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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 15, 1978-Page 9


So long NIT,

Titans fall



- by Henry Engelhardt

A hoop full of ..
After the Northwestern game, in which Mike McGee scored 38 points,
highest of the season in the conference, I asked him the $20,000 question.
"What do you say?" I inquired. "They went in," McGee countered.
That's the way it was for this year's Wolverines. Sometimes.
r A long season has,come to a close. A season that started about this time
last year with the games.of recruiting. What follows is a potpourri of
thoughts stemming from a season that, for many, ended a month too soon.
" Do you remember how hard it rained all day and into the night last
April 22? That was the day Earvin Johnson announced that the college of his
choice was Michigan State.
Just think how great Michigan would have been with 'Magic' and a
healthy Phil Hubbard. I'm sure the Michigan coaches are still thinking about
* Notes from October 15, the first practice: "The three-man weave looks
like Groucho, Chico and Harpo working on a comedy routine." And, "they
recruited five new faces. And six new bodies. (Which one is Mark and which
one is Marty?)"
Actually it's easy to tell the twins apart. One of them has sideburns and
the other doesn't Marty has the sideburns. I think.
One of you guys ever consider growing a beard?
" My Big Ten all-leaping team: Joel Thompson, Mike Woodson of In-
diana, Clay Hargrave of Iowa and Greg Kelser of MSU. Wisconsin's Larry
Petty (blubbery number 00) got no votes.
Most overshadowed player? Kelser of MSU. He averaged over 17 points
and almost nine rebounds a game. Has anyone asked him if he's going to
jump to the NBA?
Happy New Year
* Other questions to ponder: How many years will Mike McGee stay
before turning pro? (McGee, perhaps joking, perhaps not, says he will go
pro after next season.)Why do Michigan teams have such trouble winning
their final game of the season when it's in California?
" NCAA balance? Of last year's final eight teams only one has made the
final 16 this year, that's Kentucky. None of last year's final four, Marquette,
North Carolina, NC-Charlotte and LasVegas made it to the 1978 Sweet 16.
The bad thing about the NCAA tournament? One team goes all the way
to the final four and ends its season with two straight losses. They ought to
eliminate either the semi-finals or the consolation game.
" Go ahead and make fun of Jud Heathcote's flashcards and strange
(futuristic?) hair style, Jud'll laugh with you all the way to St. Louis.
* The drive from Ann Arbor to Madison and Bloomington to Ann Arbor
is exactly 1200 miles. A cohort and I did it covering the Wolverines under the
most torturous conditions possible - we had only an AM radio for enter-
tainment. (Don't try this trick in your own home, kids.)
" The Chinese New Year is in early February, the Jewish New Year in
the fall, many people celebrate New Year on January 1, but for basketball
coaches it comes in March.
" Even before adding new recruits three Big Ten teams are much im-
proved for 78-79. Illinois - Derek Holcomb, a 6-11 transfer from Indiana, a
former prepster, becomes eligible. Wisconsin - Stretch Gregory and Wes
Matthews will be back after losing a battle with the books (probably). Ohio
State - all those great freshmen will be great sophomores..Plus Kelvin Ran-
I get excited about next year just thinking about the man-to-man mat-
chup between Phil Hubbard and Earvin Johnson.
Who's on tap?
b Prep news: Dwight Anderson, a 6-3 guard averaging 38 points and 13
rebounds a game in Dayton looks to be headed to Kentucky.
Rudy Woods, 7-0 (he looks bigger) from Texas, on campus yesterday,
has cut Kentucky from his list. "They don't need me," he said. The schools
he's still considering: Michigan, USC, Texas A&M, Washington and New
The Michigan coaching staff claims it has a good shot at making three or
four blue chippers into Maize and Blue chippers.
The first signing date is April-12, look for Michigan to sign either Thad
Garner, a 6-6 defensive specialist from Hammond, Ind. or Trent Tucker, 6-5,
one of the top players in this state from Flint Northwestern.
Michigan State has a grip on Walker D. Russell, brother of Campy
Russell. The Spartans also have a good shot at a top Chicago prep, 6-6 Mit-
chell Anderson, who averaged 40 points a game this year.
Johnny Orr and the other coaches aren't talking too much about Walker
D., but Orr does speak at many banquets in the off-season. Last week he
spoke in Madison and Washington D.C. No truth to the rumor he and Frieder
plan on guest-hosting the Tonight Show.
" There's a 6-7 kid in the Chicago area that scored 1,045 points two
seasons ago but is not being highly recruited. His name is Walter Downing
and he's a 15-year-old high school freshman. He scored all those points in
eighth grade. He is being billed as the next Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
" Michigan's final game of next season is scheduled for March 4, 1979 in

the Pontiac Silverdome against Notre Dame. A Digger Phelps team has
never beaten a Johnny Orr team.
The Michigan coaches are
working very hard on the upcoming
season. And they are making real
progress. Monday morning in his of-
fice I asked Orr for his thoughts on
next year. "I have no thoughts about
next year," he said.N I
Just 10 hours later in Crisler
Arena he told 750 alumni and two
highly sought-after recruits, "I can
tell ya, we won't lose a game here
next year."
Funny combination of words,
basketball and bust, that signify the
end of one campaign and beginning
of another.

RALEIGH, N.C. (UPI) - Kendall
"Tiny" Pinder scored 18 points and
Charles "Hawkeye" Whitney added 17
last night as North Carolina State shut
down Detroit's high-scoring offense and
rolled to an 84-77 triumph in the quar-
terfinals of the National Invitation
North Carolina State led most of the
game and held a 44-38 lead at the half.
The Wolfpack stretched the margin to
55-44 when center Glenn Sudhop put in a
rebound with about 17 minutes left.
FRESHMAN guard Kevin Smith
came off the bench and scored three
buckets as the Titans rallied and cut the
lead to 61-58 with 11:06 remaining. But
the Wolfpack moved ahead again by 10
and went into its spread offense,
slowing the action with about seven and
a half minutes left.
Detroit, which had averaged nearly
95 points a game, was stymied by the
Wolfpack's quick defense. The Titans
hit only 41.9 per cent of their shots from
the floor.
PINDER, a 6-8 junior, pulled down 21
rebounds and Whitney got 14. The Wolf-
pack dominated the boards, 64-33.
Detroit's Terry Tyler had 19 points,
John Long 17, Terry Duerod 16 and

Smith scored 12.
The Wolfpack, 20-9, meets the winner
of the Georgetown-Dayton game Sun-
day in New York's Madison Square
Garden. Detroit finished with a 25-4
* * *
Rutgers squeaks
James Bailey hit a jump shot with 17
seconds remaining to give Rutgers a 57-
56 victory over Indiana State last night.
Rutgers, 23-6, will face the winner of
tonight's Nebraska-Texas contest in the
NIT semifinals at Madison Square
Garden Sundy.
BAILEY, WHO played only 18
minutes because of foul trouble, scored
just 13 points, but tallied the Scarlet
Knight's final seven points. Abdel An-
derson led Rutgers with 16 points while
Hollis Copeland added 12.
All-America Larry Bird of Indiana
State took game honors with 23 points,
despite a box-and-one defense em-
ployed by Rutgers. Forward Harry
Morgan added 18 for the Sycamores,
who dropped to 23-9.
Rutgers edged to a 30-26 halftime
lead, but with only 37 seconds gone in

the second half Bailey drew his fourth
personal foul-all offensive. Indiana
State closed the gap but could not pull
away. Bailey re-entered the game 12
minutes later with the score knotted at
AFTER AN exchange of baskets, the
6-9 center scored with a slam dunk 3-
point play to give Rutgers a 53-50 ad-
But Morgan, who scored 14 of his
points after intermission, hit two shots

in a row and Steve Reed added a jum-
per to give the Sycamores a 56-53 lead
with 3:46 left.
Following a Rutgers miss, Indiana
State went into a stall but coughed up
the ball twice on turnovers. After
failing to convert on the first error,
Bailey brought the Knights within one
point with 1:42 to go.
Bailey then set up the winning basket
by stealing an inbounds pass with 30
seconds remaining.

Yanks, LA favored

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Spring
training isn't even over, but yesterday
oddsmakers at one sports book made
the New York Yankees and the Los
Angeles Dodgers the favorites to clinch
the pennants in their respective
The Yankees are 4-5 favorites to take
tne American League pennant, accor-
ding to the odds posted at the Hollywood
Race and Sports Book, while in the
National League Los Angeles is an 8-5
favorite. Bettors wanting to back the
Yankees must put up $5 to win $4, while
Dod er fans can win $8 on a $5 bet.
in he American League, Kansas City

was right behind New York at 3-1 odds.
In third place was Texas at 4-1, followed
by Boston at 5-1, California at 6-1,
Baltimore at 10-1, Detroit at 12-1,
Cleveland at 50-1, Chicago White Sox at
50-1, Milwaukee at 50-1, Minnesota at
100-1, Oakland at 150-1, Seattle at 200-1,
and Toronto at 200-1.
Following Los Angeles in the
National League were Cincinnati at 8-5,
Philadelphia at 3-1, Pittsburgh at 4-1,
St. Louis at 10-1, Chicago Cubs at 10-1,
Houston at 15-1, Montreal at 20-1, San
Diego at 40-1, San Francisco at 100-1,
Atlanta at 100-1, and the New York Mets
at 100-1.


The rules have


National Football League voted yester-
day to clamp down on players who
showboat and bait opponents and ap-
proved rule changes to open up the of-
fense a lot more next season.
By a 26-2 vote, the NFL owners
decided to let officials throw the book at
players guilty of "baiting or taunting"
the opposition. It's a 15-yard unspor-
tsmanlike conduct penalty.
"WHAT THIS IS getting at," Com-
missioner Pete Rozelle said, "is things
like deliberately spiking the ball in the
end-zone at the feet of an opponent or
scoring and taking the ball and waving
it in front of his face or jabbing it at
him-deliberate, flagrant acts that can
foment emotional problems in the foot-
ball game.
"We've had some mail on this in the
league office from fathers of little
league football players saying that the
kids really emulate what they see on
television . . . that it does cause
problems with the kids."
Rozelle said that "lesser instances,
such as needling an opposing player,
would draw a warning. If it were con-
tinued, then it would be an unspor-
tsmanlike penalty."
BY A 27-0 VOTE, with one abstention,
the owners approved a rule change to
allow offensive linemen to fend off
charging defenders with hands open or
closed into fists and the elbows flexed
or locked. Previously the hands had to
Boston 105, Detroit 98
Los Angeles 135, NY Knicks 117
Buffalo 123, San Antonio 115
Washington 120, Seattle 115
North Carolina St. 84, Detroit 77
Rutgers 57, Indiana St. 56
Bowling and
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be closed into fists and the elbows had
to be flexed.
The change figures to slow down the
defenders just a bit, and will also make
it easier for officials to call or not call
The narrowest vote, 22-3 with three
abstentions, came on the rule to cut
down the times defenders can interfere
with potential receivers. Previously a
defender could "chuck," make contact
with a receiver as often as he wished
within a three-yard zone of the line of
scrimmage, then the receiver could be
hit again further downfield.
NOW THE receiver can be chucked
only once within a five-yard zone, then
the defenders have to keep their hands
off him entirely, except to avoid being
run over by the receiver.
That rule and the pass-blocking
change are designed to protect the
quarterbacks more by keeping the
defenders away' and giving him more
wide-open targets for his passes. And
with that combination, the league hopes
there will be more offense.
Two other changes approved say:
-A "double-touch" will be allowed
by offensive players as well as defen-
ders. Previously if a receiver tipped the
ball it could not be legally caught by
another offensive player unless a
defender touched it first.
-Intentionally stopping the clock by
committing a foul or penalty is illegal.,
It'll cost the offending team (it usually
'happens when the offense is trailing
and has the ball with less than a minute
to go) a penalty of 10 seconds plus five
A PROPOSAL to prohibit quarter-
backs from trying to draw opponents

offside by changing the cadence of their
count was withdrawn.
Voted down were proposals to bring
all missed field goals back to the 20-
yard line; to reduce all offensive
holding and illegal use of the hands
penaltiesato five yards and to eliminate
sudden-death overtime in regular-
season games.


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