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Pack to host Heels at 8 p.m. Saturday
Friday, January 17, 1975
by Elliott Warnock
There arc several rumors floating around
the North Carolina campus that have to be
First, it is not true that Norman Sloan,
head basketball coach of North Carolina
State, fought in the I.Q. Bowl's
Second, it is completely false that the
Wolf pack has scheduled Terry Sanfotd High
School in Fayetteville as their openiitg game
It is true that Stormin Norman gets a lot
of flack from Carolina fans; and it is also true
that NCSU romped over such powerhouses
as Western and East Carolina, as $vell as
Well ha-ha, and heh-heh, and Go To Hell
Women's basketball team in
Women's basketball teams from opposite
ends of the state. Western Carolina
and East Carolina, will meet the defending
state champions from Elon College and the
Carolina women's team here tonight and
tomorrow for a round-robin , basketball'
Play begins tonight at 7:00 when Western
Carolina meets the Pirates from ; East
Following at 9:00, the Tar Heels face Elon
in what will be one of the most exciting
matches of the weekend. Elon may have the
Area swim fans get a chance to see one of
the top collegiate swim teams in the nation
today when third-ranked Tennesses invades
Bowman Gray Pool for a 4 p.m. match with
the Tar Heels.
The Volunteers sport 10 Ail-Americans
and are ranked just below Southern Cal and
Indiana among the nation's college teams.
Tennessee finished third last year to those
two teams and was second in 1973 behind
Carolina is coming off perhaps their best
meet of the season in beating East Carolina
last Saturday. In that meet UNC made a
superb comeback and beat the Pirates
despite dropping both relays.
Tennessee's top swimmer is two-time Ail
American Lee Engstrand. Engstrand holds
the U.S. record in the 200 individual medley
and is also an Ail-American breastroke
swimmer. Other UT. AltAmencans jriclude '
J im'Kenriedy (diving), "Rich Seywert
(breastroke), Kevin Priestly (backstroke),'
Richard Lutz (freestyle), Keith Gilliam
(butterfly) and Chris Noll (freestyle).
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State, and all that, but remember one thing:
North Carolina State is the defending
NCAA basketball champion. The North
Carolina varsity will surely remember that
fact when they take the court against the
Pack, at 8
p.m. in Raleigh's Reynolds
Carolina and State have already met once
this year, at the Big Four Tournament in
Greensboro. Neither team was used to
playing against their arch-rival in the
consolation round (State lost to Wake and
UNC lost to Duke), and the Pack took out its
frustration on Carolina to the tune of 15
The Tar Heels did better against Wake
Forest when they met Wednesday night in
Winston-Salem. Down eight points in the
second half, Carolina had to use every trick
advantage of being the state champions, but
the Carolina team should still be up from its
conclusive win over the Wolfpack last
Last year's team members will remember
the thrashing they received from the
Fighting Christians on their home court.
Tonight the Tar Heels will have the home
court advantage, but to make things even
more likely for a Carolina win, the
nationally-ranked UNC cheerleaders and
the pep band will be present to give the Elon
team a taste of that infamous Carmichael
weekend aheaid for three teams
Carolina is counting on some of their
swimmers to give Tennessee a fight in some
of the events. Freshman Jim Seitz should
give Kennedy a battle in the diving
competition. Also expected to provide good
swims are Mark List (backstroke), Jody
Inglefield (breastroke), Steve McDonald
(1000 freestyle), Mike Reock (50 and 100
freestyle) and Karl Thiele (200 freestyle).
Runners take off
North Carolina's track squad travels to
Richmond this weekend to open the regular
indoor season in the East Coast Invitational.
The Tar Heels are expected to take another
strong team to the scene of Tony Waldrop's
first sub-four minute indoor mile run.
As usual Maryland is the overwhelming
favorite to win its 22nd ACC indoor track
title- The Terps have a well balanced team
and a host of returning lettermen from last
year's conference champions.
Carolina has the best shot at defeating
Maryland. The loss of ACC champion
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in the book to pull off an 80-78 victory.
Carolina started the second half tied with
Wake at 38-all, but got into foul trouble
early to fall behind, 65-46. Center Mitch
Kupchak fouled out with 5:46 remaining,
and with 6-10 Tommy LaGarde also in foul
trouble, Carolina coach Dean Smith elected
to stay with his four-corners delay offense
for the rest of the game.
The basic purpose of the four-corners is to
run out the clock while allowing the offense
to work for a lay-up, or draw a foul. And
with guards Phil Ford, John Kuester and
Brad Hoffman, as well as forward Walter
Davis controlling the ball, it worked to
perfection against the Deacons.
With 1:35 to play, Carolina had burst out
to a 77-70 lead, but let up slightly in the
closing seconds to allow Wake to close
within two points. The Heels held on to the
Competition renews early Saturday
morning at 10:00 when Elon goes against
East Carolina. At noon Carolina meets
Western Carolina, and at 8:00 they tackle
East Carolina, concluding tournament play.
Since this is a round-robin tournament,
there are no elimination playoffs or any
particular winner. The teams simply play
each other, with winning being its own
reward. Besides, the North Carolina
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for
Women forbids any elimination
Waldrop should be compensated by good
depth but lack of quality sprinters will
probably prevent the Tar Heels froms
making a run at the Terps.
UNC finished second to Maryland's
perennial champions but the Tar Heels could
receive a strong challenge for their runner-up
position from (who else?) N.C. State.
"It is hard to say how we will do within the
conference," said UNC coach Hubert West,
"1 have not seen any of the other teams but
we should be in the top three. Our strongest
point will be in the distances. We have very
versatile guys who can run anywhere from
the half to the two mile."
Fencers face Duke
The Carolina fencers take the the road this
weekend to resume their '74-'75 season.
On Saturday, the Tar Heels travel to Duke
to face what UNC coach Ron Miller terms,
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ball for the last 13 seconds to come away
For Carolina, it was the second straight
two-point win against an ACC team. The
Tar Heels squeezed past Clemson 74-72 in
Carmichael last week.
State should be a tougher opponent for
the Tar Heels. With Monte Towe and Mo
Rivers to move the ball in the backcourt,
plus Kenny Carr and Phil Spence across the
line, the Pack is still an explosive basketball
Oh yeah ... a kid named David
Thompson is supposed to be pretty good for
Like we said, don't let anybody fool you;
despite the upset loss to Wake Forest, NCSU
will be primed and ready against the Tar
Heels Saturday night.
tournaments before the state tournament.
This is the first time Carolina has hosted a
tournament, and Coach Angela Lumpkin
foresees it becoming an annual event. This
time teams from opposite ends of the state
were asked to compete, but Lumpkin plans
to ask in the future any high calibre women's
basketball teams, including some from out
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"a self-styled, self-organized" squad.
"They have no real coach," Miller
explains, "therefore they do most of the
The rivalry between the Heels and the
Keydets dates back to 1945. Carolina has
reigned the past eight years.
Sunday's excursion is to Charlottesville,
where UNC will fence Virginia and
Maryland, in conference dual meets.
"UVa is a much improved team," Miller
states, "They have two new coaches, one
from Belgium. They have a returning
sabreman who finished second in the
conference tournament last year. They will
be tougher than usual."
And then there's Maryland. The fencing
Terps. The only ACC team to beat UNC last
year. They have done excessive recruiting
and have shifted several fencers into new
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Asst. Sports Editor
The big frame bed dominates the small
Granville Towers dorm room, which Mitch
Kupchak occupies with roommate
teammate Billy Chambers.
The bed's painted red, the reporter
pointed out, but Kupchak, who has starred
for the Carolina basketball team this season,
only laughed and talked of the bed's
"Yes, 1 guess it does seem kind of anti
Carolina," the boyish faced junior, who
meets red power Saturday at N.C. State,
admitted. "Lee Dedmon's father made it fori
him, then Rusty Clark got it. I believe that's'
the way it went. And now I have it since
Bobby (Jones) left."
The Brentwood, N.Y. qualified quickly in
his deep northern accent, "Oh, you've got to;
earn it. j
"I used to go out to MacDonald's for:
Bobby," he said. "He'd give us points have
us slaving up to him. I racked up a whole
mess of points with shrimp cocktail. I'm
allergic to it and Bobby loves it. It was a
powerful trading item."
Lying beside a recent Sports Illustrated
opened to a story on the now-pro Jones,
Kupchak emphasized the difficulty
compensating for his loss to the Heels, who
are now 8-3 after Wednesday's 80-78 win
over Wake Forest.
"Bobby is probably the quickest man in
the ABA (American Basketball
Association)," analyzed the frontcourt
standout now averaging 11 rebounds and
18.8 points a game. "He was definitely
"I learned a lot from Bobby, but I don't
think I could ever be as quick on the back
door play or catch the ball in mid-air and put
it up," the 6-9, 225-pound Kupchak praised,
though at the same time, confident about his
"I don't feel any real pressure," he said.
"Tommy (LaGarde) is capable of a 20-point
game, but they do give me the ball more this
year than last.
"Against Clemson I was the most
confident going into a game this season.
Elliott Warnock, Editor
Even when we were down 16 points. I knew
we would win it. We needed that game so
much. The first "half of the season through
the disappointing Big Four Tournament
started well but didn't end that well."
But Kupchak. who himself is also battling
a back and leg injury, saw a team turn
around with the Big Four loss to State.
"Though we weren't playing well," the
psychology-political science major noted,
"we came within a few points of the national
championship team. Wc realized then we are
The "team orientation" is essential to
Kupchak, who even describes his recent, and
first-time selection as Atlantic Coast
Conference player-of-thc-week in those
"Since 1 got it and we won the game, it's
like giving the team an honor. It means
everybody else is doing their job also. For me
it's just being at the right place at the right
Saturday on the inside, Kupchak, who
also owns a 62.7 per cent field goal mark,
goes against Phil Spence and Kenny Carr,
but he isn't complaining.
"The smaller guys give me more trouble.
With a guy like Spence or (Wayne "Tree")
Rollins 1 know where he is. But it's easier for
a small guy to get around me." he offered,
calling Spence a "good rebounder who
knows his limitations" and Rollins. "the best
center in the ACC."
As a freshman, Kupchak had high school
All-America credentials but looked forward
to playing junior varsity. But with the foot
injury of Donald Washington. "1 ns.u: .;
to varsity," he recalled. "1 ou!J like t b:r. c
played junior varsity for 30-40 minuto.. than
just a few minutes on varsity."
But that unexpected push set up his
participation on a United States basketball
team in the World University Games in
Moscow, coached by State's Norman Sloan.
At the time Sloan said, "I couldn't think of
anybody I respected more than Mitch
Kupchak, so 1 invited him to the tryouts."
And now throughout the ACC that
respect still exists for the lean, brown-haired
eager; though, he's still looking for his first
Tar Heel win over the Wolfpack Red.
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