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Hockey
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Men's Gymnastics
vs. Minnesota
Tomorrow. 7 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, January 28, 1988

Page 7

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Illinwis

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The Schef's Specialty
BY ADAM SCHEFTER

' will be the key
(co from Page 1)

Robinson rises to new heights
as Mills sinks to new lows
When the college basketball season first began, Terry Mills and
Rumeal Robinson were expected to generate looks of disbelief.
Mills immediately displayed his basketball skills against Miami,
Fla. at the Great Alaskan Shootout. He was so impressive that he had
Dick Vitale singing his favorite type of song. "The true stars shine
from the opening tipoff. You look at the Magics', the Isiahs', and the
Ewings' and they've all done it from day one. Mills, baby, you're
next."
Robinson did not have as much success in Alaska as his teammate.
His shot was off the mark, he succumbed to full-court pressure, and he
appeared to be a lost Eskimo searching for his igloo.
Since that time, the two players have progressed in opposite direc-
tions - Mills progressively worse and Robinson progressively better.
MILLS, with the exception of the second half at Michigan State,
has failed to live up to the billing charged to his account since he
signed his letter of intent. He has pulled his best Harry Houdini imita-
tions recently, not scoring against Indiana until the final 90 seconds
while looking woeful against Wisconsin. His offense has been offen-
sive, his defense dreary. He truly has demanded recognition.
It's hard to comprehend how someone as talented as Mills can play
like George Papadakos. Some say that Mills is having a hard time car-
rying the weight he put on over the past year. Others attribute it to,
Mills' slow recovery from the flu he came down with in early January.
I think it's another type of sickness - Antoine Joubertitis - the desire
not to perspire, and I hope it goes away because it makes me ill to
watch.
Early on in the season, Bill Frieder had excuses for his player at each
post-game conference. "Well, Terry had a hundred and ten degree tem-
perature," or "Terry has been up seventy-two straight hours studying for
his test." Then he added, "But Terry is a coachable kid and he'll be OK."
The only excuse Frieder offers now is that Mills is "a young kid."
And Frieder knows he has no choice but to wait for Mills to get better.
If he does not recover from this inflammation, it won't matter how hot
Gary Grant or Glen Rice is come tournament time - Michigan will be
unable to follow the yellow brick road to the Final Four in Kansas
City.
"I'm going to go with his mistakes," Frieder said. "I'm going to
keep starting him. I'm going to keep him out there and he's going to
get better. Maybe the fact that we have our next three Big Ten games at
home will help him."
ROBINSON, on the other hand, doesn't need any home cooking.
At this point, Bob Evans on the road would be just fine. The Cam-
bridge, Mass. native has 'looked marvelous' since Sean Higgins was
sidelined. His outside shot has found net instead of iron, he has driven
recklessly without being ticketed, and he has been a perfect "Lieutenant"
for "General" Grant.
Jud Heathcote, Michigan State's coach, said this past week, "Rumeal
has proven he's an emerging superstar."
Frieder, never one to heap such praise on his players, is just pleased
with Robinson's development. "Rumeal has come along very well. He
struggled early in the year and we hung with him and he's come out of
it;""he said.
Now, Mills is struggling and Frieder is hanging on once again.
Hopefully, Mills will get his head back into the game and the results
will be different.

Windy City. The man who loves to
steal for Illinois is 6-4 sophomore
guard Kendall Gill, who is leading
the conference with three takeaways
per game, and a season-high of
seven.
In the Big Ten only one team has
allowed fewer points and a lower
field goal percentage than Illinois:
Bill Frieder's Michigan Wolverines
(5-1, 16-2, No. 8).
Oh no, groan Michigan fans
worried about a low-scoring game
like last week's 65-54 victory over
Wisconsin. Those fans already are
the target of Frieder's complaints,
which have comepmuch earlier this
season than in the past few seasons.
Frieder complained about the
Michigan fans' lack of participation
after Sunday's victory at Indiana,
then repeated his concerns during
Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference. A
defensive buildup reminiscent of that
under the Reagan Administration
would do little to excite the already
lethargic Michigan fans.
Despite both teams' defensive ac-
colades, fans might be surprised at
tonight's scoring.
Each team has broken the century
mark five times this year, and last
year's games also saw lotsof scor-
ing. Illinois beat the Wolverines
twice, 95-84 at Illinois and 89-75 at
Michigan.
"I'm sure our guys will be aware

of that," said Frieder.
Both teams went to the NCAA
tournament last year, but Michigan
is definitely a better team than last
year, and Illinois may be also.-
Henson said about Michigan's
current No. 8 ranking, "I'm sure be-
fore the year is over they are going
to be ranked higher than that."
Frieder said Illinois is "one of the
quickest teams the Big Ten has had
in some time."
They had better be. The roster
looks like some sort of high school
team, what with all the players
whose height is between 6-4 and 6-
6.
Despite its short stature and
quickness, Illinois had a tough time
with Iowa's press last week. Frieder
has employed a press more this sea-
son than ever, and said he may be
quick to press against Illinois.
Frieder also said that sophomore
Terry Mills will continue to start
despite his troubles in the last three
games. "I know from experience he's
going to get better if I stay with
him," said Frieder.
Six-foot-four Glynn Blackwell,
Illinois' only senior, leads the team
in scoring with 14.5 ppg. Ken Bat-
tle, a 6-5 junior transfer from
Northern Illinois, is averaging 13.7
ppg. And Nick Anderson, a mere 6-6
sophomore forward, leads the team
in rebounding, with 6,5 per game.

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Michigan center Terry Mills goes up for the jumper in earlier Big Ten ac-
tion versus Minnesota. The sophomore, despite averaging 12.4 points and
6.4 rebounds per game, has been inconsistent throughout the season.
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