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Page 16-The Michigan Daily-Friday, December 4, 1987
CMU sets sights on Blue

By GREG MOLZON
It's December in Ann Arbor and
that means a couple of different
things to the students at the
University of Michigan.
It's snowing, finals are coming
up soon, and the basketball team is
hosting a bunch of "creampuffs" at
Crisler Arena during the non-
conference portion of their schedule.
This December is certainly no
different than any other. Although
the Wolverines did play three teams
in the Great Alaskan Shootout that
will probably make the NCAAs this
year, technically, those games were
in November.
December was ushered in with a
92-71 Michigan victory over
Bowling Green on Wednesday. The
Wolverines will also play Austin
Peay, Grambling State, and the
Michigans (Eastern, Western, and
Northern) within the next month.
Not exactly a who's who list of Top
20 teams, to say the least.
However, tomorrow the
Wolverines, 3-1, will host a
defending conference champion that
returns three starters from last year's
22-8 NCAA entry. Central Michigan
will visit Crisler Arena for a 2 p.m.
tipoff.
THE CHIPPEWAS are only
from the Mid-American conference
and did lose in the first round of the
NCAAs last year, but of all of the
Wolverines' December foes, they are
best equipped to pull off an upset.

'M' cagers look to shut
down Majerle, Chippewas

"To be honest, I don't know a lot
about them," Michigan head coach
Bill Frieder said. "I just know
they're the defending MAC
champions and you know they're
going to scrap against Michigan and
they'll probably play very well."
Playing the best will be senior
forward Dan Majerle. Rated as one of
the country's top 20.power forwards,
Majerle has averaged 28.8 points and
8.5 rebounds in his first four
contests this season.
Central Michigan, 2-2, made it to
the final game of the Hawaii Pacific
tournament last week, only to lose
to Alabama on a three-point shot at
the buzzer, 83-80. Majerle, who
scored 102 points and had 24
rebounds in three games in Hawaii,
was named the MAC Player of the
Week for his performance.
FRIEDER KNOWS it won't
be easy containing the 6-6, Traverse
City native. "He's an animal,"
Frieder said. "We're going to have to
work extremely hard to handle him
and it's going to be a battle."
The Wolverines were very
successful in handling Majerle last
season, as they limited him to eight
points and won the game, 76-56.

The Chippewas had the lead in the
first half of that game, though, and
trailed by only four at halftime
before Garde Thompson's outside
shooting gave Michigan its 11th
win in 12 meetings in the career
series between the two schools.
The Chippewa program, which
finished last in the MAC only two
years ago, turned around with the
arrival of head coach Charlie Coles.
Coles had coached as an assistant for
the University of Detroit and had
spent many years at the helm for
Saginaw High School before
arriving in Mt. Pleasant before the
1985-86 season.
COLES WON HIS FIRST
conference championship last year
and is favored to win another this
year. Besides Majerle, guard Tommie
Johnson and center Daryl Miller are
returning starters.
Miller, a high school teammate
of Wolverine Glen Rice at Flint
Northwestern, is a 6-8 junior center.
He is averaging 5.5 points and 4.3
rebounds per game, while Johnson is
popping for 21.8 points per game
from the off-guard spot.
Ed Wilcox (12.5 ppg.) starts
opposite of Majerle at forward and 5-
7 Derrick Richmond (31 assists) is
the point guard.
The main contributors off the
bench for the Chippewas are Andrew
McGuire and Yamen Sanders inside,
and first-year players Jeff Majerle
(Dan's brother) and Sean Watters
outside.
It's not impossible, but Central
will need outstanding play from all
its players to have a chance against
the Wolverines. "It's scary to think
of all the ability (Michigan) puts on
the floor," Coles said. "It will be a
tremendous challenge and excellent
opportunity for us."
On the other hand, Bowling
Green coach Jim Larranaga noted
how the Wolverines won't be able to
cruise through the Chippewas as
easily as they do with some other
teams. "I would have to think that
Michigan with a couple of days rest
would be awfully tough, but I'd say
Central Michigan is the type of team
they'll have to play well to beat," he
said.

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Dolly Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Michigan's Terry Mills, seen here in Wednesday's victory over Bowling Green, will battle Crisler Arena
tomorrow with Central Michigan's Dan Majerle.

NHL and
Soviets still
discussing
proposal

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Hockey League President John
Ziegler, backing off an earlier
statement, said yesterday that no
specific agreements were reached to
permit Soviet teams to play in the
league.
Ziegler, who met with Soviet
hockey officials this week, earlier
said a tentative agreement would
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