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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 12, 1990- Page 13

Rebels with a cause
Ole Miss runs for first Gator victory

by Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writer
Big news was made at Monday's
Mazda Gator Bowl news conference.
The Wolverines, after winning the
coin toss to pick which color
uniform it would wear, chose to
wear its blue uniforms when it faces
Mississippi January 1.
Of course, the two coaches did
their part by taking turns applauding
their opponent.
"Ole Miss plays hard, strong
straight ahead football and will come
at you with determination and drive,
like all the great football teams,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said.
Said Mississippi coach Billy
Brewster: "The night I saw them
(Michigan) play Notre Dame, I
thought they were probably the best
football team in the country."
To make up for this lack of
detailed analysis of each team's
strengths and weaknesses, here is a
quick rundown on the Rebels:
- They posted a season record of
9-2 (5-2 in the Southeastern
Conference) with big wins coming
against Georgia, Kentucky and

Arkansas. The two losses came
against Auburn and Tennessee.
- Their strength lies in their
option-style running game (208
yards per contest) led by sophomore
quarterback Tommy Luke and junior.
running back Randy Baldwin. Bald-
win rushed for 970 yards this season
with an average of 5.9 per carry.

- Their weakness lies in their
pass defense (opponents have
completed 60% of their passes) and
in their high turnover ratio.
Keys for Michigan will be
exploiting the Rebels' secondary by
getting the ball to receiver Desmond
Howard and neutralizing Rebel sen-
ior defensive tackle Kelvin Pritchett.
If the Wolverines can take
advantage of turnovers by Mississip-
pi's option offense, it will be a long
day for the Rebels.
Ole Miss is playing in the Gator
Bowl for the first time since quarter-
back Archie Manning led the Rebels
to Jacksonville in 1970. Since then,
they have competed in the Liberty,
Peach and Independence bowls.
"It is an honor to play in the
Mazda Gator Bowl against a great
team like Michigan," Brewster said.
"When we could not go to the Sugar
Bowl as the SEC champion, it was
our kids' goal to come to the Gator
Bowl and play in the New Year's
Day game."

JOSE JUA EDI
Michigan rookie tailback Rickey Powers rushes toward the endzone versus Big Ten rival Minnesota earlier
this season. Powers will be a key factor for the Wolverines in their attack against the Rebels.

Moeller

.Cagers' past collides with present

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by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
In the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge,
the Michigan men's basketball team
will be paying a visit to the ghost of
coaches past during winter break.
Present Wolverine coach Steve
'Fisher leads Michigan into Iowa
State to face the Cyclones, led by
former Wolverine cdach Johnny Orr.
Orr resided in Ann Arbor from 1968-
80, compiling a 191-87 record, and
leading Michigan to the Final Four
in 1976. At Iowa State, Orr's record
stands at 151-144 over 10 years. One
of those- losses occurred last season
at Crisler, 101-78.
The Cyclones return nine letter
winners from that team. However,
*this year's edition hasn't performed
well thus far. Iowa State is off to a
1-7 start before last night's contest
with Northern Iowa, with its only
victory coming over Chaminade.
Senior 6-foot-9 center Victor Alex-
ander is averaging 21.8 points and
10.8 rebounds per game. He should
provide tough inside competition for
a rejuvenated Wolverine frontcourt.
Another senior, 6-foot-1 guard
Doug Collins, should challenge
ever-improving Michael Talley. Col-
lins is scoring 13.1 points and
doling out over four assists per
outing.
Bill Frieder will also appear on

Michigan's Dickensesque tour. The
Wolverines journey to Tempe to
participate in the Tempe-ASU Clas-
sic Tourney. If Michigan defeats No.
25 Texas in the first round, and if
the Sun Devils defeat Pennsylvania
the two will meet in the tournament
final.
This marks the first time
Michigan could possibly face its
former coach, who abandoned the
team immediately before the Wolver-
ines' championship run in 1989.
Texas is the second nationally-
ranked preseason opponent for Mich-
igan. The Longhorns should provide
another litmus test to the Wolver-
ines' level of improvement at this
stage. Texas stands at 3-2, but its
only defeats came against highly-
touted LSU and Oklahoma.
Frieder has Arizona State off to a
quick start. The Sun Devils are 4-1,
with two of their victories over
Kansas and New Mexico. Their lone
defeat came on a buzzer beater
against Drake.
The Wolverines open their
Christmas tour tonight versus Chi-
cago State. Last year, the Wolver-
ines won easily, 84-57. Tonight
may not be much different as the
Cougars bring an 0-5 record into
Crisler Arena.
Michigan should dominate the
inside. Chicago State's starting

center, Tony Barnes, stands only 6-
foot-6. Even though Wolverine
center Eric Riley is half a foot taller,
Barnes slightly outweighs him.
Riley has faced a weight disad-
vantage against tougher competition
and still performed well, so Barnes
really shouldn't cause a problem.
Between the trips to coaches past,
Michigan faces Marquette in Ann
Arbor. The Warriors almost defeated
the Maize and Blue in Milwaukee
last season, but the Wolverines
prevailed down the stretch, 82-73.
Marquette's record is 3-2, but the
Warriors should tally another victory
when they face Prairie View (Texas)
next week .
Ron Curry, a 6-foot-8 sophomore
transfer from the University of
Arizona, paces Marquette with 14.4
points and seven rebounds per game.
Rookie center Damon Key should
test Riley in the paint. In his first

collegiate game, Key tallied 14
points and snared six rebounds in an
87-74 defeat versus Duke.
Michigan will welcome 1991
with games against two of the Big
Ten's elite. January 3, the
Wolverines venture to Lansing's
Breslin Center. The No. 21 Spart-
ans (2-2) are led by all-American
senior Steve Smith. Michigan State
is expected to contend for the na-
tional title but has experienced some
rough going early in the season.
First Nebraska upset the Spartans
and a few days later Bowling Green
defeated them as well.
The Wolverines close out their
"vacation" at home against No. 8
Ohio State. The Buckeyes have
played up to expectations, compiling
a 4-0 record. Sophomore Jimmy
Jackson and senior Perry Carter have
engineered the streak through their
scoring and rebounding.

Hartwig Building dedicated
From Staff Reports
The Marie Hartwig Building was formally dedicated in a smallI
ceremony yesterday afternoon. Speaking at the dedication outside of what'-
was previously known as the Women's Athletics Building were U-M
Interim Athletic Director Jack Weidenbach, Associate Athletic Director
Phyllis Ocker and Marie Hartwig herself.
Hartwig worked at the University for over forty years in various
capacities, including as an instructor in the Department of Physical
Education for Women. In 1973, she was appointed Michigan's first,
Director for Women's Intercollegiate -Athletics. She retired from this
position in 1976 and from the University the following year.
Hartwig's legacy at Michigan has continued. Each year, the Hartwig
Award is given to the junior class female Athlete of the Year. The
Hartwig Scholarship is also awarded annually to a woman athlete(s) from
funds raised through the Alumnae Council Birthday greetings campaign.

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