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The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, January 18, 1989
vs. Ball State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Doug in Deep
BY DOUG VOLAN
Mills, Vaught: Wake up!
Most opposing coaches and players will tell you that athletically,
Michigan is the best team in the country. They are always careful, however,
to emphasize athletically.
The problem with the Wolverines is that they lack emotional intensity.
As Illinois coach Lou Henson put it: "Michigan doesn't come to play all
the time because they can't get up for the weaker teams."
Indeed. The Wolverines lost to Alaska-Anchorage, a Division II school,
70-66, at the Utah Basketball Classic over Christmas.
"It seems that at times we tend to get lackadaisical," Michigan center Loy
Vaught said. "I don't really know what motivates that in us, but we've got
to overcome that, and if we do that and play like we did (Monday in a 99-73
victory over Ohio State), we could contend with anyone."
Michigan put forth this kind of effort Monday night. Unfortunately for
Wolverine fans, this is a rare occurrence. With the exception of Glen Rice
and Rumeal Robinson, the rest of the players only give 100 percent when
they feel like it.
One example is the play of forward Terry Mills. He scored a career-high
23 points and helped Michigan to dominate Ohio State inside. Likewise, in
the Big Ten opener against Northwestern, Mills poured in 20 points.
But Thursday against Minnesota, Mills scored just seven points. This
carried over into Saturday's game against Illinois in Champaign, in which
the 6-foot-10 junior could manage only 10 points and two rebounds.
The problem is intensity. Mills just doesn't get up for every game.
"Illinois did a good job on me, and I just gave up," Mills said. "(Monday) I
worked harder in the post and didn't give up. I just kept battling."
Mills sees this poblem in many of his teammates as well. "We haven't
been playing hard enough," Mills said. "We haven't been diving for the ball
and going after loose balls like other teams do."
Center Loy Vaught also has this problem. He doesn't always play with
the level of intensity that he displayed against Illinois and Ohio State, when
he scored a combined 44 points. For this reason, Michigan coach Bill
Frieder has pencilled Vaught into the starting lineup only twice this season.
"I had to talk to (Vaught) about his personal problems," Frieder said after
he met with Vaught during the bus ride back from Champaign. "He seems
to be affected by a bad grade in class, or a girlfriend, or whatever, and he
carries it out onto the basketball court and he can't do that."
After their talk, Vaught scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
"I was so emotional out there that I felt I could do just about anything,"
But you have to play like that all the time, Loy.
Michigan's guards suffer from the same ailment. Sean Higgins scored 20
against Minnesota, but combined for just 15 in the last two games on 8-of-
26 shooting from the field.
Kirk Taylor started against Northwestern and scored 10 points. Since
then, he has played a total of 19 minutes in the last three games and has not
scored. According Frieder, he has been practicing poorly.
Due to Taylor's inconsistency, the 6-foot-9 Higgins has been forced to
handle the ball, especially when Robinson is out of the game, resulting in
numerous Michigan turnovers. It's ridiculous to see a backcourt of Higgins
and 6-foot-7 Mike Griffin on the floor, but Frieder's lack of confidence in
Taylor leaves him with no alternative.
Michigan has the talent to go all the way. But how far they can go on
ability alone still remains to be seen.
Loy Vaught (in white) and Terry Mills will need to play
more consistently like they did Monday night against OSU.
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