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thought it would be easy," Frieder
said. The kids tried to do things too
"We were casual and let a lot of it
get away. The big men put it to the
floor too much when they shouldn't
Michigan can't be espected to be too
polished at this stage of the game,
however. With a busy travel
schedule, Michigan has not had a
chance to practice the way Frieder
would have liked.
BUT PRETTY or not, Michigan
gave the Volunteers more than they
asked for. Tennessee, a final four
team in last year's National Invitation
Tournament, is no pansy. The Vols
roled to a 22-15 record in 1985-86, and
return four starters from that team.
"We played like a lower division
than a Division I team tonight,"
DeVoe said. "But playing the
Wolverines, it's obvious they've got
experience, they're talented, and
wanting to prove they're a top-ranked
"I WAS really impressed with
"I was very surprised we beat them
as bad as we did," said Tarpley, "but
I think we're a good ball cllub."
Revenge may have been a factor in
defeating the team that tainted
Michigan's pre-Big Ten record last
"We had something to pay back
because they beat us last year," said
Michigan guard Gary Grant.
THE GENERAL was glad to get on
track himself. After a sub-par per-
formance Saturday, threats of the
sophomore jinx may have been haun-
ting last year's freshman phenom.
The 6-3 backcourtsman had to
heave a sigh of relief when he sank a
15-footer in the first minute of play.
"It felt good," Grant said. "I never
want 0 for 10 before."
AND WHILE last year's star
freshman is back in form, a new one is
Rice raised some eyebrows with his
hustle and poise in his first home
But putting points on the board was
not Rice's sole contribution in the vic-
tory. The Flint native played hard at
both ends of the court.
"What surprises me is how his
defense has really improved," the six-
th-year head coach said.
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H E WASN'T surprised. Just cool, calm, and collected.
His teammates weren't surprised either. Nor
was his coach.
The emergence of freshman Glen Rice in last night's
87-52 thrashing of Tennessee mostly surprised athe
press. Michigan coach Bill Frieder knew all along that
Rice could make a contribution to the 1985-86
Wolverines. It was just a matter of time.
"Glen Rice does two things well," Frieder said after
watching his pirized recruit plour in 14 points and
literally haul down several of his six rebounds. "He
runs the floor hard and gets open, and secondly once
he's open, he can shoot it in.'*'
And last night before 13,609 fans rollicking in a
Wolverine blowout, Rice did more than score. Last
year's high school Mr. Basketball from Michigan
proved he can shoot, rebound, run, score, and perhaps
most importantly, play defense.
"It (my performance) is from working really hard,"
said Rice, the humble freshman. "I can work on my
defense, and the coach said I need to go to the boards,
and I'm trying to do it."
Rice didn't just try, he succeeded. In fact, in 22
minutes of game time, Rice succeeded as Michigan's
high scorer. Center Roy Tarpley began the game like
the Tarpley of old, running up 13 points and looking as
if he'd get 30. But with 13:33 left in the second half,
questionable whistle sent Tarpley to the bench with
five fouls, and he became a spectator.
"I think it was a real wise decision to put Glen in,"
said a relaxed Tarpley. "They say he was recruited
because he was like me. He's gonna be another great
player for Michigan."
The future was supposed to be Rice's limelight. The
future, however, may arrive sooner than expected.
When asked if he might earn a starting job by mid-
season, Rice was all smiles. Still, a starting spot means
little for Rice, if he can energize the-club the way he did
against the Volunteers. What Rice provides is bench
strength, and although Garde Thompson and Robert
Henderson are Michigan's key depth players, Rice
may add another dimensioni.
He certainly played in his own dimension against
Tennessee. Whether skying for a rebound or zipping
.. . Rice did it all
down the court on one of the Wolverine fast breaks,
Rice showed a measure of confidence uncharacteristic
of a freshman. And according to Frieder, the confiden-
ce the freshmen gain from solid performances against
less-than-top notch teams will count when Illinois, In-
diana, and the rest of upset-hungry Big Ten meet the
"We stuck him in a crucial situation in Hawaii and
against Georgia Tech and he played well," said
Frieder. "That's what we have to do for him to cn-
tribute in the Big Ten."
Contribution isn't even the right word, according to
forward Rich Rellford. The 6-6, 230. pound Florida
native had a feeling Rice would be an integral part of
"'(Rice) wasn't named the best player in the state
for nothing," said Rellford. "somebody asked me if I
were worried about my position, but why should I b e
worried? If all the freshmen can come off the bench
like Glen did, that's what it takes to win the national
title..They got to be ready to do the things it takes to
From all accounts, the freshmen are ready, in-
cluding Rice. His skills are self-evident, and his at-
titude is sound. And attitude is the key, according to
"None of the freshmen have ever said anything
about playing time," said Friedcer. So the coach
plays his freshmen when he needs his freshmen, and
that's okay with Rice.
"I always thought I was part of this team," he said,
and last night he provedit.
The question from here on for Rice is consistency.
But it's a question he has plenty of time to answer.
Despite his starring role last night, he's still learning,
and is not expected to breed oohs and aahs every time
The Wolverines of course will have to cope with ex-
pectations until they fall from the national spotlight.
Glen Rice will deal with similar expectations now that
he's a potential star.
What Mr. Basketball doesn't have to deal with is
frustration. He can rest easy for awhile, and let his
basketball do his talking.
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