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4

Wrestling
vs. Minnesota
Tomorrow, 8:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPrORTS
Thursday, February 5;,1987

Women's Basketball
vs. Indiana
Tomorrow, 6:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Page 8

BUCKEYES FEARFUL OF RUN-AND-GUN GAME

OSU next targe'
By RICK KAPLAN Buckeye forward Dennis Hopson.
Ohio State plans to do one thing The Toledo native is the nation's
differently tonight at St. John second-highest scorer with a 29.5
Arena (7:00 p.m.) than it did in last points per game average. In addition
month's 107-92 loss to the to leading the conference in scoring,
Michigan basketball team. Hopson is fifth in rebounds, at
"I think we'll try to play some eight per game.
defense this time," said Buckeye He scored 21 points in Ohio
coach Gary Williams. State's 82-65 loss to Illinois
In the January 8 contest, the Monday night, the first time in six
Wolverines reached their highest games he has been held under 30
point total in a Big Ten game since points. In the loss at Ann Arbor,
the 1977-78 season. Gary Grant Hopson poured in 39, including
scored 35 points and five of his four three-pointers.
Michigan teammates chipped in "Hopson will score against us,"
with eight or more points. said Michigan coach Bill Frieder.
"THEY have four people who "He's just a great player. We have a
can go for 30 (points) on a given tough time containing him. But I
night," said Williams, the first-year want to make sure we don't
Buckeye coach. "That's really overemphasize him and let some of
difficult when you are trying to set the others get away from us."
up a defensive game plan. We have THE OTHERS include 6-1
to figure out how to at least control guard Curtis Wilson (15.1 ppg)
their offense to where they can't who leads the Big Ten with 2.9
score at will." steals per game. Wilson's backcourt
Likewise, Michigan has to mate is Ohio high school legend
figure out how to control 6-5 Jay Burson. Listed at 6-0, 152

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'We've given up a lot of
points. It kind of makes
me shudder to think
about it.'
-Bill Frieder, Michigan
basketball coach

arsenal
teams' last meeting. "Their support
players have gotten better and
better," Frieder said. "Guys like
Anderson, (Keith) Wesson off the
bench, and Burson are giving them
no minuses, and Hopson is just so
consistent."
Team consistency was
nonexistent in Columbus over the
first half of the conference season.
The Buckeyes opened the year 0-3
in the Big Ten, won their next four,
then lost the next two. The middle
stretch featured an upset over then-
No. 1 Iowa in Iowa City.
As the second half of the
schedule begins, Frieder's team, in
the midst of a six-game winning
streak, has the top-rated scoring
offense in the league (87.7 ppg) but
the 10th-rated scoring defense (82.2
ppg).
"The defense is related to how
fast a pace the offense sets," said
Frieder. "If you score quick and
often, you're going to give
opponents that many more
possessions.
"We've given up a lot of points.
It kind of makes me shudder to
think about it."

pounds, Burson is one of the
conference's smallest players, but
his outside touch has enabled him
to average 13 points:
The other frontcourt starters for
the Buckeyes (4-5 Big Ten, 13-8
overall) are 6-9 center John
Anderson and 6-5 forward Jerry
Francis. Despite being the tallest
player on the floor, Anderson scored
just two points against Michigan
(6-3, 15-6).
Frieder, however, thinks that
Ohio State has improved since the

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Michigan's Gary Grant leads the Wolverines into Columbus tonight to
battle Ohio State.

Rush Delivery
BY JEFF RUSH

Big business bullies ...
'owners bench free agency

W hat goes together in the good
ol' U.S.A.? Baseball, hot dogs,
apple pie, and Chevrolet. American
as capitalism, right?
You remember capitalism's
virtues, as taught to you by your
Econ professors? Maximum
efficiency and happiness at the
minimum price. Sounds great. But
let's look at the above exhibits and
see if they really are as American as
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capitalist market allows anyone
with a few bucks and a few guts to
try and make a few more bucks. But
the big three have the U.S. market
nearly cornered.
What happens when someone
else attempts to corner a little of
the big boys' territory? John
DeLorean tried. Since then his wife
dumped him, he's been tried in
court twice, and he's resorted to
taking out newspaper ads asking for
donations to help him with court
costs. Messing with American
institutions such as the car
companies is as un-American as
telling your mom you don't like
her home-made apple pie - but
what of it? Mousse is all the rage
these days.
-Hot dogs - Like the
automobile market, the hot dog
market is a monopoly of sorts. Ball
Park Franks and Oscar Mayer are
tops. After that, one has to put up
with dogs like those served at
Michigan athletic events. The latter

would most appropriately be served
with a keg of Goebel's. The thing
that goes best with beer and
weenies is...
-Baseball - By now all should
be convinced that the best things in
America have little to do with
perfect capitalism, and have more in
common with monopolistic
markets. Over the past year, it has
become apparent that baseball is no
longer a free market in which
players sell their services at the
highest bid. Major league owners
suddenly hold the upper hand.
Perhaps most aware of this
phenomenon are Detroit Tiger fans.
Last year they watched Kirk Gibson
haggle with Tiger management
until the signing deadline.
This year, those same fans
watched a similar situation unfold
not once, but twice. Jack Morris
threatened to sell his services
outside of Detroit, and brought to
several owners what Morris and his
agent called "an offer they couldn't
refuse." The owners refused. No

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one, not even the owner of Morris'
hometown Twins, wanted the
winningest pitcher of the 1980s.
Lance Parrish laughed at the
Tigers' offer to him, and went
shopping for a new team.
Philadelphia looked as if it might
be the city to give Parrish liberty
from Detroit management. But the!
Phillies made an offer that Parrish
called "pathetically insulting."
Have the owners, to the horror
of all economists, formed an illegal
trust? Probably. Is this
monopolistic market bad for
baseball fans? No way.
The owners remember players
such as Wayne Garland, one of the
early free agents. Once a 20-game
winner, Garland signed a huge4
contract with the Cleveland Indians,
then promptly did his best to allow
six earned runs a game (nearly twice
what Morris allowed last year).
Garland's career soon ended.
Remember John Mayberry? Rennie
Stennett? Ed Whitson? How many
championships did these men win
after they became free agents?
Detroit, in its last championship
year, had one major free agent1
Darrell Evans. Evans hit only .230
with 16 home runsthat season. The
Tigers won with home-grown
talent.
Free agents have done little to
help teams win, and smart baseball
minds want little to do with them.
Smart fans should want little to do
with them, either.
Baseball owners of the world;4
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