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Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern
Tomorrow, 4 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Lake Superior State
Tonight and Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, January 6, 1989

Page 12

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IY DOUG VOLAN
After devouring the first half of its cupcake schedule, the Michigan
basketball team puts its 12-1 record on the line tomorrow (4 p.m. Crisler
:Arena) against Northwestern in the Big Ten season opener for both teams.
"This is an important game because Northwestern will be a second
division club and we're playing them at home," Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder said. "We need to win this game, and the next one against
Minnesota, and be 2-0 heading into Illinois where we haven't won in eight
years."
The Wolverines fell to seventh in the latest AP poll after being upset by
'Alaska-Anchorage last week in the Utah Basketball Classic. Frieder appeared
boncerned by Michigan's third-place finish in that tournament.
"WHETHER IT WAS exams, or we were tired of our competition, we
pave not played as well since Western Michigan (on December 10) as we did
before," Frieder said.
In addition, several Wolverines are suffering from nagging injuries. Point
uard Rumeal Robinson has a bruised knee, forward Terry Mills strained his
rib muscles, and reserve guard Rob Pelinka chipped one tooth and had a
Iecond one knocked out.
"When you have disruptions (the injuries and suspensions of Sean
Higgins, Kirk Taylor and Demetrius Calip) it detracts from your team,"
Frieder said. "We've got to get back to our routine, and get everyone healthy,
eligible, and ready to play."
Northwestern (7-3) is certainly ready to play, after getting off to its best
start in Bill Foster's three years as the Wildcats' coach. Northwestern has
already matched last season's victory total, despite the graduation of Shon
Morris, their scoring and rebounding leader the last three years.
THE NEW STAR of the Wildcats is forward Walker Lambiotte, a
transfer from North Carolina State, who is averaging over 19 points per
game. Lambiotte has scored at least 20 points in the last five contests.
Indeed, the Wildcats are sporting a new look, with three new starters this
season. Joining Lambiotte in the front court is junior center Bryan Ross (6-
foot-11, 234 pounds), who adds some bulk to the team. Point guard Rob
Ross played in the first three games a year ago before tearing cartilage in his
knee and sitting out the rest of the season.
Northwestern also has plenty of experience, with four starters returning,
including Jeff Grosse, who led last year's squad in free throw percentage
(.851) and three-pointers (50), and was second on the team in scoring average
(13.9).
This year, Grosse is coming off the bench as the team's sixth man. In the
Wildcats' victory over Navy on Tuesday, Grosse sparked the team with 16
points, including four three-pointers.
ALSO RETURNING as starters are seniors Brian Schwabe and Phil
Styles. Schwabe is averaging 15 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from his
forward position. Styles led the Wildcats in assists last season.
Besides Grosse, the Wildcats have received strong bench play from junior
bon Polite, a starter at forward last season, and Lucis Reece who missed
most of last season for academic reasons.
Reece, however, could start against Michigan as the Wildcats are also
lagued by injuries. Bryan Ross is questionable for the game with an
Achilles tendon injury, and his backup, Larry Gorman is hampered by a bad
back.
Northwestern has already lost highly recruited rookie Kevin Nixon for the
season with tc linitis in his knees.
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BY LORY KNAPP
The University of Michigan women's basketball team will travel to Ioyo
today to open its Big Ten season against the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes, currently in first place in the Big Ten, will be quiq,,a
challenge for the 6-4 Wolverines, who are coming off a win against Flor i
A&M in the consolation game in the Old Dominion Tournament last
weekend.
"Iowa has a clear-cut chance to win the league because they're so deep
head coach Bud VanDeWege said. "They have an excellent chance to win e
national championship.
"We need to force them to play a perimeter game and the tempo has to pe
a slow, a halfcourt one," he added. "We have to have a combination of these
factors exactly as we need them."
Iowa is known for its quick, fast-paced offense and baseline to baseline
play. The Wolverines could be forced into too many errors if they can't sit
down Iowa's speedy style of play.
The Wolverines will be making the road trip without starting forward
Lorca Feldman. Feldman, is facing academic ineligibility for the second tipe
in her Michigan career and her status for the rest of the seasong-s
questionable.
There is some good news for Michigan, though. Senior center Valerie Hall
will be returning to the team since she regained eligibility at mid-seasp
Hall, at 6-foot-3, will add an extra depth at center that the Wolverines need0
compete with the better teams like Iowa.
"We're excited about getting her back, especially with Lorca not playing''
VanDeWege said. .
Michigan hopes to improve upon its performance against better tea s
with a victory in Iowa City. Previously, the Wolverines lost 74-55 to t
University of Auburn which is currently ranked No. 20 nationally.
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Michigan to wrestle,
nation s best teamrn
in Virginia Duals'

ROBIN LOZNAK/Daily
Rumeal Robinson makes a bounce pass around an Eastern
Michigan player in a recent game at Crisler Arena. The
basketball team opens the Big Ten season at home agianst
Northwestern, tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Icers to host NCAA
champion Lakers

BY MIKE GILL
With national champion Lake
Superior State coming into mown
for a two game weekend set, it's
pretty easy to forget about your
past accomplishments -- namely
a sweep of the Laker's earlier in
the season and last Friday's Great
Lakes Invitational championship.
"They really enjoyed their first
taste of tournament success.
That's fine," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said of the GLI win. "As
a coach, that's over, and we got to
get on with the business at hand."
With Lake Superior, it's not
too hard too do.
First, the Laker's after a slow
start, have now risen to second
place in the CCHA with a 10-5-3
record; trailing only Michigan
State.
Second, with another sweep of
the Laker's this weekend (7:30.
Yost Ice Arena, Friday and

Saturday) Michigan could move
into a tie for second with the
Lakers, provided Illinois-Chicago
loss twice to the Spartans.
But it'll be tough.
"They're playing on top of
their game" junior forward Rob
Brown said. "They got it all back
together, and are playing at 100
percent. Earlier they were still
riding on the high of the national
championship. Their coach (Frank
Anzalone) knocked them down
quite a bit, and now they're
building up to where they were
before."
For those attending this
weekend's action, an added
sideshow is Laker coach An-
zolone. He's known for his highly
volatile, spirted actions on the
bench, which gives extra incentive
to his opponents.
See Lakers, Page 14

BY STEVEN COHEN
This weekend the top wrestling
teams in the country will be in
Virginia Beach, Va. to do battle in
the prestigious Virginia Duals
tournament.
The top 16 teams in the country
from the previous season are invited
to the Duals. The Wolverines earned
the right to appear by finishing sixth
nationally last year.
Oklahoma State, Arizona State
and Penn State, the nation's top three
teams, will also be there. Michigan
needs this tournament to gain the
confidence and experience necessary
to unseat these teams at the NCAA
tournament in March.
The Wolverines' training schedule
is designed so that the team "peaks"
for four events during the season.
These events are the Las Vegas
Classic (Michigan finished fourth),
the Big Ten tournament, the national
championships, and the Virginia
Duals.
IN PREVIOUS tournaments,
individuals have peaked, but not the
team as a whole.
"We need consistency through all
weight classes," said 134-pounder
John Fisher, who is ranked No. 1

nationally. "We can't just have a few
individuals do well each week Aid
others do well the. next. As tIt
season progresses we need to coie
together as a team and improve a'ffa
team.""-
"In a tournament like this, it's not
just your best three or four guys wpb
are important but everyone," Mibl-
igan coach Dale Bahr said. "You l
only as strong as your weakest link."
At last year's Duals, the Wol-
verines lost two matches by fewer
than six points. Michigan's forfeit of
the 150-pound weight class cost the
team all six points because Zac Pease
injured his knee and Sam Amine
wasn't eligible yet.
Ironically, this year the 150-pound
weight class may again cause some
problems. Amine has been chal-
lenging Joe Pantaleo in the 158=
pound weight class. Pantaleo i
ranked No.1 nationally at 158, but he
is getting all the challenge he can
handle from his teammate.
BAHR WOULD like the loser
of the challenge match to move
down. If the loser can't get down to
150 pounds, than either Pease or

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