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Michigan Icemen Meet
Spartan Sextet Tonight

Groffsky Leads Michigan Scorers



* s

NOW THAT MICHIGAN'S hard-working basketballers have struggled
through nine of their scheduled 22 hardwood battles it seems as
good a time as any to tender a few comments regarding their play
to date.
The picture presented by Coach Bill Perigo's cagers is far from
clear-cut. The team has played both hot and cold against the six
conference opponents and three non-league aggregations. In the
,opener with Marquette, and in Big Ten clashes with. Purdue and
Indiana, the local hoopsters showed flashes of brilliance, and managed
to work the fast-break attack effectively.
* * * *
In other games, notably Pittsburgh and Ohio State, the
Maize and Blue looked every bit as helpless and inept as last
year's quintet which barely nosed out Purdue in a neck-and-neck
race for the Big Ten cellar. i
There are a few points which stand out like sore thumbs and
which have manifested themselves in nearly every game played.
4 * 4 *
First, it Ican not be denied that the Wolverines have been giving
a better show (in the Barnum and Bailey sense of the word) than
last year. If nothing else the scores have been bigger and the par-
ticipants have been running faster. This is especially pleasing to the
fan who argues,"if you've gotta lose, lose fancy." It is, however, of
little consolation to the Michigan supporter who likes to win.
* * * *
Same Old Mistakes...
┬░ALTHOUGH MUCH has been done to change the outward appear-
ance of Michigan basketball, disgustingly little has been achieved
in the way of correcting the fundamental faults that plagued the
1951-52 outfit. !
This year, as last, the Wolverines are pitifully unable to re-
bound, under either basket, with the result that they find them-
selves.outshot game after game.
In few cases can.the locals blame Jack of height for this dilemma.
With two starters well over the six foot mark Perigo's charges should
be expected to get their share of rebounds and tip-ins from all but a
few conference squads. Local observers are hard pressed to explain
how Milt Mead, who stands 6-7 and is Big Ten co-champion high
jumper,-manages so few rebounds.
** * *.
We are willing to admit that some of this rebounding weak-
ness can be laid to the fire-wagon offensive pattern which calls
for fast shooting at the expense of position play. At the same
time, we feel that this is only part of the story. A little more alert
and aggressive play under the boards would help a lot.
A corollary weakness painful to Yost Fieldhouse hangers-on is
the repeated failure of Michigan shot-makers to follow up their
' tosses. Notable exceptions are forwards Ralph Kauffman and John
Codwell. Both have turned more than one missed shot into a bucket
simply by following in and banging home the rebound.
* * * *
Fast-Break Troubles ...
APPARENTLY MUCH of the Wolverines' difficulty is due to the
transition to the fast-break. Perigo's charges have come a long
way toward mastering the intricacies of the unfamiliar offense, but
they have an equally long way to go.
At this stage an unduely large number of Michigan passes
find their way into enemy hands, and far too many drives, fizzle
becau ;pf: ; poorly-ti mnd sot For some reason the Wolverines
feel compelled to race down the floor like Gangbusters every time
they get the ball, even when the opposition's defense is well set,
with the result that most such rushes are stopped cold.
Out of this admittedly gloomy picture have come a few bright
spots. First, as we mentioned before, Perigo has installed an interesting,
if not totally successful, brand of ball.
* s s *
Further, several members of the Maize and Blue squad have shown
some measure of court ability in the early season games. Guards Ray
Pavichevich, Doug Lawrence, and Don Eaddy have indicated that
" given time they will go well in the Perigo go-for-broke attack. A ten-
dency to be overly "hungry" has hurt Eaddy some, but his 25-point
showing against strong Indiana marks him as a potential big-point
In his first year on the starting five, center Paul Groffsky has
played capably and exhibited one of the best shot averages on the
The picture is, therefore, neither black nor white, but rather a
greyish hue. It is to be hoped that in the weeks to come the Wol-
verine hoopsters can polish up the rough spots.
If they do they may have a lot to say about who wins the Big
Ten crown this winter.
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A revamped Michigan hockey
squad will travel to East Lansing
this evening to do battle with the
rugged Michigan State sextet in
a Midwest Collegiate Hockey
League game.
Victory tonight will give the
Wolverines a tie for first place
with Denver.
THE REVAMPING came about
as a result of forward Johnny Mc-
Kennell's suspension for an al-
leged assault on a referee in Den-
ver last week.
Doug Philpott was moved up
to replace McKennell on the
first line. Captain Johnny Mat-
chemts and Earl Keyes, who
graduates next month, complete
the new combination.
Filling Phillpott's vacated posi-
tion on the second line will be de-
fenseman Jim Haas, who will team
with Pat Cooney and George Chin.
* * *
THE MOVE leaves Michigan
with only three defensemen, Alex
McClellan, Reg Shave and Louie
Paolatto. Coach Vic Heyliger in-
dicated that Haas might also see
some action at defense if the go-
ing gets rough.
The third line of Doug Mul-
len, Telly Mascarin and Bert
Dunne is still intact.
Michigan State, with a record
Check Erases
KresS 'Rpcord

this year and in a 5-4 loss against
North Dakota he scored all four
Mayes will be flanked by
sophomore Jim Ward and Jun-
ior George Bolton, Centering the
second line will be co-captain
Dick Lord who was shifted
from defense to forward to take
advantage of his great speed
and aggressiveness.
Amo Bassone's squad is reported
to be in good physical shape and
will have the advantage of play-
ing onhome ice in addition to the
desire to stop the Wolverines.
I-M Scores
ATO 36, AEPi 15
Lambda Chi Alpha 32, Phi Kappa Psi
Phi Kappa Sigma 37, ZBT 31
Theta Chi 43, Theta Delta Chi 22
Alpha Delta Phi 27, Chi Psi 25
Chi Phi 28, Phi Sigma Kappa 25
Pi Lambda Phi 82, Zeta Psi 9
Beta Theta Pi 48, TKE 18
Sigma Ci 51, Tau Delta Phi 27
Delta Upsilon 46, Delta Sigma Phi 20
Phi Delta Theta 58, Triangle 26
Delta Tau Delta 45, Phi Kappa Tau 14
Phi Gamma Delta 51, Sigma Phi 16
Sigma Alpha Mu 47, Delta Chi 27
Theta Xi 24, Alpha Sigma Phi 23
Alpha Phi Alpha 39, Phi Sigma Delta
Kappa Sigma 24, Acacia 17
Sigma Phi Epsilon 51, Delta Kappa
Epsilon 19
Sigma Nu 32. SAE 24
Psi Upsilon defeated Kappa Nu (for-
All-campus (doubles): Bill Putich and
Jim Skala defeated Frank Wolowitz
and Bob Spaatz 21-6, 21-8

A couple of promising sopho-
mores, center Paul Groffsky and
guard Don Eaddy, lead all Wol-
verine point-getters after nine
doses of cage action, including six
conference contests.
. The 6-4 Groffsky, sporting an
average of 15.1 tallies per game,
rates as the top scorer in a re-
vitalized Michigan offense that
has netted 72.6 points per night.
He has hit the twines for 136
counters, his high-water mark be-
ing a 25-point output in the Maize
and Blue's lone Big. Ten triumph,
an 88-75 defeat of Purdue.
BLOWING HOT and cold in
unpredictable fashion, agile Eaddy
still seems a cinch to surpass the
188-point total that made him
Michigan's third highest scorer in
his freshman year.
Included in the 123 scores ac-
cumulated by the Grand Rapids
second year man are a i5-point
harvest in the 91-88 loss to In-
diana, and 22 more points in
the Wolverine win over Purdue.
With Eaddy and Groffsky not
having their usual hot nights
against Ohio State Monday, the
invading Buckeyes made a run-
away of the loosely-played affair.
GROFFSKY fouled out early in
the third period after throwing
in only seven good ones, the first
time all season he went under dou-
ble figures. Eaddy chipped in with
four points, missing 15 chances
from- the floor.
Lanky Milt Mead, one of three
juniors in Coach Bill Perigo's

Kenaga, hard-working guard who
gained a reserve letter in football
last fall.
Kenaga masqueraded as some
of the Western Conference's top
football stars. He impersonated
such standouts as Tommy O'-
Connell, Paul Giel, Lou D'Achille
and Dale Samuels in the Wol-
verine defensive drills.
After a year on the bench, 6-5
forward Bruce Allen has finally
blossomed into a scoring threat.
Allen's ten counters at Lafayette
played a big part in the Michigan
Here's the statistical result of
race-horse basketball at Michi-
gan. Under Coach Ernie McCoy
All-campus paddleball singles
tournament begins right after
final exams. Prospective entries
sign up now at I-M Building.
-Larry Schleh
last year, Wolverine hoopsters
netted 56.8 tallies per contest while
the opposition threw in 61.9. This
season the Maize and Blue has
hit for 72.6 counters a night, while
its opponents have scorched the
hoops for an 81-point average.

. . . Spartan stalwart
of one win, one tie and six losses,
is much tougher than the record
shows. In their six MCHL set-
backs, the Spartans lost three
games by one goal and two games
by two.
JOHN MAYES, center forward,
led the team in scoring last year
although only a freshman. His
shooting has been sharp again

..tops in tallies
* * *
youthful starting fiye, ranks
third in the 1952-53 scoring race
with a 10.8 average, just about
the same as he garnered in 22
outings last year.
Boasting a 238-point total and a
10.7 in the 1951-52 campaign,
Mead, although noticeably off in
his shooting, has come back with
97 tallies and an average of 10.8.
*~ * *
comer to the Michigan varsity
quintet who saw brief action in
the first half against OSU is Ray

Groff sky

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- .. s~ 9.t7 N.l .'i.-/"U P q
The post-season check of Big
Ten football statistics has invali-
dated Michigan tailback Ted
Kress' single game rushing record.V
Conference experts who went
over the movies of the Northwest-
em game found that the Wolver- Did y
ine starhad been given credit for you see
32 yards too much on plays in tuxes
which fumbles and laterals fig-
Kress had been given total yard-
age on plays when he should have
been allowed yardage only to the
point of fumble or lateral.
The Michigan triple-threater
had previously been credited with
218 yards rushing, two more than
former Wolverine fullback Bill
Daley had amassed in 1943 against
Paul Giel, Minnesota's All-
America tailback, found his way
into the Big Ten record book when
another check revealed that he,
had carried or passed the ball 49
times in the Wisconsin game to
equal Bob Hoernschemeyer'a and
Lou D'Achille's marks.

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