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Wednescfay, February 2i 974

' "H M1 IAN DAILY

Page Eleven

Wednes~fay, "FebruaW 2'V, 1974 ~tH~MlCdI~AN OAILY

Gymnasts seek

repeat

as

Big

By TOM PYDEN
The mark of a true champion
is the ability to stay on top once
that lofty position has been
achieved. The undefeated Michi-
gan gymnasts, under the astute
guidance of Coach Newt Loken,
will be out to prove that they are
true champions this Friday and
Saturdoy as the defending Big
Ten Champs will be in Iowa City
to compete in the Big Ten meet.'
The unmatched success of the
Michigan gymnastics program
has resulted in 11 Big Ten Cham-
-pionships in the past 13 seasons
and an overall winning percent-
age of -.4S. The 1973-74 squad
r added to the phenomenal record
by registering a perfect 7-0 dual
meet slate this year, capped by
Monday night's slaying of the
powerful Nittany Lions of Penn
State.
The Maize and Blue tumblers

'Tene
are pegged as the team to beat
in this weekend's action, but in-
juries to two top performers have
Coach Loken a bit anxious as the
quest for championship number-
twelve draws near.
"J. P. BOUCHARD is definitely
out (tendon injury) and Jean
Gagnon has just returned to prac-
tice (thumb injury), so we don't
know how well he'll be prepared-
for the meet," related Loken.
"Bouchard's absence and Jean's'
limited capacity will hamper our
Big Ten quest considerably, but
this setback will make the other
guys work that much harder."
Last year's Big Ten Meet at
Bloomington was a closely con-
tested battle among Michigan,
Minnesota, and Iowa, that saw
the Wolverines put on a fantastic
drive to overtake the two rivals
and emerge victorious. Loken

feels that much of the same tense
action will be present this week-
end, but the gymnastics genius
articulately sidestepped the pos-
sibility of predicting the final 4
outcome.
"THE INTRACACIES of the
sport make it difficult to predict
an outcome to the meet he noted,
but I expect it to be a tightly
contested BigtTen Championship
with two or three teams. in the
running. Great performances will
determine the champion."
One of the teams that Loken
was referring to was Iowa. The
Michigan' gymnasts edged the.
highly touted Iowa squad 161.1-
160.8 two weekends ago in Iowa
City and this fact will undoubted-
ly spur the Hawkeye gymnasts
this weekend.
Over three months ago, when
the first signs of winter began to
grip Ann Arbor and- all of- the
Midwest, Coach Loken summedr
up his hopes, prospects and pos-
sibilities for the 1973-74 Michigan
gymnastics team with two words,
"Conservatively optimistic."
Seven dual meet victories and
the gradual emergence of spring F h
have not changed that outlook,
Loken is still conservatively op-
timistic. But if his squad can WOLVERINE CAREY CULBERTSON climaxed Michigan's stun-
overcome injuries and perform up
to its capabilities this weekend, ning 161.05 to 160.2 gymnastics victory over national power Penn
Loken's feelings should be sum- State Monday night with his fine 9.2 performance on the high bar.
med up in three words: "Big Ten The Wolverines will need more heroics like Culberston's if they
Champions." hope to retain their Big Ten title at Iowa City this weekend.
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CCAbasketball tourney.
. .. confusion reigns supreme
by Jim Ecker
ONFUSION USUALLY SURROUNDS the creation of a new
Csports operation, and the fledgling Conferences Commission-
rs'Association (CCA) basketball tournament is no exception.
ariously labelled "The Runnerup Bowl" or "The NIT of the
West," the CCA has wallowed in an unorganized publicity quag-
mire which has left many basketball fans befuddled and bemused.
The CCA tourney came to fruition this year when nine na-
tional collegiate conferences decided that another outlet was
needed for their successful, yet generally unrecognized, basketball
squads. With 657 colleges playing the hardcourt sport, the con-
ference commissioners felt that the NCAA and NIT simply didn't
reward enough of the nation's fine cage crews with post-season
-.play..-
Also, money-starved athletic directors envisaged the CCA
putting some precious coins in their parched tills. The eight
competing teams will split 90 per cent of the net gate kitty,
with the remaining 10 per cent earmarked for the CAA's own
coffers (to cover promotional and operating expenses).
Also, if a last-minute television hook-up materializes, the
tournament would realize even more dollars, and more im-
prtdantly, untold prestige and stature.
Although it has generally been assumed that the CCA tourney
would automatically field eight conference runners-up, such is
not necessarily the case. Individual team selection rests with the
three-member selection committee, comprised of Big Eight
>Commissioner Charles Neinas, Western Athletic Conference
(WAC) . Commissioner Stan Bates, and Mid-America Conference-
(MAC) Commissioner Fred Jacoby.
According to Jeff Elliott, the director of the Big Ten's Service
Bureau, "the eight most outstanding teams from the participating
conferences" will be invited (with a restriction of one team per
conference). But that criterion sounds suspiciously like the Big
Ten's "most representative team" philosophy the conference so
famously employed in choosing their 1974 Rose Bowl entry. And
we all know what happened there.
What happens, for instance, if Campy Russell incapacitates,
himself before the season ends? Even if Michigan finishes
second ahead of Purdue (and behind Indiana), Mssrs. Neinas
Bates, and Jacoby would probably select a healthy Purdue
club with an inferior record over a Michigan team minus its
recognized leader and star.
With nine leagues represented in the Conferences Com-
missioners' Association, and eight spots open in the CCA tourna-
ment, synebody, somewhere, gets pimped. Who gets lopped off,
the conference with the least most outstanding non-chamionship
crew? And how is that defined? The selection committee will be
treading on very subective ground° there, with somebody's
feathers in line for some serious ruffling.
Also, how will individual league ties be handled?. For instance,
if Michigan and Purdue finish tied for second in this conference,
wl there be a playoff? A coin. flip? An arbitrarv selection? or
what? Nobody knows for sure, including the people organizing
the tournament.
Examining the nine conferences committed to the CCA
tou ranient (BigTen, Big 8, Southeast, Southwest, - WAC Pad-8,
Missouri Valley, Southern, and MAC) it would seem that the
field at St. Louis. :would include some pretty fair teams. For
instance, in the SEC Vanderbilt and Alabama are currently tied
for the conference lead,with either school looming as an attrac-
tive entry at the CCA. The same would seem to be the case for
the WAC candidate, whe'e Fred Snowden's Arizona outfit is en-
gaged in a five-team dog-fight for that league title.
But a sneaky, obscure NCAA rule makes both Alabama
and Arizona unavailable for CCA play. The rules makes a
school hosting the NCAA regionals (or finals) ineligible for
any post-season competition save the NCAA tourney itself.
This year, Alabama hosts the mideast regionrs, Arizona the
midwest.
The regulation was meant to keep local fans at home attend-
ing the- NAA's instead, of in New York at the NITor at home
watching the local heroes on TV. This year, by keeping Alabama
and Arizona at home, the ruling could decimate the CCA.
lso clouding the picture for the St. Louis tournament are
rumblags from Los Angeles that UCLA isn't interested in playing
in any "tournament for runners-up." And Indiana's brash Bobby
Knight isn't too enthused about the whole idea should his Hloosiers

falter down the Big Ten home-stretch.
The CCA tournament obviously suffers from both informa-

Daily Photo by KEN FINK

Tankers

chase

ti tie

By BILL CRANE
The Michigan swim team left,
yesterday for .Madison where it
will compete in the 1974 Big Ten
Swimming Championships. The
event is held this Thursday, Fri-
day, and Saturday but the swim-
mers arrive early to get accustom-
ed to their environment, relax a
little, and psyche up a lot for the
most important swimming compe-
tition Michigan tankers will face
to date.
Most of the swimmers have been
on a "taper" or a relaxed swim-
ming schedule in order for them;
to rest sufficiently.. Coach .Gus
Stager of; the Wolverines 'stated,
"It's hard to tell where they are
(his swimimers 'in regards to
times) when on a taper, but we're
reody." y .
TOM SZUBA and Stu Isaac, two
swimmers that Michigan is de-I
pending on to do well, have been!
swimming tougher workouts.' Sta-:
ger said, "They haven't been on
quite the taper," and one can best4

S Ports:
NIGHT EDITOR:
ROGER ROSSITER
surmise that Szuba and Isaac are
attempting to make runs at espe-
cially great performances.-
Without doubt the team to beat
is the Indiana Hoosiers.. Only a ma-
jor miracle would enable any Big
Ten team -to aggregate enough up-I
sets to displace the Hoosiers :from;
the top. Stager adds, howsever,
"There will be quite a batty with
us anid'Wisconsin for 96cond lace
and anothernthree-waystruggle
for fourth place with Michigan
State, Ohip State and Illinois."
Stager: is one coach who is not
despairing for Michigan's chances
against other Big Ten teams.

Women cagers defeat
DelA in OT struggl~e
By RAY O'HARA 30-27. It wasn't until the Blue had
Lydia Sims capped her 20 point fallen behind that late game hero-
effort against Delta College last ine Vander went to work. Her two,
night with the winning basket in splendid scoring drives, sandwich-
overtime to lead the womens' bas- ed around a field goal by Sims
ketball team to a tense 51-50 vie-tonce more established a slim, two
tory. A cliff-hanger all the -way point lead for the home team.
from the opening tip to the final THE PENDULUM hadn't stop-
buzzer, the game wasedramatical- ped swinging, however, and led by
ly knotted with a mere three sec- high scorer Jane Rechstein, Delta
onds jeft r in regulation by Michi- surged to a 44-40 advantage with
gan's Deb Vander. Rebounding a only three minutes to play. Still an-
missed Wolverine shot, Vander other goal by Sims and clutch free
turned and put through a perfect throws from Gilfillen, Szady and
sswisi from seven feet to tie the Vander set up the last minute
contest at 47 and necessitate the thrills.
overtime. 'tThis was the last regular season
Vander continued to shine with a game-for the Michigan women who
beautiful driving lay-up through now move on to the state cham-
heavy 'traffic, her third of the pionship tournament at Central
night, to give Michigan a 49-48 Michigan. Alluding to earlier dis-
lead. The determined Delta girls, appointments this season, coach
undefeated going into the game, Vic Katch reasoned that. "This
came back with a field goal of game will give us some added con-
their own to regain the advantage I fidence because it shows that ve
and set the scene for Sims' basket cn play better than we have been.
off an impressive baseline move. If we play like I think we can,
SIMS' 13 first half points helped we could be one of the ton three
"the Blue erase an early four point or four teams in the state."
Delta lead and take a slim 26-25' The Varsity Reserve squad,
edge into the locker room at the avenged an earlier defeat at the
half. Also important in the first hands of Cacomb County Commun-
half effort were Sheryl Szady and ity College in yesterday's second
Gray Gilfillen's six and five points game. Led by freshman Marjie
respectively, as well as key re- Rosenberg's 29 points, the VR
bounding and defense by Szady handed MUCC a 56-51 defeat for
and = Linda Severin, who added a their first win in the season finale.

"Personally I want to see us do
well for the team and for Michi-
gan," Stager contended, "and
when competition gets tough,
Michigan teams have always per-
formed over anyone's expecta-
tions."
STAGER CITED past football,
wrestling, gymnastics, and other
teams who have "over performed"1
in Stager's terms and come
through when the competition gets'
tough. . Perhaps if anything is go--!
ing for the Wolverinesthis week-
end it would be the feelings of tra-
dition and a predisposition to
greatness obvious in Michigan
Iathletics.
The trouble is the past doesn't
win ballgames or swimming meets
either. The images of greatness'
are nice but some of the Michigan
times indicate the Wolverines are
not ready to compete with the out-t
standing individual tankers around
the Big Ten.
Nevertheless the swimmers have
no alternative but to go big and
make those attempts necessary to'
win the cigar. The last time Michi-
gan visited Wisconsin they came
home losers at the hands of the
Badgers. Although Stager would
make no predictions, a repeat per-
formance is not on their schedule.
The incentive to perform well most
certainly is.
UJCLA third,
but looking
back at USC
By The Associated Press
UCLA has two teams in front of
it in The AssociatedtPress college
basketball poll, but the Bruins are,
looking backward at No. 10.
The Bruins, who have won the;
tournament seven straight times,.
are tied with Southern Cal for first
place in the Pacific-8. Their gane
March 9 figures to decide the con-
ference championship and the Pac-
8 representative in the NCAA
tournament. -
1. N. Carolina St. (29) 22-1 912
2. Notre Dame (15)' 22-1 844
3. UCLA (4) 20-3 774,
4. North Carolina 20-3 599
5. Maryland 19-4 520,
6. Vanderbilt 21-2 456
c 7. Alabama- 20-3 399
8. Marquette 21-3 340
(tie) Daily Libels 24-0 340
9. l"diana 18-3 325
10.Southern California 20-3 288
11. Pittsburgh- 22-2 250,
12. Providence 23-3 246'
13. Long Beach St. 21-2 184
14. S. Carolina 18-4 99
15. Kansas 17-5 45-
16. Creighton 21-4 39
17. Michigan 17-4 31'
18. Arizona 19-6 271
19. New Mexico 19-6 25
20. Louisville 17-5 19

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gum-chewing, bubble-blowing ..Gil-
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their biggest lead of the evening,
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