THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, January 12, 1973
THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, January 12, 1973
By GEORGE HASTINGS
When Michigan basketball fans
talk about the Big Ten cage race
both of last year and this year,
they tend to think about Minnesota
and Ohio State being the Wolver-
ines' main rivals.
Yet last season, when the Wol-
verines were blowing their title
chances against lesser teams,
there was one more team that
snuck into a tie for third with
Michigan, and in fact stole a
possible NIT bid from the Wol-
verines - the Indiana Hoosiers.
In fact, Indiana was one of
only two teams in the Big Ten
(Purdue being the other) which
the Wolverines failed to defeat
last year, beating Michigan in a
crucial contest at Bloomington,
79-75. And while the Hoosiers
have lost one of the premier
players in the Big Ten from last
year, Joby Wright, by gradua-
tion, they have a host of fresh-
men and sophomores who make
this season's Hoosier team a
threat to go all the way.
The big goal facing Indiana
coach Bob Knight, in his second
year as Hoosier mentor, is to avoid
the kind of poor Big Ten start
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which destroyed his team's chan-
ces a year ago. Last year the
Hoosiers started their schedule by
dropping their first four confer-
But they came back to win
nine of their last ten, including 1
win over every team in the con-
ference, and Knight feels that
they played as well as any team
in the Big Ten those last ten
games. Although they were elim-
inated early in the NIT, the Hoo-
siers still managed an overall
17-8 mark for last season.
The strength, of the Indiana
squad last year was its front line,
and there it remains. Although
Wright is gone, the Hoosiers re-
tain their top rebounder and num-
ber two and three scorers in the
persons of Steve Downing and
John Ritter, a pair of seniors.
Downing, a 6-8 center, was the
club's top board man and second
leading scorer last year, and he is
doing one better this season. While
still leading the rebounding race,
he is also leading in points, scor-
ing at an 18.2 clip so far.
Ritter, a 6-5 forward, provides
Downing with fine support. He was
the third leading Hoosier scorer
in '71-72, and has moved up a notch
to number two now, swishing the
nets for 16.5 points per contest.
The Hoosiers have two more re-
turning regulars from last year,
guards Bootsie White and Frank
Wilson, on the roster, but on this
year's club they're playing, very
infrequently. The other three start-
ing posts and the six and seventh
man positions have been filled by
some ambitious freshmen and
sophomores with excellent results.
Wright's old forward spot is
now manned by a sophomore, 6-7
Steve Green, who has been hot
and cold, but who brilliantly dis-
played his abilities with a game-
leading 18 points in the Hoosiers'
impressive 64-58 victory over Ken-
The guard spots are filled by
a pair of freshmen who have
been delighting Knight with
their early development. Quinn
Buckner, who also starts at safe-
ty on the football squad, has
been contributing 11.4 points per
game so far to the Indiana
cause, and that should rise.
Buckner, who led his preps
team to two consecutive Indiana
state titles, was pursued by ev-
ery major school in the nation,
including Michigan, which was
supposedly one of the last two
or three schools Buckner crossed
off his list. Joining him at the
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other guard spot is Jim Crews.
The top two subs, both sopho-
mores, have figured prominently
in Indiana's success so far this
year. John Laskowski, at 6-5,
comes in at both forward and
guard, and has often rescued the
club. He has averaged 11.3 points
and has been his club's number two
rebounder in his relief role.
The other sub, John Kamstra, is
a fine outside shooting guard whom
Knight calls upon when he needs
So far this year, this group of
two veterans and a bunch of new-
comers has jived into an impres-
sive unit. The Hoosiers sport a
9-2 record, and the last Associated
Press poll had them rated six-
teenth in the country.w
Their only losses have been a
tough 88-85 decision to South Caro-
lina on that power's home floor,
and a 74-65 defeat at the hands of
Texas at El Paso in the finals of
the Sun Bowl tournament.
Beside the victory over Kenr
tucky, Indiana also sports a win
over highly - rated Houston, a 75-
72 triumph achieved the night
before the loss to UTEP.
But most important to Knight
and to Big Ten basketball fans,
the Hoosiers are currently hun-
gering for a quick Big Ten geta-
way. They started well last Sat-
urday, with a convincing 78-64 road
victory over Wisconsin.
But on the next two Saturdays,
Indiana hosts Minnesota and Ohio ... ty. . .
State, and these games could mean Dailv Photo
the difference for the Hoosiers. INDIANA'S BOOTSIE WHITE (22) watches Michigan's Dan Fife
With its good front line and young (24) lay in two in a 92-81 Wolverine victory two years ago in
improving backcourt, if Indiana Ann Arbor. Indiana's hasketbill rebuilding program has sent
can avoid an early season slump,
it should be a factor to be reckon- White and some other seniors to the bench in lieu of younger
ed with in the Big Ten race. performers.
Gymnasts seek improvements
By THERESA SWEDO PLAGUED by academic p r o b- Ray Gura, Ward Black, T e r r y
A young and untested Michigan lems, the team voted to stay home Boys and Monty Falb. Working with
gymnastics team faces its moment and conduct an intersquad compe- a talented but young team, Loken
of truth against a traditional rival tition. Also, Loken cited traveling faces the constant possibility of
in Crisler Arena on Saturday. Sup- time as another reason for the de- erratic performances.
ported by a few veterans, Michi- cision. THE OHIO STATE meet will be
gan battles Ohio State in their first Loken expressed concern over Michigan's third performance, with
dual meet. the lack of competition so far this previous competitions including
Coach Newt Loken's team enjoy- season. The coming meet should the Midwest Open and the Big Ten
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to attend the Iowa Invitational be- In the middle of a building year, hurt by the loss of seven seniors,
fore semester break. Loken relies heavily on Captain Michigan looks forward to a tough
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