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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Saturday, March 28, 1981

Page 7

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Final Four set to face off in Philly

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...Knight's Hoosiers ready to cage Tigers

By JIM DWORMAN
A Daily Sports Analysis
After two trying weeks and 22 preliminary games,
only the cream of the crop remains from the Mideast
and Midwest regions of the NCAA basketball tour-
nament.
Would-be Cinderellas .like Wichita State, Kansas,
end surprising St. Joseph's have finally been
eliminated. Powerful "name" teams from these
regions, such as defending champion Louisville, top-
ranked DePaul, and always-tough Kentucky, have
fallen by the wayside as well..
BUT THE TWO teams that have risen to the top of
the original 24 school field, the Mideast's Indiana
Hoosiers (23-9 and undefeated since February 19) and
the Midwest's Louisiana State Tigers (the winningest
team in the country at 31-3), truly deserve to be
where they are. These two teams will fight it out
today in Philadelphia for the rights to advance to
Monday night's National Championship final against
the winner of the North Carolina-Virginia game.
The Indiana-LSU matchup may well be the best yet
in the tournament. The contest features a couple of

first team All-Americans, the Hoosiers' sophomore
guard Isiah Thomas and senior forward Durand
Macklin of the Tigers, and two of the best coaches in
the nation, Indiana's Bobby Knight and LSU's Dale
Brown.
When the Hoosiers have the ball, Brown's Tigers
should in some situations counter with a full or three-
Indiana (24-9) vs. LSU (31-3)
12:45 p.m. (NBC-TV)

cessful against the Hoosiers as it was against Wichita
State, the Tigers' previous opponent. Knight's team
is well-drilled in breaking the press, and Martin will
not possess as great an advantage in speed over the
Hoosiers' Thomas as he did against the Shockers'
backcourt.
When the LSU five gets the ball, they will attempt
to play an up-tempo, running game. The Tigers.are
most effective in this type of game, where they can
best utilize the speed of Martin, Macklin and forward
Leonard Mitchell.
It is tremendously difficult to run against Knight's
man-to-man, pressure defense, however. If the
Tigers are in fact forced into a half-court game, their
success will depend mainly upon the outside shooting
of Howard Carter and Macklin's ability to work free
inside against the taller Hoosier frontcourt pair of
Ray Tolbert and Landon Turner.
Indiana, on the other hand, will be happy to play a
half-court game itself. Ever since Knight has been
their coach, the Hoosiers have earned a reputation of
being perhaps the best half-court team in the country.
Prediction: Indiana by three.

quarter court press. Such pressure has been the key
to LSU's success thus far in the tournament, as Ethan
Martin, the Tigers' lightning-quick guard, has
repeatedly forced his opponents into turnovers
leading to LSU fast break buckets.
THE PRESS, however, should not be nearly as suc-

...ACC brawl: Tar Heels battle Cavs

By LARRY FREED
A Daily Sports Analysis
North Carolina and Virginia have met before. In
fact, the two Atlantic Coast Conference members
have been seeing each other on the basketball floor
each season for years. Virginia (28-3) got the better of
both regular-season meetings this year, but today's
reunion is a little different - it's for a shot at the
national championship.
In order to get that shot, North Carolina (28-7) has
to accomplish something that no team in the NCAA
tournament has done thus far: stop the Cavaliers' 7-4
All-American Ralph Sampson. But if any team has
the arsenal to do it, it's the Tar Heels, who carry one
of college ball's best front lines in 6-6 Al Wood, 6-9
Sam Perkins, and 6-8 James Worthy.
WHILE THE TAR HEEL timber is neutralizing
. Sampson in the front court, the key matchup will be
taking place between "Wahoo" guard Jeff Lamp and

North Carolina's Jimmy Black. Although over-
shadowed by the trio of forwards, Black has
engineered the Tar Heel four-corner offense as con-
sistently as anyone since the Phil Ford era at
Chapel Hill.
The Cavaliers will have to rely on the outside

Virginia (28-3) vs.
North Carolina (28-7)
3 p.m. (NBC-TV)

However, the decisive confrontation may take
place off the court, between the two coaches. The two
skippers' strategies are as opposite as their per-
sonalities: Holland, who saves most of his coaching
for practices, will let the Cavaliers run, while Smith,
the ACC's answer to Bobby Knight, likes to keep his
team in a controlled, work-the-ball-around, half-court
attack.
Look for the Tar Heel front line to collapse on Sam-
pson, and Black to cut off Lamp's playmaking ability
from the backcourt early in the first half. This will
put a strain on Raker and Jones, not always known
for their clutch shooting, to hit consistently from the
outside to keep the game close. If they fail, Smith will
make a chess game out of it by pulling his team into
its patented four-corner offense. This strategy may
not please the crowd, but it will give Smith a shot at
his first-ever national championship.
Prediction: UNC by five.

AP Photo
SHOOTING FOR THE TOP: Indiana's All-American Isiah Thomas
(above) and his Hoosier teammates will be fighting for the right to be called
college basketball's best team when they face LSU in Philadelphia today.
The winner will go on to play in the championship final on Monday night.
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shooting of Lamp, Lee Raker, and Othell Wilson to
bring the Tar Heels out of their tenacious zone defen-
se, for North Carolina will attempt to jump to an
early lead on Virginia, and then fall back on their
slow down offense to limit Sampson's effectiveness in
the middle.

SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y:

Razor Sharp
By DREW SHARP

A base ball strike ? ...
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.. .It's a possibility
Although the sports fans' focus today is centered on Philadelphia and the
NCAA Final Four showdown, it is only a matter of days until it will shift to
that annual ritual known as Opening Day.
Major league baseball will open its 1981 campaign April 8 under a cloud of
uncertainty brought on by the prospect of a player strike. The threat of a
walkout has been brewing for some time, and should it reach the boiling
point, it will put a screeching halt to the season on May 28.
What's surprising, is the lack of fan concern being shown over the
possibility of a shutdown. Granted, the deadline is still two months away, but
considering the fact that the negotiators for the players and owners have
been in a stalemate for over a year, it is highly doubtful to assume that a
breakthrough will come about in the next nine weeks. Fans have fallen into
an apathetic state in which they believe, as in the case of last season, that the
players and owners will strike some type of accord to keep the ball parks
filled this summer.
Don't bet on it.
Last year, the only thing the two sides agreed on was to keep talking
through the year as the teams finished out the season. It is foolish to think
that such a luxury would be granted again. The players performed and the
negotiators talked, but nothing substantial came from it.
Owners have a fat strike fund
The owners made the agreement last season to buy some time so that they
could enrich their already-loaded strike fund in order to weather a possible
walkout the following year. They are well prepared for this moment, as are
the players, and they are not going to back down in the face of pressure. It is
going to be a battle of two strong wills. As is usually the case in these
player-owner confrontations, it is the fan who winds up the loser if there is
indeed a strike.
"Hopefully, it won't have to come down to that, for the fans' sake," said
Ray Grebey, the chief negotiator for the owners. "It's difficult right now to
say what's going to happen as far as the talks are concerned. The owners
have made their case known and will stand by it."
The issue which the owners are stressing in the contract talks concerns
free agent compensation. They want to receive a player in return when one
of their own decides to part company for greener, more profitable pastures
elsewhere. Naturally, the players don't want to yield this privilege to the
owners for fear that it will all but wipe out the free agent system.
The compensation format which the owners have in mind is as follows: a
team which signs a free agent would protect 15 players on its roster, leaving
its remaining ten players available to be chosen by the club which lost the
free agent. That team would pick the one player who they feel would best
make up their loss. The owners say that this formula will keep baseball from
going downhill, but the players say no dice.
Tigers back owners'plan
"The Detroit organization feels very stronglv about this issue and sunnorts

'Mnine tj
special to the Daily
MIAMI - The Michigan baseball
team lost twice yesterday, first to
Glassboro State (of New Jersey), 7-5, in
the afternoon, and then to the Univer-
sity of Miami by the score of 12-3 in the
evening. The losses drop the
Wolverines' record to 5-6 on the season.
Chris Sabo was certainly Michigan's
most prolific performer of the day. The
freshman from Detroit Catholic Central
smashed a one-run homer in the after-
noon game and added two more solo
shots in the nightcap to bring his season
home run total to four.
MIAMI ONLY outhit 11-10, but Jeff
Morrison, the winning pitcher, scat-
tered the ten Wolverine hits and walked
only four, while Michigan's hurlers,
Mark Clinton (5 innings, eight hits,
seven runs) and Dave Kopf (three in-
nings, three hits, five runs) combined
for a total of 12 walks.
Michigan will close out its current 13-
game spring trip tomorrow with an af-
ternoon game against Florida Inter-
national and another night game with
Miami. The team returns home to Ann
Arbor on Sunday and will open its home
season at 1 p.m. against Grand Valley.
Wisconsin 5,
Northern Michigan 1
Special to the Daily
The Wisconsin Badgers of the
Western Collegiate Hockey Association
defeated the Northern Michigan Wild-
cats of the Central= Collegiate Hockey
Association, 5-1, last night in thei,
NCAA semi-final hockey game at
Duluth.
After a scoreless first period, the
Badgers took a 2-0 lead after two stan-
zas on goals by Ed Lebler and John
Johannson. -
WISCONSIN BROKE the game open
in the third period on goals by Bruce
Driver, Scott Lecy, and Ted Pearson.
All-American Steve Bozek scored Nor-
thern Michigan's only goal.
The Wildcats' final record stands at
27-13-3, while the Badgers take their 26-
14-1 mark against the Golden Gophers
of Minnesota for the NCAA champion-
ship. Northern Michigan will play
Michigan Tech for the consolation
game.
Gymnasts finish fourth
Special to the Daily
EAST LANSING-The Michigan

a e o .a r .
atke double drubbing
highest point total in Wolverine history tied 4-4, Detroit, with the second-worst
with a score of 138.2. Capturing first record in the league, scored the next 12
place was Ohio State which will now points. Despite a nine-point Celtics
travel to Salt Lake City to compete in surge later in the period, the Pistons'
the national meet lead never fell below 11.

I1 SCORES
THURSDAY
Volleyball
Independent
AFROTC 15-15, Delta Darts 7-12
Dragon 11-15-15, Won Hit Bang 15-12-4
Fraternity
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 15-15, Trigon8-12
Fiji 15-15, Phi Sigma Kappa8-8
Kappa Sigma 15-15, Theta Chi 5-5
Graduate
DSD B' 15-14-15, Ambulance Chasers i1-16-12
Shortset 15-14, whammer 7-12

Kathy Beckwith had an outstanding
performance for Michigan as she
qualified for four individual events: the
vault, uneven bars, balance beam and
all-around competition in today's
finals.
Beckwith's 36.0 score in the all-
around is a new school record.

Miller coach of year
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ralph
Miller of Oregon State University was
named Associated Press college
basketball Coach of the Year for the
1980-81 season yesterday.
Miller received 26 votes from a
nationwide panel of 62 sports writers
and broadcasters. Dale Brown of
Louisiana State was second with 12
votes, and Ray Meyer of DePaul
received six votes for third. Bobby
Knight of Indiana had four votes and
Gene Bartow of Alabama-Birmingham
and Tom Davis of Boston College had
three each.
"Naturally, I'm very grateful and
appreciative," Miller said at the
presentation. "When a person receives
an award like this, that has a personal
connotation, though, you must consider
the group of assistants I had and the
team itself."
Sampson honored
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ralph
Sampson, 7-foot-4 center who led
Virginia to the NCAA Final Four this
season, yesterday was named recipient
of the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy as the
Associated Press' 1980-81 college
basketball Player of the Year.
Sampson, a first-team All-American,
was only the third sophomore to receive
the trophy, sponsored by the Common-
wealth Athletic Club of Kentucky. The
others were Mark Aguirre of DePaul
last season and UCLA's Bill Walton,
who won it twice.
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Synchros third
Special to the Daily.
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Michigan
synchronized swim team climbed to
third place yesterday during the
preliminary rounds of the AIAW
national championships at Stanford
University last night.
Ruth Pickett had an outstanding day
for the Wolverines taking third place in
the solo event, ninth in the figure com-
petition, and competed in the trio meet
which finished fourth.
Pistons 115, Celtics 90
BOSTON (AP) - Terry Tyler scored
27 points and John Long added 20 as the
Detroit Pistons rolled to an easy 115-90
National Basketball Association vic-

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