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Page 8 -,The Michigan Daily - Saturday, February 9, 1985

Montgomery gone, outlook blue for Dilni

By JOE EWING
Illinois lost more than a basketball
game Thursday night when it was
jarred at Michigan State, 64-56. The six-
th-ranked Illini, who face Michigan
today at Crisler Arena, also lost star-
ting center George Montgomery with a
broken foot.
Montgomery, who was leading the
Illini in rebounding this season with 7.4
boards per game, was injured early in
the second half of the MSU contest. He
is expected to be out the remainder of
the season. Just how the fracture oc-
cured is not really clear.
"I DON'T REALLY know what hap-
pened," said Montgomery while
watching from the sidelines yesterday
as his teammates practiced at Crisler.
"I just came down and was trying to
pass to (Bruce) Douglas when I felt it."
The extent of the injury also was nott
known right away. "We didn't know it
was broken until we x-rayed it today,"

said Illini head coach Lou Henson last
night. "We knew that he hurt his foot,
we just didn't know how bad."
But what is known about the injury is
that it puts a critical dent in the Illinois
program, which has gotten a few other
serious dings in the past two weeks.
The Illini (6-4 in the Big Ten, 18-6
overall), the Big Ten favorite in most
pre-season polls, have lost their last two
conference contests, suffering setbacks
at Purdue 54-34 last Thursday as well as
at Michigan State. In the process, they
fell from sharing the league lead to a tie
for third place. And with Montgomery
out, things could get worse.
"THAT HURTS US quite a bit," said
Henson, "because he's our number one
rebounder and an excellent defensive
player inside."
Henson also pointed out that the in-
jury would affect his team's bench
strength.
"We're down to eight people now,"

can't even work out. We've lost some
people. (Tom) Schafer quit, we got
other injuries, and we got a couple of
people redshirting."
BUT WITH ALL the setbacks, the
Illini can't be counted out of the con-
ference race or today's game with the
Wolverines just yet. According to Hen-
son, his squad didn't play that badly at
East Lansing.
"Michigan State played excellent
ball," he explained. "They just had a
fantastic game against us."
Illinois was the last team to beat the
Wolverines, who have now won eight
straight since the 64-58 overtime loss in
Champaign.
But, Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder has not been very pleased with
his team's performances lately.
Following Michigan's 94-81 victory at
Wisconsin last Saturday, the Wolverine
top man was critical of his squad's
second half play. Then after the
Wolverines dumped Purdue, 96-85 on
Thursday, he was upset with his team's
performance.
"What bothered me is our defense is
slipping," said Frieder Thursday night.
"There was 51 points in the second half
at Wisconsin. Another thing, what'd we
give up, 85 or something tonight. If your
offense fails you're going to get your

butts beat with that kind of defense.
"ILLINOIS DOESN'T lose two on the
road very often with that outfit they
have," he continued. "It's a great
basketball team, so we just got out
work cut out for us."
The Illini feature a powerful front
line, led by bookend 6-9 forwards Efrem
Winters and Anthony Welch. Welch
leads the team in scoring, averaging 13
points per game in the Big Ten. He was
also a force in the Illini's earlier defeat
of the Wolverines, scoring 16 points and
grabbing seven rebounds. Winters
meanwhile, averages 11.5 points per
game and had eight boards against
Michigan last month.
While Montgomery is out of the
lineup, Illinois still has a fairly capable
center in 6-10 Scott Meents, who Henson
claims has been "playing good ball"
coming off the bench.
And in a league of sparkling guards,
the Illini have what many consider a
pair of backcourt gems in juniors Bruce
Douglas and Doug Altenberger.
Douglas who was co-Big Ten Player-
of-the-Year last season as well as a third
team All-American, has been
somewhat off in his scoring this season
(8.6 ppg in Big Ten). Altenberger (8.9
ppg in Big Ten) is considered one of the
best defensive players in the conferen-
ce.

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN (17-3, 8-2)
PP9
(64) Richard Relford (11.2) F
(64) Dutch Wade......(7.5) F
(6-11) Roy Tarpley.... (19.5) C
-(6-5) Antoine Joubert . (14.9) G
(6-3) Gary Grant ...... (13.9) G
SITE: Crisler Arena
TIME 4:00 p.m.
RADIO: WUOM (91.7 FM), WAAM
WPAG (1050 AM).

ILLINOIS (18-, 6-4)
PPg
(6-9) Efrem Winters .. (10.7)
(6-9) Anthony Welch .. (12.8)
(6-9) Scott Meents. .. (5.3)
(6-4) Doug Altenberger. (10.7)
(6-3) Bruce Douglas ....(7.1)
(1600 AM), WWJ (950 AM),

TELEVISION: ESPN (5:30 p.m. tape delay), channel 62
LAST MEETING: Illinois 64, Michigan 58 (OT) (Jan. 11, Cham-
pailgn)
SERIES LEADER: Illinois 56-54.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Antoine Joubert runs over Boilermaker guard Steve Reid while dishing the
ball off in the Wolverines' 95-84 victory. Joubert got the best of Reid and
Purdue all night as he poured in 16 points with some deadly shooting.

ONE SMALL VOICE
By Jeff Bergida

Out of Big Ten tidal wave .. .
... emerges a sea of BI

lue

Associated Press
Michigan's Butch Wade turns the net inside out with one of his patented "It's
gonna hurt you more than me" dunks against Purdue Thursday night. With
the injury to Illinois center George Montgomery, Wade and the rest of the
Wolverines should have even more room to move inside today.

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Harvard 75, Yale 71
Penn 71. Columbia 51
Trenton St. 69, Montclair St. 56
Greensboro 77, Va. Wesleyan 64
N.C. Greensboro 70, Chris. Newport61
Webber 90, Barry 62
Earlham 61, Sewanee 60

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MINNESOTA COACH Jim Dutcher has to check the
police wire every morning before making out his
starting lineup. Illinois guards Bruce Douglas and Doug
Altenberger, two of the Big Ten's top players in 1984, are
running their club straight into the ground.
Benito Knight loses four games in a row and then throws
his best rebounder off the team for having grades above
NCAA and Indiana standards. Michigan State wins three,
loses four, wins three. Northwestern starts a 7-0 grad
student (Colin Murray) at center. Wisconsin starts five
white guys. Iowa is winning the way it was supposed to
last year.
And the Blue just keeps rolling along.
It's been a weird Big Ten season thus far. A season that
could use some clarification. Where do they stand now and
who's going to be on top when the schedule comes to a
close on March 10?
Michigan (8-2)-As well as the Wolverines have been
playing, the remaining schedule is still cause for alarm.
Bill Frieder's club must travel to Iowa, Minnesota,
Michigan State, Ohio State and Indiana.
With Michigan, the question is attitude. Frieder says
that practices have been poor and that the players have
other things on their minds. What the hell can they be
thinking about when they're on the verge of becoming a
national power?
This club need a leader. Someone must come forth from
the ranks to keep the team rolling. My bet is that someone
will:
Prediction: 14-4, first place
Iowa (8-2)-Outstanding rebounding from the frornt line of
Greg Stokes, Michael Payne, and Gerry Wright along with
the surprising contribution of freshman guard Jeff Moe
have made the Hawkeyes the team to beat. But George
Raveling's club is totally reliant on Stokes and that's
going to catch up with it in the second half.
Prediction: 13-5, second place
Indiana (5-5)-The genius has put himself in such a deep
hole that even the most favorable of second-half schedules
won't bring him his eighth conference title. Steve Alford
has averaged 22 points a game since Knight decided to let
him play.
The final verdict on Mike Giomi was that he was thrown
off. the team for cutting three classes since second term
started. Did anyone stop to think that they might have
been accounting classes and that maybe Giomi should

have been commended for staying away?
I give it two more years before Bobby and Bo Schem-
bechler are playing pinochle at the Woody Hayes Home
for Insane Coaches.
Prediction:12-6, third place
Illinois (6-4)-The Illini are 4-0 at home and 2-4 on the road
in conference. Douglas was a steady one-of-nine from the
floor at MSU Thursday night and, the way he's playing
now, isn't qualified to be Gary Grar ts butler.
Anthony Welch is having a great year but he can't do it
all. A loss to Michigan today would end the Illini's title
hopes.
Prediction. 12-6, third place
Michigan State (6-4)-Jud Heathcote's club will probably
sneak into the NCAAs with 19 wins despite the lamest pair
of forwards in Division I basketball, Richard "Stiff"
Mudd and Larry "Stiffer" Polec.
Sam Vincent is leading the league in scoring while Scott
Skiles hasn't been arrested in months. As goes center Ken
Johnson, so go the Spartans.
Prediction: 10-8, fifth place
Purdue (5-5)-Gene Keady is once again coaching his
heart out but the talent simply isn't there. Guard Steve
Reid and forward James Bullock are the only starters who
have exhibited any consistency.
.Prediction: 9-9, sixth place
Minnesota (4-6)-One starter (Kevin Smith) is out with a
broken thumb. Another (Mitchell Lee) is out on bail. A
third (Todd Alexander) was involved in a minor prank in-
volving someone else's money machine card.
It's nice to see the positive influence that athletics has
on the lives of college students.
Prediction: 8-10, seventh place
Ohio State (6-4)-It says here that the Buckeyes will lose
seven of their eight remaining games. The credit will
belong to their fine coach, Eldon Miller.
Prediction:7-11, eighth place
Wisconsin (1-9)-Would you be intimidated by a starting
front line of J.J. Weber, Rod Ripley, and John "Fat But
Slow" Ploss?
Prediction: 3-15, ninth place
Northwestern (1-9)-Coach Rich Falk is a real nice guy
whose team would be a leading contender for an IM title.
The Wildcats' wins have come over Loras College, the
University of Chicago, Northern Illinois (in double over-
time), Butler and Minnesota.
Prediction: 2-16, tenth place

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CHAMPAIGN. (AP) - A recruit ac-
cused an assistant coach with the
University of Illinois football program of
taking 17 biogogy exams for him while
he was enrolled at a junior college, but
the NCAA could not substantiate the
charge, according to documents made
public yesterday.

Following a two-and-a-half year in-
vestigation, the NCAA found Illinois
guilty of 85 infractions - most of them
involving recruiting practices - and
placed the football program on
probation for two years.
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