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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 4, 1982

____ ___ ___ ____ ___ ___ ___Page 8

By MARK FISCHER

set to bounce back.

Five weeks ago, if you had asked a
Big Ten basketball fan which team
would win tonight's Michigan-Purdue
game, he (or she) might have laughed
in your face.
Myichigan was 1-13 and in the throes of
an 11-game losing streak. Purdue had
already whipped the Wolverines in Ann
Arbor, 88-69, and had won four of its fir-
st five conference games. Five weeks
ago, that Big Ten fan might have shud-
dered with fear if he put himself in
Michigan's shoes and looked ahead to
what the Boilermakers would do to the
Blue cagers in West Lafayette.
BUT THE situation has changed over
the last five weeks. In a big way.4
If you asked the fan,-today' he would
probably give Purdue (9-7, 12-13
overall) thevedge-but a very slim
edge. Both teams have split their last 10
games, the Boilermakers winning three
of their last four.
It is true that Purdue has the home
court advantage, but Michigan (5-11, 6-
18) is a team on its way up. The
Wolverines already proved they could
beat the best two weeks ago in a 68-58

upset of the league-leading Iowa
Hawkeyes.
"THERE IS no doubt in my mind that
Michigan is playing as well as anybody
in the conference righttnow when you
look at how they started their season,"
said Purdue coach Gene Keady. "Some
people were saying they wouldn't win a
game in the Big Ten, but you can see
from the record how wrong that was."
Even Wolverine coach Bill Frieder
lamented before the conference season
that his team "might not win another
game." Yet as Michigan's wins have
mounted, so the coach's optimism.

* "I think we'll be able to grab a couple
of wins if we play our game," said
Frieder, referring to tonight's contest
and Saturday's game at Wisconsin.
"We had two losses last week, but
played well at times against Indiana on
Saturday (a 78-70 loss)."
A PAIR OF road wins will give the
eighth-place Wolverines a chance to
close their Big Ten season by nosing out
Michigan State for the league's seventh
slot. The fifth-place Boilermakers, on
the other hand, must beat Michigan and
Iowa at home to insure an upper
division finish and a berth in a post-

season tourney.
Michigan's incentive goes a bit fur-
ther than finishing higher than State,
however, as Frieder pointed out: "Pur-
due beat us handily at Crisler in the Big
Ten opener and we look forward to
proving that we are a different team
now."
Purdue got 34 points from guard
Keith Edmonson in the last matchup,
and the Wolverines must hold the 6-5
senior closer to his team-leading 19.9
scoring average if they hope to prevail
today. The Blue cagers must also watch
the inside game of 6-10 Boilermaker
center Russell Cross, one of the
league's premier big men with 14.2 ppg.
and a 55 percent shooting clip.
MICHIGAN WILL counter with 6-3
"superfrosh" guard Eric Turner, who
leads the Wolverines and rankssixth in
the conference in scoring (14.5 ppg.)
and assists (4.3), and 6-7 senior forward
Thad Garner, who is averaging 13.8
points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.
Garner needs just 23 points and 22
rebounds in Michigan's final three
games to become only the seventh
Wolverine to reach 1,000 career points
and 600 career rebounds.

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN
(6-18)
(45) Thad Garner (6-7).......
(23) Dean Hopson (6-7)
(52) Ike Person (6-7) ........
(25) Eric Turner (6-3) ......
(32) Dan Pelekoudas (6-1) ..

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..... (6-7) Mike Scearce
.......(6-7) Greg Eifert
- - - - (6-10) Russell Cross
(6-5) Keith Edmonson
.........(6-1) Ricky Hall

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(45)
(40)
(11)
(21)

PURDUE'S SOPHOMORE Russell Cross goes up for an easy layup in the
Boilermakers' 88-69 victory over the Wolverines on January 9. The two
teams will meet again tonight at 7:35 in Mackey Arena.

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struggled to a 12-13 record.
Nonetheless, the 6-5 senior has been a
standout this season. He currently
ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring
with 19.9 points per game.
"It's been a little bit disappointing,
the way the season -has gone," said
Edmonson,who will lead Purdue again-
st Michigan tonight. "I had high expec-
tations for us, but things haven't fallen
our way. I'm happy with the way I've
played, but it would be a better feeling
if we were winning more."
IN SPITE OF the team's mediocre
record, this season may well be one of
high accomplishment for Edmonson.
With two games remaining in Big Ten
play, he trails only Indiana's Ted Kit-
chel by 10 points for the conference
scoring title.
"It would be nice to win the Big Ten
scoring championship," he said. "I've
proven over the years that I can score.
With a real good night, I don't think that
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10 points is too much to overcome.
"I'm capable of scoring a lot of points
on a given night," Edmonson con-
tinued, "It all depends on the flow of the
game. It depends how the offense goes,
if the team sets picks and if .I get open.
A lot will depend on if the shots fall. It

also depends on how Ted does."
"I JUST move to the open spot and
move, without the ball," he said. "It's
just fundamentals and ability."
While the San Antonio, Texas native
may "move to the open spot," that spot
rarely stays open once he gets there. "I
don't think I've been real open all year
since teams concentrate on me and try
to stop me from having an extremely
great game;" Edmonson said.
Attention such as that, is usually
reserved for top-notch ball players-an
assessment that Edmonson won't argue
with.
In tonight's game against Michigan,
Edmonson will be guarded by
Wolverine freshman sensation Eric
Turner. "He's a great player and has
impressed me, but I won't adjust my
game," said Edmonson. "Even though
he's the quickest athlete I've faced this
year, I'll just play my normal game."
And why should he change his game?
After all, it's been working pretty well
all year.

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OPPONENTS ................. 24 628-1261 .498 326-486 .671 765-31.9*

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University Inn, Monday evening, Mar-
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p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.
The Basketball Bust is in honor of the
coaches and players of the 1981-82
team. Head coach Bill Frieder will
highlight the season and present special
awards to the squad's most outstanding
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