vs. Michigan State & Iowa
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7 p.m.
The Michigan Daily.
Friday, February 2, 1990
Men hope to regain
"edge vs. Wisconsin
Women aiming to upset
1st place Boilermakers
by Theodore Cox
by Lory Knapp
Daily Basketball Writer
After Wednesday night's trounc-
ing by Purdue, the fourth-ranked
Wolverines are certainly looking for-
ward to their road trip to Wisconsin
Wisconsin (11-9 overall, 2-6 Big
* Ten), currently dwelling in the Big
Ten cellar, should provide a
confidence boost to a Michigan team
still stinging from the home loss
against the Boilermakers.
"We'll play hard (against
Wisconsin) and we'll have to do a
better.job passing up shots," Michi-
gan coach Steve Fisher said.
Michigan (15-4, 5-3) will have to
do more than just pass up bad shots;
they will have to play better defense,
take their time, and work the ball
inside on offense to get it to the big
Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder
said his team will not play Michi-
gan's big men, Terry Mills and Loy
Vaught, differently than any other
However, Mills, who is averag-
ing 17.1 points per game, and
* Vaught, the conference rebound
leader with 11 per game, will try to
prove Yoder is making a big
"They (Michigan) are very
talented," Yoder said. "We've played
Daily Basketball Writer
very well and we just have to win
the close ones."
Yoder has lost his fair share of
close games. In four of Wisconsin's
Big Ten losses, the margin of defeat
has been three points or less, includ-
ing two-point losses to Michi-gan
State and first-place Purdue.
Wisconsin is led by senior for-
ward Danny Jones and Willie
Simms, a six-foot-six guard. Jones,
who is averaging 18.1 points per
game and has scored in double
figures in 61 of his last 65 games, is
a force to be reckoned with.
A Pontiac, Michigan native,
Simms is second on the team in
scoring, averaging 14.4 points and
leads the Badgers in assists and
steals. His 56.3 percent shooting in
Big Ten competition also leads
HIGGINS OUT 3-4 WEEKS:
The Wolverines may have lost more
than a basketball game against
Purdue Wednesday when Sean Hig-
gins injured his ankle. Higgins had
x-rays taken Thursday which showed
a stress fracture that will bench him
Higgins, who is averaging 16.2
points per game, is a large part of
the Wolverine offense and his pres-
ence will be missed.
Last weekend both Michigan
basketball teams swept Michigan
State. A win by the first place
Purdue women's basketball team
tonight in West Lafayette might do
the same thing to the Wolverines.
After facing Purdue, Michigan
will finish off their weekend in
Champaign, taking on Illinois
Purdue (6-1 in the Big Ten, 14-3
overall) is in a first-place tie with
Northwestern after beating the Wild-
cats last Friday in Evanston.
"We know it's going to be tough
because Purdue is a good team, but
we've always played them tough
down there," Michigan co-captain
Tanya Powell said. The series is
fairly even between the two schools,
with Purdue having the advantage
The Wolverines' (3-4 in the Big-
Ten, 11-6 overall) spirit has been
rejuvenated since defeating Michigan
State last weekend in overtime. The
Wolverines feel that they can beat
* anybody, regardless of their national
"It's just really a matter of how
well we play," Powell said. "We just
can't expect to win if we hurt
ourselves with unforced turnovers
and things like that. That is the type
of team Purdue is, they make you
turn the ball over."
Defense, however, is what the
Wolverines will have to use to beat
a Boilermakers team that averages
76.3 points a game. Forward Ma-
Chelle Joseph leads Purdue and the
Big Ten in scoring with 23.7 points
Illinois (2-5 in the Big-Ten, 8-9
overall) should be an easier oppo-
nent. The Fighting Illini will be
happy to be home after two road
losses. A good portion of the Illini
offense is centered around junior for-
ward Sarah Sharp. She has already
attempted over 100 shots this
But Illinois coach Laura Golden
does not feel the performance of
Sharp will make the difference: "We
need to work on getting our other
players on track."
Michigan forward Tanya Powell works the ball around a Michigan State
defender last Friday night. The co-captain will lead the Wolverines as
the team travels to take on Purdue and then Illinois this weekend.
Blue seeks playoff home ice vs. WMU
Men gymnasts face State
by Albert Lin
F Daily Sports Writer
A rivalry? In men's gymnastics?
Believe it or not, one does exist.
"We went into the Big Ten's
(championships) last year, and our
main goal was to beat State, and we
did," fifth-year gymnast Tony
Angelotti said. "As long as I can
remember, we've always had to beat
As the Michigan State Spartans
bring their squad to Ann Arbor
tonight, the Wolverines are coming
off their best performance of the
year, scoring 265.7 points in last
weekend's narrow loss to Illinois-
Chicago. Michigan is now ranked
16th in the country.
State's scheduled meet with Illi-
nois last week was cancelled because
of an outbreak of German measles,
which also caused the Illini to pull
but of their meet with Michigan.
Wolverine coach Bob Darden
feels his team has an advantage
because they had a meet last week.
"(UIC) provided intense competition
as another means of testing our-
selves, and it worked," he-said.
Spartan coach Rick Atkinson,
however, disagrees. "We needed the
time off. We've integrated new
skills, and we're using a different
lineup. I don't think it'll affect us at
The Spartan's highest score of
the season is a 266.65, and when
compared to Michigan's top score, it
appears the two teams are very
evenly matched. Both sides have
respect for each other.
"Michigan is a solid team," said
Atkinson. "They have nine guys
who each do three or four or five
events, but they don't have one man
who can hurt us, or themselves."
Angelotti said that the Spartan3
are "a good team. Our meets are
usually close. The deciding factor
will probably be a minor fall here or
by David Hyman
Daily Hockey Writer
Trailing Bowling Green by only three points,
the Michigan hockey team would love to over-
take the Falcons and finish the season in third
However, the Wolverines must first dispose
of Western Michigan this weekend in a home-
and-home series. The Broncos trail the Wolver-
ines (16-10-4 overall, 12-10-4 in the CCHA) by
five points, making a Wolverine sweep necessary
in order for them to hold on to the final home
"It's important we don't lose any ground,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "We want to
gain home-ice advantage and so does Western. It
puts pressure on us and also on them."
Western coach Bill Wilkinson agrees. "It's an
important series for both of us, but I don't think
it's critical that we get a sweep. But we can't af-
ford to get swept," he said.
Led by senior left winger Shane Redshaw, the
Broncos (13-16-1, 11-12-1) enter the series as the
second most explosive team in the league with
125 goals scored and the second-best power play
at .293. Redshaw is one of the bigger offensive
weapons in the nation, having notched 32 goals
and 19 assists. He leads the team in power play
(12), shorthanded (3), and winning (3) goals.
Besides Redshaw, Western's lineup contains
three other scorers with more than 40 points,
including senior centers Jeff Green (25 goals, 24
assists, 49 points) and Paul Polillo (16-29-45)
and junior Mike Eastwood (21-25-46). "Our
seniors are doing the damage, playing well at this
point in time," Wilkinson said.
But it is just this explosive play that has also
allowed opponents to score 122 times, placing
Western sixth in the league defensively. "Our
goaltending has been hot and cold, but needs to
be more consistent," Wilkinson said.
"They're a wide open team, but if we shut
them down and take advantages of our opportun-
ities, we'll get the chance to win," Michigan
goaltender Warren Sharples said.
OLD TIMERS REUNION WEEKEND:
Over 150 former Michigan players will venture
to Ann Arbor this weekend. Included in the
festivities is a free Old Timer's game Saturday at
In addition, Bob Gray, Michigan's All-Amer-
ican goalie from the Wolverines' 1964 national
championship squad leads a list of six new
members who will be inducted into the Dekers
Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at
Yost Ice Arena immediately preceding the hockey
game Saturday night.
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