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Wednesday, December 12, 1973


Page Eleven

Wednsda, Dcemer 1, 173 HE ICHGAN AIL Pae Eeve

Cagers face do-or-die


By GEORGE HASTINGS A week from Friday is the

Going into their Christmas Michigan Invitational Tourna-
vacation schedule, the Michigan ment at Crisler, with the Wol-
Wolverines are a .750 basketball verines, Bowling Green, Yale,
team. But it's going to take a and Fordham. On Friday night,
minor miracle for them to come Michigan takes on Yale, while
back for the second semester Bowling Green squares off with
with an equal record. Fordham.
For over the holidays, after The Wolverines ought to beat
tonight's contest at Western ale, which is not regarded as
Michigan, Michigan facesa one of the top contenders in the
tough home contest this Saturday Ivy League. The Bulldogs do
against DamyontsowthIs nvaturd return their best two scorers
against Dayton, its own Invi- from last season, 6-4 forward
tational Tournament with a cap- Mike Baskauskas and 6-4 guard
able Bowling Green squad to pro- Tim Kearns. But they lack any
vide the main opposition, the TiKersButhylcan
frightening UCLA Classic which good big players, and would have
includes UCLA and San Francis- to have a superb outside shoot-
co, and finally a home game ing night to upset Michigan.
against the powerful Hoosiers of Bowling Green, on the other
Indiana. hand, has a formidable front
This Saturday's opponent will line. Mark Cartwright stands
be Dayton, and this season's 7-foot, Skip Howard 6-10, and
Flyer club is no one's patsy. Cornelius Cash, who was the
The people down at Dayton feel eighth - leading rebounder in the
that they have their best squad nation last year, 6-8.
since the Don May glory days They rank as co-favorites of
of the mid-sixties, when they the Mid-American Conference,
went to the finals against UCLA. and are a big favorite to dispatch
Dayton returns four starters a small Fordham team in the
from last year's squad, including tournament's first round and set
their whole front line. Mike Syl- up a Saturday night clash with
vester, 6-5, averaged 16 points a Michigan for the title.
game last year at one forward, From the MIT, the Wolver-
including a 12-for-14 shooting day ines proceed to an infinitely
against the Wolverines. Next to tougher tourney, the Bruin Clas-
him play a pair of 6-8 leapers sic in Los Angeles. There, in the
both rated as tough rebounders, first round December 28 they
Allen Elijah and John Van Leh- take on San Francisco. The
man. highly - touted Dons sport three
But the heart of the Dayton 6-9 players up front, including
team is its guards. Donnie Smith, stars Kevin Restani and Eric
6-2, is an All-American candi- Fernstern.
date who scored 23 points a game But San Francisco has already
last year and led the nation in dropped a pair of one - point
free throw shooting. Michigan games to Long Beach State and
assistant coach JimkDutcher Stanford, and Dutcher says that
calls him "the quickest guard "they are beatable." However,
we'll face all year." should Michigan by some stretch
The other guards is Johnny of the imagination upend the
Davis, a freshman who averaged Dons, their reward will be a
31 points a game at Murray contest against mighty Bill Wal-
Wright high school in Detroit. ton and UCLA, at Pauley Pavi-
Michigan assistant Bird Carter, lion yet, something John Orr
who scouted the Flyers, feels hardly needs.
that Davis may already be as Morerlikely, though, ifrthe
good as Smith. Wolverines lose to San Fran-
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APIA baseball **
the fan takes over
Dan Borus
EVER SINCE BASEBALL'S invention in the late nineteenth
century, fans have tried to recreate the thrills and color of
the game for indoor and winter use. Baseball's appeal, its tradi-
tion, lore, and easily identifiable images, make it perfect material
for a detailed game.
So it should come as no surprise that the would be game
player who just can't seem to get enough sports into his blood-
stream has been bombarded with dice and spinners. Some of
these products lack realism; some enough detail to make the
game exciting.
Though some of the not so "hep" still call the game
"Ay-Pee-Bee-Ay," despite the Lancaster, Pa. based company's
stern injunction to "never, no never" do so, the game is still
the same loveable and exciting old dice and board game it has
been since its introduction on the market in 1951.
The company isn't sure exactly how many sets it has sold to
the American baseball public, but the number must reach over
two hundred thousand. Until Sports Illustrated's new editorship
decided that the image needed a cleansing, the game enjoyed
wide circulation in the New York offices of America's number
one sports journal.
Sports Illustrated isn't the only organization to take to APBA.
Besides the Daily Sports Staff, countless dorms and civic
organizations, the University's English Department seems to be
APBA-infested as well.
Profs. Benjamin Franklin and John Raeburn took up the
game eagerly after readingasmall advertisement in the Sporting
News "Can Johnny Bench hit 40 homers for you . . . Will Billy
Williams lead your league in hitting?" That was enough to
convince Franklin and Raeburn, baseball buffs from way back.
The game comes complete with the batting, fielding and
pitching ratings of 480 ballplayers, 20 for each club. If you're
feeling adventurous, you can get four players per team

extra, known as the "cut-outs" to those in the know.
On each card, you get the player's nickname (Confess, you
didn't know that Willie Mays was called "Bu k," Paul Blair was
called Motormouth, and Willie Horton Boozie), birthplace (which
famous - New York Met pitcher is from Lost Nation, Iowa?

cisco, their opponent will be Wy-
oming. The Cowboys as of now
are an unknown quality, made
up mainly of junior college trans-
fers, and Michigan could pick up
a victory there.
Finally, if they survive the
West Coast in one piece, the
Blue basketballers come home to
start their Big Ten schedule
against their toughest oppon-
ent, Indiana. The Hoosiers are
defending conference champs,
and will be looking to start off
with a big win.
Indiana returns three starters,
guards Quinn Buckner and Jim
Crews and forward Steve Green.
Two newcomers complete the
cast, bruising 6-7 forward Scott
May and 6-10 freshman center
Kent Benson, both of whom are
reputed to be awesome rebound-
ers. Their bench is deep and of
almost equal quality. Michigan
will have to play way over its
head to stop this crew.
Meanwhile, while the varsity
plays a seven - game holiday
slate, the reserves have only
one game. They take on the Ohio
State JV this Saturday noon at
Crisler, before the Dayton con-
test, with Carter taking over the
coaching reins for the scouting
Bill Frieder.
At any rate, the while the rest
of us are resting, the Michigan
basketballers have their work
cut out for them. For the Wol-
verine team to regain lost re-
spect, victories over Western
Michigan and Yale are an abso-
lute must, and victories over
Davton and Bowling Green are
also needed. What would really
help, though, would be a nice up-
set over San Francisco of Indi-

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FRESHMAN GUARD Lionel Worrell attempts a short jumper
against Xavier Monday night. The Wolverines face a holiday
schedule that should rapidly mature their young squad.


Orrm en
When Michigan t r a v e l s to
Western Michigan tonight, don't
blame the players if they have a
feeling that they've been there
before. The Broncos are the
third straight t e a m that the
roundballers have played from
either Michigan or Ohio. The
only difference tonight will be
the names and faces.
Western will play a game sim-
ilar to that played by previous
opponents, Toledo, Detroit and
Xavier. All four teams match
very close to Michigan heighth
wise, and all four teams play a
moderately disciplined offensive
The only major difference is
that Western will play with one
guard and two post men.
THE TWO POST men should
present the major threat to the
Blue tonight as both men can
score and rebound with the best
of them. Sophomore Paul Griffin
will start at the high post, and
hee is steadily improving after a
consistently good freshman year.
The low post will be manned
by All-Mid-American conference
forward Mike Steele. Steele is a
6-5 jumping jack who can score
with the best of them. He has


7:eraged 15 points a game over
his two varsity seasons and is
always capable of having a high
scoring game.
The other two positions are
called wings in the terminology
of Bronco mentor Eldon Miller.
The wings are basically players
who are called on to score from
outside. They line up where the
normal forwards would alongside
the key.
Miller has two capable snarp-
shooters to man these spots,
sophomores Jeff Tyson and Jim-
mie Harvey. Tyson is a 6-3 trans-
fer student while Harvey aver-
aged 16 points for Western's jun-
ior varsity last year.

Bron es
he was a good enough play-
maker to start 16 games.
The Western offense is lod by
inside men Steele and Griffin,
but young guards can score and
must not be overlooked.
The Michigan coaching Staff is
pretty pleased with the results
so far as they made no changes
for tonight's game.
Head Coach John Orr feels that
the game tonight will be a tough
one. "You know, they out-re-
bounded us last year, 54-53 and
they've got four starters back,
but only two of those are start-
ing," related Orr.
Assistant coach Jim Dutcher
sees the outcome being depen-
dent on Michigan's defensive
tenacity. "We feel that if we can
hold them to 70 points we'll go
home a winner," said Dutcher.
BOTH MICHIGAN coaches also
spoke of the importance of get-
ting floor time for the reserves
before the all-important Big Ten
season. Dutcher said that they
would like to see the bench, par-
ticularly Chuck Rodgers and Bill
Ayler in a pressure situation.
Well there it is, another game
just like the last one. If Mich-
igan plays poorly before the ex-
pected capacity crowd of 9,500
they will probably get beat. But
if Orr's charges have any hope
of a successful Big Ten cam-
paign. they had better follow up
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Cesar Cedeno jailed;

Which famous second string out-
fielder for the Cleveland In-
dians is from Wolf's Head, Mon-
tana?) and date of birth.
Besides the player cards, in-
struction boards, one for each
of the eight possible base situa-
tions, are included. Each player
provides his hitting, depending
on dice roll, against established
opposition pitching and fielding.
A typical APBA game can be
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Cedeno, the star outfielder of the mediately of the shooting and asked
Houston Astros, was jailed Tuesday him to call the police.
for investigation into the shooting Cedeno signed with the HoustonTT O D A Y ..*
death of a 19-year-old woman. Astros of the National League as
The Dominican national police a free agent in 1967. He has played
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show it to her. him from playing. He had announc-- --
Cedeno told the police that while ed earlier that he planned to re-
Miss de la Cruz held the revolver turn to Houston for surgery.
she put her finger on the trigger -_
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play Harry Caray along the way.
Of course, there are structural problems with the game.
Unlike Strat-o-matic, APBA's nearest rival, there is no
provision for the famous lefty-righty pitcher-batter advantage.
APBA brass claims this is highly overworked. Ron Blomberg
would testify differently, but who's he anyway? As a result,
a Ron Blomberg card can murder a Mickey Lolich card even
if the two would never see each other in a regular season

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