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The Michigan Daily
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Blue neuters Terriers, 90-68
Michigan cures past ills in season's top performance
11 SeranMy Tou*
Fisher solves puzzle
with new starting lineup
Back in October, coach Steve Fisher felt like he was working for Milton
Bradley, not the Michigan basketball program. His lineup was a group of 14
players that resembled a jigsaw puzzle.
Demetrius Calip and Eric Riley were the corners - the pieces Fisher al-
ready knew where to place. Eventually, Fisher discovered how Michael
Talley interlocked with the rest of the puzzle. But now, five games into the
season, the picture behind all of the trial-and-error arranging has emerged.
Last night, Fisher found the picture beneath all the confusion. He solved
the puzzle by adding the final two pieces: Kirk Taylor and Sam Mitchell.
They received their first starts of the season over Tony Tolbert and Chris
Michigan thrashed Boston, 90-68. Now Fisher has switched employers,
from Milton Bradley to Dow.
The Wolverines exhibited a team chemistry on both offense and defense
that propelled them to a landslide victory. It's the chemistry the team has
been searching for, the one Michigan has spotted from a distance, but never
quite harnessed. Until now.
Taylor posted 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Did
someone say three-guard?
The 6-foot-four junior has shown he can play in the backcourt or the
frontcourt, at Crisler or Cameron, against zone or man-to-man. When he
plays the frontcourt, the "small" in small forward is stressed. So we'll call
him a quick forward, with the accent in the same place.
Taylor is so much more valuable to the team as a starter than as a sixth
man - even if he plays the same number of total minutes. He attacks the
opposing team with intense defense, and dictates the aggressive tempo of
Michigan's play that Tolbert simply doesn't initiate.
Mitchell used to play the perimeter, but he has proven he can work in-
side as well. Initially, Fisher started Seter because of the way he comple-
mented Riley in the middle. Mitchell has achieved that and more.
Taylor found superlatives for Michigan's new team chemistry inside and
outside. "The chemistry is perfect. You could just feel it out there."
That total team chemistry appeared on the statistic sheet as well. The
Wolverines recorded 21 assists - they had six against Duke - and illus-
trated an unselfishness that had been rare in previous games.
Granted, the assist total was bound to increase in Michigan's first game
agtinst a zone defense. But the new attitude also showed on fast breaks.
With 6:01 remaining in the first half, Calip fed Sam Mitchell in the low
post. Mitchell touched the ball to Taylor for a dazzling layup, upping the
Wolverine lead to 36-15.
Two passes inside the paint? Fans probably had to look at their ticket
stubs to make sure they were in Crisler watching the same Michigan squad.
Give Fisher credit. He didn't even have a boxtop to look at.
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
Last Saturday, Duke taught
Michigan a few lessons. Last night,
the Wolverines showed that they're
good students bynteaching the same
lessons to Boston University in the
90-68 rout at Crisler Arena.
Lesson number one:
Hang on to the ball. Michigan
had only two turnovers in the first
half. It was the first game Michigan
has kept their giveaway total under
Lesson number two:
Set the tone of the game. The
student who gets an A+ here is guard
Kirk Taylor. In his first start of the
year, he put the Wolverines on top
first by nailing an eight-footer from
the top of the key. He didn't slow
down a bit, offensively or defen-
"The difference was, it was the
same thing as in the Duke game,
they came out and they (Duke) were
the aggressor," Taylor said. "They
made us react to them. Therefore, we
turned the ball over. See, that's what
we did to them (Boston). We were
the aggressor. We made them react
to us, and we put pressure on them."
Lesson number three:
Defense is the best offense.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher went
with a more defensive line-up, start-
ing Taylor and Sam Mitchell in
replace of forwards Tony Tolbert and
The Wolverines pressed Boston
and used the man-to-man defense to
hold the Terriers to 32 percent
shooting for the first half and only
"As long as we do it the way we
did it tonight, our defense will work
against anyone," Mitchell said.
Lesson number four-
Put two solid halves together. In
the past, Michigan has developed a
habit of building a big lead, only to
see it evaporate in the second half.
Against Duke it was just the
opposite, the Wolverines played
poorly in the first half and then came
back in the final minutes.
"We talked a little bit about the
press, making bets as to how
Michigan guard Demetrius Calip soars for two of his team-leading 19 points against Boston University last
night at Crisler Arena.
B9STON UNIVERSITY (681
Pliyer iFO Fr R A Pl' 11
DAy 0-2 0-0 5 3 4 0
Scott 7-9 0-0 8 2 4 14
Jarvis R. 3-15 0-0 5 1 1 6
Hon 1~ -2 2 2 1 4
Stewart 3-13 0-0 1 2 2 8
Brown '5-12 2-2 7 0 1 12
Daly 2-5 0-0 5 2 2 5
JavisM. 0-1 0-0 1 0 2 0
Harris 6-11 2.4 4 0 4 15
Olmstead 1-4 2-4 2 2 0 4
Rdsu-Myles0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0
Manopls 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
TOisis 28-75 7-12 46 14 21 68
3-pt. goals: 5-16 (Stewart 2-9, Daly 1-1, Holden 1-1, Harris
1-2. Davy 0- 1. R. Jarvis 0-1, Olmastead 0-1). FG%-.373, 3-
pt. FG%-313, Fr%-.583. BIks: 3 (Scott 1, R. Jarvis 1,
Harris 1). Turnovers: 25. Steals: 7 (HoAden 2, Harris 2,
O nsed2Daly 1.
quickly it will take this to get to be
a ten-point lead," Fisher said. "We
tried to do the opposite, and today
we did just that."
To open the second stanza, the
Michigan starters jumped all over
the Terriers once again to push the
lead up to 31 points.
This allowed Fisher to give
significant minutes to first-year
players Rich "Kid 'N' Play" McIver
and Jason Bossard. Each saw action
for thirteen minutes.
McIver was strong underneath the
boards, grabbing six rebounds, and
playing solid defense. But, to the
disappointment of the crowd, he
missed two dunks. For the first one,
he was only a foot from the bucket,
but when he went up with the ball,
he slammed it into the rim.
"I thought I had it when I went
up," McIver said. "I guess the rim
just told me I can't have it. I do it
everyday. I guess I was too eager. I
wanted to dunk for the first time in a
game. But not tonight."
Captain Demetrius Calip was
also impressive with his outsidgr
shooting. He nailed five three
pointers, giving him a game-high "
nineteen points. -
Michigan took 24 three-pointers
in the game, since the the Terrier
played a zone defense. It was the first
time the Wolverines had faced the ;
zone all year.
3-pt goals: 8-24(Calip 5-11, Bossard 1-1, Pelinka 1-3,
Tolbert 1-5, Taylor 0-2. Talley 0-2) FG%- .472, 3-pt FG%-
.333, FT%- .609. Blks.: 4 (McIver 2, Riley 1,Tolbertl).
Turnovers: 16. Steals: 13 (Talley 6, Taylor 3, Mitchell 2,
McIver 1, Tolbert 1).
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