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Men's Tennis
vs. Toledo
Today, 11:30 a.m.
Track & Tennis Building

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, February 16, 1989

Page 9

Ailing cagers prepare for Boilermakers

BY JULIE HOLLMAN
It's a good thing the eligibility of the
Michigan basketball team doesn't depend on a
February physical. If it did, the Wolverines would
flunk out of the Big Ten race.
Michigan's overall team health is the worst
coach Bill Frieder has seen in six years. And
Frieder will be forced to find a cure before 8:00
tonight when he leads his group of battered
basketball players intoCrisler Arena for a must-
win game against Purdue.
Michigan's Glen Rice, the Big Ten's leading
scorer, and Rob Pelinka both missed Monday's
practice because of bronchitis and Sean Higgins
missed Tuesday's practice with a pulled
hamstring. Meanwhile, starting guard Rumeal
Robinson has been hampered by a torn ligament
in the thumb of his shooting hand, and guard
Kirk Taylor underwent arthroscopic surgery,
yesterday, for torn ligaments in his knee. Taylor
will require extensive rehabilitation and will miss
the rest of the season.
The loss of Taylor forces Frieder to utilize
sophomore guard Demetrius Calip in a major
role, now that the Michigan coaching staff has
made the decision not to play forwards Mike
Griffin and Higgins in the backcourt. Frieder

realized after the Wisconsin and Indiana games
that this combination was not effective enough
for Big Ten competition.
Calip performed well against Iowa last
Thursday when he went in for Taylor, who fouled
out. But Calip has not seen much playing time
and is still very inexperienced.
"Calip is at a size disadvantage and has a lot
to learn," Frieder said. "He has a lot of work to
do."'
Besides hurting physically, the Wolverines
(18-5 overall, 6-4 Big Ten) are faced with
repairing their damaged psyche after last
weekend's loss to Minnesota.
On the other hand, the Boilermakers' marked
improvement has Frieder weary despite Purdue's
losing record. "I have great respect for Purdue,"
Frieder said. "They've been on the verge of
beating people."
The Boilermakers stunned America by beating
Illinois 76-72, Febuary 2. Purdue (10-13 overall,
3-7 and tied for ninth in the conference) again
demonstrated upset potential last Sunday against
league-leading Indiana. Purdue was ahead of the
Hoosiers by eight points with less than five
minutes to play, before loosing at the buzzer on
a Jay Edwards jump shot.

"Believe it or not, we're getting better,"
Purdue coach Gene Keady said. "But because the
league is so tough, you can't tell. And Monday
we had our best practice of the year."
Leading the Boilermakers is pre-season first
team All-Big Ten selection Melvin McCants.
Michigan held McCants to only eight points and
four rebounds in their January 29 matchup in
West Lafayette, but Keady expects more from his
starting power forward.
Center Steve Scheffler picked up the slack for
McCants and scored 19 points against the
Wolverines while ending the afternoon as the
game's second highest scorer behind Rice's 34.
Purdue's leadership in the backcourt will come
from Tony Jones, who added 17 points against
Michigan in the last meeting.
Keady feels his team must prevent Michigan
from getting open outside and taking quick jump
shots. "If you let them pop out and shoot wide
open, they'll kill you," he said. "And we did that
last time. I watched the video for the 15th time
and we played bad against Michigan. Hopefully,
defensively we can be better."
The Wolverines, now third in the conference
behind the Hoosiers and Illinois, know they must
win tonight and pin a loss on Indiana Sunday to
have an outside shot at the Big Ten title.

DAVID LUBLINER/Daily,
Michigan's Terry Mills drives to the basket against Purdue center
Steve Scheifler during this season's 99-88 Wolverine victory in
West Lafayette.

W omen
swimmers,
N'western
battle for
league title

BY JAY MOSES
The party is at our house this year, and the
weekend has finally arrived.
The Michigan women's swimming team
tries for its third consecutive Big Ten
Championship today, tomorrow, and Saturday
at the Donald B. Canham Natatorium. And
according to two of the favorites' coaches, it
promises to be a battle.
"This shapes up to be the fastest meet ever
for our conference," Michigan head coach Jim
Richardson said.
Richardson's first indicator that this week-
end was not going to be a cakewalk was the
psych sheet designed to evaluate the teams in
preparation for the meet.
"Northwestern had 714 points, and we
only had 680," Richardson said.

What would it take to beat the Wildcats?
"715."
Northwestern coach Kathy Wickstrand-
Macintosh was not about to let some stat
sheet put the pressure on her team to finish
ahead of Michigan, especially since the
Wolverines beat the Wildcats 77-60 when the
two met in Evanston January 7.
"They're awesome," Wickstrand-Macintosh
said of the Wolverines. "They've got a lot of
talented girls."
Richardson and junior Gwen DeMaat also
pointed to Minnesota as a source of
formidable competition for the meet.
"Minnesota scares me," DeMaat said.
"This is the first time we've seen them
because we don't get to swim them in a dual
(meet)."

Richardson said the Wolverines are hoping
that they have solved the fatigue problems
which plagued them near the end of their
regular dual-meet season.
"We were very successful last year with
respect to gauging our level of fatigue,"
Richardson said. "We've tried to do some of
the same things this year."
Despite the tough Big Ten foes Michigan
will face this weekend, Richardson did retain a
note of optimism.
"We've been getting a little better every
day," Richardson said, although he said that
practices lately have been "reserved."
"We've got kind of a quiet team this year,"
Richardson added, "I'm hoping they're storing
up some of this energy and they're going to
cut loose at the meet."

Don't count on it, coach.
"It's tough getting into the excitement of'
the meet, because we train here every day,"
DeMaat said. "But we should come around-as
soon as we start seeing other teams."
Regardless of the spirit of the swimmers,
it does promise to be an exciting weekend.
Any ten-team meet, especially one with a
conference championship is on the line, tends
to generate a special buzz.
Richardson was philosophical about what
it would take to nab a third straight Big Ten
title.
"We're just finding out now that it's a lot
harder to stay at the top of the mountain than
it is to get there," Richardson said. "It is a
real test of a team's will to win."

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