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BY THEODORE COX
The Michigan men's golf team is hoping
,Lexington will be as kind to them as it was to the
basketball team. They will be in Kentucky this
weekend for the U.K. Johnny Owens Invitational.
They will compete against a field of 21 teams, Indiana
being the only other Big Ten team in the tournament.
"Based upon our Florida trip tournaments two
weeks ago," said coach Jim Carras, "I'm very
With the nice weather early in the week, the
Wolverines were able to practice for the first time.
They will be competing against northern schools, so
none of the other teams will have the advantage of
having played longer.
Co-captain Hersh Patel will lead the Wolverines in
the 54 hole competition. Patel scored in the seventies
in each round during the first two tournaments.
"The guy has gotten off to a tremendous start,"
Carras said of Patel. "He's our number one player.
He's had one of the best starts that I've ever seen since
I've been associated with the program."
Patel is a possible contender for the Big Ten
Championship, All Big Ten honors, and even a birth
to the NCAA tournament. Patel said of his own play,
"It's very encouraging. It was good to practice over
Spring Break and get in the swing of things."
The golf course in Lexington is a mess. It has been
raining there the past two days. Snow is even in the
forecast for Saturday.
"The weather will be rather tough on us," said
Patel. "Everyone's score will be higher. I will be just
looking for a few pars in my game."
Patel feels that the biggest improvement in his
game has been his putting. He wants to continue to
improve that part of his game and have a solid mental
attitude before each match.
Carras wants the team to improve with each round.
The more they play, the more improvement he hopes
"Unless we slide," Carras said, "I'm very positive. I
like the way the teams scoring particularly well for
this time of the year. Generally, we don't get these
kinds of scores as early as we have. We need to get
this and the next tournament in West Virginia in order
to have a good season."
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23-0, to be exact.
Gill broke his foot early in the
season, but has come back to lead
the Illini (31-4) to victories over
Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan to close
out the regular season, followed by
four consecutive tournament wins.
Despite trouncing Michigan (28-
7) twice during the regular season,
Henson does not necessarily see the
third time as a charm.
"When we played Michigan, we
had two outstanding games," Henson
said. "You are supposed to win when
you play outstanding basketball, and
we're going to need to do it again if
we're going to get the same results."
But Michigan players feel things
have changed, and that they are now
the team to beat.
"The question is not how can
Michigan beat Illinois, " center Ter-
ry Mills said. "But rather how can
Illinois stop Michigan. With the
confidence we have and the roll we're
on, they aren't going to stop us this
FOR MILLS to be classified as
prophetic, Fisher sees several things
as having to happen.
"Number one, we need to protect
the basketball," Fisher commented.
"We can't let the pressure they put
on the ball cause us to dribble too
quickly, and we
can't waste our
"Secondly, we're going to have to
make sure we do a better job
In the teams' previous meetings,
the smaller Illini "out-quicked" the
Wolverines to the boards, and
converted on second-chance points.
Illinois' quickness also caused
Michigan problems on defense, as
the Wolverines were unable to stop
Illinois' penetration, and gave "up a
lot of dunks out of transition."
MICHIGAN'S strength is its
shooting. The nation's leading field-
goal shooters a year ago, the
Wolverines are on track to break the
NCAA record for shooting, hitting
on over 57 percent of their shots. In
the tournament, Michigan has not
had a game where they have con-
verted less than 54 percent of their
All-American senior Glen Rice
has been Michigan's leading scorer,
averaging over 31 points per game
in the tournament to move to within
56 points of the all-time Big Ten
"People are going to focus on
stopping Glen Rice, " Fisher said.
"But saying it and doing it are
sometimes difficult tasks.
"We have to shoot well to beat
anybody," Fisher added. "But we
have to make sure if we go four or
five possessions without scoring
from the perimeter, we have to.
recognize that without having to call
a time out."
THE WOLVERINE game plan
involves getting the ball to Mills
down low, where he can use his size
and strength against smaller Illini
"We've got to get the ball inside
to Mills. If they don't double-team
him, he has to make a power move
and score. If they do double him,
he's got to find whoever's open,"
Despite two lopsided victories,
Fisher feels his team can handle
"We will have our hands full, no
question about that," he said.
"However we feel we are every bit as
good as Illinois, though we haven't
"We have players who feel they
can beat anybody in the country."
Higgins added that the players
didn't play up to their potential in
the first two meetings, but this time
will be different.
"We were lackadaisical the first
two games because we are so much
bigger than them. This time we're
going to make them feel our size,"
Higgins said. "Our attitude is we've
got nothing to lose, and we're going
to go out there and beat them by
playing our butts off."
BY JAMES BURGESS
The American League's Western
division will look like a ghost town
while other teams are busy dodging
bullets from the press on gambling
charges, affairs, and player scuffles.
A work ethic has returned to the
wild, wide-open West that may close
things up a bit.
With three of the seven clubs
under new management and several
seasoned veterans having found their
way to the division, AL West fans
have some exciting baseball ahead of
them. But despite the spring
cleaning, expect the dust to settle
with one aspect of last year
- Oakland Athletics -I saw Kirk
Gibson in a Detroit restaurant this
winter, and I wish I'd asked to have a
peek at his World Series ring. He
probably wouldn't have let me, but
then again, he disallowed an entire
team from owning them. The A's,
losers of the Fall Classic will look
at their naked ringfingers and find
Pitching, always a key to victory,
is strong. Mike Moore and his 90-
plus mph fastball, which is fast but
not as fast as Canseco's Jaguar,
rounds out the A's championship
rotation. Pete Rose might say
Oakland is safe money to be the big
gun of the West.
- Kansas City Royals - Even
before the season's first pitch, it's
clear that this team could be the only
one with a shot at catching the A's.
Rookie pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon
brightens the horizon out Kansas
City's way. He may shape-up to be
the best young gun in the division.
But an interesting development for
this year will be Bo Jackson's
adjustment to the diamond from the
gridiron. If he tries putting the ball
in play this time rather than trying
to punish it, he'll be a key to
bringing runs home. But the Royals
don't have the taste of the Series in
their mouths--the A's do.
-Minnesota Twins - The
Twins were closer than anyone else
last year to first place, and were still
13 games back in the end. The
problem is pitching. Even if Cy
Young winner Frank Viola's
experience and circle change pitch
rub off on the rest of the pitching
staff, it still won't help the Twins'
third and fourth hurlers who couldn't
combine for 20 wins last year. You
just can't contend without arms.
- California Angels - This
summer, the eyes of Michigan will
be on Jim Abbott. The Angels are
thrilled about him too, and have
made him their fifth starter.
Regardless of his stats this season,
it's no small feat to go from college
ball straight to the show, especially
from the Big Ten. This team might
finish higher IF Wally Joyner can
relearn to hit the pitchers who
learned how to pitch him last year.
- Texas Rangers - The Chicago
Cubs must enjoy playing before five
thousand fans, because they gift-
wrapped Jamie Moyer and Rafael
Palmeiro and shipped them to the
Rangers for reliever Mitch Williams.
Meanwhile, home on the range,
Texas may be a little shaky if they
are forced to go to the bullpen a lot
this year. But this shouldn't bother
Ranger fans too much; after all,
what reliever could have trouble
pitching to a lineup that's weathered
seven innings or so of newly
acquired Nolan Ryan fastballs?
- Chicago White Sox - Pity
Chicagoans. They will watch more
losses on both grass and turf this
season than any other fans in the
Abbott will be the Angels fifth
starter this season.
country. The addition of hitting
coach Hriniak may add a few points
to a few averages, but what Sox
hitters really need is Charlie Lau
- Seattle Mariners - Ken
Griffey Jr., if he makes the club,
will be playing in the majors at the
same time as his father. Too bad
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