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Batsmen Open

Special to the Daily
EDINBURGH, Tex. - Home runs by Casey Close,
Mike Watters, and Kurt Zimmerman, and two in-
nings of scoreless relief from Ken Hayward enabled
the Michigan baseball team to edge Bradley 7-6
yesterday, evening it's record at 1-1. Michigan
rebounded from Friday's season-opening 9-8 loss to
Central Michigan.
Against Bradley, Michigan started with a bang,
scoring four runs in the first inning. Barry Larkin
started the game off with a single to center. Mike
Watters and Ken Hayward walked. Bradley, pitcher
Mike Frew then wild pitched Larkin home, and
followed that with another errant toss allowing Wat-
ters to score. Michigan catcher Rich Bair singled
Hayward in, but was thrown out trying to stretch his
hit into a double. Close then hit his second home run
of the season over the left field fence.
THE WOLVERINES added two more runs in the
second inning on a leadoff homer by Watters, a single
by Close, and an RBI double by Jeff Minick.

Michigan right-hander Bill Shuta ha(
until two were out in the fourth when Br
Daltman blasted a two-run homer. Kurt
put Michigan up 7-2 when he connected
collegiate home run in the fifth. The sol
out to be the margin of victory when Br
for four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
With two out Shuta gave up two singles
two doubles, narrowing the lead to 7-5
skipper Bud Middaugh then broughti
southpaw Dave Karasinski who allowed a
single by Bradley shortstop Ed Waylock b
out of the inning.
sixth, and was replaced on the mound b3
Hayward pitched two scoreless innings t
first collegiate save.
On Friday, the Wolverines were victim
long ball as eight of Central's nine run
round-trippers. Michigan starter Gary

with a split
d a no-hitter the victim of the barage, yielding all four of the Chip-
adley's Glen pewa blasts.
Zimmerman Nail Biters
for his first
o shot turned R H E
adley rallied MICHIGAN .....200 030 3 8 8 1
CMU ............001 133 1 9 8 2
followed by M: Wayne, Close (6) and Bair. CMU: Tappani, Wilson
. Michigan (7) and Herzog. WP-Wilson (1-1). LP-Close (0-1).
in freshman HRs-M: Hayward (1), Close (1). CMU: Herzog (3),
a run scoring Fischer ( 2:3), Lofzar (2).
before getting
atter in the MICHIGAN ..... 420 010 0 7 10 1
y Hayward. Bradley........000 240 0 6 7 0
o record his M:Shuta, Karasinski (5), Hayward (6) and Bair.
BRADLEY: Frew, Rolston (5), Hatch (7) and Dem-
nized by the psay. WP-Shuta (1-0) LP-Frew (0-1). HRs-M: Close
s scored on (2), Watters (1), Zimmerman (1). BRADLEY:
Wayne was Daltmann (1).

Daily Photo
: Michigan lefty Gary Wayne shows his form in action from last season. Wayne
got roughed up Friday against Central Michigan in a game that Michigan
lost 9-8.
s 4
Michigan players
turn to pre dic ting


NIT second to NCAA ...
...but still serves a pur


make NCA
Although the Michigan basketball
team did not make the NCAA tour-
nament, the Wolverines have some
definite ideas about who will win
college basketball's national cham-

Bostonian says "(Pat) Ewing's from
my hometown, so I've got to go with
Illinois will upset the favorites and win
it all. Both, however, express some
"It would be great for the Big Ten,
but Illinois is probably going to be hur-
ting because of their lack of depth,"
says Gerard Rudy.
Dan Pelekoudas, who hails from
suburban Chicago, thinks the Illini will
make it to the Final Four, but will not
win the title, "To pick North Carolina
would be boring," the senior guard
says. "I'd like to see Illinois win, but if I
had to bet I'd say North Carolina. They"
have the best coaching and talent."
MICHIGAN COACH Bill Frieder and
guard Leslie Rockymore are the only
Wolverines who back the Kentucky
Wildcats. Both say the NCAA will boil
down to Kentucky or North Carolina.
Who will win the NIT?
"Hell, I don't even know who's in the
tournament," Frieder says, "except

RECENTLY, Daily sports columnist Paul
Helgren lambasted college basketball's
National Invitational Tournament as a second-;
rate affair which should be put out of its misery.
Well, I don't see Tennessee-Chattanooga
highlights in my dreams, nor do I call Spor-
tsPhone every five minutes for the latest NIT
scores, but I do look forward to March every year,
because March means hoopla-the NCAAs and the
True, the glory days of the NIT, basketball's
oldest tournament, are over, and the field of 32
contains nothing but leftovers from the NCAA
selection committee. But the NIT still serves two
important purposes.
To be crass, the main purpose is money. Any
athletic director knows that the more events you
can stage, the more money you're likely to make.
But at the same time, these NIT games are
generating interest for 32 additional schools and
their fans-fans who will root for their teams
wherever they play.
Okay, so a paltry crowd of 7,043 showed up at
Crisler Arena Thursday for the Michigan-Wichita
State game. But that crowd was one of the most
vocal and appreciative of the entire season. After
watching the Wolverines rout the Shockers, most
of the fans left Crisler thinking about their plans
for Monday night. Many of them stood in line
Friday morning to buy tickets for the Marquette
game. At noon, a beaming Bill Frieder remarked
to the crowd that even he could only get gold sec-
tion tickets.

Did these fans pay to watch a "Nobody's In-
terested Tournament." or a "Loser's Champion-
ship?" Hardly. It may be pointed out by some that
Wichita State was regarded as a tough opponent
for Michigan and now could appear as one of those
"second-rate" teams. But other first round NIT
games belie this label.
For example, The Daily's illustrious roundball
reporters picked such teams as New Mexico, Nor-
th Carolina State and Georgia Tech to win the
tourney. These teams had fine seasons in their
respective conderences, but each was knocked off
before the ink was dry in Weekend Magazine. This
either means the writers have been feigning know-
ledge of basketball all year or some pretty fair
teams beat the favorites. I'll choose the latter.
The first-round games that the Daily staffers
blew weren't yawners either. The Lobos were nip-
ped 64-61 by a traditionally tough Lamar team;
the Yellow Jackets lost to Virginia Tech, 77-74;
and Florida State upset 1983 national champion
N.C. St., 74-71 in overtime. Another overtime
game saw Xavier of Ohio surprise Ohio State, 60-
Three-point games, overtime games, it's ob-
vious to any avid hoop fan that tight games are
more exciting than say a Richmond-Rider mat-
chup, as in the NCAA's preliminary round. That's
not to take anything away from those two teams.
But the point is, good nasketball is good basket-
ball, whether you're watching the NCAA, the NIT,
Houston versus North Carolina, or that the
DailyLibels against the College of the. Oxarks.
The NIT can provide good basketball, despite

what the skeptics say.
Even Big Ten teams can be exciting. Thanks to
the NIT's 45-second clock, the Wolverines were
able to run and gun their way to 94 points. Though
Michigan won by 24, I think most fans would agree
that the game was one of the most action-packed
of the season.
So, let's not pull the bag on the NIT. If It's
a dead horse, I'm willing to beat on it a little

.goes with the Tar Heels
pionship. Georgetown and North
Carolina are their favorites.
"I feel like one of those two will win
it," says Michigan center Roy Tarpley.
"Or Houston. They have real good big
fellows that can dominate the game."
RICH RELLFORD agrees. "I think
North Carolina is good because they've
been there before," says the 6-6 for-
ward. "Everybody wants to go with the
underdog but I think North Carolina is
going to do their thing in the tour-
Freshman Antoine Joubert likes the
Hoyas. "I don't want them to win but
they're mentally tougher than any
other team," rules the Judge. "I'd like
to see Syracuse win. Me and Pearl
(Washington) are really good friends.
But I know Reggie Williams (of
Georgetown) pretty well too."
Butch Wade sides with Georgetown
"because they're from the East." The

The NIT: red, white, blue, and still thriving.

Late goal leads Stars past Wings

Special to the Daily
DETROIT - A sellout crowd at Joe
Louis Arena was thrilled by a Red
Wings' comeback but ultimately was
let down by a last-minute Minnesota
goal, as Detroit dropped its fourth
straight game, 4-3 yesterday.
Rookie Brian Lawton skated past
defensemen Greg Smith and Brad Park
on a breakaway and- aimed the puck
just out of Ed Mio's reach into the cor-
ner of the Detroit net with 38 seconds
left to give Minnesota the emotional
GOALTENDER Mio got the nod from
coach Nick Polano to defend the Detroit
net after a 25-game absence. Mio had 14
days of conditioning at Adirondack
(AHL) but still was a bit lean on shar-
pness. "There were a couple of goals
where he was a little slow-reacting,"
Polano commented.
The Red Wings started out the after-

...rooting for Syracuse

noon well when Reed Larson rifled a
slapshot by Minnesota's Don Beaupre at
2:40 of the first period. An assist by
Steve Yzerman earned him a Detroit
rookie scoring record with 78 points.
The North Stars locked it up at 1-1
when native Detroiter Gordie Roberts
fired one into the Red Wing net at 8:07.
MARK NAPIER tallied up Min-
nesota's second goal at 12:46 after he
took a pass from Dave Jenson, swung to
the right of Mio, and dumped the puck
into the net. The Wings looked to be in
trouble when Steve Payne slid one by
Mio to open the second period, making
it 3-1.
Detroit then began a spirited
comeback, however, inspired by the
thundering crowd of 10,336. Pierre
Aubry slipped one past Beaupre at 6:45
of the second period.
Ivan Boldirev made it an even 3-3
contest on a five-on-three power play.
The contest remained deadlocked until
Lawton's tally locked it up for Min-
The Wings were dejected the last
minute loss but Polano stressed, "The
main thing is that the team is playing
well, with drive and determination."


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Minnesota's Al MacAdam fires a shot at Detroit's goalie, Ed Mio, in
yesterday's 4-3 North Star win over the Red Wings.


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VERO BEACH, Fla. (UPI) - Mike
Scioscia had two hits and Tom Nieden-
fuer pitched out of a ninth-inning jam
yesterday to lift the Los Angeles
Dodgers to a 5-4 exhibition victory over
the Detroit Tigers.
Niedenfuer, expected to be the
Dodgers' top reliever this season, ear-
nedhis first save of the spring by get-
ting out of a bases-loaded situation af-
ter taking over for Carlos Diaz.
WITH Los Angeles up by one run,
Diaz gave up a double to Tom Brookens
and walked Kirk Gibson. Diaz retired
the next two Tigers, then gave way to
Niedenfuer, who loaded the bases with
an intentional walk. Niedenfuer then
got rookie Pedro Chavez on a fly ball to
end the game.
The Dodgers got a run in the first off
Detroit starter Juan Berenguer when
Steve Sax singled and eventually
scored on the first of two hits by Ken
Los Angeles scored twice in the
second on a double by Scioscia, a single
by pitcher Rick Honeycutt, a grounder

The Tigers closed the scoring in the
seventh when Gibson doubled and
scored on Castillo's single.
NIT pairings
Marquette (17-12) at MICHIGAN (19-10)
Tennessee-Chattanooga (24-6) at
Tennessee (20-13)
Weber St. (23-8) atS.W.
Louisiana (21-8)
Nebraska (18-11) at Xavier (0.) (21-8)
Notre Dame (18-11) vs. Boston College
(18-11) at Springfield, Mass.
Santa Clara (23-8) at Lamar (24-6)
Pittsburgh (17-12) vs. Florida St.
(20-10) at Greensboro, N.C.
Virginia Tech (19-12) vs. S. Alabama
(22-7) at Greensboro, N.C.

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