Tuesday, January 13, 1976
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, January 13, 1976 THE MICHIGAN DAILY rage never;
Wolerines Lethargic .. .
YOU COULD SEE it coming Last night, Michigan was primed
and ready for a big letdown.
And the Wolverines followed the script perfectly.
It wasn't hard, because they've rehearsed it before. Last
year, after routing Purdue in a crucial late-season game, they
needed a buzzer shot by Joe Johnson to beat a lousy Illinois
team two nights later.
Last night the Wolverines staged a repeat performance.
Everything was ready as they took the floor: It would be their
fifth game in nine days, they were coming down from Saturday's
big game with Indiana, and Ohio State didn't have a very good
record (0-3 in the Big Ten, 4-7 overall).
It was like trying to get excited about TV dinners after
having steak for lunch. The Wolverines choked on theirs.
Of course, none of the players will admit it, and that's un-
derstandable. But more so than any game this year, they
were sloppy on offense, not alert on defense and uncom-
monly lethargic at both ends.
"I'm disappointed in the way we played," said assistant
coach Bill Frieder, one of the few who would come right out and
say it. "But I've seen a lot of teams lose these sort of games.
We've got it in the win column, though, and that's all that
That seemed to sum up the team's feelings. Playing so many
tough games in so little time was not unlike taking finals: the
players reached the point where they just wanted toget the last
one out of the way and relax. They'll do just that today as they
enjoy their first day off in weeks.
None of the players said they were physically tired. They
may have been just tired of playing.
"I don't think anyone was dead tired," said Wayman
Britt, Michigan's captain. "Your timing will just go off a
little when you play five games in nine days. You'll lose
some timing and not be as smooth."
"We might have been a little tired," said Rickey Green,
who never seems to slow down and played another excellent
game, scoring 25 and getting eight assists. "We did let down
from the Indiana game. We just gotta win those little games.
This day off will give us a nice break."
One player, Steve Grote, resented somewhat the suggestion
that the team suffered a letdown.
"If that was a letdown, then we must be pretty good, because
Ohio State only lost by two to Indiana and by ten to Michigan
State on the road," he said.
Grote has a point. Ohio State played an admirably poised
game, not letting the Wolverines take control of the game with
their running attack. And Grote himself didn't let down, coming
on strong in the second half with all 16 of his points.
But the fact remains that Michigan had an off night, and
there are statistics to back that claim. The Wolverines re-
vealed their mental unpreparedness at the free throw line,
hitting only 16 of 30 shots. That's a lack of concentration. 1
The coaches chewed out the players after the sloppy first
half, but it was like trying to light a soggy firecracker. They
couldn't get going last night, and it's an indication of their
abundance of talent that they could still win. They need-and;
very much deserve-that day off.
GREEN PACES BLUE, 84-81
By KATHY HENNEGHAN
A sluggish Michigan basket-
ball team waited until the last
minute to put away an 84-81
victor over Ohio State at Cris-
ler Arena last night.
The lead see-sawed through-;
out the first half, with neither < Ni
team ahead by more than a five A
point margin at any time. The -
Wolverines gradually p u 11 e dm
away late in the game, and tied, mark.
their biggest lead of the night io sc
at 77-64 with just 5:11 remain- ow to sc
But the lead dwindled as Ohio for the W
State outscored Michigan 15-7 the outlet
in the last minute. itiate the
"Hell, we were just happy Grote p
"Hel, center Toi
to get the victory," said Mich- a layup t
igan coach Johnny Orr after I1:10 rema
the game. "It was our fifth Shortly
game in nine days, and I think mhtrt
you could tell." mieed hi
The Wolverines seemed de- half of a
terrhined to make it a close con- called a
test. Michigan had ample oppor- 78 followi
tunity to put the game away ond shot.
at the line, but could not buy a Michiga
free throw. Three Wolverines, down cou
Steve Grote, Da'vid Baxter, and down co
Rickey Green, missed the front propmtly
end of one-and-ones during the tipped in
final minute of play.tho.T
In fact, Michigan's foul shoot- throw. T
ing was appalling throughout the for the B
contest, asthe team hit on only whistled
16 of 30 attempts at the line forj goal.
an average of 53 per cent. Ohio St
Center Phil Hubbard, who and Mich
scored a season low of two minute.
points, fouled out with 3:00 re- thing goi
maining. free throe
With just under two minutes "and bad
on the clock, John Robinson was on our pa
fouled, and made both shots of Ohio St
a one-and-one to put Michigan Bayless r
ahead 80-75. Mike Daugherty buzzer to
scored for the Buckeyes on a
jumper, to pull within three. Tr
Michigan, holding onto a
precarious 80-77 lead, brought
the ball down court. Instead Britt
of eating up the clock, Grote Robinson
put upa short ;ump shot near Hubbard
the key which missed itst Grote
Taylor led all scorers with
31 points for Ohio State. Ric-
key Green was high scorer for
the Wolverines with 25, fol-
lowed by Britt with 18. Grote
scored 16, all in the second
half. Robinson had 11 points
and 11 rebounds.
The Buckeyes worked the ball
inside to Taylor, especially in
the second half. "We have to
go inside, folks," said Taylor.
"If we don't go inside we're out
Ohio State avoided getting
into a running game with the
Wolverines, partially by outre-
bounding them 44-35, although
Michigan constantly tried to es-
tablish just that. "We can't af-
ford to go crazy with our guards
and invert the court against
Michigan because of their
speed," said Taylor "If we do,
we'd be playing three against
"We tried to make them run
by pressing in the second
half," said Orr, "but we
couldn't ' get running our-
"I'm not making any ex-
cuses or taking anything away
from them, but we jus; didn't
play well tonight."
The team takes the day off
today, Orr's first full day off
since Christmas, before resum-
ing practice to prepare for Sat-
urday's home game against
ate could not capital-;
ore. Robinson hauled
key defensive rebound!
olverines and fired off
pass to Grote to in-
assed off to substitute!
m Bergen, who scored
to make it 82-77 withi
thereafter, Britt com-
s fifth foul, and Buck-
Taylor made the first
one-and one. Michigan
time out, leading 82-
ng a miss on the sec-
an brought the ball
rt and Grote was pre
urt and Grote was;
fouled. Robinson then
ayGrote's missed free
kylor again scored one
uckeyes as Bergen was:
down for his fourth
ate fouled three times
igan once in the last
"It looked like the only
ng on out there was
Aw shooting," said Orr,
d free throw shooting
tate substituted Mark
put a layup in at the:
complete the scoring.
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Captain IBritt in control
MICHIGAN SENIOR CAPTAIN Wayman Britt passes off as
Ohio State's Mike Daugherty stays low on defense. On the
strength of 8-10 shooting, Britt scored 18 points last night to
help the Wolverines to a lackadaisical 84-81 win over the
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team, starts play tonight at T H E S T R E N G T H on around from last years record.
Eastern Michigan. "The team Ithe bench that allows the girls ! Last year's team had only 10
is fast and exciting," exclaims to keep up a fast break pace is j days of practice before their
second year coach Carmel Bor- provided by co-captain Carol first game, while the squad that
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