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SPORTS

Page 8

Thursday, March 12, 1981

'M' FACES DUQUESNE IN NIT OPENER
Wolverines set to 'Duke'it out

The Michigan Daily
Michigan 27-game statistics 0

By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
In case you're one of the many
Michigan basketball fans in the dark
about tonight's NIT opponent, the
Duquesne Dukes, then here's a quick
primer; first of all, the name is
pronounced "doo-kane." Second, the
Dukes hail from Pittsburgh and play in
the Eastern Eight conference.
And third, they are a very good
basketball team.
"YEP, THEY'RE good," assessed
Wolverine coach Bill Frieder. "They're
the champs of their conference and
they're a very physical team."
Before the season, Duquesne was
picked to finish near the bottom of the
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which also includes schools such as Pit-
tsburgh, Rutgers and St. Bonaventure.
But third-year head coach Mike Rice's
squad surprised everyone by finishing
the regular season at 20-9. The Dukes
also compiled a 12-4 league record,
which tied them for first place in the
Eastern Eight with Rhode Island.
Duquesne lost to Pittsburgh in the con-

ference tournament, however, so the
Panthers received the bid to the NCAA
tournament while the Dukes settled for
an invitation to the NIT for the second
straight year. .
"It's sort of a letdown for us not
making it into the NCAA," said the
amiable Rice. "But when you stop to
think that there are 200 schools just sit-
ting at home now, then it's not so bad. It
might be more of a letdown if we were
playing someone other than Michigan.
There's so much prestige in playing a
Big Ten school."
LEADING THE WAY for the Dukes
this year has been 6-7 forward Bruce
Atkins. Atkins led the Eastern Eight in
rebounding with an 11.8 average, and
has been in the Top Ten nationally all
year in that category. The junior from
Wilkinsburg, Pa. has also proved to be
a proficient scorer this season,
averaging 14.2 points per game on 59
peicent shooting from the field.
Duquesne's leading scorer is 6-4
guard Ronnie Dixon, currently
averaging 17.0 ppg. Dixon was named
to the Associated Press' All-American
honorable mention squad. His running
mate in the backcourt is 6-2 freshman
Andy Sisinni, a defensive specialist.
Sisinni also holds the distinction of being
the Dukes', best free throw shooter with

a 78 percent mark.'
For one of the few times all season,
Michigan's Thad Garner won't have to
look up to the player that he will tip-off
against. Duquesne starts 6-7 John
Moore in the pivot. Moore is also
scoring in double figures, currently
averaging 13.5 ppg.
THE OTHER FORWARD spot is
filled by 6-4 Rod Scott. A cousin of for-
mer Miami Dolphins running back
Mercury Morris, Scott is a high-*
percentage shooter known primarily
for his defensive play.
Although Michigan and Duquesne
have never met on the basketball court
before, they did have two common foes
in Detroit and Dayton. Detroit succum-
bed to the Wolverines at Joe Louis
Arena, 85-68, while Duquesne beat the
Titans 72-70 in Pittsburgh. But while
Michigan beat Dayton 85-84, the Dukes
suffered a triple-overtime loss to the
Flyers, 109-100.
According to Michigan's Sports In-
formation Department, if the
Wolverines win tonight they will host
the winner of tonight's Toledo-
American game on Sunday. Toledo (20-
9) tied for first place in the Mid-
American Conference. At 24-5,.
American has the best record of any
team in the NIT field.

PLAYER
McGee ........................
Johnson............... ...
Garner.....................
Heuerman ................. .
Bodnar, Mt .....................
McCormick...............
Bodnar, Mk ................ .
Burton ...................
Jam es .........................
Person ........................
Hopson.....................
Pelekoudas ....................
Aiitonides .....................
Brown .....................
Team Rebounds.............
Totals .........................
Opponents .....................

G
27
27
27
27
27
27
24
15
20
25
11
15
9
9

FG-A
274-532
172-312
107-211
70-142
82-145
48-97
31-60
13-29
15-36
13-31
4-19
4-8
2-3
2-7

Pct
.505
.551
.507
.493
.566
.495
.517
.498
.417
.419
.211
.500
.667
.286

FT-A
103-153
41-50
54-76
68-84
29-37
42-54
15-19
4-10
3-5
8-11
7-11
4-9
2-6
0-1

Pct
.673
.820
.711
.810
.784
.777
.789
.400
.600
.727
.636
.444
.333
.000

Reb
104
100
149
143
62
99
17
20
20
36
9
3
6
9.
64
868
877
St

PF-D Pts Avg.
79-5 651 24.1
40-0 385 14.3
76-3 268 9.9
87-6 208 7.7
57-0 193 7.1
78-2 138 5.1
26-0 77 3.2
15-0 30 2.0
13-0 33 1.7
18-0 34 1.4
8-0 15 1.4
17-0 12 0.8
8-0 6 0.7
6-0 4 0.4

0

837-1632 .513 380-526 .722
779-1552 .502 344498 .691

527-16 20:
499-12 19(
CORING
G FG-A

s4 76.0
02 70.4

REBOUNDING
No.
Kellogg, OSU .............. 213
Gregory, WIS.............169
Johnson, Ill ............... 162
Vincent, MSU ............. 150
Williams, OSU ............. 150

Avg.
11.8
9.4
9.0
8.3
8.3
Avg.
6.7
5.8
5.4
4.3

Hi
19
17
13
16
15
Hi
12
12
11
11

,Vincent, MSU .........
MCGEE, MICH.......
Gregory, WIS.........
Roberson, NU........
Kellogg, OSU ..........

18
18
18
18
18

186-373
179-363
131-284
121-272
130-259

Pet
.499
.493
.461
.445
.502

Avg
24.1
23.8
20.2
18.4
18.0

ASSISTS

FINAL

Walker, PUR............
Harper, ILL ...............
Smith, MSU ............
. Thomas, IND.........
1. Thomas, IND............
Arnold, IOWA...........

No.
120
104
97
88
88
77

*Indiana.
*Iowa ..........
*Illinois.........

Heuerman
... will play despite aching tooth

Tolbert, I
Hall, MINN
Breuer, MI
Smith, MS
Edmonson

FIELD GOAL PERCENTA(
FG
ND .............. 107
N .. .... .... ... 111
INN............
U .............. 118
,PUR........... 121

4.9 9* *Purdue ...........
4.3 11 Minnesota......
Ohio State .... .
GE **MICHIGAN....
A Pct.
171 .626 Mich. State .......
181 .613 Wisconsin......
195 .569 Northwestern ...
211 .559 *NCAA bid
225 .538 **NIT bid

Conf.
W L
14 4
13 5
12 6'
10 8
99
9 9
8 10
7 11
5 13
3 15

Overall
W L
21 9
21 6
20 .7
17 10
17 10
14 13
17 10
13 14
11 15
9 18

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40-Mike McGee, 6-5 Sr. (24.1)..... F...... 44-Bruce Atkins, 6-7 Jr. (14.2)
45-Thad Garner, 6-7 Jr. (9.9) ...... F..........12-Rod Scott, 6-4 Jr. (7.4)
15-Paul Heuerman, 6-8 Sr. (7.7) ... C ...... 41-John Moore, 6-7 Sr. (13.5)
34-John Johnson, 6-4 Sr. (14.3)..... G...... 20-Ronnie Dixon, 6-4 Sr. (17.0)
24-Marty Bodnar, 6-3,Sr. (7.1)......G ........5-Andy Sisinni, 6-2 Fr. (3.8)
Game Time: 8:05p.m.
TV/Radio: No local television. Radio stations WWJ (950), WPAG (1050),
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TOLEDO, Ohio (UPI) - Harvey
Knuckles, Mitch Adamek and Tim
Reiser combined for 68 points last night
to, lead Toledo to a 91-83 first-round
National Invitation Tournament vic-
tory over American.
The Rockets, 21-9, advanced to the
second roudof the tournament against
the winner of tonight's Michigan-
Duquesne .game. The game is ten-
tatively set for Michigan on Sunday if
the Wolverines defeat the Dukes.
Gem*gi 74s Oki Domidnion 66
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Acrobatic
sophomore Dominique Wilkins led a
balanced. Georgia attack with 21 points
as the Bulldogs beat Old Dominion 74-60
in the first round of the National In-
vitation Tournament last night.
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trouble, mounting a 32-20 margin at
halftime and taking control 51-30 mid-
way in the final half.
Sampson honored
NEW YORK (UPI) - Virginia's
Ralph Sampson was named United
Press International's 1980-81 college.
basketball Player of the Year yester-
day.
Sampson, who was named to the All-
America team earlier in the week,
received 100 votes in the nationwide
balloting of 204 sports writers and
broadcasters.
Mark Aguirre of DePaul was second
with 64 votes and Steve Johnson of
Oregon State was third with 21.

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1981 NIT
MATCHUPS
FIRST ROUND
Tonight's Games
Duquesne (20-9) at MICHIGAN (17-10
8 p.m..
Rhode Island (21-7) at Purdue (17-10),
7:30 p.m.
Connecticut (19-8) at South Florida^
(18-10), 8 p.m.
North Carolina A&T (21-7) at Duke
(15-12), 8p.m.
Temple (19-7) at Clemson (20-10),
8p.m.
Alabama (17-10) at St. John's (17-10),
8 p.m.
Holy Cross (19-9) at Southern
Mississippi (20-6), 8 p.m.
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TUESDAY
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DSD 'A' 63, Yo Adrian 49
class 'B'
L-Soul 56, MBA Green 45
Men's 5'-9
MBA Wild Midgets 2, Law Senators 0 (forfeit)
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The Gords 50. Apocalypse Now 35
Suburban 7 62, Old Gang 44

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