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playing excellent defense on
Michigan's Eric Turner. Winters hit on
nine of 11 shots from the floor on his
way to 19 points. Illinois' Doug Alten-
berger and Anthony Welch also both
scored in double figures with 15 and 12,
Turner led the Wolverines with 23, in-
cluding three three-point shots, and
Richard Rellford hit seven of eight foul
hots on his way to11.
DESPITE TURNER'S points, it was
a very long night for the Wolverines.
The Illinois pep band didn't break into
"Hey, hey goodbye" until there were 12
seconds left, but it could have begun
playing the tune 10 minutes into the
game. That's all the time it took Illinois
to put the contest away.
The Illini used a tenacious defense to
force Michigan into numerous early
turnovers and poor shot selection. The
Wolverines just couldn't get untracked
and with the score tied at 2-2, the Illini
went on a 14-2 tear to take a 16-4 lead
with just over six-and-a-half minutes
gone. After Rellford hit two foul shots,
Illinois scored six straight for a 22-6 ad-
vantage. It was a deficit Michigan just
couldn't recover from, although it did
make a valiant effort.
For the rest of the first half, Michigan
actually played good ball. The
Wolverines trailed 26-10 when they
finally woke up and rattled off eight
straight points to close the gap to 26-18
with 8:01 left. The two teams traded
buckets but then Illinois hit four
straight to increase the margin to 12, 32-
20. Michigan, though, went on an 11-4
spurt and, when freshman Robert Hen-
derson hit a layup at the buzzer, it
narrowed the deficit to 36-31 at the half.
"I THINK we stopped executing
well," Harper said about his team's
performance late in the first half. "We
just lost a little of our intensity and
stopped playing hard."
The next 20 minutes of basketball
however, went much like the opening 10
- the Illini regained their intensity and
completely dominated. Michigan was
still within six, 46-40, with 15:51 to go
but then the roof caved in. Led by Har-
per's six points, Illinois went on a 13-2
run and led 59-42 at the 11-minute mark.
Michigan got no closer than 14 points
the rest of the way, trailing at times by
as many as 24.
"In the second half, we just didn't do
the job in any phase," said Frieder.
"They outhustled us, were more
determined, beat us inside, and beat us
on the boards. We took too many bad
shots but some of that you have to at-
tribute to Illinois' defense."
ILLINOIS GUARD Harper said that
the Illini's two straight road losses
coming into the game helped
them crush the Wolverines. "We were
up," he said. "The loss we had to Iowa
helped us. We came out real relaxed
and played good ball tonight."
The loss dropped Michigan to 3-8 in
the Big Ten and 12-9 overall, while
Illinois now stands at 7-5 in the Big Ten
and 17-8 overall.
Michigan will attempt to regroup in
time for tomorrow's game at Purdue.
So much for improvement
By LARR YMISHKIN
o sports too predictable . .
. college hoops always thrilling
DON'T KNOW about you, but I'm having a great time following the
Icollege basketball scene this year, and it's probably because the sport is
In the NBA, the only thing people are waiting to see is whether or not
Philadelphia folds in the finals against Los Angeles again, denying Dr. J his
long awaited and well-deserved championship.
In the NHL, it isn't much better and although at least five or six teams
"have a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup, I'll still put money on the Islanders
,walking off with their fourth straight title. The only upsets in this league will
be if Wayne Gretzky doesn't get his 200 points or if the Red Wings make the
But college basketball is a different story. From the Big Ten to the
national scene, no team is safe from upset and this year's national champion
could be any of a number of different schools.
Take Wednesday night for example. Indiana, just voted number one in the
U.P.I. poll and which by all right should waltz its way to another Big Ten
title, lost to Iowa for the second time this season.This is the same Hawkeye
squad with five conference losses, including defeats by Michigan State and
Wisconsin, two of the bottom three conference teams. And it won in
Bloomington! Nobody beats Bobby Knight at home but Lute Olson's team
pulled it off.
And how about those North Carolina Tar Heels? They were the number-
one team in the nation, despite three losses. They lose to Villanova at home
and only drop to number three. Two nights ago they lost to Maryland. Will
they still be in the Top Ten?
;Better than General Hospital
Speaking of the'Top Ten, Nevada-Las Vegas, the only undefeated team in
the nation, finally made the top spot in the AP poll, but were only number
two in the UPI. Why? Four coaches voting in the poll didn't even put UNLV
in the top fifteen because they felt Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian used
unethical recruiting methods.
I mean, this is great stuff. Forget about soap operas, just follow college
Northwestern starts out the season winning nine straight non-conference
games, but in Big Ten play became only mediocre. Then last week, the Wild-
cats go and knock off Purdue and Illinois, two of the conference's hottest
Even Michigan fans aren't safe from these strange happenings. The
Wolverines put NCAA tournament dreams in everyone's head with an early
:season upset of the highly-touted Minnesota Gophers before going out and
losing five in a row. Then they go up to East Lansing and upend Michigan
State for only the second time in the last eight meetings between the two in-
After last night's game with Illinois, Michigan plays Purdue, Indiana, and
Ohio State in a row. I sure hope this unpredictable streak keeps going.
But the biggest upset of all is that two of Michigan's best home games; In-
diana and Ohio State, are during spring break. So while Michigan fans are
partying in San Francisco or sailing through the Bahamas, some of the best
college basketball talent in the country will be displaying its skills in Crisler
How come I don't find that so surprising?
MinFG/AFT/A Reb A PF Pts
MinFG/AFT/A RebA PF Pts
16 2/5 0/1
16 3/4 0/0
26 2/2 2/2
28 0/6 1/2
31 8/20 4/6
16 2/7 7/8
30 2/5 2/2
21 4/8 0/0
10 0/2 0/0
2 0/0 0/0
2 1/1 0/1
2 0/0 2/2
24/60 18/24 35 15 21 71
36165 19/29 39 29 20 91
goals: Jokisch, Turner (3),
Halftime score: Illinois 36, MICHIGAN 31.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Purdue's Ricky Hall steals the ball from Michigan State's Sam Vincent
during last night's 61-55 Boilermaker victory at West Lafayette.
Trip west no vacation for nes~ters
By PAULA SCHIPPER
Hard-hitting competition is an-
ticipated next week when the Michigan
women's tennis team travels to
California for spring vacation.
Vacation? The Wolverines have little
time to bask in the sun. Their
challenging west-coast competition is
UCLA, Cal-State Fullerton, Cal-Irvine,
Pepperdine and USC.
From the start, Michigan, unranked
nationally, will plunge into heavy mat-
ches. First on the agenda is UCLA,
presently ranked third in the nation.
BUT THERE will be no reclining in
lawn chairs after that one is over
because USC, the school the Wolverines
will face in the final match of their tour,
is ranked number one in the nation.
"Everyone expects us to lose (to
USC) nine to zero," said Michigan
coach Ollie Owens.
But Owens does not expect the
Wolverines to fare badly against Cal
State and Cal-Irvine, whom they meet
in the middle of the week. He is
especially looking forward to
challenging the 16th-ranked Pepper-
"IF WE beat Pepperdine then we'll
be nationally ranked," said Owens.
"They take the top 16 team for
Nationals so that's a key match for us."
If November's close match against
Indiana and last week's Northwestern
tournament are any indication,
Michigan has a chance to beat Pepper-
dine. Owens can look forward to good
California performances by Stephanie
Lightvoet, who finished second at NU,
and Marian Kremer, who came in four-
Wolverine hopes of being ranked
nationally may well be realized under
the California sun next week.
It's time to regroup.
A few weeks ago, the Michigan
women's basketball team lost a pair of
tough road games at Illinois and Pur-
due. This weekend it will have the op-
portunity to get even, and at the same
time try to salvage something out of
this rebuilding season.
TAGGED WITH a 1-9 record in the
Big Ten, (3-17 overall), the cagers face
Illinois tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Crisler
Arena. The Fighting Illini edged the
Wolverines 72-67 at Champaign in the
first meeting between the two teams.
Michigan had the early lead, and was
only two points behind with five seconds
to go. But a tactical error and a pair of
free throws cost the Wolverines the
game and allowed the Illini to escape
with the five-point victory.
Purdue visits Ann Arbor on Sunday
afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Boiler-
makers won the first meeting between
the squads at West Lafayette by an 80-
72 count. Michigan had the lead with
five minutes remaining in the game but
failed to put together a stretch drive.
Junior Lori Gnatkowski, sophomore
Peg Harte, and freshmen Orethia Lilly,
Wendy Bradetich and Sandy Svoboda
are expected to start for the
Wolverines. -JIM DAVIS
Red Wings 5, Kings 5
By JIM DAVIS
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - Marcel Dionne's third
goal of the game, a power-play tally
following a questionable interference
call on the Red Wings' Greg Smith, at
17:57 of the final period gave the Los
Angeles Kings a 5-5 tie wvith Detroit.
John Ogrodnick and Mark Lofthouse
each scored two goals and one assist,
including a power-play goal apiece, as
Detroit built a 5-3 lead midway through
the third period. But Dionne came back
with two unanswered goals to salvage
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Russell Cross hit 31 points, including
seven of his team's last nine points last
night, to give Purdue a 61-55 Big Ten
victory over Michigan State.
Cross was the only Purdue player in
double figures as the Boilermakers im-
poved their Big Ten record to 7-5 and
'erall mark to 16-6. Michigan State fell
to 11-10 overall and 4-7 in the conferen-
PURDUE RACED away to an early,
15-7 lead in the first half, but the Spar-
tins rallied to tie the score at 17-17 and
left the court for halftime with a 32-31
Purdue took the lead for good at 37-36
with 17:20 left in the game. But
Michigan State managed ties at 39, 41
a'id 43 before the Boilermakers hit four
:Sam Vincent hit two free throws at
5:40 to narrow the gap to 52-52, but then
Cross, a 6-foot-10 junior center, started
his run. He had two free throws about
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,rs top Spartans, 61-55
Willis led Michigan State with 14 points The Buckeyes improved their leagu
each and Vincent hit 10. record to 8-4 and their overall mark t
Ohio St. 71, Northwestern 55 16-6, avenging an earlier 66-64 defeata
COLUMBUS (AP) - Twentieth- Campbell, a 6-foot-7 junior forwarc
ranked Ohio State, led by Tony Cam- hit seven of 15 field goal attempt
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