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feet inpbounds alley-oop pass that Gar-
ner converted into an easy layup to give
Michigan a one-point 32-31 advantage.
Purdue immediately retaliated and
built the lead up to five points with just
over 14 minutes remaining, but
Michigan continued to claw its way
back into the contest.
After center Paul Heuerman hit a 15-
foot jumper cut Purdue's lead to one,
41-40, the Bodnar brothers went to work
again. Mark stole the ball from Walker
following the in-bounds pass and dished
it off to Marty, who came through with
one of his patented high-arching jum-
pers to put Michigan up once again , 52-
50, with 10:38 left.
FOR THE NEXT seven minutes, the
two teams swapped buckets and the
lead. Following a McGee layup, the
Boilermakers failed'to take advantage
of a scoring opportunity and the
Wolverines had the ball and a one-point
lead, 50-49, with just over three minutes
Then Purdue, possessing only three
team fouls, repeatedly hacked the
Michigan cagers until the seventh in-
fraction of the half brought Garner to
the free throw line. But the junior from
Hammond, Ind. could only connect on
the first part of his one-and-one oppor-
tunity to give the Wolverines their two
point lead, 51-49, with only 1:10
remaining, setting the stage for Ed-
Frieder credited the defeat to a poor
first half showing overall and McGee's
off-day from the floor.
"We didn't play well early in the first
half, and that's what upset me," said
Frieder. "There's no excuse for that,
and McGee seemed to be forcing some
shots from the outside. You can't do
things like that against a team like
Purdue. I told them that if you don't
play consistently for 40 minutes, you're
not going to win, especially in this con-
As for the NIT, all Frieder can do is
sit back and wait for that phone call
Min fg/a ft/a
McGee.............38 6/20 0/0
Garner ............ 41 6/11 1/2
Heuerman.........34 3/6 0/0
Johnson............37 5/11 0/0
Bodnar, Mt........45 3/9 2/3
McCormick ....... 10 1/1 0/0
Bodnar, Mk ....... 15 5/7 0/0
Person.............5 0/1 0/0
Totals ...........225 29/66 3/5
Fouled Out- Garner
Min fg/a ft/a R A PF Pts
Scearce ........... 41
Eifert ............. 4
Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL
MICHIGAN CENTER PAUL Heuerman tips a rebound away from the
basket and toward a crowd in last night's game against the Boilermakers.
Heuerman tallied six points in the contest. Purdue guard Keith Edmonson
(11); who collected 16 points, looks on in the foreground.
14 19 61
Halftime-Purdue 29, MICHIGAN 24
Regulation- MICHIGAN 51, Purdue 51
Totals........... 225 28/50 11/12 32 13 11 67
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE coach and the players said that they would relish the oppor-
Only four weeks ago, it appeared as though the Michigan tunity. "These are the type of kids that can be successful ir
cagers were certain to receive an invitation to the NCAA it," said Frieder. "It would be a great challenge for us, and
tournament. Four straight wins had raised their Big Ten we would look forward to it."
mark to 7-3, putting them in a tie for first place and boosting TEAM CO-CAPTAIN Paul Heuerman believes that th
their overall mark to 16-3. Nothing, it seemed, could stop the players would prepare just as hard for the NIT as they would
Wolverines from reaching the NCAA tourney, have for the more prestigious NCAAs. "When you're out or
Nothing except seven losses in their next eight games. With the court, you don't think about whether it's the NIT or th
P Gyesterday's 67-61 loss to Purdue, the Wolverines dropped to 8-tNcAA, you josttin sadwheermtN"fore
10 in the conference, identical to last year's mark, and 17-10 NCAA, you just play to win," said Heuerman. "Of course
overall. That puts them in seventh place in the Big Ten and everyone wants to get in the NCAA, but you just have to roll
almost certainly out of contention for a bid to the NCAAs. with the punches."
IT U INSTEAD, IT WOULD appear as though the Wolverines Despite Frieder's concern that Michigan might not receive
iNlgtEaalTfWoUt peaonasInit thon urnesany invitation, he says that his squad deserves to see post-
will get a call from the National Invitation Tournament season action. "We've had a good season," said Frieder. "I
tonight, inviting coach Bill Frieder and his players to their think that we're one of the top 80 teams in the country. (The
a _ itast tourney. That's where Michigan saw its post-season action NCAA invites 48 teams and the NIT picks 32). We're probably
last year, winning its first two games over Nebraska and in the top 50."
Texas-El Paso before falling to eventual champion Virginia. One factor that might help Michigan fans recover from the
But even though it would seem that a 17-10 record is good disappointment of not seeing their team in the NCAAs is the
enough to warrant an invitation to the NIT, Frieder is quick to possibility that Crisler Arena might be the sight of the
caaers ~~~~~ ~ ~point out that nothing is certain until tonight. Wleie'oeigNTotn.Oeya gMcia
"To be perfectly honest, I don't know if we'll be invited (to Wlerins oing T ouin One year aMigar
the NIT)," said Frieder after yesterday's game. "We haven't played its first two games in Crisler before travelling to
been too successful at the end here, and they take. things like Charlottesville to take on Virginia. The semi-final and final
that into account." games of the tournament are played in New York City's
But should the Wolverines receive an invitation, both the Madison Square Garden.
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Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL
MICHIGAN GUARD JOHNNY Johnson flies past the basket as he tries a
lay-up in Michigan's 67-61 loss to Purdue last night at Crisler Arena. Johnson
had a total of ten points shooting 5 of 11 from the field. Thad Garner had the
team high with 13.
Frieder downplays cagers .
BIG TEN ROUNDUP:
Buckeyes blast Iowa,
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State,
surging ahead in the second half on
scoring by forward Clark Kellogg,
pounded 8th-ranked Iowa 78-70 in a Big
Ten Conference basketball game
Iowa, finishing the season 13-5
in the conference and 21-6 overall, was
tied with Indiana for first place in the
Big Ten Conference. Indiana faced
Michigan State last night.
LEADING 56-55 with 9:30 left, Ohio
State scored 9 straight points, 7 from
Kellogg, to grab a 65-55 lead. The
Hawkeyes trailed by at least 3 points
for the rest of the game.
The Buckeyes, shooting.16 for 23 from
Big Ten Standings
Michigan State .....
20 ~ 7
Ohio State shot 69.5 percent in the
second half, giving the Buckeyes a
game percentage of 52.5 percent. They
hit 31 of 59 shots from the field.
Guard Todd Penn scored 14 points for
the Buckeyes, and center Herb
Williams sunk 13.
Illinois 98, Northwestern 76
CHAMPAIGN (AP) - Mark Smith
scored 24 points and Eddie Johnson ad-
ded 16 yesterday to lead No. 16 Illinois
to a 98-76 victory over Northwestern in
a Big Ten season finale.
Illinois closed with a 20-7 record
overall and a 12-6 mark for a third-
place finish in the Big Ten. North-
western finished last with a 3-15 con-
ference mark, and 9-18 on the season.
IT MARKED THE first time since
1908 that an Illinois basketball team
had won 20 regular sesaon games and
gave the Illini their first first-division
finish in the Big Ten since 1973, when
they tied for third place.
Illinois took a quick 6-0 lead, but the
Wildcats tied it trvice before Smith put
Illinois back ahead 12-10 as the Illini
outscored Northwestern 15-3 for a 25-13
With Smith, Johnson and Perry
Range scoring, the Illini doubled the
score at 34-17 and finally settled for a
47-33 half time lead. John Egan and Jim
Stack scored eight of Northwestern's
final 10 points in the first half.
Stack, who led Northwestern with 18
points, scored to open the second half to
pull the Wildcats within 12 points. But
that was as close as Northwestern could
get in the second half.
Wisconsin 60, Minnesota 58
MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin's
Claude Gregory, stymied by Minnesota
defenders much of the afternoon, sent
yesterday's Big Ten basketball game
into overtime and then won it 60-58 on
an 8-footer with four seconds left.
The defeat dropped Minnesota to a 9-9
record in the conference and 17-10 for
the season, virtually dashing any hopes
the Gophers had for an NCAA tour-
A Gregory basket with 3:20 to go was
the last score of regulation time, which
ended at 54-54.
Badger captain Dan Hastings, held
scoreless in the game, missed a 12-
footer with six seconds to go in over-
time. Breuer missed for the Gophers
with four seconds left, and Holmes,
grabbing the rebound, failed to connect
as time ran out.
Indiana 69, Michigan
EAST LANSING (AP) - Senior cen-
ter Ray Tolbert and junior forward
Landon Turner combined for 33 points
as 14th-ranked Indiana won its second
consecutive Big Ten basketball title,
burying Michigan State 69-48 last night.
Bobby Knight's Hoosiers finished
their season at 14-4 in league play, one
game ahead of second-place Iowa. In-
diana was 21-9 for the season, while the
Spartans slipped to 7-11 and 13-14.
AFTER YIELDING the lead to
Michigan State for five minutes mid-
way through the first half, the Hoosiers
rallied, hitting nine of their last 10 shots
from the field.
Indiana outscored the Spartans 10-4
in the last four minutes of the first half
to take a 34-26 lead into the locker room
The Hoosiers opened the second half
by outscoring the Spartans 10-4 in the
first six minutes to take a 44-30 lead.
Michigan State was unable to close the
gap, falling into foul trouble quickly af-
ter the Hoosiers went into their four
Jay Vincent, who hit seven of 10 from
the floor in the first half, led the Spar-
tans with 20 points. Vincent clinched the
Big Ten scoring title for the season with
a 20-footer from the top of the key with
10:19 left in the game. Ben Tower added
14 for the Spartans.
.., self-fulfilling prophecy
By MARK FISCHER
B ASKETBALL IS an emotional sport.
And perhaps the most important emotion in basketball is confidence.
If you just know you're going to hit that shot, you put it up without worrying
about it, and there's a good chance it'll fall through for two.
In the same vein, if you believe that your team is a winner-that you can
and should do away with any others who try to stop you-you and your
teammates will play each game to the fullest. If you always have in the back
of your mind the belief that you can win as long as you try, you'll win a lot
more than if you feel you have little chance of coming out on top.
Unfortunately for its members and their fans, that all-important attitude
of team confidence seemed to be sorely lacking on the Michigan basketball
team at critical times this year.
In fact, the prevailing attitude, at least as expressed by Wolverine coach
Bill Frieder, was more one of fatalism.
"We're hot very good," Frieder would say in a low voice after a 73-58 loss
to Iowa early in the Big Ten season dropped his "not very good" team to 11-2
overall and 2-2 in the conference. "We're probably going to finish just where
you guys (the media) picked us, in the middle of the pack," he would add.
The first year mentor never let his boys get too high, or too sure of them-
selves. "Our kids are feeling pretty good right now because of the great week
they had last week," he said after they had won two straight following the
Iowa setback. "But they've got to remember how hard they've worked to get
where they are, and not dwell on wins."
In all fairness, here Frieder was probably just trying to get the Wolverines
up for the rest of the season, to keep them working hard. But at the same
time, albeit unintentionally, he may also have been setting he and his team
up to lose, implying that they were going to have to deal with defeat
Realism not always ideal
"We're not as talented, as you know," Frieder still warned, even after
Michigan had won its third in a row to go 6-3 in the Big Ten and 15-3 overall.
"Other teams are much bigger and stronger. I'm a realist; I know that the
Indiana-Iowa road trip could be a double-dipper."
Sure, the man was just being realistic. After all, his team wasn't (and
isn't) the most talented in the world. No, they didn't (and don't) have a
dominating man in the middle. No, the twin Bodnar guards aren't going to
make anybody forget about Jerry West and Oscar Robertson.
But none of that meant that they couldn't win, that they had no chance of
going far. On the contrary, they were a team loaded with experience (four
seniors and a junior making up the starting lineup) which had already
proved they could win against the best (namely, Indiana, the league leaders
and eventual champions).
Yet when the Blue cagers did win, despite their "lesser talent," it was as it
they had just been sent a gift from above. After splitting the opening two-
game conference road trip, for example, Frieder declared "We're happy to
be 1-1," as if he was lucky to have any wins at all.
This kind of self-effacing philosophy is fine up to a point. It keeps a team
thinking that it has got to work hard to win, that it can't be overconfident
against anybody. But after a while, such a philosophy can backfire. It can
become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
If a team continues to be told that it's not that good, it just might begin to
believe it, especially after it happens to lose once or twice.
OSU shattered Blue confidence
After they were smashed by an incredibly hot Ohio State team at home last
month, the Michigan hoopsters may have subconsciously begun to think
their coach wasright about them. Maybe they weren't good enough. Good-
bye confidence. Goodbye wins.
Not that it's all that obvious. Actually, it's the little things-like the loose
balls not worth diving for, or the foul shots not worth concentrating too hard
on-that spell the difference.
At any rate, Michigan began to fall after the Buckeye blowout. And fall.
And when it was all over the Wolverine cagers had fallen from 7-3 conference
and 16-3 overall to 8-10 and 17-10.
Yesterday afternoon they had one final chance to redeem themselves.
Purdue 67, Michigan 61 (OT)
Ohio State 78, Iowa 70
Wisconsin 60, Minnesota 58
Illinois 98, Northwestern 76
Indiana 69, Michigan State 48
the field in the final half, were led by
Kellogg with 18 points and 16 rebounds
and guard Carter Scott with 18 points,
14 coming in the second half.
Center Steve Krafcisin led Iowa with
22 points. Ohio State finishes the year 9-
9 in the Big Ten and 14-13 overall.
OHIO STATE STARTED fast, hitting