Page 12-Tuesday, March 21, 1978-The Michigan Daily
WILDCATS ROAR AMONG NCAA FOUR:
Either luck or Kentucky
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THE SPORTING VIEWS
By ALAN FANGER
The eventful end is near.
Although the NCAA basketball
regionals contained a few surprises,
like the first-round upsets of Marquette+
and New Mexico and the Cinderella
showing of Cal State-Fullerton, it is not
shocking that Kentucky, Arkansas,
Duke and Notre Dame have emerged as
this year's heralded "Final Four".
KENTUCKY IS the definite favorite
to win the title. The Wildcats have plen-
ty of height and experience, especially,
on the front line. Jack Givens (6-7),
Rick Robey (6-10), and Mike Phillips (6-
11) are all four-year starters.
The back court is headed up by Kyle
Macy, a sophomore transfer from Pur-
due. Macy almost single-handedly put
away Michigan State with his amazing
free throw shooting (90.1 per cent on the
season). Truman Claytor is solid at the
other guard, averaging over seven
points per game.
If the Wildcats are going to make the
tournament final, however, they will
have to beat a highly talented Arkansas
GUARDS RON Brewer and Marvin
Delph and forward Sidney Moncrief
make up the core of the Arkansas at-
tack. This impressive trio combined for
nearly 60 points per game during the
Forward Jim Counce and center
Steve Schall round out the Razorback
lineup. Both are superlative defen-
sively, and accurate on those rare oc-
casions when they go to the bucket.
Problems arise, however, when
Arkansas brings the ball up against a
full court press. Fullerton St. forced
several Razorback turnovers using a
press, and suddenly the Titans found
themselves in the lead for a brief
moment late in the contest.
Depth also poses a problem, with
Moncrief, Delph and Brewer
irreplaceable in their shooting and
THE SECOND Saturday matchup
matches Duke and Notre Dame. The
Fighting Irish, 22-5 under Digger
Phelps, looked awesome in their 20-
point rout of DePaul. That victory, like
most other Irish wins, was charac-
terized by a balanced attack.
Dave Batton, Duck Williams, Rich
Branning, and Kelly Tripucka all
averaged in double figures during the
regular season. Tripucka, a 6-7 fresh-
man, was named most valuable player
in the Midwest Regional, where in three
games he averaged 17.3 points per
Notre Dame has perhaps the most
depth of any team in the country. Lam-
bier, freshmen Tracy Jackson and
Orlando Woolridge, and senior Jeff
Carpenter have come off the bench to
pace several comeback victories.
DUKE'S BLUE Devils have had a
relatively easy ride on the tournament
road. Following scares from Indiana
and Pennsylvania, Bill Foster's team
trounced Villanova in the Eastern
Youth predominates the Blue Devil
lineup. Two freshmen, two sophomores,
and a junior hold down the starting
spots. Good news always comes from
up front, where 6-11 Mike Gminski and
6-7 freshman Eugene Banks make it
happen. They scored 21 and 17 points,
respectively, against Villanova, while
grabbing 10 rebounds apiece.
The outstanding player in the
Eastern Regional, however, was Jim
Spanarkel, the 6-5 junior guard. He
pumped in 22 points Sunday, and was
all over the court trying to steal the
Whichever two teams square off in
next Monday's final, it is sure to be a
contrast of youth and experience. Ken-
tucky and Notre Dame have the upper-
hand on Saturday's games, but tur-
novers and shooting sprees could vault
Arkansas and Duke into the finals.
Anything can happen in the NCAA
Ask Marquette or New Mexico.
Interested Students and Faculty invited...
Hey Jose.. .
Norton champ?No way
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
Who is Jose Sulaiman trying to kid?
Or, better yet, who is Jose Sulaiman?
Well, you see, Senor Jose Sulaiman is the figurehead president of the
World Boxing Council (WBC), a group of 93 delegates who act in the best in-
terests of boxing (a la Bowie Kuhn). Last Saturday the council, acting on
Sulaiman's proposal, voted to strip Leon Spinks of his newlyacquired title
and give it to Ken Norton.
One cannot deny that Norton would be (not is) a worthy champion. At
age 30, the muscular ex-marine has gained much ring experience over the
past four years, yet still is young and mobile enough to launch a vigorous at-
tack against prospective challengers.
He won a unanimous decision over Muhammad Ali in 1974, breaking Ali 's
jaw in the process, and nearly dethroned the former champ in September
1976. Norton's victory over Jimmy Young last fall marked him as the man
most likely to wrest the title from Ali before Spinks pulled off his miracle last
Norton far from invincible
Though his credentials are impressive, Norton would hardly le an in-
vincible champion. Since his 1976 loss to Ali, he has been in more television
studios than boxing rings, and has pounded more gongs than opponents.
(Norton is a frequent judge on Chuck Barris' talent show.) During his period
of relative inactivity, Norton's weight has escalated to nearly 240, some
twenty-five pounds heavier than when he knocked off Ali.
Now, back to Mr. Sulaiman. This portly Mexican gentleman, whom a
Detroit sportswriter labeled a Chihuahua - big noise, no bite - has a history
of making haughty and ill-conceived decisions, and awarding Spinks' crown
to Norton ranks among his worst.
Sulaiman defended the WBC's latest action by claiming that Spinks had
reneged on a promise to fight the top-ranked Norton and that boxing must
protect itself from being ruled by business interests.
Fine, Jose, but what about the repeated occasions when Ali ducked the
challenge of George Foreman in 1975, and more recently, that of Norton?
When Ali resurrected the "Bum of the Month" club (Alfredo Evangelista,
Chuck Wepner et al.), neither Sulaiman, the WBC, nor the World Boxing
Association (WBA) raised much of a fuss. It is true that Sulaiman warned
Ali several times to fighta legitimate opponent or his title would be revoked,
but Ali just laughed in his face. After all, he was The Greatest. Ali was
Settle it in the ring
Spinks is no Ali. At best he is an explosive, undaunted young man who
may become a great champion once he learns what boxing experts call "ring
savvy." Norton probably could beat Spinks, so could Young and Earnie
Shavers. Even a flabby and fatigued Ali is capable of defeating the 24-year-
old champion in a return bout.
Even so, the fact that Spinks is untested and unheralded does not permit
Sulaiman and his cohorts to arbitrarily declare a champion. Titles should be
won in the ring, not in hotel rooms.
Norton himself admitted that he felt little achievement in assuming the
title. In a televised news conference Saturday, Norton suggested that he and
Spinks fight in the immediate future to resolve the current controversy.
Spinks' lawyers, as expected, were hesitant to commit themselves, ex-
plaining that Spinks' injured ribs and financial complications prevent him
from defending his crown for several weeks.
It appears that Spinks is simply biding his time, a practice not uncom-
mon in professional boxing. What angers Sulaiman is that Spinks supposedly
signed a legal document to fight Norton and has now scheduled a rematch
with Ali in September. Spinks' bad faith dealings gives the WBC president a
rare opportunity to flex his muscles and assert his influence on the sport.
Sulaiman's move to rid pro boxing of dishonor and illegality reflects a
double standard on his part. During Ali's reign,'the WBC prexy hid out on his
Mexico City hacienda, occasionally hinting that Ali arrange to fight strong
Now that Ali is gone, Sulaiman finds himself in an unfamiliar position of
authority, and has injudiciously used this authority to create havoc in the
Perhaps the importance of the WBC has been exaggerated. Ali never
listened to the council during its ten-year existence, and he seems to have
fared rather well. In addition, the viewing audience witnessed Spinks win the
title on February 15, and no Jose Sulaiman can change the impact of that
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