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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, December 7, 1977-Page 9
By ERNIE DUNBAR
Finals for the rest of the University
don't begin for a few days, but
Michigan's basketball team gets its
first test of the season tonight when it
tackles 16th rated Louisville in
Crisler Arena at 8:05.
The ninth ranked Wolverines (3-0)
must contend with a Louisville
starting five which coach Johnny Orr
calls "the most talented team we'll
play this year."
Indeed the Fighting Cardinals (1-1)
are loaded with talent, as all five
starters were highly recruited high
school All-Americans, and four pos-
sess a height advantage at their posi-
"They're big, are strong, strong re-
bounders, and are very good shoot-
ers," said Orr. "We're not going, to
make a lot of adjustments for them,
though. We'll try to play our way and
"We'll have to play our best just to
hang in there," said Orr. "We have to
play 40, minutes like the last 20
minutes at Fordhaln and the first 20'
at Eastern. We can't make many
mistakes out there if we hope to
Michigan will utilize speed and
quickness against the taller Louis-.
ville team which has racked up seven
straight 20 victory seasons, including
last year's 21-7 mark. "We might be a;
little quicker than they are," said
The Fighting. Cardinals should
come out in an aggressive man-to-
man defense, but occasionally they
will utilize a 2-1-2 zone. Michigan
will counter with a man-to-nan or
1-3-1 zone, depending on the game
In addition to being tall, Louisville
boasts two fine shooting guards
forming one of the best backcourt
tandems in the country.
Senior Rick Wilson and sophomore
Darrell Griffith are the offensive
weapons for Louisville at guard, and
both have drawn praise from Cardin-
al coach Denny Crum.
"Wilson's the best guard in the
ed Cards pose test
country," said Crum. "I know people
will make the same arguments for Both Wilson and Griffith played on
Phil Ford at North Carolina and the World University Games team Junior forward farry
Butch Lee at Marquette, but they are with Michigan's injured center Phil offai a slow start for t
not potentially as good as Wilson." Hubbard and Crum handled the Cardinals, going 0 for 9 i
coaching duties in Bulgaria. .tram
in the loss to
d back with
the 6-4 Wilson copped Louisville's
most valuable player award last
season, hitting for a 13.8 average and
grabbing 5.4 rebounds a game. The
lefthander netted a team high 26
points in Louisville's 96-66 trouncing
of Vanderbilt and has hit at a 17.0 per
cent clip for the season.
Wilson will draw the defensive
assignment' of 6-3 senior co-captain
Dave laxter, who sports a 19.3
Playing the point guard for the
Cardinals will be Griffith's offensive
task. The most sought after prep
player in the country two years ago,
the 6-3% Griffith has kept pace with
Wilson in the scoring department
with an identical 17.0 scoring aver-
Griffith's outstanding jumping.
ability has prompted such superla-
tives as 'probably the most spectacu-
lar player to wear a University of
Louisville uniform.' He'll be sure to
have a slam dunk or two to show the
Wolverine fans, as he recorded 39
slams for the Cardinals last season.
Michigan's 6-3 Tom Staton will try to
contain Griffith's'fine outside shot on
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Michigan's height disadvantage is
most apparent at center where
Louisville's 6-11, 225 Ricky Gallon
will tackle with 6-8 Joel Thompson.
Thompson holds the scoring edge,
hitting at a 17.7 clip compared with
Gallon's 10.0 average.
But the rebounding category ,will
be the key in this first meeting
between the two squads. Michigan
has outrebounded all three of its
previous opponents and would like
nothingmore than to keep that streak.
"Rebounding is definitely one
key," said Assistant Coach Bill
Frieder. "If we outrebound them, we
have a great chance to beat them."
Only 6-5 Mike McGee (18.3 ppg)
will- have a height advantage for
Michigan, when he matches up with
6-4 forward Bobby Turner. The.
Louisville sophomore has developed
a fine jumper and improved his
scoring average to 12.3 per game, up
from 3.0 last season. He hit a team
high 13 points in the team's season
opening 57-51 loss to Providence.
seven points againstV anur u, Uu
is down considerably from last
season's 13.0 scoring average.
Another lefthander, Williams will
spend much of his time under the
boards, as he teamed with Gallon to
lead the Cardinals with 8.5 rebounds
per game last year. He'll draw 6-6
Alan Hardy as his defensiverassign-
After all the height differences and
scoring averages have been-consid-
ered, whatthe game may in fact boil
down to is the number of errors each
"It'll certainly beadgame without
many mistakes," said Orr. "We'll
really have to be on the ball to come
out with a victory."
Dave Baxter (6-3) ...........G.............. (6-4) Rick Wilson
Tom Staton (6-3) ............ G.... (6-3%) Darrell Griffith
Joel Thompson (6-8) . . . . . . . . . C............. .(6-11) Ricky Gallon
Mike McGee (6-5) ...........F.............. (6-4)Bobby Turner
Alan Hardy (6-6)...........F (6-8) LarryWilliams
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