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Page 6-Thursday, January 7, 1982-The Michigan Daily

1982 Michigan
Big Ten Schedule
Thurs. January 7 WISCONSIN
Sat. January 9 PURDUE
Thurs. January 14 Indiana
Sat. January 16 Minnesota
Thurs. January 21 MICHIGAN STATE
Sat. January 23 Iowa
Thurs. January 28 OHIO STATE
Sat. January 30 Illinois
Thurs. February 4 NORTHWESTERN
Sat. February 6 ILLINOIS
Thurs. February 11 Michigan State
Sat. February 13 Northwestern
Thurs. February 18 Ohio State
Sat. February 20 IOWA
Thurs. February 25 MINNESOTA
Sat. February 27 INDIANA
Thurs. March 4 Purdue
Sat. March 6 Wisconsin

1982 Big Ten
basketball schedule
(Conference Games)

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, Janu
REPLACES INJURED McCORMICK
Person aces tall task in mU

JANUARY 7
Illinois at Northwestern
Indiana at Michigan State
Minnesota at Ohio State
Purdue at Iowa
JANUARY 9
Illinois at Iowa
Indiana at Northwestern
Minnesota at Michigan State
Wisconsin at Ohio State
JANUARY 14
Iowa at Minnesota
Michigan State at Purdue
Northwestern at Wisconsin
Ohio State at Illinois
JANUARY 16
Iowa at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Illinois
Northwestern at Purdue
Ohio State at Indiana
JANUARY 21
Indiana at Illinois
Iowa at Northwestern
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Purdue at Ohio State
JANUARY 23
Illinois at Minnesota
Northwestern at Ohio State
Purdue at Indiana
Wisconsin at Michigan State
JANUARY 28
Illinois at Purdue
Indiana at Wisconsin
Iowa at Michigan State
Minnesota at Northwestern
JANUARY 30
Minnesota at Indiana
Northwestern at Michigan State
Ohio State at Iowa
Wisconsin at Purdue
FEBRUARY 4
Indiana at Iowa
Michigan State at Ohio State
Purdue at Minnesota
Wisconsin at Illinois

FEBRUARY 6
Indiana at Minnesota
Iowa at Ohio State
Michigan State at Northwestern
Purdue at Wisconsin
FEBRUARY 11
Illinois at Indiana
Northwestern at Iowa
Ohio State at Purdue
Wisconsin at Minnesota
FEBRUARY 13
Illinois at Wisconsin
Iowa at Indiana
Minnesota at Purdue
Ohio State at Michigan State
FEBRUARY 18
Michigan State at Iowa
Northwestern at Minnesota
Purdue at Illinois
Wisconsin at Indiana
FEBRUARY 20 -
Indiana at Purdue
Michigan State at Wisconsin
Minnesota at Illinois
Ohio State at Northwestern
FEBRUARY 25
Illinois at Michigan State
Indiana at Ohio State
Purdue at Northwestern
Wisconsin at Iowa
FEBRUARY 27
Illinois at Ohio State
Minnesota at Iowa
Purdue at Michigan State
Wisconsin at Northwestern
MARCH 4
Iowa at Illinois
Michigan State at Minnesota
Northwestern at Indiana
Ohio State at Wisconsin
MARCH 6
Iowa at Purdue
Michigan State at Indiana
Northwestern at Illinois
Ohio State at Minnesota

By RON POLLACK
This was supposed to be the year that
Michigan was finally going to fill the
pivot position with a bonafide big man.
At 6-11, Tim McCormick looked to give
the Wolverines something at center
which they lacked with Phil Hubbard
and Paul Heuerman in recent
years-height.
But surgery on both of McCormick's
knees has dashed such plans. Once
again, Michigan will delegate the
-responsibilities of a center to a player
who looks like a forward. Such is the
role that 6-7 Junior Ike Person will play
this year.
"THE REASON I play center is
because I rebound well," said Person.
"But when I go up against seven-footers
I might have problems. And when they
get the ball down low, it's gonna be two
points since I can't block their shots or
intimidate them. A guy like (7-4
Virginia center) Ralph Sampson would
have a field day against me."
Sampson isn't the only big- man who
could cause Person trouble. "It's brutal
some of the guys he'll have to go
against," said Wolverine head coach
Bill Frieder. "He's got to guard a guy
like (6-10 Purdue forward/center)
Russell Cross or (7-3 Minnesota center)
Randy Breuer, and that's a problem.':
If Person is to do well against such
players, he must keep his taller op-
ponents outside. An inability to do so
may keep scorekeepers very busy, and
make the Breuer's and Cross's of the
Big Ten very happy.
"I HAVE to keep them from getting
the ball down low, because if he's
(taller opposing centers) a good shooter
within five feet, all I can do is put up my
hands, block out and hope he misses."
Hardly an optimistic outlook.
Person's role in the past gives little
reason to squelch such pessimism.
"When I've come in, in the past, I've
replaced someone and played for five
minutes and held my own," he said.
"But when I have to play in the middle
for a whole game; I might have some

problems.
"When I get tired, I have a tendency
to foul more. When you get tired and a
guy's beating you, you just reach to
grab him. It's either two points or a
foul; so I'll take the foul."
IN ORDER TO compensate for the
height disadvantage, Person says that
he'll have to play a physical brand of
basketball. This style could also keep
the referees' whistles blowing.
"I might get into a little foul trouble
this year since I'll have to be so
aggressive," said the Barrington,
Illinois native. "I'll be keeping this in
mind. I hope the officials will just let
me play in there. That's what it will
take."
So Person is going tobe eaten alive by
the big bad centers that he will face in
conference play, right? Maybe not.
Nobody has compared Person to Wes
Unsold or Dave Cowens-highly suc-
cessful centers despite a lack of
height-but the 208-pounder is not
without his strong points.
"IKE PERSON is capable of being a
good scorer and a good rebounder,"
said Frieder. "He's a good kid and a
hard worker."
But if Person is to get the better of
opposing post-men it will probably not
be by outjumping them or by outscoring
them from the inside. If the junior does
overshadow his counterparts, it will be
primarily through the use of speed.
"With our fast break, I'll be at an ad-
vantage since an opposing center will
be hard pressed to stay with me."
But there is more than one way for a
small man to beat a big man. "When
I'm in the game, I have the option to go
outside where I can shoot or drive," he
said. "If I'm faster than him, I'll drive
around him. And if he backs off, I'll
take the shot. That's what Paul Heuer-
man did and he did it well."
Quickness and an outside shot, these
are the traits that could allow Person to
hold his own at center. If these charac-
teristics aren't enough, opposing teams
look to have the advantage at the pivot.
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