Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 28, 1984
vs. Irish: Perfect match for NIT
By JIM DWORMAN
Special to the Daily
NEW YORK - It almost seemed
hand-picked - Michigan versus Notre
Dame. The NIT organizers would be
hard-pressed to sign a more attractive
match than the one they have for
tonight's championship game.
A 9:00 p.m. EST title game brings
together rival schools with large, fier-
cely-loyal alumni. Better yet, it
features young, exciting basketball
teams whose fortunes are on the rise.
NOTRE DAME sports a 21-11 record
after a 65-59 semi-final victory over
Southwestern Louisiana. The Fighting
Irish advanced to Madison Square Gar-
den with tournament victories over Old
Dominion, Boston College and Pit-
Michigan (22-10) earned a spot in the
final four by defeating Wichita State,
Marquette and Xavier. The Wolverines
topped Virginia Tech, 78-75 in Monday
night's semi-final game.
"Anytime you win a game like that
you're lucky," Michigan coach Bill
Frieder said. "We're lucky but we're
happy to be playing Notre Dame in the
championship game. It's a great
rivalry between two class institutions."
THE LAST time the two teams met it
was only the rivalry that made things
interesting. Michigan brought a 7-19
team into the Pontiac Silverdome for
the 1981-82 season finale and dropped a
53-52 game to an Irish team that was
recovering from the loss of Kelly
Tripucka, Bruce Flowers, and Orlando
The teams which meet tonight,
however, have an entirely different
look. For starters, both teams have
found enough beef to feed an army of
hungry Clara Pellers.
"They're bigger than any team we've
played in the Big Ten," said Antoine
Joubert of Michigan's opponents. "I
saw them yesterday and I just said
'Wow.' It's going to be a real physical
game underneath. I'm going to stay
away from the basket. I'll just stand
along side and reach for the ball."
IF JOUBERT is afraid to mix it up
with rough-and-tough Irish, it's no won-
der. Notre Dame sophomore Tim Kem-
pton (6-9, 245 pounds), Ken Barlow (6-
10, 215 pounds) and Jim Dolan (6-8, 220
pounds) form by far the largest front
line the Wolverines have faced in the
NIT. Kempton outweights anyone on
the Michigan roster.
"Kempton scares me," said Frieder.
"We had all sorts of problems with Jim
Rowinski of Purdue and he looks like a
midget next to him.
"You take a skinny guy like our Roy
Tarpley and run him into a Kempton
pick and he might not get up. And when
Kempton fouls, he fouls. He'll put you
on the floor and you might not make it
up. And if you make it up you might
miss the free throws."
FOR ALL Frieder's accolades, the
South Bend Schwartzneger averages
10.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Another statistic, however, tells the
real story. Notre Dame is 18-5 with
Kempton in the lineup. Without him, the
Irish fall to 3-6. Kempton probably will
start tonight's game on the bench. Irish
coach Digger Phelps likely will start 6-7
freshman Donald Royal in his place.
Michigan will surround Kempton and
Co. with 6-11 Tim McCormick, 6-10 Tar-
pley and 6-6 Rich Rellford. Butch Wade,
6-7, also should get plenty of playing
time as McCormick and Rellford nurse
McCormick, Tarpley and Wade com-
bined for 20 offensive rebounds against
Virginia Tech last Monday night.
Phelps said his team must keep them
away from the boards.
"REBOUNDING, to me, is the key to
college basketball," Phelps said.
"Whoever controls the rebounds con-
trols the game. Michigan's front line is
very, very physical. Maryland is the
only team we've played that can match
them up front.
Michigan (22-10) Notre Dame (21-11)
(40) Rich Rellford ..... (6-6) F (42) JTunDolan..........(6-8)
(44) Tim McCormick .. (6-11) F (15) Donald Royal .. ... (6-7)
(42) Roy Tarpley. ...(6-10) C (44) Ken Barlow ......(6-10)
(11) Antoine Joubert ... (6-5) G (24) Joe Howard ....... (5-9)
(23) Eric Turner.......(6-3) G (33) Tom Sluby ........(6-4)
SITE: Madison Square Garden
TIME: 9:00 p.m. EST
RADIO: WUOM (91.7 FM), WAAM (1600 AM), WWJ (950 AM),
WPAG (107 FM)
TV: USA (channel 27)
LAST MEETING: Notre Dame 53, Michigan 52 (March 8, 1982
at the Pontiac Silverdome).
SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 8-6.
Trench warfare will not be the only
element of the basketball game tonight.
Irish guard Tom Sluby fired home 26
points - seven more than his average
- against Southwestern Louisiana. The
Wolverines' Joubert, who shut down
Virginia Tech's Dell Curry so nicely in
the second half of the semi-finals, draws
the assignment of checking the 6-4 senior.
"I'll just play physcially against
him," said the Judge. "I think he'll try
to post me up, so I'll have to posh him
away from the basket. He's going to
have to guard me, too. I'll try to tire
him out. I'll run him into a few
Michigan's Eric Turner and Notre
Dame's Joe Howard square off at the
other guard position.
The championship game can be seen
in Ann Arbor on the USA cable network
(channel 27). The consolation game
between Virginia Tech and South-
western Louisiana begins at 6:30 p.m.
USA will join the game in progress at
Notre Dame's Donald Royal (15) and Ken Barlow (44) crash the boards in
the Irish's 65-59 win over Southwestern Louisiana Monday night. Notre
Dame faces Michigan in tonight's NIT final.
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Thursday's NIT contest. Joubert is averaging just over 13 points a game in tournament play.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Larry
Farmer, who only last week agreed to a
two-year extension to coach-the UCLA
basketball team through the 1986-87
season, suddenly submitted his
resignation yesterday and Walt
Hazzard was named to replace him, the
Hazzard was an All-America guard
on UCLA's first NCAA championship
team in 1964 and later played 10 years
in the National Basketball Association.
He has been the head coach at
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FARMER, 33, coached the Bruins for
three seasons, taking over after Larry
Brown resigned in March of 1981.
The Bruins had a 17-11 record during
the recently completed campaign and
weren'tinvited to compete in the NCAA
Tournament for the first time since
1966, not including two years ago when
it was on probation.
The 17-11 mark was the Bruins'
poorest since 1959-60 when UCLA was
ONLY LAST Friday at a press
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decided to accept UCLA's offer of a
two-year extension as coach.
"On Friday, when I announced I
would continue as head basketball:
coach at UCLA for the next three-years,
I did so with a great sense of pride and
relief," Farmer said in a statement
issued by the UCLA sports information
office. "Weeks of soul-searching had
led to a decision with which I believed I
could happily live.
"The soul-searching, however,
continued.. This morning I concluded
with a heavy heart that I was mentally
and emotionally unprepared to provide
for the next three years the total and
undivided commitment which the head
coaching position at UCLA demands
"Accordingly, I submitted my
resignation to Athletic Director Peter
Dalis at 12:30 p.m. today."
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