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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday,
Page 18-Wednesday, January 12, 1983-The Michigan Daily
Indiana, Iowa are teams to beat
Michigan third? Believe it or not
that's the way things worked in the final
vote tally. Using a 10-9-8 point system,
those fearless roundball
prograstinators came up with a set of
predictions that are guaranteed not to
be in any other printed publication.
This totally professional and unbiased
crew, which refuses to get swept up in
school spirit, could only seem to agree
on Indiana as the top team. After that,
however, their predictions were as
scattered as three-point lines. Who
knows, maybe they will get the last
3. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
3. Michigan State
5. Ohio State
5. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
6. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
7. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
6. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
And the fleet scouts, Sir Brown and It's going to take more than Jim Bain
Sir Thomas guarded against all to stop the Iowa Hawkeyes this year.
enemies at the outer flanks of Hoosier- The balding Big Ten referee, whose
land. officiating cost the Hawkeyes a victory
Though not of traditional Hoosier over Purdue and a chance for the con-
blood, Uwe Blab (7-3 center), a visitor ference title, will not work a game in
from Germany-land will add power to Iowa's new Sports Arena because of
the front-line ranks. With improvement numerous threats on his life by
over last year's campaign, he may soon fanatical Hawkeye followers.
be Knighted and enter the history and BUT IT really wouldn't matter if
legends as the first ever "foreigner" to Bain did, for coach Lute Olson's is
be so honored. In the meantime, Sir talented and experienced and should
Bouchie, a brave yet undersized vie with Indiana for the top spot in the
soldier, will protect the king. Big Ten.
BUT DESPITE the festive at- Leading the way for the Hawkeyes,
mosphere in the kingdom, the despot who finished as the 16th-ranked team in
does not share in their, so dubbed, the nation last year, is junior point
Hoosier Hysteria. The plaided autocrat guard Steve Carfino. An outstanding
remembers times past, of the days of defensive player, Carfino also led Iowa
Sir Thomas, Sir Turner the Injured, and in field goal percentage (.562). His
Sir Tolbert. And he remembers still the shooting range is excellent: Olson
valored lore of Sir Scott, Sir Benson and believes he will be one of the league's
Sir Buckner. best three-point shooters.
He reminisces too, about when the At the wings for the Hawkeyes will be
round table was filled with warriors co-captains Bob Hansen and Mark
celebrating past conquests. He remem- Gannon. Hansen, a 6-6 senior, is the
bers when his subjects knew how to use team's top returning scorer with a 12-
their vast talents to the utmost, in point average. Gannon, a 6-7 senior, is a
behalf of the king. solic all-around player who plays a
"Our team is unproven," saideth physical brand of basketball.
Knight. "I really don't know how good A PAIR OF sophomores will man the
our team can be. Even though we have posts of Iowa. Michael Payne, a second-
everyone back, we have to show im- team All-Big Ten selection last season,
provement in a lot of areas if we are to brings his 11.4 scoring and 7.4 reboun-
become a good team." ding average back to Iowa City, not to
So understateths the King. mention a few extra pounds of muscle
-JESSE BARKIN on his 6-11 frame. Greg Stokes, who
stands 6-10, averaged 5.7 points and 4.2
2. Iow a rebounds last year.
The top player off the bench is junior
forward Craig Anderson.
Iowa should be well prepared for the
Big Ten campaign. Its non-conference
schedule included such foes as the
Soviet Nationals, Marquette, UCLA,
James Madison and USC.
a' -JIM DWORMAN
... Breuer's the key
... haseth doubts
Last season was an off-year in In-
diana-the Hoosiers finished tied for
second in the Big Ten.
That is about the size of it in
Bloomington-land where the basket-
ball team is nobility and Bobby Knight
is its despotic ruler.
KNIGHT spent most of last season
juggling his lineup, but when tour-
nament time finally rolled around the
dictator in plaid settled on five juniors:
Ted Kitchel, Randy Whitman, Steve
Bouchie, Jim Thomas and Tony Brown.
Well the seasons passed in the land of
Knight, and suddenly the fivesome was
collectively Knighted and dubbed ...
seniors. And they all came back to ser-
ve their vasselage in the attempt to
prove to the Big Ten and the nation that
Bloomington-land is the mightiest
kingdom in all the land.
Leading the crusade for the Hoosiers
are Sir Kitchel and Sir Whitman, two of
the most accurate marksmen to ever
serve under the red and white. Sir Kit-
chel (6-8, forward) earned All-Big Ten
honors last year and made UPI third
team All-American, as he led _the
Hoosiers in scoring with a 20.1 average.
His 59 percent shooting from the field
and 88 percent from the foul line put to
shame past Hoosier legends like Sir
Gawain, Sir Lancelot and Sir Gallahad.
RIDING alongside Sir Kitchel is Sir
Whitman (6-6 forward), a more trusted
companion there never was. Sir Whit-
man thrust his rapier in the name of the
king for an 11.9 scoring average.
shooting big men in the country," en-
thusiastically notes Dutcher. "He is the
key to our offense and will go into his
senior year with All-America poten-
However, the lanky center's suppor-
ting cast is its weakest in his four
seasons. Gone are four-year starters
Trent Tucker, Darryl Mitchell and
Gary Holmes, leaving Dutcher with a
tough rebuilding year.
But Minnesota has two returnees to
replace some of the tall timber up front.
Zebedee Howell (6-7) and Jim Peterson
(6-10) both saw limited action last
season, but will be pressed into starting
positions this season.
IN THE backcourt Marc Wilson and
Sophomore Tommy Davis will assume
the starting roles. "Tommy is an ex-
cellent perimeter shooter who can play
either guard or forward for us," said
Dutcher. "This year we will ask him to
take over the ball handling respon-
sibilities for us."
With a young team, though, Dutcher
will need more than a tall performance
from Breuer to repeat in the Big Ten.
After three straight seasons in which
they saw post 'season action, the
Fighting Illini and coach Lou Henson
face a rebuilding year in 1983.
Graduation hit Illinois hard and Hen-
son has lost his three top scorers from
last year, Craig Tucker, James Griffin,
and Perry Range. But a strong
recruiting class, including consensus
Minnesota coach Jim Dutcher and his
Golden Gophers will have a hard time
repeating their Big Ten championship
of a year ago, but with Randy Breuer
returning they will have a step in the
Make that a very big step-because
Breuer, all seven-feet three-inches,
could be the dominant player in the con-
ference this season.
"RANDY IS one of the premier
... heads exerienced team
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