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Men's Basketball
vs. Utah
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS
Friday, November 30, 1990

Women's Basketball
vs. Bowling Green
Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Page 11

FISHER'S SQUAD STILL ADJUSTING TO NEW FACES, NEW OFFENSE

Utah next test for

Michigan

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan men's basketball
team is still going through some
learning stages. The Wolverines
spent the exhibition games and
Wednesday's season opening victory
against Central Michigan learning
how to play together in a new of-
fense against outside competition.
And when people learn, they usually
make mistakes - mistakes that the
Wolverines hope to correct before
tomorrow's game against Utah.
"We talked after the (Central
Michigan) game, you've got to learn
from this. I like learning when you
win and I want to win and learn, and
get better and grow," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher said. "We're go-
ing to have to play a heck of a lot

smarter.
"We were not very good in the
second half (of the Central Michigan
game), but we're going to be better
against Utah... I promise. For 40
minutes and not for 20. We're going
to have to."
Michigan should gain some more
experience when the Utes bring their
3-0 record into Crisler arena tomor-
row afternoon. Utah is coming off a
two-point victory over Milwaukee-
Wisconsin Wednesday after easily de-
feating Cal-Davis and Seattle-Pacific
to open the season.
Though they have not played the
toughest competition thus far, the
Utes should be a tougher opponent
for Michigan than an in-state rival.
"I think (Michigan) is in the
same boat we're in," Utah coach

Rick Majerus said. "We don't know
a lot about each other... we're a
pretty young team, we only have
one senior on the roster."
Against smaller competition
Wednesday, Wolverine center Eric
Riley tallied 17 points, with only
four coming in the second half.
Tomorrow he will finally play
against a tested big man and the re-
sults should be enlightening for
Fisher and his coaching staff.
Josh Grant, a 6-foot-10 junior
and second-team all-WAC selection
last year, is averaging 18 points and
nine rebounds per game to pace the
Utes. If Grant poses too much trou-
ble for Riley, rookie Sam Mitchell,
who grabbed 11 rebounds Wednes-
day, will be called upon to pick up
the slack.

"I'm a big fan of Riley's. He's
got a lot of potential," Majerus said.
"I know Mitchell's an outstanding
player."
Another point of concern for
Fisher following Wednesday's per-
formance is Demetrius Calip. The
senior captain did not play up to ex-
pectations, dishing out only four as-
sists while scoring a paltry 13
points.
"For whatever reason Demetrius
Calip did not play like a veteran se-
nior," Fisher said. "If Calip plays
like he did in the first two exhibition
games then we, I think, look pretty
decent in the whole game. But,
that's something that we're going to
learn from, grow from and go from.
And hopefully we'll be a whole lot
better on Saturday."

JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
Carol Szczechowski battles for a loose ball against Michigan State.
The Wolverines go on the road to face Ohio University tomorrow.
'M' to pick on Ohio's
mortal flaws in Athens

Cheers not the norm for icers in Boston

y David Schechter,
-Daily Basketball Writer
;- Though tomorrow's game might
1e in Athens, the Michigan
,iomen's basketball team probably
*on't see any gods while they're
'there.
The Wolverines are slated to
play in Athens, Ohio against Ohio
University, who should'provide
'only a mortal performance. In last
ear's game, their first meeting
ever, Michigan thrashed the
Bobcats, winning by a 15-point
.margin, 75-60.
Ohio University used to be
known for a sluggish, defense-ori-
ented style of play. But things are
'speeding up for the Bobcats with
the addition of first-year coach
Marsha Reall. Ohio is in the midst
yof a revival, shifting its program to
a fast-paced offense.
'Michigan coach Bud VanDe-
Vege does not foresee a battle under
,the boards.
7 "We're expecting more from
-them, because they have a new
coach. They play a different game
style than a year ago," VanDeWege
said. "(Reall) goes with an up
ptempo style of basketball: pressing
and running."
The Wolverines are not worried
about keeping up with the Bobcats,
'though. They are mainly focused on

Ohio's talent, featuring 11 return-
ing letter-winners to this year's
squad.
"Their personnel is supposed to
be really good, and they're supposed
to have a really good press," for-
ward Trish Andrew said.
Early opponents like Ohio may
be surprised with what they see
from the Wolverines. Picked to fin-
ish sixth in the Big Ten, Michigan
defeated Grambling State and fol-
lowed up with a standout game
against national power Auburn in
the Dial Classic last weekend.
Guard Stacie McCall is excited
about the team's early progress.
"We're going to show them what
we can do. We're more advanced at
this point than we were last year,"
McCall said.
"I would like to see the poise
continue that we showed in the
Auburn tournament," VanDeWege
said, "especially in handling the full
court press. We're going to surprise
people. We're a lot better that peo-
ple expect us to be right now."
Tomorrow's game is one of
three non-conference games that
will gauge Michigan's performance
going into the Big Ten season. The
first conference game for Michigan
is against in-state rival Michigan
State.

by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
The Michigan hockey team plays
two games this weekend against na-
tionally-ranked teams, both of which
could be crucial when the NCAA
tournament selection committee
makes their decisions.
Actually, the Michigan hockey
team is playing two games this
weekend that don't mean a thing.
Confused?
Well, so is Michigan coach Red
Berenson as he tries to determine the
significance of the upcoming games
against Boston University and
Boston College.
Two years ago, the Wolverines
lost to both teams and stayed home
at tournament time despite a 22-15-4
record.
Thus, it was only natural that
Berenson expected to receive a post-
season invitation last year after the
Maize and Blue swept BU in two
games. Instead, the Terriers got the
bid while Michigan's season ended
early.
"We lose and they get the bid,"
Berenson said. "Then we win, and
they still get it. I don't know how it
works."
Although it is entirely too early
in the season to worry about NCAA
bids, the Wolverines may be enter-
taining those thoughts in the back of
their minds as they prepare for the
weekend games.

While Massachusetts may not be
far away, Berenson knows that East
Coast hockey is a world of difference
from the style in the friendly con-
fines of Yost Arena.
"When a team from the Midwest
plays on the East Coast, the referees
call the game much closer,"
Berenson said. "We'll have to be
careful of that."
The Wolverines' first stop on
their tour of Beantown is Boston
University. After a sluggish start,
the Terriers are on a roll, having
won five straight to improve their
record to 6-2-1.
"In the beginning of the season,
we were scoring well, but we were

giving up way too many goals,"
Terrier coach Jack Parker said.
"We're playing much more defen-
sively now."
The Terriers should present a
challenge for the Michigan defense,
as they boast sophomore forward
Tony Amonte, who had 25 goals and
33 assists last season. He shares the
bulk of the scoring burden with ju-
nior center Shawn McEachern, who
had an impressive point total of 56 a
year ago.
"Amonte may be one of the best
players in the nation," Parker said.
"He and McEachern make up our
most consistent line. They've been
the real catalysts for our offense."

Bostoi College is next on the
itinerary for the Wolverines, who
face the Eagles Sunday. While the
Eagles have their share of offense as
well, their real strength stands in
sophomore goaltender Scott La-
Grand, who boasted a 2.70 goals
against per game average last season.
In the only meeting between the
two teams this year, BC defeated
BU, 3-2, in a battle for supremacy in
the Hockey East conference.
"We played well and they still
won," Parker said of the game with
his cross-town rivals. "I thought
their defense might be vulnerable,
but their goaltending made up for
it.

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