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Women's Indoor Track
Big Ten Championships
Feb. 27-28
Track and Tennis Building

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern
' Tomorrow, 1:00 p.m
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The Michigan Daily Friday, February 20, 1987 Page 9

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Falcons

By ADAM SCHEFTER .
During Red Berenson's first year
as Michigan's hockey coach in
1984-85, his squad faced a powerful
Lake Superior team in the playoffs.
They were swept in two games.
The next season, his team
ventured to East Lansing for the
playoffs, only to come away with
the same result as the season
before.
N OW, once again, his team
will face either Lake Superior or
Michigan State in the first round of
the CCHA playoffs starting
February 27.
This weekend will be the final
tune-up for Michigan's post-season
activity.
But it is more than just a dress
rehearsal. It's against the Bowling
Green Falcons, and it's for sole
possession of sixth place. Michigan
is currently tied with Ohio State,
but the Wolverines hold the
tiebreaker edge.

The Falcons are in a battle of
their own. They are currently in
first place and are vying for the
CCHA championship. It would be
their seventh in the last 12 years.
TONIGHT'S contest will be
played in Ann Arbor, and then the
teams will travel to Bowling Green
for Saturday's game.
"Michigan is playing really good
hockey now," said Falcon assistant
coach Kevin Mann. "They've
improved a lot and they are really
coming on now. Our team is aware
of what they can do."
Bowling Green can do some
things, also. In fact, a lot of things.
The offense is led by junior Paul
Ysebaert (20 goals, 52 assists, 72
points), lain Duncan (21-36-57),
and Don Barber (26-28-54).
Bowling Green averages 5.57 goals
per game, tops in the conference.
The offense is complemented by
All-CCHA, All-American, and All-
Everything goaltender Gary

has come together and shown that
this year's playoffs won't be the
usual David and Goliath matchup.
"OUR TEAM has been
through thick and thin together,"
Berenson said. "Our kids are
improving. There's enthusiasm.
We're getting goalkeeping on a
more consistent basis now.
"We're getting better leadership
from our senior players. I don't say
we're better than (Michigan State or
Lake Superior), but we are every bit
as good as them."
Lately, Michigan has proven
that. After a 4-14 start, the
Wolverines have turned the tide.
They are 10-7-1 in their last 18
games and 6-2-1 in the last nine.
During that span they have
dominated their opponents,
outscoring them 59-30.
Senior Brad Jones has led the
way, making his final collegiate
hockey games count. He has been a
one man wrecking crew, tearing

through the opposition. His three-
game hat trick streak ended last
Saturday night against Alaska-
Fairbanks.
Warren Sharples has not played
like a freshman, and the defense has
withstood and turned away many
enemy attacks.

In short, the team is meshing
just in the nick of time for the
playoffs.
The Wolverines could not ask
for better preparation than an
opponent like Bowling Green.

Berenson
... cautiously optimistic
Kruzich. The standout sports a 23-
3-2 mark along with a 3.35 goals
against average.
The Wolverines do not want to
look past Bowling Green to the
playoffs. Berenson's young team

Laimbeer: lame excuse at center

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By DOUGLAS VOLAN
t Hey Piston fans. Relax. Your
team isn't going anywhere. It's
going to be the same old story - a
defeat in the second round of the
playoffs.
There's no way your team can
get past the Celtics with Bill
Laimbeer at center. Laimbeer is a
great rebounder and possesses an
excellent J, but he's not an
intimidator. No one is afraid of
him.
Every team that has made it to
the NBA finals in the past decade
has either had a dominating center,
such as Moses Malone, Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish, Bill
Walton, Akeem Olajuwon, and Wes
Unseld, or a potentially dominating
center, such as Darryl Dawkins and
Marvin Webster. Laimbeer just
cannot be dominating.
Although the Pistons are
experiencing great success this
season, the playoffs will certainly
be a different story. With the West
Coast pansies not available to beat
up on, the Pistons will have to
play physical basketball night after
night, something they just can't do.
With Laimbeer out on the
Phils reject
Parrish
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -
The Philadelphia Phillies broke off
negotiations with Lance Parrish
over the possibility of a law suit by
the free-agent catcher against the
Philles and major league baseball,
Phillies spokesman Larry Shenk
'said last night.
Shenk said the Phillies and
Parrish agreed Wednesday to
financial terms of the $1 million
contract for one year, but the two
sides could not agree on a clause
protecting the Phillies and major
league baseball from legal action.
In a brief statement read by
Shenk, Phillies President Bill Giles
said: "I'm very disappointed we
couldn't work it out"
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perimeter firing up twenty footers,
the inside game of the Pistons is
nil.
What the Pistons need is a
seven-foot shot blocker in the
middle, which would enable
Laimbeer to play power forward.
Even Artis Gilmore, who Detroit
thought of acquiring in the
preseason, would do the trick.
The Pistons are stuck in the
same rut that Milwaukee has been
in for the past six years - win the
division, and then lose in the
playoffs to more physical
opponents.
The Pistons may top Atlanta
during the regular season, but the
Hawks have a better chance of
advancing to the NBA finals. With
7-1 Tree Rollins and 7-0 Kevin
Willis up front, the Hawks will

give Boston a run for their money
in the Eastern conference.
Come on Piston fans. When
Chuck Nevitt is your best shot
blocker, you know you're in
trouble.
A Magical season
After eight seasons of dazzling
basketball fans all over the country,
it is about time Magic Johnson
wins the league's MVP award.
Johnson, who has led the Lakers
to the NBA finals six times, is
among the league leaders in triple-
doubles, exemplifying his
incredible all-around abilities.
But what makes Magic so
special is his ability to put the ball
exactly where his teammates need it
in order to score. Just look what he

Star Game. Without Magic,
Chambers, the game's MVP,
wouldn't have scored half his 34
points.
Simply, Johnson is the Lakers.
He does whatever is necessary to
win. At the start of the season, the
Lakers were in danger of falling off
the top perch in the Western
conference, but Magic provided
scoring (with his new and improved
jump shot) and leadership. He
helped to prove that Los Angeles is
the best in the West.
To all you Michael Jordan fans,
his time will come. Personally, I
think that Michael is God. But this
is Magic's year, and nobody can
take it away from him.
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