Fridoy, Morch 18, 1977
TFlE MICHIGAN DAt Y
Friday, March 18, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven
HE DICK VITALE traveling side-show is through for the
year. His engagement ran out as soon as Michigan came
No more wil we hear from the mighty motorized mouth
or hear the Detroit dialecter give the hard-sell of the Uni-
versity of Detroit basketball program.
It's time for him to take a long spring nap and give his
jaw a rest.
But the Dick Vitale show was quite a performance
while it was playing.
Sometimes it's hard to listen to Vitale as often as he
would like us to hear him. Vitale can get quite obnoxious.
But the man is a magnificent manipulator of the press. He
knows how to get U of D to the people.
So that's exactly what he does. Any mention of U of D
in the press is good, according to Vitale.
His style of coaching starts well before the game with his
pre-game buildup, then it moves to the pregame site. He is
then flamboyant during the game and is always ready to talk
Before last night's game Vitale led the press corps to
build the game up as the "best thing ever in Michigan
basketball." He set the stage 'so if the Titans did win it
would have been a greater feat than what David did to
. He had everything to gain and nothing to lose.
He tried to psyche Michigan out at every angle. He even
wore Michigan's maize and blue colors.
But it didn't work - it fell short.
"(I wore blue and yellow) to try to psyche them (Michi-
gan) out." Vitale said. "I try to do every little thing I can
... not that it worked."
"I didn't even notice (Vitale's dress)," said Michigan's
Johnny Orr. "You know, he does those things for you guys
in the press. I never even notice."
The clothes were just Vitale's style - different.
His style is almost a complete opposite to Orr.-
Orr is low-keyed. He doesn't hoot or hollar. He speaks
slow and clearly. He doesn't jump up and down or scream ..
Yet, it's Johnny Orr that's standing on top of the bas-
ketball world, not Vitale.
Orr, who last year was the coach of the year, shows his
style through the way his team plays.
Towards the end of the game, when things were tight,
Michigan pulled it out like they usually do.
"There are basketball teams that know how to win," Vitale
praised. "They are a team that will do everything in their
power to win. They know how to take advantage of every
"Some say they're lucky," Vitale continued, "but I
look at it this way: Luck is preparation with opportunity
and when they get opportunity, they take advantage of it.
"That's why they represent the state of Michigan, the Big
Ten and, I believe, they will go all the way to the NCAA cham-
pionship. I feel that basketball team is destined to win a cham-
pionlshi1p," Vtale s$aid.
It's the poise Michigan had in the stretch - as they have
done all year - that pulled out the game for them.
"I was proud of my team when they (Detroit) tied the
game up, and then we pulled away," Orr said. "That's been
the trademark of our team this year."
U of D could not show the same poise. "At the end,
we took two bad shots at pressure times," Vitale said,
"and that's what happens."
Michigan did not take the bad shots - that shows a
poised, well coached team - a winner.
That's not to say Vitale hasn't done his job well. In four
years -at Detroit he has brought the Titans into the national
spotlight. He has made the city of Detroit wake up again,
even if it was for a short time.
He is himself. He motivates the players his way.
With '3:29 left in the game, he called time out to bring
the Titan team together for the last time.
He told them, "I am super proud of you guys ... no mat-
ter what happens. You have three minutes to play and I am
super proud of, you - give me the best three minutes of your
I sat twenty feet away listening to him. If he had given
me some sneakers I might have played my guts out.
But when it came down to coaching the basketball game,
it was Orr who took all the marbles. "We expected everything
they did," Orr noted after the game. "They didn't do any-
thing we didn't anticipate."r
Vitale made his first tragic mistake in the first few
minutes of the game. As soon as his team took a six to
two lead, 'he told his team to slow the ball down. In ef-
fect, he merely took away all of his team's momentum.
Right after Vitale slowed the ball down, Michigan out-
scored the Titans 16-2 to take an 18-8 lead.
Orr would never do such a thing to his running Wolverines.
Only if Michigan is getting blown out, will Orr call time out
to slow the game down.
Orr knows his team and like his team, he knows what
must be doneu to win.
And he does it.
Hub ard rebounds pave
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Vitale added. "That's what won
Detroit, a zoning team all sea-
son, stuck with the tried and
true against the Wolverines.
Orr, who posted his 200th ca-
reer victory, pointedouththat,
"with a zone, it's much harder
to keep you off the offensive
DESPITE Hubbard, Michigan
did not put the game away un-
til the final minute of the game.
Dennis Boyd, with 1:31 re-
maining in the game, pulled De-
troit within three at 84-81. Then
the Wolverines brought the ball
down court andwent ino a
stall. With 32 seconds remain-
ing, Steve Grote penetrated to
the free throw pine and hit Jahn
Robinson with a pass. Robinsc-
laid the ball in for the last tvo
of his season high 25 points, end-
ing Detroit's title hopes.
"I felt in my heart that we
could beat this basketball
team," said Vitale, "and right
now I'm very depressed."
VITALE HAD reason to think
the Titans could win at the out-
set - when they grabbed the
momentum early and jumped to
a 6-2 lead.
Michigan's press resulted in
four consecutive Titan turnovers
on Titan passes and the Blue7
ripped off six straight points.
" The Wolverines contin2el to3
outscore Detroit in a 10-2 spurt
which left the score 18-8-eight-
een minutes before intermission.
"YOU MAY think Michigan
was lucky," Vitale said, "but'
I say that luck is when prepara-
tion meets opportunity."
Behind Robinson for2Michigan
were Hubbard with 22 points,
Grote with 16, and All-American
Rickey Green with 11 points and
Long led Detroit with 25,
while Tyler tallied 17 and 3oyd
HOWEVER, Long scored only
six of his points in the second
"I wish I could answer that",''
The reasons were twofold: fa-
tigue and Staton's defense.
"I WAS trying to pressure him
up in the first half," Staton ex-
plained. "In the second half, I'
tried to force him whe;e he
didn't want to go and he st rte:
Staton paid the price for gt h; Plenty of tickes are available
defense, picking up four fouls. in Lexington for Saturday's
Hubbard picked up his third game. The game is offiieally a
with sixteen minutes left. Other se~lout but Kentuckians are opt-
than that, foul trouble was non- ing to watch the East regional
existent for the Blue. finalist Wildcats on televistoa.
So Michigan's season will go Oregon's orange and black
on for at .least one more game, football team meets the Syra-
possibly more. cuse orange Oct. 2 at Syra-
"I MOST definitely think that cuse, N. Y.
team will go all the way," said
A thoroughly convinced Vitale
felt the same way.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The
Michigan women's swim
team, led by the new na-
tional diving champion ChrisJ$
Seufert, moved into _the -top,
ten squads at the National
Championships held at.Brown
Seufert, a junior transfer
student from Pennsylvania,
amassed 404 points to nip
Barb Wertien of Ohio State.
She becomes the first Michi-
gan national champion in five
After the first night of the
three-day' meet, Michigan
holds ninth place behind lead-.
er Arizona State.
SELL IT THRU
Daily Photo by CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER
MICHIGAN'S JOHN ROBINSON goes up for two of his
game high 25 points against Detroit's Ron Bostick. The
Wolverines edged the Titans 86-81, to advance to the Mid-
East Regional Final.,
Score by Periods
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Make'
way for the Mean Green of]
The 49ers utilized a balanced'
scoring attack and a hawking
zone defense to thrash sixth-
ranked Syracuse 81-59 in the'
first game of the Mid-East Re-
gional last night.
"The game wasn't that easy,
believe me," said NCC coach
Lee Rose. "Our players played
a fine game in every respect.",
After battling to a 10-10 tie
for the first six minutes, the
Mean Green outscored Syra-
cuse 22-4 in a nine minute
span to take a commanding
32-14 lead that it never relin- ;
NCC shot 58.3 per cent from
the field in the first half and left'
the floor with a 38-22 halftime
, It was no different after the'
intermission as the Mean Green
built up a 28 point lead and:
coasted into the Mid-East finals.
IISCO RES I
MICHIGAN 86, Detroit 81
Wake Forest 86, Southern Illinois 81
N. Carolina-Charlotte 81, Syracuse 59
Marquette 67, Kansas State 66
Kent ucky 94, VMI 78
North Carolina 79, Notre Dame 77
Nevada-Las Vegas 88, Utah 83,
Idaho State 76, UCLA 75
"They're about as fine a team
as we"ve played all year," said
losing coach Jim Boeheim. "Aft-
er we'got down by 16, we just
couldn't ':'t ;h up."
All-American center Cedric
Maxwell was a standout on
the hardwoods with a game
high 19 points. The 6'8" senior
dominated Syracuse's 6-10
Bouie while adding three
blocked shots, three assists
and five rebounds.
"Maxwell, pound for pound, is
the finest player in the coun-
try," Rose said. "Our team has
played hard and deserves the
recognition it is getting. Possib-
ly Syracuse was looking forward
The 49er starters hit on 67 per
cent of their field goal attempts
and all five hit for double fig-
Guard Chad Kinch and Mel-
OPEN 11 A.M.
vin Watkins netted 16 and 13
points respectively and com-
bined for 12 assists.
Forward Lew Massey and
Kevin King ripped down 13 re-
bounds against the taller Or-
angemen. The tandem canned
14 and 13 points respectively.
"The total game we playad was
just picture perfect," said Rose.
whose team upped its season
Forward Dale Shackleford and
Marty Byrnes led Syracuse'
scoring attack with 16 points
each. The Orangemen bowed
out with 26-4 season mark.
NCC, last year's NIT runner-
up will face Michigan in the re-.
gional final Saturday.
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