THIS BUD'S FOR YOU
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
It's tournament time again.. .
... basketballs fill the air
... Ah, what a glorious time of year! The snow is melting, the days are get-
ting longer, and the tube is filled with plenty of great basketball. With the
NCAA Championship ging full tilt, the NIT winding up, and the high
schoolers finishing up their state championships, there is certainly no shor-
tage of quality roundball being played.
... All of the upsets in the NCAA tourney are making-crow-eaters out of the
many so-called "experts" who chastised the tournament selection commit-
tee for inviting schools such as St. Joseph's and Alabama-Birmingham to
compete in their tourney.
... Speaking of upsets, St. Joseph's stunning victory over top-ranked
DePaul last Saturday dealt a crushing blow to Chicago's sports fans, who
have had about as much to cheer for lately as the sports fans in Detroit. The
Windy City has been Blue Demon-crazy for the past three years, but if
superstar Mark Aguirre decides to take the NBA's money and run next year,
it could mean that the Chicagoans will have to wait a while longer until they
get a champion.
. . It'll be the Mormons against the Catholics tonight when Brigham Young
and Notre Dame square off. I wonder which side will have the "omnipotent
sixth man" advantage.
. .. It has been a banner year for college basketball in Kansas, as three
teams from the state are still alive in the NCAA tournament-Kansas, Kan-
sas State, and Witchita State. One of them will be eliminated for sure when
Kansas and Witchita State square off tomorrow.
The Final Four: Bud's Studs
.. All of the upsets in the NCAA have made it easier to predict a Final Four,
so with that in mind, here are my picks to earn the trip to Philadelphia:
In the East, Virginia is definitely the cream of the crop. With 7-4 All-
American Ralph Sampson leading the way, the Cavaliers will prevail over
the likes of Notre Dame, Brigham Young and Tennessee.
The West regional features four squads of equal merit, but Illinois will
prevail because of the experience it gained in the tough Big Ten season.
LSU is playing better than anyone else in the tournament now, making
them a sure bet to carry the Midwest.
-And with DePaul and Kentucky out of the way now, Indiana seems vir-
tually assured of winning the Mideast.
Who will wear the crown of National Champion this year? It'll be the
Tigers of LSU beating.Virginia in an exciting season finale.
... Will someone tell me why Indiana, champs of the Big Ten, had to play its
first round in Dayton, Ohio, while Illinois, who finished third in the league,
got to play its first round in sunny Los Angeles? Some things just don't seem
Big Ten hanging tough
... In the other tournament, the oddsmakers say that Minnesota is now the
favorite to win the NIT title, followed by Purdue and Michigan. The
Wolverines, with odds of 9-2, are ahead of even Syracuse, the team that
plays host to them tonight.
.:. The Big Ten has rolled up an impressive 8-1 record thus far in post-season
play, evidence of its national superiority. The Pac-10, meanwhile, has no
teams left in either post-season classic. Five Big Ten Teams are still
Flint Central guard Eric.Turner, who will be suiting up to play for the
Wolverines next year, has been named to the Parade Magazine All-
American second team. Lansing Eastern's Sam Vincent, who will follow
brother Jay at Michigan State next fall, was named to the first team.
The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 19, 1981-Page 9
BLUE BATSMEN S WING SOUTHIFOR WARMUP
Baseball's back in season!
By LARRY FREED
Last year the Michigan baseball
team was the Cinderella story in NCAA
baseball, advancing to the College
World Series before bowing out.
With only two seniors leaving the
team, second-year head coach Bud
Middaugh has reason to be optimistic,
but he still remains cautious about the
"WE'RE A DECENT ball club, but
we- are not an awesome team. We're
still pretty young," Middaugh said.
One of the Wolverines' main
strengths lies in their pitching. The
majority of last year's pitchers are
returning, led by senior Mark Clinton.
In addition to Clinton, the Wolverine
pitching staff includes sophomores
Scott Dawson, Steve Ontiveros, and
"Our staff is still very young. Eight
out of our nine top pitchers are fresh-
men and sophomores," Middaugh said.
"We still need a 'stud' on our staff.
Someone who could consistently get the
JIM PACIOREK, WHO led the team
in home runs and RBIs, will once again
lead the hitting attack. The Wolverines
will be hurt by the graduation of shor-
tstop George Foussianes, who led the
team in batting last seasson. Picking up
the slack will be catcher Gerry Hool,
outfiderGreg Schulte, and first
baseman Tim Miller.
"Last season we relied too much on
our defense," said Middaugh.
"Hopefully we'll become more produc-
Although most of last, season's star-
ting line-up is returning, nothing will be
definite until after the team's spring
trip is completed, according to Mid-
THE WOLVERINES' annual spring
trip to Florida begins tomorrow with a
doubleheader against New York Tech.
The 14-game exhibition excursion in-
cludes contests against the University
of Miami, Bowling Green, and
Glassboro State. The Wolverines' first
regular season game4 is a home
doubleheader against Grand Valley
State on March 31.
Unlike the Wolverine line-up,
the Big Ten received a face-lift during
the off-season. In a move to reduce
travel expenses, the conference was
divided into two divisions; the Eastern
division containing Michigan, Ohio
State, Indiana, Purdue, and Michigan
State, and the Western division, which
has Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Min-
nesota and Northwestern.
IN ADDITION TO the new conferen-
ce format, the Big Ten has also im-
plemented a new play-off system. This
system allows the top two teams in each
division to enter the playoffs with the
winner advancing to the Mideast
"The new playoff system makes the
conference more wide open, because
the winner of the division does not
receive an automatic berth into the
Regionals," Middaugh explained.
The Wolverines, who are ranked
eleventh nationally by one press agen-
cy, had a good recruiting year.
Michigan acquired many pitchers and
infielders, including Michigan all-
stater Chris Sabo, who, according to
Middaugh, has a shot at a starting
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