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Page 8-Saturday, February 6, 1982-The Michigan Daily

Illini coach predicts


If you believe Illini coach Lou Hen-
son, you'd be wise to-make a few extra
preparations before heading off to the
Illinois-Michigan basketball game this
"For starters, you might want to wear
a helmet. Better yet, wear a helmet
and a flak jacket. Or if you're really
ambitious, show up in a Sherman tank.
Henson, you see, predicts that the little
gathering at Crisler Arena today may
get a bit more intense than your
mother's weekly game of Mah Jong.
"THE MICHIGAN game Saturday
will be a war," said the Illini mentor.
"It's tough to beat a team and then
come back a week later and try to beat-
them again. I don't think you'll see the
same type of game."
At least the Michigan cagers hope it
won't be the same type of game. A
week ago today in Champaign, the Illini
(6-3 conference, 13-5 overall) started off
running and never stopped on their way
to an easy 79-61 victory Over the
"We've always had difficulty winning
at Ann Arbor," continued Henson.
"We've been in all the games, but
something seems to happen in the end.
Michigan always seems to get up when
they play us."
MICHIGAN IS up, anyway, these
days. With home wins over Ohio State
(4-62) and Northwestern (66-63), the
Blue cagers have won two out of their
last three (the loss coming at Illinois),
to "up" their overall record to 3-14.
Michigan's win over Northwestern
Thursday - combined with Illinois' 88-
54 thrashing of Wisconsin - pulled the
Wolverines out of the Big Ten cellar,
and believe it or not, if Michigan wins
and Northwestern loses today, the once
lowest-of-the-low Wolverines will stand
alone in the eighth slot with a 3-7 con-
ference record.;
What's more, the Michigan players

are beginning to feel it.
"We're beginning to believe in our-
selves," said Michigan guard and
leading scorer Eric Turner, who agreed
that he and his teammates have more
confidence today than before their last
meeting with Illinois. "We're starting
to see that the things we do are paying
off...I believe we all think we can win,
and that gives us incentive to go out and
do it.
"WE'RE GOING to- go out there
believing that, and I think if everybody
has that attitude,4hat's what's going to
Before "that" can happen, however,
Michigan must get by the Illini, who are
currently holding down third place in
the conference. Partially like
Michigan, which must often put guards
(like Leslie Rockymore) at the forward

spots, Illinois opens up with a three-
guard offense, consisting of seniors
Perry Range (6-4) and Craig Tucker (6-
1), and sophomore Derek Harper (6-4).
But while Michigan goes with three
guards because of its overall lack of
height and depth, Illinois does it by
"WE HAVE a lot of talent coming
back at guard, so naturally we want to
take advantage of it," explained Hen-
son, a fond practicioner of the four-
corner style offense.
And he's right about his backcourt
talent. Harper currently tops the Big
Ten in assists and steals, while Tucker
leads the Illini in scoring with 15 points
per outing. The Wolverines had trouble
controlling both players last week, as
Harper tied his own one-game school
assist record with 12 dish-offs, and

Tucker pumped in a game-high 21 poin-
"We're going to play him tough,"
said Turner of Tucker. "He got a lot of
baskets off the transition last game,
and if we'can stop their run, we can hold
The Blue hoopsters, who were
outrebounded, 45-30, by Illinois last
week, must also control the Illini big
men, 6-10 seniors Bryan Leonard and
James Griffin. Griffin grabbed nine
rebounds and added 12 points last
Saturday against the Wolverines on his
way to being named the Big Ten Player
of the Week.
Nevertheless, Turner said he "feels
we can run with them. We don't want to
get into a constant running game, but
we'll fast break when we can."

7 full court
Michigan basketball exciting.. .
e e on and off the court
Whoever said that Michigan basketball was boring should be locked in a
padded room and forced to watch "action" films of the 1971 Michigan foot-
ball team. Yeah, yeah, I know. I was one of those disillusioned souls. But
don't -worry, I've already made arrangements to view those gridiron
groaners which will result in almost certain ennui.
But after Thursday night's Michigan basketball game at Crisler Arena, I
will gladly accept my punishment. The Wolverine contest against North-
western was quite a show. Not only on the court, but in the stands and at the
scorer's table.
Just about everything that could happen in a basketball game happened.
And in the end, much to the delight of the 8236 fans in Crisler Arena, the
Wolverines actually won.
Turner imitates Darryl Dawkins
But, the best part of the game wasn't the outcome, it was Eric Turner's at-
tempted dunk. Turner went streaking down the court during a Michigan fast
break (that's right, fast break), took off from inside the free-throw line and
attempted to imitate Darryl Dawkins. Unfortunately, or fortunately,
depending on how you feel about shattered glass, Turner's attempted dunk
hever quite materialized. As he was slamming the ball home, one of
Michigan's new collapsible rims did just that-it collapsed and the ball
never made it through the iron. So instead of a sure two points, Michigan got
a limp basket and a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
The crowd loved it, but Michigan coach Bill Frieder did not.
"Everything happens to this basketball team-we go up for a dunk and the
rim breaks," the Wolvrine coach said after the game. "I'm voting against
that rule (on collapsible rims) next year. I've been in basketball for 15 years
and never had a broken backboard."
Frieder may never have had a broken backboard, but he can't say the
same thing about the clock. Late in the game last Thursday, with Michigan
holding a 10-point lead, or nine points depending on which clock you were
looking at, the timer began to malfunction. Both clocks showed different
times and different scores. Believe me, that can make for a real interesting
situation. I'm not quite sure of the reasons behind the problems, but one
rumor was that the timekeeper became so discombobulated when he
realized Michigan was probably going to win the game, that he began to get
confused and disoriented.. That's just a rumor, mind you.
But anyway, after a brief discussion, the situation had apparently been
remedied. The public address announcer, Howard King, informed the crowd
that, from that point on, only the clock at the south end of the arena would be
used. Great. Finally, when King realized that not everyone in Crisler had
their compasses handy, he clarified himself.
"The south end of the arena is the end opposite the north end," he announ-
But all the confusion was for'naught because the officials finally decided to
reset both clocks so that they were not only accurate, but identical. What
Hopson fouls up Wildcats
But that wasn't the only smart move of the night. Wolverine forward Dean
Hopson also showed that he could think with the best of them. Hopson has
been having trouble at the foul line of late, as he was hitting on only 38 per-
cent of his free throws (29 percent in the Big Ten) entering the Northwestern
contest. So, every time he stepped to the foul line last Thursday, the 6-7
sophomore would start to shoot his free throw and then stop. This invariably
caused at least two Northwestern players to fall into the lane before Hopson
shot the ball. The Wildcats would try to stop themselves from falling for-
ward, but it was futile. Hospon would then shoot his foul shot with the North-
western players looking stupid. If he made the shot, great, but if he missed
it, he would get another, because being in the lane before the free throw is
shot is a violation. Consequently, Hopson, although officially listed as
making four of seven shots from the line on Thursday, actually made about
four of ten. Now, if he would only start practicing free throws.during prac-
But while all this was happening on the court, some of the fans were get-
ting in on the action. One guy, sitting in the blue section at about half court,
was Northwestern's version of Superfan. The pennant-waving Northwestern
fan was on his feet all game long, rooting for his beloved Wildcats. He made
more noise by himself than a typical Michigan crowd.
Some Wolverine fans, though, also made themselves noticeable. After
what was seen as a bad call for, Michigan, the students broke into the
familiar chant usually reserved for football games. You know, the one where
all the older alumni turn beet red because in their day saying "hell" was
considered grounds for capital punishment. Four fashion-conscious students
had cone prepared for the occasion. Each one had a single letter printed on
both the front and back of his shirt. The first guy had a "B" on his stomach
and an "S" on his back. Unless you're illiterate I don't think you need to know
the rest. These jokers kept time with the chant, and it made for a pretty fun-
ny sight.
But even though there were a lot of distractions and unusual occurences,
the main entertainment was still the Michigan team. After a slow and dull
first half, the Wolverines opened things up in the final 20 minutes-running,

gunning and slam dunking: The basketball was pretty good. And when you
get right down to it, that's what the fans come to see.



DaOiy rfotoyoy DIANMAI 5
MICHIGAN HEAD COACH Bill Frieder (right) gives his squad some of his coaching wisdom. Apparently, Frieder's
advice and strategy has paid off recently as the Wolverines have won two of their last three games. Looking on (left) is
assistant coach Don Sicko.
nner and MICHIGAN (3-14) ILLINOIS (13-5
(45) Thad Garner (6-7) .......F .. (6-10) Bryan Leonard (4
Ap e ite (23) Dead Hopson (6-7) ..... F . . . .. (6-4) Perry Range (2
(52) Ike Person (6-7) ........ C .... (6-10) James Griffin (
(25),Eric Turner (6-3) ...... G ..... (6-4) Derek Harper(1
(32) Dan Pelekoudas (6-1) .. G .... (6-1) Craig Turner (l
GAME TIME & SITE: 1:00 p.m. Crisler Arena
TELEVISION: NBC (Channels 4 & 13 in Ann Arbor)



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Frederick,, Weaver.
qualify for nationals.
Special to the Daily Weaver won the 5,000 meters with a
LOUISVILLE- The results were school record 16:22.4: "That's one of the
both good and bad for the partial team best performances I've seen this
of Michigan women's tracksters at the season," said Michigan head coach
Mason-Dixon Games yesterday. On a Francie Goodridge. The 5,000 meters is
positive note, Sue Frederick and the second event that Weaver has
Melanie Weaver both turned in times qualified in for the AIAW
good enough to qualify for the AIAW Nationals-she had already qualified in
Nationals to be held March 12-13 at Nor- the three-mile run.
thern Iowa. The bad news for the Wolverines
Frederick won the mile with a time of came when Lisa Larsen was spiked
4:48. The performance earned her a during the first turn of the mile run. She
school record. was unable to finish the race. Because
of this misfortune for Larsen, Michigan
was forced to scratch its distance
In the high jump, the Wolverines'
Joanna Bullard took third place with a
1_1 _leap of 5'8".

Detroit 110, Chicago 103
Boston 145, Denver 144
College Basketball
North Carolina State 54, Citadel 44
Penn 52, Columsbia 47 (OT)
Yale 84, Dartmouth 65

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