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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 16, 1990 - Page 13

REDBIRDS
Continued from page 1
said of Michigan. "Number one,
their rebounding power. Number
two, the tremendous threat of Ru-
meal (Robinson)."
Michigan coach Steve Fisher is
blunt, yet cautious. "We're bigger
than them, we're better than them,
but bigger and better doesn't always
mean you'll win," he said.
* Vaught will likely enjoy a four-
inch advantage over his defender but
claims that he won't let that affect
his attitude. "I respect them,".he
said.."I'm not going in there think-
ing that I'm from a bigger school
so I must be better."
$ But Vaught believes that Mich-
igan's stature will affect Illinois
State's confidence somewhat. "We
are always on TV and Vitale and all
those guys always say what great
players Michigan has," Vaught
$aid. "So those guys hear that stuff
and it's got to play a little bit on
the back of their minds."
According to Fisher, the Red-
birds will play a ball-control game,
with lots of passing. Defen-sively,
they like to pressure the ball hard.
"They will give us a little bit of the
pressure we felt at Ohio State
...they pressure the ball real hard,"
Fisher said. "If they get you on one
side of the floor, it appears that
they want to keep you there. They
don't want to let you move the ball
from side-to-side."
Illinois State's leader is Jackson,
4 senior who won Most Valuable
Player honors for the Missouri Val-
ley Conference tournament.
"He can shoot the three or dunk
over you," Fisher said.
Jackson is playing on emotional
energy caused by the death of his
mother, which occurred during the
conference tournament.
Other starters include Coleman,
a senior who averaged 16 points and
six rebounds, Fowler (seven points,
three rebounds), and guards Richard
Thomas (10 points per game) and
Randy Blair (nine ppg).

by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
STILLWATER, OK - I glanced at my watch: 3
a.m. The Michigan women's basketball team had won
their first-ever NCAA tournament game over Oklahoma
State, 77-68, the previous night.
I'm sitting at the Will Rogers' airport in Oklahoma
City. My luggage is somewhere in St. Louis, so they
tell me. I'm broke. I've missed classes. I'm just
beginning the complimentary dinner the bozo airline
that lost my luggage provided to compensate for their
faux pas. It's salted peanuts.
As I'm munching I go over all that has happened in
the last week. Michigan gets a10th-seed bid. Wolverine
coach Bud VanDeWege is named Big Ten coach of the
year. Michigan (20-9) beats the Cowgirls, and they're
off to Raleigh, NC, to play North Carolina St. (24-5).
I'm in a complete daze. It's unbelievable.
I'm sitting there, trying to grasp all that has hap-
pened. Besides, since my school books are in Missouri
due to some bonehead Southwest worker, the only other
avenue of entertainment open to me is playing "name
that tune" to the elevator music blaring overhead.
Michigan had never been in the tournament before.
They had never finished in the top half of the Big Ten
before (4th place at 11-7). In the fall, success was
unexpected. In the winter, when the Wolverines were 1-
4 in conference play, success was unexpected. By late
February, it had become only a possibility. By March,
it was reality, a mad scramble for VanDeWege and his
staff to prepare for Oklahoma State. Today, he's making
plans for round two.
A week ago only three media services covered Mich-

Women cagers
March on Madly.
igan's women's basketball team: The Daily, The Anri
Arbor News and The Wolverine. Today, the Wolverines
are covered everywhere I look.
"I think they (Michigan players) are all really excited
about picking up the newspapers and reading about it in
the USA Today, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit
News, The Daily," VanDeWege said. "I think that really
feels good to them, because they realize they are being
recognized for what they've done."
In Oklahoma, the game between the Cowgirls and
the Wolverines was the top story in The Daily O'Col-
legian, The Daily Oklahoman, and The NewsPress. The
story was even placed above victories by the 5th-ranked
Cowboy baseball team.
I was even more surprised to come across a flier at
the airport advertising the women's basketball game in
Stillwater, which is 65 miles away. Granted the flier
was on the floor getting trampled on, but it was there,
which is more than I can say for my luggage.
And then at five in the morning, the reality of the
events came over me like a fever. I was yelling at
another blockhead airline employee who was trying to
rationalize with me as to why my luggage was now
resting in Houston. What she was saying was complete
lunacy, craziness, madness.
That's what I was feeling, March Madness. The
complete destruction of predictions and assumptions.
And to think, it only took me two hours of deep
thinking to realize that.
. A r .i c

JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
Eric Riley and the Wolverines hope to slam Illinois State in the first
round of the NCAA tournament tonight.

WOLFPACK
Continued from page 1
Michigan is once again the taller
team, as they were against the
Cowgirls, but their height ad-
vantage is minimal. However, that
statistic does not necessarily mean a
great deal come tournament time.
"We want more than just getting
here," Michigan guard Carol Szcz-
echowski said. "We want to keep
winning and we know we can. We
are playing great as a team, and I
don't have any doubt in my mind
that we can go in and beat North
Carolina State."
Szczechowski has come on
strong as of late. In her last two
games, she is shooting 67 percent

from the field, and over 80 percent
from the free throw line.
"Carol has been brilliant, up in
Minnesota 25 points, here (Okla-
homa State) 21," Michigan coach

Bud VanDeWege said. "She's a
winner. A state championship in
high school. She has always won.
And she's winning now."

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