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Wrestling
vs. Indiana
-at VarsityArena
Sunday, 2 p.m.

SPORTS
Thursday, February 15, 1990

Men's Swimming
vs. Ohio State
at Canham Natatorium
Saturday, 3 p.m.

The Michigan Daily
Gophers
up next
for M
cagers
By Lory Knapp
Daily Basketball Writer
In a league where winning on the
road is about as easy as winning in
the L.A. Forum, the Wolverine's
upcoming conference road schedule
can only be described by one word--
brutal.
Inbthe first of two road trips that
will see Michigan (18-4, overall; 8-
3, Big Ten) play such contenders as
Ohio State, Michigan State and
Purdue, the Wolverines will begin
by taking on the Golden Gophers in
Minneapolis tomorrow night.
Minnesota (17-4, 7-4) is just one
game behind the Wolverines in the
Big Ten and a victory will place the
Gophers in strong contention for the
conference title. And while Michigan
is playing most of its remaining
games on the road, Minnesota will
play most of its games in the safe
confines of Williams Arena.
Minnesota, which has won 26 of
its last 27 home games, including
12 in a row, is coming off of a 73-
72 victory over league-leading
Purdue on Sunday.
"We have a great home court
advantage," Minnesota coach Clem
Haskins said. "Our fans really get
into it. Our kids play hard at home
and when you (other teams) come
here you have to strap it on and be
ready to play."
The home court advantage is not
the only factor on the Gophers side.
Senior Willie Burton, a Detroit St.
Martin DePorres graduate, is tied for
third in Big Ten scoring with
Michigan's Rumeal Robinson ,
averaging 19.6 points per game.
Burton, with 6.9 boards a game, is
also tenth in league rebounding,.
"Burton is a solid 6-7," said
Michigan coach Steve Fisher.
"They're (Minnesota) strong, phy-
* sical kids that know how to play."

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GOPHERS, BUCKS, AND 'CATS CHALLENGE 'M' SUPREMACY

Swimmers

dive into B

Burton

But rebounding supremacy in the
conference right now belongs to
Michigan's Loy Vaught. Vaught,
who is averaging nearly 12 rebounds
per game, leads Iowa's Les Jepsen
by 15 boards, even though Michigan
has played one less game than Iowa.
"Vaught and Robinson found a
way to elevate their game (since the
injury to Sean Higgins)," said
Haskins. "We must control the
boards and cut down their running
game. We have to get rebounds and
stop the transition game."
Michigan will continue to look
slightly different without Higgins in
the line-up, often fielding three-
guard combinations of Robinson,
Demetrius Calip, Michael Talley,
and Tony Tolbert.
"We're quicker--(without Hig-
gins) we have three guards, but we
really miss Sean," said Fisher.
"When he comes back he may have
to accept that he's not going to get
as many shots because we have to
get the ball inside."
Haskins said: "Everyone knows
Rumeal Robinson is one of the best
guards in basketball. ":(But) we feel
we can match up really well with
that line-up (the three-guard
offense)."

by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer
The Big Ten Championships,
held in Indianapolis today,
tomorrow, and Saturday will mark
the end of the conference season for
the Michigan women's swim team.
However, it could be the onset of
a lot more: a myriad of NCAA
qualifying times to be added to those
already posted by breaststrokers Ann
Colloton and Jennifer Eck. That
would place the Wolverines in a
strong contending position for the
NCAAs held in March.
"We have a chance to qualify 12
individuals (for the NCAAs),"
Michigan coach Jim Richardson
said. "We only had five individual
qualifiers last year (6th-place
national finish) and I think that's
about the most we've had ever in
one year. So if we could double that
this year, that would be pretty
incredible."
But first the Wolverines must
concentrate on the championships at
hand: the Big Tens. Michigan, has
captured the conference crown for the
past three years and has dominated
its Big Ten rivals in dual meets this
season. A win this year would give
the Wolverine's senior members a
four year sweep of the
championships.
Still, no predictions are being
made.
"You just don't know until you
get in the pool and see how your
people look, see how the taper
(decrease in practise for rest
purposes) went," Richardson said.
"We're doing the kinds of things the
last two or three days here that we
need to do to get ready to swim fast.
That's the only thing we have
control over- what we do."
n " -

The Wolverines will have to
remain in control to cool down some
stiff competition.
Northwestern should prove to be
a tough opponent for the
Wolverines. The Wildcats have the
1989 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year,
Lori Holmes, who holds '89
conference titles in the 200-yard
freestyle, the 100 and 200 butterfly,
and the victorious 800 freestyle
relay.
"The top four teams this year,
it's pretty obvious, are Michigan,
Minnesota, Ohio State, and

ourselves- if you look at the stats so
far." Northwestern head coach Kathie
Wickstrand said. "Michigan has a lot
of depth, but were just going to try
and go in there and give them a run
for their money."
But the Buckeyes, despite a poor
dual meet record, could represent the
biggest hump that Michigan must
get over.
"They (OSU) have a young team
that I think is really enthusiastic and
they could present a lot of problems
for us," Richardson said. "They have
three swimmers that really match up

ig Tens
very well with us. They have the
No.1 seed in the 500 free, and the
200 fly, and the 200 backstroke."
According to Richardson, the Big
Ten Championships don't pale in
comparison to the NCAAs.
"We think we have the second
fastest swimming conference in the
country (behind the PAC 10) and I
don't care what you win a Big Ten
title in- you're talking about
winning a championship in a
premier conference in the country,"
Richardson concluded. "The Big Ten
championship is always important."

Wolverine breaststroker Jennifer Eck, a NCAA qualifier, has high hopes for the Big Ten Championships

GRIDDES

1. Illinois at Michigan State
2. Iowa at Indiana
3. Minnesota at N'western
4. Wisconsin at Purdue
5. MICHIGAN AT OSU
6. Louisville at Virginia
7. S. Miss. at S. Carolina
8. Miami(Fla.) at Fla. St.
9. Va. Tech at Cincinnati
10. Evansville at Dayton

11. Princeton at Yale
12. Nebraska at Kansas
13. Air Force at Hawaii
14. Mississippi at Auburn
15. Chaminade at AK-Anch.
16. Kansas St. at Iowa State
17. Boston Coll. at UConn.
18. Butler at Detroit
19. Furman at Marshall
20. Fresno St. at San Jose St.

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