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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 16, 1987 - Page 9

Frieder voices opinions

-After Thursday's first-round afternoon games
ended, Michigan guard Gary Grant took the floor with
Wolverine strength coach Gil Zimmerman, practicing
jump shots amid the remnants of the press, late-
leaving fans, and the cleanup crew. Michigan
assistant coach Dave Hammer and graduate assistant
Mike Grant studied the junior's every move. Grant
seemed determined to shake his NCAA-tournament
scoring jinx, having averaged four points per tourney
game in his first two years. The extra work paid off.
He scored 26 points and had six assists against Navy,
as he held the Middies' top guard, Doug Wojcik, to
one point. Grant had a triple-double (24 points, 10
rebounds, 10 assists) against North Carolina, despite
being guarded by All-America guard Kenny Smith.
-Michigan coach Bill Frieder stressed the
importance of Grant's defense after the Navy game.
He emphasized in the post-game press conference how
his star guard stopped Wojcik ("that number 10 guy,"
Frieder called him). Late in the game, Navy brought
in 6-0 sophomore guard Neil Fenton for his three-
point shooting. Realizing Fenton ("that number four
guy") was a poor ball-handler, Frieder ordered Grant to
press. The result was three quick steals and three
Michigan baskets which clinched the victory. "Once
NCAA Notes
that number four guy came in, Gary was just licking
his chops," Frieder said. The next day, at another
press conference, Frieder was asked about his
defensive plan for North Carolina. "It's easy to play
defense against number four," he said. "But North
Carolina doesn't have any number fours." When
Frieder finished talking, a Baltimore reporter joked,
"I'm surprised. Neil Fenton had always spoken so
highly of Bill Frieder."
-At the same press conference, Frieder was asked
his opinion of the three-point rule. The seventh-year
coach said he favored it, but he did have one idea for
improving the game. He suggested the courts be made
wider, and a basket be added at each sideline. Four
baskets would open up the zone defenses, Frieder said,
because the offense could always pass to a different
basket.
-After scoring an NCAA-record nine three-pointers.
Thursday night, Michigan's Garde Thompson

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
North Carolina's Steve Bucknall goes to the hoop against Michigan's Garde Thompson during the Wolverines'
109-97 second round loss to the Tar Heels on Saturday.
pReid, Ta Wl write final
chapter in Wolverine setasont

Michigan's coach Bill Frieder had something to say
the entire weekend.
struggled in the locker room. It took him several
hours to produce a urine sample for NCAA officials
administering drug tests. "I was filling it up on the
court, but I couldn't fill it up off the court," said the
senior guard.
-Regarding drug-testing, Frieder said "it's a good
thing. Anything the NCAA can do to get rid of drugs
is all right. I don't give a damn about constitutional
rights when I'm coaching."
-RICK KAPLAN

(Continued from Page 1)
0 just 1:28 into the game.
Compounding Michigan's misery,
Tar Heel senior Joe Wolf, a starting
forward who played 20 minutes
despite a sprained ankle, banged in a
three-pointer from the top of the
key after a Wolverine turnover.
"Wow, 12-0, that was a killer,"
said Michigan coach Bill Frieder.
"You can't spot a team like North
Carolina that many points."
Michigan's pIoints Came soon.
Guard Garde Thompson scored eight
quickly, including a three-point
play on a 16-foot jumper, cutting
North Carolina's lead to 22-21.
The defensive matchups proved
too much for the Wolverines,
though. After containing Navy's
one-dimensional offense in
Thursday's first-round win,
Michigan could not deal with all of
the Tar Heels' weapons. Reid
poured in 27 points on inside
moves. Kenny Smith, an All-
American guard, added 22 points
and six assists. Seven Heels scored
eight or more points.
"They're a whale of a basketball
team," Frieder said. "They're solid
at every position. If you try to help
on J.R. (Reid), then (Jeff) Lebo or
(Kenny) Smith or (Ranzino) Smith
nail those three-pointers. If you
come out and cover the guards, then
J.R. gets one basket after another."
"They've got such depth," said
Thompson, who scored 16 points
in his final collegiate game.
"Anytime you've got a seven-footer
like Wolf who doesn't play that
w much, and they can still play that
well, it shows what a great team

they have."
GUARD Ranzino Smith came
off Dean Smith's deep bench to
sink two three-pointers midway
through the first half, pulling North
Carolina back out to a double-digit
lead. The Tar Heels sank eight of
11 triple attempts in the period,
building their lead as high as 23
points.
"We didn't look for the three-
pointer more than usual," Kenny
Smith said. "We just take it if it's
open. Michigan has a similar
philosophy. That makes the game a
lot more fun."
The Wolverines had less fun
than they did against Navy from
long-range. After shooting 12 for
20 from 19-feet, nine-inches against
the Midshipmen, Michigan went
six for 14 against the Tar Heels'
defense.
"THEIR defense was a lot
tighter than Navy's," said
Thompson, "but they play a man-
to-man trap, and Navy plays a zone.
They pressured us hard and they are
quick at all positions. They cause

you to take shots you don't want to.
shoot."
The first-half stats showed many
shots the Wolverines wished they
could have back. Michigan shot 38
percent before the break, while the
Tar Heels hit 61 percent. Wolverine
senior Antoine Joubert hit 3 of 11
in the first 20 minutes.
SIX GOOD minutes by
Michigan to open the second half
cut the Tar Heel lead to 64-58.
Forward Glen Rice scored 10 quick
points as Wolf's injury began to
bother him."Our goal was to get it
under 10 at the 10-minute mark,"
Frieder said of his halftime strategy,
"and we got it to six at the 15-
minute. But you know (Dean
Smith) is not going to let that big
lead get away without his team
doing exactly what he wants."
The North Carolina coach
wanted freshman Scott Williams to
replace Wolf. The move sparked the
Tar Heels, who increased the lead
back to 21, and cruised the rest of
the way.
"We played our best game of the
year," Dean Smith said.

Deaa-donged
MICHIGAN (97)....
Joubert 7-18 4-5 20, Rice 10-17 1-1 22, Hughes 3-4
0-0 6, Grant 11-23 2-2r24, Thompson 5-9 3-3 16,
Vaught 3.8 0-0 6, Giffin 0-2 0-00, Oosterbaan 1-2
0-0 2, Kramer 0-0 1-3 1. Totals40.8311-14 97.
NORTH CAROLINA (109)....
Wolf 35 2-3 9, Popson 3-70-06, Reid 9-16 9-11
27, Lebo 5-10 4-416, K. Smith 6-10 5-6 22,
Bucknall 3-5 4-5 10, R. Smith 3-4 0-1 8, Williams
4-8 3-6 11, Denny 0-0 0-0 0, Hyatt 0-0 0-0 0,
Norwood 0-0 000, Hensley 000-00. Totals 36-
65 27-36 109.
Halftime-North Carolina 60, Michigan 43. 3-
point goals-Michigan 6-14 (Joubert 2-7,
Thompson 3-4, Rice 1-2, Grant 0-i), North
Carolina 10-17 (K. Smith 5-8, R. Smith 2-2, Lebo
2-6, Wolf 1-1). Fouled out-Hughes, Grant.
Rebounds-Michigan 38 (Rice, Grant 10), North
Carolina 42 (Reid 10). Assists-Michigan 21
(Grant 10), North Carolina 18 (K. Smith 6). Total
Fouls-Michigan 29, North Carolina 16.
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