vs. Grand Valley (DH)
March 22, 2 p.m.
vs. North Carolina
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eclipsing Campy Russell's mark of
The junior forward hit 16 of the
24 shots he attempted, despite having
eight stitches in his hand from a re-
cent kitchen accident. He was perfect
on three three-point shots as well as
on four free throws.
"The feeling that J had was that I
couldn't miss. I felt nobody could
check me," said Rice.
But Rice was clearly able to keep
Florida's Livingston Chatman in
check, holding the forward to just
seven points in 34 minutes.
R IC E'-S near-perfection was
matched by Vaught. The 6-9 Vaught
} finished up nine-of-11 after making
his first eight shots of the game. His
only misses came on two straight
follow-ups of offensive rebounds.
Terry Mills also played an impres-
sive game totaling 16 points and
The Wolverines led for the entire
game after jumping out to a 3-0 lead
on a Grant three-pointer. They held a
7-5 advantage before starting to pull
In one stretch, they outscored the
Gators 16-4 with Rice contributing
10 of those points.
The lead swelled to as much as 24
in the first half, but Michigan was
determined not to let the Gators come
back the way Boise State did in
Thursday's first round game.
"Florida has great athletes who
can shoot the rock," said Grant.
"They would have come back if we
would have horsed around. So I was
still serious up; until I came out (of
And the scoring reflected Grant's
work ethic. Michigan outscored
Florida 54-50 in the second half,
leading by 27 at one point, never al-
lowing the Gators back in the game.
"This is the best club we played
call year," said Gator coach Norm
Sloan, whose team has also faced
Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and Duke this
On Friday we'll find out if the
Tarheels feel the same way.
BY GREG MOLZON
SALT LAKE CITY - The night before Michigan's
second-round game against Florida, Gary Grant couldn't
The All-American guard knew that Saturday's contest
could be his last as a collegian. Each of the past three
years, Grant and the Wolverines had won their opening
game before bowing out of the NCAA tournament in
the next contest.
So, what did the anxious Grant do? Watch ESPN?
Go over the game plan? Talk to his teammates or
NO, he bided his time by talking to a telephone
operator for more than an hour.
What did Grant say to the operator? "I was just talk-
ing to her," Grant said. "I got her phone number and
Well, whatever motivations this unknown operator
gave Grant, it sure worked. Coming off a nine-point
performance against Boise State, he scored 19 points
and had 11 assists in Michigan's easy 108-85 victory
over the Gators.
Most of those assists contributed to Glen Rice's 39
points and helped Michigan break its second-round jinx.
FOR GRANT, advancing to the third round was a
thrill that surpassed any in his college career, even be-
ing a part of back-to-back conference champions. "This
is better than the Big Ten championship because we ad-
vanced to the Sweet 16," Grant said. "I haven't been 16
for a long time, and it feels good to be there again."
Florida head coach Norm Sloan, who won the na-
tional championship with North Carolina State in
1974, certainly was impressed with the Wolverines.
"They played very well," Sloan said. "We just haven't
played anyone that big this year. It will take a big team
with experience to beat them."
Which team that will be, if any, is an unknown. If
the Wolverines play like they did against the Gators,
they may not lose again.
"If we play that way, it's going to be hard to beat
us," Grant said. Yet, the senior guard only gave the
team's play a "B" grade on Saturday and said that they-
can still improve.
IF THAT HAPPENS, who will beat the
Wolverines? Could it be the next opponent, North Car-
olina, which eliminated Michigan last year and played
magnificently in trouncing Loyola Marymount Satur-
day? Or how about Arizona, which downed Michigan at
the beginning of this season?
We'll find that out next week in Seattle. But if Grant
or his teammates have any more sleepless nights before
then, perhaps they could think up a slogan for this -
year's quest for Kansas City. Because for the Wolver-
ines, there's only "Two more 'til the Final Four."
It isn't easy coming up with such original slogans,-
so if the Wolverines need some help, I'm here.
I've already come up with a couple. For this past
weekend, how about, "We showed no pity in Salt Lake
City." And for next weekend, the Wolverines will be
entrenched in "The battle in Seattle."
SHOULD THE WOLVERINES emerge as the
best of the west, they'll be "Sittin' pretty in Kansas
City." Then, you know Frieder will be singing, "It's
the Wolverines and me in K.C."
Gee, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it.
OK, I'm no Robert Frost, so I'll get lost. If you ;
wanted some real poetry, you should have seen the
Wolverines in their romp over Florida. Those who did
have great things to say.
Sloan said, "I see them getting better and better in
the tournament. They can go as far as anyone."
In the tunnel following the Wolverines' win, North
Carolina head coach Dean Smith also praised Frieder.
"You guys are great. You can go all the way this year,"
If they do, you can bet Gary Grant won't be doing
much sleeping on April 4 in Kansas City. He may even
decide to call back his operator friend and read her some
Now that would be very pretty indeed.
Glen Rice scored 39 points in Saturday's 108-85 win over Florida. The
Wolverines now move on to Seattle to play the North Carolina Tarheels.
N.C. runs to record win
By GREG MOLZON
Special to the Daily
SALT LAKE CITY - If the
Michigan Wolverines think they'll
be able to outrun North Carolina in
next Friday's West Regional
matchup in Seattle, maybe they
should take a look at what the
Tarheels did to Loyola Marymount,
the best running team in the country.
North Carolina earned the right to
face Michigan by destroying Loyola,
123-97, at the John M. Huntsman
Center on Saturday. It is the eighth
straight year that Dean Smith's
Tarheels have made the final 16 in
the NCAA tournament.
"I promised you we'd do our best
to keep up the circus act," said Loy-
ola coach Paul Westhead after the
game. "We weren't the Wallendas
today, and we didn't get shot out of
the cannon. We couldn't find the
cannon, sowe'll fold up the tent and
try again next year."
Loyola had entered the game as the
media darlings, but North Carolina
beat the Lions at their own game.
Loyola had led the country this year
by averaging 110 points per game.
Loyola had become a fan and me-
dia favorite because of its high-flying
offense which attempting to shoot
before seven seconds ran off the shot
clock. That offense stalled, though,
as the Lions' shooters missed their
long-range bombs and shot only 32
percent from the field.
North Carolina ran right at the
Lions to score an NCAA-tournament
record of 123 points. The Tarheels
also recorded another tournament
record by shooting 79 percent from
North Carolina guard Jeff Lebo
said the mass publicity lavished on
the Lions didn't bother his team-
mates, but that the Tarheels did think
they had something to prove in the
"We knew they were a very good
ballclub, and we weren't looking by
them at all," Lebo said. "Everybody
really got emotional and wanted to
prove that we could play with any-
If there were any doubts, the
Tarheels got rid of them right from
the start. They shot off to a 7-0 lead
and increased the advantage to 65-40
at the half. Lebo had 17 points in the
first half. The second half was more
of the same as the Lions never pulled
closer than 23.
Ranzino Smith led North Carolina
with 27 points, while Lebo and J.R.
Reid each added 19. Jeff Fryer was
the Lions' top scorer with 27 points.
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