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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 11, 1981-Page 9

'M' grad basketballing in Britain

AIP Top Twenty

By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
College basketball in England is
played pretty much the same way that
it is here - five men on a side, two poin-
ts for a field goal, one point for a free
throw, and so on. But as George Ken-
dall has discovered, that's where the
similarity ends.
Kendall is a 1980 Michigan graduate
currently working toward an M.A.
degree in Shakespeare Studies at the
University of Birmingham, one of
*England's largest universities. To keep
himself occupied, he is also a forward
on the school's basketball team. And he
has seen first-hand that basketball in
England is not quite the same as it is in
the States.
"ALL COLLEGE sports in England
are much less important to the student,
public, and news media than they are
back home," says Kendall. "Few to
zero people come to watch our games."
Prior to enrolling at Birmingham,
Kendall says that his basketball ex-
*perience consisted of "a few years ex-
perience on junior and senior high
basketball teams. I also played IM
basketball, ice hockey, football and
volleyball at Michigan," he says. Ken-
dall also spent four years as a member
of the Michigan Marching Band.
Despite his lack of big-time basket-
ball experience, however, Kendall has
been a starter in three of Birmingham's
first 16 games. "My scoring average is
*almost too embarrasing to mention
(two points per game, he admits),"
says Kendall, "although I did score six

points in one half once."
BUT WHILE STARTING for a
college basketball team might seem
like quite an accomplishment to some,
Kendall is quick topoint out that it isn't
all that impressive. "There isn't one
British university basketball team that

wages. "There are no spectators for
college sports here, so there isn't an
athletic department or any revenue
from admission prices," explains Ken-
dall.
Once a student is a member of the
Athletic Union, he still must be selected

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'All college sports in
England are much less
important to the students,
public, -and news media
than they are back home.
Few to zero people come
to watch our games.'
-George Kendall

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leagues. "The first is a league of local
university and non-university teams
called the West Midlands League,':
says Kendall. "The other league we
play in is the University Athletic Union,
which consists of only university teams
and plays on a tournament-style basis.
If your team wins at least two of the fir-
st four games, then you advance to the
second round." He said that Bir-
mingham made it to the second round
before being eliminated.
At 6-0 and 165 pounds, Kendall says
that he is about average in stature
among British players. "All of the
teams we've played so far have
averaged about six feet in height, with,
only a few taller player," he says. "Our
best player, who averages about 25
points a game, is only six feet tall, too."
Kendall notes that the laid-back
British lifestyle carries over to the
basketball team. "We only practice on-
ce a week," he says. "And we often stop
at a pub on the way home from an away
game."
But although that might seem like an
appealing way to relax after a game,
it's doubtful that the idea will catch on
with Bill Frieder or any other
American coach.

Michigan, tri-leader in the Big Ten,
moved up to the thirteenth spot in this
week's AP poll (last week they were
fourteenth). The Wolverines are
currently the highest ranked Big Ten
team in both the AP and UPI polls.
Once again, Virginia and Oregon
State shared top honors, as the
Cavaliers topped the AP poll, while
Oregon State garnered the UPI's top
spot on Monday..

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1. Virginia (43) ..........
2. Oregon State (18).....
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Budget cuts
They 're going to

get you,
MASS MEETING for all
Wed. Feb. 11, Michigan
Hall, at 9:00 p.m.

too
concerned people.
Union Assembly

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could stay on the court with any
Division I, II or III American team,"
says Kendall.
To play for one of Birmingham's var-
sity teams, a student must pay a $12
fee, at which point he becomes a mem-
ber of the Athletic Union, according to
Kendall. This fee covers the cost of
uniforms, transportation and referee

to play on a'team if it is highly com-
petitive, explains Kendall. He says that
the basketball team, which does no
recruiting, had 40 players shgow up for
the first practice last October, of which
12 were selected for the team.
BIRMINGHAM currently sports a 5-
11 record, competing in two different

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SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:
Pistons stifle Mavericks, 101-95

DALLAS (AP)-Keith Herron led a
fourth-quarter charge that gave the
Detroit Pistons a 101-95 victory over the
Dallas Mavericks in a National Basket-
ball Association game yesterday.
The victory broke a string of eight
consecutive losses and 19 straight road
defeats for Detroit, now 14-47. The loss
was the ninth in a row for Dallas, which
fell to 8-50.
Detroit led 52-40 early in the third
quarter before Jim Spanarkel rallied
the Mavericks, who pulled into a 58-57
lead midway through the period.
Spanarkel scored 13 of his game-high
23 points and Toni LaGarde added nine
in the quarter, which ended with
Detroit nursing a 76-74 advantage.
New recruiting rtle
KANSAS CITY (AP) - The Big Eight
and the Southwest Conference today
will mark the departure of an old
custom in college recruiting warfare.
They will observe the last conference
signing dates - when high school
prospects commit themselves to a
single conference before agreeing to a
final commitment elsewhere.
Beginning next year, all NCAA
Division I schools will observe a
uniform signing date. The date will be
set by the Collegiate Commissioners
Association, headed by Fred Jacoby of
the Mid-American Conference.
The conference signing dates in the
SWC and Big Eight come exactly one
week before the national signing date,
which traditionally is the third Wed-
nesday in February.
The Southeastern Conference and the
Atlantic Coast Conference have had the
earliest conference signing dates - the
second Saturday in December. Some
other conferences, such as the Big Ten

and the Pac-10, have no conference
signing dates.
Tracksters snowed in,
The Michigan men's track team had
its dual meet cancelled at Michigan
State yesterday as a result of the poor
weather. The meet has not yet been
rescheduled. The Wolverines' next
meet will be February 20 and 21 when
the Central Collegiate Championships
will be held in Ann Arbor.
Hawks 116, Warriors 108
ATLANTA (AP)-John Drew scored
25 points and Eddie Johnson and Dan
Roundfield added 22 each as the Atlanta
Hawks defeated the Golden State.
Warriors 116-108 in National Basketball
Association play last night.
It was only the third victory for the

Hawks in their last 18 games and their
first home victory of 1981.
The Warriors, playing their fourth
game in five nights, were without Ber-
nard King, who is averaging more than
20 points a game. King has been
plagued by back problems and was
rested by Coach AfAttles.
Joe Barry Carroll led the Warriors
with 31 points and Lloyd Free added 27.
Wes Matthews scored 18 points for
Atlanta:
The Hawks were ahead most of the
game, although they dropped behind
late in the second quarter and then
traded the lead with Golden State five
times in the third quarter.
Golden State never led by more than
two points as the Hawks retained their
composure . playing with a healthier
lineup than they have for most of the
season.

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