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Buckeye storm hits
..will losses snowball?
By RICK MADDOCK COLUMBUS
So, you're wondering how Michigan could lose to Ohio State by nine
points. Many different factors can be pointed to, and any one or any
combination may be right. Or maybe the answer lies solely in the
incredible balance of the Big Ten this year, which appears to be fact and
not just conference PR.
But first, let's try to figure out what happened at St. John Arena on
Monday night. The Wolverines, whose backbone is composed of
perimeter shooting, hit for 38.8 per cent - 45 per cent in the first and a
horrible 33 per cent in the second half. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes hit 49
per cent of their field goals - 54 per cent in the first and 43 per cent in
the second.
Ohio State's accuracy dropped 11 points, yet it was still able to
increase its lead over Michigan by three points in the second half. How
come? Consider Michigan's poor second half shooting, but also the fact
that only two Ohio State buckets in the second half came from over 10
feet away. Buckeye baskets came from driving the lane, sneaking in the
back door, and tipping in offensive rebounds.
Michigan's man-to-man defense could not stop the Buckeye offense
at the critical stages of the game. When Ohio State needed a basket to
stall Wolverine momentum, it got the basket. And that may be the key to
the game, because had Michigan been able to regain the lead, it would
have gone into its effective zone defense.
This is the first Big Ten game in which Michigan did not meet its
defensive goal of 65 points. Sure, the Wolverines tried to shake things up
defensively by applying the free throw press, and occasionally it worked
well. But Michigan also got burned at times by OSU's quickness. And
finally, coach Johnny Orr oftentimes wanted to apply the press but the
free throw was missed, thus ruining the opportunity.
When Michigan misses free throws, which is part of basketball, it
can really destroy its defense. Then when the Wolverines commit ten
turnovers in each half, like they did against the Buckeyes, one sees a
perfect example of how an offense can hamper its own defense. It works
in a cycle once the offense starts faltering, the defense starts pressing,
getting tired, and fouling. Where in the reverse situation, if the defense
is weak, the offense has more of a chance to offset its weakness by
matching the opponent shot for shot.
In Monday's game, however, there were times when the two teams
matched each other turnover for turnover. And that has to be the factor
that bothers Orr and his squad the most. Ohio State committed 14
turnovers in the second half, which shows that more than once the door
was open for a Wolverine comeback. With 10:45 left in the game,
Michigan was within two points. But after that it began its downhill
slide, never coming that close to the top again.
"I thought we tried really hard. We worked hard in the second half,"
Orr said. "We just couldn't get over the hump."
So, as one can see, there are many possible factors in the loss. But
more important is what position the loss leaves Michigan in. Right now,
Michigan State looks awfully nice with a two-game bulge over
Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue. If the Spartans do not lose this week
to either OSU or Indiana, they could be miles ahead since Purdue plays
both Minnesota and Michigan this week.
The Wolverines did not want to enter the toughest part of their
season with a loss at Ohio State. They now have four brutal clashes in a
row: Indiana and Purdue at home, followed by Michigan State and
Purdue on the road.
The consensus opinion is that the title winner will have no more than
four losses. Michigan has only two losses to go before it reaches that
point. And besides the two road games next week, the Wolverines must
still face Minnesota and Indiana on the road.
Yet, the answer to what this team is, contender or second-division,
will come on Thursday against Indiana. Both Orr and Assistant Coach
Bill Frieder have repeatedly said that success comes from the ability to
bounce back from a loss, thus avoiding a losing streak's infectious
germs. As one can see from the schedule, it would not be hard to
snowball down to non-contender.

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 25, 1978-Page-;
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By KEVIN ROSE BOROUGH
A lot of seniors, veterans, and
leadership.
These, according to Michigan
track coach Jack Harvey, are the
necessary ingredients of a successful
team. And happily for Coach Harvey,
this year's squad has lots of what he
cites, not to mention a great deal of
talent.
THE OUTLOOK for Harvey's
tracksters this indoor season looks
very bright. After finishing a mere
point behind Illinois for the Big Ten
indoor championship last season,
Michigan returns this year with an
almost identical team. The Wolver-
ines have an amazing 50 of 57 points
they scored in the conference meet
coming back in the form of exper-
ienced athletes, compared to only 28
for Illinois and 26 for Indiana and
Wisconsin.

The team, obviously, will be ex
tremely strong if it can avoid the
injuries that were largely respon-
sible for last year's slide to fifth in
the outdoor standings.
"We are a very well-rounded team.
We have men who have proven they
can score in all areas except perhaps
the triple jump and the 600," said
Harvey.
The Wolverine middle and long
distances are particularly strong.
Here, the squad boasts Dave Furst,
two-time Big Ten 880 champ, Big Ten
cross-country champion and co-cap-
tain Bill Donakowski, school mile
record holder Steve Elliot, and
distance ace Mike McGuire. Mc -
Guire, who missed last season due to
illness, holds the school two-mile,
three-mile, and six-mile records.
Freshman Bill Weidenbach, who ran
the fastest prep two-mile in the

country last year, adds to the already Championships all the way," said
deep and talented contingent. Coach Harvey. "Our team has a real
Co-captain James Grace leads the good attitude. We've got two strong
sprinting corps. He won the 400- leaders who are fierce competitors:
meter outdoor championship, was The team is fired up and really wants
runner-up at 440 indoors, and was a to win."
member of the winning 440 and mile The Michigan runners make their
relay teams last year in the Big Ten debut Saturday when they host the
meet. Doug Hennigar of Ann Arbor is Michigan Relays in the Track and
a solid,, dependable scorer in the Tennis Building. Attending will be 15
sprints, and juniors Arnett Chisholm, teams and a total of 500 athletes;
Charles Crouther, and Don Wheeler including Michigan State, Eastern
handle the hurdling capably. Michigan, Western Michigan, arid

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SENIOR JIM STOKES, the varsity
pole vault record holder - (17'%"),
sophomore long jumper James Hen-
ry, and shotputters Randy Foss and
Mike Hetes are key performers in the
field events. Transfer student Mike
Lattany, a 7'%" high jumper, figures
to score some Michigan points.
"We're aiming for the Big Ten

Central Michigan. The preliminaries
start at 2:30 p.m., and an exciting
slate of final events at 7:00 p.m.
Included in the finals will be an
invitational mile, featuring Elliot,
Donakowski, former Wolverine Greg
Meyer, and outstanding Western
Michigan miler Tom Duits. "A sub=
four minute mile is a definite possi-
bility in this race," stated Harvey.

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BLUE SWEEPS CAN-AM TOURNEY

Fresh'
By BILLY NEFF
The old cliche reads: When the
chips are down, look for your exper-
ienced players to come through with
the clutch plays. Well, this weekend
at the Can-Am tournament in Wind-
sor, Ontario, was quite an exception.
Freshwomen Abby Currier and
Brenda Venhuizen disproved this
notion by carrying the women's
basketball team to three victories
and the tournament title.
Currier's 35 points and adroit pass-
ing propelled Gloria Soluk's five to an
85-76 championship win over Hamil-
ton. Her dazzling play placed her
along with Venhuizen on the all-
tournament team. Venhuizen added
16 points to the Wolverine cause in
the championship game.
In their two previous games,
Soluk's quintet tipped St. Clair
Community College, 56-50, and Wind-
Big Ten Standings

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sor Club 240, 84-63, behind the 22
points of Venhuizen.
Coach Soluk echoed the team's
sentiments about the tournament,
"I'm happy for the kids; we were
struggling at 2-8 and now we're 5-8.
Not only are things looking up for
the women cagers this season, but
prospects have improved immensely
for next season too. "By the end of
the year, we hope to boast that we
have recruited the Free Press'
all-state team." Right now, Soluk
claims to have plucked two of the
first five along with a second teamer.
Soluk lists Shelly Chapman from
Marquette, Chris Hansen from
Flushing and North Adams' Penny
Near as her recruits. One player she
can't recruit this season is. Earvin
Johnson's little sister, who was a first
teamer as a junior.
Unfortunately for Soluk, she can-
not use any of these prep standouts
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against Shaw tonight in Detroit or us through the Shaw game and into
Michigan State in Ann Arbor on the weekend against Michigan
Saturday. In addition, the women's State," said Soluk.
mentor will be without the services of Michigan State is the game that th&
guard Sheila Butler, who presently is squad really points to. The women
academically ineligible, cagers host MSU at Crisler Arena
Soluk looks for a "really tough this Saturday at 11:45 a.m. "We're
game with Shaw since Eastern really excited about playing Michi-
Michigan only beat them by one." gan State; we want to pull off the
The Wolverine women were thrashed major upset of the year."
by Eastern, 77-54. If either games comes down to the.
'I hope the momentum [from the wire, look-for the experienced fresh-
three previous victories] will carry women to make the difference.
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Conference

All Games

Michigan State.
MICHIGAN ....
Purdue ........
Minnesota .....
Ohio State......
Illinois .........
Indiana......
Iowa ........
Wisconsin ......
Northwestern ..

W
6
4
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1

L
0
2
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5

Pct.
1.000
.667
.667
.667
.500
.500
.333
.333
.167
.167

W
14
9
9
8
10
9
10
9
5
5

L
1
5
6
6
5
6
5
6
9
10

Pct.
.933
.643
.600
.571
.667
.600
.667
.600
.357
.333

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Thursday's Games
Illinois at Iowa
Indiana at MICHIGAN
Michigan State at Ohio State
Minnesota at Purdue
Northwestern at Wisconsin
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Team Record
1. Kentucky (56) ...................... 14-1
2. Marquette ........................ 14-1
3. North Carolina ..................... 15-2
4. Arkansas .......................... 16-1
5. Notre Dame ..................... 11-3
6. U.C.L.A ......................... 13-2
7. Michigan State .................. 14-1
8. Kansas ............................. 15-2
9. Providence ......................... 15-1
10. Syracuse ........................... 13-2
11. Duke ...................... ....... 14-3
(tie) DAILY LIBELS.............1-0
12. Louisville .... .................. 11-3
13. Indiana State .................... 13-2
14. New Mexico...................... 13-2
15. Texas ......... ................... 13-2
16. Georgetown, D.C................... 13-2
17. Florida State ....................... 14-2
18. virginia............................ 12-2,
19. DePaul.......................14-2
20. Illinois State....... ............. 16-2

Points
1,120
960
802
666
581
539
478
470
317
255
221
221
200
160
142
137
103
69
66
39

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
DIT 89, Shaw 73
Holy Cross 82, Boston College 76
Oral Roberts 73, Drake 71
NBA
New York 99, Golden Slate 97
DETROIT 104, Washington 101

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Team Record
1. Kentucky (41) ...................... 14-1
2. Marquette ......................... 14-1
3. North Carolina ..................... 15-2
4. Arkansas .......................... 16-1
5. U.C.L.A .......................... 13-2
6. Kansas ............................. 15-2
7. Michigan State..................... 14-1
8. Notre Dame ........................ 11-3
(tie) DAILY LIBELS ................ 1-0
9. Louisville....................... 11-3
10. Providence............ ........15-1
I1. Syracuse ........................... 13-2
12. New Mexico.................... 13-2
13. Indiana State ....................... 13-2
14. Georgetown ........................ 13-2
15. San Francisco...................... 12-4
16. Florida State .................... 14-2
17. Texas .......................... 13-2
18. Colorado State..................... 12-3
19. DePaul............................ 14-2
20. Duke.............................. 14-3

Points
410
357
278
201
171
148
147
130
130
68
60
55
37
31
27
26
21
13
12
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NOTE: Polls do not take into account Monday
night's games, in which Kentucky was defeated by
Alabama, 78-62.

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