Saturday, 4 p.m.
The Michigan Daily Thursday, March 3, 1988 Page9
The Schef's Specialty
BY ADAM SCHEFTER
If hkstory repeats, Michigan
will be partying in KC
So what if Michigan does not win the Big Ten championship?
If history repeats itself, a 1987-88 national championship banner
will be dangling from the rafters of Crisler Arena next season.
Last year, Bob Knight's buddies, the "basketball experts", said that
Indiana had to pull out its last three games of the season to harbor any
hopes of winning the national championship.
Now, those same basketball aficionados are pointing to Michigan's
final three games - against the exact same three teams, at the same
arenas, and in the same order that Indiana played last year - as must-
win games. The experts claim the Wolverines have to be victorious on
the road to head into the NCAA tournament with enough gas to get to
the Final Four.
THERE'S MORE THAN JUST the schedules, though. During
the 1986-87 season, Indiana swept Michigan and lost at Iowa. This
year, Michigan swept Indiana and also lost to the Hawkeyes in Iowa
But even if the Wolverines are unsuccessful in West Lafayette and
Champaign, Michigan fans can take heart. The Hoosiers got shot down
at both those sites last year and still managed to dance the night away
on Bourbon Street.
Even though Westport - the party place in Kansas City - isn't
known for being quite as lively as New Orleans, Frieder and his forces
would have no problem staging a celebration there.
This year's Wolverines are remarkably similar in personnel to last
year's national champions.
When speaking of last year's Indiana team, one has to start with All-
American Steve Alford. The senior guard's name was synonymous with
the Hoosiers. His play made him the second most popular person in
Indiana and the most imitated player in backyards scattered around the
cornfields. As he went, so went Indiana.
FOR THE WOLVERINES, it's the same simple equation -
Michigan basketball equals Gary Grant. Like Alford, when Grant is in
control, Michigan soars.
Indiana also relied on two junior college transfer players, Dean Gar-
rett and Keith Smart, to stabilize the front and back courts. Garrett came
into his own as the season went on, ending the season averaging 11.4
points per game. Smart was a defensive demon, ending the season with
30 steals and the shot seen 'round the world.
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bundle of their points," said Frieder.
But the 38-point victory margin was still the
Wolverines' biggest ever over Northwestern, a fact not
lost on Michigan's coach. "We played hard, especially
early, and that's what I wanted to see," said Frieder.
Terry Mills chipped in with 13 points and Loy
Vaught came off the bench to score 22, giving the
Wolverines five players in double figures.
Senior Steve Stoyko made the first Big Ten start of
his career, scoring four points in 11 minutes of
The game was out of reach almost as soon as it
began, with Grant setting up Rice with a picturesque
alley-oop to open the scoring. The second-place
Wolverines did not miss a shot or a free throw for the
first three-and-a-half minutes of the game en route to
taking a 29-6 lead.
Included in that early run was a rare four-point play
by Grant, who earlier in the day was named first-team
All-America by Basketball Weekly. While driving in
for a lay-up, Grant was hammered by Jeff Grose. Since
it was ruled an intentional foul, Grant was given two
free throws in addition to the basket. He hit both.
There were plenty of other highlights such as a
variety of three-point plays and dunks, but there was
one slam that Frieder was not happy about. Vaught
received a technical foul for hanging on the rim after
one of his dunks.
"We have to get that corrected immediately because
it can be very, very costly," said Frieder.
Michigan held a 53-26 lead at halftime, but
Northwestern's Grose scored seven of the first nine
points of the second half. Grose led the Wildcat scorers
with 14. Shon Morris added 13.
"Our performance wasn't good," said Northwestern
coach Bill Foster., "Michigan beat us at every
position... there's just no other way tQ describe it".
The game served as a tuneup for Saturday's
showdown with league-leading Purdue. "I feel good
about the fact that we weren't lethargic and we played
hard. We got some things accomplished and now we
can start concentrating Purdue," said Frieder.
... last year's champ
Michigan counts on its own first-
year players for help at forward and
guard. Terry Mills has progressed
with each passing game, tallying
one more point per game than Gar-
rett did last season, while Robinson
is currently two steals behind
Smart's total and waiting anxiously
to prove himself to the nation.
The Hoosiers counted on small
forward Rick Calloway to score both
inside and outside. The Wolverines
have their own finesse front-line
man who can sizzle like no other
Indiana had Daryl Thomas and
whipping-boy Steve Eyl to bang the
boards inside and provide occasional
scoring. Michigan counters with
Loy Vaught and Mark Hughes to do
Knight had Joe Hillman, his 2.5
ppg., and his defensive hustle to.
come off the bench to spell the
guards. Frieder has Mike Griffin, his
2.4 ppg., and his great acting skills
in drawing offensive fouls.
Same schedule? Similar teams?
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.. . this year's champ?
Ready to make your reservations for Missouri?
Frieder, coincidentally, is having a book written about him this sea-
son, to be called Basket Case. Knight also had a book written about
him that has become almost as legendary as huckleberry Finn.
Little more has to be said about Knight's outbursts and antics. He
throws temper tantrums, chairs, and anything else he can to relieve .ten-
Now, Bill Frieder has gotten into the action - throwing punches.
Earlier this season when Michigan marched off the court at halftime
holding a commanding 61-28 lead over Iowa, Frieder reared back and
landed a jab that would have made Mike Tyson proud. Though his
punch lacked pinpoint accuracy, it still managed to connect with the
Once the post-season play got underway, however, Knight managed
to keep his hands to himself. It's likely Frieder will as well - until he
can throw his arms around his players and drag them to Westport to
celebrate - just like Indiana.
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