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Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 25, 1987

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travels

to

Alaska for

Shootout

Tourney to tell if Frieder's
been pulling snow job

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By PETE' STEINERT
Imagine Michigan athletic direc-
tor Don Canham walking into coach
Bill Frieder's office and saying,
"Sorry, Bill, we're dropping the
basketball program."
Imagine also that for the next 14
years Wolverine basketball would
become nonexistent.
For Miami, Fla. - Michigan's
first-round opponent Friday in the
Great Alaska Shootout (9:30 p.m.
EST, ESPN) - this scenario turned
to reality in 1971 due to financial
woes and lack of fan support.
IN 1987, under the guidance of
head coach Bill Foster, the Hurri-
canes start their third season of re-
building the program and reminding
people that they do play sports in
addition to football at Miami.
"It's not like being in the Mid-

west or the (Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence) because you fight the weather
down here," said Foster. "We do
have a good basic financial founda-
tion. We've kind of got that
whipped, so I think (the basketball
program is) here to stay, and it will
become a top independent program."
"He's done a good job getting
players whether they be transfers or
kids that come in from the go," said
Frieder, a good friend of Foster's.
"He's kind of put it all together, and
he's done a nice job so far."
In his first two seasons Foster led
his team to 14-14 and 15-16 finishes
- respectable numbers considering
the difficult schedule the Hurricanes
play. This season, Miami faces
Georgetown, Duke, Florida, DePaul,
and Michigan.
"(Michigan is) an awfully good
club," Foster noted. "If you throw
10 or 12 teams around as possible
Final Four teams, they've got to be
one of them."
DESPITE a tough schedule,
Miami should surpass the .500 bar-
rier for the first time under Foster
and make a bid for a post-season
tournament.
The Hurricanes return a cast of
veterans, most notably 7-1 sopho-
more center Tito Horford. Last year
the Dominican Republic native
averaged 14.3 points and 9.6 re-
bounds per game to implant himself
as one the top young talents in the
country.
Unfortunately, his much-publi-
cized recruiting fiasco tainted his fine
on-the-court performance. Before
winding up at Miami, the NCAA

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voided Horford's commitment with
Houston because of illegal recruiting
violations. Horford then signed with
Louisiana State, but left after only
two months because he did not like
it and admitted he signed only as a
favor to-a friend.
The NCAA denied a second re-
quest by Horford to play at Houston,
where he wanted to follow in the
footstepsof Nigerian native Akeem
Olajuwon, currently a star center in
the NBA.
"He's had a lot more made out of
him than he probably would have
liked to have had over the last two or
three years," Foster said.
H OR F OR D now appears to
have found a home, and the Wolver-
ines must deal with him Friday
night. "Last year we had a lot of
problems guarding big guys,"
Frieder said. "We've got (Mark)
Hughes and (Loy) Vaught, but
they're not near as big, and we got
(Terry) Mills, but he's not experi-
enced."
Said Foster, "Tito's a kid with a
lot of potential, but he's not where
everybody has him pictured at this
time. Our team doesn't necessarily
go as he goes. He's not our best
player. He's our best potential
player."
The Hurricanes' "best player,"
junior 6-6 forward Eric Brown, has
topped the team in scoring the last
two years. Last season he averaged
15.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg.
Forward Lemuel Howard and
guards Thomas Hocker and Kevin
Presto round out Foster's probable
starting lineup.
Presto, Miami's top returning
assist man and three-point shooter,
is questionable because of an ankle
injury. If he cannot play, junior col-
lege transfer Bruce Moore will re-
place him.
Tourney notes
Other matchups in the Great
Alaska Shootout include Alabama-
Birmingham vs. Southwest Texas
State, Syracuse vs. Alaska-
Anchorage, and Arizona vs.
Duquesne.
The Michigan-Miami winner will
face the Arizona-Duquesne winner on
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. eastern
standard time.
Wolverine
second at
cross-Country
finals

Frieder
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Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Terry Mills (left) and Loy Vaught battle for a rebound in last week's intrasquad scrimmage. The Wolverines
travel to Anchorage, Alaska, to begin their season with the Great Shoot-Out.

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By JOHN McDERMOTT
Michigan senior John Scherer
captured second place at the NCAA
Cross-Country Championships in
Charlottesville, Va., on Monday.
The Wolverine passed four other
runners in the final quarter mile and
finished six seconds behind the
national champion. Scherer, who has

another year of eligibility left,
boasted a time of 29:20.56 en route
to becoming an All-American for the
second straight year.
Sophomore Brad Barquist,
Michigan's other representative in
the championships, placed 53rd with
a time of 30:26.9. It was his first
appearance in the nationals.

Joe Falcon, a junior from the
University of Arkansas, won the
10,000-meter race With a time of
29:14.97. There was poetic justice
in the victory for Falcon in that,
while leading the same race last year,
he tripped over a recessed sprinkler
head 150 yards from the finish and
was forced to settle for second place.
Four Iowans

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arrested for
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IOWA CITY (AP) - Four men
were arrested at the University of
Iowa's Kinnick Stadium Saturday for
inciting the crowd to tear down goal
posts after Iowa defeated Minnesota,
34-20.
With a few seconds remaining in
the game, fans in the north seats
began a chant to tear down the posts,
and police surrounded the north end
zone as time expired.
Dodging the police line,
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south goal and ripped it down, some
carrying pieces out of the stadium.
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