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Page Twelve

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wedne-doy, November 24, 1~976

Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wedne-doy, November 24, 1976

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Marquette highlgights
non-conference slate

By SCOTT LEWIS
"It's a great thrill for our
kids to play at the University
SI of Michigan. They represent
[yseverything that is good about
basketball. It will be a tribute
to be on the same floor with
Michigan."
-Fordham coach
CHECK OUT OUR RECORD SPECIALS Dick Stuart
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ALTHOUGH Michigan's non-
conference schedule lacks the
classic matchup -between two
highly-ranked powers until the
final game of the year against
Marquette, it nevertheless con-
tains many teams who could rise
to the occasion and give coach
Johnny Orr's men a tough con-
test.
After the home opener against
Western Kentucky, Michigan
faces eight non-Big Ten foes.
Four of them are on the road,
including the two-game Provi-
dence Classic over Christmas
break.
A week after the Western'
Kentucky game, the cagers re-
turn to Crisler Arena to face
severely undermanned Ford-
ham. Coach Stuart, in his first
year at the helm, inherited the
task of rebuilding a team that
was only 7-19 last year.
THE NEW YORK City school,
with an enrollment of only 600,
"will be totally overmatched,
especially in foot speed," ac-
cording to Stuart.
Orr faces another first-year
coach in Wayne Dobbs when the
Wolverines travel to the land of
Southern accent and country
music-Nashville, Tennessee-to
take on Vanderbilt.
The Commodores lost four of
their top six players from last
season's 16-11 ballclub, and
Dobbs expects to start two fresh-
men.
"We will be a young and in-
experience team, and Michigan
is bound to be the best team in
the country this year," said
Dobbs. "It's going to be very
difficult to play with them."
MICHIGAN entertains t w o
Mid-American Conference oppo-
nents, Kent State and Central
Michigan, ducing finals time.
The Flashes are paced by sen-
iors James Collins and Corteze
Brown, who combined for an
average of 35 points per game
last season.
Burrell McGhee, a transfer
from Michigan, will start at for-
ward, and J.C. transfer Joe
McKosvn from Mercier J.C. will
also play a key role in the back-
court.
Central Michigan coach Dick
Parfitt predicts that his team;
will be "exciting and unpredict-
able.' In addition to guard Leo-
nard Drake and 6-9 center Ben
Poquette, the Chippewas re-
cruited Leon Guyden from Bat-
tle Creek and added MSU trans-
fer Jeff Tropf to their roster..
THE WOLVERINES will face
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competition, next to Marquette,
when they travel to Rhode Is-
land for the Providence Classic.
In the first round, Michigan
plays Rhode Island. Coach Jim
Kraft boasts the tallest team in
Ram history, with two 6-9 start-
ers and a 6-5 guard.
Rhode Island also 'stole' the
too hieh school prospect in the
east. Sly Williams, from Provi-
dence who expected him to
grane its roster this season.
"I doubt that very many
teams can stay with Michigan,
but I can see us giving them a
tussle." said Kraft.
IF MICHIGAN downs Rhode
Island, its probable oponent in
the finals will be Providence,
which tak's n Texas in the in-
itial round. The Longhorns are
rebiling "nder new coach Abe
Lemons who came over from
Pan American.
Providence is nlagned by the
academic ineligibilities of two
of its ton olayers, clouding over
an otherwise promising season.
The Friars still boast two
bonafide All-American candi-
dates in Joe Hasset and Bruce
Campbel. This and the home-
court advantage make them a
formidable foe.
THE WOLVERINES f ace
their final opponent before the
Big Ten season on the road
against South Carolina on na-
tional TV. Frank McGuire fields
a young team, led by swing man
Nate Davis.
In addition to Michigan, the
Gamecocks will face the likes
of Indiana, Marquette, Cincin-
nati and Alabama this season.
Marquette travels to Ann Ar-
bor in the final game of the
regular season for both clubs.
ForwardBosEllisra fourth-year
starter, and Butch Lee pace
the Warrior attack. "As o
goes, we go," said Coach Al
McGuire.
Both Michigan and Marquette
have been rated number one by
various pr-season magzines
and c wrould like onthing bet-
ter than to finish off his season
with a home-court victory over
Marquette.
Wolverines
face young
hiltoppers
(continued from Page 5)
Local high school standout
Mike Prince, a Dearborn na-
tive, and senior Bill Scillian
were contesting for the big
guard position. Prince is 6-6,
Scillians 6-4. Both may also see
some action at forward.
Two freshmen are the top for-
ward prospects. Hans Van Roo-
den from Holland never played
basketball in the United States.
The 6-7 Rooden contacted Rich-
ards, who saw him play at
Dave Bing's summer camp.
Casey Cebula, 6-5, also vies
for a starting role.
Highly - touted junior col-
lege transfer Willie Richard-
son has been disappointing be-
cause "our style and system
don't fit with his abilities right
now," says Richard.
Standing 6-10, frosh Dennis
Jordan may also see some ac-
tion.
"We had a big recruiting
year in terms of numbers," ex-
plains Richards, "but very few
were blue chippers.
"The team is working very
hard and possesses a fine group
of attitudes. We'll try to do the
best possible job, but I don't
know if thatll be too good."

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