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full court

No contest:

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 25, 1980-Page 9
Blue whomps Windsor
103-48, in exhibition

Worrying. It's the name of the game for many college basketball coaches
until the regular season gets under way. All the promise of the upcoming
season remains just that - unfulfilled promise - until a team puts a few
"W"s in the win column.
One might expect, then, that Michigan coach Bill Frieder is worried as
he prepares his team for Saturday's lid-lifter against Eastern Michigan.
He's not concerned about EMU in particular, probably not much more so
than he was about last night's exhibition game against Windsor.
Rather, he's very concerned about the Wolverines' performance in the
,tough non-conference games (against Kansas and Arkansas) and in the Big
Ten. Worried? Definitely. At least he says heis.
Last weekend at the annual Big Ten basketball writers' and coaches'
conference in Chicago, Frieder described his squad as "not as talented as
some of the other teams in the conference." True enough; the calibre-oft
lMichigan's lineup falls somewhat short of that of Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa
and even Illinois, which tied Michigan for sixth place last season.
, Time and again lie has stressed that the Wolverines' returning starters
are the same individuals who played at near-peak ability and still finished in
the second division of the Big Ten.
Certainly, however, the arrival of five freshmen - a group considered
b most scouting experts to be one of the nation's best - would warrant
great optimism. Even here, Frieder is careful in his assessment.
"On paper they've been given a good rating, but they haven't done
anything yet," the first-year coach said. "They get so highly publicized, but
they haven't accomplished anything yet."
A few of the assembled writers asked about Tim McCormick, whom
stome fans expect to lead Michigan to its first NCAA appearance in four
years. Frieder virtually ended speculation that the 6-10 forward-center will
begin the season in the starting lineup.
"He's going through some adjustments right now," said the coach.
"(Senior center Paul) Heuerman and (junior forward Thad) Garner tear
trim up pretty good in practice."
Frieder anticipates that all five newcomers will contribute heavily to
Michigan's chances in the future, but "whether they do it as freshmen, I
don't know," he said.
Why the great caution? Why the worry? Coaches who are working with
talent inferior to Michigan's - Northwestern's Rich Falk, for example -
spoke in glowing terms of their teams' 1980-81 chances. '
One hypothesis is that Frieder, like so many college coaches only feigns
concern while actually holding confidence in the Wolverines' abilities. In
only six months as head coach, he may already have learned the art of
worrying in public, a psychological strategy which can lull opponents into
complacency and enable his team to pull off upset victories.
Another equally plausible possibility is that Frieder's concern is
genuine. He knows that Michigan will have to play as hard as it did last year
if it is to entertain any NCAA hopes.
He has put the team through rigorous practice sessions, often leaving his
players thoroughly exhausted. As they sprint up and down the court, they
are exhorted by Frieder; "Three overtime losses," he shouts to his team,
referring to last year's trio of heartbreaking defeats.
He has brought to the team practices a level of intensity which was
sometimes lacking under his former boss, Johnny Orr. The Frieder dif-
ference has produced a more serious atmosphere. His very nature - that of
a hard-driving; dedicated perfectionist - goes hand in hand with worrying.
The players, for their part, have been receptive to the change: "There's
a lot more teaching; fundamentals are stressed more," said Heuerman.
"Everyone is working really hard: The coaching style will differ because
you've got two different personalities.
"It's a lot tighter now than what it was. I, can't say whether that's
beneficial or not. If you win, it doesn't matter whether you're tighter or
looser. If you win, everyone will be happy."

Last night's basketball contest bet-
ween Michigan and Windsor was
labeled an exhibition game, and an
exhibition it was-in every sense of the
word-as the Wolverines devastated
the visitors from Canada, 103-48, in
Crisler Arena.
Michigan displayed an ability to
score at will against the undersized,
overmatched Lancers, whose series
record against theWolverines dropped
to 0-5. Coach Bill Frieder gave all 14 of
his players at least six minutes of
playing time, and several of them
distinguished themselves before 7,002
bemused spectators.
HERALDED freshman center-for-
ward Tim McCormick was particularly
effective from inside, scoring 14 points
and hauling down a - team-high seven
rebounds. The 6-10, 230-pounder logged
16 strong minutes, showing no effects
of the minor knee ailments which have
troubled him at times during practice.
Two more crowd-pleasers were
Johnny Johnson and Marty Bodnar.
Johnson, shooting often and accurately
from long range, hit on seven of eight
field goals en route to a 14-point, four-
assist performance. The senior guard,
Indiana tops
writers 'poli
Indiana was chosen to repeat as
champion and Michigan's Mike McGee
was selected to the pre-season All-
Conference first team last weekend at
the 15th annual Big Ten writers' and
coaches' conference.
The Hoosiers collected 63 of 108 first
place votes, followed, by Ohio State,
Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. Michigan
finished sixth in the poll, ahead of Pur-
due, Michigan State, Wisconsin and
McGee was joined on the first team
by forward Jay Vincent (Michigan
State), last year's Big Ten scoring
leader, guards Kenny Arnold of Iowa
and Isiah Thomas of Indiana, and Ohio
State center Herb Williams.
Williams also was tabbed the top
player this year by the sportswriters,
ten votes ahead of Thomas. McGee
received four votes.
Wolverine freshman Tim McCormick
picked up seven votes for newcomer of
this season. Illinois guard Derek Har-
per edged Russell Cross of Purdue for
the honor.

who apparently has recovered from an
ankle sprain suffered two weeks ago,
provided the evening's most elec-
trifying moment (if such an adjective
can be used to describe a 55-point rout)
when he soared high to jam home a shot
at 12:13 of the second half.
Bodnar, meanwhile, connected on six
of seven shots, including a 17-foot jum-
per late in the game, which gave
Michigan its 100th and 101st point, plus
four of four from the foul line to finish

with a team high 16 points.
THE GAME itself was a typical
Michigan-Windsor affair. The
Wolverines led, 45-20, at the half, upped
the margin to 67-27 with 11:47 to play,
toying with Windsor throughout almost
the entire 40 minutes.
Frieder, understandably, was hear-
tened by his team's performance. "Thist
(Windsor) is a team which lost to

Texas, 77-70 (two weeks ago). For this
time of year, I'm really satisfied with
our play. The game gave me a chance
to see all of our players."
After committing several turnovers ;
within the first few minutes, Michigan
regrouped to play fine team ball - not
at the Big Ten level, certainly, but im-
pressive enough considering the early
stage of the season.
"WHAT PLEASED me most was that
we continued to play hard and play
together throughout the game," said
Frieder. "It was a good job of playing
together as a unit. Our defense did a
good job, holding them under 50 points.
"I was also pleased that everyone
went out and made a contribution and
played up to his potential at times."
Two players who did not perform up
to their potential were senior scoring
sensation Mike McGee and freshman
center Jon Antonides. McGee missed
badly on a couple of baseline shots
early in the contest, and finished with
only 13 points on five of 12 from the
field. Last year, McGee scored 43 points
in less than 30 minutes of work.

The 7-2 Antonides, a native of Ontario
who was recruited by Windsor, ex-
perienced defensive troubles, even-
tually fouling out with 4:40 remaining in
the game.
Frieder tried some interesting com-
binations on the court against the Lan-
cers. Dean Hopson, a 6-7 freshman, was
used at the guard spot, while M.C. Bur-
ton and Leo Brown flanked McCormick
in the middle. Twice last night, Mc-
Cormick, Paul Heuerman, and Thad
Garner played on the same front line,
with McGee joining Johnson in the


Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
MICHIGAN'S Leo Brown goes up between two Windsor defenders to pull
down a rebound in last night's Wolverine victory.

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Direct from the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

It was just no contest last Friday
night as the women's swimming team
swamped Illinois by the score of 115-25
in their first home meet of the season.
"We had a lot of great times for this
early in the season, so that gives us
some indication that we're doing things
right in practice," said Coach Stu
ISAAC SAID that they were able to do
a lot of experimenting in the meet
cause they won so easily. "We used a
ot of different people in a lot of dif-
ferent events and they all did good
Isaac said that he thought the team
would win going into the meet,
however, he never expected the meet to
be' so one-sided. One swimmer who did
ar exceptional job in the meet was
Melinda Kopp, who qualified for the
national meet with her effort in the 100
meter backstroke.
'the team has several big meets
loning up in the month of December,
inpluding their next meet December 4th
at- the University of Pittsburgh where
they will swim against both Pittsburgh
aid North Carolina State.

Gymnasts ninth
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team placed ninth out of 12 teams at the
Windy City Invitational held in Chicago
this past weekend.
The gymnasts finished with 479.5
points Which was way below the vic-
torious and defending NCAA champion
Nebraska team that had 538.4 points.
"'WE FINISHED the same as we did
last year in this meet," said Coach
Newt Loken. "However, we were fairly
satisfied with our performance because
some of our previously injured perfor-,
mers were able to compete and because
of the high level of competition that we
Loken singled out all-around perfor-
mer Milan Stanovich, praising him for
his fine performance in his first outing
of the season.
Other top performers for. Michigan
included Kevin McKee in the floor

exercises, Nevin Hedlund on the pum-
mel horse, and Darrell Yee on the
rings. No -Michigan gymnast qualified
for the finals although many were
within tenths of a point from doing so.
Spikers eighth
The Michigan women's volleyball
team placed eighth in the 12-team
MAIAW regional this weekend in
Madison. Seeded twelfth in the region,
Michigan advanced to the quarter-
finals by defeating Miami 15-5, 7-15, and
17-15 in their second match. In the quar-
terfinals, Michigan lost to North-
western 15-9, 7-15, 15-5, 15-5, to place
eighth in the meet.



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