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Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Friday, January 22, 1988

Men's and Women's Gymnastics
vs. Illinois
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena
Page 9

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press shuts down Badgers

BY GREG MOLZON

Difficult week reveals
cracks in Blue armor
Following Monday's loss at Ohio State and last night's lackluster
65-54 victory over Wisconsin, there are suddenly some question
marks regarding the Wolverines.
Nothing too catastrophic, but the Wolverines don't look quite as
invincible as they did a week ago. Here are some thoughts and com-
ments on the team's present state and last night's game.
-It appears that Michigan has become the Big Two and Little
Three. As Gary Grant and Glen Rice go, so go the Wolverines.
Against Ohio State, the two struggled, combined for only 27
points, and the Wolverines lost. Last night, Rice scored 22 of the 39
first-half Wolverine points, and he and Grant scored 43 of Michigan's
65-point total.
The two All-American candidates are also bound to be slowed
down as the season wears on. They are playing a lot of minutes (they
sat out a combined four minutes last night) and will face some tough
defensive players as the Wolverines move into the tougher part of the
conference schedule in the next three weeks.
If head coach Bill Frieder doesn't find more offensive help for these
two in the near future, the Wolverines will find it difficult to beat the
Big Ten's best teams.
-The loss of Sean "Trigger" Higgins is especially hurting in this
area because Higgins was the one dependable reserve who could be
counted on to score. Higgins' excellent outside shooting practically
guaranteed that he would throw in 10 or more points per game.
Higgins' loss to academic eligibility has dealt a major blow to the
Wolverines' offensive capabilities, versatality, depth, and thus, their
chances of winning the Big Ten.
-Where, oh where has Terry Mills gone? The sophomore connected
on only one of eight shots last night for two points and seemed to
disappear from the action for large amounts of time.
Playing in only his first season of college actior!, Frieder had
warned everyone that Mills would be inconsistent, but this is getting
hard to believe. At times, he has looked to be all-world such as the
Miami, Fla., game and the sccmnd half 'N ''VJ an State contest.
At others, Mills has been nonexistent. None of those times have
been worse than against Wisconsin. Besides the two point the 6-10
forward missed two free throws, had four turnovers, and one rebound.
-Mills did inadvertently provide the highlight of last night's game,
though, when he was called for an intentional foul on the Badgers'
Darin Schubring. Schubring was awarded two free throws and wasn't
close on either.
After his first free throw banged off the backboard, a Wisconsin
sportswriter commented that the shot was pretty close compared to
most of the 6-10 center's free throws. Most of the other writers
thought that was impossible. Schubring then shot an air ball on the
second attempt.
That writer knew what he was talking about.
-At the beginning of this season, Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder
had said that his team was "on a mission", like no other team in the
conference, to reach the top division of the Big Ten. While the Bad-
gers are definitely improved and looking at a promising future, this
year it appears to be "mission impossible" for Wisconsin.

By JEFF RUSH
Michigan was pressing against
Ohio State Monday. Pressing, as in
choking, as in losing.
Last night, however, Michigan's
pressing was too much for the Wis-
consin Badgers to handle. The
Wolverines' full-court pressure
turned a four-point, first-half deficit
into a 15-point lead at the end of the
half, and Michigan then staved off a
Badger comeback for a 65-54 victory
before 13,609 at Crisler Arena.
"The key to the game was the
press in the first half. It got us the
lead," said Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder.
That lead became smaller and
smaller in the second half, but the
Badgers never could get within six.
points. Missed free throws (the Bad-
gers went five of 14 from the line)
made the loss even harder to bear.

The Badgers' last chance to push
Michigan's lead below six came
with just over a minute left. Michi-
gan had run off almost all 45 sec-
onds of the shot clock, and Rumeal
Robinson launched an off-balance
desperation shot.
The shot fell short, but Robinson
was fouled by Wisconsin's Darin
Schubring.
"That was a big mistake on his
part," said Wisconsin coach Steve
Yoder.
"That helped," said Frieder. "I told
(the players) we were going to take
45 seconds (off the clock) no matter
what."
No points for Michigan, but no
harm done. The shot clock was reset
to 45 seconds, and all the Wolver-
ines had to do was shoot foul shots
the rest of the way.
Glen Rice again played spectacu-

larly for the home crowd, scoring 3C
on 14-of-23 shooting. Rice also
grabbed 13 rebounds. "I don't think
Glen Rice has ever had a bad game
against us," said Yoder.
"Rice kept us in the game," said
Frieder.
However, Gary Grant refused to
hand over his self-appointed No. 1-
player-in-America title to Rice.
"Everybody can't be first," said the
smiling Grant.
Grant, for his part, added 13
points and six assists, and Loy
Vaught scored 10.
Danny Jones led Wisconsin with
16 points, and his look-alike,
Patrick Thompkins, came off the
bench to score 12.
Terry Mills had an off night for
the Wolverines, and sat out the deci-
sive final five minutes of the game.
He made only one of eight shots
from the floor and grabbed only one
rebound in 22 minutes of play.
And Rumeal Robinson scored
just six after a personal high of 19
on Monday. .
"Mills and Robinson just don't
know what it is yet," said Frieder.
"It's a battle out there, and you have
to get in shape."
Wisconsin jumped out to a 10-6
first-half lead on the strength of
Trent Jackson's shooting. Jackson,
who went into the game averaging
19, ended the game with only nine
points on four-of-14 shooting.
Michigan was able to turn a 15-
14 lead into a 30-16 lead using their
Grant-led press. Grant had four steals
in the first-half before Wisconsin
figured out how to break the press.
Michigan didn't press for the most
part in the second half.
Rice who scored 22 first-half

IU next on
Blue slate
The Wolverines head down to
Bloomington for a showdown
with defending national champion
Indiana. The game will be played
Sunday at Assembly Hall (2 p.m.
ABC-TV), where the Hoosiers
have won 29 straight.
But Indiana (9-5) has struggled
lately, dropping three of its first
four Big Ten games, including
losses to Northwestern and Mich-
igan State. The Hoosiers lone
conference victory was a two-point
win over Wisconsin.
"We weren't able to get enough
people playing well and playing
with the right purpose all at the
same time," said head coach Bob
Knight after the overtime loss at
Michigan State.
Despite its difficulties, Indiana
will have the advantage of a full
week of rest since losing to MSU.
Center Dean Garrett leads the
Hoosiers in scoring with a 15.2
average.
-SCOTT SHAFFER
points, was able to stretch the lead
to 37-20 with a layup off an offen-
sive rebound.
Steve Stoyko, who entered with
2:07 left in the half, then answered a
Wisconsin basket to keep the lead at
17. Until Stoyko's points, only
Rice, Grant, and Vaught had scored
for the Wolverines.
The halftime score was 39-24
Michigan.

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Michigan junior Mike Griffin goes up for a rebound in the first half of last
night's game with Wisconsin at Crisler Arena last night

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The 13th-ranked Michigan
wrestling team meets Northwestern
tomorrow in Evanston.
It will be the first of five consec-
utive road matches for the Wolver-
ines, who will not compete at home
-until Feb. 14 against Indiana.
Michigan (3-0, Big Ten, 4-2
ovcrall) has won three straight
matches, including Tuesday's 39-9
crushing of Michigan State.
The Wolverines have also defeated
Illinois, 32-6, and Purdue 30-14, in
the past week.
"I am really proud of the way our
team wrestled in the last three
matches," Michigan head coach Dale
Bahr said. "They showed a lot of
guts. If we can stay healthy we can
give any team a real run for the
money."

Big Ten Scores
Last night's result
Iowa 93, Illinois 79
Saturday's games
Ohio State at Minnesota
Northwestern at Illinois
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