Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, December 11, 1991
Main course on
by David Schechter
Daily Basketball Writer
Hors d'oeuvre hour is ending.
The Michigan basketball team
will begin working on its main
course of games after tomorrow's
contest against Eastern Michigan
(sort of a weenie in a blanket type
team) is over.
"The games that we're supposed
to win end on Thursday, and then we
play teams that are good," coach
Steve Fisher said.
The holiday schedule for Steve
Fisher's Wolverines is considerably
more difficult than their games to
date where Michigan's average mar-
gin of victory has been more than 31
The next four games are at home,
in order of date; Michigan faces
Eastern Michigan tomorrow night
at 7:30, Duke on Saturday at 3:45,
Central Michigan on Dec. 16, and
Rice on Dec. 21.
Dec. 28, the Wolverines will be
the showcase team in the Red Lob-
ster Classic in Orlando, Florida. The
tournament pits them against
Brigham Young in the opening
round and either Virginia Tech or
Florida in the second.
"Sure, we've got Duke on our
minds," team captain Freddie
Hunter said. "But we don't want to
look past Eastern, because once you
start overlooking games you can get
Iap for '~
Eastern Michigan, though pro-
gressing all the way to a game
against North Carolina in the
"Sweet 16" round of last year's
NCAA Tournament, is not the
threat it was. The Eagles graduated
five players including standouts
Charles and Carl Thomas -and
"Basically, Eastern is going to be
our toughest game to date.... Coach
(Ben) Braun does such a good job.
The challenge is probably going to
be keeping the guys focused on East-
ern," assistant coach Perry Watson
It sure can be hard to focus when
the NCAA National Champions are
breathing down your back. The Duke
Michigan guard Michael Talley receives another pass en route to the
basket against Cleveland State. He and his teammates look to extend
their three-game winning streak over Christmas break.
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game will test the cohesiveness of.
the Wolverines as well as their abil-
ity to deal with adversity.
As far as experience, Watson, i4
many ways, is just as new to the col-
lege game as this year's highly-'
touted newcomers. "I've coached as;
many big games as you can in high
school, but this is probably my,
biggest game thus far in my college,
career." Watson said.
"This will be a learning experi-
ence for the guys to go up against.
the Laitners, the Hurleys, the Grant
Hills, the Thomas Hills," he added.
Though it is the marquee game in,
this still young season, Duke will;
not provide the only challenge for
this young squad.
"We play legitimate contenders.,
Everyone knows that Duke is a cony
tender, but Rice is a contender foir
the Southwest conference. They'e a,
very good basketball team, and
could have very easily bea~citi
Michigan State in the Maui CIas,
sic," Fisher said.
Following the Rice game thc
players and coaches will get some
time off to spend with their fam-
lies, but then it's back to busine
down South in Orlando. Well, nod
The Wolverines are scheduled i;
spend a few extra days in Florida
see the sites and to go to Disnc
World. The Spurs, with form
Wolverine Sean Higgins, will alb
be in Orlando playing the Magi;
The Michigan team could be in tN
stands for that one.
"We're gonna go down there arrd
have some fun. But we're going
down there to take care of business
too," Watson said.
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