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Page 12- The Michigan Daily- Friday, December 5, 1986
UIC LOOKS TO LIGHT IT UP IN CRISLER
Blue meets hot-shot Flames

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By SCOTT G. MILLER.
If Illinois-Chicago's 115-53
victory over Lake Forest (Ill.)
earlier this week is indicative of
Flame scoring ability, it is time for
Michigan (3-1) to take out its track
shoes. Tomorrow's game at 2 p.m.
in Crisler Arena could resemble the
Wolverines' high scoring season-
opening victory against Bradley.
"The 45 second clock will not
reach 30 seconds many times on
Saturday," said Illinois-Chicago
coach Willie Little.
Last season Michigan smothered
the Flames 85-54. Little's squad
tried to slow the tempo of that
contest, but that will not happen
this year.

"They are a scrappy team,
they've got good athletes, and
they're quick," said Frieder. "We
expect a tough game because they
play hard."
That hard play produced an
average of 77.4 points per game
last season, which placed Illinois-
Chicago second behind Cleveland
State in offense in the Association
of Mid-Continent Universities
Conference.
Guards Bobby Locke and Willie
Jett lead the offense. Locke, who
averaged 14.5 ppg last season, is
the only new starter in the Illinois-
Chicago lineup. The 5-10 senior
point guard is a solid ballhandler,
penetrator, and shooter.
Willie Jett, Locke's running
mate, plays a similar style. "He's
literally a jet," said Michigan
assistant coach Steve Fisher. "Both
guards are small and quick and could
cause matchup problems for us."
Michigan must stop these guards

to douse the Flames' red-hot
transition offense. Illinois-
Chicago's half-court offense is not
as strong and relies on a perimeter
game.
Forward Dick Knar, a 50.2
percent field goal shooter, is a
threat from the perimeter. He
transfered last year from Navy and
brought his torpedo-like three-
pointer with him. He netted 11.1
ppg last season for the Flames.
Derrick Johnson and Nate
Chambers round out the Illinois-
Chicago front line. Chambers, a 6-
8 center, is the squad's top inside
threat while Johnson at 6-8 , 240 is
the team's biggest player.
"Johnson is their Mark Hughes,"
said Fisher.

Hughes, UIC's Johnson, is
emerging as the Wolverines top
pivot man. He played one of his
best games of the season against
Central Michigan earlier this week.
In 29 minutes, he grabbed six
rebounds and shot 3-4 from the
field. Frieder plans to continue to
rotate his big men.
"You should see our practices.
One day it is Hughes. He is pretty
good so we decided we are going
with Hughes," said Frieder. "Then
the next day, (Loy) Vaught hits
three in a row and outboards him
(Hughes).
"Then the next day, J.P.
(Oosterbaan) plays well. And we
have been going through this since
October 15."

"It will be up
a ,guaranteed Little.
Michigan coach Bill
wary of the 2-1 Flames.

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M' schedule ranked high...'.
...rw surprise
By SCOTT G. MILLER
In a column earlier this week titled "Play a real schedule...Vitale
hates cream puffs," I discussed Michigan's non-conference schedule or
lack thereof. It has been brought to my attention that computer
rankings in the USA Today rated Michigan's schedule the fourth best
in the nation over the last three years.
Since I am now in the business of rating schedules as well as
writing basketball, I feel I it is my duty to respond to this not so
startling finding. After all, the Wolverines play in one of the toughest
conferences. The Big Ten places seven teams in the top 30 of the
USA Today schedule ratings. This fact, though, could not have
anything to do with Michigan's lofty ranking, could it? If all those
highly-ranked clubs play each other, it increases both squads schedule
strength. Each of these teams could build their ratings by playing non-
conference pansies.
Michigan is playing a solid schedule this season. There is no
argument over this point even if basketball analyst Dick Vitale thinks
otherwise. The Wolverines participated in the Coca-Cola NIT Classic,
play in the UAB Classic in Birmingham, Ala. over Christmas and
play Syracuse in February besides the entire slate of Big Ten teams,
which includes four of the top ten teams in the nation.
My problem is with playing a non-conference opponent like Ball
State. The Cardinals are not suitable competition for a good Division
II club. I know every team has games like Michigan's 90-57 victory
Monday night. But scrimmaging has be as effective as playing a team.
that scores four baskets in the first 20 minutes of a game.
The Wolverines' non-conference schedule comes at the end of the
first semester, which makes it hard to travel. The team even plays
Bowling Green during exam week. Why? I have no idea. Therefore,
Michigan plays MAC teams because of their proximity. There are
many teams the Wolverines could play without traveling too far.
Schools such as the University of Detroit, Notre Dame, DePaul,
Dayton, Marquette, and Miami of Ohio offer more attractive
competition than Ball State. I think Michigan should choose one of
these institutions and play them home one season and away the next.
It would develop a great rivalry.
I am not saying to play all these teams. The Wolverines cannot
afford to lose many non-conference games and then expect to make it
to the NCAAs.
Michigan may have received a bad rap for its schedule over the last
few seasons, but improvements still could be made Schedules like
wire service polls arouse controversy and fun discussions. And college
sports just would not be the same without controversy and/or fun.
What to do, what to do
Before non-conference action, the Wolverines prepare in a variety of
ways. Here are some of the more interesting rituals.
e Mark Hughes likes to relax, watch television, and throw darts.
" Steve Stoyko wears a certain type of tube socks with different
colors. "These games are vitally important to me because there is a
good chance I may play," said Stoyko.
- Glen Rice said, "We come in and get fired up like it is a regular
team."
" Jack Kramer sports a ring his girlfriend gave him. The only game
he did not wear it to was Michigan's 82-76 defeat at Memphis State.
"I probably should take some extra free throws. I was 0-1 tonight. In
fact, I was a little mad at Stoyko. He tipped it in when it was on the
rim," said Kramer kiddingly after the Central Michigan game.
" Antoine Joubert likes to shoot a lot and to joke around.
- Loy Vaught likes to listen to music, Prince in particular. "On the
Purple Rain album there is a song "Baby I'm a Star." I like to listen
to that because it pumps me up."
Friederisms
- "I told Schembechler anybody who goes to Hawaii that it is a
tough game," said Michigan head coach Bill Frieder. They'rd
(Michigan football) going to have a tough time out there... I want
you to know I told him. If they get screwed out there, I want you to
know I told them."
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