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SPORTS

Men's Basketball
versus Ohio State
Tonight, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Wednesday, January 18, 1984

Page 7

cagers wary of

OS Us Campbell

By PAUL HELGREN
Poor Tony Campbell.
The Buckeye's 6-7 senior forward is a
thoroughbred among broken-down
nags, so to speak, a great player who is
forced to spend the last year of his
distinguished college basketball career
surrounded by mediocre frontcour-
tmen.
MAKE NO MISTAKE about it,
mediocre is exactly what Ohio State is.
The Buckeyes have lost four straight
games coming into tonight's contest;
three in the conference. They lost big
men Joe Concheck and Alan Kortokrax
because of poor grades. Their record
stands at 7-6 and is slipping fast. So
exactly what is Michigan coach Bill
Frieder worried about?
"Poor" Tony Campbell, what else.
"He's probably the best forward in
the league," Frieder said of Campbell,
who is averaging 18.3 points per game.
'"He's great around the basket. He's a
good shooter and a great jumper."
AND, ACCORDING to Ohio State
coach Eldon Miller, Campbell plays
well under adversity: the kind of ad-
versity the Buckeyes have been ex-
periencing this year.
"We could be struggling through a
three-game losing streak," the eight-
year Buckeye coach said before the
season, "and it won't affect Tony
because the game is still there. The
game remains."
Miller's words .seem prophetic now.
Ohio State is indeed struggling through

a losingstreak. And Campbell apparen-
tly has not lost a step from last season,
when he made first team All-Big Ten
and honorable mention All-American.
BESIDES leading the team in
scoring, the Teaneck, New " Jersey
native is also far and away its leading
rebounder with 9.5 per game. He also
has a streak of 47 games in double-
figure scoring.
But unfortunately for the Buckeyes,
Campbell has been more or less a lone
warrior in the frontcourt. Lost to
ineligibility are 6-9 Kortakrax and 6-8
Concheck. Center Keith Wesson, expec-
ted to help on the boards, has been a

bomb, averaging only 2.1 rebounds per
game. The next rebounder after Cam-
pbell is Dennis Hopson, a 6-5 freshman
averaging 5.0 boards a game. As a
team, Ohio State averages about four
rebounds less than its opponents.
With Michigan's tall timber up front,
it's no secret that the Buckeyes will be
overmatched. So they must rely on
their quickness in the backcourt to pull
off an upset.
BUT QUICKNESS comes in the form
of guards Troy Taylor (14.1 ppg) and
Ron Stokes (12.1 ppg).
Miller knows to salvage any respec-
tability from the season, his guards
must play near-perfect basketball.
Case in point: when asked in November
what he expects out .of his guards,
Miller replied "Don't make a mistake
with the ball. Don't ever let their man
get by them. Get everybody involved in
the offense. Don't miss any shots. And
try to play harder every time they step
out there." -
Tall orders for a couple of guys under
six feet tall. Size aside, though, Stokes
and Taylor's speed presents a problem
for Frieder. Only one Michigan guard,

Eric Turner, can match the quickness
of the dynamic duo.
"WE HAVE TO stop their guards,"
said Frieder. "We don't have their
quickness. We don't match up with
their quickness. That concerns me."
Frieder was still undecided how he
wanted to match up against Ohio State.
Though committed with Turner and
Leslie Rockymore as guards, he has
many options up front. It would seem he
would try to exploit the Wolverines'
height advantage, getting big men Tim
McCormick, Roy Tarpley and Butch
Wade in as much as possible. But he
does not have any forward quick
enough to stop Campbell. That could be
a problem.
Another problem could be a virus that
McCormick picked up last- week.
Frieder cringed when it was suggested
that the virus, which causes the 6-11,
240-pound senior to tire quickly, was the
cause of his poor performance against
Wisconsin last Saturday. Nonetheless,
a less-than-100-percent McCormick
would be a boon to Ohio State, which
does not have anyone to match his bulk.

Virus may keep forward Tim McCormick, pictured here in 'a game against
Iowa earlier this year, out of the lineup for tonight's OSU game.

Camp bell
... OSU's Mr. Everything

Hot Boilermakers prefer no rest

CHICAGO (AP) - Purdue Coach
Gene Keady said yesterday that his
team could do without a week off after
the Boilermakers' surprising road vic-
tory at Indiana.
No. 9 Purdue, which leads the Big Ten
with a 4-0 record after subduing the
Hoosiers 74-66 last Saturday, is idle un-
til it travels to Champaign on Saturday
to tip off against tenth-ranked Illinois
(12-2), whose only Big Ten loss was in
overtime to the Hoosiers last Thursday.
"THE LONG layoff could hurt you,"
he said during the Big Ten's weekly
telephone news conference. "When you
have to get ready to play again on
Thursday, you can stay sharp. I just
don't like it the way it is."
The Boilermakers - picked by the
experts in the preseason to finish eighth
or ninth - converted any doubters
about their fast start in the Big Ten with
their victory at Indiana, only their second
win at Assembly Hall in 3 years.

Among the converts is Minnesota
Coach Jim Dutcher.
"I guess I shouldn't, be surprised, but
I am," Dutcher said. "For any team to
go to Indiana and win, under any cir-
cumstances, is an achievement, and
Purdue did it."
Rareling freling heat
IOWA CITY (AP) - Iowa Coach
George Raveling didn't really mean it
when he said he'd "rather be dead" af-
ter his basketball team lost to cross-
state rival Iowa State.
But the remark illustrates the
frustration Raveling is enduring in his
first season as the head coach at Iowa.
ONCE RANKED fifth in the country,
the Hawkeyes have lost three of their
last four games - including a 76-72
double overtime setback at Iowa State
on Saturday - and now stand 8-5

overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten Conferen-
ce.
Raveling coached in a low-key
situation at Washington State for years
before joining the Hawkeyes. He said
he "just wasn't prepared for the at-
mosphere of the coaching job" at Iowa,
where every game is televised on a

statewide network and fans and news
media scrutinize every move the
players and coaches make.
RAVELING said he realizes the Iowa
fans, who have seen' their team play in
the NCAA tournament five straight
years, probably are growing restless.
However, he said he Can take whatever
they dish out.
"Whatever heat we get, I'll take it,"
Ravelingsaid.'"I know I can coach the
game of basketball, regardless of what
the fans think. When my players stop
believing in me and when my peers stop
respecting me, I'll get- out."
In his press conference following the
Iowa State game, which the Hawkeyes
would have won with better free throw
shooting, Raveling was so disheartened
that he said, "I'd almost rather be dead
than disappoint someone."
He later explained he felt that way
because he disappointed Iowa fans who
had counted on beating Iowa State,
which the Hawkeyes had done for five
straight years under former coach Lute
Olson.

AP Top Twent y

Record
1. N. Carolina (62)................12-0
2. DePaul.................. ......13-0
3. Kentucky............... .....12-1
4. Houston.........................16-2
5. Texas-El Paso................15-0
6. Georgetown..,..................13-2
7. Maryland.................11-2
8. Nev.-Las Vegas........ ........14-1
9. UCLA...........................10-2
10. Illinois.........................12-2

11. Oregon S. ......................9-2
12. Wake Forest..............11-2
13. Tulsa..........................15-0
14. St. John's......................11-3
15. Louisiana St...................10-3
16. Boston College................11-3
17. Fresno St...................11-3
18. Memphis St ...............11-3
19 Purdue.......................11-3
20. Oklahoma......................13-2

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JOIN YOUR OLYMPIANS
AND GO FOR
JOSTENS GO.LD

Bill seeks to put reins

on 'M athl
Continued from Page 1)
day, but University Vice President for
State Relations Richard Kennedy said
that Kelly's proposals contained some
"inconsistencies."
"There is, in a sense, an inconsistency
(with the proposal)," Kennedy said.
"We have maintained at this University
that athletics should be self-supporting.
If now the legislature says, 'No, that's
not what we mean, you can no longer
sell to cable TV and make revenue,'
then I see an inconsistency.
"If they don't provide money from
the general fund to make up for our lost
revenue, then there is an inconsistency,
yes."
KELLY SAID he will submit his
legislation to the Senate Appropriations
Committee, where it would first go
through the subcommittee on
education. The proposal, if approved,
can not reach a full Senate vote until
sometime after the governor's budget
is ratified later this year.
Kelly added that he was prompted to
take action when several of his con-
stituents complained about not being
able to see Michigan basketball games

4

etie dept.
on television. Kelly's district includes
Detroit's east side, the Grosse Pointes
and Harper Woods.
"Canham asks, who the hell is John
Kelly? (A reference to the athletic
director's comments in yesterday's
Detroit Free Press). A better question
is, who are the fans and who represents
their interests? . . . We can't get cable
in the city of Detroit. Sports View is
playing for a small group of upper-
strata suburbanites.
"I don't think Canham respected the
people's wishes. I think he went out and
cut a deal for himself. People are upset,
about this. I got a lot of phone calls
today."
Kennedy disagreed with Kelly, poin-
ting out that six Michigan basketball
games will be shown on WGPR (chan-
nel 62) this year.
"I think there is some misunderstan-
ding as to what has been the practice iin
selling these rights in the past," he
said. "I think the same number of
games as in the past are available on
commercial TV."
Kennedy added that he would meet
with Kelly to "discuss the situation."

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