vs. Michigan State
Matt Mann Pool
The Michigan Daily
Thursday, January 30, 1986
NORTHWESTERN LIMPS INTO CRISLER
Wolverines to host weakened Wildcats.:
By ADAM MARTIN
Back in November, at the Big Ten
Press Luncheon in Chicago, North-
western basketball coach Rich Falk
had no idea his words were prophetic.
"It's critical that you stay healthy
(in the Big Ten)," Falk declared.
"Disabling injuries are the key to a
WITH A 1-6 conference record (Nor-
thwestern's only victory came Sunday
when Minnesota forfeited its game
with the Wildcats) due largely to
crippling injuries and the always-
tough Big Ten, Falk can consider
himself a prophet, or at least a teller
As of today, the Wildcats have lost
four key players to knee injuries,
three of whom would be probable
starters. The result has Northwestern
coming to Crisler Arena (tonight, 7:30
p.m.) to face eighth-ranked Michigan
(5-2) with an inexperienced lineup,
not one on-court victory, and a hopeful
but uncertain floor leader.
"We've been besieged by injuries,"
said Falk, "but our players are
hanging tough. If we get healthy, we
can be winners really quickly. I think
the important thing is that we concern
ourselves with playing well."
THE TALE of the injured makes
one want to forget that the knee is
necessary to basketball. Two big men,
Dan Ivankovich (6-11, 240) and senior
Brian Pitts (7-0, 210) have been
sidelined because of knee surgery.
Meanwhile, 6-7, 200-pound junior
Chris Berg is still recovering from
reconstructive knee surgery perfor-
med last December. Add Tim Wyss
(6-5, 210), who was lost in a game
against Illinois and recently under-
went arthroscopic knee surgery, and
the Wildcats are limping.
"We're without four of our best
players," Falk lamented. "With those
players healthy and a healthy lineup,
we could reverse our record quickly."
The chances of Northwestern
beginning that reverse against
Michigan are slim. The Wolverines
are coming off a disheartening loss to
sharpshooting Scott Skiles and
Michigan State, despite a solidly
played second half. Expect Michigan
to be hungry, especially after losing
two of its last three contests.
"WE'LL BE ready to go," said a
confident Bill Frieder, Michigan's
head coach. "We have been working
hard (in practice). There hasn't been
any finger pointing or excuses. I don't
have any qualms that our guys will be
What Frieder is worried about is
overconfidence. Michigan had not
faced a Northwestern-caliber op-
ponent since it demolished the
majority of its non-conference foes.
Frieder fears his club might take the
Wildcats too lightly.
"If you take a team like that
lightly," he said, "they get a little
ahead of you. They get patient. They
start playing over their head, and
they get very tough to handle."
DESPITE FRIEDER'S concern,
the Wolverines should have few
problems handling Northwestern.
Freshman center Shon Morris, who
Falk says has emerged as one of the
top big men in the league, leads the
Wildcats with 16.3 points per game
and 7.0 rebounds. But Morris will
likely have trouble with the experien-
ced Roy Tarpley, the conference's
statistically most efficient (.636 from
the field) offensive player in Rich,
Rellford and Michigan's brawn in the
"We've got to try not to give theml
(the Wolverines) second and third}
shots because they occupy a lot ofM
space," said Falk. "They're big and4
strong, and some of the best offense'
comes after the shot is missed."
Michigan's rebounding advantage;
however, has been outweighed recen,.
tly by the Wolverines shooting slump...
At 48.9 percent from the field;
Michigan is three percentage points,
behind its Big Ten opponents. The of-
fensive play of Antoine Joubert and
Gary Grant must improve. .
Daily Photo by BRAD MILLS
Antoine Joubert appears to be breaking out of his shooting slump after
going six for eight Saturday against Michigan State. Joubert will put his
accuracy to the test tonight when the Wolverines host Northwestern.
ai Judges, 48-40
By DUANE ROOSE Makauskas was the key to the Goeb-
hi trotters' defense, a 2-3 zone.
PONTIAC (AP) - Reserve guardI
Vinnie Johnson scored 18 of his 24l
points in the fourth quarter last night
to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 107-94l
National Basketball Association vic-
tory over the Atlanta Hawks.
The victory was the seventh in the
last nine games for Detroit. The
Hawks had won 11 of their previous 14
JOHNSON SCORED nine con-
secutive points as the Pistons out-
scored Atlanta 15-4 midway through
the fourth quarter.
A three-point play by Johnson gave
Detroit a 90-84 lead with 5:09 left in the
game. Johnson t
Pistons surge with
jumper from the le
Detroit a 92-84 lead1
Two more Johns
one by Tony Campt
Mark Price scored
by Hawks, 107-94
hen capped the Carolina State 67-54 in an Atlantic Jackets grabbed a four-point halfi
a leaning 15-foot Coast Conference basketball game lead.
eft wing that gave yesterday,.
with 4:35 to play. The Yellow Jackets, who trailed by St. Johns 81, Villanova
on field goals and as many as eight points in the first NEW YORK (AP) - Walter B
bell gave Detroit a half, stretched a 33-29 halftime lead to scored 28 points, Ron Rowan ha
lead with 2:26 to 44-34 on a three-point play by John and Willie Glass added 16 to lead r
Salley. N.C. State could get no closer St. John's to an 81-61 Big East(
than six after that by falling to 13-6 ference basketball victoryo
h 67,~ overall and 5-3 in the ACC. Villanova last night.
Georgia Tech's biggest lead was the The triumph was the sixth in a
na State 54 final score as the Yellow Jackets for the Redmen, who increased V
(AP) - Guard raised their record to 17-2 and 6-1. record to 20-2 and 7-1 in the confe
20 points to key a Duane Ferrell muscled inside for ce. That put St. John's into a
as third-ranked two buckets to spark a 10-3 run in the place tie with Syracuse, which
defeated North final 3:41 of the first half as the Yellow play host to the Redmen on Satur
Jet nuuerholz poured in iu points,
grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked two
shots, leading the Bombers to a 48-40
victory over the Judges in Indepen-
dent 'A' basketball action. Keith
Wester led the Bombers with 14 poin-
ts. Ed Kulik, Paul Renko and John
Verbrugge all tallied eight. Ver-
brugge added six rebounds.
Matt Zcajka was a defensive stan-
dout for the Bombers, who played
their "weakest game of the year," ac-
cording to Renko. "We better get it
together for the playoffs," he added.
5th Douglas Pistons 42
In Residential Hall 'A' action, Mark
Stanford's 21 points led the Goebtrot-
ters to a 48-42 triumph over the 5th
Douglas Pistons. Chris Striedter
poured in 17 points for the Goebtrot-
ters, and Ray John tallied eight. Andy
Second Coming 44, DSD 3
Well Hung Jury 50, Phys. Med. 23
Alpha Sigma Phi 47, Alpha Tau Omega 34
Beta Theta Pi 35, Phi Kappa Psi 31
Phi Gamme Delta 38, Chi Psi 26
Alpha sigma Phi 30, Alpha Tau Omega 18
*powerhouse '8652, Red Wings 32
W Independent B
Phi Alpha Kappa Noi 11, The Slump 31
Dodge Boys 58, USMBL 36
Navy 55, TAFSA 33
IOU 43, Spuds 41
Stammers 51, AFROTC 46
Monday, January 27
Evans Scholars 53, Sigma Phi 25
Phi Kappa Tau 21, Chi Phi 62
Sigma Phi 29, Sigma Chi 54
Kappa Sigma 28. Sigma Alpha Mu 50
The winners opened up a 20-point
lead in the beginning of the second
half, and coasted from there. One of
the keys to the victory was "good out-
side shooting," according to Striedter.
Eight SSWG 45,
In GFS play, Brad Weber and Rob
Schantz led the Eight Short, Slow,
White Guys to a 45-44 squeaker over
the Fecaliths. Despite holding a 10-
point lead at halftime, the winners
had to hold off a furious rally to en-
sure the victory.
Schantz led the Eight Short, Slow,
White Guys with 15 points, while
Weber led the team in rebounding to
go along with his 10 points. Mitch
Lewis and Dave Lullo sparked the
Guys on defense while Scott Long ran
Glass Shards 48,
Kurt Hochrein's 18 points led the
Glass Shards to a 48-47 triumph over
the Hummers in an Independent 'A'
contest. Tony McCoy also turned in a
strong performance for the Glass
Shards, notching 14 points and
snaring 15 rebounds.
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