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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, February 10, 1980-Page 11

McGEE LEADS 68-59 WIN

Wolverines dump

Badgers

By DAVE JOHNSON
For the first time in quite some time a
Michigan ball game followed the script.
There weren't any surprises - no up-
sets. Not even another overtime. The
Wolverines, playing on their own har-
dwood, did exactly what they were ex-
pected to do. They won.
Leading Big Ten scorer Mike McGee
was supposed to pace Michigan's offen-
sive attack. He did.
And Wisconsin was to showcase the
*rolific offensive efforts of juniors
Claude Gregory and Wes Mathews -
and little else. Such was the case.
AND THAD Garner was to lead the
Wolverines in rebounding as he has all
season - he did that with 19.
No, there weren't any surprises. Just
a hard-fought, well-deserved 68-59
Michigan victory before an enthusiastic

Crisler crowd.
And that's all Wolverine coach John-
ny Orr wanted. A victory to raise their
Big Ten record to an even 6-6 and 13-8
overall. But, like any conference win, it
didn't come easy.
Michigan held a 14-point advantage
60-46 midway through the second half,
their largest lead against a Big Ten op-
ponent this year. However, during a
six-minute stint, the Badgers outscored
Michigan 11-1 to make the score 61-57
with 1:08left.
ORR IMMEDIATELY inserted his
high percentage free throw shooters,
Mark Bodnar and Keith Smith who
responded with five free throws and a
jumper at the buzzer.
Wisconsin coach Bill Cofield praised
Michigan's superior efforts but added
that his Badgers missed easy layups

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which could have turned the game into a 34-22 lead.
around. The Badgers countered
"I DON'T know how many times we unanswered points - two fr
got in close for an uncontested power both by Mathews and a three
layup only to miss it," said the fourth by Gregory.
year Badger coach. "We were in just Mathews, third in Big Te
too big a hurry to make them." with a 19.6 average, scored
The defeat leaves Wisconsin at 4-8 in and Gregory, averaging 18.2,
the Big Ten and 12-11 overall. The points to lead Wisconsin.
twelve victories are as many as "As long as we held Mat
Wisconsin had all last year, and there's Gregory to around 20 points
room for improvement with six games limited the other playe
to play. But sources say this may be minimum," said Michigan
Cofield's final year at Wisconsin. Not coach Bill Frieder, "we thoug
even a pair of victories over nationally alright."
ranked Ohio State seemed to have FOR THE next ten
secured his job. Michigan slowly widened. the
TRADING BASKETS from the start, 14 points, 60-46, with 7:11 to p1
freshman forward Ike Person hit a Wisconsin started their come
layup and two free throws to put as they had both times aga
Michigan ahead for good 20-16 with 4:44 State.
left in the first half. With yesterday's victory, M
Seconds later, Person, who approaching its 15-12 record
celebrates his 20th birthday today, ago, something few people
pulled down a rebound and uncorked a Michigan to do witlf the los
full court pass to a drifting McGee who Hubbard,
layed in an uncontested layup for two of ° "Our goal all season has be
his game high 27 points. ter last year's mark," said
It was the 17th time in 21 outings that "And that's still our goal.
the junior forward from Omaha took "WE'RE CERTAINLY not
team honors in scoring, and raised his about any tournaments just ye
league leading scoring average to 22.5. With Illinois invading An
Leading 30-22 at intermission, the Thursday night, you can bet C
Wolverines started to pull away early in isn't looking any farther.
the final stanza. "They're as talented a team;
JUNIOR GUARD Marty Bodnar, gonna see,' said Orr. "You'
starting despite a 99-degree tem- ten better players on one squa
perature, and McGee both canned 15- nation."
foot jumpers to propel the Wolverines
Let your fingers do the talking

full court
PRES
Orr and Cofield. .
... a study in contrast
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
This is a tale about two coaches-Johnny Orr and Bill Cofield. Mostly
about the latter.
Orr, a 12-year veteran of the Big Ten wars, is riding the crest of
'popularity this season. The smattering of boos which accompanied his
introduction last season at Crisler Arena has been muffled. Many Wolverine
followers are giving Orr much deserved credit for his team's 6-6 Big Ten
showing, as he has extracted a maximum effort from a unit not blessed with
extraordinary individual talent.
In fact, with the NCAA and NIT bids less than a month away, the
pugnacious Wolverines, 13-8, are still very much in the picture for post-
season play. However, it's unlikely tournament officials will select more
than four or five teams from the evenly-balanced conference.
Orr was relaxed after yesterday's 68-59 win over Wisconsin, the second
time Michigan had beaten the Badgers in two weeks. When asked how a
team like Wisconsin could defeat Ohio State twice and lose a pair to the
Wolverines, he smiled. "Super coaching," he replied without hesitation. The
assembly of reporters chuckled, along with Orr, who seems to hold a
particular fondness for this year's Blue squad.
When Orr's Wisconsin counterpart, Cofield, entered the conference
room, the mood changed drastically. Cofield had no witty remarks for the
press, no explanations for his team's performance, and no comment relating
tok the obscene gesture by star Badger forward, Claude Gregory (more
about that later).
Cofield may soon lose his job. Everyone associated with his team knows
it. After Wisconsin's first loss to Michigan at Madison January 31, one source
close to the Badgers told The Daily that Cofield will be fired or forced to
resign "unless they win six or seven of their last nine games." Since that
time Wisconsin has dropped two of three, including a 67-50 drubbing at
Illinsois.
Cofields'problem does not lie with recruiting or game strategy. During
his four years at Madison the 39-year-old coach has lured prime talent from
the East to play at Wisconsin. Wes Matthews, the speedy 6-1 guard who
averages 20 points per game, is from Connecticut. Backcourt mates Dan
Hastings and John Bailey are from Pennsylvania and Georgia, respectively.
Gregory, a sturdy 6-8 junior, was recruited out of Washington, D.C. and
pivotman Larry Petty hails from New York.
Indeed, Cofield has built a program laden with talent. Michigan
assistant coach Bill Frieder calls Wisconsin the second most talented team '
in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State (another team which has not met pre-
season expectations).
And Cofield knows how tquse this array of talent. Each player knows his
role: Matthews is the main shooter, Joe Chrnelich a defender, Gregory and
Petty workhorses under the boards.
Cofield uses a tactic made popular by. Duke coach Bill Foster-the two-
platoon system. All five starters take a rest together while the reserves slow
down the tempo. Yesterday this maneuver was effective, as the Badger subs
stayed with the Wolverines basket for basket in the first half.
Why, then, is Cofield's position is such serious jeopardy? A partial-and
very graphic-answer to this question came with 1:32 remaining yesterday
and Wisconsin trailing by only six points. Gregory received his fifth foul.
Before retiring to the Badger bench, however, he extended his middle finger
in the air and made sure everyone in Crisler Arena had seen his shameful
performance.
Cofield, who claimed he didn't see the obscenity (how could be have
missed it?), walked over to Gregory and tried to talk with his forward. The
two men stared at each other and exchanged a few words, before the coach
returned to his spot near the scorer's table and directed the Badgers during
the final minute.
The tasteless and vulgar incident is typical of what Cofield has had to
deal with this season. So far, he has fought a losing battle. The Wisconsin
players, talented though they may be, have at times actually defied Cofield's
instructions on the court.
During the first Michigan-Wisconsin game, Cofield's authority was
challenged by Petty, and the situation very well could have turned ugly. The
coach replaced Petty after the center was called for traveling late in the first
half. Petty shouted something at Cofield, who responded by shoving the 235-
pound junior in front of some 10,000 home fans.
It's impossible to imagine such disturbances occurring at Michigan,
where team attitude has been excellent and Orr and his assistants command
attention and respect during the game.
Orr's team has six regular season games remaining, and some of these
promise to be demanding assignments. But Cofield's task is more difficult:
how to restore order on a team ridden by dissention and turmoil.

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Gregory .......
Chrnelich .....
Petty..........
Hastings..
Matthews.
Newburg .....
Mitchell-.....
Kreklow .......
Gaines......
Bailey .......
Team Rebounds
Totals .........

WISCONSIN
Min. FG/A FT/A R A PF
35 7/12 5/7 9 2 5
31 2/9 1/2 6 2 3
31 2/7 1/5 5 0
30 3/8 0/0 2 1 3
37 7/16 4/5 3 4 3
9 0/0 0/0 2 1 0
9 2/2 0/0 1 1 2
5 0/1 0/0 1 0 0
5 0/Q.0/0 0 0 0
8 1 /3 0/0 0 0 2
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MICHIGAN
Min. FG/A FT/A R

is McGee......
Garner .
5 Heuerman.....
6 Bodnar, Marty
38 Johnson ...
0 Lozier........
4 Person.......
0 Garris.......
0 Smith.......
2 Bodnar, Mark .
Team Rebounds
s9 Totals........

39
32
28
27
26
17
6
12
10
3

12/23
3/5
0/3
3/7
3/8
1/1
1/2
1/1
2/3
0/2

3/5
1/3
5/6
1/1
0/0
0/0
2/2
0/0
2/2
2/2

4 1
10 2
5 3
40
4 0
2 2
2 1
4 0
0 1
0 0
2

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4
2
2
3
0
4

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6
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4
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