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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 5, 1984 - Page 9

'M' vs. NU in Big

Ten opener

Michigan joins rest of Big Ten
in un-merry Christmas break
Bill Frieder might have had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year's
dlay, but the week in between sure wasn't kind to the Michigan basketball
coach. Frieder's Wolverines lost two games, guard Quincy Turner and their
hational ranking.
- Michigan dropped two one-point decisions on December 27-28 in the Sun
Bowl tournament at El Paso, Texas. Host Texas-El Paso, the nation's 10th-
iranked team, handed the Wolverines a 72-71 setback in the tournament
opener. In the consolation game, Texas Tech nipped the Wolverines, 59-58.
Prior to the defeats, Michigan had crushed Detroit and Rutgers to up its
record to 8-0 and climb to 15th in the national rankings. After the Texas trip,
the Wolverines disappeared from both the AP and UPI polls.
Besides Quincy Turner's departure from the team, probably the biggest
development in Michigan basketball over the winter vacation was the disap-
perance of Eric Turner from the starting lineup. Turner, a pre-season All-
Big Ten selection, missed several games with back spasms and played
poorly in brief appearances in the Sun Bowl tourney.
Joubert, meanwhile, claimed the starting position. Turner is expected to
start against Northwestern, though.
Iowa stil the team to beat
How does the Big Ten stack up going into the conference season? Not too
good. Many of its non-conference victories came against creampuff op-
ponents, every team lost a game and only two, Illinois and Iowa, remain in
the national rankings.
Anyway, here's how the teams should finish:
1. Iowa - The Hawkeyes have the best one-two punch up front in 6-10 Greg
Stokes and 6-11 Michael Payne. That alone should carry coach George
Raveling's team to the top. In addition, Andre Banks and Steve Carfino are
giving Iowa improved guard play. The Hawkeyes have a bevy of high school
All-Americans on the bench, too.
2. Michigan State - Jud Heathcote's team looked terrible in the
Oreseason, losing to the only three decent teams it played. The Spartans
have a savior, however, in power forward Ken Johnson a transfer who
became eligible last night. Johnson should bolster MSU's inside game, which
suffered when center Kevin Willis injured his ankle. The Spartans have
talent, depth and experience at every position but lack a scoring forward.
t 3. MICHIGAN - The Wolverines can finish this high only if Eric Turner
e eturns to form. He should. Michigan leads the Big Ten in frontline depth and
strength. The lack of a shooting forward will hurt the Wolverines.
4. Indiana - Freshmen Steve Alford and Marty Simmons will make
Hoosier fans forget about Ted Kitchel and Randy Wittman. Indiana has few
experienced players in the lineup and even less on the bench, so 7-2 junior
center Uwe Blab must stay out of foul trouble. Without his size and strength,
the Hoosiers are in trouble.
5. Illinois - When high-scoring forward Anthony Welch red shirted with an
injury, the Illini should have folded. They didn't. Instead they got off to the
best start (8-1) in the conference, losing only to Kentucky. Illinois might be
playing over its head.
K 6. Ohio State - The Buckeyes' season went down the tubes when starters
Joe Conchek and Alan Kortokrax got their report cards in the mail. Their let-
ter grades spelled I-N-E-L-I-G-I-B-L-E Ohio State still has the conference's
best player in Tony Campbell and a pair of guards quicker than Nestles.
Coach Eldon Miller will find a way to salvage the season.
7. Minnesota - The Gophers have everything but strength. Jim Petersen,
Roland Brooks and Kevin Smith are fine forwards, but none can muscle it
out with the Stokeses and Johnsons of the Big Ten. Gopher guards are prone
to turnovers.
Pwdue iull come down to earth
8. Purdue - Here is another team that played over its head in the
preseason. The Boilermakers have excellent shooters but little else. They
beat Louisville, but lost to strong Kentucky and Evansville teams. The Big
Ten is too physical for Purdue.
9. Wisconsin - Cory Blackwell and Scott Roth provide coach Steve Yoder
the conference's best shooting forward tandem. Unfortunately, Wisconsin's
strength ends there. The Badgers are small and inexperienced.
10. Northwestern - The Wildcats, on the other hand, are big and inex-
perienced. If 6-10 center/forward Andre Goode wakes up, Northwestern
:might finish ninth. Art Aaron will score some points, but not enough to offset
the handicap of two freshman guards and big men who couldn't find a basket
the size of Lake Michigan.

From now on they count.
Michigan opens its 1984 Big Ten
basketball schedule tonight against
Northwestern in a match-up which
brings back memories of Opening Day,
Last season, the two clubs met in
Evanston to begin conference play.
The Wolverines entered the game spor-
ting a surprising 9-1 record with the loss
coming in a tight holiday tournament
battle. Rich Falk's Wildcats were also
9-1, but critics pointed to their weak
non-conference schedule (opponents in-
cluded Angelo State, North Park, and
Furman) and no one really considered
the team a contender.
THINGS HAVEN'T changed a whole
Both schools have lost twice entering
tonight's action at Crisler Arena.

"Losing Stack, Michael and Gaddis
does not really mean a deep loss to the
team," said the Chicago native. "It
means that we will miss their presen-
ce on the court. But we have other
people with the same ability, probably
some of them (have) even more.
"IF WE get a nice little road winning
streak, I think we can be a contender
for the Big Ten title . . . really."
The people to whom Aaron was
referring include two freshmen who
startinthe backcourt, Shawn Watts
and Chris Berg.
Inexperience in the backcourt is
usually cause for joy in the opposing
camp but Michigan's Bill Frieder notes
a surprising statistic.
"SHAWN WATTS has only made 13
or 14 turnovers in nine games (Watts
has 16, Berg 14). We're more concer-
ned about containing him than taking
advantage of anything," said Frieder.
Northwestern's other starters are
forward Andre Goode and center Paul
Schultz. The Wolverines will go back to
their opening season lineup as Eric
Turner will start for the first time since
December 5.
Falk is impressed with Michigan but
is not going out on a limb to predict an
upset. "Hopefully playing a great team
like Michigan will bring out the best in
us. We're just hoping we can go in there
and score one more point than they do,"
said the six-year veteran.
Last year's opener ended with the
Wildcats on top, 69-64. Michigan is
hoping that the deja vu. stops here.

The Lineups
Michigan (8-2 Northwestern (7-2)
(44) Tim McCormick. (6-11) F (44) Andre Goode ....(6-10)
(40) Rich Rellford .... (6-6) F (24) Art Aaron...."...(6-8)
(53) Butch Wade ...... (6,-7) C (23) Paul Schultz ..... (6-7)
(24) Leslie Rockymore (6-3) G (22) Chris Berg .,.. .(6-)
(25) Eric Turner... (6-3) G (20) Shawn Watts ..... (6-1)
PLACE: Crisler Arena
TIME: 8:04 p~m.
RADIO: WUOM (91.7 FM), WAAMm(160 AM), WWJ (950 AM).
LAST YEAR: Northwestern 69, Michigan 64 (Alumni Hall)
Michigan 64, Northwestern T,(Crisler)
SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads series, 65-44.
uincycalls it quits

Citing a lack of playing time,
freshman guard Quincy Turner quit
the basketball team over Christmas
break. Turner informed coach Bill
Frieder of his decision on Christmas
day, just prior to the Wolverines' trip
to the Sun Bowl Classic in El Paso.
Frieder was still noticeably upset
when asked to comment on why
Turner left. "I don't want to talk
about that. Enough has been written
about that already," he said. "He
left because he didn't think he was
playing enough, that's all."
Turner could not be reached at his
home in Benton Harbor, but his
father said he would announce
Friday what school he will transfer
Turner was averaging 2.2 points
and. slightly over -three minutes in
five games played this year.

Q. Turner
... transfering out

... leadirtg Wildcat scorer

Michigan's losses were both one-point
heartbreakers at the Sun Bowl Tour-
nament. While Northwestern's
schedule has improved quite a bit, most
of its wins came at the expense of such
non-notables as Tampa, Denver and
Cleveland State.
The Wildcats are led by senior for-
ward Art Aaron whom Falk calls "one
of the top seniors not only in our league
but in the land." Aaron is averaging
over 17 points a game, including 16 in a
victory over Notre Dame and 25 against
a tough Loyola squad. The 6-8
swingman wants to show the experts
that Northwestern is not a last-place
team, as predicted by many.
"We pay attention tothat (predic-
tions) . .. it makes us want to prove
them wrong," said Aaron.
"WE'VE BEATEN almost everybody
in here (the conference) last year. If
not we came within a close game and
that's only with Indiana and Iowa."
This isn't the same team, however,
that made the second round of the
National Invitational Tournament. Co-
captains and starters Jim Stack, Gad-
dis Rathel and Michael Jenkins were all
lost to graduation. Yet Aaron believes
thatrthe Wildcats are still capable of

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