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vs. Minnesota
morrow, 6:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena


Men's Volleyball
vs. Notre Dame
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 31, 1985

Page 7


Cagers wary of

Northwestern, the Michigan basket-
ball team's opponent tonight, is the
doormat of the Big Ten, but it is a slip-
pery doormat at that. The lowly Wild-
cats, 1-6 in the conference and 5-12
overall, are not very good, but in the
past that has not prevented them from
giving Michigan a fall.
Last March, the Wolverines pranced
into Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston
with thoughts of the NCAA tournament
on their minds. With an 18-9 record
going into that a contest, the only
question most Wolverine fans were
wondering was into which NCAA
regional would Michigan be placed.
AT THE FINAL overtime buzzer,
however, the scoreboard read North-
western 54, Michigan 52. Goodbye
NCAA tourney. Hello NIT.
"If you go back the last seven or eight
years and look at Michigan's results at

Northwestern," said Wolverine coach
Bill Frieder, "you'll see overtime
losses, upsets like when we were
ranked numberone (in 1977), and very
close games. We know that North-
western will probably play their best
basketball against us."
On paper, Michigan dominates the
Wildcats at almost every position. Nor-
thwestern forward Andre Goode, a
senior out of Rockford, Ill., constitutes
the biggest threat for the Wolverines.
The 6-10 forward paces the Wildcats
with a 12.6 conference scoring average
and adds some experience to the Wild-
cat frontline.
Murray and forward John Peterson are
both seniors, but each has been used
primarily in reserve roles in the past.
Peterson did lead the Wildcats in
rebounding in last Saturday's 56-51 up-
set at Minnesota with eight boards.

At the guard position, Shawn Watts
retains the spot he acquired as a fresh-
man last year, while sophomore Elliot
Fullen has filled in nicely for the in-,
jured Chris Berg. The Wildcat bench
meanwhile, is about as deep as a pan of
"We're working hard to be good
enough," said Northwestern coach
Rich Falk. "Obviously Michigan is on a
roll, physically and mentally. But in
this league everybody has respect for
each other."
THE WOLVERINES are currently
tied with Iowa for second place in the
Big Ten, just a half game behind front-
runner Illinois. If Michigan is going to
seriously contest for the conference
title, it cannot afford a loss on the road
with cellar-dwellars Northwestern and
Wisconsin, whom it meets on Saturday.
"Believe it or not, Wisconsin and Nor-
thwestern will be our hardest games of
the year because we know we can beat
them," said Wolverine forward
Richard Rellford. "But if we go in with
the attitude, 'we're going to kill them,'
some bad things will happen."
Michigan had best be careful. Even
doormats can trip you up.
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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Butch Wade jokes with teammates Gary Grant (right) and Antoine Joubert (left) at the end of Sunday's game against
Kansas. When he's on the court, Wade's size and basketball instincts make him a dominant force for the Wolverines.
The Butcher hits high gear as
Blue battles for conference title

Antoine Joubert and Gary Grant may steer the
Michigan basketball team, and Roy Tarpley adds the
high-quality, precision tuning to the Wolverine vehicle.
But if one player provides the horsepower in Michigan's
drive for a Big Ten title, that player is Butch Wade.
Like the car he owns, a 1976 Lincoln Continental, Wade
makes his presence felt both at home games and on the
road. "I kind of like the car," said the 6-8, 235-pound
junior from Boston. "It's roomy. It's big. It's in-
ON THE COURT, Wade is more 'You want
than just intimidating. He's
downright fierce. Whether to stop a s(
crashing the boards, battling for You've g
position under the basket, or setting
up a roadblock for Tarpley to shoot aggressive
off of, Wade oozes aggressiveness. guy like BU
"I come into every game planning him. . . But
on getting physical," said the sur-
prisingly soft-spoken Wade. "The push him
league is a physical league. The there.'
referees let you play and use your -Ric
"A lot of the fouls I get come out of
working hard. Maybe I foul them,
but I'm so wrapped up and working hard I don't realize it."
OPPOSING PLAYERS, of course, do know when Wade
tails them all game. Against Michigan State, Wade
bulldozed Spartan mastadon Ken Johnson into sub-
mission, holding him to only two points in the contest.
Likewise, against Kansas last Sunday, Wade crippled the
Jayhawk inside game. Kansas' 7-1 center Greg Dreiling
did tally 21 points but many of those came with Wade on
the bench, having already paved the way for a big
Wolverine lead and eventual victory.
Said teammate Richard Rellford, "You want to know
how to stop a seven-footer? You've got to play aggressive
and put a guy like Butch Wade on him. You put Butch on
him and Butch is going to push him around down there."
The hustle and determination has enabled Wade to
average 7.8 rebounds per game (7.7 in the Big Ten),
second to only Tarpley for the team lead.
WADE'S STATS hit a slight dip in the road when one con-
siders his shooting, however. In his senior year of high

school, the former Massachusetts prep player-of-the-year
notched 22 points a game along with 24 rebounds. This
season, though, Wade carries a 4.6 ppg average in the Big
Ten while connecting on 41 percent of his shots from the
field, both figures being slightly below his Big Ten career
And then there is the free throw line. Knowing whether
a Wade free throw can drop from the charity stripe is like
guessing whether one's car will start on a frigid, sub-zero
morning. It might or it might not. The Butcher sports
only a 53.5 percent free throw average overall and only 50
percent shooting in the conference.
) know how "I've been struggling a bit this
year," Wade said. "But as long as
yen-footer? we're winning you just have to do
t to nlav what it takes to win.


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"YOU LOOK at Rellford. He was
averaging 30 some points a game in
high school, Joubert averaged 37
points in high school, and Tarpley
probably the same. There were a lot
of players scoring a lot in high
school, but they were taking a lot
more shots. Here you've got to
spread it around more."

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Adds Michigan coach Bill Frieder, "Butch Wade right
now is playing the role that Butch Wade should play. He's
playing good, hard, aggressive defense, he's concen-
trating on rebounding, and taking shots that come to him
in the paint area. And he's starting now to pass up shots
outside, which I want him to do."
While the shooting does need work, there are some fans
who really don't mind. For the members of the Butch
Wade Fan Club, a Wade rejection or rebound warms their
engines just as much or more than any basket could.
The appeal is natural. Here is a 6-8 giant, far from the
smoothest player on the court, chugging along and giving
his all. When Wade loses a ball out of bounds or misses a
dunk, one can almost taste how badly he wanted it. If he
does sink a free throw or make a good play, one knows
how happy he is as he broadcasts his emotions for everyone
to see. Through all the wrong turns and detours Wade oc-
casionally gives them, the Fan Club members will always
love Butch Wade.


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