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Page 8-Wednesday, November 25, 1981-'
sh Tales

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Razorbacks ready for 'M'



Canada lacks ho opsters .
... 'M' lacks height
M ICHIGAN ALWAYS beats Windsor.
After all, Windsor's in Canada. Trying to get a decent college
basketball program going in that hockey-crazed country is like trying to get
a hockey program together in Indonesia-the people just aren't into it.
That's part of the reason why the Michigan hoopsters have beaten their
Canadian visitors handily in exhibition contests for three years in a row, by
the lopsided scores fo 128-77, 135-75 and 103-48.
Nevertheless, some Michigan followers believed that the 6,120 fans in at-
tendance at Monday night's would actually be treated to somewhat of a
ballgame. One of those followers was none other than Michigan coach Bill
"I thought it would be closer," said Frieder after the game. "Windsor led
Iowa State on Saturday and ended up losing by only 13, they led Creighton
with 10 minutes to go and lost by 15 or 16, and they lost to Central Michigan
by only nine. I thought that we would have problems."
Windsor's performance this year wasn't the only reason Frieder was wary
of the Lancers. Michigan is loaded with inexperience. Only one Wolverine
starter, the lone senior and captain Thad Garner, returns from last year's
starting lineup, while last year's sixth man, 6-10 sophomore center Tim Mc-
Cormick, is'out with an injured knee until at least the beginning of the Big
Ten season in January. The rest of the Wolverine returnees averaged no
more than a paltry two and a half minutes each per game in 1980.
The Wolverines still ended up blowing Windsor out once again, 106-69.
And even Frieder wasn't surprised at the outcome, "because we had bet-
ter quickness."
Blue cagers quick-is quickness enough?
Yes, quickness more than anything else Monday night was the reason
Michigan upheld its tradition of shellacking Windsor, and quickness more
than anything else may hold the key to Michigan's entire season. 6-7 Garner,
6-3 "superfrosh" Eric Turner, juniors 6-5 Joe James and 6-7 Ike Person, and
6-7 sophomore Dean Hopson may turn out to be the Big Ten's smallest star-
ting team, but they won't lose many footraces to their conference counter-
Garner has always been quick and a good dribbler for a forward, James'
legwork has never been questioned, Person has lost weight but added speed
in the offseason, Frieder calls Hopson "the quickest on the team," and Tur-
ner will never slow anybody down.
The Flint Central High School All-American made several Lancers look
like they were standing still Monday night as he dashed the length of the
court for a couple scoop layups. Turner is also a strong advocate of the for-
ward pass, as he let loose the majority of his 12 assists against Windsor
before he reached the top of the key, to streaking teammates under the hoop.
But no matter how fast a team is, if it can't pull down the defensive
rebounds it can't run, and that's where the Wolverines' major problem now
With McCormick out, Person, at 6-7, can't be expected to match centers1
like Purdue's 6-10 Russell Cross or Minnesota's 7-2 Randy Breuer under the
boards. And Jon Antonides, Michigan's 7-2 sophomore backup at the pivot
spot, simply doesn't have the strength, quickness, hands, reaction abilities,
or basketball talent and know-how to hold his own against most of the con-
ference's big men-not yet at least.
Antonides, a good runner himself and not-a bad shooter, certainly has the
potential to make it one day, but he needs a-lot more experience, for he star-
ted playing the game fairly late inilife.
You see, Antonides is from Sarnia, Ontario, where they don't play much

When the Michigan basketball team
travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas to
square off against the Arkansas Razor-
backs Saturday afternoon, it will most
likely be facing a squad that will be
placing a great deal of emphasis on this
Michigan is an important game for an
Arkansas team that finished 24-8 last
season and advanced to the NCAA
Midwest Regional semifinals by
defeating defending NCAA champion
Louisville? Sure the Wolverines an-
nihilated Windsor 106-69 on Monday,
but most divison I contingents could

easily dispose of the Lancers. This is a
Michigan team that returns only one
starter. This is a squad that starts a 67
center - imposing height compared to
the average man, but diminutive on a
basketball court as far as pivot men go.
Furthermore this is a team whose
starting freshman guard, Eric Turner
will play in his first collegiate away
game, a fact not unfamiliar to
Wolverine head coach Bill Frieder.
"ERIC TURNER may not play very
well," he said, following the Windsor
game. "It can be very difficult for a
freshman on the road. I've seen many

freshman go on the road for the first
time, facing a hostile crowd and not
perform very well."
Despite all of these factors, Arkansas
head coach Eddie Sutton insists that
Saturday's contest is very important to
his squad.
"The fact that we're playing on
national television makes it a big game
(the game will actually be televised to
85% of CBS's regions)," said Sutton.
"There will be a lot of people watching.
It's also a big game because they beat
us last year. It's a prestigious game for
us because Michigan is a member of the
Big Ten and I think most people feel the
Big Ten and the ACC, from top to bot-
tom are the best two basketball con-
ferences in the country."
LEADING THE way for Arkansas in
this contest will be senior Scott
Hastings. The 6-10 center will possess a
three-inch height advantage over the
Wolverines' Ike Person, who tied for
scoring honors in the Windsor game
with 21 points.
Hastings has been named to the All-
Southwest Conference Team the last
two years, and led the Razorbacks in
scoring (15.3) and rebounding (5.4) last
The Razorbacks' top returning for-
wards are Keith Peterson and Tony
Brown, both 6-6 seniors.\ Peterson and
Brown accounted for 8.4 and 4.8 points
per game, respectively, last year.
In the backcourt, Arkansas has a

player whose speed rivals that o
Michigan's Turner in the persono
Darrell Walker.nThe lightening quick
junior notched 11.4 points and 4.8
rebounds per game last season. Both
figures ranked third on last year's
At the other guard spot, the Razor-
backs will probably start either Brad
Friess (2.5 ppg.) or junior college tran-
sfer Alvin Robertson.

... Razorbacks await frosh


Doily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
WOLVERINE SOPHOMORE forward/guard Dean Hopson skies for the rim
in Monday night's 106-69 romp over Windsor. Hopson, a 6-7 swingman,
scored 11 points on a five for seven shooting night in the exhibition contest.
Hopson is likely to start at forward against Arkansas.


As the ball rises for the opening tip off
of the 1981-82 season, so goes the hopes
ofthe women's basketball team..
Coach Gloria Soluk and her squad are
optimistic as they set out to improve
last years record of 12-15.
ONE MAJOR reason for optimism is
the return of all-stater, co-captain
Diane Dietz. The 5-9 senior forward led
the team with a 20.0 points per gare
average last season, while setting a
school record of 540 points in one
season. Her greatest accomplishment
should come early this season when she
scores her 1,551st career point surpassing
Abby Curier, to make her the all-time
leading scorer in Michigan women's
basketball history.

0pace z
"I never really thought about it,"
said a modest Dietz referring to the
record. "With it being a relatively new
program, and playing with Abby the last
three years, I never thought about it
ANOTHER returning starter is co-
captain K.D. Harte. The senior guard
averaged 9.8 points per game and
dished out an even 100 assists in just 20,
games last year. Unfortunately her
season was hampered by injuries
preventing her from contributing even
Other players counted on to make a
major contribution are 5-6 sophomore
guard Lori Gnatkowski (10.5 points per
game) and 6-5 senior center Patrice
Donovan (4.0 rebounds per game).
With the graduation of all-time

vomen c
leading scorer Currier and the loss of
starting center Penny Neer, who quit
the team for,personal reasons, Coach
Soluk chose to recruit a large number of
players. Among the six freshmen
recruited were two sisters of current
members of the team and the UPI Ohio
class A player of the year, Connie
5-10 FORWARD Susan Dietz and
5-8 forward/guard Peg Harte,
sisters of the team's two stars, should
have a strong impact on this year's
team. The younger Harte has played
well in practice and has done a
"tremendous job" according to coach
The prize recruit from Ohio, 5-7
Doutt, has done a "great job so far"

'age rs,
states coach Soluk. The frosh is expec-
ted to be a great influence on the team
according to Soluk.
"The biggest boost for the team "ac-
cording to coach Soluk, "will be the
newly formed Big Ten women's con-
ference." The winner will receive an
automatic bid to the NCAA II post-
season tournament. Coach Soluk
believes the conference's formation will
"do a lot as far as interest for the spec-
tators and the girls goes."
ONE DIFFERENCE between the
current team and last year's squad is a
new attitude present at practice.,
"Everyone has a great attitude," said
1st team All-Academic forward Dietz.
"We're all working real hard."
For the first time in the four years
that she has been at Michigan, coach
Soluk has an evenly balanced team to
work with. There is a good mixture of
upper classmen and newcomers.
The team boosted its optimism by
posting an impressive 2-0 record in the
preseason. The cagers defeated
Jackson Community College and Win-
dsor by the scores of 141-71 and 116-37
respectively. The team hopes to extend
its winning streak this weekend when
they open the regular season by playing
in the Grand Rapids Tournament, the
first of four tournaments they play this
"We are very improved over last
year," states coach Soluk.

/ full court
Knight discusses ethics
. . .apathy abounds
That was the question Bobby Knight posed to the media during
Sunday's Big Ten Press Luncheon in Chicago. The Indiana head coach was
referring to what he sees as a lack of ethics in college athletics.
"I have seen in the 10 years I've been at Indiana, an escalation of unethical
and illegal recruiting practices across the nation," said Knight.
"We are at a crossroads where we will keep college athletics at an
amateur level or professionalize it.
"I honestly don't think there are a lot of people in your business (the
media) or mine who care about ethics. The UPI doesn't rank teams that are
on probation, but the AP does. Maybe the AP doesn't give a damn."
Apparently the majority of the media members present didn't give a damn
either. When Knight finished his speech, he was asked about his starting
lineup. To this he replied that starting lineups weren't as important as the
issue he had just outlined. Instead of praising Knight for talking about this
subject, the scribes' reactions ranged from "Bobby's trying to play God" to
"this was a very inappropriate place to talk about that."
Such a reaction only confirms Knight's contention that there is a tremen-
dous amount of apathy concerning ethics in college sports.
Knight could not have picked a better place or time to discuss his topic. His
audience consisted of individuals who will be involved with college basket-
ball for the next four months. The media contingent, 210 strong at the lun-
cheon, is in a position to raise public awareness concerning the im-
proprieties in college athletics. Instead of trying to do something to help
college sports, the press scorned Knight, preferring to hear the typical
quotes about lineups and expectations.
Apparently the topic of whether the Hoosiers' point guard can score in
double figures has become more important than the problems of a system
which has recently been rocked by a point shaving scandal at Boston
College. Something is wrong.
Cheating pays
To back up his allegations, Knight ticked off a number of sore spots in
college athletics:
" " Coaches who are responsible for putting their school or program on
probation, are hired somewhere else.
".". New Mexico, whose basketball program has been found guilty of a num-
ber of illegalities in recent years, will host the 1983 NCAA finals.
e " " Four football teams-Southern Methodist, Arizona State, Miami of
Florida and Illinois-are deserving of bowl invitations but are being
disciplined for one reason or another.
" " " A few years ago in basketball, North Carolina State was put on
probation but came back to win the NCAA with the players it was put on
Is winning so important that a coach who has been found guilty of
unethical acts is hired instead of an individual whose reputation is untar-
nished? Should a basketball program that has been scandalized by
illegalities be allowed to showcase itself by hosting the NCAA Champion-
ships? Does cheating pay (after all, SMU, Miami (Fla.) and Arizona State
are all ranked in the top 20 by the Associated Press)? Is it right that a team
can win an NCAA Championship using the players that it was put on
probation for?
Based upon past actions, the answers to all of these questions seem to be
yes. Apparently the press is not alone in its uncaring attitude toward the
unethical practices that exist in collegiate athletics.
"I had a struggle this summer about whether I should continue coaching
because of things like this (the aforementioned improprieties)," said
Knight. "And this was after winning a national championship."
Knight cares about the current state of college athletics. Does anybody



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