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to sink Indiana
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court," said Rockymore. "I knew my
offense was off but it's hard to do both. I
wanted to stop him because he was
averaging 20 points a game."
Temmate Pelekoudas echoed the sen-
timent that stopping Alford was the
"WE'VE SEEN their films and saw
Alford really hot. We thought if we
could shut him down, that's a big part of
their offense," the senior guard noted.
"I think Rock did a great job."
Then, with Michigan up, 44-38, Robin-
son was again called for a-personal and
Good Ol' Bobby struck again.
Knight's second violation led to two
more McCormick free throws (the cen-
ter was 8-9 from the line) and an An-
toine Joubert jumper put the Wolveri-
nes up by ten, 48-38, with 6:20 remaining
MICHIGAN then went into a semi-
delay game. Eric Turner (10 points,
seven assists, one leap over the
Michigan bench) later recalled the last
time his club tried to hold onto the ball
with a lead:
"The fact that we had been in that
position before against Iowa struck me
at that point," said the co-captain. "I
was trying to think of things we could do
to avoid (turning the ball over)."
Despite Turner's efforts, a repeat of
the Iowa game, in which the Wolverines
blew a 15-point halftime lead through
repeated turnovers, seemed imminent.
The Michigan stall was at least par-
tially responsible for a 12-5 Indiana run
which drew the Hoosiers within three
with under a minute to play.
FORTUNATELY for Frieder and the
hit with two T's
Wolverines, Indiana's Dan Dakich
committed a lane violation when
Pelekoudas missed the front end of a
one and one with 28 seconds remaining
and Michigan up, 53-50. The senior
eventually converted one of two and the
Hoosiers did not score again.
When Knight had calmed down
enough to discuss the game without
puncturing any eardrums, he com-
plimented the victors for playing a
"I thought the game was played
really well today and Michigan did a
fine job," he said. "We had a lot of
problems because of Michigan's play
defensively. Their kids did an excellent
"I think that we played closer to the
way we should be playing. I'm an effort
guy, not a win-loss guy."
FRIEDER actually agreed with his
"I was proud of my kids and the way
they responded after a disappointing
loss," said the Michigan mentor. He
refused, to partake in the post-game
"Bobby Knight is Bobby Knight. I'm
not going to detract from my players'
victory with this kind of nonsense."
The judges had Frieder ahead on the
final scorecard, 55-50.
Knight has been offered a rematch,
February 23 in Bloomington.
MinFG/A FT/A R A PF TP
Min FG/A FT/A
McCormick ....... 37
Wade ............. 19
Simmons .......... 35
Thomas ........... 36
Franz .....,....... 17
Alford .............. 37
Robinson .......... 23
i 1 11
2 1 7
0 2 12
1 3 6
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Totals............200 20/42 15/19 26
Halftime score: Michigan 26, Indiana 22
14 17 55
Totals............200 18/43 14/17 26 5 17 50
Bobby Knight and Bill Frieder exchange words with the referee during Michigan's 55-50 victory yesterday at Crisler Arena.
Technical causes verbal
By LARR YFREED
By PAUL HELGREN
Using a vocabulary that would make even Richard
Pryor blush, Bobby Knight blasted fellow coach Bill
Frieder yesterday for "using" him in a disagreement
Frieder had with a reporter.
"Chickenshit son-of-a-bitch" and "little son-of-a-
bitch" were a couple of dandies reeled off by the In-
diana coach in reference to Frieder in the press room
following Michigan's 55-5Q win over the Hoosiers.
THE TROUBLE began when Knight was nailed
with a technical foul with 8:44 left in the first half.
According to Knight, Frieder called for the ref to give
him another one. Frieder said he was not aware any
foul had been called on Knight and was merely asking
for the first technical.
As the two teams went to their locker rooms at the
half, Knight confronted the Michigan coach. The two
went at it nose-to-nose before going their separate
ways, Frieder then approached referee Ed Maracich.
"You heard him," Frieder shouted in the tunnel on
his way to the Michigan lockerroom. "He called me a
chickenshit mother fucker. You heard him. Are you
gonna let him get away with that?"
AFTER THE game Frieder approached Knight to
shake his hand. Knight, who refers to Frieder as a
good friend, refused and walked away. The feud
heated up in the press room after the game. Frieder
began talking to the media when Knight burst in and
"I'm gonna tell you something Frieder," Knight
said to a departing Frieder. "Nothing burns my ass
more than being used by you.
"YOU CAME TO me yesterday at practice,"
Knight said, his eyes watered with emotion, "and
asked me to help you. You asked me to talk to - what
is it, Viges? (referring to John Viges of The Ann Ar-
bor News) about an article he wrote that was critical
of you for changing the starting lineup. And I did ...
"Today we're going out there (and) I'm up com-
plaining about a foul and Frieder comes up and says,
'Give him another technical.' I don't like that bullshit
... That burns my ass. If that's the way the little son-
of-a-bitch wants to be, that's fine with me."
Knight was then asked what he said to Frieder at
halftime. "I told him I thought he was a chickenshit
FRIEDER REFUSED to match Knight's foul-
"I don't respond," he said. "I can't understand
Knight. Can you understand him?"
"He might not be my friend anymore," Frieder ad-
ded. "You'll have to ask him. I'll tell you this, he's the
best coach in the country."
Frieder denied requesting that Knight talk to any
reporter, saying' that he mentioned the Viges story to
him only in passsing.
Richardson and George Montgomery
combined for 27 points to lead a balan-
ced scoring attack that carried eighth-
ranked Illinois to a 76-52 victory last
night over 14th-ranked Purdue.
TH/S IS YOUR CHMNCE
More Big Ten Results. page 7
The defeat was the Boilermakers' fir-
st in the Big Ten conference against
four wins. Purdue dropped to 11-4
ILLINOIS, also 4-1 in the Big Ten and
13-2 overall, led the entire game and
held leads of 20 points and more much
of the second half.
Richardson scored 14 and Mon-
tgomery added 13 and grabbed nine,
rebounds for Illinois.
The Illini raced to a 12-2 lead in the
first five minutes.
RICHARDSON hit an 18-foot jumper
to extend Illinois' lead to 20-10 with 7:40
The Illini fired in 10 straight points
late in the first half, jumping to a 34-14
Big Ten Standings
Press gets the story ..
... misses the point
Michigan won the game, 55-50.
That's right they still call it a game-I think. But you wouldn't have guessed
that by the behavior in the press room following the contest.
It was Michigan's biggest win of the young conference season against
Bobby Knight's Indiana Hoosiers, yet all the reporters wanted to talk about
was The Confrontation.
No, not the two-hour basketball game that had just gone down to the final
seconds, they wanted to discuss the altercation between Knight and Bill
Frieder. The two (actually Knight did enough shouting for both) exchanged
words midway through the first half and then at the conclusion of the
So naturally when the fiery Hoosier coach entered the press conference,
the reporters, who were assigned to cover the game, immediately fired the
most probing questions at Knight.
"What exactly did you yell at Frieder?"
"I told him I thought he was a little chicken shit son-of-a-bitch."
"Were those your exact words?"
"I think so."
A 'class' act?
I'm no English major, but I don't think there is a lot of difference between
most of the words Knight used to not-so-affectionately label Frieder.
Even when Knight wanted to discuss the game and praise Michigan's out-
standing defensive performance, the reporters would have nothing of it,
steering the questions back to Knight's vocabulary.
Then it was Frieder's turn to speak. Instead of being allowed to talk about
his team's impressive performance, he was forced into a rebuttal toward
Knight, and once again a brief vocabulary test.
Even the beseiged Michigan coach tried valiantly to plug his own team.
"I'm not going to distract from my kids play today," said Frieder, who
seems to be greying in front of our eyes. "I thought we had, a great
comeback after Wednesday's game."
But the press would have nothing of it. They were already dashing towar-
ds the locker rooms in search of player reactions. A typical scene occurred
around Eric Turner's locker.
Four times he was cut off talking about the game, as reporters intercepted
to ask him if he heard the words exchanged between the two coaches or if he
felt Bobby Knight was trying to intimidate the Wolverines.
Turner, of course, gave the polite and accurate response. "That's how
coach Knight is," said Turner. "He was trying to get his team started up and
trying to get us a little intimidated."
Asking if Knight was trying to be intimidating is like asking if the Hoosier
coach wants to vacation in Puerto Rico. If Turner wasn't so well-mannered
and had the same English teacher as Knight, he would have told the repor-
ters, "No shit Sherlock, what do you think he was trying to do." He should
have been given the opportunity to talk about his 10-point, seven-assist and
lone-turnover performance instead.
But the ironic part of the whole situation is that the coaches brought up
non-game issues even before the press conferences started. Knight gave a
brief lecture about Frieder's ethics, or lack thereof, depending upon whose
story you listen to. Frieder followed up with a rightful blasting of an unat-
tributed article concerning the team's alleged, and stress that word, internal
Even if Bobby Knight's ethics were violated, it should remain a private
matter between him and Frieder. The Indiana mentor might be right but his
actions weren't. That's the bottom line.
Sorry, I'm wrong. The bottom line of yesterdays game was Michigan 55,
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