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Men's Swimming
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

SPORTS
Wednesday, January 31, 1990

Men's Basketball
vs. Purdue
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Crisler Arena
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Fisher: "We

Mike Gill

7-0 Boilermakers could end Michigan's title hopes tonight

Boiler making: It's one
tough academic load
So tonight's the Big Game. Michigan against Purdue.
I thought it might be interesting not to look at this from a basketball
perspective. After all, college is more than just sports.
I decided to take an in depth look at the opposing school.
You all must think that Purdue is an esteemed place of higher
learning.
Think again.
If you go to Purdue you become a Boilermaker - in essence they
teach you how to be a Boilermaker.
So, I did some heavy research to find out just what it takes to get a
degree in boilermaking - I opened the dictionary - which is probably
more than most Purdue students do.
Boilermaker (boi-ler-may-ker) n. A person who builds or repairs
boilers.
Boy, now that's a tough one to figure out. A boilermaker makes
boilers.
And you expect these guys coming to town tonight to have the
knowledge and ability to count tenths of seconds on a scoreboard clock?
That tough stuff is saved for the graduate program when it's covered in the
class, "Reading the Temperature In the Boiler Room."
Oops. Got ahead of myself. Sorry. First you have to know what a
boiler is so you know how to be a boilermaker.
Boiler (boi-ler) n. 1. A container in which water or other liquid is
boiled. 2. a tank in which water is heated and stored until used. 3. a tank
in a plant in which steam is made.
With this deep plethora of knowledge already in place, let's get to
know the typical students at Purdue.
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Colors: Old Gold and Black. (Question: What is old gold? That which
was found before Adam and Eve?)
Enrollment: 33,174
Most common names: Jim Bob, Bob Jim, Suzzy Q, Muzikielhrh.
Zip Code: 47907
With this pertinent information placed aside, let's look at the typical
courses a Purdue student takes.
Year One (all classes last one full year)
BOILERMAKING 105: Introduction to Boilers: Friend or Foe?
SCIENCE 101: How To Make Steam.
SOCIOLOGY 110: Boilermakers: The Last Frontier.
AMERICAN SOCIETY 102: Drinking in an American Town: A Guide
to West Lafayette.
Year Two
BOILERMAKING 210: Basic Boiling. (Lab Fee $10 - to cover use of
gas stove. Must provide own pots and pans. Water supplied.)
SCIENCE 102: Where'd the Water Go? (Continues discussion started in
"How to Make Steam")
HISTORY 184: Boilermaking: Keeping America Boiling.
SPELLING 400: How to spell all those boiling words. (An intense
study of all words or word combinations with the word "boil" in them.
Includes boilermaker, boiling point, boiling hot, and just "boil." Five
credits.
Year Three (Beginning concentration toward degree)
BOILERMAKING 305: What To Do When the Temperature Hits the
Boiling Point.
BOILERMAKING 310: On-the-Job Injuries - What To Do When
Scalded With Hot Water.
BOILERMAKING 360: Lowering The Temperature.
BOILERMAKING 385: What All Those Bubble Mean.
Year Four
BOILERMAKING 402: Great Boilermaker Literature.
BOILERMAKING 420: Ethics In Boilermaking.
BOILERMAKING 470: How to Deal With On-the-Job Sweat.
BOILERMAKING 499: Putting Your Boilermaker Degree To Work.
Wow! Call that a demanding schedule or what?
Of course there is a secondary definition for boilermaker.
Boilermaker (boi-ler-may-ker) n. A serving of whiskey with a beer
chaser.
That of course is the General Studies program. Again, it's four tough
years.
But that's another story.
Purdue Predictions
Here's a look at what the Daily's Taylor Lincoln
basketball writers foresee for to- This is a classic match-up of blue
night's Michigan-Purdue matchup. collar overachiever against a talented
Steven Cohen underachiever. Fortunately for Mich-
As custom of late, the Wolver- igan, they're good enough to still be
ines will suffer their second half in the race despite some inconsistent
blues and Purdue will ease back into basketball.
the contest. Michigan's lead, howev- The Wolverines aren't going to
er, will be too large to squander, and be cast aside from the Big Ten race
the Wolverines will hand the Boil- at home. Purdue will keep the tempo
ermakers their first Big Ten loss. slow throughout, but Michigan will

Because Purdue center Steve tighten the screws in the second half.

by Taylor Lincoln
Daily Basketball Writer
Purdue basketball coach Gene
Keady does not preside over a basket-
ball factory which acts as a pipeline
to the NBA.
His teams are rarely made up of
pro prospects and they are rarely the
recipients of lofty pre-season expect-
ations.
But, invariably, his teams share
one quality - they win. Keady, a
former Pittsburgh Steelers running
back, whose style has been compared
to that of a football coach, has won
over 20 games seven times during
his nine year coaching career at
Purdue, including winning or shar-
ing three Big Ten titles.
. "I've always said that if I could
get my kids to play as hard as Pur-
due, we'd be happy," said Michigan
State coach Jud Heathcote, also
reputed as a master motivator. "Gene
always says 'We have no pro pros-
pects and everything we do will be
done as a team.' That's hard to do
but that's a credit to Gene. If there's
a better coach in the country, I'd like
to know who."
Pretty high praise. Presently,
Keady is in the midst of what may
be his finest hour as the Boiler-
makers head coach. Predicted to
finish in the lower division by near-
ly all of the experts, including the
league's coaches, his team is unde-
feated in conference play, two games
ahead of Michigan and Michigan
State.
"THEY'VE got the intang-
ibles. They're a senior dominated,
unselfish, defensive team," Heath-
cote said. "They take care of the
basketball and they don't give up
easy baskets. You have to work for
every thing from them. And it
translates into wins."
Tonight the Boilermakers could
give the tremor-ridden Big Ten its
biggest jolt of the season if they are
able to defeat Michigan (7 p.m.,
Crisler Arena). A win would put the
pre-season favorite Wolverines three
games behind Purdue, virtually ex-
tinguishing their conference title
hopes.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher is
concisely direct about the importance
of the game. "We must win," he
said.
If the Wolverines are going to
win they will have to shut down the
Boilermakers' omnificent front line
duo of Steve Scheffler, Charlie

White, and Ryan Berning. Forwards
White and Berning are shooting 63
and 64 percent respectively from the
field, higher than any Michigan
player.
But this is nothing when
compared with Scheffler, a 6-9
center. Scheffler, shooting 83 per-
cent from the field, has missed only
nine shots (44-53) in all seven
league games for an average of 1.2
missed shot per game.
"We've got to do a good job of
defending everybody," Fisher said.
"It starts with their inside players
and especially Scheffler."
THE BOILERMAKERS
marksmanship is not limited to their
inside players. Sophomore guard
Woody Austin is shooting 63 per-
cent for three-point attempts. It all
adds up - 59 percent from the field,
seven wins, zero losses.
Perhaps more threatening than
the Boilermakers shooting efficiency
is their tendency to draw fouls.
Fisher carefully observed that the
Boilermakers have shot 199 foul
shots to their opponents 99.
Basketball fans should
note that game time has
been changed to 7 p.m.
due to President Bush's
State of the Union
address.
Considering that Michigan has
been plagued by foul trouble, Fisher
has reason to worry.
"We have had problems on
occasions with our post defense and
in particular with Mills and Vaught
getting into foul trouble," Fisher
said. "Yes, we're concerned about
it."
Keady enters the game with
cautious respect for Michigan. "At
this point of the season these are the
two best teams in the league. We're
just going to try to compete and do
,the things we do best," he said.
One of the things the
Boilermakers will probably try to do
is slow down the tempo, reducing it
to a half-court game.
Fisher, however, would much
rather see the game develop into a
full-court, fast-breaking affair.
"We need through our defense to
create conversion basket oppor-
tunities," he added.
Prior to the season, Keady

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Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson flies toward the basket for an
uncontested dunk against Michigan State. The Wolverines host Purdue
tonight in quest of first place in the Big Ten.

supposedly said that he was hoping
to win three games on the road for
the Big Ten season. Now with over
half the season left, Purdue already
has its three road wins.
How many do you want now,
Gene?
"One more," he said. "One
more."
-Michigan trails Purdue 46 to 58
in the series which began in 1921.
-Purdue fields two players from.
the Great Lakes State. Scheffler, the
sharpshooting senior, hails from
Ada, MI, where he attended Forest
Hills Northern High School. Soph-
omore guard Loren Clyburn, the
Boilers' seventh man, played his
high school ball at Detroit South-
western.

Clyburn's alma mater ranks see-
ond nationally behind Chicago KIrl01
in the USA Today/ CNN Top 2$
poll. This Friday, Southwestern
faces off against Detroit Cooley, the
three-time defending state champs.
Michigan's first-year guard Michael
Talley earned state "Mr. Basketball'
honors at Cooley last season.
-Boilermaker guard Tony Jones;
last season's team MVP has serious
hang time off the court. The senior : *
from Fort Wayne is majoring in
aviation technology and earned his
private pilot's license in the fall Qf
1986. Last season Jones finishedl
second to Scheffler in scoring t
13.0 points per game and led the
team with 5.0 assists per outing. :

THE MATCHUPS

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by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
When Michigan takes the court tonight against Purdue it will be a
faceoff of the top two teams in the conference.
The Daily assesses the key matchups that will take place at Crisler Arena
tonight.
Forwards
Loy Vaught vs. Ryan Berning
Both forwards are 6-feet-9 but that's where the comparison ends. Vaught
is averaging almost as many points per game as Berning's season high
(16.3 to 17.) Vaught also leads the Big Ten in rebounding. Michigan has
been outrebounding its opponents by 5.9 rebounds per game and Vaught's
the major reason. This one's a no contest. The Loy fans will be jumping.
Advantage: Michigan
Sean Higgins vs Chuckie White
If Higgins still has his head up on press row from his dancing gig after
the Wolverines beat Michigan State Sautrday, then he will be taken to task.
White has been averaging 11.6 ppg compared to Higgins's 16.3. White is
the leading rebounder for the Boilermakers. But White has not attempted a
three-point shot all year, while Higgins at times can turn out the lights on
@ an opponent when hot. White is only shooting 39.4 percent from the
charity stripe.
Advantage: Michigan - but barely.
Center
Terry Mills vs. Stephen Scheffler
This is the key matchup tonight. Scheffler is the Boilermakers leading
scorer (16.6 ppg) while Mills is throwing in 17.2. Mills has a quickness
advantage over Scheffler - but this one's in the air. Call me after the game.
But Mills is having a great year.
Advantage: Even - but leaning Michigan.
Guards
Mike Griffin vs. Tony Jones
Griffin has to assert himself with more fervor. His defense keeps him in
the starting linup but Demetrius Calip may have begun an asault on
Griffin's starting job. A couple timely baskets could help spread Purdue's
defense out - since no one's worried about him taking a shot. Jones is
averaging 15.6 ppg.
Advantage: Purdue.
Rumeal Robinson vs. Woody Austin
Now, who are you gonna take? Mr. Clutch, Mr. PTP'er or some guy

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Scheffler will have his hands full
with Terry Mills, Loy Vaught
should have numerous shot oppor-
tunities. Final: Michigan 85,
Purdue 71.
Mike Gill
When I think of Purdue and their
7-0 Big Ten start, I think of the
Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles were
a horrendous team in 1988 - like
Purdue in 1989.
Then all of a sudden, Baltimore
became title contenders the next
year. What a story everyone said.
The old "from last to first" routine.
Then it came crunch time. The
end of the season arrived. Where
were the Orioles?
In second place.
Final: Michigan '78.Purdue 74.

Final: Michigan 59, Purdue 51.
And some thoughts from the
Purdue Daily Exponent :
Matt Youmans, Sports Editor
Anything can happen when
Purdue meets Michigan. The Wol-
verines knocked off the Boiler-
makers' Big Ten Championship
team, 104-68, in 1987 in Ann Arb-
or, but Purdue bounced back to win
91-87 the next year.
The big question this time around
will be whether Tony Jones, who
Purdue coach Gene Keady calls one
of the Big Ten's best defensive play-
ers, can contain Rumeal Robinson.
This one will be a nailbiter, no
doubt about it, and we may see
another overtime contest.

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