Saturday, 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 29, 1990
The Michigan Daily
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Monday, 7:30 p.m.
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Wolverines slow tempo
and find fundamentals
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
Sitting in on practice a month ago, it appeared to me that Michigan
coach Steve Fisher was spending half his time going over the fundamentals.
"STOP!" Fisher would yell during a scrimmage.
"Eric," he would address his star center Eric Riley. "How many times in
the last five possessions have you touched the ball?"
"Once," Riley would say.
"Chris," Fisher looked at forward Chris Seter. "How many times in the
last five possessions have you touched the ball?"
"None," Seter would say.
"Sam," Fisher would ask first-year forward Sam Mitchell. "How many
times in the last five possessions have you touched the ball?"
"None," Mitchell would say.
Two things were obvious to me. The team wasn't setting picks and no
one was passing.
Setting screens and passing are the fundamentals all coaches preach. This
is the part of the game that establishes teamwork and chemistry.
It is a lesson the Wolverines are slowly learning. In Michigan's first ex-
hibition game against a weak Latvian National team, the Wolverines had
only 16 assists. They totaled 121 points with a run-and-gun offense based
primarily on the fastbreak. A style that would work against a slow foreign
squad, but not against Big Ten opponents. Teams like Indiana, Michigan
State, or even Central Michigan for that matter, would be back on defense.
But last night, for the first time, the Wolverines slowed their offense
down. They set screens. They passed inside. And guess what, it worked.
Central Michigan was forced to play low on defense. Chippewa center
Dennis Kann had to play post-up defense on a much taller Riley. And as
soon as the guards sagged to the paint, the Michigan guards were free to
shoot from the outside.
The other surprise was Central only scored 26 points in the first half.
What happened to the Michigan defense that was allowing over a 100 points
The answer can be found by the fact that the game was being played at a
reasonable pace; the Wolverines were able to get back on defense. Most of
the points Michigan allowed in the exhibition season were off fastbreaks as
But as I said before, the Wolverines are only beginning to learn about
In the second half, Michigan came out and well, let Fisher describe it.
"We came out in the second half passive and lethargic."
His team stood around. There were few passes. Riley had only four
points. And after Central brought Michigan's lead down to seven points,
what did the Wolverines do?
They ran - and turned the ball over. They committed fouls and lost con-
trol of the tempo.
I'm not saying the team shouldn't run the floor. Wide open games are
fun to play and fun to watch. But a controlled tempo with some running and
some play sets is what wins games.
"We can play any style we want to play," guard Tony Tolbert said.
"Sometimes we got to push and sometimes we got to pull."
Fencing squad hopes to foil
State in weekend tourney
by Ken Davidoff.
Michigan rejects CMU,
by Jeff Sher
ketball season by
Chippewas in its
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the two halves.
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ted 10 turnovers it
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Wolverines commence season with erraticpla
i points and electrified the crowd with
1Writer several of his 11 rebounds. Seter
es opened their bas- added four p a rebounds
Sdefeating Central on the floor, while coachin
Mitchell from the bench.
hen lost to the "Sometimes Mitchell got too en-
second game, 37- thusiastic, but that's a freshman,"
Fisher said. "But he'looked excited
ings, last night's out there."
unts as a Maize and Kirk Taylor, who was not part of
Michigan defeated the starting lineup, played 26 min-
,72-63. However, utes and scored two points. He ro-
nput forth two tated with Tony Tolbert at the
nt performances in swingman slot; Tolbert netted 1
points. But according to Fisher, th
wih oret ad differences in the two guards' scoring
e did some good totals greatly belied their value on
st half," Michigan the floor.
er said. "We came "Kirk Taylor's probably our best
d half passive and defender," Fisher said. "He gave us
re not very good in .asome toughness and some aggres-
siveness. He manages to get a piece
a W olv einesinof the ball and get it back for
lay was defense Michigan and I like that."
an closed the first Demetrius Calip finished th
un, the Chippewas game with 13 points and four as-
)m the tunnel and -osists. Michael Talley shared the
the deficit down to point guard duties, chipping in with
:25 remaining. 10 points. His quick feet provided a
igan guard Sean boost to the Michigan defense.
his 14 points after ...For the final 3:22 of the contest,
, while forward Fisher fielded a four-guard lineup
added 10 of his 16 ' comprised of Talley, Tolbert, Calip,
l twenty minutes. Taylor and Riley.
ierle led all scorers "You'll probably see the four
JOSE JUAREZ/DaIy guards a lot when we're trying t4
walk out of here Sophomore Tony Tolbert Touches two of his 10 points off the glass protect a lead," Taylor said. "But we
Iod," CMU coach during the first half of Michigan's season-opening win over CMU. weren't that tight tonight. We
." while Michigan finished with 21. aged to stay out of foul trouble shouldn't have had 21 turnovers with
Central Michigan But Michigan owned the first throughout the contest. three guards out there most of the
)mpared with the half, as center Eric Riley notched 13 Chris Seter and Sam Mitchell night.
ach team commit- points in the stanza (17 overall). platooned at power forward and pro- "Once you get into the season,
n the first half, but Moreover, Riley closed the first half vided an effective complement to we'll start to play in synch and get
finici.kith 1c with nnr f feiu,1 inst him and man- Riley. Mitchell finished with nine our chemistry going."
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When you think of fencing, you
probably recall images of the Three
Musketeers or the little French
mouse from "Tom and Jerry."
However, the ancient sport is alive
and well here in Ann Arbor. The
Michigan fencing club faces its first
challenge of the season when it
competes in the Michigan Collegiate
Open at Michigan State this
Sophomore Sarah Hipp, president
of the club, enters the match
hopeful, yet unsure of how her
players will perform. Due to the
intramural wrestling tournament
going on this week, the fencers have
been unable to utilize the Sports
Coliseum, where they usually
Hipp will compete at women's
foil along with Laura Eilers, Bonny
Chen and Leah Beecher, if her knee
holds up. Starting at men's foil will
be Phillip Issa, Don Smouse and
Tom Coftantino. Russ Turner and
Nik Weber will contest at sabre,
while Eric McAlpine and Art
Liebold duel at epee.
Although this will be the club's
first match, it has participated in
three United States Fencing As-
sociation tournaments earlier this
year. Issa took first place in the 'D'
level ('A' being the best) and is
currently Michigan's top-ranked foil,
while Eilers placed second in one
meet, also at the 'D' level.
Despite the letdown of not being
able to practice this week, the team
"We should do pretty well,"
Turner said. "We have a lot of
people returning from last year.
Anyway, this tournament isn't as
much about winning as it is seeing
what the other schools are like and
what their weaknesses are."
by Jim Sagar
Optimism. This is the attitude of
the men's and women's crew teams
as both leave the water to begin
training indoors during the winter.
Comprised of three regattas, the
fall season recently concluded for
each squad. It was a season in which
both enjoyed success.
"We are very promising (for the
spring season). We are bigger this
year ... we have a lot more numbers
than usual," Jennifer Danner, presi-
dent of the women's crew club, said.
There is good reason for the op-
timistic attitude of Danner and other
crew members because of the success
of each squad in Elkhart, Indiana, in
the first regatta of the recent fall sea-
son. Michigan almost swept the
open division, with the women tak-
ing first and the men finishing sec-
ond, only two-hundredths of a second
behind the winning boat from
The men snatched another second
in the lightweight division. Third
place in the women's lightweight
division was captured by the Wolver-
ines, along with a seventh place in
the women's open four division.
While Michigan came up with an
excellent showing at the Elkhart re-
gatta, heavier competition lay ahead
in both Milwaukee and Boston. Nei-
ther the men's nor the women's
boats fared well in Milwaukee, and
Boston provided only slightly better
The Wolverines' top men's boat
finished 25th out of the 40 entrants,
while the women's top skull fin-
ished a more respectable 11th place.
But with the high finishes in the
Elkhart races, both teams have
something to look forward to for the
spring season. Following two to
three months of running, lifting
weights and training on the ergome-
ter (rowing machine), the teams will
open their second season.
Winter training will culminate
with Michigan crew's annual trip to
Tampa, Florida, during spring break.
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