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Men's basketball
vs. Iowa
Tonight, 9 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Men's swimming and diving
vs. Oakland
Today, 2:00 p.m.
Matt Mann pool
Page 7

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The Michigan Daily

Saturday, January 19, 1985

Hot Hawks to harass 'M'

By TIM MAKINEN
Don't look for any 40-point blowouts tonight. For that mat-
ter, this game might be a toss-up.
The Wolverines, coming off a spectacular 97-56 victory
'Thursday night against Minnesota, take on the much-
improved and highly-explosive Iowa Hawkeyes tonight at
Crisler Arena.
THE HAWKEYES (3-1 Big Ten, 14-3 overall) are currently
perched atop the Big Ten with Indiana, after soundly
defeating Michigan State Thursday night, 79-66. Iowa's early
season success marks quite a turnaround from last season
when the highly-touted Hawkeyes collapsed and finished with
a miserable 6-12 conference record.
"I'm still not sure how good we are," said second-year
Iowa coach George Raveling. "We're still in our discovery
stage. It's good to be one of the hunters instead of being hun-
t ted like last year. .
Fronting the Hawkeyes will be the "Twin Towers," Greg
Stokes and Michael Payne, now approaching legendary
status in Iowa City as they battle in their fourth and final
year as starters.
AT 6-10 AND 641, respectively, Stokes and Payne make
their presence known both under the boards and on the score
board. Stokes paces the conference in scoring with a 21.3
average, having torched the nets for 27 points against the
Spartans. Payne carries a respectable 7.8 ppg average while
the pair is tied for fourth in the league in rebounding, each
player pulling down an average of 9.5 boards per game. Their
inspired play symbolizes Iowa's revitalization this season.
"There's a 300 percent improvement in attitude this year,"
said Payne.
Added Stokes, "Everybody is just more used to the system.
Last year it seemed as if everybody had to go back to their
freshman year. (Raveling) stressed defense to the point
that...offense never came around. Now he knows what to ex-
pect from us, and we know what to expect from him."

AIDING THE Iowa cause will be forward Gerry Wright, a
6-8 transfer from USC. Wright, whom Payne said "will just
jump right out of the gym," sports a 9.8 scoring average and
7.5 rebounds per game in the conference.
Remarkably, the Hawkeye frontline could be even more
imposing except that Raveling decided to redshirt 7-0 junior
Brad Lohaus.
"When you can take a seven-footer who was a starter, and
not only just put him on the bench but redshirt him, you have
to have a quality frontline," said Michigan mentor Bill
Frieder. "Iowa is a great rebounding team. (We) have to
work like the devil to not let them get those second and third
shots."
While the Michigan forwards will definitely have their
hands full under the boards, the Wolverines should have an
advantage at the guard position. Raveling admits that his
guards are only average, although senior Todd Berkenpas
did single-handedly lead a strong comeback against
Michigan last year at Crisler. The Wolverines ultimately
prevailed, 53-49, after leading by as much as 17 points.
TEAMING UP with Berkenpas will be junior Andre Banks
who replaces injured teammate Jeff Moe. Moe, described by
Raveling as a "poor man's Pete Rose," suffered a bruised
heel prior to the Michigan State game but may see some ac-
tion tonight.
The contest marks a crucial point in the season for both
squads. A loss for Michigan could stick the Wolverines in the
middle of the Big Ten quagmire, whereas a victory could
only build the momentum Michigan has gained in its last two
games. The same applies for Iowa which doesn't want to fall
behind Indiana with a setback at Michigan.
Since both teams are coming off big victories, neither ap-
pears to have a psychological edge. At the moment, this
game appears too close to call.

Daily Photo by STU WEIDENBACH
Michigan center Roy Tarpley goes up for two as Minnesota's Kevin Smith (33) and Mark Wilson (24) trail the play in ac-
tion from Thursday night.

Wade, Stoyko fan clubs...
...bring fun back to Crider
As Butch Wade put in a lay-up with 9:42 remaining Thursday night to put
Michigan up by 29, the Butch Wade Fan Club came to their collective feet and
waved their 'M' towels for the final time. The hoop capped off a 12-point, 13-
rebound effort for the popular forward. A victory over Minnesota had long sin-
ce been put in the bag.
Two minutes later, a chant of "Stoyko, Stoyko" began rippling through what
remained of the crowd of 11,482. The 6-9 freshman entered the contest at the 6:53
mark and proceeded to give the fans what they were looking for-a couple of fouls,
two sprawling flips across the floor, and a charge into the basket support.
Boy, aren't 41-point wins fun?
Wade's best effort of the Big Ten season gave Chris Yurko, Ted Ketchum, and
John Furkioti a lot to cheer about. Those three form the heart of the club, which
currntly has a membership of about 50, according to Furkioti, who founded the club.
"I've been a big Butch Wade fan since he
was a freshman," said Furkioti, a junior
from Ann Arbor. "We started with about 13
guys sitting together and it's spread
through our whole area."
When asked why the 6-8 Bostonian is the
target of their affection, the club members
chime in with a variety of responses.
"He hustles", "He's all over the court",
"He takes control of the game", "He's
always giving 110 percent."
Stoyko One can tell how devoted these guys are
by bringing up the weakest aspect of their
hero's game, his foul shooting.
"It's improved. He's worked on it," said
Ketchum of Wade, who was two of two
from the line last night but entered the
Minnesota game with a ridiculous 50 per-
cent success rate.
"You can tell how much he's concen-.
trating (at the line)," added Yurko, a
freshman from Yale, Michigan. "That's
the way Butch is. He's putting in so much
Wade effort."
Ketchum, a senior from Birmingham, is
considering a touch that might remind some veteran fans of the days of Leo
Brown.
"We're thinking about getting t-shirts that say Butch Wade Fan Club on
them," he said.
Wade appreciates the support. "It helps. It gives me encouragement,"
said the soft-spoken big guy after his effort against Minnesota. "I
acknowledge them before the game."
And the Butch Wade Fan Club is thrilled with the acknowledgement.
"He winked at us!" they said in unison.
Stoyko continues to provide a note of humor to a tight conference race.
When Bill Frieder called him over to put him in the game, the Bay Village,
Ohio native turned around to see who was chanting his name.
"I had no idea," Stoyko said. "It's probably people I've met somewhere."
While Stoyko is learning how to be a Big Ten forward, he provides the fans
with a lot of laughs. Thirty-five seconds after entering the contest, Stoyko
h.~a~ air am mittd nnA rI c naui. NP U did Am 2tiann nth -nin

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