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The Michigan Daily Tuesday, March 1,1983 Pag


Wolverines' NIT

hopes fading

It was not a normal spring vacation in
Ann Arbor.
The temperature was spring-like,
Crisler Arena was full for two basket-
all1 games and the Michigan
Wolverines sandwiched an upset vic-
tory over fourth ranked Indiana bet-

ween uninspired losses to Purdue and
Ohio State.
AS A result of their performance, the
Wolverines now find themselves 4-10 in
Big Ten play and 13-11 overall and
although an NIT bid is beginning to look
doubtful, co-captain Eric Turner has

not given up hope yet.
"We feel that our NIT chances are
good if we can win three of our last
four," he said. "I think the chances of
that are very good because the teams
we play we either should have beaten
the last time we played them or we did
beat them."
If Michigan can put.on some perfor-
mances similar to the one it had again-
st Indiana, a tournament bid isn't out of
the question.
LED BY Turner's and Tim McCor-
mick's 18 point performances and a
tenacious defense that forced the
Hoosiers into one of their worst
shooting performances of the season
(35 percent from the field), the
Wolverines toppled the conference
leaders 69-56 before a near sellout
crowd of loud Michigan fans. The win
avenged the Wolverines embarrassing
93-76 loss to the Hoosiers earlier in the
season and also proved that Michigan
does have the talent many people
thought it had.
Freshman forward Richard Rellford
turned in his finest performance of the
year scoring 16 points and grabbing
seven rebounds while Robert Hender-
son and Butch Wade also made their
presence felt under the boards with five
rebounds each.
But it was Michigan's stingy defense
that made the difference in the contest.
With the Big Ten's leading scorer, Ted

Kitchel, out of the game with a ba
jury, the Wolverines were able t
centrate on Randy Wittman, ho
him to 18 points. Isaac Person ha
responsibility of guarding Wittma
Frieder said that Person's perfor
ce was one of the keys to the game
not fare as well against Purdu
Ohio State, losing for the second ti
both teams this season; to the B
makers, 71-68, the first Saturd
vacation, and then dropping an
decision to the Buckeyes on Sat
Turner led the Wolverines losi
fort against Purdue with a 24 poin
formance, including three three
shots and McCormick had the hot
against Ohio State pouring in 20I
and hauling down seven reboun
both gameshowever, Michiganse
to give up and die near the endc
contest and failed to play with th
sistency or enthusiasm it showedi
victory over Indiana.
Michigan now enters its fina
games of the season in a mus
situation in order to qualify fo
season play. Tomorrow nigh
Wolverines travel to Madison t
last place Wisconsin and then hea
th to take on Minnesota before c
home to close out the season a
Iowa and Northwestern.

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Icers finish year in
ninth place of CCII

Detroit News. This year, he is a cin-
ch for All-State and Mr. Basketball
because of his desire to be a lawyer
and because he, like Sammy Davis
Jr. on Laugh-in, commands order on
the court, Joubert is the top-ranked
player in Dave Bones' national
scouting report. Several other talent
scouts classify him as the top big
guard in the country. Except for the
conditioning, Joubert says he's
ready to play in the National
Basketball Association.
"He's a great player from the
state of Michigan," says Wolverine
coach Bill Frieder. "It's important
for our program that we get that
kind of player to come to Michigan."
Joubert is the second in-state
player to commit tosMichigan this
year. Last November, guard Quincy
Turner of Benton Harbor signed a
national letter-of-intent to play for
the Wolverines.
THE PAIR of backcourt men fill
the largest void in Frieder's lineup.
Michigan began the year with only
three guards on scholarship, and
when Leslie Rockymore (a former
teammate of Joubert) was injured in
the first Purdue game, the
Wolverines were left with only Eric
Turner and Dan Pelekoudas. Since
Rockymore's 13-point scoring
average left 'the lineup, Michigan
has lost six of its eight contests.
"I think what the team's missing
is a big scorer," says Joubert.
"They need a guy who they can get it
to who they know is going to get
fouled or put it in. Right now, that's
Rock and he's hurt."
It's no coincidence that Joubert
fits perfectly his own description of
the Wolverines' missing element.
The Judge possesses excellent ball-
handling skills and uses them to beat
defenders and drive to the basket.
He often spins past opponents and
pulls up for jump shots, which he
takes - and usually makes - from
anywhere within 25 feet of the hoop.
A typical Joubert game includes 31
points on 55 percent field-goal
shooting and 80 percent from the foul
line. He also rebounds well and has
the quick hands and feet needed to
play good defense.
Although he says he has not yet
applied to the University, Joubert
plans to major in business.

Daily Photo by SCOTT ZOLTON
Indiana's Jim Thomas drives to the hoop against Tim McCormick during ac-
tion at Crisler Arena over spring break.

Although the Michigan hockey team
turned in some of its best play of the
season in its last four games, the
Wolverines could come up with only two
victories. As a result, Michigan's
season ends with an 11-21 mark, good
only for a ninth-place finish in the
CCHA and six points shy of a playoff
The games ended a disappointing
season in which the young Wolverines
played inconsistently - never reaching
the maturity level that most observers
"I NEVER thought that we would be
this bad," said coach Giordano. "There
are going to be some very major
changes on this team next year. We're
going to reevaluate the whole program.
We've been doing things the wrong
"I'll take the blame for this season,
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learned a lot of lessons, espe
about 18-year-old kids," he cont:
"We're not going to have an
season like this - it was a disaster
But not as bad was the Wolve
performance against Lake Sup
and Michigan Tech. Of the four g
two went into overtime before
were decided including a wild 9-
tory over LSSC to start the
homestand. The game saw fres
Chris Seychel collect his third hat
of the season and Doug May tal
winning goal after just 1:34 of ove
"IT WAS kind of a freak goal,
May. "Carlile dumped the puck
their goalie had trouble handlin
was on him real quick and was a
poke it in."
The following night, however,
quite a turnaround in play a
Lakers edged out a 3-1 victory in a
fought defensive struggle.
Against Michigan Tech the foll
week the Wolverines were on the
end of an overtime contest as
Cichocki sent a rifle shot pas
Elliott at 3:58 to give Tech a 5-4 wi
Michigan came back on Saturd
ternoon to end the season on a po
note, downing the Huskies, 7-5.
Fittingly, Brad Tippett score
final goal of the season on a blast f
few feet inside the blue line. Th
Tippett in a tie with fellow seni
Speers for team scoring honors.
Giordano had nothing but pra
the two departing co-cap
"They've both been terribly uns
and have played the kind of hock
wanted them to all year," he
"They've done everything we've;
them to."


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nply, a great high
rs at Southwestern,
the Prospectors to
ie championships in
mpetitive Detroit
ague. Last year, his
runner-up to state
pion Flint Central,
game to Central at
Joubert won first-
honors twice and
named All-State by
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at Wisconsin, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
at Minnesota, March 5, 2:00 p.m.
WISCONSIN, March 4, 7:00 p.m.
MINNESOTA, March 6, 2:00 p.m.
BigTen Championships, March 4-5, at
Iowa City.

Big Ten Championships, March 4-
at E. Lansing.
Big Ten Championships, March 4-5,a
E. Lansing.
Big Ten Championships, March 3-
at Indianapolis.

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