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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, Jc


1983 Big Ten Conference
Basketball Schedule

1983 Big Ten play
will bring surprises
S0 YOU THINK the 1982 college football season was
a wacky one? Well, it's doubtful that college
basketball can match the ending of the Stanford-
California football game (where California returned a
kickoff in the last seconds for a touchdown and the
Golden Bear runner went the last 20 yards through the
Stanford band), but the 1983 Big Ten basketball season
is sure to have its moments.
Fortunately, I have taken a foggy glance into the
future and am here to give you a brief rundown of the
events that may or may not occur during the 1983 Big
Ten basketball season. I've even rated them on a scale
of 1-10, with 10 being a sure bet to happen.
"*Indiana coach Bobby Knight will announce his
retirement midway through the conference season and
will subsequently take over for John Davidson as one of
the hosts of "That's Incredible," (2).
" Eric Turner will lead the conference in scoring and
assists and be named the Big Ten's MVP. (4).
" Big Ten official Jim Bain, who made a controver-
sial call that cost Iowa the Big Ten title last year, will
be assigned to work a Hawkeye home contest (1).
" Jim Bain will be upset about not being able to spend
time in Iowa City (2).
Spartans love that stadium
" Tim McCormick will come back to be a good Big
Ten post man (6).
" Northwestern coach Rich Falk will wonder why his
team is mired in the bottom of the Big Ten after it
played such a tough non-conference schedule (8).
" Michigan State's Jenison Field House will be torn
down and a new Arena, Earvin Place, will be built.
This, coupled with the Spartan football stadium which
the MSU basketball press guide calls "America's
premier facility in college football," (no kidding!) will
give the Spartans upstate Michigan's finest athletic
facilities (5).
" First-year Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder will won-
der why he ever left Ball State for Madison (7).
" Jud Heathcote will begin doing commercials for a
hair transplant firm saying "it worked for me." (3).
" Detroit Southwestern star Antoine Joubert will
decide to come to Michigan next season. Michigan
basketball season tickets sales will reach a new high
next year and the Wolverines will be picked to finish at
the top of the conference in 1984 (6).
Does Granny look old?
" Michigan freshman Rellford will tear the rim off
with one of his powerful slam dunks this season (5).
" Iowa coach Lute Olsen will continue to look like he
just stepped out of a "Gentlemen's Quarterly" photo
lay-out (10).
. Ohio State coach Eldon Miller will become a fan
favorite in Columbus after years of being 'unpopular
" The Michigan-Indiana game at Crisler Arena on
February 24 will feature the most exciting finish of the
year. With two seconds left, and trailing by two points
the Wolverines will take the ball out under the Hoosier
basket. Rellford will get the ball into Turner who will
wheel around and heave an 80-foot shot towards the
bucket. The ball will slam off the backboard, into the
hoop for a three-point play and Michigan will win by
one point. (2).
. Ohio State center Granville Waiters will be asked for
ID when he tries to go to a bar during the season (1).
" The Big Ten will send seven teams to post-season
tournaments (8).
" Michigan will be one of them (9).
" Bill Frieder's towel will finally get even with the
'M' coach for years of abuse. During a particularly
close game when Frieder is swinging the cloth all
around, it will throw itself into his face, temporarily
blinding him and causing the coach to fall over his
chair and onto the court. Fans will consider it an ac-
c~i4 nt: - .---

**Michigan State at Iowa
MICHIGAN at Northwestern
Illinois at Minnesota
Purdue at Wisconsin
**Indiana at Ohio State
Michigan State at Northwestern
Purdue at Minnesota
Illinois at Wisconsin
**Minnesota at MICHIGAN
Wisconsin at Michigan State
Ohio State at Purdue
Indiana at Illinois
Iowa at Northwestern
**'wisconsin at MICHIGAN
Minnesota at Michigan State
Indiana at Purdue
Ohio State at Illinois
**Illinois at Purdue
Michigan State at Indiana
MICHIGAN at Ohio State
Iowa at Minnesota
Northwestern at Wisconsin
MICHIGAN at Indiana
Michigan State at Ohio State
*Iowa at Wsiconsin
**Northwestern at Minnesota
**Indiana at Northwestern
Ohio State at Iowa
Purdue at MICHIGAN
Illinois at Michigan State

*Indiana at Iowa
Ohio State at Northwestern
*Illinois at MICHIGAN
**Purdue at Michigan State
Minnesota at Wisconsin
**Minnesota at Ohio State
**Minnesota at Ohio State
Wisconsin at Indiana
Iowa at Illinois
Northwestern at Purdue
Wisconsin at Ohio State
*Minnesota at Indiana
**Iowa at Purdue
Northwestern at Illinois .
Michigan State at MICHIGAN
**Ohio State at Wisconsin
Purdue at Iowa
Illinois at Northwestern
Indiana at Minnesota
**Illinois at Iowa
MICHIGAN at Michigan State
*Purdue at Northwestern
Indiana at Wisconsin
Ohio State at Minnesota
**Iowa at Indiana
Northwestern at Ohio State
Michigan State at Purdue
MICHIGAN at Illinois
Northwestern at Indiana
Iowa at Ohio State
**Wisconsin at Minnesota
MICHIGAN at Purdue
*Michigan State at Illinois

**Purdue at Illinois
Wisconsin at Iowa
Minnesota at Northwestern
Indiana at MICHIGAN
Ohio State at Michigan State
*Wisconsin at Northwestern
**Ohio State at MICHIGAN
Indiana at Michigan State
*Minnesota at Iowa
**Michigan at Wsiconsin
Purdue at Indiana
Illinois at Ohio State
Michigan State at Minnesota
Northwestern at Iowa
**Illinois at Indiana
*Purdue at Ohio State
*MICHIGAN at Minnesota
Michigan State at Wisconsin
**Northwestern at Michigan State
Minnesota at Purdue
Wisconsin at Illinois
Northwestern at MICHIGAN
Iowa at Michigan State
Ohio State at Indiana
Wisconsin at Purdue
Minnesota at Illinois
*Big Ten-TVS "Game-of-the-Week"

Will Ralph Sampson and his Virginia Cavalier teammates be celebrating in Albuquerque?

I believe the big man will take his
team to the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) championship this
March in Albuquerque.
I am referring, of course, to 7-4 Ralph
Sampson of Virginia. The, Cavaliers'
sensational senior did not pass up more
than $1 million (in the National Basket-
ball Association) this year because he
wants his team to lose the NCAA tour-
nament. Sampson wants it all.

TALENT AND experience are
crucial to a team's chances of reaching
tournament success, but- more impor-
tant is coaching. It is the experience
and motivational success of the coach
that often lifts a team beyond the boun-
daries of its actual physical
capabilities. Also, it is the superior
coach who can recruit the better
players, who will be able to perform
well at the end of the season.
Indiana's Bobby Knight and North

in coaching intensity and his running
Rebels have never been in as good a
chance to run all the way to the finals as
they are now. With Sidney Green and.
Eldridge Hudson up front and Larry
Anderson at one guard, Vegas is strong
and quick. The player that might just
put them over the top, though, is
playmaker and coach's son Danny
Tarkanian. Tarkanian is the only Rebel
who likes to pass more than shoot, and
that is essential for a team that can

Fields is as
nation. The k
is the play o
Stuart Gray.
did against
then UCLA
Iowa has a
and with M1
Stokes in the
time, the Hav
Alabama, u
son, has two

Ralph: Tower of ,strength in i

BUT SO does every other division one Carolina's Dean Smith lead a select list
school. Realistically, only 15 or 20 of coaches whose mere presence almost
teams have a shot at winning the tour- assures his tean an NCAA bid. For this
nament, and that select group can be reason I have to include North Carolina
found with nothing more than a cursory among my top 10 because although they
look at the AP or UPI top twenties are not as blessed talent-wise as some
throughout the season. other schools (Sam Perkins and
But even that changes fairly Michael Jordan are superb though), the
regularly, the rankings at any one time experience and skill Smith brings the
are only as accurate as to who won
which games the week before the polls Tar Heels is unmeasurable.
come out. Case in point: Indiana was Another coach that has an excellent
ranked no higher than ninth as the chance of leading his team to
season began, but presently, because Albuquerque is Lou Carnessecca of St.
many of the teams rated ahead of them Johns. Carnessecca has led his Redmen
have lost since then, the Hoosiers to 22 consecutive post season tour-
currently occupy the top spot. naments, and this year led by David
Picking the teams that will make the Russell, the team has the talent to go all
final four, though, is even harder than the way.
rating them. In any given year, one or COACH JERRY Tarkanian of the
two of the top rated teams make University of Nevada, Las Vegas
the semifinals, and the other spots are (UNLV) is right with Indiana's Knight
taken by "surprises." Last year the
favorites were Georgetown and North
Carolina; the surprises were Houston
and Louisville.
THEREFORE, IF anyone were to tell
me he knows which team will make the
trek to New Mexico, my reply would be
on the lines of, "oh, really?" 7%1 N .4ulvRS1Y
But predictions are made, and they No-86915 (
are fun to make, especially if "your"
team lives'up to your expectations; and
with this reasoning in mind (and not
claiming to be any hardwood wizard), I
offer the following teams as the top ten ao Mc
in the nation, that is, the teams with the
best chance of reaching basketball's Addres
most exciting event-the NCAA final
four. 54Q
Alabama ... Indiana.. . Iowa .
Kentucky . . . Louisville . . . North
Carolina . . . St. Johns'. . . UCLA ..-
UNLV ...yirginia.

score like them.
On sheer talent, Louisville and Ken-
tucky may be the best in the country.
With Scooter and Rodney McCray and
freshman Billy Thompson, the Car-
dinals own the most imposing front line
in basketball. And coach Denny Crum
has a knack of getting his team to the
final four.
Kentucky is just . . . Deep. With
possible All-Americans Dirk Min-
nefield, Derrick Hord and Jim Master,
the Wildcats have a superb athlete at
every position. And with Kentucky's
experience and tradition, post-season
success is likely.
IOWA AND UCLA are included for
their all-around depth, talent and ex-
perience. Bruins Darren Daye and Rod
Foster both started on the 1979 NCAA
runner-up team and forward Kenny

the nation-
Lee Hurt-a:
Virginia is r
without Sam
the team to
seventh ...
pair of ove
Ricky Stokes
sub-par fron
matter. Sam
his press cli
any game. T
a bad game r
three years c
stands to r
learned this,
have a bad g,
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Dan Pelekoudas holds off a Cleveland State defender

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