, December 11, and
The two have contrasting is a Campy. There are no big to Dayton on the 14th.
styles. Grote is a 6-2, husky names in the freshman class The Wolverines host the Mich-
b 1 o n d sophomore w h o who promise instant help, but igan. Invitational on December
plays physical, clawing defense, then nobody expected Grote 20-21 with Virginia Tech, Wash-
is a good outside jumpshooter, and Worrell to be as good as ington, and Manhattan coming
and can hit the boards. they were last year, either. to town. Over the holiday, Mich-
Johnson is a 5-10 senior gradu- The fortunes of this year's igan will compete in Detroit's
ate of the alleys of Detroit who Wolverines will depend on how Motor City Tournament with
quarterbacks the team, pene- well the other forward spot is Eastern Michigan, Western
trates well, moves the fast i filled. The way Michigan bas- Michigan and U-D.


of the third member of the break like a pro, and gets his ketbal has gone lately, don't
Wolverine front line, Wayman steals' by means of his quick bet too much money either way.
Brit A62 in i B L pi a r eF e s en

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outplaying each of the loop's
other more heralded pivotmen
in the games that counted most.
Hie led the team with 11.6 re-
bounds per game, and also
chipped in a solid 13.7 points per
But things will be different
without Campy playing next to
him. Russell was as good a re-
bounding forward as any in the
country, and his presence under
the offensive basket freed C. J.
to play a high post, where his
pop-shooting ability paid off.
A much heavier 'rebounding,
scoring, and leadership role will
now fall on his shoulders, and
Kupec will have to improve even
more to pick up the slack.
Another key to Michigan suc-
cess this year will be the play

Daily rnoto by JUHN UIVN
CENTER C.J. KUPEC looks to set up i play against the outmanned Ohio State Buckeyes last
year at Crisler Arena. Michigan routed OSU, 91-68, with Kupec leading the way.



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