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Page 12-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 2, 1988

It's

time

to change,

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rearrange

By SCOTT SHAFFER
Bill Frieder has made up his
mind. It's time for a change.
Michigan's head coach will place
a wake-up call to his team in the
form of major lineup changes
against Northwestern (7-17, 2-12 in'
the Big Ten) tonight in Crisler
Arena at 8 p.m.
He is hoping the tenth-ranked
Wolverines will arouse from their
recent slumber in time for the
NCAA playoffs, which are just four
games away.
"We're going to change the
lineup. I don't know yet what my
lineup's going to be but it won't
just be Loy Vaught coming back for
Mark Hughes. It's going to be
something different because we need
to get our bench involved and prac-
ticing harder," said Frieder.
BUT THE seventh-year head
coach is expecting more than intense
practices to come from his shake up.
"Personally, I'm a little disappointed
in my team. We've been playing
good basketball but we haven't nec-
essarily been playing great basket-
ball. I'd give them a B+, but B+
isn't good enough to win the
NCAA".
B+ also wasn't good enough to
beat Iowa last Saturday, although it
was sufficient for a lackluster victory
over Michigan State last week.
Those two performances plus a
relatively weak foe like Northwest-
ern equal a perfect opportunity to
give rarely-seen reserves some qual-
ity minutes. Frieder has said he
won't make up his mind on the

changes until Wednesday evening.
One move that would meet with
fan approval would be starting Steve
Stoyko. With only one more home
game remaining after tonight, the
senior forward's first home start ap-
pears to be a now-or-never proposi-
tion.
HOWEVER, Frieder remained
non-committal. "Stoyko's a possi-
bility, but I wouldn't do it just cause
he's a senior. I'd do it cause he was
out there earning it".
Whoever winds up starting for
"Personally, I'm a little
disappointed in my team.
I'd give them a B+, but
B+ isn't good enough to
win the NCAA."
-Bill Frieder
Michigan will have to watch out for
Northwestern's Shon Morris. An
Academic All-American, the 6-9 se-
nior leads the Wildcats with 14.8
points and 7.3 rebounds per game
despite being routinely double-
teamed.
"We won't specifically double-
team Shon, but we have to be aware
of where he is and give whoever's
guarding him some help," said

Frieder.
WILDCAT COACH Bill
Foster thinks that his team may
benefit from the Wolverines concen-
trating too much on the upcoming
NCAA tournament, now little more
than two weeks away.
"I hope they overlook us. I think
everybody's going to be playing to
end up as high on the ladder as they
possibly can," said Foster. "But at
the same time you have to prepare
for the post season tournament by
getting down your substitution pat-
terns and your strongest defense."
But Frieder discounts the possi-
bilty of his team taking the Wildcats
too lightly. "We take a lot of pride
in beating the second division clubs.
We've done that on a regular basis
and if we win tonight, it will give
us an 8-0 record over the bottom
four clubs this year," he said.
Northwestern's lineup will be
sporting a new look as well. Bo
Cucuz will be added to the starting
five, and Foster will use his reserves
more freely than usual. "We're going
to have to substitute more. We run
out of gas and our bench has been
depleted but we're going to have to
use them. We need to get Morris
more rest in the first and second
halfs," Foster said.
If both coaches play musical
chairs with their benches as
promised, tonight's contest should
be intriguing. Frieder summed up
his restless mood best when he said,
"Everytime someone doesn't get a
rebound that they should've gotten,
'11 change the lineup".

11

Forwards Steve Stoyko and J.P. Oosterbaan as well as Kirk Taylor will see more playing time and may even
start tonight against Northwestern.

Substitutions
VanDe Wege reserves right to
change line ups more Qften

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full court

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AP TOP TWENTY
Record Pts.
1. Temple 25-1 1234
2. Purdue 24-2 1185
3. Arizona 26-2 1126
4. Oklahoma 26-2 1114
5. UNLV 25-3 908
6. N.Carolina 21-4 890
7. Pittsburgh 20-4 802
8. Kentucky 20-5 786
9. Duke 20-5 679
10. MICHIGAN 22-5 668
11. Iowa 20-7 581
12. Syracuse 21-7 572
13. Ga. Tech 21-6 442
14. Bradley 22-4 434
15. BYU 23-3 425
16. N.C. St. 20-6 394
17. Wyoming 22-5 314
18. Loyola, Ca 24-3 250
19. Vanderbilt 18-7 171
20. Xavier,Oh. 22-3 45
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:
SMU 38; Florida 30; Indiana 30; Kansas Stat
26; Seton Hall 24; Louisville 23; Georgetow
22; Kansas 17; Missouri 17; DePaul 10; Ark.
Little Rock 9; UTEP 6; Rhode Island 5

Auburn 4; Arkansas 3; North Carolina A&T 3;
Virginia Tech 3; Boise State 2; Illinois 2;
Marshall 2; North Carolina-Charlotte 2; Cal-
Santa Barbara 1.
BIG TEN STANDINGS

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Purdue
MICHIGAN
Iowa
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio State
Michigan State
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Northwestern

Conference
W L Pct.
13 1 .929
11 3 .786
10 4 .714
8 6 .571
8 6 .571
7 7 .500
4 10 .286
4 10 .286
3 11 .214
2 12 .143

Overall
W L
24 2
22 5
20 7
18 9
16 8
14 10
9 15
10 14
9 15
7 17

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By MICHAEL SALINSKY
"Now entering the game for
Michigan..."
These are the words that every
player on the floor fears and every
player on the bench hopes for. These
are the words that mean a substitu-
tion is about to be made.
The words are said by the public
address announcer but the decision to
say them is made by the coach. In
Michigan women's basketball, the
decision falls on the shoulders of
head coach Bud VanDeWege. Some
of VanDeWege's decisions this sea-
son on this matter have been ques-
tionable.
SUNDAY, in the Wolverines'
70-63 loss to Northwestern, Van-
DeWege removed the team's leading
scorer for the half, Tempie Brown,
after Brown committed her second
foul only six minutes into the game.
With eight minutes left in the
half, Carol Szczechowski drew her
second foul and found herself on the
bench. Tanya Powell, the team's
leading rebounder, suffered the same
fate with 3:31 remaining.
VanDeWege, in choosing not to
reinsert Brown, Powell, o r
Szczechowski, benched three of
Michigan's best players. Northwest-
ern's lead at the time of the last
substitution was four. By the end of
the half, Michigan trailed by 1 .
It's easy to second-guess a coach,
but a very serious question must be
why Michigan's bench dropped 11
points so quickly. Here again, one
might question VanDeWege's use of
substitutions - but in a broader and
more important sense. Has Van-
DeWege's use (or misuse) of his
bench contributed to the team's
problems?
"The deeper you can go, the better
you are," says VanDeWege.
DESPITE this sentiment, Van-
DeWege's squad is essentially a team
of seven. Before this past weekend -
after 22 games - the four players
with the fewest minutes (Sarah Bas-
ford, Mary Rosowski, Jill VanStee
and Barb Loeher) were averaging 16
minutes combined each contest.
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Earlier this season, with only 11
games transpired, the foursome had
been averaging 22 minutes com-
bined. Instead of getting more play-
ing time as the season has pro-
gressed, the opposite has happened.
The lack of playing time is even
more dramatic when you consider
that four Michigan players are aver-
aging over three personal fouls per
game. What little playing time the
end of the bench has received is often
due to necessity, because of starters
in foul trouble. Such was the case
Sunday afternoon against
Northwestern when Basford and
Rosowski were called on to protect
three players in foul trouble.

"They (substitutions) are a hard
thing," says VanDeWege, "I do what
seems right at the time." But there
are definitely reasons why the coach
should consider making more and
better use of all his players.
1. The Fatigue Factor - Even if
you drop a few points, a well-timed
substitution can cut down on fatigue
late in the game and season.
"I don't go into the game with
substitution plans," says Van-
DeWege. In something as important
as substitutions, some kind of pre-
conceived plan may have some
merit.
2. Future Considerations - Loe-
her,-Rosowski and VanS tee all have
at least two years of eligibility re-
maining. There is no substitute for
game experience and limited playing,
time does not give players a true
chance to show their skills.
"I'm playing this season right to
the end," says VanDeWege. "I'll
think of next season as soon as this
one's over." The fact is, though, that
a basketball program is just that - a
program. One recruit years in ad-
vance in order to prepare for the fu-
ture.
3. No Slouches - OK, Loeher is ad
walk-on but Basford and Rosowski
were both all-staters and led Our
Lady of Mercy high school to the
Class A State Championship, and
VanStee earned an honorable men-
tion all-state selection.
ROSOWSKI HAS been
plagued by injuries since day one at
Michigan and has never really gotten
a chance to show her talent. This
past Friday against Wisconsin, she
got to play 22 minutes and re-
sponded with 12 points and seven
rebounds.
"Mary's a different player now
then she was a few weeks ago," said
VanDeWege. Maybe some more
game experience would have accom-
plished this change for Rosowski
and the others sooner.
Keeping players on the bench is a
vicious cycle as VanDeWege ac-
knowledges. The talent that could
get a player into the lineup is hard to
show if she doesn't get into the
lineup.
"I know how it is," says Van-
DeWege. "As a player, I was a
starter and the last person on the
bench." VanDeWege at least got a
chance. He owes his players and his
team the same.

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time they have received, it's no
wonder their skills were a little
rusty.
THE QUESTION has added
significance if you believe Van-
DeWege's appraisal of the team after
the loss to Northwestern. "I think
fatigue set in a little bit," said the
coach. With Michigan depending so
heavily on its starters, it's no sur-
prise that the team should get tired,
both late in the game and now, late
in the season. The team has dropped
five of its last six games.
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