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vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium
The Michigan Daily


vs. Grand Valley State
Tuesday, 2 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

Monday, March 20, 1989

Page 13

Adam's ...t
As the last South Alabama shot fell off the rim, it
was fitting that Glen Rice got the rebound.
After all, Rice scored a team-high 36 points,
grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, and dished out a
team high five assists in an effort that was worthy of
,tournament greatness mention.
"You folks who haven't seen a lot of Glen Rice
saw him at his best today," Michigan interim head
-coach Steve Fisher said. "He is our number one
offensive option. We have to get him the ball."
Rice got the ball a lot yesterday, courtesy of 250-
pound cross body block-like screens from Wolverine
big men Terry Mills, Mark Hughes, and Loy Vaught.
But as Rumeal Robinson said, it doesn't make a
difference if, after the screen, Rice doesn't hit the shot.
Fortunately for Michigan, making shots is the least
of Rice's problems. He made 16 of 25 against the Jag-
uars, and three of seven from three point range. This
type of shooting is normal for Rice, considering he av-
eraged over 58 percent from the field during the regular
Season and an even 58 percent from three point land.
WITH RICE exhibiting consistently stellar
performances for Michigan, his biggest problem may
be gaining notoriety. He lost the Big Ten Player-of-
the-Year award by one vote and he was only named to
the Second Team All-America squad after averaging 25
points per game.
But after his performance yesterday on national
television, he should have placed his name in the elite
circle of college basketball's finest. The hype that has
never surrounded Rice began with South Alabama's
'oach Ronnie Arrow after Michigan's 91-82 win.
- "Glen Rice is just unbelievable," Arrow said. "We
knew he could shoot the ball, but...he's going to make
some coach in the NBA a better coach. He could be the

Rice finally gets
deserved respect
best shooter I've ever seen."
Whether Glen Rice is the best in the country at
shooting the basketball is not at question. There is no
disputing, though, that when he is on his game, you
might as well put a do not disturb sign around his
neck because no matter how hard you try, you're
efforts are as recognizable as a fly on a lorse.
South Alabama tried yesterday, but were basically
told to come back another time. Repeatedly, Rice
answered Jaguar baskets with an assortment of shots
more diverse than a menu at Zingerman's Delicatessen.
BEING the politician and team leader that he is,
Rice distributed the publicity as well as he shoots.
"I've got to give most of my teammates credit because
they got me open. I could not have scored so much if
they hadn't played well."
There have been other opponents that have spoken
nothing but superlatives about Rice. Minnesota's
Clem Haskins said he was "unstoppable" and Iowa's
Dr. Tom Davis called him the "number one player in
the country."
Nonetheless, when Michigan played in Atlanta
yesterday, there was surprise from certain fans and
media that Rice had performed so well.
"Who is this guy?" a South Alabama fan asked in
"He must be getting lucky," responded another
Jaguar sage.
"I can't believe we're being beaten by a guy I've
never heard of."
As far as Glen Rice is concerned there is no need to
be surrounded with hype like Duke's Danny Ferry or
Arizona's Sean Elliot. That's the way it should be,
according to the senior co-captain.
After all, do not disturb means do not disturb.

Mark Hughes gave Michigan some much-needed help on the boards
yesterday in a rare starting appearance. Michigan was out-rebounded,
39-32, by the Jaguars.


Blonder's Ponders

,~ NY


ATLANTA- Bands and cheer-
leaders are essential ingredients for
the NCAA basketball tournament,
unless of course one is talking about
The Michigan pep band and
cheerleaders remained in Ann Arbor
this weekend due to financial reasons
while the basketball team travelled
to Atlanta.
Athletic Department officials
cited cost as being the key factor and
instead paid $750 for some Georgia
State students to dress up in
Michigan shirts and play the fight
song. I guess cheering for Michigan
was left out of their contract, as they
sat on their a_es during Friday's
and Sunday's games
"We're scabs and were proud of
it," baritone sax player John Han-
cotte said. "We were here on break
with nothing else to do."
But showing up and playing was
enough to please Michigan officials.

"They did wh
they showed up
Michigan fight so
$750 any day," a
director Jack Weid
NOW, I cou
flying the band a
the first two roun
Atlanta is a twel
one of the maj
strike, but seve
confuse me.
Athletic Dire
bechler and We
Atlanta Thursda
practice. On Frid
with their wives
Sunday Jack and
assistant football c
Each time thi
they did so in Do
Tom Monaghan
When Michigan
pays Monaghan t
commercial flight.

Victorious M' team
needs real 'Victors'
Last time I checked that amount
at we expected- was somewhere between four and
and played the five hundred dollars.
ng. They're worth Add to that the cost of flying
associated Athletic down the wives of business manager
enbach said. Bob DeCarolis, sports information
Id understand not director Bruce Madej, and his
nd cheerleaders to assistant Mike Murray on Thursday
ds of games, since evening.
ve hour drive and These three flew commercial, so
or airlines is on we know it cost the athletic de-
ral other things partment a bundle.
That's all fine and dandy except
ctor Bo Schem- for one thing: Michigan was the
idenbach flew to only school of the eight playing in
y just to watch Atlanta not to bring a band or
ay, the two came cheerleaders. UCLA did. Iowa State
just for the game. did.
Bo brought four Gee, Bo didn't you tell me last
coaches with them. week when I asked whether you
s entourage flew could get in a bidding war over a
mino Pizza owner basketball coach, "This is Michigan
's private plane. son, we can afford anything."
uses the plane, it Those words sounded like music
he going rate for a to my ears.
I guess I was wrong.

Sweet 16
Continued from Page 1 ,-
bench to take a 47-43 halftime lead.
Nomination No. two belongs to
Mills, who added 24 points against
South Alabama and played arguably
his two best all-around games of the
"Coach Fisher told me he wanted
to have an inside attack," Mills said
after the Xavier game. "He toldme
they're going to get me the ball and
I just have to produce."
And produce he did, scoring nine
consecutive Wolverine points duting
the second half Friday. Sunday,
Mills' shot in the lane and the
ensuing free throw gave Michigan an
83-80 lead they never relinquished.
Mills contributed more than
points, as he hauled down seven
rebounds, added five assists and et
picks that left the smaller South
Alabama players running for cover
"I had Rice for the game, and
running into their picks was like
running into a brick wall," Jaguar
guard Junie Lewis said. "The more I
ran around their players, Mills
started to pick me and that really
started to hurt."
The Jaguars found the cracks, and
were able to out-rebound the
Wolverines 39-32, including 19-7 on
the offensive boards.
"It was frustrating trying to box
out those little guys, they were tbo
quick," Mills said. "After awhile you
just wanted to get the rebound agd
throw an elbow because you know
those little guys are somewhere
around you."
South Alabama guards Lewis anrd
Jeff Hodge, better known as Peanut
Butter and Jelly, also should receive
kudos. The two combined for 41
points, 12 rebounds and five assists
in the losing effort.
"As far as I'm concerned they're
the best backcourt in the country"
Arrow said.
The best direction award goes to
Fisher, who stepped in when Bill
Frieder left for Arizona State and has
guided the Wolverines to a place in
the Sweet 16.
"I think as players he shows us
the kind of guidance we haven't had
in awhile," Robinson said. Aid
Mills commented that Fisher has
helped the players be more mentafly
ready for each game.
After Friday's game, Fisher di-
cussed his first game as head coacl
"I was scared to death priorso
walking on the floor. After the 1i1l
was thrown up, I tried to settle iio
business as usual," Fisher said. "it
it's been a wild and wooly last five
days. I was on everything from tIe
front page of the Detroit papero
CNN to ESPN. It's a lot diffet
for me."
come at a better time for Michig',
which now travels to Lexingtai,
KY, Thursday, to play a J.R. Re1-
led North Carolina team. Reid agd
Mills were regarded four years agogs
the number one and two high schpl
players in the nation.
"J.R. is a real competitor an I
like competition," Mills said. "i
be ready."
Asked what Mills will have to o

on Thursday, Fisher responded die
way the Wolverine coaching s~f
has all season: "He'll have'o

Michigan's Mills increases pr

Associafrd Press
UCLA's Derrick Martin, left, and North Carolina's King Rice
struggle for a loose ball Sunday. The 88-81 Tarheel victory created a
rematch with Michgan.
Tarheels advance to 3rd
round with 88-81 victory
ATLANTA, Ga (AP) - Kevin Madden said the loss of leading scorer
J.R. Reid to suspension didn't have any affect on his play or that of North
Carolina on Sunday.
Madden, who averaged 14.6 points during the season, scored 22 points
for the fifth-ranked Tar Heels who overcame a 10-point first half deficit to
beat UCLA 88-81 and advance to the NCAA Southeast Region
North Carolina, 29-7, will meet No. 10 Michigan next week in
Lexington, Ky. The Wolverines defeated South Alabama 91-82 in the
second round opener on Sunday.
"It was the same as if J.R. were here," Madden said, "I don't think any-
body had to step forward to make up for J.R.'s absence. It was just a team
"If we had J.R., I think we would have played with more confidence,"
said Steve Bucknall, who added 19 points for the Tar Heels. "But in the
second half, we just got together and said so what if our best player is not
here. Why let him down?"
North Carolina, which trailed 51-41 late in the first half, took its first
lead of the second half when Madden made two free throws for a 76-75
lead with 5 minutes left and never relinquished it.
The victory gave North Carolina coach Dean Smith the 667th of his
career, tying him for sixth-place on the all time list with former UCLA
coach John Wooden.
Smith, however, said he was not aware of the record and didn't want to
talk about it. "Lets talk about the 29 victories this year. They are the
sweetest ever and let it go at that," he said.
North Carolina built its margin to 80-75 on two free throws by Buck-
nall, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half and UCLA never
got closer than 84-81 on a 3-point goal by Pooh Richardson with 1:06

ATLANTA - Produce.
This has been the buzzword
surrounding Michigan forward Terry
Mills this season. Some have said
he's eaten too much of it, while
others have said he hasn't done
enough of it.
But after this past weekend's
tournament games, there is no doubt
that greener pastures are in Mills'
future. This six-foot-ten junior, who
had weight problems earlier this
season, scored 18 points with six
rebounds against Xavier and 24
points with 7 rebounds against
South Alabama to give the

Wolverines something he had lacked
in the past, consistency.
"Terry Mills has put together two
of the best games in his career,"
teammate Mark Hughes said. "And
he couldn't have picked a better time
to do it."
This type of play is something
that only surfaced once earlier this
season, in a home game against
Ohio State. After being the hero of
the game with 23 points, five
rebounds and four assists, Mills did
not truly assert himself again until
this weekend.
With Michigan's recent coaching
change, Mills has been told he will
receive the ball on the low post

more often.
"Coach says he wants to get the
ball inside and I just have to
produce," Mills said after yesterday's
"He's supposed to produce,"
interim head coach Steve Fisher said.
"He's just got to know that we can't
get it to him every time down the
"Maybe we've convinced Terry
Mills that he is our 1-A option or
second option (behind Glen Rice).
For all of you writers that have been
covering us, you know that these are
his two best consecutive games of
the season."
Mills' production could not have

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