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Fisher will pull
lackadaisical players

BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
Michigan basketball coach Steve
Fisher has decided to become tough
guy with his seventh-ranked Wolver-
ines. Fisher said yesterday that
,Iowa's 78-76 overtime victory over
-the Wolverines marked "the most
harsh I've ever been," calling the
loss "unacceptable."
With his tightening of the
screws, Fisher may net a new nick-
name - "Captain Hook."
"I was disappointed in our effort,"
Fisher said. "I can accept mistakes.
But I ain't gonna accept them from
lack of effort.
"I might be a little quicker with
the hook if I see it as lack of effort."
But Fisher is still looking at the
positive, stating that if the Wolver-
ines played Northwestern in practice
on Monday, "I would be pleased
with the results."
WHO'S GOING TO WIN IT?
Michigan and Illinois were expected
to vie for the conference champ-
ionship. But now, the league is
being turned upside down with up-
sets as teams find it tough to win on
the road.
Right now, Gene Keady has
surprised the experts and has his
Purdue Boilermakers alone in first
,,place at 5-0, which includes wins
against Minnesota, Indiana, and
Illinois. Michigan State (4-1) is in
second place, with Michigan and
Illinois tied for third at 3-2.
The obvious question: How
nany losses can a team afford and
still be in the race for first? Here's a
sampling of what conference coaches
think.
-Fisher: "Ask Keady. I don't
know if anyone's going to beat
them. I think four losses could give
you a chance to get a tie out of it. I
think."
Michigan State coach Jud Heath-
cote: "It'll be less than 15 (wins.) I
said 13-5 would win a share of the
Big Ten title."
-Minnesota coach Clem Haskins:
"I think it's going to take 13-14
' wins. But with the way Purdue's
playing, it might take 18."
-Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder: "I
don't think there's any magic num-
ber. Go back to the last 10-12 years
and average it up -.14-15 wins puts
you right there."
-Illinois coach Lou Henson: "It's

hard to tell. You could have a team
with five or six losses but you have
to think someone will get hot. I
guess five is on the high side. Pro-
bably four."
-Iowa coach Tom Davis: "Five or
six losses will put you right near the
top spot."
STREAKINESS: So Michigan
lost a 15-point lead to Iowa and a
20-point lead to Indiana? Big Deal. It
seems that it's happening around the
league. Many point to the emergence
of the three-point shot as the reason
for teams being able to go on long
runs.
"Every team needs a three-point
shooter," Heathcote said. "It extends
the defense. That apparently negates
that type of defense (of defending in
close to the basket.) I've always
been a little reluctant to use the three
point play. I'm not Rick Pitino
where everyone takes that shot.
"It must be the three-point shot.
Since the 45-second clock came
around no one's playing ball control.
You just run down and take your
shot."
Said Haskins: "We want to use it
a lot more this season. I'm from the
old school but you've got to learn to
accept it and use it."
THE TOUGH ROAD: Big Ten
teams have a combined 8-19 record
on the road, proving that the road is
as tough as ever. Iowa, Minnesota,
Northwestern and Wisconsin are all
winless in the conference on the
road. Purdue (2-0) and Indiana (2-1)
are the only teams with winning
road records.
"To get in the post season we
want to win three on the road,"
Minnesota's Haskins said. "The
most important thing is getting 19-
20 wins to get into the post season."
But when reviewing other confer-
ences around the nation, the record
proves the Big Ten is not much
more difficult than other conferences.
Some other conference records:SEC:
4-17; Pac 10: 9-18, Southwest
conference: 5-11, ACC: 3-9 and the
WAC: 7-9. Big East teams have
won 15 of 23 games.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Michigan fans will no doubt remem-
ber Les Jepsen, who has been named
Big Ten Player of the Week. Jepsen
scored 19 points and grabbed 16
rebounds, as well as sinking two
overtime free throws which gave

The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, January 24, 1990 - Page 11
Wolverines look for
fan support Friday
by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
Head coach Bud VanDeWege and his team are hoping for a noisier
atmosphere this Friday evening when rival Michigan State ventures into
Crisler Arena for a 7:30 start. Sparse crowds have been the norm for the
Wolverines at home all season. They ranked tenth in the league in home
attendance (only 1,967 fans in seven games) coming into last weekends'
games. But, according to VanDeWege, the matchup against the Spartans
should be a different story.
"Last year we had over 2,000 show up (for the Michigan State contest.)
We're hoping for that many again this year. We're doing everything we can
to advertise and promote the game," VanDeWege said.
MINNESOTA COACH RESIGNS- Minnesota head coach LaRue Fields
announced her resignation, effective June 30, 1990, in order to pursue new
career opportunities outside of coaching. The third year coach compiled a
16-39 record in her first two seasons.
"I was really surprised. She was just starting to get some recruits and
establish a strong program at Minnesota," VanDeWege said.
MICHIGAN VS. MICHELE- The Wolverines were able to stop one
Michele this weekend, but not the other. Sunday, Michigan's defense
smothered Michele Kozelka of Wisconsin, who entered the game averaging
18 points a game. The 6-foot-1 sophomore could muster only four points on
the afternoon, all of them coming from the free throw line.
Stopping Michele Savage of Northwestern, however, proved to be a
much stiffer challenge. She filled the stat sheets with a game-high 23 points
and 10 rebounds, as she continued to assert herself as one of the favorites
for Big Ten Player of the Year.
CHALLENGERS SET FOR 1990- The first annual Big Ten-SEC Chal-
lenge is officially scheduled for next year. The initial idea was announced to
the media at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tipoff Luncheon in October.
Last week some of the details were worked out. Iowa and Purdue will re-
present the Big Ten against perennial SEC powers, Tennessee and Georgia,
in a televised doubleheader. Dates and times are still to be announced.
BASKETBALL GRIDDES

FILE PHOTO
Michigan St. basketball coach Jud Heathcote gives thumbs-up to the
three-point basket, but does not consider himself like Rick Pitino, the
Kentucky coach, who relies heavily on the 19' 9" jumper.

Iowa a 78-76 win Saturday against
Michigan. Jepsen also scored 21
points against Illinois.
"I don't know of anyone more
deserving of additional praise than
Les Jepsen," Davis said of his pupil.
"He's now someone to be reckoned
with."
RUN, DON'T PASS: When
RIDE THE WAVE .
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Heathcote was asked how his work-
ing relationship would be with
Michigan State football coach
George Perles, if Perles also assum-
ed the role of Athletic Director,
Heathcote quipped, "George is a
close personal friend. If he gets the
athletic director's job he's going to
come down here and advise me to
run more than pass."

1. Kansas at Kansas State
2. Syracuse at Georgetown
3. MSU at MICHIGAN
4. Indiana at Minnesota
5. Iowa at Purdue
6. Wisconsin at Northwestern
7. Ohio State at Illinois
8. Louisville at DePaul
9. Memphis St. at S. Carolina
10. Florida St. at Virginia Tech
11. Connecticut at St. John's
Turn in your picks by Friday at
noon to 420 Maynard for your
chance to win breakfast or
lunch for two at O'Sullivan's
Eatery and Pub.

12. Georgia Tech at Duke
13. Florida at LSU
14. Maryland at N.C. State
15. Clemson at North Carolina
16. Iowa State at Oklahoma
17. Villanova at Seton Hall
18. Stanford at Arizona State
19. Virginia at Wake Forest
20. Manhattan at Siena
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