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The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, March 24, 1981-Page 9

Michigan basketball ...
... loss of national prestige
The scene after the Indiana - St Joe's game had to formulate a few smiles
on the faces of older Michigan basketball fans. There stood Steve Grote, now
a rising color commentator on NBC, interviewing Bobby Knight after yet
another lopsided Indiana victor'y in the NCAA's, Predictably, the topic of
past Hoosier-Wolverine classics arose and verbal barbs passed between the
two, bringing sheepish grins on both faces.
Michigan was good to Indiana, Grote recalled in reference to the three
Hoosier victories over Michigan in 1976 including the championship game.
The championship game? Yes, five seasons ago Michigan was the leader in
the Big Ten, and a national power. But to today's seniors who migrated to the
Ann Arbor campus in 1977-78, the tradition and excellence associated with
Wolverine basketball in the early and mid-seventies must seem far away, as
evidenced by the following table:
Year Big Ten Finish Big Ten Record Overall
74-751 12-2 225
15-76 2 12-6 19-8
76-77 2 14-4 25-7
1 16-2 26-4
77-78 4 11-7 16-11
78-79 6 8-10 15-12
79-80 7 8-10 17-13
80-81 7 8-10 r19-11
- The statistics point toward a definite slip in Big Ten and national power for
the Michigan basketball program. The senior starters on the 1980-81 team
have not been invited to the NCAA tournament and have reached the quar-'
terfinals of the NIT two years in a row. Any four year trend invites
examination of the players who have been around-namely the seniors.
How can anyone point a finger at the seniors in 1980-81 for some of the
decline in Wolverine basketball? Many experts believe Michigan to be short
on talent in comparison to the other Big Ten squads, and that only the gritty
performance of the seniors gave Michigan some of the glory it enjoyed the
last four years:
Mark Lozier's winning shot at MSU in 78-79, Keith Smith's free throw to
beat eventual NCAA champion Michigan State in 79-80, and the four over-
time victories at home in 80-81 including a win over Finl Four entry In-
Yet, after these tremendous victories, human nature may have it to
remember the four years as the only NCAA drought in Michigan history. To
some, however, the past four years will be remembered as 'The Mike McGee
Era' in Michigan basketball, and to many that label creates a lot of grum-
End of McGee era
A visitor to this campus would probably be surprised at the average
student's comments about McGee. For a player with all of the credentials of
the senior forward-
" 1978 All-Big Ten
. 1979 Big Ten Honorable Mention
" 1980 All-Big Ten (2nd team)
* 1981 All-Big Ten, Honorable Mention All-American'
" All time Michigan scorer
" All time Big Ten scorer
one wouldn't expect these typical statements - "McGee travels too much,"
"He doesn't know when to stop shooting," McGee's great when we're up by
20," "He doesn't concentrate on his free throws,"etc. The visitor would ask
the question-why isn't McGee popular with the basketball fans in Ann Ar-
' bor? One of the reasons may be the fact that Michigan hasn't been in the
NCAA's in McGee's four years and the senior forward may be a symbol of
; the faltering record. In addition, McGee has not been a game winner-that
role belongs to Marty Bodnar. Fans get upset when McGee misses the free
throws - the '80-81 :675 average signals lack of concentration.
The below 50 percent shooter also irks fans at times, as does the number of
shots he attempts. As Mary Albert mentioned before the Syracuse game,
McGee has taken more shots than any other two Wolverines combined. The
question arises-can teams with great scorers also be winners?
; In the Big Ten this year, Jay Vincent, McGee, Claude Gregory, Clark
Kellogg, and Rod Roberson were the top five scorers-all representing teams
- which finished in the second division of the conference, and a combined Big
<Ten record of 32-58.
So, for at least this year, teams with high scorers did not do well in the Big
Ten. Then, can this apply to the last four years at Michigan with McGee
required to carry too much of the scoring burden? If McGee didn't shoot
well, who was supposed to pick up the slack? In the Cazzie Russell years of
_ 1964-5-6, the great scoring forward led Michigan to three straight Big Ten
titles, refuting the fact that scorers can't be winners.
Thus, the McGee era has ended and it's time for Tim McCormick and Eric
Turner to lead the way back to'the first division in the Big Ten.

Landon Turner (left) and Isiah Thomas, two stalwarts in the pride of Big Ten
basketball, perform in the NCAA tourney for the 24-9 Hoosiers. Coach of the claiming Big Ten superiority in basketball, Indiana represents the conference's
Year in the Big Ten, Bobby Knight, led the Hoosiers to the conference title in last stand in the face of two ACC teams, Virginia and North Carolina, and one
1980-81 and lopsided NCAA victories over Maryland, Alabama-Birmingham, SEC team, LSU in the Final Four. Indiana meets the lightning quick LSU Tigers
and St. Joseph's of Pennsylvania in order to claim a Final Four berth. For those on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Batmensplt; inest,8-

Special to the Daily
MIAMI, Fla. - Michigan's baseball
team continued its road trip in Miami
by splitting a doubleheader yesterday,
taking the opener 8-3 over Bowling
Green before dropping the nightcap to
Maine 15-10. ,
In the first game at Florida Inter-
national, Rich Stoll, a freshman from
Attica, Ind., notched his first collegiate
win .4 going the distance, while fan-
ning seven and walking six. Catcher
John Young went four for five, and
knocked in one run to lead a 14-hit at-
THE WOLVERINES, who are now 3-3
this trip, were also paced by right
fielder Tim Paciorek (double, single, 1
RBI), left fielder Randy Wroten (two
singles, 2 RBIs), who received five stit-
ches on his nose after crashing into the
left field fence, and designated hitter
Gerry Hool (double, single, 2 RBIs).
In the, nightcap at Mark Light
Stadium, Maine overcame a 10-4 deficit
by rallying with four runs in the seventh
to tie Michigan, and five in the eighth to
win. Four Michigan pitchers yielded 14
hits and 15 walks; Dave Kopf, a fresh-
man from Royal Oak, was the
Wolverine starter and Bill Schuta suf-
fered the loss.
NCAA hockey
The teams from the Eastgot a hockey
lesson from the western teams last
weekend in the NCAA quarterfinals. All
four seeds from the Western Collegiate
Hockey Association 'and the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association defeated
opponents from the Eastern College
Athletic Conference in the respective
total-goals series.

In Minneapolis, Colgate bowed to the
WCHA champion Golden Gophers by
scores of 9-4 and 5-4. Minnesota was led
by Aaron Broten, who scored four goals
and three assists to give him 45 goals
and 100 points on the season. All-
American Steve Lilseth chipped in with
three goals, and Butsy Erickson and
Mike Knoke two apiece.
with a 21-12-2 mark and the Gophers go
into their semi-final game with a 32-11-0
record. The 32 victories established a
new record for most wins in a season at
In Marquette, the Northern Michigan;
Wildcats, despite losing to Cornell on
Saturday 4-3, won the total-goals series,
10-7 after a 7-3 victory on Friday. All-
American .Steve Bozek led Northern
Michigan with his 32nd, 33rd, and 34th
goals of the season while Jeff Pyle ad-
ded two;to give him 35 goals. Cornell
finished its season with a 19-11-1 mark
wfiile Northern Michigan moves on
with a 27-12-3 record.
In the biggest surprise of the
weekend, Wisconsin, who barely made
it into the quarterfinals, beat number
one Eastern seed Clarkson in Potsdam,
New York, by a total score of 9-8.
Defenseman Theran Welsh scored
three goals for Wisconsin and Peter
Johnson had two. Steven Cruickshank
led the Golden Knights with three goals
and All-Star Bryan Cleaver chipped in
with two. Badger Marc Behrend saved
a total of 64 in the nets for the series
while ECAC Rookie of the Year Don
Sylvestri stopped 57 for Clarkson. The
Golden Knights ended up with a 26-7-4
mark while Wisconsin takes its 25-14-1
record to Duluth for the semi-finals.

AT PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island,
Michigan Tech scored 7-3 and 6-5 vic-
tories to easily eliminate the Friars.
The Huskies had a balanced scoring at-
tack, with 11 different players scoring
goals. Providence finished with a 17-15-
1 overall mark and Michigan Tech con-
tinues with a 28-13-1 slate.
The semi-finals begpi Thursday in
Duluth, Minnesota, with Michigan Tech
playing Minnesota. Wisconsin will face
Northern Michigan on Friday night.
Synchro duet sixth
Two of Michigan's top synchronized
swimmers, Kathleen O'Brien and Betsy
Neira, travelled to Denver in order to
compete at the Junior National Team
Trials held last weekend. O'Brien and
Neira placed fifteenth and twentieth
respectively in the solo- event out of 86
O'Brien and Neira also teamed up to
place sixth in the duet out of 70 teams.
"We were very, very pleased with the
results of the meet," said coach Joyce

Lindemen. "We are glad to have then:
back to practice so that we can geta
ready to leave on Wednesday (to comr
pete at the AIAW National Champion-
ships in Palo Alto)," continued Lin-
THE WOLVERINES should do weld
at the championships. "I figure that we
will place third," said Lindemen.
Perennial favorite Ohio State is ex-
pected to take the national crown, but
Arizona, another synchronized swim-
ming powerhouse, should be able to
challenge the Buckeyes this year. "I
think that we will play the role of
spoiler this year," continued Lin-,
demen. The national championships
will be the team's last meet of the year.

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Michigan linksters dust off clubs


As oon as the warm weather arrives
each ear, many people get out the old
set of clubs in anticipation of another
season of golf. Not to be left out,
Michigan's men's golf team has
already been at work preparing for the
upeoming season.
The linksters took a trip down to
Florida earlier this spring, and coach
Tom Simon said that it only served to
confirm the strength of this year's
squad. "This is the best team I've seen
in the last three years," stated Simon.
The team will be looking to make an
even stronger challenge to perennial
Big Ten power Ohio State, after
finishing second in the Big Ten last
A TRIO OF outstanding players head
the list of thosereturning to the team
this season. John Morse is the defen-
ding Big Ten champion from 1980. He
won that title with a four round score of

288. He also participated in the NCAA
meet earning All-American honors.
Morse had the low average on the
squad last season, at 75.1 and returns
for his senior year as co-captain of the
team. Coach Simon expects Morse to
have another great season.

The other co-captain for the team is
Tom Pursel;. who returns for his final
season after finishing 10th in the Big
Ten last season. "Tom is one of the
strongest young players I've seen in
many years," said coach Simon. "I ex-
pect great things from him."
Steve Maddalena is a two-year let-
terman returning for his junior .year.
He is the 1980 Michigan Amateur
Champion and had the second lowest
scoring average on the team last year
with a 76.4 average. Coach Simon feels
that Maddalena is one of the finest iron
players at his age. Maddalena finished
13th in the Big Ten last year. Other
players such as Ed Humenik, Mark
DeWitt and incoming freshman Jim
Becker are also expected to make
strong contributions to the team's suc-
cess this season.

The team swings into action starting
today with a four day meet, the GAC
tournament, in Kissimmee, Florida
March 24-28. The meet serves as a
spring warm-up for the golfers. The
next meet is not until April 9 when they
will compete against Eastern Ken-
tucky. Coach Simon says "the team is
very enthusiastic about our chances."
Liberty off State .. 66a-9329
East U. at So. U.... 6642-0354
Maple Village .... 761-2733


... senior co-captain.


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