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Doug in Deep
i BY DOUG VOLAN
Wisconsin crowd
deserves an assist
MADISON - When the Wolverines met Wisconsin
on Saturday, little did they know that they'd be playing
the Badgers five on six.
The sixth man for the Badgers, 11,174 in number,
played an important role in defeating the Wolverines.
Although this is relatively small for a Big Ten crowd,
Wisconsin Fieldhouse is similar to Yost Ice Arena -
the fans sit right on top of the action and noise
reverberates loudly.
Wisconsin trailed by as many as 10 in the first half.
But after a technical foul was charged to Sean Higgins,
the Badgers went on a seven-point run to get back into
the game.
FROM THAT POINT ON, the fans turned it up
a decibel or two. It got so loud that the Wolverines
could not even hear the instructions shouted from the
sidelines by coach Bill Frieder.
"The crowd was pretty loud," said Michigan center
Mark Hughes. "When you go on the road in the Big
Ten, the crowd's always into the game. It's the sixth
man in a lot of places."
Rattling Robinson
The Wisconsin faithful played an especially critical
role down the stretch. Trailing 69-68, with nine seconds
left in the game, Rumeal Robinson was fouled driving
to the basket. Gazing into a sea of red sweatshirts,I
whose owners were making as much noise as they
possibly could, Robinson missed his two free throws.l
The Wolverines ended up losing the contest, 71-68.
"When Wisconsin tied the score at 68, they had their
adrenaline going, and the crowd was cheering and that
was a big thrill for them," Higgins said. "When they
got the crowd on their side, they felt they could win it.
For them, the crowd was a big factor."
AFTERWARDS, the fans swarmed onto the
court, trampling everything and everyone in their path.
It was as if they had won the national championship.
"The crowd was outstanding the whole game,"
Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder said. "It showed us that
the people get excited too, and that they really care."
Michigan forward Glen Rice added: "The crowd was
very much into the game. That's why they played so
well. Every time they did something good, the crowd
was behind them, and that gave them momentum."
Different story at Crisler
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the crowds at
Crisler Arena aren't as boisterous as Wisconsin's, or for
that matter, any other Big Ten team's.
Despite the fact that Michigan has been ranked in the
top five all season, its basketball games are rarely sold
out. Once inside, it sounds more like a morgue than an
athletic event.
"Wisconsin's crowd has got the Crisler Arena crowd
beat by a long shot," Rice said. "They were more into
the game than our fans probably would have been."
Several Wolverines, however, have tried not to let
the situation at Crisler bother them. "I'm sure that
when (the Badgers) come to Michigan, our fans will be
just as vocal," Hughes said.
Don't count on it, Mark.

The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 23, 1989 - Page 11
First-place IU
next up fOr

BY ADAM SCHRAGER
Irony always plays a major role
in college basketball, and tonight's
game between Indiana and Michigan
at Crisler Arena (9:30, ESPN) is no
exception.
It's ironic that Michigan coach
Bill Frieder said of his longtime
nemesis, Indiana coach Bobby
Knight, "He's a lot like me."
It's ironic that Knight would say
Saturday after a Hoosier fan tossed a
coin onto the court: "You don't
throw anything here, keep that in
mind. I don't care how bad the
officiating is, we don't throw
things."
THIS comes from the man who
threw a chair onto the floor during a
Big Ten conference game a couple of
years back to protest a call.
But what is not ironic about
tonight's game is the intense rivalry
that has developed between these two
schools.
"This is a big-time rivalry," said
ABC and ESPN basketball
commentator Dick Vitale. "You've
got Frieder and Knight. You've got
Big Ten basketball. Frieder better
realize that when the General, Robert
Montgomery Knight, comes to
town, things will be exciting."
THE HOOSIERS, who were
predicted to finish near the bottom of
the Big Ten standings this season
due to the loss of All-Big Ten
performers Dean Garrett and Keith

Smart, have won 12 straight.
After being walloped by Syracuse
and North Carolina in the third and
fourth games of the year, the
Hoosiers have gone 13-2, 5-0 in the
conference.
"It's going to be a great game,"
said Frieder. "They are playing
exceptionally well. At the start of
the season, I said they were too good
a team to finish five, six, seven in
the conference. They found a lineup
that works, and it has translated into
victories."
THIS LINEUP has included
the insertion of point guard Lyndon
Jones and the switch of previous
point guard Joe Hillman to forward.
This switch has made Indiana a
much quicker team and stronger
defensively.
The Hoosiers' leading scorer, Jay
Edwards, last season's Big Ten
Newcomer-of-the-Year, has worked
well with his high school teammate
Jones as his backcourt mate.
Defense has always been the
strength of Knight's teams. H'
recently became the second youngest
coach to reach 500 career victories
and the 26th coach overall to achieve
that honor.
But his record against the'
Wolverines has been dubious in the
last three years. Frieder has beaten
his former friend in four of the last
six meetings between the two
conference powerhouses.

Wisconsin forward Danny Jones pulls down a rebound over the
hand of Michigan guard Sean Higgins in Saturday's 71-68 Badger
Wolverines. Jones had 19 points.

ELLEN LEVY/Daily
outstretched
upset of the

'M' Relays yield positive results

Upset
Continued from Page 1
The officials, however, disagreed. Wisconsin
stole the ball from the Mills and raced down
the court.
The Badgers couldn't convert the missed
Wolverine opportunity but did force Michigan
to foul Tim Locum. Locum converted on two
free throws to secure the Badgers' final
margin. With four seconds remaining, the
Wolverines then failed to successfully
inbound the ball and release a three-point
shot.
Michigan never trailed Wisconsin in the
first half, but managed to lose a 10-point
lead. The Badgers' defense troubled the
Wolverines and prevented them from getting
into their offense. After giving up too many
points to Glen Rice in the man-to-man
defense, Yoder decided to switch to a zone.
The adjustment paid off. Guards Robinson
and Sean Higgins only shot once each in the
first half and at intermission had been held to

zero and three points, respectively.
Robinson was shut down by All-America
candidate Trent Jackson, who at the other end
of the court led his team in scoring with 21
points. The Badgers' zone also held Michigan
to 30 points below its season scoring
average.
Higgins eventually found open territory
and ended the game with 12 points, including
two three-point shots. Rice finished with a
game-high 25, and Mills added 15.
Wisconsin's Danny Jones was the Badgers'
second-leading scorer with 19.
Only six minutes into the first half, the
Wisconsin Fieldhouse crowd demonstrated
that it wanted to be a factor in the game. The
Badgers trailed Michigan until one minute left
in the first half, but the fans didn't need a lead
to raise their enthusiasm.
Several Rice three-pointers and a Loy
Vaught dunk to answer two Jackson free
throws still failed to quiet the thunderous
cheers. After the game, to show their
alpreciation for the upset, a quarter of the
arena stormed the court to congratulate the
Badgers.

BY JOSH MITNICK
Michigan men's indoor track
coach Jack Harvey liked what he saw
over the weekend.
"We've had some improvements
in time, and that's what we're
looking for," Harvey said in
describing Saturday's Michigan
Relays.
Although no Wolverines broke
under 50 seconds in the 400-meter
dash, Harvey was pleased with the
performances, saying that they were
improvements. Mark Tillman led
Michigan in that event with a time
of 51.77 seconds.
SENIOR runner Matt Butler
faced a competitive field in the finals
of the half-mile, but held on to claim
that event for Michigan by a margin
of .01 of a second. "(Butler's) time
wasn't good, but it was a really
competitive race," said assistant
coach Ron Warhurst.
In the pole vault, Michigan's
Dave Irvine cleared 16 feet, 6 inches
to finish as the top collegiate
competitor and third overall.
The Wolverines dominated the
mile competition, as seniors Brad
Barquist and John Sherer and
sophomore Jeff Barnett took first,
third and fourth places, respectively.
Only Dennis Topolinski of Michigan
State could break up the block of
Michigan runners with his second-

place finish.
In their first race of the indoor
season, Barquist and Sherer finished
with times of 4:07 and 4:09
respectively, while Barnett crossed
the finish line at 4:11.
"IT FELT great. There was a ldt
of bumping and shoving, but it was
a good race, especially for the first
one of the year," Barquist said.
"I'm pretty happy with the way I
ran," Sherer said. "It's going to take
a little bit more practice to bring my
time down."
The mile relay was a fitting finale
to the day's events. In a race ai
which the lead kept seesawing back
and forth, Michigan's A team of was
edged out coming off the final turn
by the squads from Eastern Michigan
and Western Michigan. The
Wolverines ended up in third place,
.52 seconds behind Eastern and .01
seconds behind Western.
"Mile relays are always crazy like
that," said Warhurst.
Tiller, who had caught the flu
earlier in the day, said he felt weak
going into the race. "When we beat
Eastern last week, all our guys were
healthy. But today, guys had
competed in events earlier in the day.
We weren't up to par," Tille
explained.

Illini survive scare, make bid for No. 1 ranking

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
It was somewhat premature but
* Illinois began celebrating its
expected status as the No. 1 college
basketball team in America on
Sunday after surviving a scare by
Georgia Tech in double overtime.
Illinois fans screamed "We're No.
1," as the final seconds of their
team's 103-92 victory ticked off the
clock.
"It's great, but we've got to play
like we're No. 1," senior guard

Lowell Hamilton said.
Illinois rallied from a 14 point
halftime deficit and went on to its
17th victory of the season,
remaining the only unbeaten team in
Division I. The second-ranked Illini
appeared the heir apparent to the No.
1 spot after top-ranked Duke lost
both its games last week.
LOUISVILLE 92, NEVADA-
LAS VEGAS 74: Pervis Ellison
matched his career high of 28 points
as Louisville saw its 23 point lead

cut to five before recovering to beat
Nevada-Las Vegas.
Louisville, 13-2, now owns the
nation's second longest winning
streak with 13 straight, while Las
Vegas, 13-3, had its 11 game streak
snapped.
Louisville built a 59-36 lead with
14:40 left in the game before UNLV
charged back to make it 66-61 as
Stacey Augmon scored 12 points and
Clint Rossum eight.
S ETON H ALL 108, NE W

HAMPSHIRE 67: Seton Hall hit a
school-record nine 3-point shots,
including five in the first half by
Andrew Gaze, as the Pirates ran past
Division II New Hampshire College.
Gaze keyed a decisive 22-3 first-
half run that sparked Seton Hall to
its 17th victory in 18 starts. The
point total was one more that the
Pirates scored in beating Mt. St.
Mary's of Maryland earlier in the
season.

Women swimmers defeat EMU

We're changing the meaning of
the word fraternity...

BY ERIC LEMONT
Eastern Michigan women's
swimming coach Margo Mahoney
spent last summer helping coach
Michigan swimmers. For all her
help, Mahoney's Hurons were
rewarded with a 99-40 defeat to those
grateful Wolverines on Saturday at
the Canham Natatorium.
Michigan coach Jim Richardson,
commenting on the laid-back
atmosphere of the meet, said it was a
"family-type situation." The
Wolverines ended up sweeping six
events while losing only one.
Nothing like family.
Michigan (5-0 overall, 3-0 Big
Ten) used the meet against the 3-4
Hurons to experiment. Richardson
placed swimmers in multiple events.
to see how individuals raced in
events outside their specialties. As a
result, Michigan had more
swimmers posting multiple

victories.
Jennifer Jackson led Wolverine
sweeps of the 1,000-yard freestyle
and 200 butterfly with times of 10
minutes 22.96 seconds and 2:10.05
respectively.
Lisa Anderson, who normally
races the backstroke, took first in the
100 butterfly (1:01.59) and the 100
breaststroke (1:11.24).
Eastern Michigan's only first-
place finish caiie when Leane
Hilbink swam a 2:19.13 in the 200
individual medley.
Michigan's meet next week
against Michigan State will have a
little more at stake. The Spartans
were the last team to beat the
Wolverine's in a dual meet, back in
the 1985-86 season. Since then,
Michigan has won 27 straight dual
meets.
"The meet next week will be a
real barn burner," said Richardson.

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