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

SPORTS
Thursday, January 12 1989

Men's Basketball
vs. Minnesota
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
PageM r

BLUE BEGINS HECTIC WEEK

'M' hosts
BY DOUG VOLAN
Michigan basketball coach Bill Frieder was able to
dictate the 'cupcake schedule the Wolverines have
played thus far. Much to his chagrin, however, he can
Wrot do the same for the Big Ten season.
With three games in the next five days beginning
tonight against Minnesota (Crisler Arena, 8 p.m.),
Frieder is frenetic. "I'd like to commend the Big Ten
for coming up with such a tremendous basketball
schedule for us," Frieder said sarcastically. "This is
what we've been trying to avoid, but here we are with
three games in five days."
Following tonight's game, the Wolverines face No.
Illinois in Champaign, and then return home to face
* Ohio State on Monday.
"We've got a tough, tough week ahead of us,"
Frieder said. "But we cannot look past Minnesota in
any shape, way, or form."
INDEED, the Gophers (8-3 overall, 0-1 Big Ten)
should prove a good early season test for the
Wolverines, especially up front with forwards Richard
Coffey and Willie Burton, and center Jim
Shikenjanski.
Coffey (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) won the Big Ten
rebounding crown last season, averaging 8.7 per game.
This year, Coffey is boarding at a 9.2 clip.
Burton is also tough in the paint, where he scores
the majority of his team-leading 15.9 points per game.
'All teams have to have guys who you can go to
inside and be able to score," said Minnesota coach
Clem Haskins. "Willie is the player able to do that for
is. He gives us the tough baskets inside."
Shikenjanski, heavily recruited by Michigan out of
high school, has also been effective underneath the
basket, averaging 11.4 points per game.
"They're very, very aggressive on the inside,"
Frieder said of the Gophers' front court. "Our guys
will have to continue to work and be more

Gophers
aggressive."
MINNESOTA also has a very talented backcourt,
led by senior Ray Gaffney, who is averaging 10.6
points as the team's sixth man. "Gaffney is the key,"
Haskins said. "He can come off the bench and really
get us going into our offense."
Starters Melvin Newburn and Kevin Lynch are also
important contributors. Newburn's 14.6 points per
game ranks second on the team, and Lynch, a very
aggressive defensive player, is also in double figures,
scoring 11.7 per game.
When Gaffney caught the flu earlier this season,
Lynch became the starter. The move worked so well
that Haskins decided to stick with his newly-found
lineup. "Our chemistry is finally right," Haskins
concluded afterward.
Reserves Walter Bond, Connell Lewis, and Bob
Martin join Gaffney to give the Gophers a solid bench.
"We feel good about our depth," Haskins said.
Michigan's Sean Higgins, eligible to play tonight
after completing his three game suspension, will come
off the bench. Kirk Taylor, who scored 10 points in
his first Big Ten start against Northwestern on
Saturday, gets the starting nod tonight.
"I'm not going to just insert him," Frieder said of
Higgins. "He's going to have to come off the bench
now and prove himself. He will have to work his way
back into the starting lineup."
Blue banter
What was Frieder's response to receiving basketball
analyst Dick Vitale's award for twinkie scheduling?
"Tell Vitale when he comes in on Monday (to
announce Michigan's game with Ohio State for
ESPN) to bring all his bullshit because we need some
for some patch-up work around Crisler Arena. We can
just throw it around there and fix up some of the stuff
that needs fixing," he said.

JOHN MUNSON0i lY*,~
Leroy Hoard, who made this 61-yard run in the Rose Bowl last week, ran away from
monetary offers when he was recruited out of high school.
Hoard incriminates SMU

BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
Michigan fullback and Rose Bowl
MVP Leroy Hoard was allegedly
offered $150,000 by a person
connected to the Southern Methodist
football program three years ago
when he was a high school senior.
Hoard disclosed on Mitch
Albom's radio talk show on WLLZ-
FM Sunday that he was offered a
suitcase filled with cash. He refused
Albom's request to name the school
while on the air because he didn't
"want to get involved in that stuff,"
referring to NCAA investigations.
Michigan Sports Information
Director Bruce Madej said Tuesday

that the program involved was
SMU, a member of the Southwest
conference that was issued a "death
penalty" in February of 1987
because of numerous NCAA viola-
tions, some involving recruiting.
Madej said that Hoard disclosed the
school's identity later Sunday night.
Hoard has been unavailable for
comment.
Because of the penalties already
levelled on SMU, Madej does not
think there will be an NCAA
investigation into the matter. Dan
Beebe, Chief Enforcement Officer of
the NCAA, was unaware of the
allegations when contacted Tuesday.

Beebe said he expected to find out
about the matter soon when press re-
ports from this week are scrutinized.
Hoard's claims were published in.
the Detroit Free Press, for which
Albom is a columnist, as well as the
Associated Press wire.
According to-Beebe, Hoard's case
could be a matter of investigation if
it would substantially add to the case
for which the NCAA has previously
penalized SMU.
The athletic office at SMU
refused to comment on the
allegations or even to acknowledge
that they had heard of them.

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BY STEVEN COHEN
Bob Potokar comes to the mat. It's his turn to wrestle at heavyweight for
the University of Michigan. His teammates watch in anticipation because
whether they will go home as winners or losers depends solely on the 6-
foot-i, 240-pound junior wrestler from Ohio.
Being a heavyweight and the last one to wrestle in each meet, Potokar is
often placed in such a situation. It seems unfair, but it comes with the
territory. Potokar has won decisive matches, but the memory of those that
he has lost is far more powerful and lasting.
Like the Iowa State loss last year.
THE HAWKEYES were winning, 16-15, but Michigan could have
pulled out a victory against the defending national champs with a victory in
the final match. But Potokar lost a close match and a dejected Michigan
team was left to ponder what might have been.
No one blamed Potokar for the loss; a match is decided by all ten
wrestlers, not just one. But that didn't make it any easier for him to handle.
/Dady And the fact that the team had a 15-8 lead which other wrestlers had
the squandered didn't make him feel any better either.
But people have high expectations for Potokar. "Bob has the ability to'bp'
an NCAA All-American or champion," said Michigan coach Dale Bahr.
These expectations add to the pressure on the heavyweight.
Potokar has always had to deal with pressure. Coming from a talented
wrestling family, with two brothers who wrestled in college, Potokar
followed their lead becoming a three-time state champion in Ohio.
When it came time for Potokar to choose a college, he spurned Ohio
Sods State in favor of Michigan, both for the education it could offer and to make
yles. a name for himself somewhere else. His brother, Ed, was a two-time All-
iway American for the Buckeyes.

First-year swimmer Eric Wunderlich competes in the breaststroke last night agains
meet by the score of 73-40.
MEN SWIMMERS REMAIN UNDEFEATED:

JOSE JUAREZ
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ease

BY ANDREW GOTTESMAN
The Michigan men's swimming team
demolished yet another foe last night, this time a
Division II one, in the latest of a series of games
that head coach Jon Urbanchek terms "quality
practices."'
Michigan, ranked No. 4 in the country,
defeated Oakland University, 73-40, raising their
record to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
Oakland dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
"These are good practice meets," said
0 Urbanchek. "They will help prepare us for the
Stanfords and Berkelys." Michigan will make its
first-ever Western road trip for dual meets later
this month.
OAKLAND'S coach Pete Hovland also
considered the meet more of a practice for his
team. "We don't expect to beat Michigan, or

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push them, but it helps. We need to get out of
our circle," he said.
Oakland led the meet only once during the
entire evening, after taking first and third places
in the very first event, the 200-yard individual
medley.
After that point, however, Michigan took
control. The Wolverines swept the top three
spots in the next two events, as they did six.
times during the meet, the 1,650 freestyle and
200 freestyle, respectively. Senior Mats Nygren
earned the first of his two blue ribbons in the
200, finishing in 1 minute 43.07 seconds. First-
year swimmer Scott Hart took the 1,650.
NYGREN won his second race in the 500-
freestyle, touching the wall in 4 minutes 36.95
seconds. He was the only swimmer with
multiple wins during the meet.
However, there were two major bright spots

Oakiand
for Oakland. Sophomore Hilton We
dominated both the 50 and 100 sprint freest
He won the 100 in 45.87 seconds, and blew a
two Wolverines in an exhibition heat of th
His time in the race was faster than the winr
in the race that counted.
"Every year we have two or three individ
that can compete with Michigan," said HovL
'"They need races like that."
Urbanchek was also impressed by Wo
performance. "Besides Woods most of t
swimmers really don't measure up to Divisi
standards," he said.
Michigan, in the form of junior Bill Ha
also dominated the diving competition. H
first took the 1-meter springboard with a scor
298.05. He followed that show with a 3-m
victory, tallying 306.90 points.

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HE ALSO CHOSE Michigan for the workout partners it could offer.
The most important one was graduate assistant Kirk Trost. Trost was
national champion at heavyweight for Michigan in 1986. His quick,
explosive style is similar to Potokar's.
Having Trost to wrestle with is a great help for Potokar, but it can also
be a cross to bear, as comparisons between the two are inevitable.
"There were a lot of expectations for Bob when he came in because he
was such a blue-chipper out of high school," said graduate assistant Will
Waters. "But everybody takes their lumps in their first few years."
Potokar finished 53-32 the past two years, good enough to be named
Freshman Wrestler of the Year by the Amateur Wrestling News and to have
qualified for the NCAA tournament last year.
But if he is going to live up to his expectations, the time is now. He has
See Potokar, Page 12

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