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The Michigan Daily
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Thursday, January 25, 1990
Wildcats aren't a sure antidote.-
By Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
In the competitive world of Big
Ten basketball, there is no such
thing as a guaranteed victory. Even
against the winless Wildcats of
Northwestern (7-8 overall, 0-5 Big
"We're going to be ready to play
against Northwestern," Michigan
assistant coach Mike Boyd said.
"They have a strong t,.eam,
particularly at home."
The Wildcats, like most Big Ten
teams, are hard to beat at home. Last
season Northwestern lost five home
conference games by ten points or
less, including an 88-79 loss to
Michigan. Big Ten teams are a
combined 8-19 in conference road
games this season.
The Wolverines should know
better than to stencil a "W" next to
Northwestern on their schedule
despite the fact that they have won
ten straight games against the
Wildcats. The fact that Michigan(
13-3. 3-2) squandered large leads in
losing to Indiana and Iowa on the
road, coupled with the noisy
atmosphere of Evanston's Welsh-
Ryan Arena (capacity 8,117) should
keep the Wolverines focused.
"I think that they are going to be
very alert following the
disappointment against Iowa,"
Northwestern coach Bill Foster said.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
sounded a warning about lethargic
play to his players on Tuesday's Big
Ten teleconference: "I was
disappointed with our effort (against
Iowa)," Fisher said. "I can accept
mistakes but I ain't gonna accept (a
lack of effort).
"I might be a little quicker with
the hook if I see a lack of effort."
With the exception of an
altercation in practice that forced
Foster to suspend three players,
including starting center Brian
Schwabe, in a 97-75 loss at
Minnesota, Foster has had reason to
be pleased with his team's effort.
Northwestern gave Indiana and
Illinois all they could handle in 77-
63 and 85-78 losses in Evanston.
"We battled real hard against
Indiana and Illinois," Foster said.
"Our big problem is rebounding.
Our kids are working real hard to put
The Wildcats, who have been
outrebounded 39 to 33 in conference
games this season, start a front line
which features the 6-feet-9 inch
Schwabe, 6-7 Walker Lambiotte, and
6-8 Kevin Nixon.
Schwabe, the Wildcats leading
rebounder at seven boards per game,
has played well against Michigan in
the past, scoring 22 points at Welsh-
Ryan last season. Lambiotte, the
heralded transfer from North Carolina
State is averaging 18.2 points per
game but only 12.8 in conference
Northwestern's frontline will
have a hard time keeping Michigan's
Loy Vaught, Terry Mills, and Eric
Riley away from the glass. Foster
became particularly animated when
he spoke of Vaught, the Big Ten's
leading rebounder at 13 caroms per
"Oh Boy! We've always had
trouble with Loy Vaught," Foster
said. He must love purple."
While Lambiotte has been mired
in a shooting slump, sophomore
point guard Rex Walters has picked
up the slack. Walters, a 6-3 guard, is
averaging 21 points per game Big
Ten contests. David Holmes, a 6-4
guard out of Jackson, Michigan is
the Wildcats fifth starter. Holme$
finished fifth in the 1988 Michigan
Mr. Basketball voting.
"They have some big guns,,
they're an explosive team. They
have the ability to jump up and
shoot over us," Foster said. "We
have to come out on them."
Rumeal Robinson (21) drives to the basket against Ohio State last week
The Big Ten may reprimand Robinson for criticizing the officiating in the
League may reprimand
Robinson for remarks
By Steven Cohen
rDaily Basketball Writer
B IG B ROTHER IS W ATCH IN G: Rumeal Robinson's critical
comments of the'officiating after Michigan's 78-76 loss at Iowa did not go
unnoticed by the friendly people in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Big Ten front
office is considering taking action against the preseason all-4nerican.
"When something like this happens we consider it a serious matter,"
Rich Falk, the Big Ten's assistant commisioner and director of officiating
said. Anytime a player, coach, or official criticizes the officials and it's in
the newspapers, we look into it."
Though Falk said Big Ten commisioner Jim Delany is the one who will
make a decision on the case, he (lid reluctantly offer speculation.
"Well, I don't want to get*into th'it but you're usually talking about a
reprimand in cases like this," Falk said.'
On Saturday Robinson said, "The referees set the tone. In the first they
said,'no pushing.' We got a lot of pushing calls. The second half they
(Iowa) came out and all they did was push underneath the basket. "
"A fight probably should have broken out. The job they did was
poor...They shouldn't get paid for that."
PEACE IN DURHAM: The unrest at the Duke campus appears to be
ovpr, according to Rodney Peele, the sports editor of the Duke student
newspaper The Chronicle. On January 15, a Chronicle cuu im>i gave the
Duke squad letter grades for their performances. Only two players, guards
SPhil Henderson and Bobby Hurley, received grades in the "r ange while no
;player graded lower than a "C plus." The team as a whole received a "B
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was so incensed that he called for a
meeting with the 10 Chronicle beat writers in his office that afternoon. In
a speech in front of the Duke team Krzyzewski used profanity in assessing
the merits of the story and the basketball coverage in general. What made
matters worse is that The Chronicle later quoted parts of the speech.
Krzyzewski eventually softened, saying that he didn't try to intimidate
the students. Peele said that Coach K was troubled mostly by his concern
to make the players feel like average students and the fact that he felt the
paper underestimated the way his young team was performig.
This wasn't the first time the Chronicle and grades have caused trouble.
Seven years ago, the newspaper secretly polled*63 football players, asking
them to grade their football coach. His grade: a "C".
xl A NTE D:-
by Scott Erskine
Daily Sports Writer
For the Michigan men's gym-
nastics team, this word has been hard
find in their two opening season
meets. After a dlisappointing trip to
the Windy City Invitational last
weekend, in which the Wolverines
finished ninth out of eleven squads,
coach Bob Darden feels that
consistency will be the key to this
Sunday's meet against Illinois.
"We just have to get on top of
the consistency, and we really have
to it now because we have to start
honing ourroutines because Big
Ten's is right around the corner, the
first weekend in March, and then we
have to start generating scores to
allow us to go to regionals which is
the first weekend in April," Darden
This weekend would be a great
tine for the Wolverines to begin
performing better since they are
facing a weakened Illini squad,
Illinois, the defending national
champion, also has been plagued by
inconsistencies. In their opener last
weekend, the Fighting Illini edged
Michigan by only two points with a
team score of 256.4.
Siiice the talent gap is small
between the two schools, Michigan-
w ill need solid, consistent
performances by everyone to upset
last year's national champs.
Leading the pack for Michigan
will be sophomore Glenn Hill,
whose performances on the floor
exercise and on the pommei Lorse
were bright spots in last weekend's.
performance for Michigan.
"He's working on being in
national prominence on floor and
pommel horse," coach Darden said.
The meet will take place Sunday
at 2:00 p.m. at Varsity Arena and
will feature both the men's and the
Shawn Martin executes his routine on the rings. H e and the rest of the
Michigan gymnasts host Illinois Saturday.
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