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March 06, 1986 - Image 9

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Men's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena, PASS TV



CCHA Finals
Friday, Saturday
Joe Louis Arena


The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 6, 1986

Page 9


Blue to battle with Buckeyes

For once, Bill Frieder isn't down-
playing the significance of a basket-
ball game. He's spelling it out plainly.
"It's a big week," Frieder said, "no
question. It's big with a lot of B's."
LIKE'B'FOR Big Ten Champion-
ship, which will be decided by the
results of Michigan's games with Ohio
State tonight and Indiana (20-6)
Saturday, along with the latter two's
contests with Michigan State (20-6).
That particular situation is somewhat
bewildering, since it reads like a
"Who's in first?" schtick.
Currently tied for the conference
lead, the Wolverines and Hoosiers
each must win both games to take the
title outright. If the Saprtans beat
both OSU and Indiana, and the
Hoosiers beat Michigan, MSU shares
the top spot with Indiana, assuming
that is, the Bucks can beat the
Wolverines tonight. Otherwise,
Michigan could share the crown with
Michigan State, if the Wolverines lose
to OSU but beat Indiana while MSU
wins both games. Finally, if the
Wolverines beat the Bucks, lose to In-
diana, and the Spartans don't lose,
everybody wins, whats on second and
I don't know's on third.
Now put your lips together, twiddle
them with your finger, and say "B-B-
BUT THIS was supposed to be plain
language, right? So take it from the
Michigan-centric view: Two wins give
the Wolverines the championship un-
contested; a loss tonight and win
Saturday lead to sharing it with
someone and two losses give the title

to someone else.
Getting back to our regularly
scheduled story, the primary 'B' on
Frieder's mind stands for Buckeyes,
even though Indiana is a better team
and the prime contender in the Big
Ten race.
"We cannot underestimate or
overlook Ohio State," Frieder said.
"Everything our kids are hearing is
about the game on Saturday and we
can't allow that."
NOR CAN FRIEDER and co. allow

Ohio State's other offensive threat
is Dennis Hopson a 6-5 guard. Though
the Wolverines held him to just 12
points and rendered him almost inef-
fective in January, Hopson still ranks
seventh in league scoring and also
ranks high on Frieder's list of
"WE HAVE TO be concerned about
Hopson and Sellers, but we can't let
somebody else get away and have a
big game," said Frieder.
Give the coach a 'B' for boundless

guard Kip Lomax and freshman for-
ward Jerry Francis.
HOPSON SAID Ohio State is not so
much concerned with scoring punch
as it is with another 'B' ballhandling.
"We've got to try not to turn the ball
over, The last game we had
something like 20 turnovers (actually
16) and that had a big effect.
"We've got to handle the ball
stronger when we go to the middle,"
he continued. "Last time we tried to
penetrate the middle and they
knocked the ball out of the way."
In that area, both teams are
thinking alike. Frieder's plan for
Hopson is to keep him out of the paint.
"WE'RE GONNA try to not to let
him drive the middle," Frieder said.
"We want to make him drive the base
line and get a big guy to step up and
stop him."
The sixth-year coach also wants to
cut off the Buckeyes emotionally.
They represent not a team playing the
spoilers role, but one fighting for a
coach who will not return next season.
"To play Michigan and win one for
coach (Eldon) Miller, I think they'll
be juiced up," said Frieder.
According to Hopson, the emotional
current isn't running as high. He said
neither Michigan's fight for the title
nor Miller's end-of-season departure
are heavy on his mind.
"We're not thinking aobut them
winning the championship," said
Hupson. "We just want to play out
"Coach Miller doesn't want us to
think about (his leaving)," Hopson
added. "He wants us to play like he's
going to be here forever."

room for OSU's king 'B,' Brad Sellers.
The 7-0 senior stung Michigan with 25
points in Columbus and is third in the
league in scoring.
Sellers also puts the 'B' in boards for
Ohio State. He led the Buckeyes with
15 rebounds the first time against
Michigan and leads the league with an
11.9 average.

imagination. Center Keith Wesson, a
6-9 junior, is the only Buckeye other
than Hopson or Sellers to lead the
team in either scoring or rebounding.
He did each just once with a 19-point,
10-rebound game against Wisconsin.
Normally, Wesson averages more
like six points, about the same as
OSU's other two starters, sophomore


State's Scott Skiles, who m
off the court problems to lea
Ten in scoring, sharpshootin
guard Steve Alford and O
center Brad Sellers lead th
All-Big Ten team announce
Skiles, who led MSU to
division in the conference, A
Sellers were unanimous c
the conference coaches for
were Roy Tarpley of Michi
year's Big Ten player of the;
Illinois high-scoring pivot
Norman. The player of the
coach of the year will be a
next week.

All-Big Te
Michigan Tarpley was the lone repeater from
weathered last year's all-conference team. Skiles
ad the Big was only an honorable mention per-
g Indiana former last season.
)hio State But the senior guard from
he 1985-86 Plymouth, Ind., burst upon the scene
ed yester- this year, leading an unheralded
Michigan State team into the first
the first division and a likely NCAA bid this
Alford and year.
hoices by "I COULDN'T understand why
the first everyone wasn't taking us seriously at
the beginning of the year," said
irst team Skiles, who averaged nearly 28 points
igan, last per game this season. "I don't think
year, and we're a surprise team at all."
man Ken Alford, a junior, was a second team
year and selection last year but returns to the
announced first team for the second time. He was
chosen as a freshman to the first unit.

n team named

Alford, an excellent free throw
shooter and like Skiles, an excellent
outside shooter, helped lift Indiana
into title contention against Michigan
heading into the final weekend of the
regular season.
tment of injuries to again lead the
Wolverines into the top 10 and into
title contention. The 6-10 senior did not
have the offensive statistics of either
Skiles or Alford but that was more due
to Michigan's style of balanced offen-
Sellers, a third-team selection last
year, blossomed into one of the nation's
finest centers this year. An excellent
shot blocker and rebounder -he led
the league in both categories nearly
all season - the 7-0 Sellers is expec-

ted to be a first round NBA draft
A pair of Purdue sophomores, Troy
Lewis and Todd Mitchell, highlight
the second team chosen by the
coaches. The pair combined to again
make the Boilermakers one of the
surprise teams in the conference.
Joining Mitchell and Lewis were
last year's freshman of the year, Gary
Grant of Michigan, Minnesota Pivot-
man John Shasky and Junior Dennis
Hopson of Ohio State.

Daily Photo by STEVE WISE
Freshman Glen Rice shoots against Ohio State in Michigan's 78-68 vic-
tory earlier this year at St. John Arena.
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