It isn't Dick Vitale's sight that is
causing problems around Ann Arbor
right now, it's his insight.
Vitale, he of the coke-bottle
glasses (contact lenses for the
television cameras these days) and
the caffeinated personality, the for-
mer coach of the University of De-
troit Titans and Detroit Pistons, has
picked the Michigan Wolverines the
No. 1 college basketball team in the
Well. No big shock. If Jeane
Dixon can make a living prognosti-
cating, then Vitale might as well be
allowed to also. He's not predicting
anything rash like "peace in our
THE BIGGEST shock might
come when fans realize that Vitale
soon will return to television's
airwaves on ESPN and ABC,
meaning he can tell thousands of
fans at least once a day - more if
he's on the air anymore than he was
last season - about the No. 1
You might not remember exactly
what this entails. Take some aspirin,
- no, lots of aspirin - sit down
gently - now! - and clear your
mind for the cacophony that is Dick
"YOU LOOK AT MICHIGAN'S
PERSONNEL AND YOU SEE
NOTHING BUT HIGH SCHOOL
STARS ACROSS THE BOARD!"
he bellowed in a phone interview
earlier this month.
"IF THEY CAN GO TO THE
BUZZER AND PLAY INDIANA -
WHO WINS THE NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP - WITHOUT A
TERRY MILLS, OR A RUMEAL
ROBINSON, OR A SEAN HIG-
GINS - IF THEY CAN BEAT
PURDUE BY 30, BEAT IOWA,
BY JEFF RUSH
AND BEAT SYRACUSE- I ASK
YOU, ARE THEY NOT IN THE
"THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS... I SAW THEM LOSE CLOSE
GAMES TO GREAT TEAMS
LAST YEAR. THEY NEEDED
ONE MORE PLAYER. ALL I SEE
NOW IS WIN, WIN, WIN!
"WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND
DONE, IF THEY STAY
HEALTHY, THEY'RE GOING TO
BE KNOCKING AT THE DOOR
COME NCAA TIME!"
OH YEAH! exclaim Michigan
fans who are thirsting for a national
championship in any sport. Oh
yeah! exclaims Michigan's only se-
nior starter, Grant, who will tell you
he is the best two-way guard in the
country. OH NO! exclaims Wolver-
ine coach Bill Frieder, who wants
nothing to do with the label No. 1.
Frieder pours out excuses as to why
the Wolverines are overrated the
same way Vitale pours out superla-
"I don't have a high school All-
American on this team that's ever
played a game for me," says Frieder.
Plenty of coaches would be glad to
take those All-Americans off his
"We've only got one guard this
year that has ever played in a
basketball game for Michigan," said
Frieder. He forgets to mention that
that guard is Gary Grant, who could
have been an NBA lottery pick last
"You have to have veterans re-
turning with success," said Frieder.
Okay. Grant has played in the
NCAA Tournament the past three
years, and has two Big Ten titles to
his credit. Glen Rice has played in
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