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The Michigan Daily Wednesday, January 16, 1985 Page 8
Gopher racks up points,
By JEFF BERGIDA
Tommy Davis did not play for the
1984 U.S. Olympic team and he's never
been arrested for drunk driving. But
while other Big Ten guards are getting
their names in the paper, however,
Davis may quietly lead the league in
The 6-4 senior enters tomorrow
night's game with Michigan, averaging
20.6 points per game, third in the con-
ference behind MSU's Sam Vincent and
Iowa center Greg Stokes. In three Big
Ten games thus far, Minnesota's cap-
tain beat Illinois with a last-second shot
and had a crucial three-point play down
the stretch in Saturday's upset of Iowa.
"TOMMY IS probably as good a
guard as we've had at Minnesota," said
Gopher coach Jim Dutcher, "and when
you think that Ray Williams, Trent
Tucker and Darryl Mitchell were All-
Big Ten, that's a real compliment."
While Davis started as a freshman
and was Minnesota's second-leading
scorer in his second year, he feels that
his team's style of play those two years
did not complement his individual
"When I first came (to Minnesota), I
think I was inhibited because we had a
dominating center," said Davis
referring to 7-2 Randy Breuer and the
inside game that the Gophers utilized
with Breuer there. "It affected my
game because I like to run and shoot."
BUT THE last couple of years, we've
been playing a more open game. You
have to change with your personnel and
in scoring with a 16.6 average, and four-
th in field goal percentage. He was
named Minnesota's Most Valuable
Player as a junior and the sporting
News pre-season poll listed Davis as the
number-three scoring guard in the
country behind Chris Mullin of St.
John's and Louisville's Milt Wagner.
"Tommy Davis has been playing sen-
sationally this year," said Michigan
'Tommy is probably as good a guard as we've had
at Minnesota, and when you think that Ray
Williams, Trent Tucker and Darryl Mitchell were,
all All-Big Ten players, that's a compliment.'
before naming Spartan star Vincent as
the best. Vincent was injured and did
not play in the first MSU-Minnesota
game last year but the two met up at
Jenison Field House in March. Davis
outscored his rival, 25-20, while the
Spartans got the win, 83-62.
"With the other guards in the league,
you can usually tell what they're going
to do," Davis said. "Like the Ohio State
guard (Troy Taylor and Ron Stokes).
They're really quick. They're going to
run it downcourt."
"But Sam is very deceptive. If he's
having a good night shooting the jum-
per, there's- really not that much you
can do about it."
AS THE only senior on a young club,
Davis is asked to provide leadership in
addition to his scoring. Dutcher says 4
that his captain has proven his ability in
"Some games he doesn't score a lot,"
said the former Michigan assistant,
"but he scores when we need it."
Davis will let Steve Alford and Scott
Skiles dominate the headlines as long
as he can keep sinking those crucial
I would definitely say our strong point
is our guards."
Breuer graduated in 1983 and Davis'
numbers increased in all areas thereaf-
ter. Last year, he was fifth in the league
coach Bill Frieder. "He's a great
basketball player capable of scoring
from anywhere on the court."
WHEN ASKED about the other guar-
ds in the Big Ten, Davis did not hesitate
An Iowa defender gets a piece of a Tommy Davis jumper, a rarity this year as the
Minnesota captain (inset) is third in the Big Ten in scoring with a 20.6
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Women'sprcmgrm bounces back.
By BRAD MORGAN
F or the past two years, the women's basket-
ball program at Michigan had been little
more than a running joke. The team won only four
games in each of those two seasons, and rumors
about the dissension on the team and head coach
Gloria Soluk were flying.
Now, just one year later, the women's program
has been revitalized. Operating under new head
coach Bud Van De Wege, Jr., the team has
already won seven games this year (7-7 overall
and 1-3 in the Big Ten).
Van De Wege must be given most of the credit
for this dramatic turnaround. After spending eight
years in Michigan's men's program, Van De Wege
made the switch after Soluk resigned last spring.
Soluk racked up a miserable 66-120 record in her
seven years at Michigan, and the criticism had
been building from all sides, including from the
Senior co-captain Diana Wiley said she suffered
from apathy during Soluk's reign.
"I played, but I just didn't care," Wiley said.
"I was so down from practice that week, that when
we would go on a road trip and I knew Gloria
wasn't going to play me, I didn't care." After
withering for three years in Soluk's doghouse,
Wiley has blossomed under Van De Wege,
averaging seven points and 5.7 rebounds per
Junior guard Orethia Lilly noticed a lack of
respect for Soluk that led to a decline in team ef-
"She'd tell someone to do something, and they
would go about it with a humdrum attitude," said
Lilly. "People would bring their problems to prac-
tice and just wouldn't play hard."
Under Van De Wege, though, Lilly s
changed drastically. "Now you have
practice ready to work hard," she
"You have to leave your problems
bring them to practice."
This idea emphasizes the biggest di
ween this season and past ones-disc
simply, Van De Wege stresses it and S
"Our team has a lot of respect for h
Wege) because he instilled a lot of dis
we were lacking that," said junior for
Bradetich, second on the team with a
average. "I'd say that is the bigges
between this year and the past two."
While the players have been impress
De Wege so far, he was also impresse
he saw from them on the first few days
"I saw they were excited abo
something new, that they sensed the
Van De Wege said.
Despite the team's losing past, Va
"didn't really see too many effect
program, didn't see a sense of complai
That isn't to say taking over the p
easy. The team still had to adapt to a
which always offers some difficulties.
"Some of the girls had developei
habits, and for the older players, it R
adjust," Van De Wege commented. "I
habits) just not something you get
Now that most of those bad habits
worked out and the players have a
remaining need that Van De Wege see
how to win. While that may sound
,,Jo One's aghing anymore
coach couldn't stress its importance enough.
said this has "There used to be Big Ten teams who we would
to come to lose to big, but now we've caught up and we're
explained. going to be in more close games," said Van De
outside, not Wege, a 1980 University graduate. "They (the
team) have got to learn how to win those. It's the
most important thing to do, and I know it will only
Iference bet- come with experience."
ipline. Quite Lilly echoed that sentiment, saying, "We've
oluk didn't. learned in close games that we have to keep going
him (Van De after it and not fall into trends from last year."
scipline, and "We want to win," said Wiley. "We're tired of
ward Wendy being looked down upon, and we want some
13.5 scoring recognition."
Knowing how to win will also be stressed when
sed with Van Van De Wege goes after his first recruiting class
ed with what this summer. One of the main criticisms of Soluk
of practice. was that she was a poor recruiter, and that she
ut starting especially failed to land in-state talent. Van De
need for it," Wege recognizes that and knows what he has to do
to change the perception of Michigan as a losing
an De Wege program.
s of a bad "We have to attract better people and let them
cency." know that we're definitely interested," he said.
rogram was "We have to make Michigan the type of program
new system, girls dream about playing for."
But what type of player does Van De Wege
d some bad want? The answer to that gives one a sense of
wa harder to where the Michigan program is headed in the
They're (bad future.
rid of right "I want people who come from a winning
program, who are experienced at winning," he
have been explained. "We may sacrifice some other player
dapted, the with more raw talent to get that, but I want
s is learning players who I know are going to be competitive. I
simple, the want winners."
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