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Page 8-Saturday, February 9, 1980-The Michigan Daily
JOHNSON REPLACES AILING BODNAR;
Cagers encounter feisty Badgers

BY DAVE JOHNSON
When Michigan takes to the floor
against ninth place Wisconsin this, af-
ternoon, a familiar face to Crisler
crowds may be missing from the star-
ting lineup.

For only the second time this year,
junior guard Marty Bodnar may be
riding the pines - but not for
disciplinary measures. The same 102-
degree temperature which forced him
to the sidelines Thursday night in

* Columbus still hounds him.
ACCORDING TO assistant coach Bill
Frieder, Orr won't decide whether to
start Bodnar until game time, but in all
reality, he doesn't expect the senior co-
captain to see any action at all.
If not, then Frieder expects to open
with Mark Lozier and Johnny Johnson
in the backcourt with' regulars Thad
Garner, Paul Heuerman and Mike
McGee up front.

overall.
COMING OFF a very emotional
defeat in Columbus, the Wolverines are
glutton for an upset.
"Our biggest thing now, is mental,"
said Frieder. "The kids gotta be down a
little, because I'm down - I know
Coach Orr is. But you've gotta bounce
back in a hurry. You can't let a loss cost
you another loss.
"I believe that's what happened

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN

WISCONSIN

(40). Mike McGee ...
(45) Thad Garner ...
(15) Paul Heuerman
(32) Mark Lozier ...
(34) Johnny Johnson

(6-5).
(6-7).,
(6-8).
(6-3).,
(6-4).,

. .(6-7)
* .(6-8)
. .(6-9)
. .(6-1)
. .(6-4)

. Joe Chrnelich
Claude Gregory
.... Larry Petty
. Wes Matthews
.. Dan Hastings

(50)
(35)
(00)
(11)
(21)

MARTY'S. GOES DUTCH TREAT WITH THEIR FIFTH ANNUAL. . .
FINAL WINTER
DUTCH AUCTION CLEARANCE
..m-m- - a NOW THRU SATURDAY

full court
Columbus observations..
ax potpourri
By MARK MIHANOVIC
This season I've covered Michigan basketball games at Toledo, Bloom-
ington, West Lafayette, and Columbus, and I've concluded that Crisler
Arena fans rate a solid fifth by comparison. The noise level at last
Saturday's important 70-57 Blue win over Northwestern measured next-
to-nil on the decibal scale.
And a really strange thing happened at St. John's Arena Thursday night.
When the OSU cheerleaders pranced around the floor, they were cheered,
rather than jeered ...
Mark Lozier's record dropped to one for four in crucial situations this
year...
Was that a smile that creased Johnny Orr's face when the Buckeyes
called time out with 4:20 remaining and Michigan leading, 60-57? It sure
was, and why not? Orr loves coaching this year's club because, as he's so
fond of saying, "they're good kids"...
If this is Orr's best coaching job, then Bill Frieder must be doing an
outstanding job, also. Orr relies heavily on his fiery assistant ...
Ohio State was badly confused by Michigan's swarming zone defense
and press. After the game, an Ohio State player told me that he doesn't think
Eldon Miller is a good basketball coach and that OSU Athletic Director Hugh
Hindman was becoming impatient with the Buckeyes' performance of
late...
Miller, never in love with the members of the media, blew up at a
reporter in the press room Thursday night .. .
A suggestion for the beleaguered Ohio State coach: Don't recruit so
many high school all-stars. Then you can quietly finish second or third, and
everybody will leave you alone ...
John Garris notched six points and three rebounds in only six minutes of
action, in the first half against the Buckeyes. He also picked up three quick
fouls, however, and had to sit out the rest of the game. Most importantly, he
played with intensity..-
Center Paul Heuerman, who scored 17 in Columbus, has improved his
field goal percentage from a lowly .388 last season to .509 ...
Mike McGee scored 23 points but only shot nine for 28 from the field, as
compared to freshman Clark Kellogg's five for 14 and 11 points...
OSU center Herb Williams (at 6-10) was assigned to guard the super-
quick McGee on the last play of the game. "I just didn't want him to get the
'ball," Williams explained. "I think with my reach I can stay with him."
Orr didn't see it that way. "We freed McGee and had him wide open.
Herbie didn't even know where McGee was"...
Having already nabbed 7-2 Jon Antonides out of Canada, Orr and
Frieder are now trying to convince Tim McCormick of Clarkston H.S. ,
Derek Harper from Florida, and Ann Arbor's Dean Hopson that Michigan is,
the university for them. McCormick could start on the major college level as
a freshman, but reportedly Antonides is going to need a lot of work...
The Buckeyes have four of their last seven Big Ten contests at home, but
their road games are at Minnesota,. Purdue, and Indiana. They are
currently one game behind the Boilermakers, and Purdue would seem to
have the schedule advantage. OSU's tough win over the Wolverines should
give them confidence, however, and I think that they'll defeat Purdue in
West Lafayette on February 28 and win the Big Ten ...
Michigan has to pull itself together after, a tough loss once again, but
does anyone doubt that they can? I don't... Michigan 74, Wisconsin 65...

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Marty Bodnar.
Since Bodnar has been sporadic in the
scoring department of late, (37 points in
eight games), many fans feel Bodnar
should be relegated to the bench.
Frieder disagrees.
"MARTY MEANS a lot more to our
team than just scoring," said Frieder.
"He handles the team well and has
played tremendous defense of late. To
take him from the lineup would be a
mistake. But we might be forced to
because of his health."
And despite losing to Ohio State
Thursday night and six of their nine
previous games, Frieder has nothing
but praise for his young cagers.
"They're playing hard and they're
playing together," said Frieder. "I
don't think you can ask any more of a
team.
"IRONICALLY, WE'VE never had a
team that's played to their potential
like this team and then come up empty-
handed. This is the way our team in '75
played after Campy (Russell) went
pro," said Frieder. "But they were
winning. We're playing that way now
and losing some, but that's because the
league is so much stronger."
And, of course, one of those teoms in-
vades Crisler today.
Despite its ninth-place Big Ten stan-
ding Wisconsin has played some of the
best ball in the conference, beating
Ohio State twice, en route to their
present 4-7 Big Ten record, 12-10

... Out of action?
against Northwestern," said Frieder,
"after losing to Michigan State in over-
time."
TWO OF Michigan's concerns are in
stopping junior forward Claude
Gregory and junior guard Wesley Mat-
thews. Gregory and Matthews carry
respective 19.4 and 19.2 averages, third
and fourth in the Big Ten.
"It's gonna take a good team defen-
sive effort," said Frieder. "Lozier and
Bodnar did a good job last time in
Madison and we won.
"But last year in Ann Arbor, Mat-
thews scored a career-high 31 points
and we got beat.
"If we play like we did in Ohio on
Thursday, we can beat them," con-
cluded Frieder. "But if we play like we
did against Michigan State at home,
we'll get our butts beat."

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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Portland sends Lucas packing

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Two starters on
Portland's 1977 National Basketball
Association title team were sent
packing yesterday as the Blazers dealt
forward Maurice Lucas to the New Jer-
sey Nets and guard Lionel Hollins to the
Philadelphia 76ers.
The shakeup, which brought Nets'
rookie forward Calvin Natt to the
Blazers, had been anticipated for
several weeks because both Lucas and
Hollins were seeking bigger contracts.
Both also had seen their playing time
diminish drastically this season.
Ironically, Hollins had been elected the
Blazers' captain by his teammates this
season, and Lucas was the captain last
season.
The trade left Bob Gross, Dave
Twardzik and Larry Steele as the only
players remaining from the .'77 title
team.
Lucas, once considered' the epitome
of a power forward, had two years
remaining on a contract that reportedly
pays him $350,000 per year. Prior to the
start of this season, he had demanded

that the Blazers either renegotiate his
contract or trade him.
"I don't think there's any question in
my mind that as of now, Calvin Natt
helps our team much more than
Maurice Lucas has been helping us,"
said Blazers' Coach Jack Ramsay.
"I'm disappointed in losing Maurice
Lucas in respect to the fine play that
he's given us in Portland," Ramsay ad-
ded.
"I'm sorny it did not work out for him
and the team, but that's the way things
are in professional sports."
The deal sending the 26-year-old
Hollins to Philadelphia was announced
only four hours after the' Lucas-Natt
trade. The 76ers had been looking for
another scoring guard after an attempt
to sign Pete Maravich failed. Maravich
wound up playing for Philadelphia's top
Atlantic Division rival, the Boston
Celtics.
Hollins, a 6-foot-4 guard from
Arizona State in his fifth NBA season,
was playing out the option year of his

five-year contract that reportedly paid
him $150,000 per year. Philadelphia
sources said Hollins was expected to
ask for twice that muid in any new
deal.
Hollins' agent, Larry Fleisher, had
met with 76ers' officials in recent days
to try and reach an agreement on a new
contract. In exchange for Hollins, th
Blazers picked up Cleveland's first-
round draft choice - via Philadelphia
- this year and an undisclosed amount
of cash.
Portland had to give New Jersey two
first-round draft choices and Lucas in
exchange for Natt, a promising 6-6
player coveted by the Blazers since he
joined the NBA.
"I think, we have one of the bright
stars of the future in the NBA," Ram-
say said. "I think the addition of Calvin
gives, us probably the best forward cor-
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