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Women's Gymnastics
vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Sports Coliseum
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Thursday, January 10, 1985

Women's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Friday, 7 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Page 8

Illini cagers eager to stop slump

By STEVE WISE
Statistics may not lie, but they'd probably be
stretching the truth if they tried to predict a fourth
straight loss for the Illinois basketball team when it
meets Michigan tonight.
"The Illini are 0-2 in the Big Ten," bark the num-
bers, suggesting that perhaps people got too excited
when they said Illinois (11-4 overall) would roll to a
second straight Big Ten title.
"WE'VE BEEN on the road," counters Illinois
coach Lou Henson. "When you get on the road you
can be beat pretty easily."
The statistics remain unconvinced. They point out
Illinois' unimpressive field goal percentage (47 per-
cent for all games and 43.8 percent in conference
games) and equally meager free throw percentage
(68.9 overall, 52.2 conference).
Henson concedes on this issue. He said his team's
shooting percentage is disappointing, but he is not
overly concerned.
"THERE'S not anything you can do," said the 10th-
year coach. "Pray maybe. But we put up good shots
and I'm sure they're going to fall."

They could fall from any number of hands. The
Illini have four players averaging in double figures
for the season.
Center George Montgomery leads Illinois in both
scoring and rebounding. The 6-9, 235 pound center
averages 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game (9.5,
12.0 in. conference). Having started all last year,
Montgomery anchors Illinois' front line with both
experience and bulk.
HE IS flanked by a pair of 6-9 forwards, Efrem
Winters and Anthony Welch. Winters' numbers have
declined somewhat since he led the Illini in scoring
last year, but Winters still averages 10.5 points per
game and may top that figure considerably against
Michigan's smaller forwards.
"They're big," said Michigan coach Bill Frieder.
"We get a little bigger if we put (6-9 forward Robert)
Henderson in there but we've got some defensive
problems because Illinois posts up really strong and
they're tough to contain."
IF THEY can contain the Illini inside, the
Wolverines still have to deal with guards Bruce
Douglas and the newly-healthy Doug Altenberger.

Douglas continues to fill the roles that earned him
Big Ten Player Of The Year last year and made him
a pre-season pick to repeat. The 6-3 junior leads
Illinois in assists with 86, 50 more than any of the
other Illini, and his 31 steals leads the team by 14.
The fact that Douglas is struggling offensively
should be almost insignificant if, as Henson said,
Altenberger is back to full strength after a back in-
jury kept him almost completely out of Illinois' losses
at Loyola and Minnesota and hampered him at Iowas
That would bring Illinois' other double-figure man
back into its offense and prevent Michigan's defense
from collapsing in on the front line.
BACK UP the Illinois starters with a solid bench
and the statistical doubts seem misguided, as Hen-
son attests.
"We think that if we just have .average shooting
we've got a chance to win," Henson said. "The way
we play, we don't have to have a great shooting night.
We've proved that before and we can do it again."
"If you got down there and shot 55 to 60 percent and
make your free throws and keep your turnovers down,
rebound and play good defense, you might escape
with a victory," he said. "Anything less than I just
mentioned is gonna be a loss."

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Erring's

35 leads Sixers

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ONE SMALL VOICE
By Jejf Ber;ida

Daily Photo by STU WEIDENBALM
Michigan forward Richard Rellford puts up a hook shot against Rutgers in a
victory last month in Crisler Arena. Rellford and the rest of the Wolverines
battle 15th-ranked Illinois tonight in Champaign.

to victory over Pistons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Julius Er-
ving scored 35 points, and Moses
Malone added 22 points and 15 reboun-
ds, as the Philadelphia 76ers edged the
Detroit Pistons 126-122 last night to ex-
tend their National Basketball
Association winning streak to nine
games.
The lead changed hands 10 times and
the score was tied on five occasions in
the final period before a jumper by
Maurice Cheeks gave Philadelphia a
118-116 edge with 2:40 remaining, a lead
the 76ers never relinquished. A pair of

free throws by Malone 20 seconds later
made it 120-116.
The Pistons, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped, cut
Philadelphia's margin to 123-122 with 53
seconds remaining. But Andrew Toney
collected a field goal and Erving had
one free throw for the final margin.
For the Pistons, Isiah Thomas led
with 23 points and 17 assists, while Dan
Roundfield added 20 points. Vinnie
Johnson, who scored the first seven
points of the fourth period for Detroit,
wound up with 17.

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Rob, slobs and Blab...
.the Big Ten and beyond
The first conference road game of the season warrants a look at the 9-2
Wolverines:
" Bill Frieder says the Big Ten is tougher right now than it's been since
he's been head coach. Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin are the biggest
surprises thus far and, because of the balance of power, it looks like a 13-5
record could take a share of the league title.
" Michigan remains an enigma. Roy Tarpley has not proven that he can
handle a bigger center. Rich Rellford and Butch Wade have been up-and-
down although Wade's defense has improved tremendously. The results of
tonight's game with Illinois should answer a lot of questions. Another big loss
might mean a really long season.
eReserve forward Robert Henderson has been the Wolverines' most
pleasant surprise. Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 1982 still doesn't have the
fluidity of Tarpley, but he is performing well. Henderson's shooting is get-
ting better and he's been a real force on the offensive boards.
" Antoine Joubert's 27-point performance against Ohio State Saturday was
reminiscent of his glory days in high school. If Joubert can shoot 48 percent
this season, the Wolverines will be in the race the whole way.
" Are there any freshman guards having a better season than Gary Grant?
" Looking over the Big Ten, it's hard to believe that MSU is 11-1 and
nationally-ranked with a front line of center Ken Johnson and forwards
Larry Polec and Richard Mudd. Polec, of all people, has been outstanding
thus far. Last year, he looked like he would have trouble playing in a good IM
game.
" The league is loaded with great backcourt players. Scott "When's the
trial" Skiles and Sam Vincent of MSU may be the best tandem but there's a
lot of competition. Minnesota's Marc Wilson and Tommy Davis, OSU'sTroy
Taylor and Ron Stokes, and Joubert and Grant are all first-rate combos.
" When did Indiana's Uwe Blab stop eating long enough to learn how to
shoot a basketball?
" You really have to wonder about the brain-damaged idiots who sit behind
the South basket at Crisler. How much effort does it take to stand up and
wave your arms when the opposing team is shooting? Fans are constantly on
Frieder's back for not providing a winner but they don't support the team at
all. It's getting disgusting.
" Frieder says Paul Jokisch may be ready for action by the Minnesota
game next Thursday. The big guy's aggressive play can only help fire up a
team that sometimes appears to be disinterested.
Getting off the subject
" One of the funniest lines in TV history was heard by viewers of the
Holiday Bowl broadcast. One of the announcers said that Michigan's Vince
Bean was a certain first or second round pick in the pro draft. Who had this
guy been talking to? Bean was chosen in the 14th round of the USFL draft.
" I used to think that Dallas Cowboy fans were the most annoying in the
nation but recently, Dolphin fans have proved me wrong. Miami and Dallas
are followed closely by Boston Celtic, Detroit Tiger and University of Illinois
fans.
" CBS' hard-hitting journalist Irv Cross has been outstanding as usual
during the playoffs. Every interview Cross conducts opens with the question
"Congratulations." That is, unless he's assigned to the losing locker room in
which case the question is, "You still had a great season, coach."
" It's a good thing the Big Ten is still a strong basketball league because its
football teams are becoming a national joke. The Big Ten's record in bowl
games over the last two years is a stunning 2-8. That includes losses to such
national powerhouses as Virginia and Army.
" Anyone who watched CBS' telecast of the Cotton Bowl got enough of
Doug Flutie to last a lifetime. The broadcast opened with baby pictures of
the Heisman Trophy winner and continued in that vein throughout. One got
the feeling that the other Boston College and Houston players were just get-
ting in the way. Pat Haden kept saying things like, "Bill Yeoman doesn't
want to punt the ball to Flutie." When did Doug start returning kicks?
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