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.:. Illinois vs. Northwestern
by Jim Ecker -
PHYSICAL FITNESS FREAKS claim this country has de-
generated into a nation of watchers instead of doers. And they're
right. Sports fans in particular wile away an astronomical num-
ber of hours every weekend in a mesmeric trance before that
r magical rectangular box.
Usually it doesn't matter who's doing combat. Take your
pick: Lions and Tigers, Bears and Bengals; Cowboys and Indians,
Pirates and Saints; Orioles and Cardinals, Eagles and Falcons. It
usually doesn't make all that much difference.
But, please, not the Fighting Illini and the Wildcats, even
when it is for the mythical state championship of Illinois. And
especially not when Michigan and Indiana are doing battle for
bigger and better things, namely the Big Ten lead.
Obviously the most important and attractive conference
matchup Saturday occurred in Bloomington, Indiana, where the
Wolverines and Hoosiers locked horns in the biggest game thus
far of this interesting Big Ten campaign. Yet the Television
Sports Network (TVS), committed to a broadcasting schedule
drawn up late last fall, focused in on that titantic Illinois-
Northwestern confrontation.
TVS, in its first year of broadcasting Big Ten games after
replacing the Hughes Sports Network as the league's television
agent, accepted a prescribed list of games from the Big Ten
office last November and has been. forced to live or die with that
inflexible lineup ever since. Last Saturday, TVS suffered a
severe injury.
"There's no question they should have shown Indiana and
Michigan, or at least Purdue and Wisconsin," admitted Johnny
Orr yesterday. "We watched that first game between Notre
Dame and South Carolina before our game and they kept talking
about 12,000 screaming South Carolina fans. Hell, if they had
followed that with our game with Indiana, they would have had
18,000 crazy people yelling their heads off."
"Instead, they showed Northwestern and Illinois playing for
the state championship of Illinois before 3500 people. State cham-
pionship hell. I know Bradley and Southern Illinois don't think
that game was for the state championship."
Big Ten selects games
ACTUALLY, THE TVS NETWORK isn't totally to blame for
the generally unappetizing Big Ten television schedule this year.
The league office in Chicago, headed by Jeff Elliott, comprises
the schedule, not T'VS. "We try to wait as close to the season as
possible before drawing it up," relates Elliott. "But we really
can't wait very long."
,Elliott explains that advertisers must know several months
in advance which games will be shown so that they can organize,
appropriate publicity and advertising campaigns. Also, local TV
stations must know the conference's broadcasting schedule before-
hand in order to work out their own schedules with the various
member schools.
"We certainly always want to get a team on. at least once,
and twice, if possible," says Elliott. "Also, we try to get every
team a home game. But it'd not easy. We look at how a team did
the year before, how they. might do this year, which players are
gone, which might develop, and what the attractive match-ups
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CHAMPAIGN - Indiana's 10th-
ranked Hoosiers, led by Scott
May's 26 points, rolled past Illinois
101-83 last night to maintain their
hold on first place in the Big Ten
basketball race.
'The Hoosiers boosted their rec-
ord to 9.1 in the conference and
17-3 for the season while sad-
dling Illinois with its 11th
straight defeat, exceeding the
previous Illini losing streak ofc
10 straight back in 1907.t
Indiana broke to a 23-18 lead in"
the early going and with May scoi-
ing seven of the next nine Hoosier
points, Indiana upped its lead to
Illinois, paced by Jeff Dawson
and Rick Schmidt cut the margin
to 48-40 at the half.
Indiana came out storming in
the second half and outscored
the Illini 20-8 in one stretch toI
make the score 80-60 as Johnz
Laskowski and May led the at-t
tack. The Illini never recovered.
Coach Bob Knight then beganG
substituting and the two teamsf
played on an even keel. Schmidt
led Illinois with .30 points and1
Dawson had 25.1
Steve Green, who' scored 37
points in Indiana's pivotal win
over Michigan, added 20 points l
to the Hoosier total against Illi-
nois. Kent Benson pitched in
with 18 points and Laskowski,
often called Indiana's Super Sub,-
had 15.
Illinois' biggest threat came with
17 39 left in the second half when
Dawson scored to cut the Hoosier
lead to 52-46.

due's Boilermakers ran away from
the Iowa Hawkeyes, 99-78, in a Big
Ten college basketball game last
The victory kept Purdue in sec-
ond place in the league race, one-
half game behindi Indiana.
Nichols led the Boilermaker
balanced scoring, followed by
Frank Kendrick's 18 and 16 from
Bruce Parkinson.
Avenging a 112-111 triple overtime
loss to the HawReyes in their last
meeting, Purdue never trailed in
the contest. Davey Duke put the
Boilermakers ahead with only four .
seconds gone in the game with a!
field goal.
The Boilermakers pulled ahead
by 18 at one point in the first half,
then blew to a 25-point lead in
the final 20 minutes.
Iwa's leading scorer was Candy
LaPrince with 21.

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Whew-that's fast!
The previous mile record time fell into obscurity yesterday when
North Carolina senior Tony Wildrop ran a brilliant 3:55.0 mile.
Waldrop says however, "I'm still a country boy from North
Carolina and I'm tired of running all these sub-four minute miles."

Gymnasts skin Iowa

Then the Hoosiers went on an- By TOM PYDEN
other of their sprees to put the "Well, it's always a compliment
game beyond reach. to be rated the favorite, and the
BolrG ,explode! guys will be working hard to prover
WES LAFAE TTp --,Je' 'that they deserve the rating. ButP
WEST LAFAYETTE-Jerry Nic- remember, the ballgame will startI
hols dropped in 20 points as Pur- all over again on March first andI
si An ov e r 1y optimistic Ralph1
Houk assessing his beloved De-
R aiipag"ingtroit Tigers' chances for the up-c
coming season? Hardly. Rather
the sentiments of a cautious
Newt Loken, acknowledginig the
frontrunners for next month's
reeordboo BigTen Gymnastics Meet after
their exciting 161.1-160.8 con-
quest over Iowa last Saturday
Michigan's wrestlers have again in Iowa City.
gone through the ritual of voting "The guys were really fired up
for a Champion of the Week. Rob and went all out for this one,"
Huizenga, who breakfasts on cham- reflected Loken, "because judging
pions, swallowed another one Fri- from Iowa's previous scores and!
day night when he licked Wiscon- knowing that they had fine talent,;
sin's defending Big Ten 167-pound j we knew it was going to be .3 very'
champion Ed Vatch 3-0, and won close meet."1
the honor on a near-unanimous 'The Wolverine g y m n a s t s fell2
vote. ;slightly behind after the initial1
The Wolverines' twenty-sixth con- floor exercise event, but came
secutive dual meet victory (over back w it h outstanding perform-
Wisconsin) was noteworthy for the ances by Jerry Poynton on the
number of records the Maize and pommel, Monty Falb, Joe Neuen-
Blue smashed, both as a team and swander and Pierre Leclerc, on
as individuals. Many of them are the rings, to take the decisive
too tiivial to print, but the more lead.
important standards set include: "I thought we had a com-
" Most consecutive dual meet manding lead after the rings,
victories in one season (13) but it diminished considerably
" Best season's dual meet rec-' after the vaulting and parallel
ord (13-0) bars," noted Loken. "However,
" Most consecutive home meet our high bar men came through
dual victories (17) . under great pressure and did a
" Most consecutive home dual' tremendous job."
meet Big Ten victories (15) Going into the final event of the

bar team, generally considered to . indicative of the nation's top tram-
be one of the best in the country. poline team.
Nevertheless, the Michigan squad Kauffman's distinction of earn-
rose to the occasion and overcame ing a spot on the U.S.A. team up-
the tremendous pressure as Bob held an eight -year Michigan
Darden, Carey Culbertson and tradition of providing at east
Bruce Medd each retorded nine-, one trampolinist per year for
plus scores to offset the fin; Iowa world competition: He now has
high bar performance ani give the the chance to add to Michigan's
undefeated Wolverines their fifth fine record of having a Michigan
consecutive dual meet victory. bouncer win an individual title in
Also over the weekend, Mason five of the past seven interna-
Kauffman, Michigan's brilliant tional championships.
junior trampolinist from Men'-
phis, Tenn., successfully defend- :.: :.:::: ......
ed his National AAU Individual li Top 1ii
Trampoline championship in Th1 e T1 pTen <
Cleveland, Ohio. With the title C 1 H;
comes a spot on the three-mana odege ockey
U.S.A. team to compete in the'1. Mich. Tech 22-s-2 99
eighth World Trampoline Chard- 2. New Hampshire 19-6 84
pionships at Johannesburg, South 3. Minnesota 16-1(-4 74
Africa in March. 4. Boston Univ. 16-6 59
S5. Denver t9-t0-2 57
Kauffman's fine effort a: the . .Wisconsin t5-9-5 47
National AAU Trampoline and 7. Mich. State 19-21-1 45
U.S.A. Team Trials Meet paced the 8. Harvard 12-7-1 19
9. MICHIGAN 17-12-I 1$
Michigan squad as the Wolverine cornett 13-s- 1I
bouncers captured the team trophy st. Louis 22-9 18


Three Dog Night



"We come up with what we think is
schedule and submit it to the TVS people, the
and athletic directors for .approval. Basically,
the A.D.'s if anything should be changed."

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basketball coaches
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"Oh, they send us a copy of the schedule before the season
and' ask for comments," concedes Orr. "But even if you do say
something, they don't do anything about it."
Flexible schedule needed
WHAT ORR, AND MANY OTHERS, would like to see is a
more flexible schedule, something along the lines of ABC-TV's
method of choosing their NCAA football games. Each 'fall, ABC
televises a pre-determined number of set games, yet leaves
enough'- elbow room for mid-season switches for particularly
appeasing confrontations. These "wild card" games bring the
country's football fans the games they want to see. TVS should
do likewise with its basketball fare.
Don Lund, Michigan's Associate Athletic Director, thinks
there should be a cut-off point during the season after which the
broadcasters start going with the best games available. "Early
in the season it doesn't really matter," says Lund. "But later,
they should start showing the most important games."
The Big Tqn and TVS stand to miss out on more than last
Saturday's Michigan-Indiana game. This week, instead of either
the Michigan-Purdue battle for survival or the Indiana-Minnesota
confrontation at Williams Arena, the conference's fans will be
treated to the Iowa-Illinois humdinger being played in Cham-
paign. (Iowa's third TVS appearance of the year.) .
"Wild Card" game on March 9
THE LAST DATE .of the Big Ten campaign, March 9, has
been set aside as a "wild card" date, with either Purdue at
Indiana or Michigan at Michigan State both good prospects.
Both games will probably decide who goes where for post-season
competition, and as such would draw good TV audiences for
these classic intra-state rivalries.
But if the last game of the year can be a wild card game,
why can't others? Elliott claims that different starting times in
the various Big Ten cities cause the major comiplication and that
a last-minute switch in starting times to accommodate television
would wreak havoc with uninformed ticket holders. For instance,
Purdue and Indiana start their Saturday afternoon games at
4 p.m., while Iowa plays Saturday night at 7:30. Changing tip-off
times for those games would throw some people off.
But when Michigan and Ohio State played a televised game in
Ann Arbor February 9, tip-off came at 1 p.m., a full hour earlier
than normal. An effectiue niblicity campaign through the local
media got almost everybody to that game on time. The same
could be done for other rescheduled ballgames.
Really, there is no reason why the Big Ten and TVS couldn't
devise a more feasible working format. "We'd like to have as
much flexibility as possible, within reason," confides Elliott.
"This is only our first year of operation with TVS, and I'm sure
many factors will he subiect to discussion at the end of the
saon.n' t .W1 "rohnhlv wnnt to al1k hoot the schedule then. too."




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* Most consecutive unbeaten Big meet, the Maize and Blue gym-
Ten home dual meets (17) nasts held a tenuous .35 edge and{
* Most consecutive dual meet were faced with the task of main-
wins by a Michigan wrestler (Jerry taining that lead and winning the
Hubmasrd-29}n meet by holding off the Iowa high
* Most dual meet wins in onL
season (Hubbard-13) :f' ' 'I
* Most team points scored by ig Ten Sa d
a Michigan wrestler in dual melt Stnding-
competition (Hubbard-55) WL
Since the wrestlers travel this Indiana 9 1
Saturday to close out the season at
Toledo, the odds are that most of MICHIGAN 8 2
these records won't last out the
weekend. E MSU 7 3
"'.: . . . Wisconsin 4 S
Iowa 3 7
S The Top 20 *Northwestern 3 7
r Illinois 1 9
i. N. car. st. (30) 20-1 1,034 Ohio State 1 9
2. Notre Dame (22) 20-1 1,018 YESTERDAY'S RESULTS

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3. UCLA (3)
4. Vanderbilt (1)
5. Maryland
6. N. Carolina
7. Pittsburgh
8. Alabama
'9. Marquette
10. Indiana
11. Providence
1?. Southern Cal
13. Long Beach St.
14. S. Carolina
15. Creighton
16. Kansas
17. Utah
18. Kansas St.
20. Louisville




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Purdue 99, Iowa 78
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