Wednesday, January 28, 1976
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
COACHING MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
By TOM DURANCEAU Syphax the Wolverines track fning time in the NCAA last Guire's outstanding 13:27.9 three l The number of people on the
fortunes have turned around. year was 9:46. mile, one of the top times in the mile relay reflects the depth on
When one mentions the phrase There is optimistic talk of win- Arnett Chisholm, the freshman country so far this year. the squad. Dave Williams, Jeff
track and field one might con- ning the Big Ten title. hurdle ace, has already qualified Another factor in the expected McLeod, Harlan Huckleby, Dave
jure up images of great indi- THE WOLVERINES are per- at 8.4 in the 70 yard high success of the Wolverines this Furst, Jim Grace, Doug Henni-
vidual performances. forming at an admost awe in- hurdles. year is the ability of many of the gar and freshman Charles
When you mention the Mich- spiring pace. Already they have Mike McGuire, Bill Donakow- people to perform in different Crouther all can run under a
gan track team you can think qualified a number of relay ski and Meyer have all qualified events. 50 second quarter leg in the
in those terms, but you must teams and individuals for the in the three mile. "Greg Meyer can run anything j mile relay.
also revise your thinking, be- NCAA national indoor champion- OTHER outstanding perform- from the half-mile up to and THE LIST can go on and on
cause this track squad is d ships in Detroit in March. ances early in this track season including the six-mile," explain- but the point has been made,
team in every sense of the word. The mile relay has qualified include senior triple jumper Abe ed Harvey, "and McGuire and this team is a winner in two
with a 3:14 clocking. The dis- Butler's 49-1, Dave Elliott's Elliott and Dave Williams can senses of the word, attitude and
"EVERYONE is together, its tance medley has qualified with 1:51.7 half mile, Meyer's 4:04 also go in various events." ability and with a combination
really a good feeling, says the fastest time in the country mile, Jim Stokes'varsity record There is also more depth on like that a Big Ten champion-
senior high jumper Jeese Myers. to date, a fine 9:44.5. The win- 16-0 pole vault and Mike Mc- this team than last year. ship could be in the works.
Head coach Jack Harvey echoes --- --- - --- -
the sentiments of Myers saying,ST
"The team enthusiasm is high, SPORTS OF THE DAILY
we have great team spirit here."
The Michigan thinclads feel
that the coaching staff is largely
responsible for the improved «t- I CTS tO sCn
"I'll say this, the atmosphere
is much better around here the
last two years than it was pre- The synchronized swim team wonder they beat us." S engboth placed second.
ciously. (Former coach Dixon) placed second behind Ohio a piers avenge
Farmer said to you, 'You have State University in overall Michigan placed first in ov- The Wolverines were bare-
to do this,' it was really bad," standings and stole first and erall competition in its first men's ski teams sought re- ly outpaced by MSU last
said junior distance star Greg! second in figure competition in three meets this season. v against Michigan State Wednesday at Alpine (near
copttini enge gis ignSae Pontiac) in the first of three
Meyer. the Collegiate Association Meet Heneveld, freshman Diane in the Ohio Invitational at Crys- meets snsore by thee
According to many senior in Columbus last weekend. Urban and senior Betsy Klar- tal Mountain last weekend, and meets sponsored by the De-
members of the team, Farmer "We only had two weeks of reich placed first, second and it paid off with two first place rabbed firsparen men'
was not the easiest coach to get practice," said senior swim- eighth respectively in the no finishes. and women's co pe it nto
along with. g Jer Helen Heneveld. "Ohio vice division of figure compe- Individual standouts were Jeff top the Blue squad by five
With the hiring of Jack Har- State worked out in Florida tition. Diehl and Sandy Bascanyi whoI points.
vey, Ron Warhurst and Greg all during vacation, so it's no
Kim O'Laughlin and Mary
Morrissey took fifth and eia
THE STICK OF DETROIT Red Wing defense man Bryan Watson manages to stave off a
shot on goal by St. Louis Blue's winger Ted Irvine during the first period of play last
night in St. Louis. Keeping a sharp eye on the action is Detroit goalie Jim Rutherford. De-
troit went on to win the contest 3-2.
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20-20 Hilidsi bt Blue bowlers i
By MARCIA KATZ Baker's 661 series at East
By JEFF SCHI LLER-- n By MACIA KATZ Lansing stands as the season
in the junior division.
Bbg Ten hoops...
...best there is'
WENT TO SEE the Duke Law School representative when he
was on campus last fall. When the discussion turned to extra-
curricular activities, I mentioned the Daily sports staff and he
started to talk about college basketball, one of my three favorite
After a time, Professor Dallinger unleashed his bombshell-
the reason that I should come to Duke. "Of course, we play ACC
basketball," he commented.
I responded with proper awe. I hadn't even taken my law
boards yet-Who was I to get snooty? If he'd asked, however,
whether I agreed that the ACC was the best basketball confer-
ence in the country, I'd honestly have had to say no. I didn't
think so. Didn't, and still don't.
My vote goes to the Big Ten.
"Stop," you. say "You're a biased mid-westerner." No
doubt a valid charge. But I flatter myself to think that I can
keep things in perspective. After all, I think that the Big
Ten plays mediocre football in general, and is definitely
below par in many, if not most minor sports (with the excep-
tion of a few top teams-Michigan in tennis, for example).
Only in basketball do they excel.
And I'm not alone in my assessment of the quality of Big
Ten basketball. Coach Jerry Tarkanian of the University of
Nevada at Las Vegas (the nation's 4th ranked team) made the
same claim in his December 30th Las Vegas newspaper column.
Notre Dame's Digger Phelps indicated similar thoughts in
his book, They Call Me Coach. Minnesota's Jim Dutcher (prob-
ably also considered biased) watched North Carolina play N. C.
State last year, and voiced the opinion that both would finish
near the middle of the Big Ten.
Now, I wouldn't go quite to that extreme. The ACC plays
high quality basketball, and its teams from top to bottom are
uniformly good. It's just that the Big Ten (with the possible
exception of Ohio State) can make the same claim, and seems
to me to be a trifle stronger at the top (i.e. Indiana).
"Just look at the out-of-conference records of both leagues,"
someone will sneer. Superficially, the ACC stands head and
shoulders above the rest based on that criteria. While the Big
Ten stands at an impressive 64-24 in that department, the ACC
is a phenomenal 63-6. That mark, and similar past efforts, are
responsible for much of the league's stature.
But look a little closer. Maryland's contest against
Notre Dame Saturday will mark only the third time this
year that an ACC team has played a non-league Top 20
opponent (the others: Maryland beat Princeton and Duke
lost to Tennessee).
In contrast, the Big Ten has played 12 Top 20 squads,
and has won 41.7 per cent of its games against the cream
of the crop-an impressive statistic in light of the fact that
the Big Ten is being considered top to bottom aganst only
the best of the rest.
So you don't think that the Top 20 is a fair indicator? How
about examining schedule difficulty using Basketball Weekly's
Top 100. Seems that Virginia's 6-1 non-conference mark was
fashioned against six teams which did not rank among America's
top 100 quintets. Duke's 5-2 record included 5 teams in the same
category. Beating Washington and Lee doesn't exactly prove
Again, by contrast, a Big Ten also-ran like Northwestern
can boast wins over Kentucgy and Pac-8 leader Oregon State in
compiling a respectable 5-4 record including only two teams not
among the Top 100.
And if you think they could beat the best, let me point to the
tournament record of the past three years. With the exception
of N.C. State's triumph two years back, the ACC representative
has thrice failed to survive its NCAA regional despite being
favored each time.
In each of the last two years, ACC teams have been the
highest ranked teams in the NIT-in neither years did they
survive the second round.
"What about the ACC's superstars," you may sniff.
"Like David Thompson, John Lucas, etc." Extraordinary
players, it is true. But primarily outstanding offensive players
in an atmosphere where offensive stats garner All-American
David Thompson couldn't guard the family valuables much
less opposing forwards. The Big Ten's best players have less.
michigan s men and women
intercollegiate b o w I e r s are
coming on strong this year af-
ter some disappointing finishes
in last year's Association of
American Co11e g e Unions
(AACU) and Big Ten tourna-
In the seventh round of Mich-
igan IntercollegiateB o w I i n g
League action at Kellogg Com-
munity College in Battle Creek
last weekend, Michigan's male
fivesome of Doug Shepard, Rog-
er Ziemba, Craig Drozdowicz,
Paul Baker and Rich Grossman
rolled a league high score of
3139, averaging well over 200
pins a man. '
The men are presently hold-
ing down third place in the
GROSSMAN bowled a 657
series, including a sensational
284 game, tops in league play.
The men also posted the sea-
son's high team game with an
1141. This rampant scoring pace
also boosted their team average
up six pins to a 186.
high for the Michigan team.
THE WOMEN'S quintet of'
Debbie Marshall, Marcia Katz,
Ruth Zimmerman, Cheryl
Franks and Joene Smith have
pounded out their share of high
Captain and league secretary
Marshall has the team's high
game of a 225. She has also
thrown a 211 and 201 and has
had two big three-game series
iii pove oodbye, Nick
m prove Ohio State coach Woody
Hayes announced yesterday
that junior defensive tackle
and 214. Nick Buonamici was dismissed
WITH THREE w e e k s of from the Buckeye grid squad
league play remaining, the wo- following an incident before
men are lodged in fifth place, the team's banquet Sunday
with fourth place Central nine night.
points ahead and sixth place The Ohio State student news-
Ferris State trailing Michigan paper, the Lantern, quoted
by six and a half points. Hayes in its Tuesday edition as
The real test of the season ist.B.i e e
the next tournament stop on telling Buonamici after a team
Feb. 21 when Michigan travels eting Sunday, "You've been
to Kalamazoo. They face third drinking. You get away from
place MSU in the morning me.
round and second place Eastern AP'
This Week in Sports
WEDNESDAY ana, 2 pm, Matt Mann Pool;
BASKETBALL:NDeDPaul at Notre WRESTLING vs. Air Force, Man-
Dame, 8 pm, channel 20 kato State, Minnesota at Minnea-
WRESTLING vs. Northern Iowa at W O M E N ' S GYMNASTICS
Cedar Falls, Iowa. at Northwestern
FRIDAY NCAA BASKETBALL: Purdue at
WRESTLING vs. Iowa at Iowa Illinois, 2 pm, channel 4 and Mary-
City, Iowa land vs. Notre Dame, 4 pm, channel
HOCKEY at North Dakota 4
SATURDAY WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS, 5 pm,
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. Iowa, channel 7
2:05 pm, Crisler Arena GOLF: Third round of the $a-
INDOOR TRACK vs. Bowling wailan Open, 6 pm, channel,7
Green, Notre Dame, 4 pm, Indoor NCAA BASKETBALL: USC vs.
Track Building UCLA, 11:30 pm, channel 2
MEN'S GYMNASTICS vs. Wiscon- MONDAY
sin, Wisconsin - Oshkosh, St. Cloud WOMEN'SBASKETBALL vs.
State at Milwaukee Eastern Michigan, 6:30 pm, Crisler
HOCKEY at North Dakota Arena
MEN'S SWIMMING at Indiana MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. Wiscon-
WOMEN'S SWIMMING vs. Indi- sin, 8:05 pm, Crisler Arena
of 554 and 534. in the afternoon.
Katz has the league's second "We are in our rookie season
highest series with a 576, one and are basically self-supportive
pin less than Michigan State's so for us to be that high in the'
Karen Musser. Other top series standings," team captain Shep-
by Katz include a 553 and 531, ard said, "it's a real compli-
along with high games of 219 ment to the entire team.
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