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SPORTS
page 2 Wednesday, December 10, 1980 The Michigan Daily

UPI' Top Twenty

Hoopsters

The undefeated Michigan basketball
team continued to get national notice,
as the Wolverines were slotted in the
16th spot of the United Press Inter-
stional top twenty poll. Earlier this
week, Michigan was named the number
18 team in the Associated Press poll.
The Big Ten dominated the poll, as
Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa and Min-
nesota joined Michigan in the top twen-
ty. Kentucky, which has beaten both
Indiana and Ohio State, edged out
DePaul for the top slot.
1. Kentucky (18)..........3-0 590
2. DePaul (22)...........4-0 589
3.. UCLA................ 3-0495
4. Maryland (2)..............4-0 481

5. Oregon State..............4-0 419
6. Indiana.. .................2-1 .362
7. Virginia...................4-0 358
8. North Carolina............5-1 238
9. Ohio State................2-1 178
10. Wake Forest.............5-0 143
11. Louisiana State..........3-1 132
12. Texas A&M ...........3-0 121
13. Notre Dame...........3-1 112
14. Missouri..... ........4-1 82
15. Iowa........... .........3-1 75
16. MICHIGAN...............4-0 68
17. Brigham Young........2-1 48
18. Tie Georgetown...........3-2 45
Minnesota.............3-0
20. Arizona State.............4-0 44

By DREW SHARP
"Don't get too excited about us."
Those were the words of caution
which Michigan coach Bill Frieder
relayed to reporters Monday night
after his Wolverines throughly em-
barrassed the Akron Zips, 98-69. The
win was the rookie mentor's fourth
consecutive triumph and reinforced
his team's No. 16 UPI and No. 18 AP
national ranking.
It is hard for Maize-and-Blue fans
not to be excited when their roun-
dballers have shot out of the gate to
a 4-0 beginning, throttling tough
Kansas and 17-ranked Arkansas in
the process. Except for a lethargic
season-opening victory over Eastern
Michigan, the Wolverines have
totally dominated their opposition.
They are passing with precision,
shooting with efficiency and hustling
up and down the court as -if their
pants were on fire. Who wouldn't be
excited about performances like
these?
HOWEVER, we shouldn't start
making our reservatioins for the
NCAA Final Four tournament in
Philadelphia just yet. The fans only
see Mick McGee gliding effortlessly
past his defender for an easy bucket,
or Thad Garner diving across the
floor to chase a loose ball, or the
Bodnar twins swishing the nets with

shot after shot from the pe
Naturally that's good to;
there are some deeper conc
the Wolverine braintrust if b
is to be a serious contende
Big Ten.
Freshman center Tim
mick's intensity has got to
when he's underneath the
The Clarkston youngster ha
10 rebounds in his last two
but he hasn't had to fight f
In many of those situation
only McCormick under the

unbeaten,
rimeter. by an intruding "defender. McCor.
see, but mick has got to learn to use those big
cerns for elbows of his and fight off any enemy
Michigan approacher who wishes to take the
er in the ball away from him. McCormick
can be a nice guy off the court, but
McCor- that's got to end when the referee
increase tosses up the ball at the beginning of
basket. the game. Success for Big Ten big
as gotten men is based on one criteron-in-
games, timidation.
or them. ONE MORE reason of concern is
s, it was the ever present absence of a quick
basket, guard in the line-up. So far the lack

but...
hat of tricks if he expects to put the
clamp on those guards.
Because of these shortcomings, I
feel that Michigan is going to have to
give one of the more courageous per-
formances ever if it is to accomplish
its goal-a berth in the NCAA tour-
nament. They are going to have to
reach inside of themselves and pull
out a little extra effort in every con-
ference game they play. It is im-
perative that they give more of
themselves than their opponents.
And that's the trademark of a
champion.

full court
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so that he couldn't help but get the
carom. When Big Ten giants like
Ohio State's Herb Williams, Iowa's
Steve Krafcisin, or Minnesota's
Randy Bruer come to play, there
will be very few times when they'll
wind up out of position and give Mc-
Cormick a simple rebound. He is
going to have to fight and scratch to
win position with these guys..
There were other instances when
he would come down with a rebound
only to have the ball slapped away

of speed has been more than aptly
compensated for by the inspjred
hustle of the backcourt corps. They
were able to shut down Darnell
Valentine in Kansas with a newly-
initiated zone defense, but they will
have a tough time achieving similar
results when facing Indiana's great
Isiah Thomas, or Iowa's Kenny Ar-
nold, or Illinois' super freshman
Derek Harper. It looks as though
Frieder will have to pull another
defensive strategic gem out of his

McCormick
... needs to improve

,

Rose Bowl
preview coming
Before you know it, finals will be over
and the University will go home for the
holidays-to watch plenty of exciting
football action!
And the Daily will fill you in on all the
action-especially that which will occur
in the Rose Bowl January 1, when Bo
Schembechler tries to win his first post-
season contest at the expense of the
Washington Huskies-in Friday's
Daily.
Our annual bowl guide will have a
new look this year, with more pictures
and graphics joining stories, analysis,
facts, and figures on four full pages.

SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:

Irish vu
SOUTH BEND, Ind.
(AP)-Sophomore John Paxson scored
18 points and senior Kelly Tripucka ad-
ded 16 last night as ninth-ranked Notre
Dame beat No. 7 Indiana 68-64 in
college basketball.
The Hoosiers, who battled from seven
points down to take a three point lead
midway through the second half, were
held to just 10 points the rest of the
game by Notre Dame's zone defense.
Baskets by freshman Tom Sluby and
Tripucka put Notre Dame ahead 54-53,
then after Isiah Thomas tied the game
with a free throw, a driving stuff 4hot
by Orlando Woolridge put the Irish
ahead to stay.
Tripucka followed with another
basket, then a basket and free throw by
Bill Varner built the lead back to seven
and the Irish began a semi-stall.

spend H

Hosiers

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Indiana trailed by six points, 66-60, The Cardinals, who obtained reliever
with less than a minute to go. Thomas Rollie Fingers from San Diego Monday
then hit a basket and after an Indiana in their bid to strengthen a weak
timeout, the Hoosier press forced a bullpen, now are expected to trade
Notre Dame error. A rebound basket by Fingers to the Oakland A's for starter
Ray Tolbert sliced the lead to two Matt Keough.
before Paxson iced the game with a Sutter, 27, the 1979 Cy Young Award
pair of free throws after Indiana was winner when he led the National
given a technical foul for calling an League with 37 saves, had a running
illegal timeout with two seconds contractual problem with the Cubs.
remaining. Sutter carried his salary debate to an
arbitrator a year ago and was awarded
Sutter dealt to Cards a one-year, $700,000 contract. Lase
season, Sutter ,appeared in 60 games,
DALLAS (AP) - The St. Louis Car- pitched .102.inniigs, and posted '# .5-ยง
dinals acquirei premier relief pitcher record with 28 saves. He compiled an
Bruce Sutter from the Chicago Cubs at earned run average of 2.56.
baseball's winter meetings yesterday
for third baseman Ken Reitz, outfielder Seabron signed
Leon Durham and minor league in-
fielder Ty Waller. ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St Louis

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Michigan linebacker free agent
Thomas Seabron yesterday after,
placinglinebacker Tim Kearney oi the

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The Cards said Kearney would be out
for the rest of the year with a pinched
nerve in his neck, suffered last Sunday
during a 24-23 victory over Detroit.
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last year by the San Francisco 49ers.
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