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George Hosting, .--mww-

Kupec rinspires

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a miraculous night
CAMPY RUSSELL got the one he wanted last night, and for
Michigan it was one of the sweetest of all time.
The team everyone said wasn't going to go anywhere this
year is on its way to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to play in the Mid-
East, and they are going as undisputed champs of the Big Ten.
The club they said couldn't win without their superstar played
thfe last five minutes without him, and they won. The coach they
said couldn't manage a little league team now has guided an
unheralded group of players to one of the greatest years ever
in Michigan history.
The Michigan Wolverines, who have defied the experts
all-year, pulled yet another miracle out their bag of tricks
here last night, and then they nearly blew the roof off As-
sembly Hall celebrating.
As the clock ticked down the final seconds and the Wol-
verines obviously had the game in hand, the Michigan bench
looked like a gymnastics team. The fouled-out Russell and
his buddy Bill Ayler were doing jumping jacks that would have
taken them well above the basket had they been out on the
cOurt at the time.
The little band of faithful Wolverine supporters who had
made the long trek from Ann Arbor were alternating between
chants of "We're number one!" and discordant strains of "The
As ,the buzzer sounded, the Wolverines jumped all over
each other, and in the locker room the much maligned
Johnny Orr along with his assistant Jim Dutcher were un-
ceremoniously dumped into the showers by a group of
players who all year long had largely hidden their emotions.
Standing in the middle of the locker room with the net that
had just been cut down from the basket draped around his neck
was the man who was most responsible for the victory-C.J.
Kupec. The 6-8 Michigan center, who had been dominated so
clearly several weeks before in Bloomington by the big red-
headed Hoosier Kent Benson, played some of the finest basket-
ball of his career in the game in which Michigan needed it
Kupec was the dominant force on the boards in the con-
test, netting fifteen caroms, ten in the first half. He outscored
Benson 22-12, hit six of eleven shots from the floor and was
perfect in the clutch from the free throw line, dropping in ten
of efeven. As usual, he played his iron-man role, out on the
floor all forty minutes, and he performed for the last ten min-
utes with four fouls without losing any of his effectiveness.
After Michigan's loss at Indiana, the sportswriters all ex-
pounded lengthily (and quite correctly) on how Benson had been
the difference in the game. But yesterday Kupec turned it all
around, and his effort in the pivot was without question the
difference last night.
"I played terrible down there against Benson last time,"
admitted Kupec during the glow of victory. "We probably
underestimated him back then. But we were much more
ready tonight."
But, as usual this year for Michigan, it was a game in which
everyone contributed. Russell did not have one of his best
shootingnights, but Wayman Britt came up with a great one,
and together they put on a tremendous leaping performance
cmbined with Kupec in out boarding a strong-rebounding.Hoosier
tearis. _-
Steve Grote got Michigan off to a fine start, scoring the
first five points. Subs Chuck Rogers and Lionel Worrell each
contributed a steady ten minutes of play when Russell and
Grote were forced to the bench in the second half, and Joe
Johnson almost singlehandedly held the Wolverines together
during that same stretch when it looked like the Hoosiers might
be on their way back.
After the game, Indiana coach Bob Knight had the com-
posre to come into the Michigan locker room and wish
good luck. "You're gonna be a helluva representative for the
Big Ten in the NCAA," he yelled.
Campy later grinned his widest grin and proclaimed that,
"We've proved that we're the Big Ten champs."
Grote summed up the feeling o fall his teammates. "All year
long they said we couldn't do it," he smiled. "I hope they pick us
to lose every game from here on in."
So now it's on to Tuscaloosa, where a rested up Notre
Dame crew will be waiting for them and undoubtedly will be
heavily favored. But Russell says. "Hey-I think we can beat
'em." Shumate and company look out.

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point play for just his third, fourth
and fifth points of the game, giving
Michigan a six-point lead 81 sec-
onds from the end.
When Steve Green, who scored
37 points in the teams' last meet-
ing in Bloomington, missed from
the corner and the 6-2 Britt cleared
the boards for the eleventh time,
suddenly the 600 or so Michigan
fans could be heard, for a change.
The Hooisers were desperate,
and fouled Wolverines repeatedly
in the final minutes, in hopes of
Michigan misses. But every shot
was dropping for the Maize and
Blue now.
Kuper, who finished with a game-
high 22 points, added four consecu-
five free throWs and Chuck Rogers
another pair to salt it away. Green
hit a couple of belated jumpers,
but the Hoosiers were through.
'made up for the restraint of some
previous victories by charging into
the jubilant Michigan locker room
like a man who had just been
exorcised. He was immediately
s'rrounded by the players and the
other coaches, and given a cere-

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assistant coach Jim Dutcher gush-
ed about the team whose success
is a credit to his coaching ability
as well as to Orr's.
"We had the toughest schedule
all year and down the stretch, but
everything just went our way and
we were lucky to not have an in-
jury all year." For awhile, it
seemed that the casualty list might
find Steve Grote's name on it,
when he was fouled. on a driving
layup by Green and hit the deck
hard with most of his weight land-
ing on his elbow.
The Cincinnati freshman left the
-ime and lingered on the bench
for eleven minutes. Steve related
afterward, "the elbow folded up
and I thought it might be serious,
but it felt OK after a while."
game in fine style, as the Wolver-
ines took command right from the



opening tip and moved out to early
13-6 and 20-12 leads. Grote had five
points himself in the first 57 sec-
onds and some excellent offensive
boardcrashing by Russell, Kupec
and Britt got the Wolverines off
and running.
The Michigan front - courtbmen
combined for 23 rebounds before
intermission, and allowed the Wol-
verines to shoot but 38.5 per cent
for the half and carry a 38-36 lead
into the half.-In fact, this board
work at one end cost them a couple
of e a s y Hoosier buckets in the
early going as two or three Michi-
gan players were often unable to
get back defensively in time to
stymie the Indiana fast break.
The night and the Big Ten sea-
son belonged to the Maize and
Blue. Although it became obvious
during the regular conference cam-

paign that Michigan was pretty
good indeed, the fact still remained
that they came out of nowhere to
attain a place among the top teams
in the country.
listening on the radio doesn't need
anyone to tell them that Hoosier
fans outnumbered Michigan sup-
porters by at least 20-to-one. ,It
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time to reach Champaign from Ann
Arbor than from nearby Blooming-
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monial dunking in thes
When he had regain
composure, Orr addr
writers. "This team has
great things. None oft
are anonymous anym
beamed. "They have 21
that makes one helluvat
team has written on

shower. By JOHN KAHLER
ed a little "You know, people thought
essed the we'd only win five games this
done some year. We've won 16 already, and
these guys that's not bad." So spake John-
ore," Orr nv Orr after his team demolish-
wins, and ed Purdue.
team. This Michigan has now won 20
games, and that's not bad, eith-
er. Over spring break, the Wol-
e subdued verines clinched a tie for the Big
Ten crown by embarrassing Min-
nesota 79-56, and doing it bad to
Michigan State 103-87.
Minnesota entered Crisler Are-
na with the reputation of being
a good defensive club. But the
Gophers couldsnot move the ball
well, and their turnovers set up
the Michigan running game,
which they were totally unpre-
pared to handle. .
Campy Russell put on the big-
gest show grabbing 15 rebounds,
scoring 28 points, and earning the
Big Ten player of the Week
award as the result of his ef-
forts. His second half perform-
ance keyed the Wolverine vic-
tory and reduced Gopher coach
Bill Musselman to a state of
Muttered Evil Bill, "Campy
just made fools of us out there
in the second half. He did just
about anything he wanted to-
shooting, rebounding and passing
off. Without a doubt, he's the
best player in the Big Ten.
"And he doesn't even look like
he's expending any effort. All
you need to know about the
game can be drawn from Cam-
py's stats. God, what a great
Orr seconded the emotion. "If
Campy played for Indiana or Il-
linois, he'd win the Heisman Tro-
phy with all the publicity they
get down there. He won't get that
here, since we don't have a pro-
motions department. But Campy
will get his due."
After the game, devout Michi-
gan fans hurried off to their tele-
vision sets to catch the second
half of the Indiana-Ohio State

home folks, and a tight game
was expected.
That game never materialized.
Michigan took command from
the opening tip, and rolled
through the first period. Joe
Johnson sent Robinson to the
bench in foul trouble with half
the period to go, and the Spar-
tans disintegrated. The Wolver-
ines carried a 51-28 lead into the
locker" room at halftime, and
Lloyd Schinnerer was taking off
his warmup jacket.
The optimism was a little pre-
mature. Mike Robinson was now
back in the game, and scoring
points. Johnson and Wayman
Britt were on the bench with
four fouls, and C. J. Kupec was
playing with that many. The
margin was now down to ten,
with plenty of time to go.
Steve Grote then took com-
mand. He personally traded off
baskets with the entire MSU
team and when he tired of that,
Russell stepped in with his typi-
cal accurate gunning. He ran
the margin back up to 17, and
the game was over.
Big Camp finished the game
with 36 points and the Big Ten
scoring championship. Grote and
Britt added 19 apiece. The only
sad note on the entire affair was
that Jake Whitten, in on the clos-
ing seconds of the game, missed
the first free throw of his col-
lege career.
Asked about the honors that
have befallen him this year,
Campy commented, "There's one
more I want. The NCAA cham-



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rtt 8-12 0-4 11 4
upe 6-11 10-11 15 4
rote 4-8 3-5 3 4
ohnson 1-7 3-3 3 0
aorreil 1-3 0-1 1 0
ogers 0-0 2.2 1 1
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Totals 27-62 21-29 45 18
[aiftime: Michigan 38, Indiana 36
Attendance: 15,109


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