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by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
Thursday, November 15, 1990
AUBURN HILLS - Whew!
I got tired just watching them play.
Maybe, the reason Michigan scored 121 points against Latvian National
last night is because the NCAA tournament loss to Loyola Marymount is
still fresh in Coach Steve Fisher's mind.
"We had 148 points scored against us last year, I wanted to do it to
someone else," Fisher said.
The Wolverines opened with their three-guard offense and utilized the
strategy throughout the night. Fisher countered his team's small size
problem by running - and then running some more.
There were only a few times Michigan walked the ball to the other end of
the court. Instead, the starting guards appeared to be sprinting.
About a minute into the game, guard Tony Tolbert yelled to backcourt
mate Demetrius Calip, "Come on, let's open it up."
Open it up they did, as the Wolverines scored 61 points in the first half.
The Latvian Nationals seemed to be a step slower than Michigan all
evening, although no one looks fast in black shoes and red striped socks.
The Latvian team often found themselves fouling Michigan just so they
could take a breather at the free throw line. Both Igors Miglikieks and Janis
Laksa had four fouls before the half had even ended. The problem with this
style of play and the reason it might not work in the Big Ten is that there is
little defense at the other end. With only two players in the lineup over six-
foot-four, anyone can post-up against Michigan.
Riley is also forced to guard the weakest offensive big man because he
can't get in foul trouble. In last night's contest, this left six-foot-nine
forward Chris Seter guarding the much bulkier six-foot-ten Andrejs
Bondarenko. The Latvian was able to exploit his advantage by scoring 18
"I don't mind it," Seter said of guarding the big man. "We've got to keep
Eric out of foul trouble. We need him in the game more. I'll do what I have
to do. I like playing defense."
Does it worry Fisher that Seter has to cover a larger man? "A whole lot,"
Fisher said. "I'm looking for someone else to guard that guy, but he looks
to me to be the best we've got. So, we've got to make him better and bring
a couple more people along. I've got to have Riley in the game."
What was surprising is the way the Michigan bench was able to rotate in
at the same tempo as the starters had established.
"The guys coming off the bench seem to give a boost instead of slowing
us down," Fisher said. "If you're going to go up and down at that tempo
you've got to have at least an eight man rotation. Hopefully, we'll have
The team also seems to enjoy pushing the ball up.
"It's definitely a pace we like, because we have a three-guard attack,"
Calip said. "We like getting up and down the court. If we can stay ahead,
we'll do well."
Rarely did Michigan whittle the shot clock down to less than 30 seconds,
but it really didn't matter. The one time the Wolverines worked the 45-
second clock below five seconds, Michigan missed the shot.
Fisher is smart enough to know that he can't afford to slow his team
down, and after the game he admitted that he didn't try to alter the pace.
As long as Michigan can keep producing fresh bodies from the bench,
don't look for the squad to slow down any time soon.
But one thing is for sure, the run-and-gun offense will be exciting for the
fans, even if they're exhausted at the end.
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
by Andrew Gottesman
Daily Basketball Writer
AUBURN HILLS - While the Michigan men s
basketball team may not have broken into the 1990,91
season in an impressive manner, they certainly did it
Senior guard Demetrius Calip and sophomore center
Eric Riley runned-and-gunned the Wolverines and their
new three-guard offense to a 121-107 exhibition victpry
over the Latvian National Team at the Palace of Aubur
Hills last night.
"The one thing we still have to work on is our
defense," Calip said. "It's definitely a pace we like
because we have a three-guard attack so we like getting
up and down the court. If we can stay ahead, we'll-do
Calip saw to that by leading the Wolverines to 34
points, while Riley chipped in 25 points, 13 rebounds,
and four blocked shots. Forwards Karlis Muizniekd and
Igors Miglikieks paced the Latvians with 31 and 3
Michigan jumped out to a 7-2 lead two minutes after
tipoff and never trailed in a fast-paced game. The lead
fluctuated between two and 13 points during the first
half as the sloppy Wolverines, who outran themselvy$,
couldn't shake the Latvians.
Several defensive mistakes and early season
problems with the three-guard offense involving Calip
and sophomores Michael Talley and Tony Tolbert kept
Michigan from pulling away.
"We gave up a lot of points, too. When we'rn
running the floor, spreading out, we've got some pretty
good shooters," coach Steve Fisher said. "When you re
shooting it in you want them to shoot it. At times,
you've got to know when to push it and when to pull it
The Wolverines put it together early in the second
half, as Calip hit three three-pointers in two and a half
minutes to stretch the lead to 80-61 and close the ddor
on the Latvians.
Michigan increased its margin to 24 points late in
the game before cruising to the victory.
Rookie Sam Mitchell saw 16 minutes an
contributed six points in his debut. Kirk Taylor;
playing in his first game since the spring of 1989,
played 21 minutes and tossed in 13 points.
The Wolverines return to the Palace next Wednesday
to take on Athletes In Action for their second and finAl
exhibition game of the season.
Michigan guard Tony Tolbert chases after a loose ball against the Latvian team last night.
Howard and King officially
commit to 'M' basketball
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writer
The first day of the early signing period for
basketball recruits is traditionally less eventful
than the weeks leading up to it.
Yesterday was no different.
Michigan received letters of intent from1
Juwan Howard (Chicago) and Jimmy King
(Plano, Texas), both of whom verbally
committed to the Wolverines earlier in
"I'm very pleased these two student athletes
have decided to attend Michigan," coach Steve
Fisher said. "They're superb basketball players
and great young men who have the attitude and
desire it takes to win at this level.
Fisher also had praise for King.
"Jimmy is going to excite Michigan fans in
the years to come," he said.
No other recruit signed with Michigan
yesterday. However, the early signing period
lasts until next Wednesday. If a player does not;
officially commit before that time, he must
wait until the April signing period.
Chris Webber, Detroit Country Day High
School's franchise recruit, made no statement
regarding his choice of college. Michigan
State, Michigan, and Minnesota are considered
the 6-foot-10 forward's favorite schools.
The fact that Webber did not commit does
not change the widely-held belief that he will
indeed sign before next week. Rumors that
Webber is weary of the recruiting process
persist, despite the fact that he made no
If Webber does not commit before next
Wednesday, many previously eliminated
schools will resume their efforts to sign him.
The consensus is that he will commit within
the next few days.
Ray Jackson (Austin, Texas) did not sign a
letter of intent yesterday. His final choices are
Georgetown and Michigan, and he is expected
to sign by next Wednesday.
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