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TUE -N11I1T N- DAILY

M' Cagrers Stake Claim To

Title With Three Big Wirn

Upsets of Illini, Badgers
Brighten Michigani Hopes

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By BOB LENT
While U. of M. students sweated
and tussled with their final
exams, Michigan's basketball team
tookand passed-its test for the
position of top contender in the
Big Nine title race.
Since The DLily last went to
press, the Wolverines not only
won three out of four ball games,
but knocked off two of its chief
challengers (Wisconsin, Illinois)
to move into the driver's seat of
the Western Conference hard -
count chase.
Michigan plays five of its re-
maining six gamnes with second
division outfits and four ofz
these (including its all imipor-
tanit get-together with Iowa)
are at home. Wisconsin. the
current pacesetter, on the other
hand has three of its remaining
four games on foreign courts,
while second place Iowa has the
toughl Job of tilts with Wiscon-
sin, and Michigan to hurdle.
Just what this means can be
gleaned from the fact that 34 of
the 40 victories in the Big Nine
this year have come on home
courts. '
Strangely enough, it has been
its ability to break through this
road jinx in important gamnes,
which has rocketed the Wolver-

BIG NINE BASKETBALL
Team WV L Pct. Pts. Op.
Wisconsin. ...6 2 .750 421 208
Iowa ........6 2 .750 444 422
MICHIGAN .4 2 .667 319 295
Purdue..... ,.4 3 .571 358 355
Illinois.,.....4 4 .500 432 433
Minnesota ..3 4 ,,,428 384 382
-:Iaiana.......4 .333 336 3,20
Ohio State . .2 6 .250 451 491
Northwestern 2 6 .250 399 439
Last Night's Results
Iowa 70, Illinois 61.
Purdue 53, Minnesota 51.
Northwestern 47, Ohio State
45.
Wisconsin 51, Mich. State 39.
ine into a spot for its firat bas-
ketball title since 1927.
Th ey (lid it against Wisconsin
January 17 when they surprised
everyone but themselves by halt-
ing the Badger express which had
threatened to make a run-away
of the conference race with five
straight wins.
The Wolverines limped in to
town after a humiliating defeat
51 -48 by lowly Northwestern
and spilled the high flying
Cardinal club 43-38. Bob Har-
rison andIDoi). McIntosh were
the boys who paced the scoring
attack with 16 and 12 points
respectively.

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DON McINTO811. whose Pro-
lific ;scoring has kept Michiga n
in the Big Nine race, has aver-
aged over 12 points it game.
La~st Monday, 0Ohio State ulln-1
cerecninioUSl ly dinp~ed the Mair'eI
andi Blue when Bob Doudiarn ran'
wild with :19 points to lance the
Buckeyes to a 70-66 upset w in atf
Columbus.
Then when everyone was count-
ing them out of the race, theyl
rebounded last Saturday to walkI
aill over' Powerful Illinois, 66-57.
D~ike Edldlemn got 26 points for
the fighting Illini, but it wasn't i
olnough to offset the McIntosh-
Harrison s oi'ifltr ) mcii t f17 sly
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Sextet. Wins Six, Draws
Close to Tourney Berth

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TIhings broke loose on the New
YRork Stock Exchange last week
but so did Michigan's hockey team
as it swept aside all opposition inI
a mid-season surge towards na-
tional recognition that netted six
gamnes won against no losses.
Three higly - touted' sextets
bowed to the Wolverines in pairs
of games, two sets on enemy ice.
Minnesota, Michigan Tech, and
Yale were set down ibncorder in the
three-week period that saw Michi-
gan ride to the crest of a seven-
game winning streak.
Michigan In Lead
Especially significant were the
two triumphs each over the Tech-
men and the Gophers, which sent
the Wolverines into a comfortable
lead in the race for mid-western
representation in the NCAA hoc-
key championship tournament to
be held next month in Colorado
Springs, Coo.
Minnesota continues in the run-
ning for the coveted slot by vir'-
tue of its two wins over Michigan
Tech and the final outcome could
very well be decided this weekend
when the Maize play host to the
Northinen. in a brace of gamnes.
McMillan Sets Record
Hero of the current' winning
streak that has carried, the Wol-
verines to a 10-1-1 nid-season
mark is Gordie McMillan who has
turned the hat. trick in each of
the three series played for a sea-
son's total of four, Thp red-hair-
ed scoring ace picked up 13 goals
and eight assists to set a new
Michigan point record. Coach Vie
Hleyliger was the possessor of the
old record with 116 points in three
years of play. McMillan now has

130 points with hialf the 1948 sea-
son remaining before him,.
Coach Vic Heyliger and his pow -
erhouse opened the latest spree
against Minnesota, trouncing their
only Big Nine opponents, 3-2 and
5-1 on Successive nights in Min-
neapolis. McMillan scored two
goals in the opener and roared
back with three more in the
second game.
Michigan Tech was the next to
feel the brunt of Michigan's high-
ly -geared scoring attack as it fell
9-8 and 4-0, Goalie Jack McDon-
ald registering his first shutout
of the current campaign. McMil-
lan scored four times in the first
con test.
Wiffenpoofs Whiffed
Yale University, which had been
previously' victorious in all of the
four gamnes with the Wolverines
in past years. proved to be the
easiest of the three teams faced
as it dropped two uninterestintg
matches, 6-1 and 7-3. McMillan
picked uip his fourth hiat trick of
the season i the second game.
Al Renfrew became the second
member of this year's sextet to
pass the century mark in points
scored. In his two and one half
years of play the fast-skating
wingman has garnered 105 points,
thirteen of them coming in the
last sLx games on six goals and
seven assists.
Michigan's chancyes b iav e been
aided greatly by the return of
Wally Grant anid 0Cml Cossalter,
form-er 'Wolverine stars. Neil Cel-
icy, who has just finished playing
in the winter Olympic games at
St. Moritz, Switzerland, is expect-
ed to return in time for this week-
end's important contests with
Minnesota.

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