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Taylor Lincoln

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*Mind and body must
show up with Rumeal
When things aren't going well you have to look to the leader. Every
successful team has a catalyst, a guy who sets the tone. At Michigan his
name is Rumeal Robinson. Nobody disputes how important he is to the
team.
All year people have focused on the difficulty the offense has had when
Robinson is out of the game, and Steve Fisher has said it as often anybody.
* But it's time that Fisher looks deeper, questioning the difficulty
Michigan has when Robinson is in the game but his mind is not.
Last night Robinson played all but two minutes. But if you kept your
eyes on him, you couldn't help but tell that something was missing.
A quick glance at the stats may not tell the story. The numbers are there:
16 points, five assists, three blocked shots. Not outstanding, but
respectable.
But take a second look at the box score. Two-for-seven from the field.
Seven shots in 38 minutes? Ohio State coach Randy Ayers said afterwards
that his team's goal was to contain Robinson.
By taking only seven shots in the game, Robinson contained himself.
More important than the lack of shots was his lack of intensity - an
unquantifiable, yet immeasurably important quality.
Last night, Robinson's intensity was absent. You could see it in the way
he directed the offense. His passes were sluggish and his away- from-the-ball
play was complacent.
When he went to set screens he sauntered like he was going through a
1 pregame run-through.
After the game, the press tried to put a good face on his effort, siting his
12 of 15 foul shooting. What they failed to key on were the shots he missed
-and when he missed them.
Twice in the final minute he missed the back half of a one-and-one,
giving Ohio State a chance to tie in the final minute. The first of the two
misses barely scraped the front of the rim. This is not the Rumeal Robinson
we'ye come expect, raising his concentration to newheights with the game
on the line.
When Robinson is at his most intense he occassionally loses control,
making turnovers and getting into foul trouble. But his efforts inspire the
team.
Last night, Robinson had only two turnovers and two fouls, but
Michigan was a judgement call away from losing the game.
Monday at Illinois, Robinson and Michigan were at their best, diving for
* loose balls and hustling for every shot. He made more mistakes and missed
more foul shots than he did last night - but the team won by more points
against a better team.
The point is that Robinson's play is contagious. When he's fired up,
this team can play so well that it will make you shiver. But when he
disappears, the team will fall into a lethargic relapse.
"You can't get too psyched up," Robinson said after last night's game.
"When everybody's psyched up you let the game get away from you.
Somebody's got to have a level head."
No game ever came closer to getting away than last night's.
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start for this team," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said, putting the
question to rest.
Griffin had four turnovers in the
first half as Michigan had trouble
early adjusting to the Buckeye's
pressing defense. And while the
Wolverines ultimately overcame the
press, and the Buckeyes, Fisher was
not exactly pleased with the two-
point victory.
"I don't know if I have the feel of
the team that won," Fisher said. "I
feel the frustration that our kids feel.
They played hard...but we didn't
always play smart."
Trailing 68-64 with 10:49 to
play in the game, the Wolverines ran
off 10 straight points to take the lead
for good.
Calip spurred the attack when he
knotted the score at 68 with an
underhand, around the basket layup.
"I thought it was pretty nice,"
Calip said of the play. "It's one of
those moves you make from the
playground. I pump faked and then
went to the other side and laid it in."

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Sean Higgins then popped a
three-pointer to give Michigan the
lead and Ohio State quickly called a
time out.
But Higgins outdid himself later
in the game when he hit another
trey, this time with the shot clock
down to three, the Wolverines' lead
down to three, and double coverage
on him from Mark Baker and Jamaal
Brown and only 1:03 to play.
"It was just a great play. What
can you say," first-year Buckeye
coach Randy Ayers asked.
In addition to Calip's 19 points
the Wolverines received scoring help
from Terry Mills (18 points), Loy
Vaught (17 points), Robinson (16
points), and Sean Higgins (13
points.)
Buckeye center Perry Carter led
all scorers with 32 points.
"We had some confidence," Carter
said of his team, which at the start
of the season was expected to finish
in the second division of the Big
Ten. "I scored some points, grabbed
some boards, but it wasn't enough.
We didn't win the ballgame."
Ayers echoed the point: "We
didn't come here for moral
victories."

Michigan forward Sean Higgins passes the ball over an Ohio State
defender. Higgins had 13 points in the Wolverines' 90-88 win last night.

Iowa next up for

'M'

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
Going into Iowa this year should
not be like it has been in the past.
And it won't be like playing in
Indiana,tor Illinois, or at Crisler
Arena against Minnesota.
The Wolverines are now 3-1 in
Big Ten play andahave already
finished the most challenging part of
their schedule.
Last night's 90-88 win over Ohio
State starts a stretch of games
against conference opponents who
are not expected to be in the race for
the title. After Iowa, the Wolverines
travel to Northwestern, head home to
face Michigan State and Purdue and
then head out to Wisconsin.
Iowa went into last nights game
against Indiana winless in the Big
Ten at 0-3. Despite Iowa's poor

record, that does not have Michigan
coach Steve Fisher expecting a
blowout.
"Now, we got to march forward
to Iowa," Fisher said after last
night's game. "They'll come at you
with the same full-court pressure.
Matt Bullard is a great three-point
shooter. And it's on the road."
Bullard played his first two years
at Colorado, before transferring to
the Hawkeyes and sitting out a
season. Last year he returned to
average 9.1 points-per-game.

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