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Big Ten Track Championships
Friday and Saturday
at the Track & Tennis Bldg.


Men's basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Thursday at Crisler
Arena, 8 p.m.


The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, February 29, 1984

Page 9

Beefy Wade Butch-ers I

At the outset of the 1983-84 college
basketball season, Michigan was an
enigma, a team with something to
prove after finishing ninth in the Big
Ten in 1983.
The Wolverines beat up on four
overmatched opponents to start the
year and then travelled to Atlanta to
battle the Georgia Bulldogs, a par-
ticipant in the NCAA Final Four the
previous season. If Michigan could up-
set a nationally-ranked team on the
road, then Bill Frieder's club would
know that it possessed the capability to
contend in '84.
THE WOLVERINES came in ready,
but when Eric Turner's play was hin-
dered by back spasms, it became ap-
parent that someone would have to
make up for his absence by playing
beyond expectations.
Enter Butch Wade.
The 6-7, 230 pound forward "played
the greatest game of his career" accor-
ding to Frieder, and statistics back the
coach's evaluation. Wade contributed
17 points and 11 rebounds while doing
his usual outstanding job on defense.
Powerful moves to the basket and
dominant play on the boards demon-
strated what Wade will be when he gets
his game completely together.
AND WHILE he still has "a long way
to go" as Frieder is quick to point out,
Wade has already established himself
as one of the "enforcers" of the Big
Ten. That 230-pound frame is all
muscle and only the bravest (most
foolish?) of guards would want to

challenge Wade under the basket.
The enforcer of the court is not the
aggressive type away from Crisler
Arena, however. Wade is soft-spoken
and about as far from arrogant as a guy
can get. Asked about his opposing
numbers around the league, Wade
demonstrated his class:
"I respect every opponent that I play
against," he said. "There's not a guy in
the league that I play against without
(admiring them). But I guess the main
guys, that one gets up the most for, are
the (Iowa's Michael) Paynes, the

(Hawkeyes' Greg) Stokeses, the
(Illinois' Efrem)Winterses."
WADE GREW up in the Roxbury
section of Boston. Of five children, he
was the only male and spent much of
his early years developing the athletic
ability that eventually made him the
best high school player in the state of
"I liked to ride my bicycle a lot,"
Wade recalled. "The rest of the time I
would just hang out and play basket-
ball, baseball, football."
At Boston Tech High School, Wade
averaged 22 points and 24 rebounds his
senior season to lead the city. He was
the center of much attention, mostly
from college coaches.
"BY THE time you get to be a senior,
you start feeling the pressure a little,"
the power forward said. Wade con-
sidered DePaul, Villanova and Boston
College but ended up in Ann Arbor
because, he said, "I was very impressed
by the people at the university and its
basketball program."
It didn't take long for Michigan fans
to adopt Wade as a crowd favorite. His
bruising style also makes him popular
with his teammates as Roy Tarpley will

ig Ten
attest: "I like playing with Butch
because he gets me motivated on the
court," said Tarpley. "He'll be snat-
ching rebounds and I'll be loving it
because I don't have to do all the
sometimes be seen cruising around
campus in "The Green Machine", a
Lincoln Continental he bought used
from a friend at the university.
Wade says his personal life, is pretty
quiet. "A lot of times, I just stay home
and watch cable," said Wade who lives
with teammate Leslie Rockymore.
Now while the Wolverines are
making their move toward post-season
play, Wade is working hard to improve
his game. Foul shooting (currently 31
percent) has been a problem, but the
man from Mass. is working from.
"Right now, I'm concentrating on
what I do best which is rebounding and
the inside game," he said.
"Best ... inside game;" it won't be
long before those words will be put
together referring to Butch Wade and.
the Big Ten.



"Go ahead, make my day," might be the warning Michigan forward Butch Wade
(53) gives opponenets. Here he makes a sudden impact on ex-Wolverine Willis
Carter of Detroit.

..."the enforcer"

Laimbeer leads Pistons
over Atlanta, 101-96

Catch the New



Reader's smorgasbord*...
. .. sportswriter chews the fat
FOUR PLAYERS who will be in the NBA next year: Ohio State's Tony
F, Campbell, Purdue's Jim Rowinski, Michigan State's Kevin Willis and
Iowa's Steve Carfino.
Three others who might: Purdue's Ricky Hall and Minnesota's Jim
Petersen and Roland Brooks.
Seniors who no one will miss: Michigan State's Ben Tower and Richard
Mudd, Northwestern's Paul Schultz and Colin Murray, Indiana's Chuck
Franz and Iowa's Craig Anderson.
Overall, the conference loses only 12 starters to graduation. The Big Ten
should be in good shape next year.
Early favorites for 1984-85: 1) Indiana; 2) Illinois; and 3) Michigan.
All-Big Ten: Rowinski, Campbell, Illinois' Efrem Winters, Indiana's
Steve Alford and Purdue's Steve Reid.
Second team: Hall, Wisconsin's Cory Blackwell, Minnesota's Tommy
Davis, Iowa's Greg Stokes and Michigan's Roy Tarpley.
Third team: Illinois' Doug Altenberger and George Montgomery, Wiscon-
sin's Rick Olson, Ohio State's Ron Stokes and Michigan's Eric Turner.
Coach of the year: Everyone except Michigan State's Jud Heathcote and
Iowa's George Raveling.
MVP: Rowinski.
MFP (not the flouride in toothpaste, but My Favorite Player): Tarpley.
LFP (Least Favorite Player): Michigan State's Larry Polec.
The Best of Ann Arbor
Favorite Ann Arbor lunch spots: 1) Taco Bell; 2)Zingerman's; 3)Thano's
Favorite late-night munchies: 1)Onassis Coney Island (why aren't there
any in Ann Arbor?); 2) White Castle; 3)Taco Bell.
Favorite Ann Arbor party stores: 1) Blue Front; 2) Big Market; 3)
Whatever happened to'Cleveland Bibbens?
Best referee in the Big Ten: Ron Scott of the Michigan Intramural Depar-
Worst referee: Take your pick.
Is Bill Frieder a good coach? Last year at this time everyone was talking
about his recruits. The same thing happened two years ago. This year
everyone talks about his team's tournament chances. No one mentions
recruiting. That should tell you something.
Pop quiz: What recruit did Frieder sign in November?
Pop answer: Steve Stoyko, a 6-9 forward from Bay Village, Ohio. He
currently averages 24 points and 14 rebounds per game. His 19-1 team won
its league championship and its opening game in the state tournament.
Frieder does Ohio
Who else is Frieder recruiting? Grady Mateen, a 6-11 center from Akron,
Ohio, and Gary Grant, a 6-2 point guard from Canton, Ohio. Both players at-
tended last Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game at Columbus. What will
Buckeye faithful do to OSU coach Eldon Miller if Frieder steals these two?
Why isn't Frieder recruiting heavily within Michigan? Most-of the best
high school seniors are shooting guards, and many of them committed to
other schools in November. Thebest home-grown player not yet committed
to a college is Demetrius Gore, a 6-5 swingman from Detroit Chadsey.
Why doesn't Don Canham sell a better quality hot dog at Michigan athletic
events? Why doesn't he cookthe ones he currently sells?
Why does warm water come out of the drinking fountain in the Crisler
Arena tunnel?
Speaking of food and drink, did you hear what the WRIF DJ said about the
senior citizens group that claims the current Wendy's hamburgers television
commercial is demeaning?
"What's their beef?"

ATLANTA (AP) - Bill Laimbeer hit
six free throws in the final 38 seconds to
complete a 27-point night and preserve
the Detroit Pistons' 101-96 victory over
the Atlanta Hawks in a National
Basketball Association game yester-
The loss broke Atlanta's 11-game
home winning streak. The Hawks, 31-29
overall, have the best home record in
the NBA at 26-5.
JOHNNY DAVIS and Dominique
Wilkins sparked an Atlanta rally in the
third quarter to get the Hawks back in
the game, and the game was tied at 92
with 59 seconds to go.
The Hawks were then hit with a
technical foul for an illegal defense.
John Long made the free throw, and
Laimbeer's free throws kept the Hawks
at bay.
Detroit blew a 14-point lead in the
third quarter. Leading 67-53 midway
through the period, the Pistons were
held scoreless while the Hawks ran off
15 points - eight by Davis and-five by
Wilkins - to take a 68-67 lead.
THE HAWKS LED 75-69 early in the
fourth quarter before Detroit
Wilkins finished with 31 points. Davis
had 26.
Long scored 20 points for Detroit.
Isiah Thomas added 15.
Pacers I00, Bullets 92
Ballard scored 23 points and Ricky
Sobers had 22 to lead the Washington
Bullets to a 100-92 victory over the In-
diana Pacers in a National Basketball

Association game last night.
The Bullets rallied from a 20-point
deficit in the first half and a 12-point
deficit at the end of three quarters to
defeat the Pacers for the eighth con-
secutive time.
Indiana led 79-67 at the beginning of
the fourth quarter, but Washington's
Tom McMillen and Rick Mahorn each
scored four points to lead a 10-1 Bullet
spurt to cut the Pacer lead to 80-77.


AP Top Twenty

1. North Carolina.......(24-1)
2. Hous ton............ (25-3)
3. Kentucky ..............(21-4)
4. Georgetown..........(24-3)
5. DePaul.............. (21-2)
6. Oklahoma .............. (24-3)
7. Nevada-Las Vegas.....(25-2)
8. Texas-El Paso .......... (24-2)
9. Tulsa ...................(23-2)
10. Illinois ................(20-4)
11. Purdue ................ (19-5)
12. Arkansas ............(22-5)
13. Washington ............ (20-5)
14. Memphis State ......... (21-5)
15. Duke ..................(22-6)
16. Syracuse .............. (19-6)
17. Wake Forest..........(19-6)
18. Temple ................ (22-3)
19. Maryland .............. (17-7)
20. Oregon State ........... (19-6)


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