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15 IsfREAT
Onyour CollegeRing

Page 10-Thursday, January 28, 1982-The Michigan Daily

Baffling Bucks battle

'M'

By BOB WOJNOWSKI returning, Ohio State is the surprise
NOTICE: If somebody, anybody, can team of the Big Ten with a 4-2 conferen-
figure out Ohio State's Buckeyes before ce record and a 13-5 overall mark.
8:05 tonight, be sure to give Michigan AND WHILE last year's team was an
basketball coach Bill Frieder a call. enigma of stars that didn't deliver, this
Last year, with such stalwarts as season's squad is a collection of young
Herb Williams, Jim Smith, Carter talent that is just now beginning to
Scott, Clark Kellogg and Todd Penn, develop.
the schizophrenic Buckeyes baffled Kellogg is again the Buckeyes' leader
everyone by winning just 14 of 27 in almost every offensive category,
games. This season, with only Kellogg averaging 14.7 points and 10.5 rebounds
and sometime-starter Larry Huggins per game. He will key a frontcourt
LINEUPS
MICIUGAN OHIO STATE
(1-13) (13-5)
(45) Thad Garner (6-7) ...... F ..... (6-7) Clark Kellogg (33)
(23) Dean Hopson (6-7) ..... F ... (6-6) Tony Campbell (00)
(52) Ike Person (6-7) ........ C (6-11) Granville Waiters (13)
(25) Eric Turner (6-3).......... (5-11) Troy Taylor (14)
(32) Dan Pelekoudas (6-1).. G ... (6-3) Larry Huggins (20)
GAME TIME & SITE: 8:05 p.m., Crisler Arena
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which includes 6-6 sophomore Tony
Campbell (11.8 ppg) and 6-11 junior
center Granville Waiters (6.7 ppg).
Huggins, a 6-3 junior, is the only other
experienced starter and he will be
joined in the backcourt by 5-11 fresh-
man Troy Taylor. Taylor has been a
pleasant surprise for the Buckeyes this
season, averaging 8.2 ppg, third best on
the team. First off the bench .for Ohio
State will probably be Taylor's former
higi school teammate at Canton
McKinley High, 5-11 freshman Ron
Stokes.
MICHIGAN WILL attempt to counter
its omnipresent height disadvantage by
starting 6-7 sophomore Dean Hopson at
forward opposite 6-7 captain Thad Gar-
ner.
Ike Person, a 6-7 junior, will once
again start at center, while the guard
tandem of freshman Eric Turner and
sophomore Dan Pelekoudas will also
remain intact.
The Wolverines will be attempting to
break an 11-game losing streaktwhich
has resulted in their worst start in

history at 1-13. And Frieder is looking
for some kind of consistent play from
his squad.
"WE'VE HAD bad luck travelling
from place to place and haven't been
able to string two consistent games
together yet," he said. "I'm confident
we'll sneak up on a team soon and show
that we're better than our record might
indicate."
If Michigan is to sneak up on anyone,
its shooting must improve drastically.
The Wolverines shot just 26 percent i4
last Saturday's 56-38 loss to Iowa, and a
similar performance against the
Buckeyes would probably result in
Michigan's seventh straight Big Ten
loss and its 14th in the past 15 league
games.
"We just have to keep working on gur
shooting and hope we build the con
fidence up," said Frieder.
Michigan will be trying to avenge a
pair of defeats to the Buckeyes las
season: 69-63 in Columbus and 105-87 in
Ann Arbor.

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In Its 103rd Year

RUDY PUTS ACADEMICS FIRST:

Freshman

exc

By MARK FISCHER
Move over, Norm Betts. Get back,
Paul lieuerman. Michigan's next
academic All-American is coming
through.
Well, maybe.
WHETHER OR not Gerard Rudy, the
newest member of Michigan's basket-
ball team, is qualified to make the
Triple-A squad from an athletic stan-
dpoint remains to be seen. The 6-5
freshman first donned the Maize and
Blue just three weeks ago for
Michigan's Big Ten opener, and has
seen limited action since, averaging
just a few minutes a game.
From an academic standpoint,
however, the 18-year-old Midland
native is certainly qualified. Yes,
Gerard Rudy - that's Gerard first,
Rudy second - is a true student-athlete
- that's a student first, an athlete
second. In fact, the major reason Rudy
didn't join the Blue cagers until
January this term lies in the dedication
he gives to his books.
"I was having trouble budgeting my
time last term. Plus I had a lab in the
afternoone(during practice)," said
Rudy, a walk-on who .worked out with
the Michigan hoopsters for the first
couple days of pre-season practice in
October before quitting in favor of his
academics.
BUT NOW, after compiling a 3.7
grade point average in his first term at
Michigan, Rudy is back.
"School is very important to me, but I
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missed playing ball very much," said
the pre-med student. "So I was willing
to make some sacrifices to play ball...I
called Coach Bill Frieder before
Christmas, and let him know that I
wanted to come back if possible. He
said he would make a decision and let
me know. In the meantime, I got busy
conditioning."
.Frieder, whose team had been busy
losing a number of players to injuries
and resignations, was happy to accept
Rudy's offer. "He wanted to play, and
we needed him," said the coach. "We
don't have a whole lot of players, so
he's given us added depth. "He's
definitely helped us under our circum-
stances."
AS FOURTH guard, Rudy's role with
the Wolverines is essentially a suppor-
ting one. "He works with the scout
team (the squad which scrimmages
against the starting five in practice),
and runs their offense and defense,"
said Frieder. "And he'll be called on if
needed. We're not afriad to use him -
he played in the Michigan State game

els offc
at the end when we still had a chance to
win...He's one of ten (players).
"He's a hardworking kid, and he's
been steady out there."
The background role doesn't bother
Rudy, a team-oriented individual.
"Rock (Leslie Rockymore), Eric (Tur-
ner), and Dan (Pelekoudas) are ahead
of me, at my position as a guard," said
the lanky frosh. "I don't see much
more playing time ahead of me, but
that doesn't discourage me. I'm just
going to go out and play hard, and
hopefully make them play hard."
DESPITE his minimal game action
this season, Rudy was treated to a
moment or two of glory at the end of
Michigan's 81-51 loss to Indiana in
Bloomington two weeks ago. With the
game out of reach; Rudy came off the\
bench to play the final 13 minutes and
went two for two from the floor, which
included a crowd-stirring slam dunk off
a steal.
When asked if that was the highlight
of his season, Rudy again illustrated his
unselfishness: "I was happy to play the

ourt
13 minutes, but the highlightfor me wa
the team coming out and taking a lea
against Michigan State. The team win-
,ning is what I'm looking forward to
most.
"We're going to keep working, keep
trying, doing the best we can do," Rudy
continued, turning to the present plight
of the 1-12 Michigan cagers. "It's
amazing how the team has stayed
together and remained positive. I can't
say enough about the guys on the team.
The coaches and the players have at
treated me tremendously."
RUDY AVERAGED 15 ppg.
throughout his prep career and set a
school record for assists his senior
;year' at Midland's Dow High' School.
while he-was becoming the salutatoral
of his class. Still, his performance on
the high school hardwood never earned
him more than All-State Honorable
Mention and recruiting calls from a
number of smaller schools, including
Central Michigan and members of th4
Ivy League.
Though he was never recruited nor
offered a scholarship by Michigan,
Rudy decided to come here because of
the University's academic reputation.
BUT BECAUSE he is not receiving a
free ride here, Rudy has no guarantee
of making the Wolverine cage squad
again next year, although Frieder did
say Rudy would "get a shot" come fall.
"Whether I play more will depend on
me," said Rudy. "I do plan to do.a lot o4
work in the offseason to .improve my
game, with the long-range goal of im-
proving the team's game.
"Winning is the ultimate thing -all
the other stuff is just icing on the cake.
But if the icing doesn't come I'll just
eat the cake without it.
"AT THIS point, I plan to be back
next year," Rudy concluded.

Michigan Basketball Statistics

Player
Garner .............................
Turner .........................
Person .............................
Rockymore .........................
Hopson ............................
Pelekoudas....................
Carter..............................
Rudy ...............................
H all .... .........................
Brown..........................
*James.............................
*Washington .......................
Team
*No longer with team
MICHIGAN ......................
Opponents.............. .....
"'Includes Team Rebounds

G-s
14-14
14-14
14-14
14-6
14-8
14-10
14-0
5-0
7-0
7-0
7-4
3-0

FG-FGA PCT
78-180 .430
69-158 .440
57-115 .499
54-117 .460
33-64 .520
25.55 .450
19-48 .399
2-3 .667
1-4 .250
1-3 .333
23-50 .460
0-2 .000

FT-FTA
30-43
31-55
18-28
15-20
11-24
15-19
2-4
0-0
0-0
0-1
8-il
0-0

PCT
.700
.560
.640
.750
.458
.789
.500
.000
.727

REB-AVG
105-7.5
24-1.7
91-6.5
40-2.9
56-4.0
20-1.4
28-2.0
1-0.2
3-0.4
1-0.1
17-2.4
2-0.7
51

PmS
186
169
132
123
77
65
40
4
2
2
54
0

AVG
13.3
12.1
9.4
8.8
5.5
4.7
2.9
0.8
0.3
0.3
7.7
0.0

14 362-799 .453 130-205 .634 439-31.4** 854
14 374-735 .509 208-310 .671, 464-33.1* 956
Deadball Rebounds: Michigan 31; Opponents 41
BIG TEN: Michigan 11; Opponents 18

61.0 167
68.3 205

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Benson spark Pis
proved to be the game winner for the
ASI Detroit Pistons in a 108-107 victory over
REN the Atlanta Hawks last night at the
Y Silverdome.
ison's layup The contest was tight througzout the
g in the game evening with the lead changing hands
23 times. Guard John Long had the hot
hand for the Pistons, scoring 35 points.,
TERN ROOKIE FORWARD Kelly Tripucka
had an off night with just seven points.
Tripucka may have been looking ahead
to Sunday's All-Star Game in which he
will be playing for the East All-Stars in
place of Atlanta's injured Dan Roun-

'ton victory
dfield. His addition to the squad was
announced yesterday afternoon.
The win was a big one for Detroit,
now only 2 games behind the second
place Hawks.
"Believe it or not, in September I
wrote down the number of wins we
needed at the All-Star break and it was
18, said Piston coach Scotty Robertson
of his club's 18th win of the seasoni
,"Now the schedule favors us."
The Pistons will resume action next
Wednesday when they host the defen-
ding NBA champion Boston Celtics.

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