Paqe 1C --The Michigan Daily - Saturday, January 7, 1984
By RANDY BERGER
Sometime around 4:00 p.m. today
Michigan basketball fans should know
whether the Wolverines are for real. At
that time the game against Big Ten
favorite Iowa (7-3, 0-1 in the Conferen-
ce) should be decided and either the
"Maize and bleed 'til you're Blue" op-
timist or the eternal pessimist will be
saying, "I told you so."
After going pretty much unscathed
during the non-conference schedule
with an 8-2 record and demolishing Big
Ten doormat Northwestern, 68-51,
Thursday night, today's game against
the Hawkeyes is by far their biggest of
"WE NEED THIS one here (the Iowa
game)," said Michigan co-captain Eric
Turner. "We want to get off to a 2-0
start and win all our home games, so
it's important for us to win this."
Hawke yes will be
first big test
Unfortunately for Turner, Michigan
may be catching the Hawkeyes, who
are certainly hungry for prey after
their 73-72 loss to Michigan State on
Wednesday, at a wrong time.
"They're going to be hungry off the
loss to State," added Turner. "I kind of
hate to see them lose and knowing
they're going to come down here
thinking they have to win in order to
have a good season."
FOR FIRST YEAR coach George
Raveling, the loss to State was anything
"We're very encouraged by the game
against State and we feel we can keep
improving," said Raveling.
There's no secret that the strength of
the Iowa team lies in its front line. With
potential All-Big Ten players Greg
Stokes and Michael Payne, Iowa may
have the best front court in the nation.
STOKES, WHO will play opposite Tim
McCormick, averaged over 17 points
and seven rebounds a game last year
and earned a spot on the United States
Pan American Games team that won
the gold medal in Caracas, Venezuela.
Complementing Stokes is 6-11 forward
Payne, who led the team in rebounding
"Our biggest thing is that we have to
contain Payne and Stokes without let-
ting those other guys get away from
us," said Michigan Coach Bill Frieder.
"They have a big advantage on us
because they have an extra day's rest
for Saturday. It's very difficult to come
back from Thursday night to Saturday
afternoon and play with the same inten-
One Wolverine who will need to keep
the same intensity from the North-
western game is Turner. From all in-
dications it seems that the junior point
guard has recovered from early season
back spasms as he played his best
game of the year against the Wildcats,
scoring 16 points and dishing out seven
It couldn't be a more opportune time
for Turner to get his game back
together. Last year he played his most
inspired games of the season against
the Hawkeyes, scoring 32 and 30 points.
Despite these statistics, Turner does
not have Raveling committing hari-
-"It's foolish to be too concerned about
Turner because you forget about the
other players," added the Iowa head
coach. "You just have to hope he
doesn't play above his average."
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Northwestern center Paul Schultz battles Michigan's Roy Tarpley under the
Rich Rellford ....
Butch Wade ......
Eric Turner ......
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(42) Michael Payne ... (6-10)
(34) Craig Anderson ... (6-7)
(41) Greg Stokes.......(6-10)
(15) Steve Carfino......(6-2)
( 4) Andre Banks........(6-4)
SITE: Crisler Arena
TIME : 2:00 p.m.
RADIO: WUOM (91.7 FM), WAAM (1600 AM), WWJ (950 AM).
LAST YEAR: Iowa 79, Michigan 72, (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Michigan 66, Iowa 60 (Crisler)
SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 52-39
Doily Photo by DAN HABIB
Wolverine guard Dan Pelekoudas, hair blowing in the wind, dribbles upcourt
past Northwestern's Roy Dixon, Thursday night at Crisler Arena.
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ROCHESTER - Division II Oakland
University stunned the Michigan
women's swim team last night,
defeating the Wolverines, 72-68.
Oakland, a commuter school in
suburban Detroit, raced to an early.
lead over a Michigan team with a
juggled lineup and held on for the
Individual winners for the Wolverines
included swimmers Kay Lundy and Sue
Cahill, and divers Diane Dudeck and
Michigan's record dropped to 0-2.
Women hoopsters lose
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EVANSTON - Anucha Browne
scored 28 points and grabbed 10
rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 69-
51 women's basketball victor over
Michigan last night in McGraw iall.
It $s the 12th straight game in which
Browne scored at least 20 points.
Michigan, 2-7, was led by Wendy
Bradetich's 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Pistons roll, 118-107
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PONTIAC - Last night's Pistons-
Knicks game at Pontiac proved to be a
punishing contest. The Pistons
punished the Knicks, 118-107, while the
game itself was punishingly boring to
the fans who attended.
For the first twelve minutes the score
went back and forth as the teams
traded baskets. The Pistons took the
lead, at the end of the first quarter, 27-
26 on a tip-in by Cliff Levingston. It was
a lead they never lost. Coming off the
bench, Vinnie Johnson was the spark
that the Pistons needed. He hit three
quick shots for Detroit to give the'
Pistons a nine-point lead, 38-29.
THE KNICKS' Bernard King, the
games' high scorer with 32, helped
bring the Knicks within six, 62-56, with
under a minute left in the first half. Bill
Cartwright hit two free throws with one
second left to end the scoring. The
Pistons went into the locker room with
a 62-58 lead. - GARY EFFMAN
Big Ten Standings
Good news for Blue.. .
By RANDY BERGER
It doesn't take Dick Vitale or any other basketball wizard to notice the only
intriguing development in the Wolverines 68-51 sleeper over the North-
western Catnappers Thursday night.
For all you Michigan faithful, E.T. has returned and it seems his back is
back in place which could mean the return of Michigan to the top of the con-
ference as in the glory days of the seventies.
There's no doubt that Eric Turner is the invaluable key to a successful
season for the Wolverines. While the point guard was out during most of the
non-conference schedule due to back spasms, which he says are now healed,
the big men carried the team.
Center Tim McCormick and forward Butch Wade stomped, crushed and
demolished smaller teams such as Georgia and Dayton. However, now that
Greg Stokes and Michael Payne of Iowa and the rest of the lumbering giants
of the BIG Big Ten roll into town, the focus will be on the guards.
As most coaches will tell you, the only way you can control the inside game
in the Big Ten is to have good shooting from the-outside and if Turner's per-
formance Thursday night is an indication of things to come, look out Big
The last month, though, has been a very painful one for Turner, not just in
his back but also in his soul.
"It was hard because I'm used to playing everyday," said the junior co-
captain. "However, an injury builds character when you have to work to get
back in the starting lineup."
Michigan coach Bill Frieder said, "It has been a tough time on him
because he hasn't played or practiced much since November 30. When we
took him out in the second half against Georgia he didn't play or practice
from December 5 to the 16."
Thus, when Turner was inserted into the starting lineup against North-
western it was still questionable whether the 6-3 guard would return to last
year's form that garnered all-star accolades and recognition as one of the
best playmakers in the country.
"I knew a lot of eyes were going to be on me to see how I was feeling," ad-
ded Turner. "I concentrated much more during the week than I have in the
past. It was like a first college game jitter for me."
It didn't take long for E.T. to show how he was feeling. He scored seven out
of Michigan's first nine points and the stunned Wildcats were out of it early.
Besides his scoring, Turner's passing - his hallmark - was as crisp as
ever. His alley-oop pass to Tarpley brought the relatively quiet Crisler
crowd to its feet. The basket put Michigan ahead 23-10 and the game was out
"We need him out there and he had a great game," said a pleased Frieder
after the game.
When Turner is on as he was against Northwestern, no one can stop him. A
team may hold him under 20 points but they can't stop him from controlling
the flow of the game with his passing.
Look for E.T to improve today on Thursday's 16 point, seven assist total.
Last year he scored 62 points against the Hawkeyes' Steve Carfino, one of the
top rated guards in the conference. Carfino will be back to try and stop Tur-
ner but that could be trouble now that Turner's back is back in shape.
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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Michigan
wrestling team dropped its dual meet
record to 1-4 last night, suffering a 33-17
loss to Bloomsburg State.
The Wolverines managed only three
victories in the meet, the first coming
from a superior decision by 126-pounder
Joe McFarland. The two-time All--
American toped Rocky Bonomo. 18-5.