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Tuesday, March 11, 1975

THE M CH'I AN AILY

Rage Nine

TusaMrh 1 95TE IHGNDILIaeNn

f

Blue

face

UCLA

In

tourney

By BILL STIEG
The Michigan basketball team
is at it again.
Disregarding the "experts"
for the second straight year, the
Wolverines finished second in
the Big Ten, and now find
themselves in a spot few ex-
pected to see them in: the first
round of the NCAA playoffs.
Michigan raced past its last
three regular - season oppo-
nents to post a 12-6 confer-
ence record, one game better
than Minnesota and Purdue,
and good enough to be invited
to t h e Western regional, 1
where John Orr's team will
face second-ranked UCLA this
Saturday night.
The present situation is not
unlike last season, when the
Wolverines battled to a co-cham-
pionship and NCAA berth, only
to be paired with Notre Dame,
rated third in the nation at that
time.
"No one expected us to beat
Norte Dame last year," smiled{
Orr after Michigan's win over
Ohio State last Saturday. "And
now probably no one will expect
us to beat UCLA. That's fine
with us.,
Michigan stunned Notre Dame
a year ago, and no doubt the
players are entertaining
thoughts of a similar surprise
for this weekend. Whether these
dreams are far-fetched or not,
one thing is certain: the Wol-
verines are as ready as they'll
Big 10 Standings l
Conference Overall

Daily
S %ports
NIGHT EDITOR.
JEFF SCHILLER '
ever be.
Seven wins in the last eight
games gave the Maize and
Blue a 19-7 overall record, but
more importantly, gave the
team momentum and confi-
dence for the Herculean task
ahead.
The lone loss of the past
month came in the final seconds
at Wisconsin. After that the Wol-
verines clobbered Purdue, 93-75,
squeaked by Illinois at the buzz-
er, 77-75, and ran Ohio State off
its own court, 83-64, to complete
the conference schedule.
Each win was, of course,
equally important in the quest
for an NCAA berth, but the Pur-
due rout was perhaps most sat-I
isfying. Coming off the disheart-
ening loss in Madison, Michigan
played perhaps its best game of
the season.
Orr said his team was bet-
ter prepared for that game
than any other, and it showed.
The Wolverines shot a season-
high 59.4 per cent from the
floor, displayed enough slick
passing for 26 assists, and, in
_the' tradition of last year's
squad, put all five starters in
double figures.
Purdue was outscored 12-3 at
the end of the first half to put
the Maize on top 40-27. Midway
in the second half, a nine point
burst in one frantic 38 second
'stretchput the game out of
IPurdue's reach.

Indiana
MICHIGAN
Purdue
Minnesota
Mich. State
Ohio State
Iowa
Wisconsin
Illinois
Northwestern

W
18
12
11
11
10
8
7
5
4
4

L
0
6
7
7
8
10
11
13
14
14

W L
29 0
19 7

"We were so, so high for the
Purdue game that we knew
we'd have atletdown," ex-
plained 0rr two nights later
after watching his team edge
ninth-place Illinois at the
buzzer.
Only a full - court p r e s s
throughout the second half and
an 18 foot jump shot at the last
second by Joe Johnson saved
Michigan from an embarrassing
defeat.
In sharp contrast to the Pur-
due game, Michigan played be-
low its capabilities, hitting only
41 per cent of its shots and
moving a bit too slowly on its
offensive patterns. Defensively,
they could only hold the hot-
shooting Illini to 58.8 per cent:
from the floor.
But it was back to the best
of play last Saturday as GroteI
erupted again--this time for
25 points-and forward John
Robinson leaped and muscled
his way to 13 rebounds. C.J.
Kupeec added 20 points.
The win in St. John Arena
was infinitely satisfying for the
Michigan players and coaches.
since it put them in second
nlace in the final Big Ten stand-
ings all alone, thanks to Pur-
due, which demolished the other
challener to the second place
soot, Minnesota, earlier the
same day.
The team did not have an
official practice yesterday, but
all the players were at Crisler
for an informal workout on their
own. This afternoon preparation
starts for the game with UCLA
(Sturdnv night, 11:10 p.m.
EST: TV broadcast uncertain
at this time).
The Top 20
1. Indiana (37) 29-0 740
2. UCLA 23-3 603
3. Louisville 24-2 575
4. Maryland 22-4 474
5. Marquette 22-3 437
6. Kentucky 22-4 424
7. N. Carolina 21-7 282
8. Arizona St. 23-3 280
9. N. C. St. 22-6 250
10. Alabama 22-4 229
11. Penn 23-4 173
12. Notre Dame 18-8 77
13. S. California 18-7 72
14. Clemson 17-10 40
15. Oregon St. 17-10 39
16. Rutgers 22-6 33
17. Texas El-Paso 20-5 31
(tie) Cincinnati 21-5 31
(tie) Centenary 25-4 31
20. Pan American 22-2 25
Others receiving votes, listed
alphabetically: Arizona, Auburn,
Boston College, Central Michigan,
Creighton, Drake, Furman, Kansas,
LaSale, Memphis St., MICHIGAN,
Middle Tennessee St., Nevada-Las
Vegas, New Mexico St., Oregon,
Southern Illinois, Stetson, Syracuse,
Tennessee, Texas A&M, Utah St.
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Daiiv Photo by KEN FINK
MICHIGAN'S All-Big Ten center C.J. Kupec rips a rebound away from Purdue's John Gar-
rett during the Wolverines victory over the Boilermakers. Kupec should be ready for power-
ful UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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16 10
18 8 Though every Michigan player
17 9 had a good game, guard Steve
14 14 Grote stood out among the rest.
10 16 Starting for the first time in
8 18'three weks, he signalled his re-
8 18 turn with 22 points, nine assists,
6 17 and eight rebounds.

N.C. STATE BOUNCED:

NGAA
By The Associated Press unlessi
It could be UCLA for the 10th little g
time in 12 years. Or it could be pressin
Indiana . . . or North Carolina downca
. .. or Maryland. it lost7
Or it could be any one of 28 Carolin
other teams. ! Atlanti
offs. T
ONLY ONE thing is certain into af
now. When the National Collegi- New M
ate Athletic Association crowns'
its new king on Mon'day night, INDI
March 31, it won't be the de- having
fending champion. Big Te
North Carolina State's Wolf- their to
pack, last year's champions Tourna
after knocking off perennial Unde
champ UCLA 80-77 in double the Ho
overtime in the semifinals and capture
crunching Marquette 76-64, in ship.
the final, won't be in the NCAA India
tourney this time around. its thir
After failing to get an invi- fourthi
tation to the 32-team NCAA Hoosier
extravaganza which begins Sat- againi
urday, superstar David Thomp- the titl
son and the rest of the eighth-I
ranked Wolfpack turned down MICH
one from the National Invita- in thec
tion in New York's Madison 83-64 tr
Square Garden. last Sa
"Personally, I don't want to berth in
play another basketball game India

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field

fin alized

it's in the NCAA," said E
guard Monte Towe, ex-
g the feelings of the
ast N.C. State squad after
70-66 to 12th-ranked North
a in the finals of the
c Coast Conference play-
hat sent the Tar Heels
first-round game against
[exico State.
ANA'S powerful Hoosiers,
made shambles of the
n basketball race, turn!
alents toward the NCAA
ment.
feated and ranked No. 1,
osiers will be favored to
the coveted champion-
na will be shooting for
'd NCAA crown and the
in Big Ten history. The
rs won it in 1940 andi
in 1953. Ohio State won
e in 1960.
HIGAN, finishing second,
conference race after an
ri4!mph over Ohio State
atrday, also earned a!
in the NCAA Tournament.
na has been seeded in

the Eastern half of the playoffs
and opens next Saturday against
Texas-El Paso.
Michigan plays in the West
and opens against UCLA. In-
diana and Michigan cannot face
each other unless both make it
to the championship game.
Completing the first unde-
feated season in Indiana cage
history, the Hoosiers rolled by
Michigan State 94-79 Saturday.
The Hoosiers finished 18-0 in the
Big Ten and 29-0 overall as they
stretched their victory string to
32 games including their three
triumphs in winning the Confer-
ence Commissioners champion-
ship last season.
I*
This Week
in Sports
TUESDAYE
NHL HOCKEY: Detroit Red wings
at New York Islanders, 7:00 on
channel 50.
WEDNESDAY
NHL HOCKEY: Montreal Cana-
dians at Toronto Maple Leafs, 8:00
on channel 9.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: at Ohio
State.

IN MAJOR NCAA first-round
matchups:
-U C L A's second - ranked
Bruins, once again the Pacific-8
Conference champs following a
72-68 squeaker over Southern
Cal, faces Michigan of the Big
Ten and No. 15 Oregon State,
runnerup in the Pac-8, goes
against Ohio Valley Conference
champ Middle Tennessee.
MARYLAND'S fourth - ranked
Terrapins, who finished first in
the ACC during the regular sea-
son before N.C. State knocked
them off in the playoffs, face
13th-ranked independent Creigh-
ton.
-Louisville's third - ranked
Cardinals, tops in the Missouri
Valley Conference, go against
independent Rutgers, No. 20.
-MARQUETTE'S fifth-ranked
Warriors, another independent,
p 1 a y sixth - ranked Kentucky,
which walloped Mississippi State
118-80 and won a share of the

Southeastern Conference title
when seventh-ranked Alabama
was upset 78-70 by Auburn.
-Alabama's Crimson T i d e,
with an at-large playoff berth,
m e e t s ninth - ranked Arizona
State, the Western Athletic Con-
ference champ.
Elsewhere in the NCAA open-
ing-round p 1 a y, it's Central
Michigan playing Georgetown,
La Salle against Syracuse, Fur-
man facing Boston' College,
Texas A&M opposing Cincinnati,
Notre Dame playing Kansas,
Montana battling Utah State and

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NBA
Milwaukee 103,NKC-Omaha 96
College Basketball
Marquette 73, Tulane 65
Exhibition Baseball
Detroit 7, Pittsburgh 4
Minnesota 4, Los Angeles 3
Cincinnati 2, Kansas City 1

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Sports of The Da ly
Big Ten Sars
CHICAGO (UPI)-Unbeaten Indiana, first-ranked among the

THURSDAY
WRESTLING: NCAA Champion-
ships at Princeton.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: NCCA
Championships at Phoenix.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:
State Quarter-finals at Crisler
Arena.
FRI DAY
WRESTLING: NCAA Champion-
ships at Princeton.
TRACK: NCAA Championships at
CohnU, Lia.,Dtt .

Treat Your Ears!

nation's basketball powers, champion of the Big Ten and ownerI NBA BASKETBALL* Detroit Pis-
of the first perfect season in Hoosier cage annals, yesterday tons at Chicago Bulls, 7:30 on
placed four of its five starters on the United Press Interna- " channel 50.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: NCAA
tional All-Big Ten picked by the conference coaches. Championships at Phoenix.

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The only non-Indiana starter on the first team was
Bruce Parkinson, Purdue's junior guard. The other guard
selected in the coaches' balloting was Quinn Buckner of
Indiana.
Rounding out the team were Buckner's three teammates-
Kent Benson at center, and Steve Green and Scott May at;
forwards.
May, a junior who broke his arm and listd as a doubt-
ful participant in the Hoosiers' upcoming action in the
NCAA tournament this week, was the biggest vote-winner.
He received nine first-team votes and one second-team
vote.
Buckner, also a junior, was close behind. Nine Big Ten
coaches picked him for the first team, although he received no
votes for the second or third team.
FIRST TEAM: Guard-Bruce Parkinson, Purdue; Guard-
Ouinn Buckner. Indiana: Center--Kent Benson. Indiana: Forward

SATURDAY
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Michigan
vs. UCLA at Pullman Washington,
WUOM FM 11:00 p.M.
WRESTLING: NCAA champion-
ships at Princeton.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: NCAA
Championships at Phoenix.
TRACK: NCAA Championships at
Coho Hail, Detroit.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
State semi-finals, Crisler Arena.
FRISBEE CLUB: Frisbee tourna-
mtnt at Sports Building, 10:00 a.m.
to 10:00 p.m.
SUNDAY
NHL HOCKEY: Los Angeles Kings
at Phiadelphia Flyers, 3:00 on
channel 4.
NBA BASKETBALL: Milwaukee
Bucks at Chicago Bulls, 2:00 on
channel 2.
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