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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 6, 1987 --Page 11

Purdue
poses
,potent
problem
(Continued from Page 1)
,When it's time to make those
Ypicks, they can hopefully pick us
if we beat Purdue. Now, since we
"lost (to Illinois Wednesday night)
s ;we have to go out there with
.some fire and win that one."
:Bouncing back from the
crushing 89-75 loss to the Illini
:twill be a difficult task.
~Wednesday's blowout was only
~the third time in the last four
,,years that Michigan has lost at
;home by more than three points.
rJebounding against Purdue could
-'be especially difficult.
Grant, however, believes
Michigan (18-11 overall, 9-8 Big
Ten) can put the defeat behind
them. "I don't think it will be
hard because we've got a couple
days to practice before we play
Purdue," he said. "Our shots will
be falling on Saturday."
Purdue (24-3, 15-2) hopes a
milestone will fall tomorrow. A
victory would give the
Boilermakers their first outright
Big Ten championship since
1969. It would also seal up a No.
1 seed in the NCAA tourney,
likely at Indianapolis in Purdue's
backyard.
The Boilers can go inside and
outside with equal proficiency.

Tumblers set for EMU

By JIM DOWNEY
Motivation should not be a
problem. The women's gymnastics
team knows what it must
accomplish when it hosts Eastern
Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday and Kent
State at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The prospect of facing Mid-
American Conference schools is
usually a welcome break from
rugged Big Ten competition, but in
order to stay in the chase for an
NCAA Regional berth, the team
must bump its performance up a
notch.
"The pressure is really on," said
Wolverine head coach Dana
Kempthorn. "I think everyone
realizes we need to break through to
180."
HER TEAM has consistently
scored in the high 170's, but at this
point in the season has yet to reach
the figure she believes will carry
them to post-season competition.
The Wolverines' MAC
competition can be expected to post
marks in the mid-170's.
Angela Williams and Janne
Klepak will play a large role in
Michigan's hopes. The pair will

Wins needed

vs. MAC

teams for NCAA berth

both perform all-around against
Eastern Michigan, but could be
limited to three events on Sunday,
depending on their health.
Williams has been bothered by a
bad shoulder and Klepak has an
ankle problem. If they do perform
all-around against Kent State,
Kempthorn hinted that their
routines might be "watered down"
to reduce strain.
FRESHMEN Jeffries and Jeni
Hescott will also be counted on for
strong efforts. Jeffries, from
Bethesda, Md., has worked all-
around every meet this season.
Hescott, a native of Holland, Mi.,
has been a consistent performer in
the floor exercise and vault.
"We've been training really
hard," said Kempthorn. "We're
working to eliminate some of our
misses."
The coach believes that reaching
180 is not unreasonable if her squad
can hit on more of its routines.

In preparation for the stretch
drive, the Wolverines spent Spring
Break at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
State, which hosted the
International Gymnastics Training
Camp.
The team worked out at an
Olympic training facility and
performed against some of the top
gymnasts in the country. A meet
against the host school resulted in a
177.75-159 Wolverine triumph.
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Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Senior guard Antoine Joubert looks for help in Wednesday's loss to
Illinois. Joubert and fellow senior Garde Thompson will be playing their
last regular-season game at Crisler Arena.

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Bruising center Melvin McCants
(12.0 points per game) and
forwards Todd Mitchell (16.1 ppg)
and Doug Lee (10.1 ppg) are
tough under the boards, while
guards Troy Lewis (19.1 ppg) and
Everette Stephens (11.8 ppg) can
light it up from long-range.
The Boilermakers have won
eight in row, including a 69-59
win at Michigan State Wednesday
night which assured them of at
least a tie for the Big Ten crown.
Indiana (13-4 Big Ten) trails the

leader by one game. The Hoosiers
need a win over Ohio State
tomorrow, and a Purdue loss, to
share the title.
Ohio State, with an upset at
Bloomington, could do serious
damage to Michigan's tournament
hopes. The Wolverines and
Buckeyes are tied for fifth place in
the Big Ten at 9-8, and both are
borderline candidates for an NCAA
bid. If one wins tomorrow and the
other loses, the loser could likely
be left out of the 64-team field.

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trample
outclassed
Wildcats
EVANSTON, IL. (AP) -
rowa's Kevin Gamble scored 21
points and reserve guard Jeff Moe
gonnected for five 3-point field
~goals last night, leading the sixth-
ranked Hawkeyes to a 103-76 Big
Ten basketball triumph over
.Northwestern.
The ┬░Hawkeyes;, with nine 3-
pointers, won their 13th conference
game against four losses. It was
Iowa's 26th win overall and marked
the 300th coaching victory for
Iowa's Tom Davis, who is in his
~first year at Iowa City.
r"rNorthwestern, 1-16 in the
conference, lost for the ninth
straight time. Overall, the Wildcats
are 6-21.
The Wildcats gave up 21 points
to the Hawkeyes on the offensive
boards.
Moe wound up with 20 points,
while B.J. Armstrong added 14. The
Wildcats were paced by Shon
Morris with 16 and Brian Pitts'
career high 13.
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