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Wrestling versus
Michigan State, today
Crisler Arena 7:30 p.m.


Womens Swimming versus
Michigan State, Thursday
Matt Mann Pool 7 p.m.

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, January 24, 1984

Page 7


Knight boils over... ullcourt
... Friederfeels heat PRESS

Hoosiers extend hoopster
losing streak to six games

THE SERIES of events that took place after
Michigan's 55-50 victory over Indiana at Crisler
Arena Saturday still boggle my mind a little. I'm still
trying to make sense out of everything that happened.
Let me recreate the facts for you as they unfolded:
1) Bobby "Poo-poo mouth" Knight called Bill Frieder
every name in the book (including, according to Frieder,
the dreaded 'F'-word) as Indiana and Michigan exited into
their locker rooms at halftime. Knight was furious at
Frieder for what he felt was Frieder's ungrateful
behavior. Frieder asked the referee to give Knight a
technical. A real horrible crime, isn't it?
2) At the conclusion of the game, Knight refused to
shake Frieder's hand, told him he,
had "lost him" as a friend and called
him that naughty word again. And
this is the man who is going to coach
our Olympic basketball team. If
Knight has a mother (one is left to
wonder) she should wash his mouth
out with soap.
3) In the press room after the
game, Frieder asked the reporters
to vote on whether Jim Spadafore of
the Detroit News should be allowed
in the locker room. Frieder's
Kangaroo Court was a reaction to a
story by that reporter that said a
couple of Michigan players were
4) Knight then accused Frieder of
using him to get back at John Viges
of the Ann Arbor news, who wrote a
story questioning the Wolverine
coach's frequent substitutions and
lineup changes. Frieder set up a
Knight interview for the reporter but
denied it was to have Knight
castigate him.
Pretty heavy stuff, huh? Allow me
to stumble on to a few conclusions.
First, though I admit he is a great-
coach, I have a message for Mr. Kni
Knight: Grow up, please. Imagine a
grown man talking that way. If Big Ten commissioner
Wayne Duke had any guts he would suspend Knight. I
don't care what his gripe with Frieder was, Knight's ob-
scene behavior reveals a man with some severe hang-ups.
But as despicable as Knight's behavior was, I'm not let-
ting Frieder off the hook, either. No, nothing to do with the
Knight incident per se. Frieder handled himself with
class, as usual. It's just that Frieder, who has always
spoke with a certain pride about his good relationship with
the press, has lately been feeling a steady heat of
criticism for the way he runs his team. And though he has
hardly fled the kitchen, Frieder is finding the heat from the
press most uncomfortable. The critics, I might add, have
some valid points.
Michigan has the most talent in the Big Ten (yes, really)
but at times the Wolverines play without any spark or in-
tensity. Sure they have won some big games but has there
been any contest - save Georgia perhaps - where they

looked good for 40 minutes? There were a couple of times
Saturday when Michigan could have put Indiana away
and didn't. A 15-point lead frittered away against Iowa
before Michigan pulled ut a close one. Does Frieder share
in the blame for these problems, as the critics contend? If
so, what is he doing wrong?
Critics say Frieder substitutes too often. They say his
conservative coaching style is not well-suited for his per-
sonnel. They say he does not use time outs well and that he
doesn't use Michigan's strengths to its best advantage.
Well, let's look at the facts and the pseudo-facts. Against
Ohio State Frider made 26 substitutions, Ohio State made
14. Against Indiana Frieder made 28, Indiana made 11
(Rockymore alone came out of the Indiana game five
b ,s- times). From my observations I be-
lieve this has been the trend all year.
So for whatever reasons, Frieder
subs more than his opposition. This
may mean that the Wolverines are
deeper than their opponents
(probably true) and better rested,
but it also means that there is less
continuity. Most players agree that
you have to run for a few minutes
W before you get into the flow of the
i game.
Sorry, no "facts" on Frider's con-
servative coaching style but I can
tell you he likes to stall when he has
a lead. The Wolverines lost the
momentum Saturday when they
pulled up with seven minutes to go.
And with no forwards who can han-
dle the ball, that is a very risky
strategy. Frieder usually puts three
or more guards in the lineup for ball
handling but this is also risky. When
the other teams gets the ball (and
they will get the ball if you start a
stall with seven minutes left) you
+~- are left with three or four guards on
As far as time outs go, last year I
ht would have said yes, he doesn't use
them well. But I've been watching
for that this year and it hasn't been a problem. Frieder
could stand to call a few more but it has not hurt the team
in my estimation.
The last accusation may be hardest of all to determine. I
know Frieder has changed the lineup quite a bit, which I
don't like. Against Ohio State he started Pelekoudas to
match the Buckeyes' quickness. Am I missing something
there? If he wanted to match their quickness he should
have started Garde Thompson, easily the fastest man on
the team. Better yet, why not stick to the best players and
forget about what the opposition is doing.
Juding from these points, then I would say that Frieder
has made mistakes that have hurt Michigan. So the
criticism that bothered him in the first place seems to
have been justified. Don't get me wrong. I'm a Frieder
fan. For all Knight's success, I wouldn't take a dozen Bob-
by Knights for one Bill Frieder.
I don't think my ears could take it.

When any basketball team is trying to
break a losing streak, Indiana is not the
best place to try it. The Michigan
women cagers found this out Sunday as
they were trounced, 90-66, by the host
Hoosiers. The loss was the sixth in a
row for the Wolverines.
With Michigan trailing 19-13 midway
through the first half, Indiana went on a
tear and outscored the Wolverines 12-1.
Hoosier forward Denise Jackson tallied
16 of her game-high 31 points in the first
half. Indiana took a comfortable 47-26
lead into the locker room at half time.
ANY HOPES of a Michigan second-
half comeback were foiled by the
Hoosiers' red-hot shooting. Indiana shot
71 percent from the floor during the
second half compared to Michigan's 39
percent. Indiana held a 25-point lead for
most of the rest of the contest.
The Wolverines were outscored from
the floor and from the line. Indiana
converted 28 of 34 free-throw attempts
while Michigan made 18 of 25. The

Hoosiers shot nearly 60 percent from
the field for the game as opposed to the
Wolverines 41 percent.
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