The Michioan Daily - Fridav. December 7, 1984-- Page 15
Non-conference games .. .
... not just for the birds
By TIM MAKINEN
< <T HEIR TEAM wasn't very good in all honesty," said Michigan guard
In all honesty we agree with you, Antoine.
After some two-and-a-half hours of misery Wednesday night, the
Youngstown State Penguins finally waddled, flailed, or did whatever a
penguin does, out of Crisler Arena. They left behind one very foul mess,
having stunk up the place with a 103-73 slaughter at the hands of the
Every season though, squads such as Youngstown State land on
Michigan's and other Big Ten school's schedules, enabling the conference to
feast on these turkeys and fatten up its pre-Big Ten season records.
But as bad as Youngstown State is, the Wolverines' non-conference
schedule remains top flight in comparison to other teams' schedules around
the league. Michigan plays among others Detroit, Georgia, Tennessee, and
Rutgers, which although hardly national powers, soar over the likes of Chico
State, Illinois Wesleyan and Fredonia State, teams which dot the schedules
of various Big Ten opponents.
"I work my tail off to get 'name' Division I schools," said Michigan coach
Bill Frieder. "We do a far better job of scheduling than anybody in the
league, except maybe Indiana.
"I can't believe some of the teams those other guys are playing. You take
Northwestern. (They've got) Loras College, North Park, Lewis College.
Iowa's played Gonzaga and Morehead State."
Iowa, in fact, plays 11 straight home games before flying to Hawaii for a
Christmas tournament. Second-year coach George Ravelling was quick to
defend his team's easy non-conference schedule, however.
"There are a lot of guys playing tough schedules who are working for K-
Mart now. Some guy from the Ivy League came up with a thing about having
a tough schedule so you could get ready for the Big Ten. I'll bet you the guy
who said that ain't never coached a game of basketball.
"I'll tell you the truth," continued Ravelling, "there's no better place to
play than Iowa City. Why would I want to go to Biloxi, Mississippi or
Omaha? I like it in Iowa City."
Indiana, on the other hand, has already encountered traditional
powerhouses Louisville and Notre Dame and goes head-to-head tomorrow
with the always tough Kentucky Wildcats. Which just goes to show that there
is a whole flock of different strategies concerning non-conference
Several things are definite though. In the pre-season, a coach wants to test
out the new troops, new plays, and get the players back into the flow of big
time college basketball. Frieder did all of that Wednesday, and because the
contest was against Youngstown State, he didn't have to worry about taking
a beating in the process. Try to experiment in the midst of the Big Ten
season and you'll be tarred and feathered.
It also cannot be over emphasized just how crucial the non-conference vic-
tories become around tournament selection time in March. Michigan
finished 18-10 in the regular season last year - one more feather in its vic-
tory cap and the Wolverines very well could have gone to the NCAA's instead
of the Natonal Invitation Tournament.
That victory could just as well have come against a team the calibre of
Youngstown State. A victory is a victory is a victory, at least that seems to
be what the NCAA selection committee believes.
So unless the Wolverines fall on their faces, they should have a tidy nest egg
of victories by January to balance against the losses that are bound to occur
once the Big Ten season hits.
The fans suffersa bit during some of these less-than-spectacular games, of
course. Only 8,397 showed up Wednesday, proving once again that the
student body is not one to pass up a chance to get in some good studying.
With finals the next two weeks and home games against Western Michigan,
Eastern Michigan and Alcorn State, attendance should plummet even more.
That may well be the price Frieder pays as he tries to get the Wolverines to
attain new heights.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Mike Davis scored 14
points and Tom Copa and Kerry Trotter had 10 each
last night to lead undefeated Marquette to a 53-44
basketball victory over Northwestern.
The triumph was the third for the Warriors and
their first away from home while Northwestern fell to
DAVID AND Copa took turns in keeping the middle
clogged, forcing Northwestern to shoot from outside.
The triumph proved costly as Walter Downing suf-
fered a dislocated shoulder and had to leave the game
near the end of the first half which found Marquette
Northwestern jumped ahead 11-4 before the
Warriors began battling back. They tied it at 13, 15
and 17 before taking a 19-17 lead on a basket by Benny
A three-point play by Brian Davis gave North-
western a 20-19 lead with more than six minutes left but
a couple of baskets by Downing helped put the
Warriors back ahead.
Downing suffered his injury with 1:15 left in the
half. Northwestern went nearly six minutes without
scoring before John Peterson canned a pair of free
throws with 36 seconds remaining.
Wisconsin 96, South Dakota 56
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Scott Roth scored 13 of his
20 points and Rick Olson 10 of his 12 in the first half
last night as Wisconsin built a large lead en route to a
96-56 non-conference basketball victory over South
Wisconsin, 4-0, is having its best season start since
1978-79 when it won its first five games. It was the
Badgers' second consecutive whipping of an NCAA
Division II opponent, having beaten Kentucky State
South Dakota, 1-3 after a third successive loss to a
Division I team, fell behind 5-0 and never caught up.
The Coyotes suffered no long scoring drought, but
they never once scored two baskets in succession.
Wisconsin shot 65 percent from the field in the first
half while South Dakota hit 39 percent.
Also contributing to the Badgers' 47-28 halftime
lead were 16 South Dakota turnovers.
Ups & Downs, but still a Blue Holidc
The Wolverines have had their share of problems this year - but at 6-5 they
will be playing the number one Brigham Young Cougars two weeks from
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today in the Holiday Bowl. See today's sports supplement for the low-down
on Michigan's trip to sunny San Diego, and all the bowl action.
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