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TheMichigan Daily-Friday, October 16, 1987- Page 11
FRIEDER SAYS TEAM 'READY TO GO'

'M' hoops uncle

By ADAM SCHEFTER
Yesterday would have been a
beautiful day even with sub-zero
temperatures - the Michigan
basketball team began practicing in
preparation for the 1987-88 season.
Head coach Bill Frieder was
pleased with his team's first outing.
"I ain't going to lie to you," he said.
"I thought it was a good first day.
There's no question we're in better
shape at this time than we've been
in the past. But, it feels good to get
out here. No more messing around.
We are ready to go."
The practice marked the debut of
Rumeal Robinson and Terry Mills,
both Proposition 48 victims, and
highly acclaimed swingman Sean
Higgins.
Robinson didn't wait long to
show what the maize and blue
faithful are in for this season. In one
drill, the 6-1 guard jumped up to
grab a rebound, hung on to the rim
with his left hand, grabbed the loose

ball with his right hand and laid the
ball in.
He also was in the best physical
shape of any Wolverine, showing
barely any signs of fatigue during all
the running drills, while other
players were sprawled out on the
ground begging for mercy.
Mills has increased his weight
from 195 pounds last year to 235
this year, and it showed. He was
slamming balls with authority in the
fast break routine.
In the running drills, however, he
was gasping for air and bringing up
the rear. He was so worn down at
one point that he moaned, "I'm
going hardship."
Higgins also was not in the best
of shape. The Los Angeles native

r way
could be found on the floor at the
conclusion of the wind sprints
gasping out the words, "I can't go
no more. I'm dying."
At the beginning of practice, the
players seemed just as happy as
Frieder to get going. After shooting
around and loosening up, they all
formed one big cluster at center
court. Everyone put their arms in
and in unison yelled, "Big Ten
Champs!"
The cheer echoed nicely
throughout Crisler Arena.

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Coach Bill Frieder talks to members of the 1987-88 Michigan basketball squad during yesterday's opening
practice session.High.expectations abound for the Wolverines in large part because of the presence of
newcomers Rumeal Robinson (21) and Terry Mills (to Robinson's right), who were sidelines last season by
Proposition 48. Senior guard Gary Grant (25) will be looked to for leadership by the young but talented team.

AROUND THE BIG TEN
Ohio State at Purdue these teams are sitting atop the Big
The Buckeyes (1-1 Big Ten, 3-1-1 Ten with 2-0 records, and if you
overall) are coming off one of the really think that these two will be
largest upsets of this football there at the end of the season, then
season, losing at home to Indiana, go take a cold shower and think
31-10. Coach Earle "I dress for again. It should be a decent game,
games like a mortician" Bruce called but in the long run doesn't matter
it "the worst game I've ever seen very much.
since I've been here." Everyone in - RICHARD EISEN
Ann Arbor is dabbing their eyes,
Earle. The Buckeyes should have no
problem with the Boilermakers (1-1,
'1-3-1), though.
Michigan State a t
Northwestern
A champion is a team that not
only wins the big games, but also
wins the easy ones as well. If State
wants to be Big Ten champion, it
must beat Northwestern, a team the
Spartans lost to last year, 24-2 1. But
if the Spartans' chances ride on the
wisdom of coach George Perles, then
their Rose Bowl chances are slim.
Perles, who was defensive
coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steeler
dynasty, called Notre Dame's Tim
Brown the best punt returner he's
ever seen. A reporter reminded
George that he coached someone '
named Lynn Swann. George gave
everybody a blank stare and said, "I f : s
.till think Brown is better." Geor
has quite an eye for talent.
Wisconsin at Illinois
There is absolutely nothing on
the line in this battle between the
bottom of the Big Ten. Both teams
are winless in the conference and
have very slim chances of going to
any bowl game. Realizing this, the ,
Hefty Glad Bag company has decided
to give one million dollars and a
couple of Zip-loc bags to the winner
of this game. The game has been
named the Garbage Bowl, with Tom .
Bosley the marshall of the parade.
Indiana at Minnesota F
Which Indiana team will show up f
to play Minnesota? Will it be the
team that beat Ohio State, or the
;team that lost to that perennial
;football powerhouse, Kentucky?
Wetter yet, does anyone care? Both ,..
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