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Women's Basketball
vs. Oklahoma St. (NCAA 1st Round)
Tonight, 8:30 p.m. (WPZA 1050AM)
Stillwater, OK


Men's Basketball
vs. Illinois St. (NCAA 1st Round)
Friday, 9 p.m. (Ch. 2)
Long Beach, CA

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 14, 1990

Page 9

An inept NCAA committee leaves
the Wolverines sitting at home

by Peter Zellen
Daily Hockey Writer
Last Sunday, the Michigan
hockey team defeated Bowling Green
5-4 in the CCHA consolation game
to finish third in the conference
Afterwards, a number of reporters
and broadcasters sat around the press
lounge eating their meal and all the
while discussing various team's
chances to get a bid for the NCAA
tournament, which starts this
The topic moved on to the
Wolverine squad.
"That would be insane now if
Bowling Green made the tournament
and Michigan didn't," one
broadcaster said.
Well folks, the asylum doors
have flown open. The NCAA
selection committee now runs
rampant through the streets,
allowing their foolish opinions to
affect the post-season livelihoods of
schools like Michigan.
As coach Red Berenson so
quaintly put it, the Michigan team
got shafted."
These four men snubbed
Michigan and picked the Falcons to
be the third CCHA team in the
tournament of 12, much to the
dismay of those who follow the
maize and blue icers.
One such man on the committee
is Jack Parker, the coach of Boston
University. Parker brought his ninth
ranked Terriers into Ann Arbor in
December and saw them swept, 4-3
and 6-2. At that time, Michigan was
ranked tenth. When asked by
reporters what this would mean to
the ranking community, Parker
replied, "I wouldn't worry too much
about that. I should know, I'm on
that selection committee."
Boy, I'm glad Parker takes this
so seriously.
Another member of that
illustrious committee was Jack
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Gregory, athletic director at, well
look here, Bowling Green. Nope, no
bias there. None at all.
No member of the committee is
allowed to vote on teams in their
own conference, but with these two,
their influence must certainly have
been felt by the other members. In
the end, both Boston University and
Bowling Green were given bids.
Why do I imagine that these men
did something so juvenile as to
persuade the vote to go against
Michigan just because the
Wolverines beat their teams? "Sob,
sob. You beat us so we don't like
you anymore. Just for that we won't
pick your team. Nyah, nyah."
Nice to be mature about the
whole thing guys. Go back to your
NCAA monkey bars and swing set.
It's also apparent that this
committee doesn't believe in using
things like logic and precedents as
factors in making their decisions.
Michigan beat Boston University
and had a better record at 24-12-6. If
the Terriers made the tournament
why shouldn't the Wolverines? That
would be the logical choice,
wouldn't it?
In February, No. 14 ranked
Alaska-Anchorage came out to Ann
Arbor for a two-game series and
came away with a 4-1 loss and a 3-3
tie. By the way, Alaska Anchorage
is in the tournament too as they will

face Lake Superior State.
Let's see now. The Wolverines
were 3-0-1 against nationally ranked
teams out of their conference.
They're both in and Michigan is out.
It doesn't take Rain Man to figure
that one out but I hear that he was
offered a seat on next years
The most baffling thought of all
is that the aforementioned idea of
precedents never influenced the
committee's decision.
Last year, Bowling Green
finished fifth in the CCHA and had a
26-18-3 record. They skated into the
playoffs and beat third place Illinois-
Chicago 5-3 in the consolation
game. The Falcons ended up with a
NCAA bid.
This year's Michigan team had a
better record than last year's
Bowling Green team and won the
consolation game as well by a
comparable score. The Wolverines
also beat Bowling Green in the
CCHA standings by one place.
Bowling Green finished ahead of
Michigan in the CCHA standings
and had a 3-2 advantage over the
Wolverines: This is cause enough'
for bid consideration, but not over
the team they lost to in the playoffs.
It all boils down to who beat
who last. They think that way in
football. Ask Lou Holtz. Notre
Dame lost the national champ-
ionship simply because they lost to
Miami. Why doesn't that phil-
osophy apply here?
Why have a consolation game at
all then? It's like saying to the
players "You just played in an
exhausting overtime loss to the best
team in the country (Michigan
State). Just for fun, why don't you
lace up those skates one more time."
In avoiding this comparison, the
committee has proven that a mind is
a terrible thing to waste, except if
you never started out with one.

The Wolverines will not be raising anymore trophies this season, which came to an abrupt end on Sunday. The
icers were snubbed by the NCAA selection committee as they were not chosen for the 12-team tournament.

Here, Michigan senior co-captain Mike Moes hoists the 1989 Great Lakes
the Wolverines' other co-captain, defenseman Alex Roberts, looks on.

Invitational championship trophy as

"'Men's lacrosse wins t wice

From Staff Reports
Hot, muggy days and rainy
evenings proved to be the only
competition for the Michigan men's
lacrosse club as it posted big
victories against Louisiana State and
Rice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
over spring break.
.. The first game, against LSU,
proved laughable as the Wolverines
dominated from start to finish in
recording a 20-2 win. Leading 13-1
at halftime, coach Bob DiGiovanni
pulled his starters and was able to
insert the rest of the team for the
remainder of the game.
Despite the score, DiGiovanni
was able to get his first read of what
to expect from this year's team that
posted a 15-2 record last season.
"We looked especially strong,"
DiGiovanni said. "We have more

good individual players this year
than we've had in a long time."
A few of those players are: Mike
Kennedy, the team president, who is
returning for his final season after
leading the team in scoring last year.
Kennedy scored 11 points in the two
games, including five goals. First-
year player Eddie Honos was the
team's second leading scorer in
Louisiana, posting eight points with
four goals and four assists.
"I think that both teams provided
us with good competition for
starting off the season," Kennedy
said. "But even with our offensive
output it was the defense that really
The defense is anchored by fifth-
year senior goalie Rob DiGiovanni,
who was again pulled after the first
half of the Rice game, in which the

Wolverines triumphed, 13-3.
In that game, which was
highlighted by torrential downpours,
DiGiovanni only let up one goal and
the defense showed its grit by
denying the Owls a good scoring
opportunity during a period in which
the team played two men down.
"Overall," coach DiGiovanni
said, "we had a successful trip. We
started to gel as a team and looked
good against both teams."


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