vs. Ferris State
Dec. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Penn State
Tonight 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, 1983
The Michigan Daily
By CHUCK JAFFE
Sugar Bowl spurs questions..
.. like 'what's in a name?'
O KAY, ANSWER THIS. Is Auburn's nickname the Tigers, the War
Eagles or the Plainsmen?
Not satisfied with just one nickname like a normal northern school
Auburn has, three names - none of which have anything to do with each
other-nor any particular connection with the Alabama school itself.
There are definitely not any Tigers growing wild in or about Auburn
Alabama. There might be War Eagles, but since I'm not sure what one is -
and since Auburn is not currently at war - I will assume that the school is
not surrounded by large gun-toting birds.
Plainsmen is a possibility. It could be that the school is in the middle of a
great plain in Alabama. But that would be boring. Or it could be that
everyone at the school is boring, in which case they are all just plain.
But there is very little that can be described as plain about Auburn's foot
ball team. There too, Auburn abounds with nicknames, which could hav
There are the Tigers' (and I will call them that for the moment) tw
tailbacks, Bo "Big Train" Jackson and Lionel "Little Train" James. Thes
two run out of something called the "wishbone" offense.
Wishbone a secret plot?
But this could be secret code for a facist plot, and head coach Pat Dye
could be Auburn's Benito Mussolini. The wishbone offense that Auburn uses
could be called a "facist attack." After all, like Mussolini, Dye makes the
trains run on time.
Enough about that, however, because speculation on the meaning of
nicknames is fruitless, and because Dye refuses to talk politics with the
So with the pleasantries out of the way, let's get down to the Wolverines
and the War Eagles in the Bourbon Bowl.
That's right, New Orleans on New Year's has nothing to do with Sugar.
Ask any fan who wakes up from the pre- and post-game debauchery on
Bourbon Street in time for the start of classes next term.
Besides, Auburn actually played in something named the Bacardi Bowl in
1937. The game was probably played-in Jamaica or the Virgin Islands.
Maybe that's why they call it the Sugar Bowl. The Plainsmen (you had to
know I would give each one equal time) tied Villanova 7-7 in the Bacardi (or
should I say Rum Runner) Bowl. Pre-game rum for each team probably
made the play sloppy, while pre-game sugar only builds the players' energy
And then there are important unanswered Sugar Bowl questions:
" Since the Sugar Bowl is played in New Orleans, do they use a special gam
clock and play in French Quarters?
" If Michigan fans try to do the wave in New Orleans, will they do it with
lacey french handkerchiefs?
. If Michigan wins the Sugar Bowl this year and goes back to play in New
Orleans next year, does it win a coffee pot and creamer the second time
All of those questions, however, will have to be answered on January 2.
I guess it really doesn't matter what a team is called, because either
Michigan or Auburn - the Wolverines, Tigers, War Eagles and Plainsmen
- will leave the Sugar Bowl and the Superdome being called winners.
By PHIL NUSSEL
Game plan? What game plan?
That's what the women's basketball
team was saying last night as they lost
their second game of the season. This
time the opponent was the Central
Michigan Chippewas, the 1983 Mid-
American Conference Champs, who
dominated the game throughout and
went home with an 82-63 win.
WOLVERINE HEAD coach Gloria
Soluk gave 6-7 freshman Lynn Morozko
her first start of the season in hopes of
bolstering the team's inside game
against the smaller CMU front line. But
early in the first half, it was obvious
that this game plan would not work.
The Chippewas' center, Latanga Cox,
with help from forwards Betsy Yonk-
man and Denise Tower, used quickness
to all but destroy the Michigan inside
After six minutes, Soluk benched
Morozco. Even when a pass got through
to the freshman center, she either lost
the handle on the ball or had it stolen.
The Wolverines scored first in the
game for their only lead. The Chip-
pewas then scored 19 unanswered poin-
ts to go up 19-2, and Michigan never got
closer than eight points after that.
SOPHOMORE GUARD Orethia Lilly
led the Wol-verines, hitting 7 of 14 shots
from the floor along with a pair of free
throws. Wendy Bradetich played her
second solid game in a row picking up
Cox and Tower led the Central
Michigan attack by combining for 39
points, and controlled the boards in ad-
dition to playing solid defense. Tower
led the Chipewas with seven rebounds
and Cox added six.
CMU outshot Michigan, hitting on 54
percent of its field goals compared to
the Wolverines'15 percent.
PROBABLY THE MOST significant
statistic was turnovers with the
Wolverines losing the ball a
discouraging 29 times. CMU didn't do
much better, fumbling 25 times.
"We just didn't do the things we had
done in the game plan," said Soluk, who
lost her 100th game as Michigan's head
coach, compared with 62 wins. "We had
a game plan and it just turned into
helter skelter out there. We have to be
more structured and run our offense."
The Wolverines had a number of
potential fast breaks in the game, but
they elected to continue to attempt run-
ning a structured slowdown offense.
"We've definitely got to take away run-
ning our fast break until we can run our
offense," Soluk said.
LAURA GOLDEN, CMU's coach
said, "We knew we'd have to do a good
job on Morozko. We had.to go with the
help side defense (when she got the
ball) and then go back."
With five minutes left, Michigan
staged a minor comeback and
narrowed the gap to 12 points, 69-57.
Golden, who had been substituting
freely, thought it was timhe to put two.
key starters back in the game. "I want
to sit there and relax," Golden said. "I
didn't want to give them any momen-
Guard Lori Gnatowski played a key
role in Michigan's second half rally, hit-
ting five of eight shots from the floor.
She finished with 14 points.
Daily Photo by DOUG MCMAHON
Michigan center Lynn Morozko struggles to maintain possession of the ball
with Central Michigan's Chris Magnant, in last night's action at Crisler
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h hopes running high. .
S.. but wary of the Big (Ten) Chill
By RANDY BERGER
U PON HEARING of the
Wolverine's 76-70 victory over
the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta,
Michigan basketball fans must be
thinking to themselves in
If we can beat Georgia on the
road, the thirteenth ranked team
in the nation and the same team
that went to the Final Four last
year, then we must be awesome.
Who knows, maybe this
Michigan team can finally live up
to its recognition and make it to
the NCAA tournament. Hey,
maybe they can even win the Big
Ten and then, maybe, even go to
the Final Four.
Well, before you start ordering
airline tickets to Seattle, (site of this
year's Final Four), maybe you
should ponder Monday night's
There's no question that this was a
big win for the .young Wolverines
and that it should give the team
much-needed confidence going into
the Big Ten season. The fact that
Michigan won on the road is a feat in
itself. Last year the team suffered
through a 4-9 record (0-9 in the Big
Ten) away from the friendly con-
fines of Crisler Arena. This wasn't
just another victory against No
Name U, butvagainst a highly
respected Southern Conference
"This ranks right up there with the
time we beat Kansas on the road in
my freshman year," said senior
guard Dan Pelakoudas, who has suf-
fered through many long and losing
'We worked the ball in-
side. Now the problem is
can we do it against the
bigger Big Ten teams.'
- Michigan coach
come so easy for the Wolverines
front line against the Big Ten. To say
the least, Georgia had nobody in the
Peach State that could even come
close to stopping the Wolverines' in-
side game. Besides Vern Fleming
and James Banks, who, granted, are
legitimate All-Americans, the
Bulldogs really lack any other
In all likelihood, Michigan will
have a much tougher time con-
trolling the boards against teams
such as Minnesota, which boast
three 7-footers in its front line, or
Ohio State, will All-Big Ten forward
Tony Campbell. Kevin Willis of
Michigan State and Michael Payne
of Iowa should also pose a wee bit
more competition for McCormick
than any no-name that coach Hugh
Durham threw against him.
Thus, for the pressure to be taken
off McCormick and Wade, the guar-
ds are going to have to start hitting
from outside. So far this season the
guards have yet to produce from the
outside, even against Georgia. The
trio of Eric Turner, Leslie
Rockymore, and Antoine Joubert hit
only seven of 24 from the field. Tur-
ner, although he was playing with
extreme back pains, went believe it
or not, scoreless in the game.
Without help from the guards it
could be a painful and frustrating
Big Ten season for the Wolverines.
Past history shows that a 9-1 non-
conference record doesn't
automatically mean success in the
rugged Big Ten.
- But Michigan fans shouldn't
despair. This year's team is more
experienced and,*in beating a team
like .Georgia, has shown that it no
longer has the tendency to find ways
to lose games against tough com-
petition. In addition, Tim McCor-
mick and Butch Wade are playing
better than ever, and, who knows,
maybe they will be able to lead the
Wolverines to glory.
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The reason for the Michigan vic-
tory was that they were able to work
the ball inside. Tim McCormick (25
points and 12 rebounds) and Butch
Wade (17 points and 11 rebounds)
played the game of their careers.
"I thought everything went pretty
easy inside," said McCormick. "I
made most of my shots and I thought
I rebounded well."
However, don't expect things to
quality players. While the Fleming-
Banks duo contributed 48 of 70
Georgia points, they couldn't help
out under the boards. Georgia's only
player over 6'9" was Troy Hitchcock
(7'2", 200 pounds), who has to be the
skinniest on either side of the Mason-
"We worked the ball inside," said
coach Bill Frieder. "Now the
problem is can we do it against the
bigger Big Ten teams."
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By JIM DWORMAN
Michigan point guard Eric Turner will
undergo a bone scan today at Univer-
sity Hospital, basketball coach Bill
Frieder said yesterday.
Turner has been plagued by back
spasms this season. It is hoped that the
scan will reveal the cause of the junior
guard's problems, Frieder said.
"IT'S BEEN constant pain all
season," Turner said. "It's a little sore,
a little tight. We're just going to see
what they can find."
Doctors previously prescribed
muscle relaxant for Turner. The
medication, however, didn't relieve the
Hawks traded former Michigan defen-
seman Greg Fox to the Pittsburgh
Penguins yesterday in exchange for
defenseman Randy Boyd.
Fox, 30, came to the Black Hawks
from Atlanta in a multi-player deal in
1979. He scored no goals and 12 assists
in 76 games last season, and had added
five assists in 24 games this year.
FOX FINISHED his Michigan career
in 1976 as the Wolverines' all-time
leader in penalties and penalty
minutes, and was awarded the Alton D.
Simms Trophy as Michigan's most im-
proved player in 1974.
Boyd, 21, was the Penguins' third-
rouind draft choice in the 1980a mateuir
baseball meetings by acquiring lef-
thander John Tudor from the Boston
Red Sox for outfielder Mike Easler.
Tudor, 29, posted a 13-12 record with a
4.09 ERA last season and ranked 10th in
the American League in innings pitched
In the 33-year-old Easler, the Red Sox
are getting one of the most fearsome
left-handed hitters in the National
League over the last four seasons. Used
mostly against right-handed pitchers,
Easler hit .307 'last season with 10
homers and 54 RBI in 115 games.
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