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Saturday, March 20, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

Tiger
By RICH LERNER
Speclal To The Daily
LOUISVILLE - And then
there were eight.
The countdown to the NCAA
basketball championships con-
tinues today with the regional
finals and Michigan remains
among the contenders for t h e
crown.

block

road

to

Philadelphia

The Big Eight champion Tigers
: are 26-4 on the season. Big and
fast, the Tigers were impres-
sive in their 86-75 win over Tex-
as Tech Thursday night.-
All-American guard Willie
j Smith leads Missouri. The 6-
2 senior played an absolutely
amazing game against Tex-
aes Tech, scoring 30 points,
grabbing ten rebounds and

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN

Rickey Green (6-2)
Steve Grote (6-2)
Phil Hubbard (6-7)
John Robinson (6-6
Wayman Britt (6-2)

G
G
C
F
F

MISSOURI
Jeff Currie (6-3)
Willie Smith (6-2)
James Clabon (6-P)
Tim Anderson (6-8)
Jim Kennedy (6-6)

we need another year," Stuart
said.
Steve Grote draws the unen-
viable assignment of guarding
Smith. Grote strained a liga-
ment fighting for a loose ball
! against Notre Dame, and has a
heavily bandaged knee.
"It'll be alright," said Grote
after playing on it in practice
yesterday.

Daily
)torts
NIGHT EDITOR:
RICK MADDOCK

dishing out seven assists.
ba y'stb Michigan-Missouri "le's t r e e n d o u dutstanding, too. 6-6 forward Bullock's first three shots on
broadcast on radio stations Michigan coach Johnny Orr. "IIJm Kennedy averages 16.2 Thursday night.
WUOM-FM (91.7); WAAM- sure would like to have him points per game and 5.7 re- Both Michigan and Missouri
AM (1600); and television sta- on my team." bounds. The All-Big Eight Ken- love to run and today's game
tion WWJ, Channel 4. Tip-off Smith has a feather light nedy is joined at forward by should be fast paced.
time is scheduled for 12:15 shooting touch from both in 6-8 junior Ken Anderson, a 14.2 "I don't think it'll be a slow
p.m. close and long range. T h e points per game scorer. down," said Orr. "We're n o t
slippery backcourt man shows 6-8 James Clabon and 6-9 going to try to slow it down.
no qualms about shooting from Stan Ray share the center We've only tried to slow it
The Wolverines face Missouri i as far as 30 feet from the spot for the Tigers. Despite down once this year and that
at1 5A .i aetl-basket.,hi sz h Tigers are far was against Las Vegas," said
vised on WWJ, Channel four.' Smith's supporting cast is from slo. The battle Orr who was at his loquacious
with the Wolverines should be best at yesterday's press con-
fleree ference. "They beat us 108-94.
rt fierce. We did a helluva job. Our
"I was surprised with Mis- defensive goal in that game
souri's big men's agility," said was 104, but we didn't know
Orr. (Las Vegas Coach Jerry) Tar-
PClabon, a junior college trans- kanian's brother and uncle were
fer never played high s c h o o l reffing the game.",
I basketball. However his steady Michigan's speed worries
improvement has won him a Mizzou coach Norm Stuart.
starting job in the pivot. A tre- "We think we have fair court
mendous leaper, he blocked speed and good quickness. But
W olverines cautious ?Texas Tech all-America Rick after I saw Michigan I think

Wayman Britt will guard Ken- has a sore acchiles tendon will
nedy and John Robinson, who I cover Anderson. Phil Hubbard
will guard Clabon and Rickey
Green takes Jeff Currie.

The winner of the Michigan-
Missouri game will play t h e
winner of today's Rutgers-VMI
battle next Saturday in Phil-
adelphia.
Season record
MISSOURI (26-4)
M 87, Fairleigh Dickinson 67
M 88, Toledo 85 (ot)
M 105, Baylor 70
M 85, Oklahoma City 68
M 94, Rice 75
M 80, S. Dakota State 57
M 71, UCLA 83
M 66, Hawai i
M 99. Hawaii 91
M 81, Oklahoma State 79
M 86, Kansas State 66
M 79, Kansas 69
M 90, Lafayette 77
M 106, MacMurray 34
M 99, Kansas 69
M 88, Oklahoma State 67
M 84, Iowa State 68
M 72, Oklahoma 58
M 62, Nebraska 57
M 81, Kansas State 85
M 98, Colorado 78
M 72, Oklahoma State 71
M 85. Iowa State 64
M 61, Kansas 60
M 95, Nebraska 84 (OT)
M 57, Oklahoma 68
M 81, Kansas State 72
M 95, Colorado 60

Steve Grote

. . .remember letdowns UCLA PLAYS HOST ON COAST
By KATHY HENNEGHAN AA r "A.-. -/ .E a s r- an - l=l-s !n c

LOUISVILLE { ie rtfUh ULtreUMU
HE QUESTION IS: Did the Wolverines pull off a stunning
win over Notre Dame Thursday night only to fall flat on By The Associated Press the end, it will be to our advan-t
their faces against Missouri today? Michigan has certainly Indiana, as loose as a loser tage."V
been guilty of letdowns at earlier points in the season. In according to its coach, and Mar- The winner will play the sur-'
general the Wolverines have been at their worst in games they quette, ready to turn on the vivor of the game between de-
expected to win handily, and at their best when fighting for bully like the "97-pound weak- fending champion UCLA, 26-4,r
their lives. ling" according to its coach, and Arizona, 24-9, who will meetV
One of Michigan's worst efforts of the year had to be meet today in the key NCAA Re- in the West final at UCLA'sa
an 84-81 win over Ohio State in January. To hear Johnny Orr gional basketball final. homecourt in Los Angeles.
tell it, the game might just as well have been a loss. "We No. 1 Indiana, unbeaten in 29 UCLA WILL be trying to stay
~ ~~games since the start' of the, in the running for something 0
were either tired or not mentally up for the game," he said season, meets No. 2 Marquette,i te nn somethingt
at the time. That Ohio State team was the cellar dwellar in the saomesN.2Mrute old and something new-its 11th
Bg Te tiyehar he gtae ame two das after Mhan 27-1, at Baton Rouge, La., in national championship in 13f
Big Ten this year. The game came two days after Michigan the Mideast title game. years and its first under Genea
lost 80-74 to Indiana. After being sky high for the Hoosiers the "I THINK pressure is largely Bartow, who succeeded Johns
team had nothing left. a figment of the imagination of Wooden after last year.f
Another forgettable game from Michigan's standpoint sports writers," said Indiana Garry Colson, coach of Pep-V
was the 76-75 loss at Illinois. The upset came in the wake Coach Bobby Knight, whose perdine, a 70-61 loser to UCLA
of Michigan's hard fought 84-80 road win over Purdue. The Hoosiers were eliminated in the Thursday night, is one who 1
Illini simply outhustled Michigan. "I was a little afraid of regional final last year. "It's no thinks UCLA will succeed.
this," Orr said. "We were very high for Purdue, and we more pressure on us to win this "You can go all the way,"
game than if we were 0-29." Colson told Bartow. "You play-f
just couldn't get anything generated for this game." "I believe when it gets to be ed bad at times, but you won
And then there was the final regular season game against a tight situation at the end of and that's what counts."
Northwestern. The Wolverines had already received t h e i r the game, a white-knuckler, the: One thing UCLA won't be
NCAA bid, removing a lot of incentive for the win. Michigan tendency is for the better team I able to play badly-and survive1
pulled it off but just barely, 80-77. "They're a strange bunch of to tighten up," said Marquette!-is defense. Arizona out-of-
guys," mused Orr after that game. "They're all nice kids, but Coach Al McGuire. "The weak- fensed the nation's most of-
sometimes you really have to yell at 'em to get them to work er gets strong. If it's close at fense-minded team in. gaining
Is another letdown likely today? It's doubtful. PI RINGS '
For one thing the Wolverines are not inclined to take NA A P AII N GS
their opposition lightly. They learned that lesson against
Wichita State. "Hey! Wichita State had a good team," said ..................................................................."......:::.:.......*:::...::.......
Phil H ubbar kst.. .... .,:...................s. .r....s:.r....r.. :.:.......
The team knows it cannot take a win over Missouri for grant-.i East Mideast

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Doily Photo by KEN FINK
WAYMAN BRITT (32), one of the big reasons the Wolverines
are in the regional finals this afternoon, shows his soft
touch in a 66-63 victory over Michigan State, this past
January.

M 69 Wahinton 67
the regional final, beating Ne- M 86. Texas Tech 75
vada-Las Vegas 114-109 in over-
time.
THE NATION'S only other
major unbeaten team, Rutgers,
will try to turn its opponent into
a "pumpkin" in the East Re-
gional final at Greensboro, N.C.
Should the Scarlet Knights, 30-
0, fail, unranked Virginia Mili-
tary Institute, who this season
finished at .500 or better for
only the fourth time in 33 sea-
sons, will make it into the final
four. It has a school record 22
wins against nine losses.
"We're here," said VMI Coach
Bill Blair. "Don't ask me how."
Besides talent, Rutgers also
is counting on the law of aver-
ages. "We can't believe Phil
Sellers will have three bad
shooting games in a row," Rut-
gers Coach Tom Young said of
his All-American, who has a 19-
point per game average but has
scored only 21 in two playoff 2455S"
games.

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ed while looking ahead to Philadelphia. Any team still alive in
the tournament at this point is very respectable. Missouri's
record is 26-4 -and the Tigers boast high caliber players -
honorable mention guard Willie Smith for one.
"I didn't see much of the Missouri-Texas Tech game but
I understand they have some good big guys too," said Hub-
bard. "We won't let down. We just have to take 'em one at a
time. We're going for the money now."
Another reason that a let down will be very surprising
is senior Wayman Britt. Anyone who saw the look on
Britt's face as he sat on the bench after fouling out Thurs-
day knows he will give his all in this game. Britt wanted -
that win so very badly but was powerless to do anything about
it in the game's final minutes.
As the only senior of Michigan's top ten players, this tour-
nament might mean a little more to Britt than to some of
the younger players. Any game now could be the last of his
collegiate career. If there's a way to win by sheer determina-
tion Britt will find it.
Michigan has a few things to prove by getting to the
final four, and the Wolverines can only reach that goal by
taking care of Missouri today.
If we get to the final four, we'll consider ourselves
definite contenders for the national championship," said
Orr. "Sure. Indiana and Maronette are good, but we're
not afraid of them. I don't see how anybody could think like
that."
Michigan could also help dispell some myths - mainly
the supposed lowliness of Big Ten basketball on the national
scene.
"Everv time you look at the TV, all you see is North
Caroline-Maryland, North Carolina-Marvland," said Orr. "Isn't it
sickening but you don't see any of those ACC teams in the
regionals.
"The problem with the ACC is that people confuse com-
petitiveness with quality. The teams in that league are all
very close, and that creates interest."
Of course, Michigan is not the only Big Ten team still in
action. Indiana takes on second-ranked Marquette today in the
Mideast regional final. Is Michigan hoping for another shot at
the Hoosiers in Philadelphia?
"Well, as long as we get there," said Hubbard, "we don't
care if they get there. Let them worry about that."
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At Greensboro, N.C.
Rutgers (30-0) vs. VMI
(22-9), 12:15 p.m.
Midwest
At Louisville, Ky.
Missouri (26-4) vs.
MICHIGAN (23-6),
12:15 p.m.

At Baton Rouge, La.
Indiana (29-0) vs.
Marquette (27-1),
2:15 p.m.
West
At Los Angeles, Calif.
Arizona (24-8) vs. UCLA
(25-4), 4:15 p.m.

Chicago 108, Atlanta 101
IBoston 120, Kansas City 117 (OT)
SNew Orleans 103, Cleveland 51
NHL
SPittsburgh 7, Washington 3
V~ancouver 2, Atlanta 2

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