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ILLINOIS' SPEEDY SQUAD SEEKS REVENGE
Friday, February 9, 1990
by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
Illini soar into Crisler
On Sunday, Michigan (6-3 Big
Ten, 16-4 overall) and Illinois (6-4
Big Ten, 16-4 overall), two of last
year's Final Four combatants, will
square off at Crisler Arena in a game
destined to have major implications
on the overall Big Ten race.
Not that Michigan coach Steve
Fisher or Fighting Illini coach Lou
Henson has had any time to worry
about each other's teams. Both
squads had important conference tilts
last night to concern themselves
"You have to take one game at a
time in this league," Henson said
Thursday. "We have to play one of
our best games of the year to beat
Minnesota. We haven't done a thing
for the Michigan game."
,"We haven't thought about
Illinois one iota," Fisher seconded
However, visions of last season's
83-81 Michigan win in Seattle and
this season's 74-70 Wolverine
victory at Champaign should surface
in Illini minds beginning today.
The Wolverines will likely
remember Illinois' two defeats of
Michigan last season: a 96-84 defeat
in Illinois and a 89-73 shellacking at
But Illinois lost more than a
g battle last April in Seattle. They lost
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until I found out what happened,"
KKG House Mother Marnie
Baker said the sorority has not
decided if it will press charges for the
-damage done: "Everything's pending.
We don't want to make any state-
ment right now until it's resolved,"
Copeland and three other hockey
players were charged with misde-
meanor harassment for yelling
asexual threats at two women while
chasing them in a van through
campus last January. The four were
#sentenced to 50 hours of community
Oservice, a $180 fine, and six months
- "The incident last year... it's a
whole different incident...and I don't
even want to get into that,"
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Kenny Battle, Lowell Hamilton, and
Nick Anderson - their entire
starting frontcourt. In addition,
because of an ongoing NCAA probe,
the Illini have prohibited newcomer
Deon Thomas, the six-foot-nine inch
"Mr. Basketball" in Illinois last
year, from playing.
"We've tried not to let the
distractions off the court affect our
play," Henson said. "And I think
we've done a creditable job with it."
Like Michigan, which was forced
to insert Demetrius Calip into the
starting lineup because of Sean
Higgins' stress fracture, Illinois also
went to a smaller lineup a few weeks
ago. The Illini replaced 6-6 Steve
Bardo, last season's Big Ten
Defensive Player of the Year, with
5-10 P.J Bowman.
Bardo, formerly one half of the
conference's best guard duo along
with Kendall Gill, has moved to
forward, where he has amassed a
team-leading 91 assists.
Henson was characteristically
modest about his team's assets.
"I really think that (the loss of
Higgins) is not as damaging (as the
Illini's loss of Thomas). Compare it
to ours. We have no bench compared
Last night's basketball game against Indiana, at
some points, threatened to put the Wolverines out of
the Big Ten race for good.
With the Hoosiers going on a 12-point run that
erased a ten-point Michigan lead to end the second half,
the Wolverines were in search of a player to spark both
the team and the crowd.
Rookie reserve guard Tony Tolbert rose to the
occasion and led the drive that ended in a 79-71
"We talked (at halftime) about somebody has got to
step forward and give us a lift," said Michigan coach
Steve Fisher. "Tolbert did that for us off the bench. For
a guy that hasn't played much, he played with
enthusiasm and did a good job for us."
Tolbert said: "He (Fisher) told me that he needed a
spark out there. Sometimes we play lackadaisical, we've
been playing like that the whole season. I said, 'Fish,
I'll get them going."'
Coming into the game with about 13 minutes left,
Tolbert played with obvious excitement and vigor. He
lifted his arms, yelling at the crowd to join the game
and become the advantage that playing at home should
be. And the crowd responded to his antics with obvious
"A lot of guys on the team are the quiet, laid-back
type, but I've got that fire in me," said Tolbert. "I went
out to fire up the team and fire up the crowd."
But Tolbert did more than just provide enthusiastic
entertainment for the fans, he played aggressive,
Leading the bench-scorers with eight points, Tolbert
was a key factor in the Wolverine spurt that put them
ahead for good.
At one point, Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson
was stripped of the ball, but before the Hoosiers could
take advantage, Tolbert stole the ball back, and went
coast-to-coast for the lay-up.
And on the play immediately following, Tolbert
took the outlet pass, drove down the court and dished, at
the last moment, to Terry Mills for the lay-up.
"Tony Tolbert played great for us, great defense and
great offense," said Mills who finished with 16 points.
Tolbert's increased playing time is due to two
factors, the injury to Sean Higgins and his own self-
discipline. Where the beginning of the season saw
Tolbert run the floor like the young, inexperienced
player he is, now he is now more in control of himself.
"He (Tolbert) knows how to score and put himself in
a position to score, said Fisher. "He's exercised a great
deal of self control that's got him where he is now."
Tolbert added: "A lot of our team is talented, I've had
to wait for my time. I got my time tonight and I took
advantage of it. I'm always calm, but I like to have
Illinois guard Kendall Gill leads his
team with 18 points a game.
The Illini do have Marcus
Liberty, a 6-8 forward, averaging
17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per
game. Either 6-8 Rodney Jones or 6-
7 Ervin Small will start at center for
Nevertheless, the new Illinois
lineup has Fisher concerned.
"They had quickness before,"
Fisher said. "Now they're jet quick."
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