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Wolverines Upset Badgers, 38-34, For

First Big

Michigan ' Fight Stuns
Visitors; Cormin Stars
Lead Changes Hands 16 Times in, Nip-and-Tuck
Battle; Strack, Mullaney Pace Varsity Scorers

David met Goliath last night and
David triumphed again when Michi-
gan's underdog cagers felled Wiscon-
sin's mighty giants from the West,
38-34, before 3,500 howling fans at
Yost Field House..
Sheer fight stunned the high-pow-
ered Badgers and a few accurately-
placed shots coipleted the job of,
mastery by the Wolverines. So closely
fought was the battle that the lead
changed hands 16 times and the par-
tisan crowd yelled' itself hoarse.
Bob Sullivan, visitors' forward, took
scoring honors for the evening, but
it was the whole Michigan team led
by Mel Comm that stole the show.
Comin went. out on fouls toward the
close of the contest, but his alert,
Michigan's cagers willt try to
make it two in a row over Wiscon-
sin tonight at 7:30 at Yost Field
fighting play appealed to the crowd
which gave him a tremendous ova-
tion when he left the floor,
Gerry Mullaney, starting his first.
home game for the Wolverines, and
Dave Strack paced the winners with
eight tallies apiece. In addition, the
cool-playing Strack supplemented his
scoring by checking all-American
Johnny Kotz with a meagre, hard-
earned seven points.
The game wasn't a particularly
good one, but it had all the crowd-.
pleasing elements from its slow start
right up to its rousing finale. Both
teams left their shooting eyes at
home, Michigan caging only 18 of 72
attemnpts and Wisconsin faring even
worse with 13' of 63.
Michigan, with Leo Doyle and Mul-
Let's Do It Again

laney showing the way, jumped into
a 5-0 lead before the visitors could
locate the hoop. Then three quick
Badger scores pushed them ahead,
and from then on it was nip and tuck

Daily Sports Editor
*. * * *
A FEW DAYS AGO we read in the papers-reading the papers is one of
our many hobbies-that Bud Foster, Wisconsin basketball coach, was
dissatisfied with the cage schedule drawn up by the powers that be in
the Western Conference.
Foster out and out said that the current schedule favored the
,defending champions from Illinois by not calling upon the almost
legendary "Whiz Kids" to meet the hoopsters from nearby Purdue
and indiana, two of the better crews in the league. Strangely enough,
his statement came just after his own Badgers had absorbed a neat
shellacking from the "Whizzes". But, to Fosters credit, he did not try
to- alibi the Illini defeat.
So last night we went to the basketball game with more than our
ordinary interest in such affairs. We wanted to see just how good was
this Wisconsin basketball team that the schedule-makers had practically
deprived of a chance to win the coveted crown, And we wanted to see if
the Wolverines, who had clowned their way- to defeats by- Illinois and
Northwestern, could hold the score down to a respectable margin against
the heavily-favored Cardinals.
Well, we saw. And Foster saw too, He saw a team, that had no
better break in the schedule .than Wisconsin, come out on the court in
a grim manner and settle down to the business of upsetting the Badger
title applecart with a fighting fire whose flame enveloped every move
of the action-packed 40 minutes,
BEFORE last night's game, nobody knew just what the trouble was with
the Wolverines. Nobody knew why they couldn't click. A lot of people
laid the blame on several shoulders, but nobody ever heard an alibi com-
ing from Coach Bennie Oosterbaan or any of his players.
Before last night's game, Michigan had met the same two teams
that Wisconsin had, Illinois and Northwestern. But nobody connected
with the team ever once breathed thit they had been dealt a hand
from the bottom of the deck by the schedule-makers.
Instead, the Wolverines trotted onto the court determined to show
that the two defeats had been nothing but bad mistakes. And they showed
it by fighting their hearts out. They worked together as a team, and they
fought together as a team. They outfought Wisconsin, and by outfighting
the Badgers, they outplayed them.
MICHIGAN will need the same fight tonight if she is going to throt-
tle Wisconsin again. For the Cardinals will be high tonight
They'll be mad, furiously mad. But they'll have something to reckon
with tonight that wasn't present last night. That's Michigan confi-
dence, a confidence which came into being after last night's seesaw
The Wolverines won't be cocky, because they know that Wisconsin
has a fine team. But they also know that Michigan is good enough to beat
Wisconsin. They have proof of that. And they know too that they'll have
to fight even harder tonight to make that proof stick.
THE ADMIRAL will conduct another unveiling tonight. The Admiral,
of course, is Matt Mann, venerable swimming coach of Michigan's Big
Ten champions. For years now the Admiral has come up with teams that
few, if any, have ever equalled. Last year, Yale turned up with a better
one. This year, Ohio State is threatening to do the same.
Tonight, the Admiral will show just what he has to meet the
Buckeye threat. The occasion is the State AAU championship meet,
which the Wolverines are expected to sweep in short order. All eyes
will be focused on Harry Holiday's attempt to crack the world record
in the Jo0-yard backstroke. But the Admiral has other men of no
mean ability besides Holiday. He has Jack Patten, Jim Skinner, Lou
Kivi, Chuck Fries, Ace Cory, Alex Canja, and a host of others- who
may make Ohio State quit conceding the Big Ten title to Ohio State.

Loftus Injured,
Out of Spartan
W tlin Meet
Michigan's chances for an upset
victory over the Michigan State
wrestlers at East Lansing Monday
were definitely lessened today when
Mat Coach Ray Courtright disclosed
that Larry Loftus, Varsity 121-poun-
der, would probably not see action in
the Spartan meet because of an in-
jured arm.
Loftus, one of the squad's most
promising sophomores, hurt his arm
in practice this week and may not be
back with the Varsity until the Ohio
State meet a week from. Saturday.
Bob MacDonald isscheduled to take
his place against State.
JohnsonrMaxwell Battle Feature
Michigan will again be counting on
its three letter-men to withstand the
,Spartans' main threat, and Captain
Manley Johnson will have a really
tough nattle on his hands when he
encounters Bill Maxwell;, national
136-pound champion, in a match at
145 pounds. This match alone should
be worth the price of:admission, being
the top- attraction of the evening.
Dick Kopel, at 128 pounds, will be
facing another NCAA titlist, takingI
on; the Spartans Cut Jennings,. while!
Johnny Greene~ will be up against
the 215-pound Mike Dendrino in- the
heavyweight class. Last year, Greene
triumphed easily over this behemoth
of the mats, but this year Greene has
not been-able-to get into as good.con-
dition as he should be, due to a lack
of heavyweight competition on both
the Varsity and freshman squads, and
may have a little trouble.

Puckmen Hope to Turn Tables
on Gophers, Even Series Tonight
By WALT KLEE spectacular exhibition of defensive
Seeking a split in their first Big hockey. He and Loud were the stars
Ten series and revenge for Thursday of the contest for the Wolverines.
night's defeat, Michigan's hockey The Wolverines need a win, or at
team will try to turn the tables on least a tie, in tonight's game to re-
Minnesota's Gophers in the second main in the Big Ten race. With the
and last game of the Minneapolis ser- withdrawal of Illinois from Confer-
ies tonight. ence hockey circles, there remain but
The Wolverines will try to show the Wolverines and Gophers. A loss
that they have offensive power, power tonight would mean that the best the
that was sadly lacking in the first sextet could do would be to gain a tie,
game. The Gophers spent most of the and that by winning both of the tilts
evening down deep in Michigan ice, with Minnesota here next month.
swarming around goalie Hank Loud Michigan Has Yet to Win
like bees around honey. It was only The Wolverines will be out for blood
spectacular net minding by the sex- tonight. In the three home games and
tet's captain, that kept the score the one away, they have not yet tasted
down to three for Minnesota. the fruits of victory. In at least one
Couldh't Get Started of the games they completely out-
The aizeand Blu neer seme played their opponents. The boys feel.
The Maize and Blue never seemed that they are due, and will try to keep
to get- started Thursday night, and the puck down deep in Minnesota ice
only for six minutes in the third peri- where they can get enough goals to
od did they put on any kind of offen- return to Ann Arbor with their first
sive drives that seriously endangered victory under their belts. The lineups
the Gophers' goals. It was the first will be the dame for tonight's game:
time in four outings that the Wol-
verines were held scoreless. MICHIGAN . MINNESOTA
Although the Michigan lines could- Loud G Thayer
n't keep the puck after they crossed Reichert LW Graiziger
the Minnesota blue line, there is no Kemp RW Ryan
indication that they won't be able to Opland C Kelley
muster the power in tonight's fray. Derleth LD Nolander
These lines have met better opposition Stenberg RD Leckie
this year on the Canadian teams that -________
the Wolverines have faced and have 'CAPITALIST BALL' IS TONIGHT
scored at least twice against veterans The business administration
of many years in hockey circles. Bob school's annual "Capitalist Ball,".with
Opland and Bob Kemp were off records, refreshments and dollar sign
Thursday and are due to come decorations will be held today from
through tonight., 9 p.m. to midnight today at the Rack-
Derleth and Loud Star. ham Building.
Bob Derleth, by brilliant body - -y
checking and puck stealing, gave a BASKETBALL SCORES

Kotz, f. ............ 3 1 1
Sullivan, f........... 3 5 2
Patterson, c. ..... ...3 1 2
M ills, .c. ........... . 1 0 0
Lautenbach, g. ......1 0 0
Rehm,g . ........... .2 1 0'
Totals.....~ 13 8 5

Mullaney, f........... 4
Comm, f........... 3
Wiese, f............1
Mandler, c....... 3
Doyle, g. ......'..... 3
Strack, g......... 4
Totals ...........18


. playing the best game of his
career, his aggressiveness was an
important factor in the Wolverines'
first Conference win.
all the way. The whole Wolverine
team started pitching and when half-
time arrived they held a narrow 17-16
Throughout the initial half, the
Maizeand Blue worked well off the
backboards. They had almost com-
plete control off their own and were
- -
getn cohir hare off the Wisconsin
board. The Badgers, seemed some-
what bewildered by the Michigan de-
fense. At close quarters the Wol-
verines jammed the area around the
basket, making accurate shots from
close range almost impossible.
The Maize and Blue opened the
second half like a house afire, racking
up. two scores before Wisconsin got aI
good look at the leather. At this point
the Badgers resorted to a weave and
succeeded in baffling the Wolverines
long enough to move into a 25-23
lead. But, the Wolverines roared right
Jim Mandler dropped a pivot and
Strack came through with one of his
favorite set shots to once again give
the advantage to the Maize and Blue,
29-28. From then on the winners
managed to hold their slim margin
despite repeated shots from all 'angles
by the desperate Badgers.

AA U Meet Features Wolverines,
College, High School Standouts



Halftime Score: Wisconsin 16,
Michigan 17..
Free Throws Missed: Wisconsin-
Patterson, Lautenbach, Rehm 3;
Michigan-Comin, Mandler 3.
Officials: Russell Rupp and E. C.

The 1943 Michigan swimming team
gets its first taste of competition to-
night at 7:30 in the Sports Building
pool. The occasion is the annual
Michigan AAU swimming meet.
Coach Matt Mann seems to have
come up with another winning team,
as he apparently is able to do every
year; last year the Wolverines won
ten out of eleven dual meets, losing
only to a miracle team from Yale
after running up a string of 35 suc-
cessive dual victories. The mermen
also won the Big Ten title and out-
classed everyone but the Elis in the
Intercollegiates, where they grabbed
the runner-up position.
Many Teams Compete
Returning veterans- of this squad
plus a batch of unusually promising
sophomores will be much in evidence
tonight. Other organizations repre-
sented are to be the Wolverine fresh-
men, the Michigan State freshmen
and Varsity, Kronk A. C. of Detroit,
and high schools from Ann Arbor,
Battle Creek, Flint, and Detroit;
many unattached entrants will also
Of the sophomores performing for,
the Maize and Blue one will capture
a good share of the attention of the
fans; he is Harry Holiday, a swimmer
who performs best on his back. In
fact, he is expected to smash the
world record in the 100-yard back-
stroke. Harry lowered Adolf Kiefer's
world mark unofficially in the Swim
Gala last month and. he. is out to
make an even greater effort for the
books. That will have to be some real.
speeding for his Gala time was 57
seconds, better by two-tenths of a
second than the present accepted
mark. The fact that this is an AAU
meet makes all records official.
Other races besides the backstroke
are, in the championshipdivision, the
50 and 440-yard freestyles, the 100-
yard breaststroke and the 200-yard
freestyle relay. Handicap contests are

the 50-yard freestyle, 50-yard back-
stroke, 50-yard breaststroke and 75-
yard individual medley. A champion-
ship diving ev.ent is also scheduled.
Preview of Buckeye Meet
Unfortunately for Michigan fans,
this week and next mark the only
home encounters of the squad; other
engagements are at Iowa City, Col-
umbus and Evanston.
For the Wolverines this meet comes
in the middle of a concentrated effort
toward handing the Buckeyes of Ohio
State a drubbing next week. That is
the big meet of the season, in the
minds of all Mattmen. Tonight's con-
test will show to what extent this
effort has been achieving results and
will point the way for another week
of toil.
Play Production of the speech de-
partment will close its four day run
of the well-known Broadway comedy
hit, "Stage Door," locally directed by
Prof. Valentine Windt, at 8:30 p.m.
today in the Lydia Mendelssohn

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plus Five Shorts

Sunday, JIn. 17 - 7 and 9 P.M.
Box Office Opens TiCKETS - 40c
2 P.M. Sunday (including tax)


Guinea, Solomon Islands, Africa,
England, etc. This particular series
will be exhibited until January 16.
First floor rotunda, University Muse-
ums. Open daily 8-5; Sunday 2 to 5.
The public is invited.
Exhibition- Rackham Galleries-
Mezzanine Floor. The Horace H.
Rackham School of Graduate Studies
presents "Tunisia afd the Mediter-
ranean in Water Colors" by Mrs.
Alice Reischer. The opening is Janu-
ary 20 at 7:00 p.m. and the galleries
will be open thereafter daily, except
Sundays, 2-5 and 7-10.
Events Today
The Saturday Luncheon Group will
meet at 12:15 p.m. today at Lane.
Hall to continue their discussion on
"Determinism." Professor William
Frankena of the Philosophy Depart-
ment will be present. All interested
students are invited.
Coming Events
Varsity Glee Club: Regular rehear-
sal Sunday afternoon. Return Michi-
gan Song Books and bring deposit for
music folders.
First Presbyterian Church: 9:30
a.m. University Student Bible Class
meets under the direction of Mr. Ma-,
'lan and Mr. Lampe.
Morning Worship--10:45 "A Life-
Size Religion" subject of the sermon'
by Dr. W. P. Lemon.
Westminster Student Guild supper
at 6:00 and program at 7:00 p.m.
Professor Lionel Laing will discuss
"Politics and the Peace."



Michigan League Chapel. The Rev.
Alfred Scheips will preach on "Our
Saviour Exalted."
Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Gamma Delta,
Lutheran Student Club, will have a
sleighing party. Meet at Lane Hall.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church-
8:00 a.m. ;Holy Communion; 11:00'
a.m. Junior Church; 11:00 a.m. Morn-
ing Prayer and Sermon by the- Rev.
Henry Lewis, D.D.; 5:00 p.m. Evening
Prayer; 6:00 a.m. H-Square Club
meeting, Page Hall; 7:30 p.m. Canter-
bury Club for Episcopal Students;
Harris Hall. Mr. Robert Kemp, a
member of the faculty of Boon Col-
lege, Wuchang; China, recently re-
turned to this country, will speak of"
his experiences ;in Japanese occupied
(Continued on Page 4),


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MONDAY at the Union Travel Desk



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