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Men's Basketball
vs. Purdue
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Crisler Arena, CBS-TV


Men's Volleyball
vs. Notre Dame
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 4, 1987

Page 9

Michigan looks to
By ADAM OCHLIS just take my raise (Athletic Director under fire by the critics (read: Dic
There will be no resting for the Don) Canham gives me and retire," Vitale) for blowing big lead
Michigan Wolverines until the said Michigan coach Bill Frieder. against the conference's best team
announcement of the NCAA ILLINOIS (21-7 overall, 11-6 On January 14, they choked away
tournament bids on Sunday. in the Big Ten) is comfortably 22-point second half lead to Iow-
Michigan's 18 wins, including sitting in fourth place in the bowing in overtime. A week lat
nine in what many call the nation's conference, and will enter the they blew a six-point advantage
toughest conference, may already be NCAAs for the fourth year in a row Purdue. And just over a week ag
enough to qualify for the 64-team under coach Lou Henson. Illinois' 16-point lead to th
field. A win against either Illinois Except for an early season one- Boilermakers disappeared as Purdu
tonight (7:30-ESPN) or Saturday point, loss to state rival Loyola, won in overtime.
against Purdue would enable the Illinois has not lost to a team SUNDAY, the Illini prove
Wolverines to relax in front of their outside the Top Ten. Included in the they could win a close game again
televisions Sunday, assured of an 21 wins are victories at Big East a quality opponent, and Henson
NCAA birth for a third consecutive co-champ Pittsburgh and at Big breathing a little easier.
year. Two losses and it's time to Eight champ Missouri. But perhaps "I'm really proud of what thi
start sweating. Two wins... well, the biggest win of the season was team has done," he said. "I'm sti
don't count on that. last Sunday's 69-67 thriller over amazed at how strong people thin
"If we win these two this week, Indiana at Champaign. Illinois is. We have to execute ver
I'm probably going to resign and Henson and the Illini have come well, we have to fight hard and pla
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wrap a
:k good defense to play with these top
Is teams."
s. Henson does have the horses,
a however, to make a strong run at
a, the national championship, and to
er give the Wolverines a lot of
at trouble.
o, Leading the Illini is senior Ken
e Norman, last week's Big Ten
le Player of the Week. A probable
NBA lottery pick, Norman scored
d 50 points and grabbed 24 rebounds
st in wins over Indiana and Ohio
is State. His 20-point, 10-rebound and
60-percent shooting averages put
is him near the top of the conference
ll in each category.
ik NORMAN also has much
y help. Doug Altenberger (14.1
y points per game) is hitting 50
percent of his three-point shots and
is one of the best defensive players
in the Big Ten.
Joining Altenberger in the three-
guard alignment are senior Tony
Wysinger (10.9 ppg), a good
outside shooter, and super-quick
freshman Steve Bardo (3.6 ppg).
Guard Glynn Blackwell, who
comes off the bench, set a personal
career-high this year with 28 points
in Illinois 95-84 win over the
In the middle is 7-0, 240-pound
Jens Kujawa. The Braunschweig,
West Germany, native (pronounced
"Yens Koo-YA-va") came to life in
the Indiana game. A non-shooter to
say the least, Kujawa poured in six
Spoints in the clutch on two
Kareem-esque hooks and two
pressure-packed free throws.
If he can duplicate that
° performance tonight, it could mean
: trouble for the Wolverines, who
have had trouble with big men all

ip NCAA bid

to attend
next year

For some people there are more important things than playing
college football.
Ken Higgins, Michigan's leading receiver last year, announced he
will not return to play a fifth year with the Wolverines and instead will
attend the Harvard Law School.
"He (coach Bo Schembechler) was a little disappointed because he
wanted me to come back - he can always use another receiver,"
Higgins said,
"But he respects my decision," he continued. "He just wanted to
make sure it was what I wanted to do."
Higgins became a starter last season in the third game of the season,
against Florida State, replacing Paul Jokisch, who pulled a groin
muscle. Higgins went on to catch 32 passes for 606 yards.
His departure leaves John Kolesar and Greg McMurtry as Michigan's
only experienced wide receivers.
"When he's your leading wide receiver and pass catcher, you kind of
miss those folks," said last year's wide receiver coach, Bill Harris.

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M' ad I
Despite hockey's reputation as a
game played by mindless goons,
(Detroit Red Wings head coach
Jacques Demers is looking to gain
an intellectual edge with team
psychologist Dr. Hugh Bray.
"I try to give the players an
ability to identify what they do
when they're playing well or when
they're not," explained Bray. "And
in doing so, they make a distinction
between the two and focus on the
things they do well and enhance
them through a learning-type
After a successful stint as a rock
musician, Bray tired of the
accelerated pace of a musician's
lifestyle. After graduating from
Michigan in 1980 at the age of 33,
he earned his master's and doctorate
degrees from St. Louis University,
completing a master's thesis on
stress reactions of NHL goalies.
Demers, who previously coached
the St. Louis Blues, noticed the
sliccess of Bray's work three years
ago in St. Louis.
Said Demers, "He did some work
with some of my goalies in St.
Louis and I was very, very
When Demers came over from
St. Louis this season, he made sure
that Bray was not far behind.
Beginning March 1, Bray will
travel full-time with the team.
Demers insists that the constant
presence of a psychologist will
benefit the team. .
"With the needs of the
professional athlete, who lives the
fast life and travels a lot, it's very
important, because there's a lot of
youngsters on the team," said
Demers. "We need somebody we
can trust and who can communicate
with the players."
BRAY suprisingly condones
the Wings leading the league in
fighting penalties. He contends that
this statistic is part of the reason
for the startling change of last
needed for
The Michigan football team is
looking for student managers.
The position calls for setting up
Oand helping run practices, which
run for three-and-a- half hours. There

keeps Red Wings cool
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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Garde Thompson looks ahead to the Fighting Illini, who invade Crisler
Arena tonight. Thompson is averaging 14 points per game.



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Dr. Hugh Bray has helped psyche the first-place Detroit Red Wings into
playing their best hockey in years. Shown here is Red Wing goalie Glen

year's hapless Red Wings into this
year's division leaders.
"The Red Wings in the past have
always been a dynamic, brawling
team. This is an inclination that
they're striving to win."'Dr. Bray
said. "Fighting has always been a
part of the game. Part of hockey is

sports psychologist helps the
athlete be prepared with the mental
techniques to be utilized in any
pressure situations."
Bray's role on the team is one of
confidant, and his discussions with
the players are not limited to the
confines of game play.
"I will be there for the players
when they need me on and off the
ice. The players know that they can
talk to me in an open and honest
Although Demers said that the
players responded positively to the
idea of a team psychologist, Bray
said the rapport was uncomfortable
at the outset.
Demers is certain that having
Bray is a change for the better,
"It's a positive step," said
Demers. "A few years ago coaches
wouldn't want a psychologist. But I
believe in this and I think most of
the teams in the NHL now will do
it. We've opened the door."

intimidation. And if you intimidate
the opponent then you'll have one
step up on it."
In order to maximize the team's
capability, Bray concerns himself
with individual performances rather
than with team statistics.
well when they're geared up and
other players need to calm down and
play at a emotionally controlled
level." He adds, "It's difficult to
separate the mind from the body. A

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