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Men's basketball
vs. Western Michigan
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Central Michigan
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Tb. Michigan Daily

Wednesday, December 11, 1985

Page 12

Hoosiers highlight

heavy holiday slate

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By BARB McQUADE
Semester break comes in the form
of a less-than-formidable schedule for
tie Michigan basketball team.
The Wolverines can continue to
relax with five non-conference foes
before heading into Bloomington
January 2 to tip off the Big Ten
season.
^ WHILE THE opponents won't
provide any poise lessons, it's the
quantity, not the quality, that should
sharpen the Wolverines.
a "Everything we're doing is
preparing us," Frieder said. "We're
preparing ourselves by playing a lot
of games - too many really. We're
pIaying so much we're not able to get
the practice time we need."
-That may be a factor when

Michigan squares off against Indiana
in its first conference game of the
year. Bob Knight's team, which
knocked off the Wolverines last
season in Ann Arbor in the opening
Big Ten game, is as dangerous as
ever.
The 16th-ranked Hoosiers (3-1) throw
6-2 guard Steve Alford at backcourt
opponents. Alford can score a bunch
and keys the Indiana offense. In the
Hoosiers' loss to Kentucky, the 170-
pound junior was sorely missed.
Indiana gets some immediate size
from junior college transfers. New
Hoosiers 6-10 Todd Jalow, 6-7 Andre
Harris, and 6-7 Lennel Moor add
quickness as well as size.
BUT THE TERM "big man"'
receives a different definition on the

next stop, Ohio State, where 7-1 Brad
Sellers leads the Buckeyes (5-0). The
senior center, while no bruiser under
the boards, averaged 15.6 points and
8.8 rebounds last year. The only thing
that saves a nonexistent backcourt,
however is the transplant of 6-5 Den-
nis Hopson from forward. The 6-5
junior is not much of a scoring threat,
but can pass with the best.
But before they must face Big Ten
competition, the Wolverines can enjoy
the holidays with a lighter load.
After coasting to four straight home
victories to boost its record to 7-0,
Michigan hosts Central Michigan
tomorrow night. The Chippewas
could bring an early Christmas
present for the Wolverines.
"There's no question Michigan is

one of the top teams in the country,"
said CMU assistant coach Dave Gin-
sberg, filling in for head coach Charlie
Coles, who is recovering from triple-
bypass surgery. "Looking at it on
paper, we're certainly out-manned at
every position."
THE 1-4 Chippewas are trying to
battle back from a 10th-place finish
last season in the Mid-American Con-
ference.
CMU's lone threat is sophomore
forward Dan Majerle, who averaged
18.6 points per game in 1984-85. But at
6-6, he doesn't stand a chance against
Michigan's big men. In fact, no
player on the Central team is over 6-7.
Following CMU's act are two of
Michigan's other regional schools that

also appear to come up short.
Western Michigan (4-2) poses the only
possible danger, December 14, among
the map-named schools. Despite a 12-
16 record last season, the Broncos can
rise to the occasion against top op-
ponents, as they proved in upsetting
DePaul a year ago.
Western returns four starters from
last year's squad, including forward
Booker James. The junior is
averaging 16.3 points per game, but at
6-2, should not plan to dominate in-
side.
NORTHERN Michigan (7-1)
arrives at Crisler December 21, and

Illinois-Chicago visits a week later,
The Wildcats boast a record of 7-1, but
with such forces as Bemidji State and
Gustavus Adolphus on its schedule,
cannot cause opponents to shudder.
And the Flames are lucky to flicker
with little talent and experience.
The best of the break opponents
comes in the package of Cleveland
State. Returning everyone from the
team that went 21-8 last year, the
Vikings are averaging 103 points a
game this season.
If all goes as planned, the
Wolverines could be a 12-0 on New
Years Day. But their resolution will
have to be to start playing basketball.

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1. North Carolina (30) .6-0 570
2. MICHIGAN (7). 6-0 541
3. Duke (1) ........... 8-0 491
4. Kansas............6-1 382
5. Syracuse..........5-0 368
6. Georgia Tech........4-1 361
7. Georgetown ........4-0 311
8. Kentucky..........5-0 280
9. Oklahoma.........6-0 209
10. Nevada-Las Vegas .5-1 190
11. Illinois ............. 5-1 170
12. Louisiana St.......6-0 137
13. St. John's ..........6-1 116
14. Louisville .........3-2 109
15. Memphis State ..... 5-0 102
16. (tie) Notre Dame ... 3-1 55
(tie) Indiana.....2-1 55
18. UAB ............ 5-1 51
19. Ohio State ..........5-0 39
20. DePaul.............3-0 24

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By JON HARTMANN
Guess who's coming to dinner for
the women's basketball team over the
holiday break? Following tonight's
appetizer with the Eastern Michigan
Hurons, the Wolverines play host for
six straight courses.
Naturally, the most important part
of the meal will be dessert: the
team's first taste of Big Ten cuisine on
January 3 and 5 versus Indiana, and
Big Ten champion Ohio State, respec-
tively.
ACCORDING TO Wolverine head
coach Bud Van De Wege, the battle
with the 3-3 Indiana Hoosiers will be a
tasty affair. "Indiana will be a great
game," he said, because of their ap-
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are a real force inside. They just keep
pounding it in."
Bumgarner and Abram are mat-
ched at the table by sophomore center
Noelle Young, who has devoured 6.2
rebounds per game despite being one
inch shorter at 6-1 than her front-court
mates.
The Indiana backcourt of Cindy
Herr (9.6 ppg.) and Linda Cun-
ningham (8.7 ppg) is similarly
hungry. But Van De Wege hasn't
counted Michigan out. "We know
we've improved from last year,"

State coming off a gluttonous 18-0
1984-5 Big Ten season. Leading a well-
balanced menu of Buckeyes are
sophomore forward Tracy Hall (18.3)
ppg, 12 rebounds a game) and fresh-
man guard Lisa Cline (14.5 ppg).
Although Michigan "Gave 'em a
good game" last year, Van De Wege
was not overly hopeful for a roast 4
Buckeye feast. Along with Iowa, he
said, "they're the cream of the crop.
All the conditions have to be right for
us to win." If the Wolverines were to
swallow both Indiana and Ohio State,
they would exceed their Big Ten vic-
tory total of last year, when they went
1-17 in the conference.
But before the quest for Big Ten
desserts comes the fight for sustenen-
ce against the invading hordes of
Hurons, Titans, Vikings, Cyclones and
Chippewas that will visit before the
new year.
Eastern Michigan arrives early
tomorrow, but the Hurons should not
be acting very neighborly. Sharon
Brown (22.5 ppg) and Jo Ann Le
Fevre are the leaders on a team that
is better than its predicted seventh-
place MAC finish would indicate,
"EMU loves to come at Michigan,"
said Van De Wege.
FOLLOWING MICHIGAN'S fast for
finals, the Titans of Detroit storm in,
and according to Van De Wege, they
can dine at a rapid pace. "They love
to run and push it up" Van De Wege,
said "but they're not too patient."
Forward Cassandra Pack has packed
in more points (18.4) and rebounds
(9.6) than any of her teammates.
After the court is cleared, two
mystery guests will beg for some
Christmas goodies at Crisler.
Cleveland State (1-5) jumps the gun
December 23, and Van De Wege has
no special dish prepared for them. A
rotating Viking attack is spearheaded
by sophomore Claudia Euse (11.7 ppg;
3.5 rebounds a game). Iowa is a com-
petitive (13-15 last year) Big Eight
team that is a small but strong on
defense.
The final non-conference food fight
is a December 30 engagement with

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