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Page 8-Tuesday, February 5, 1980-The Michigan Daily
5-5 MICHIGAN TRAILS BY TWO GAMES:

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By ALAN FANGER
As awkward as it may seem, Rich
Falk and his Northwestern Wildcats
must be commended for performing
ne function this far into the Big Ten
basketball season. At least they've con-
firmed the forecasts of many critics by
remaining in the conference cellar.
i With the exception of the Wildcats'
meemingly annual dive to the bottom,
owever, it is virtually impossible to
etect any true behavior patterns in the
onference. Seven teams, including
ichigan, are within two games of the
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Ten: tussle at the top

conference lead, with only eight games
left to play.
PURDUE, BEHIND the steady play
of center Joe Barry Carroll, has
emerged at the top of the heap with a 7-3
mark. The Boilermakers garnered two
important victories last week, as they
defeated Iowa, 70-56, and Indiana, 56-51.
It wasn't such a pleasant week for
Ohiot 'ate, which fell to both Michigan
State and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes,
who only one week earlier were ranked
sixth in the nation, now sport a 6-4 con-
ference record. They have come out on
the wrong end in four of their last five
encounters.
Minnesota, meanwhile, has surprised
even its own followers by staying in the
second-place contingent. Forward
Kevin McHale .has received plenty of
support from guards Mark Hall and
Trent Tucker, whose outside shooting
has kept the Gophers alive in some
tough contests.

THE RACE IS so tight, in fact, that
Falk said after the Michigan game
Saturday, "Five losses will tie for the
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Minnesota
Indiana
Ohio State
Iowa
MICHIGAN
Michigan State
Illinois
Wisconsin
Northwestern

Conf.
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Big Ten championship. Whoever peaks
now, who plays well, and stays healthy
is going to win it.

"Anybody with five losses is still in
the race," continued Falk. "It's going
to be a great race, and it's going to go
down to the last weekend of the
season."
Michigan coach Johnny Orr, who
couldn't avoid being swept up in the ex-
citement of the race, believes the home-
court advantage, a prime factor in the
first half of the conference season, will
weigh even greater upon the fortunes of
contenders in the latter half of the slate.
"I told you last week that it would be
Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota
because they had not lost a game at
home. Now it's going to be Indiana and
Purdue because Minnesota lost at
home," said Orr.
"NEITHER OF those two teams,
(Indiana and Purdue) has lost a game
at home yet," added Orr. "I think,
when it comes down to the wire, you're
going to see those two teams up at the
top."
Indiana and Purdue have the benefit
of playing both Ohio State and Min-
nesota on their home courts. The
Buckeyes face the unenviable task of
playing all three teams away from
home.
The Wolverines, back in contention at
5-5 after wins over Wisconsin and Nor-
thwestern, meet the Hoosiers and
Boilermakers here later this month, but
they must also contend with Ohio State,
Michigan State, Iowa, and Minnesota,
on the road. 'The Spartans have had
recent success at home, defeating Ohio
State and Illinois rather handily, to
even their record at 5-5.

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unload a shot from the baseline. The Blue cagers, 5-5 in the Big Ten and 12-7
overall, find themselves in a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference,
two games behind Purdue. Ohio State, one of the pre-season favorites to win
the title, sits uncomfortably at 6-4 with a tough road schedule remaining.
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By SCOTT M. LEWIS
" HIS YEAR we'll have TWO national champions."
ISuch was the refrain heard on the Ohio State campus
last December, when the 11-0 Buckeye football team was
ranked first in the land and the basketball team was
breezing along at a 6-0 clip. Everything was rosy when Earle
Bruce's squad took off for Pasadena to face USC on New
Year's Day.
The OSU gridders came one point away from a national
championship. From recent indications, the Buckeye
basketball team won't come nearly that close.
The cagers from Columbus have thus far refused to
follow the script laid out for them by the OSU faithful. After
winning their first five games, the Buckeyes were stunned in
overtime by an emotional Michigan team, 75-74, in Crisler
Arena. The Big Ten Syndrome -(anyone can win at any time
on its home court) - had finally struck Ohio State.
When the Bucks won at Illinois the following Thursday,
most observers figured they were back on the victory track.
Not so, however. The chartered flight to the peak of the Big
Ten has been thrown off-course, OSU having lost its last three.
games to fall to 6-4. It will take expert navigation by Coach
Eldon Miller to guide OSU to its scheduled destination.
What has gone wrong with this vaunted, obviously talen-
ted unit? Is Miller to blame? Why isn't Kelvin Ransey
shooting as often as last year? And why isn't Clark Kellogg
doing for Ohio State what "Magic" Johnson did for Michigan
State?
All these questions have been raised by angry Buckeye
fans, who have been receiving a variety of answers from the
Columbus media and OSU brass.
A few Ohio State supporters are screaming for Miller's
scalp. They complain the former Western Michigan mentor
is a "poor game coach," and cite the 75-65 loss to Louisville
as a case in point.
In that contest Miller rested his starters after the
Buckeyes had opened up a ten-point lead. By the time the
starting unit had returned to the floor, the lead was dissolved.
The uptight fans might also point to last Saturday's loss
at Wisconsin, the second time the Bucks had fallen to the 4-6
Badgers. With OSU ahead by five and 5:19 remaining, the
Buckeye bench (Miller and his assistants) drew a technical
foul after a three-point play by Wisconsin. The Badgers sank
both foul shots and scored the next basket to grab the lead.
It is ridiculous, I believe, to contemplate the dismissal of
a man who in four years has made Ohio State a basketball

ep sliding...
who's to blame?
power. When Fred Taylor retired from coaching after a 6-20
season, Buckeye basketball was at its lowest ebb. In two
years Miller had infused the program with new talent - Herb
Williams, Kelvin Ransey, Jim Smith and Carter Scott. And
last spring, he landed what was considered the biggest prize
of all - Kellogg.
Those who cite Ransey's scoring "slump" hasten to point
out how his average has slipped from 21.4 ppg in 1978-79 to 14
this season. He's also taking five'f0% shots per game. On
the other hand, the 6-1 senior is averaging seven assists per
contest, nearly doubling last year's figures. To pin the team's
current problems on Ransey is unfair and unwise.
At present neither Ransey nor Miller has been the main
target of fan ridicule. This unfortunate distinction goes to
Kellogg, an intelligent, engaging youngster who was highly
coveted by Michigan coach Johnny Orr. Kellogg was hailed
by some as "the next Magic Johnson" who would bring the
NCAA crown to Columbus as Johnson did for the Spartans.
Such talk was premature then and seems even more
foolish now. For one, Magic, as you may recall, had some
help along the way in the person of Greg Kelser. Michigan
" State's rise to the top was not a one-man effort.
Second, Johnson and Kellogg are .different types on the
court. Both players stand 6-8, but at 225 pounds Kellogg
belongs in the front court, while Johnson was (and.is) most
comfortable at guard. Instead of situating Kellogg outside, asO
he has done frequently this season, Miller might toy with the
idea of placing him closer to the basket.
Kellogg's talents have not been integrated into the
Buckeye system. His 42 per cent field goal percentage belies
a deft shooting touch. Despite his talents from long range,
however, the freshman may actually be hurting the OSU of-
fense. As one veteran Cleveland sports writer noted, Miller
has a pair of outstanding perimeter-shooting guards, plus
Williams, a center who can hit consistently from 15-18 feet.
The Bucks simply don't need another outside shooter.
Ohio State reached the NIT semi-finals last spring
without Kellogg. If the current trend continues, even that
level of achievement will not be reached. The fans know this
and have begun to jeer Kellogg, a reaction they usually save
for coaches and more experienced players.
The Cleveland writer expresses confidence that Kellogg
would eventually perform up to his advance billing. What the
Bucleye fans need most, he says,is patience.
But with the Big Ten season more than halfway over,
patience in Columbus seems to be wearing a bit thin.
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Notre Dame 4-5, Wisconsin 3-7
Michigan Tech 3-6, North Dakota 3
(OT)-4
Colorado College 1-3, Minnesota-Duluth
7-2
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