The Michigan Daily Tuesday, November 30, 1982 Page 10
TURNER SCORES 27 POINTS
Cagers whip Zips
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Turner s three-point bombing .. .
By JOHN KERR
It wasn't an outstanding performan-
ce, in fact it was quite sloppy at times.
But the Michigan basketball team still
managed to win its opening game last
Saturday at Crisler Arena, thrashing
the Akron Zips, 87-75.
Michigan turned the ball over 25
times, didn't look very good on defense,
and missed a number of easy layups.
The outcome, however, was never in
doubt and the game served its purpose
for Wolverine coach Bill Frieder: It
'gave him an opportunity to see his
young team in action and to ex-
periment with different lineup com-
binations. And while the Wolverines in
no way look like they are ready for the
Big Ten, Frieder does have reason for
g Eric Turner. This guy is going to be
something. The sophomore guard had
27 points against Akron, hitting 10-15
from the floor, including three for three
from three-point range. Frieder said
before the season that if Turner could
play like he did at the end of last year,
he could be the top guard in the Big Ten
this season. Well, if the Akron game is
any indication, Turner is showing no
signs of getting anything but better.
" Roy Tarpley. Now this is somewhat of
a surprise. Tarpley was probably the
least heralded of all the incoming
freshmen, but his play against the Zips
seems to indicate that he could make
quite a contribution this year. The 6-10
center hit on 7-8 shots from the field and
scored 17 points. If Tarpley keeps this
up, he could bump Tim McCormick from
the starting center spot. Frieder is
seriously considering playing both Mc-
Cormick and Tarpley at the same time
which means that one of them,
probably McCormick, will have to play
at the forward position.
" Butch Wade and Richard Rellford.
Look for these two freshmen to get a lot
of playing time this season. While they
both make freshmen mistakes and need
to improve their defense, it is obvious
that they can become integral parts of
the Wolverine squad. Both appear very
confident on the court. Wade grabbed
seven rebounds against the Zips, going
up strong on every occasion. He isn't
afraid to mix it up under the boards and
Rellford is the same way. He's not
timid about shooting the ball and he'll
drive to the hoop whenever he gets the
Frieder said that although Akron
didn't really test the Wolverines, he still
noticed a few major characteristics of
this season's team. "We know we have
to improve a lot defensively," he said,
"we gave up way too many points. I also
know we can score a lot more than last
Overall, the Michigan coach was
happy with his squad's opening game
effort. "I thought we played okay at
times, and I thought we played poorly
at times," he said. "One again, that's
an indication of a young team. But I
think it was a good opener and now we
just have to hope to improve."
... may leave foes eating pizza
By JESSE BARKIN
Reporter: Who is the best three-point shooter
in the Big Ten?
Eric Turner: Me.
At the Big Ten Basketball press conference two weeks ago
in Chicago, a reporter asked Michigan guard Turner if he
could make more than 50 percent of his three-point attempts.
Turner said "yes." The reporter followed it up with "how
about 70 percent?" The answer was still "yes."
In Michigan's season-opening victory last Saturday over
Akron, Turner did not come close to the 70 percent figure; he
hit 100 percent.
One game against the lowly Zips does not a season average
make, but while Akron struggled from far out, netting only
two of 10 three-point shots, the Wolverines' 6-3 guard connec-
ted on all three of his long-range attempts. And by all in-
dications, it appears Wolverine opponents will see more shots
from outside the 21-foot circle by the confident Turner.
"I can shoot from there; it's within my range," he said
before practice yesterday. "I won't usually shoot ithunless
I'm wide open and have the time to really get a good look at
the basket. Then I'll take it.
"I have the green light, using my own judgment . . .
knowing the time, the situation and the team we're playing
against. Coach (Bill Frieder) doesn't mind when I take the
shot. He would really like to see me shoot from out there.
Frieder concurs. After Michigan's 87-75 win over Akron he
said, "I think Eric and Rock (Leslie Rockymore) are going to
give us an added dimension. Eric has the green light because
he can shoot 'em out there.''
One only has to ask Turner's op-
ponents if he can shoot the three-
pointer. Indiana coach Bobby Knight
said that only three players in the Big
Ten can effectively shoot the shot, "and
I have two of them." The general
feeling is- that Turner is the third, but
Knight evaded the question by saying,
"I'm not going to say who the third one
is. I want everyone to come in (playing
Indiana) thinking he's the one."
But Iowa coach Lute Olson has no°
doubts that Turner is the one Knight is
talking about. "I'll take Turner and
(Iowa's) Steve Carfino against Knight's
guys in a game of horse anytime.
Unless he's lost his right arm he'll force
defenses to change. He never saw the
inside of 21 feet against us last year. If
he had (the three-point play) we'd have Tur
been taking pizza orders at halftime."
Changing the play of Michigan opponents on defense will
make the three-point play more than just, as Turner said, "a
new dimension at the end of the game when you need a quick
three." Because of his sharp-shooting talents, defenses will
be forced to play tighter outside which will open up the court
and allow Turner to drive more.
"That's definitely what I'm looking for. They (opposing
guards) are going to have to respect me. I'm definitely quick
enough to go by them if they cover me out there. And that'll
open up opportunities-short jumpers, layups and all-for
the rest of them."
Turner's first three-pointer came about with no time
remaining in the first half against the Zips, in a desperation
attempt to beat the buzzer; it swished through the net from
the top of the key. But midway through the second half came
his first conscious effort at using the three-pointer in a game
After Akron guard Joe Jakubick lunged after a pass to
Turner some 25 feet from the basket and left him out of the
play, Turner was wide open near the top of the key. He had
plenty of room in front of him, yet he pulled up for a 22-footer.
"I knew what was going on with the (three-point) line,
said Turner. "I was wide open and I just didn't want to take it
His third three-pointer came less than one minute later on
a wide-open 22-footer just right of the key area.
Turner is not the only Wolverine who can shoot the long
one, though. Rockymore did not take a three-point shot
against Akron Saturday, but Turner acknowledges his range.
Turner said that there are a few Wolverines that can make it
from long range, but "Rock is the only
one who can hit it consistently."
And around the league, there are
some other pretty fair shooting guards
(Indiana's Randy Whitman, Iowa's
Carfino and Michigan State's Sam Vin-
cent come to mind), which forces the
Wolverines to adjust defensively.
"The Big Ten will be really tough this
year," said the Flint native. "All the
guards are back and they can all shoot
the ball. Everybody's just gonna hav
to bear down on the 'D' and pla
But Turner has one great advantage
over the rest of the guards in the con-
ference: he doesn't have to guard the
for best three-point shooter in the Big Ten.
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