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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 22, 1987
Miller Time
BY SCOTT G. MILLER'
Tue Wildcats' woes...
... will they ever end?
EVANSTON
With Northwestern's basketball team perched in its familiar position
in the Big Ten standings - the basement, university officials employed
this basketball expert to study why the school cannot attract top
players. The results are as follows:
-The present squad. Northwestern is 5-12 overall and 0-7 in the
conference after last night's loss. Three starters are averaging under five
points per game. Even a player such as Michigan State's 'Bad' Barry
Fordham averages five ppg.
The Wildcats with all their leading scorers returning this season will
have trouble matching last year's marks of 2-16, 8-20.
How bad a year was 1986? Both conference wins came against a
scandal-ridden Minnesota team. The Gophers forfeited the first game and
played the second using only five players.
Recruiting players by promising they will join such notables as Bo
Cucuz just doesn't cut it in the Big Ten.
-Scheduling. Any genius can realize that playing a team like Duke in
the preseason is a bad idea.
Scholars first, athletes second
-The Big Ten. Northwestern recruits scholars first, athletes second.
In the Big Ten that's the wrong order.
Aren't Wildcat alumni sick and tired of their school serving as a
doormat to be stepped on by the powers of college basketball?
-Tradition. Northwestern has lots. Unfortunately, it's all bad.
The Wildcats last won the Big Ten Championship in 1932-33. They
possess losing records against the Evanston YMCA (1-6), Naperville
(0-2), and Hull House (0-1). Winning marks against Garrett Biblical
Institute (1-0), First National Bank (1-0), and Flint Motor Vehicle Co.
(1-0) soften some but not all the 943 defeats in the school's history.
-Ex-players. The best professional player the school ever produced is
Billy McKinney. That's the Billy McKinney who played Ior five NBA
teams.
Other notable basketball alumni include Don Adams and Mike
Weaver. While their NBA careers were brief, they belong on the all-
league name team.
-Coaching. Northwestern has employed coaching luminaries named
Snyder and Winter. Had they been Jimmy 'the Greek' Snyder and
Jonathan Winters, success would have been guaranteed. Instead, they
had a Brad Snyder and a Tex Winter.
To its credit, the university hired Bill Foster as head coach this year.
Foster (413-268), who took Duke to the Final Four in 1978, must
want to end his coaching career with an even won-loss record.
The color purple
-Team uniforms. The only good team ever to wear purple was the
Minnesota Vikings of the 1970's. They were nicknamed the 'Purple
People Eaters'. They also lost four Super Bowls.
-The arena. Welsh-Ryan Arena is not a cool name like the Dean
Dome in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Who are Welsh and Ryan? Nobody knows.
Smartly, Northwestern spent 6.75 million dollars to build the arena,
which seats 8,117. The old stadium held 10,000 fans. Addition by
subtraction, at least in Northwestern's case, cuts monetary losses.
*The X-factor. Never have the Wildcats had a letterman with a last
name beginning with X.

Blue tops

Northwestern 87-73

By ADAM OCHLIS
Special to the Daily
EVANSTON - There were to
be no last-minute heroics or heart-
breaking defeats for the Wolverines
on this night.
Michigan (12-6 overall, 3-3 Big
Ten), after its last three games were
decided in the final minute, took
control of last night's contest
against Northwestern (5-12, 0-7)
early -and coasted to an 87-73
victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Michigan never trailed in the
ballgame. The Wildcats cut an 11-
point halftime deficit to eight
during the second half, but could
get no closer.
GARY GRANT led Michigan
with 27 points while Antione
Joubert chipped in with 22. Elliot
Fullen topped all Wildcat scorers
with 21 points.
Northwestern's strategy of
deploying a three-guard offense
backfired. Guard Jeff Grose, who
was inserted into the starting lineup

to add some scoring punch against
the run-and-gun Wolverines, scored
just six points on 2-10 shooting.
"I was hoping (Grose) would get
on track and give us more offense,"
said Northwestern head coach Bill
Foster. "If he could have, it would
have helped an awful lot."
Michigan head coach Bill Frieder
was pleased with his team's
performance, considering the three
tough games Michigan played last
week.
"I THINK our guys did a great
job," said Frieder. "We're playing
tired right now. Four games in nine
days is difficult, especially against
teams like Syracuse and Indiana,
but our bench did a great job and.
played very well."
Michigan was able to capitalize
on Northwestern's smaller lineup
by getting numerous fast-break
baskets off missed Wildcat shots.
The Wolverines also controlled
the backboards, out-rebounding
Northwestern by a 38-34 margin.

The Wildcats' only real second-
half threat came when Fullen hit
two free throws to close the lead to
66-58 with 11 minutes left. Then
Michigan center Mark Hughes
rebounded a Fullen three-point shot
and outletted the ball to Grant, who
raced down the floor for an
uncontested layup. The game was
technically over at that point.
"WE HAD to struggle the
whole game," said Foster. "We
didn't get the shot we wanted when
we cut the lead to eight."
Michigan darted to a 44-33 lead
at the break. Grant played a superb
20 minutes and led the Wolverines
in scoring with 15 points and
Joubert added 11.
Glen Rice got the Wolverines
off to a quick 3-0 start on the first
possession of the game, taking a
feed from Grant for a layup. Rice
also got fouled on the play by
Northwestern's Shon Morris. Rice
made the free throw, but more
importantly for the Wildcats, was
the Morris foul.
Morris, who came into last
night's game with a 16.1 scoring
average, would pick up his third
personal with 14 minutes left in the
half and watched the next five
minutes from the bench. During
that span, Michigan increased a
seven-point lead to as high as 15.
Grant did most of the damage, as he
continues to play exceptional
basketball.
The Canton, Ohio native added
six assists and four rebounds to his
15 points.
Despite some poor shot
selection, Michigan still shot 61
percent for the half, as opposed to
38 percent for Northwestern. Many
Wolverine baskets came on easy

layups, as Grant and company were
able to handle Northwestern's presa
with relative ease.
Morris kept the Wildcats in the
game when he returned from the
bench, notching 10 points and 2
rebounds. Guards Fullen and Shawn
Watts both added six points, but i'
wasn't enough.
"They're running game got to(
many easy baskets," said Foster
"Our defense did not hold up. We
had to play catch-up the entir(
game."

Grant
... another good game

The Wolverines shot 56.'
percent for the game, their bes
shooting effort of the Big Teri
season.
"I'll be disappointed if we don'
continue to play well, and get int(
the NCAA Tournament," said
Frieder. "The Big Ten has proved tc
be a great conference this year, with
wins over a lot of great teams
Teams like us and Ohio Stat
deserve strong consideration."

Nortlzwastern

MICHIGAN
Min. FGIA Fr/A R

Rke 36
Joubert 36
Hughes 23
Th'psn 26
Grant 37
Vaught 14
Griffin 16
Kramer 6
Oost. 2
Stoyko 3
Glbas 1
TEAM

5/8
9/16
2/3
2/6
2/6
2/2
1/1
0/1
1/1
0/0

4/6
2/12
0/0
2/2
2/2
0/I
0/0
0/0
0/0
0/0

9
3
5
1
6
6
4
0
0
2
0
2

A
5
5
3
4
10
0
1
0
0
0
0

PF
1
3
2
3
1
2
3
2
0
0
0

TP
14.
22
4
6
27
6
2
2
2
0

NORTHWESTERN
FG/A 'FT/A R A

Min.
Morris 36
Fullen 35
Cucuz 16
Grose 23
Watts 38
Ross 28
Buford 6
Wys iS
TEAM

8/15
9/18
1/5
2/10
5/10
0/3
0/2
3/4

2/3
2/2
0/0
2/2
4/6
2/3
0/0
1/2

15
3
2
0
2
6
0
4
2

2
1
0
1
5
0
0
0

PF TP
4 19
3 21
5 2
2 6
V~ 16
3 2
0 0
0 7

-

TOTALS 28/67 13/18

34 9 18 73

TOTALS 34/60 17/20 38 28

17 87

Three-point goals: team 4/10; Morris 1/l; Fullen
1/3; Grose 0/3; Watts 2/3.

Associated Press
Michigan guard Garde Thompson covers Northwestern forward Shon
Morris during the Wolverines' 87-73 victory over the Wildcats last night in
Evanston.

Three-point goals: team 2/7; Joubert 2/4; Thpsn
0/2; Grant 0/1.
Technical: none
Attendance: 5765

Scoring
Nu
MICH

1
33
44

2
40
43

Tot.
73
97

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