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Frieder disagrees with
By JEFF RUSH
Michigan basketball coach Bill
Frieder may not think his team is
the best in the country, but guard
Gary Grant has other plans for his
The two, along with the rest of
the Wolverines, talked about the
upcoming season at yesterday's
Michigan Basketball Press Day.
"I don't want your expectations to
be too high. You have to look at
this objectively," said Frieder.
He downplayed other's lofty
predictions for the team, especially
criticizing ABC and ESPN college
basketball analyst Dick Vitale.
Vitale has made Michigan his
preseason No. 1 pick.
"One guy (Vitale) has been
spouting off about us the most,"
said Frieder. "Most people in the
Midwest have picked us third,
fourth, or fifth in the conference. I
think that's fairly accurate."
FRIEDER questioned how
Vitale could pick the Wolverines
over more veteran Big Ten squads.
"A guy like Vitale will say Indiana
won the championship last year, but
they lost Alford. Well, hell, we lost
(Antoine) Joubert and (Garde)
Thompson, and we only finished in
That, apparently, doesn't faze
"I feel we can win the Big Ten
championship if players work hard
and play well on the road," said
Grant. "If everybody develops and
plays their role, we can get to the
final four (of the NCAA Tourna-
ment). And if we get to the final
four, I think we'll win it."
Grant added, "This team's got the
personnel to be No. 1 in the country
when it's all over. So why not pick
us No. 1 now?"
Frieder had more than a few
reasons as to why not.
"We've had a lot of inconsisten-
cies and a lot of injuries," said
Frieder about his team, which has
been practicing together since
October 15, the first day the NCAA
allows organized practices. "(The
players) have been going down like
flies, it seems," said Frieder.
THOUGH NONE of the
Wolverines have been beset with
major injuries, Frieder said nagging
inuries have made it hard to have
In addition to injuries, Frieder
worried aloud about his team's
youth, inexperience, and weak inside
play. He also lamented about how
the losses of Joubert and Thompson
have left the Wolverines with only
one experienced guard
Frieder showcased sophomores
Terry Mills and Rumeal Robinson at
the luncheon, both of whom sat out
last season as a result of not scoring
highly enough on their college
entrance exams as required by the
Mills and Robinson both said
they have not lost anything on the
basketball court after sitting out a
year and were unwilling to criticize
the NCAA's Proposition 48.
"I don't think (Proposition 48) is
not fair just because I didn't pass it,"
said Mills. "I think it's good. I'm
not going to bad-mouth the NCAA
just because I didn't pass it."
Frieder added he thought Mills'
and Robinson's sitting out a year
"got them into a routine and taught
them a little discipline."
star in Blue wins
By GREG MOLZON
Special to the Daily
CLARKSTON - Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder has said over and over this preseason, if the
basketball team is nothing else this year, it will be
exciting. The Wolverines were just that last night in
an intrasquad scrimmage at Clarkston High School.
The Blue Team, led by most of the probable
starters, won both halves of the scrimmage. Mark
Hughes scored 12 points and Glen Rice 10 in the first
half to lead the Blue to a 47-21 blowout.
"In the first half I thought the Blue team did a
good job running the offense," Frieder said. "I think
we've improved from Sunday's scrimmage, I think
we're at the point we should be right now with six
Although both halves were sloppy and practically
void of outside shooting, the second half featured the
Wolverine running game and dunking abilities.
THE BLUE won the second half, 46-39, behind
nine dunks and Gary Grant's 12 points, Loy Vaught's
11 (four dunks), and Rumeal Robinson's eight (three
Robinson, who missed last season due to
proposition 48, stole the show with his trio of
spectacular dunks, including a one-handed slam of an
alley-oop pass from Grant.
The game ended in bizarre fashion as a Mike
Griffin jumper bounced off the rim and got stuck on
top of the backboard. The game was then called with
five seconds remaining.
After the game, Frieder talked about the
competition for starting positions. "I don't know if
they're competing enough," said the eighth-year
coach. "We've got them guessing what the lineup is
but really I don't know myself."
FRIEDER SAID that Rice, Grant, and Terry
Mills, who was impressive around the lane in the
scrimmage, would start. That leaves Griffin and
Robinson fighting for the other guard spot and
Hughes and Vaught battling up front..
Newcomer, Sean Higgins was a bit erratical but
was impressive with some fancy passing and creative
dunks during the game and.warmups.
The Wolverines next scrimmage is Wednesday at
Crisler Arena, with the newcomers going against the
Doily Photo by JON MUNSON
Head coach Bill Frieder says it would be quite a trick aor Michigan to win the Big Ten title
with its inexperienced players.
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