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February 04, 1981 - Image 9

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full court
Frieder makes cagers run...
.. .'road work' paying off
EFORE THE START of the college basketball season last November,
Uthe Crisler Arena floor was being dealt a severe beating. The per-
petrators of the damage were none other than the Michigan Wolverines,
being put through a regimen of running unlike any they had ever experien-
One year before, when Johnny Orr was still the boss, the team practiced
for two hours at the most. But rookie head coach Bill Frieder remembered
well the three overtime losses the Wolverines were saddled with last season,
and he wasn't about to see a repeat performance under his command.
So just to make sure the Wolverines weren't caught napping this year,
Frieder made the team run. And run and run and run. And no more two hour
practices, either. This year's group hit the hardwoods for as many as three
hours every day before the season started-a great portion of that time spent
In fact, freshman guard Dan Pelekoudas found that it wasn't the superior
competition or the pressure that was the most difficult part of the transition
from high school to college basketball. "It's definitely the practices,"
remarked Pelekoudas. "He (Frieder) really kills us."
During one pre-season practice, Frieder noticed that some of his charges
were stopping short of the baseline as they raced up and down the floor.
"Three overtime losses!" yelled
Frieder. "That's the difference
touching the lines makes. That's not
going to happen this year!"
Well, if the results of this season
are any indicator, the Wolverines
started touching the lines. Thus far,
Michigan has participated in three
extra session contests, but unlike
last year, the Wolverines have come
'' n 'y vs . out on the winning end of all three
Minnesota succumbed to the Blue in
Minneapolis (in a double-overtime
ffair), while Indiana and Illinois
~ also in double-OT) both bowed to
Michigan in Ann Arbor. Add to that a
one-point win over Dayton down in
Frieder the Buckeye state, and one can
... runs the show easily see that this year's squad is a
much-improved one.
All this improvement on a team where the only major change from one
year ago is a new man at the helm. The nucleus of the team is the same from
lastrcompaign's 17-13 squad which finished sixth inthe Big Ten. But Frieder
has squeezed every bit of potential out of a group which he admits is not as
talented as some others in the conference.
Consider Frieder's accomplishments in his young head coaching career.
To begin with, he guided the Wolverines through the non-conference
schedule unmarred, entering Big Ten play with a perfect 9-0 mark. In the
league season thus far, the cagers have notched three road wins-tw more
than they claimed all of last year-and two more victories at home for a 5-3
record, second best in the league. And following Michigan's 78-65 romp over
then-ranked Arkansas on December 6, the Wolverines have been regular
members of the nation's top twenty polls.
But still, Frieder isn't ready to sit back and relax. "We're not a very good
team," he remarked following the Illinois win. "We just work so hard."
Which is exactly why the Wolverines are a good team. In a league as
balanced as the Big Ten, hard work is what makes the difference. That's
why a hustling team like Iowa, with no real abundance of talent, can win
consistently, and a team like Ohio State, with a plethora of talent, only wins
when it feels like playing hard.
If the Wolverines can continue to play with the same intensity that has
become their trademark this year, they have an excellent chance to qualify
for the NCAA tournament, which was the goal the cagers set for themselves
before the season's inception.
One main advantage Frieder enjoys is the confidence of
his players. Following the win over Indiana, co-
captain Thad Garner exclaimed in the dressing room, "I feel great! We beat
the second best coach in America (Bobby Knight). I don't have to tell you
who the best is."
It seems that playing on a winning team has made Garner forget the pain
his legs went through back in November.

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 4, 1981-Page 9

IU's Knight alright, says Big Ten

CHICAGO (AP)-Big Ten Com-
missioner Wayne Duke said yesterday
that Indiana Coach Bobby Knight has
not been reprimanded for grabbing an
official during Saturday's basketball
game against Purdue.
"From all available reports, Coach
Knight was concerned that he could not
see the play and he pulled the official
aside," said Duke. "There was a
telephone exchange between Knight
and Herm Rohrig (Big Ten supervisor
of officials) and Rohrig reminded
Knight that there is to be no contact
with officials.
" AS A MATTER of fact," added
Duke, "It was Knight who initiated the
telephone exchange. There have been
reports that Coach Knight was
reprimanded by the Big Ten but they
have been exaggerated."
Kush being sued
PHOENIX (AP)-Former Arizona

State football Coach Frank Kush
testified yesterday that he "couldn't
recall ever touching" ex-Sun Devil
player Kevin Rutledge in a 1978 game
and says he first learned of an alleged
punching incident through a booster
almost a year later.
Rutledge is suing Kush, the univer-
sity, former Sun Devil assistant coach
Bill Maskill and others for $2.2 million
in damages-claiming Kush punched
him in the mouth following a poor punt
during Arizona State's 41-7 loss to
Washington Oct. 18, 1978.
HE ALSO CLAIMS Kush and Maskill
subsequently harassed him into quit-
ting the team and forfeiting his scholar-
Kush, testifying for the second
straight day, told the court that he had
no recollection of ever grabbing
Rutledge's face mask but said there
was "a possibility" that he may have
slapped Rutledge's helmet at the time.

Rutledge testified Kush grabbed his
face mask in the Washington game
while he still had his helmet on and
chinstrap fastened, shook his head from
side to side and up and down and landed
a "kunckle-punch" that Rutledge said
split his upper lip.
Marsikova defeated
DETROIT (AP)Unseeded Claudia
Kohde defeated No. 5 seed Regina Mar-
sikova 6-1, 6-3 in the second round
yesterday fo an Avon women's tennis
manufacturer, meanwhile, dropped the
tournament purse from $150,000 to
$125,000, charging the Women's Tennis
Association failed to make sure one of
the tour's top three players showed.
Avon said the WTA is bound by con-
tract to provide top players. The WTA
had no comment on the purse. Several
top players skipping the event were
Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova and
Billie Jean King.

UPI Top Twenty

1. Oregon St. (33)...........17-0
2. Virginia (7).............18-0
3. DePaul ..................18-1
4. LSU (1)..................19-1
5. Arizona St..............15-2
6. Kentucky ..............15-3
7. Utah...............i1-1
8. Wake Forest ..........16-2
9. Notre Dame ............. 14-3
10. N. Carolina ............. 16-4
11. Maryland .............15-4
12. Tennessee ..............15-3
13. Indiana ...............13-7
14. UCLA ..................12-4
15. MICHIGAN.............14-3
16. Iowa ...................13-4
17. S. Alabama............17-3
18. Connecticut .............15-3
19. Brigham Young..........15-4
20. Wichita St...............16-2



Water Polo
Hit and Run 13, Hi Ho's6
Scrambled Ii12. Water Rats 0 (forfeit)
Breakers 5, D.I.R.T. 2
Master Pieces 21,Forfeit 7
Table Tennis
Residence Hall
Gomberg 3, Huberties 0
Couzens Skids 2, Frost 1
Law Gold 2, MBA Orange 1

Breakers 44, Roundballers 24
Fubars 107, Remnants 34
Pisces 38,Caveman 33
Trash 52, DSD D' 40
Residence Hall
Mutiny 40, Rotvig 32
Lewis 80.3rd Hamilton 18
Oxford 19, Reeves 17
Tailor Chiefs 47,VanTyne 27



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irginia 80, North Carolina 79 (OT)
utgers 90 Manhattan 57
Houston 79, Southern Methodist 64
Arkansas 54, Texas 48
Maine 73, Boston U. 58
Rhode Island 64, Brown 52
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