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Poge 22-Saturday, December 6, 1980-The Michigan Daily

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Ten Predictions .

The Michigan Daily-Saturday
Wolverine title hopes I

7. Purdue
Their Fig man and coach of last year
are both gone, but the Boilermakers
will nevertheless carry on, and should
still be able to hold their own against
even the best of the Big Ten this season.
There is no doubt top pro pick Joe
Barry Carroll will be' missed, but 6-11
freshman Russell Cross is expected to
go far in filling the 7-1 center's large
shoes. Cross, a power forward (with the
emphasis on power), is considered by
many to be the best new big man in the,
country this year.
Gene Keady (from Western Ken-
tucky), the man who recruited Cross,
has picked up the coaching reins drop-
ped by Lee Rose (who headed off to
South Florida), and should have plenty
to work with. In addition to Cross,
Keady landed four other blue-chip
recruits-6-7 Greg Eiffert, 7-9 Joe
Gampfer, super-quick 6-1 guard Ricky
Hall, and 6-4 backcourter Jon Lawson.
That quintet represents one of the best
freshman crops of any school in the
nation.,
These newcomers will join a solid
bunch of returnees, including stalwart
6-5 small forwards Keith Edmondson
(13.4/4.8) and Drake Morris (11.0/4.9),
and 6-2 guard Brian Walker, a two-year
starter.
Cross will probably step right in at
one of the starting front-court spots,
where he will be joined by either Morris
or Edmundson and 6-10 sophomore Ted
Benson, who saw limited action as
Carroll's backup last year. Also on
hand is 6-7 streak shooting junior Mike
Scearce (5.4 ppg).
Hall will see some instant action at
point guard, but will have to beat out
Walker for the starting slot. The other
backcourt post is still up for grabs, with
6-2 senior Roosevelt Barnes, 6-5 junior
Kevin Stallings, and the freshmen all in
contention.'
-MARK FISCHER
8. Wisconsin
After the 1979-80 season, the Wiscon-
sin basketball team suffered its worst
loss in years. It didn't lose a big game

(the Badgers haven't been good enough
to play in anything that could really be
called a big game since the early
70's)-it lost a big player: star guard
Wes Matthews.
Matthews, the man who this year
could have finally made the Badgers
"good enough" to play a seasonful of
big games, opted for the NBA hardship
route, leaving as the school's number
two career scorer after jut two and a
half seasons..
The 6-2 speedster's departure leaves
a hole in Wisconsin's offense that head
coach Bill Cofield will find hard to fill,
although three regulars are returning
from the 79-80 outfit that ran up the
school's best hoop record (15-14) since
the 1973-74 season, including third year
starters Claude Gregory and Larry
Petty.
The 6-8 Gregory and 6-9 Petty, both
seniors represent Wisconsin's strong
point-its front line. Gregory (18.4/8.8),
who many Michigan fans remember as
the man who gave them "the finger,"
was the third best rebounder and one of
the most potent scorers in the Big Ten a
year ago, while Petty (8.7/6.0) is con-
sidered to be one of the best defensive
pivotmen in the conference.
In the backcourt, matters look much
bleaker. 6-4 senior Dan Hastings (6.3),
second in assists to Matthews last
season with 72, is back at one of the
starting spots, but neither 6-2
sophomore Greg Dandridge, 6-3 junior
John Bailey, 6-6 freshman swingman
Herb Lake, nor even incoming prep
star Dwayne "Pete" Renfroe will come
close to taking over for Matthews-it's
simply too big of a job.
--MARK FISCHER
9. North-
western
Poor Northwestern, Any excellence
associated with the classroom in Evan-
ston rarely emerges in Big Ten com-
petition of the athletic type. For the NU
football team, things have gone from
bad to worse. The basketball team,
however, managed to wreak some
havoc on non-conference foes last year
(7-4), but unfortunately for the Wild-'
cats, the winning did not carry into the

Big Ten season (5-13).
As expected last year, the Wildcats
occupied the low-rent district of the Big
Ten basement. There exists, however, a
bright side to the tenth place finish.
Northwestern had to be the best-last
place squad in the nation, as any
Michigan or Michigan State fan will at-
test.
Led by junior forward Jim Stack
(12.9) and senior guard Rod Roberson
(12.7), Northwestern defeated the two
Wolverine state schoold three out of
four times. The loss suffered by
Michigan in Evanston last year had to
be the most painful of the year-an 85-
82 loss in triple overtime.
Also returning for the Wildcats are-
sophomore sparkplugs 6-5 Gaddis
Rathel and 6-2 Michael Jenkins.
Coach Rick Falk did not rest on last
year's laurels simply because the Wild-
cats didn't have any to lean on. Falk
seized four freshman all-state perfor-
mers in 1980. 6-7 Art Aaron, the Chicago
Catholic League's MVP last year, 6-11
Colin Murray, 6-7 Paul Schultz, and 6-4
Marty Clary will wear the purple and
white in 1980-81.
-GREG DeGULIS
10. Michigan
State
The Spartans did a complete about-
face last season. After taking the NCAA

title in 1979 on the merits of the "Magic
(Earvin Johnson) and Special K
(Gregory Kelser)" show, coach Jud
Heathcote's team sank to ninth place
last season.
What now for Heathcote? To begin
with, he's got three holdovers from last
season's starting five and two of them
are quality players.
Big Ten scoring champ Jay Vincent
averaged 21.5 points playing on a bad
foot which he injured in the NCAA tour-
nament the year before. The other bona
fide player is 6-4 guard Mike Brkovich,
who has been dubbed "Golden Arm" by
his teammates because of his deadly
shooting range from the perimeter.
The final guard spot will probably be
filled by spot starter Kevin Smith.
The Spartans lost a hopeful starter in
junior forward Rob Gonzalez, who
transferred to Colorado, but they have
much backup front line personnel so
Gonzalez will not be sorely missed.
Heading the reserve list are sophomore
Derek Perry and seniors kurt James
and Rick Kaye.
The spot where Heathcote really
needed help was in the pivot. He hopes
to have found the answer in 6-9 fresh-
man Richard Mudd out of Washington,
D.C. Mudd will probably be an instant
starter, enabling the MSU coach to
move Vincent out of the pivot and back
to his natural power forward position.
Rounding out the Spartans' roster are
first-year players 6-8 Ben Tower, 6-4
Tim Gore, and 6-2 Randy Morrison.
-DREW SHARP

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By JON MORELAND trol the d
Frieder's,
Those five guys that debuted on the Heuerm
Crisler Arena court in early December, are the (
1977, are seniors now, and they, along 'they willt
with the junior co-captain, will be the hold thei
key to Michigan's chances in the 1980-81 and strong
Big Ten basketball race. "You k
Sure, they've gotthe bumper crop of "100 per
five promising freshmen, and the three Friedera
sophomores are ready to contribute af- Fr'ed
ter spending most of their first year on ner's en
the pine. But it's going to be up to what, the
seniors Mike McGee, PaulHuPlay."
Marty and Mark Bodnar, Johnny John- into the
son and junior Thad Garner to provide they res
the majority of the leadership and games
manpower throughout the Big Ten througho
race. Heuerma
These six have seen it all in the Big rebounds
Ten, and if the Wolverines have any nered 10p
success at all this season, it's going to test.
be initiated by this group of veterans. As for
They've run into all the great players Michigan
and coaches in the conference. They've be counte
made the trips to every hostile arena in put the ba
the Big Ten battleground. Now it's time the great
for these guys to take charge and con- been asso

play
estiny of first-year coach Bill
squad.
man, at 6-8, and. Garner (6-7)
co-captains of the team, and
be counted on to again at least
r own against the often bigger
ger front-line opponents.
now you're gonna get at least
cent from those two," says
about Heuerman's and Gar-.
dless intensity. "No matter
ey'll always come ready to
nan and Garner were thrust
starting lineup last year and
ponded by turning in fine
at both ends of the court
ut he year. Statistically,
n averaged 9.6 points and 5.8
per game while Thad gar-
points and 6.7 rebounds a con-
r the other starter on
's front line, McGee will again
d on to perform his specialty-
all in the hole. "Mike McGee is
est offensive player i've ever
*ciated with," says Frieder.

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"He's got to score if we're going to be
successful.
"We can't build our offense around
him, though. If we did that, you'd find
him winning the scoring title and us in
seventh or eighth place." He did con-
tend for the Big Ten scoring title last
season, placing second (to Michigan
State's Jay Vincent) with an average of
21.1 points per game.
'We can't build our of-
fense around him ('Mc-
Gee). If we did that, you'd
find him winning the scor-
ing title and us in seventh
or eighth place.'
-Bill Frieder
Most of the criticism directed at
McGee has concerned his performance
while the other team has the ball. "My
goal," says Frieder, "is to get Mike
playing consistently at both ends of the
court, game in-game out."
At guard, Frieder has the Bodnar
twins and Johnson battling for the star-
ting slots; with all three sure to see a
great deal of action.
"The Bodnars are just like Heuerman
and Garner, they always come ready to

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Record: 17-13; 8-10 in Big Ten
Opp Site Hi M Scorer Rebounder Attend.
112 Massachusetts .........64 H 27 McGee 7 Garner 9,627
96 Central Michigan. .:......78 H 34 McGee 13 McGee 9,732
64 Toledo ......... . ......67 A 26 McGee 6 McGee 16.613 (s)
63 Marquette .............60 A 19 Garner 8 Garner 10,938 (s)
85 Detroit ...........:....72 N* 36 McGee 10 McGee 12,319
69 Dayton ...............54 H 18 McGee 14 Garner 10,604
83 Western Michigan.......64 H 29 McGee 11 Person 9,658
66 Mississippi ............71 N@ 16 Johnson 5 (4 players) 3,500 (e)
72 Tulane. : ...............71 N @ 29 McGee 10 McGee 4,300 (e)
71 Minnesota .............67 H 23 McGee 8 Garner10,708
68 Iowa .................65 H 25 McGee 11 Heuerman 11,847
61 Indiana (OT) ...........63 A 21 McGee 9 Heuerman 16,857
61 Purdue ...............68 A 15 Mty Bodnar 7 Heuerman 14,123
69 Illinois ................80 A 21 McGee 7 Heu'n, Garner 14,746
75 Ohio State (OT)).......74 H 23 McGee 12 Heuerman 13,609 (s)
58 Michigan State (OT).....59 H 30 McGee 7 Heuerman 13,318
82 Northwestern (3 OT) .....85 A 30 McGee 13 Garner 4,391
73 Wisconsin (OT) .........69 A 15 Heuerman 9 Heuerman 7,850 -
70 Northwestern ..........57 H 26 McGee 5 M'Gee, Gar, Heu 9,842
63 Ohio State .............66 A 23 McGee 8 McGee 13,591 (s)
68 Wisconsin..........59 H 27 McGee 10 Garner 10,341
78 Illinois................76 H 20 McGee 8 Heuerman 9,738
74 Michigan State ......... 82 A 26 Johnson 7 Garner 10,004 (s)
75 Purdue ...............64 H 14 Johnson 9 Garner 11,538
61 Indiana ...............65 H 16 Garner 10 Heuerman 13,609 (s)
67 owa.................83 A 18 Gar, M'Gee 5 Garner 13,365 (s)
67 Minnesota.............68 A 26 McGee" 9 Johnson - 17,583 (s)
76 Nebraska .............69 H + 25 McGee 7 Heu'n, John'n 9,756
74 Texas-El Paso........65 H+ 25 McGee 8 Heuerman 10,478
68 Virginia...............79 A+ 17 Johnson 5 Gar,John'n 9,000 (s)
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