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Knight absent at conference .. .
0 ..so what?
By TIM MAKINEN
There may still be some die hard journalists
waiting in the Indiana interview room, but they
may as well go home. Bob Knight will not show up.
The Hoosier mentor, whose squad suffered a
heartbreaking 73-71 defeat at the hands of the
visiting Wolverines Sunday, decided the post-
game ritual was not worthy of his presence.
The pompous Indiana coach did everyone a.
favor, by not trying to upstage Bill Frieder and
triumphant Michigan. It was a remarkable game
with a fantastic finish which climaxed an incom-
parable Big Ten season for the Wolverines. A real
"wing-dinger" as the eternally amiable Frieder
described it on national television.
Knight could not have added anything of
significance to the proceedings. Although he has
helped Frieder on numerous occasions in the past,
something for which the Wolverine coach is
grateful, any words of congratulations from
Knight on Sunday would have come across as
hollow and insincere. A 15-13 record, the worst
ever for Knight, simply does not produce an
overabundance of gratitude or cordiality in the
Besides, the gum-chewinig, lip-smacking
Wolverine taskmaster received enough praise
from the hardy handful of Michigan supporters at
Indiana and the national press covering the game.
Obviously basking in the joy of the emotional
victory, Frieder still maintained a quiet dignity
and humility after the contest. No flippant boasts,
no demeaning comments to anyone, and no flying
chairs. Only respect and admiration for both a
fallen opponent and his own players who refused
to wilt in the pressure, tension, and foreboding
tradition of Assembly Hall.
Thus when the Indiana sports information direc-
tor came out into the press room and said, "I don't
know where coach Knight is, which means he
might not show up," no great regret existed at
having to forego a less dignified diatribe than
In Knight's absence, though, the Indiana
lockerroom was open for player interviews, a true
rarity in the sheltered atmosphere of Hoosierland.
Upon entering the room, a feeling of death cast its
pall upon the otherwise bright red walls and decor.
Instead of the usual banter and milling around
which accompanies even losing lockerrooms, the
Indiana players sat motionless in front of their
respective lockers. No one spoke, and a vacant
stare in each one's eyes belied the fact that these
players, all upright and clad in business suits, had
in fact played a game of hoops in the afternoon.
One expected to find a bare lightbulb dangling
from the ceiling and perhaps a monacled man
shifting from player to player declaring "Ve have
vays of making you talk.'' But as the reporters
congregated around Steve Alford and Uwe Blab,
the rest of the team maintained its silent vigil in
front of the lockers.
For their part, both Alford and Blab demon-
strated a lot of class in their barely audible
statements to the press. The pair exhibited com-
posure under trying times and under the stifling,
suffocating rule of Knight.
After a few minutes or so, a man informed
everyone that the players had said enough and
that everyone was to exit immediately. Knight, of
course, was nowhere to be seen. With that,
everybody filed outthe door to room 087 in the
Southeast hallway of Assembly Hall slammed
shut, and a guard quickly applied key to lock to
seal the Hoosiers in and everyone else out.
Asked if this was how post-game interviews
always occurred, a cameraman from Channel 13
in Indianapolis replied, "There's nothing 'always'
done here. Sometimes you get to see the players,
sometimes you don't."
Contrasted to the Michigan lockerroom and
Frieder, a state of siege existed for the Hoosiers
The Wolverines were ecstatic. Indiana, even with
the tough loss, was incredibly lifeless and sup-
pressed. Knight would have no part of any of it,
neither the joy of the Wolverines nor the trauma of
his own players when the press came in.
If the state motto in Indiana is "Hoosier
hospitality is no accident," for Knight that should
read "Hoosier hospitality is non-existent."
Doily Photo by STEVE WISE
Michigan coach Bill Frieder and Indiana's Bob Knight peacefully consort
before Sunday's game at Assembly Hall. The Wolverines went on to defeat
the Hoosiers 72-70.
Patrick Ewing, 7-10, senior Georgetown; Keith Lee, 6-10 senior, Memphis
State; Xavier McDaniel, 6-7 senior, Wichita State; Chris Mullin, 6-6 senior,
St. John's; Wayman Tisdale, 6-9, junior, Oklahoma.
Len Bias, 6-8, junior, Maryland; Johnny Dawkins,, 6-2, junior, Duke; Jon
Koncak, 7-0, senior, Southern Methodist; Mark Price, 6-2, junior, Georgia
Tech; Kenny Walker, 6-8, junior, Kentucky.
A.C. Green, 6-9, senior, Oregon State; Alfredrick Hughes, 6-5, senior, Loyola,
Ill.; ROY TARPLEY, 6-10, JUNIOR, MICHIGAN; Sam Vincent, 6-2, senior,
Michigan State; Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, 6-2, sophomore, Syracuse.
Cagers to face the
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AP Top Twenty
eorgetown (63) ...... 30-2 ]
MICHIGAN .......... 25-3 ]
St. John's ............ 27-3 ]
Oklahoma ............ 28-5 ]
hIemphis State ....... 27-3 ]
-eorgia Tech ......... 24-7
4. Carolina........... 24-8
Louisiana Tech ....... 27-2
Nev.-Las Vegas ...... 27-3
Duke ................ 22-7
Virg. Commonwealth 25-5
Kansas .............. 25-7
Loyola, Ill............ 25-5
Syracuse ............ 21-8
N. Carolina St........ 20-9
Texas Tech .......... 23-7
Tulsa ................ 23-7
Georgia ............. 21-8
Louisiana St........... 19-9
UPI Top Twenty
1. Georgetown (40) .......... 30-2
2. MICHIGAN ............... 25-3
3. St. John's ..............27-3
4. Memphis State ............ 27-3
5. Oklahoma ................ 28-5
6. Georgia Tech ............. 24-7
7. North Carolina ............ 24-8
8. Louisiana Tech ........... 27-2
9. Nevada-Las Vegas ........27-3
10. Illinois ................... 24-8
11. Virginia Commonwealth.. 25-5
12. Duke................... 22-7
13. Kansas ...............25-7
14. Tulsa .................. 22-7
15. Syracuse ................ 21-8
16. Texas Tech ............... 23-7
17. Loyola, Ill................ 25-5
18. North Carolina St......... 20-9
19. Louisiana State.........19-9
20. Michigan State ......... 19-9
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judgement: I've been going in with
the idea that if I missed the first one, I
wasn't going to play well.
"I've had a tough time concentrating.
Today I came in with the attitude that I
was going to make the first one."
Uwe Blab also broke a recent slump,
leading Indiana with 23 points, and
seven rebounds while nearly
smothering Tarpley on the defensive
BUT BLAB was hindered most of the
second half by Henderson who played
probably his most intense game of the
season. The 6-10 junior earned the
Chevrolet Most Valuable Player award
for his defensive play and eight reboun-
Frieder said that kind of intensity,
along, with the composure with which
the comeback was mounted, sets
Michigan in good stead for its first-
round NCAA game.
"I don't buy the theory that a loss
would have done us good," said the fif-
th-year Michigan head man. "I buy the
theory that hey, we sustained a great'
Ohio State comeback on Wednesday,
and we came from behind (Sunday)
to beat a great Indiana team.
"THOSE ARE the types of things.that
make a good tournament team, not
The question' now is whether
Michigan really needs to be a good
team to.get past Fairleigh Dickinson,
its opponent in Friday's game.
The 21-9 Knights come from a con-
ference featuring such national
nobodies as Wagner and St. Francises
(Pa.) and (N.Y.)
"I WAS hoping to play anyone with
the exception of Georgetown and
Michigan, and not necessarily in that
-order," said Fairleigh Dickinson coach
Green said he is most worried about
the' Wolverines' physical power. Having
lost three of last year's starters to
graduation, The Knight's most im-
posing starter stands 6-7.
"I saw (Michigan) play . . . and
they're just so big and strong," Green
fretted. "It appears to me that your
football coach, Bo Schembechler, just
let them out for four months to play
Though he says the Knights won't
change their game for the tournament,
Green jokingly suggested that his team
was afraid of the Wolverines.
"We had a brief team meeting this
morning," Green said yesterday. "We
had seven players vote to play and we
had seven abstaining."
It looks like perhaps the Wolverines
can breathe a little easier now.
Min FG/A FT/A R A P
one. of your
9/11 29 16 10 71 4
TOTALS ......200 31/57
Tarpley ....... 39
Grant ......... 29
Henderson .... 24
Thompson ..... 9
TOTALS ...... 200 34/61
5/10 27 14 15
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