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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Friday, January 24, 1992


cagers return to Crisler

Sophomore co-captain Webster leads Wisconsin

by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
Tracy Webster is a co-captain of
the Wisconsin men's basketball
team. That may not sound so un-
usual, except that Webster is a
sophomore. And because he was a
Proposition 48 casualty last year, he
did not play a game prior to this sea-
But as a result of of his skills on
the court and as a leader, his
teammates selected him, along with
senior Billy Douglass, to captain the
squad. The 5-foot-11 guard from the
Chicago suburb of Harvey has
certainly delivered, topping the
team in minutes played while
starting every game. He leads the
Badgers in scoring with 17.2 points
per game, good for fifth in the Big
Ten. He also ranks among conference
leaders in assists - with over five a
game - and steals.
"Tracy is just doing a great job
for us," Badger coach Steve Yoder
said. "I can't express to you, or I
think to anybody else, how fortu-
nate I think we are to have him in
our program and have him playing
the way he is, without having played
last year."

Webster is perhaps the best case
for proponents of the no practice
part of Prop 48. The current guide-
lines say that a player who has not
met Prop 48 academic requirements
cannot practice with the team and
loses one year of eligibility. Some
feel that athletes should be able to
workout with their team and the
loss of one year of eligibility is
enough penalty; while others argue
that an athlete in this case should
have to spend the entire first year
being solely a student.
Webster obviously has proven
that sitting out a year is not neces-
sarily as bad as it may seem.
"He's doing a lot of things for
us," Yoder said. "Obviously, he's a
great ballhandler and he runs our
offense. He's going to develop into a
fine perimeter shooter. He pene-
trates, he can give the ball up, and I
think he's learning defensively with
each game, so we just hope that he
continues to improve."
As Yoder said, Webster's
biggest weakness has been his
shooting. Even though he shoots 45
percent, he still is a dangerous three-
point threat. He is knocking down
treys at a 47 percent clip, including

5-11, Jan. 11 against Indiana.
Wisconsin (1-3 in the Big Ten,
10-7 overall) comes to Ann Arbor
tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the middle of
a three-game losing streak. The
Badgers opened the Big Ten schedule
with a 69-67 victory over
Northwestern, but have since lost
to Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois.
Unlike the -e
Wolverines, who
have played four
of their five con-
ference games
away from Cri-
sler, Wisconsin
began the year
with three con-
secutive home Webster
games. Now the
Badgers are in the midst of a four of
five stretch on the road.
Wisconsin should have a tough
time matching up inside with
Michigan (2-3, 10-4). Last year's Big
Ten rebounding leader, Patrick
Tompkins, graduated, and the top re-
turning rebounder is 6-foot-7 junior
Louis Ely, Webster's high school
teammate. Ely averaged a scant 1.8
boards per game last season.
"Rebounding has been a problem

for us, and we want to do a better
job in that area," Yoder said. "We
now have some guys who can get off
the floor, so we should be able to
get more second and third chances
than we have in the past."
Carlton McGee, a 6-foot-seven
forward paces the Badgers with five
rebounds a game. He is also the
Tracy is just doing a
great job for us.'
- Steve Yoder
Wisconsin coach
team's second-leading scorer with
11.8 points per contest. Another
Chicago-area product, Maywood
Proviso East's Michael Finley, a 6-
foot-6 frosh leaper and shooter, is
Wisconsin's No. 3 point producer at
10.7 per game.
"We're going home," Wolverine
frosh Chris Webber said. "We've
just got to regroup and play like the
Michigan team that did on Dec. 14
(against Duke).
"Good teams have to rise, and
win when your backs are against the
wall. You don't let up."

Chris Webber stuffs one down last week against Purdue.


Women gymnasts to face Buckeyes

Interfrater nity Council




Sunday, January



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January 27-

Thursday, January 30

by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
How bad are the injury problems
for the Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team? Bad.
Injuries are expected to keep
seven of the team's 15 gymnasts out
of action tomorrow when the team
travels to Columbus to face Ohio
State (0-0). With the dynamics of a
gymnastics meet, substitutes are a
luxury coach Bev Fry will not have.
"We might only have five people
perform on the vault Saturday," Fry
Normally, six gymnasts compete
on each apparatus, and the top five
scores are counted toward the team
total. If only five compete, there is
no room for error.
Last weekend, Michigan (2-0)
took its injury-riddled squad to
Pittsburgh, where it was victorious
in the Pitt Blue-Gold Classic.
However, last season's Big Ten
Freshman of the Year, Wendy
Wilkinson, injured her knee, which
will require surgery.
But Fry says, an analysis of
Michigan's young season would not
highlight the injuries, but the
teamwork to overcome them.
"Don't count us out of any-
thing," Fry said. "The kids are ready.
They are mentally and physically
tougher than I have ever seen them

in the last two years that I have been
Fry feels this mental and physical
toughness is enough to produce suc-
cessful results. With all the injuries,
the outlook for tomorrow's meet
with the Buckeyes, and the rest of
the season, remains positive.
"Obviously we want to go in and
Men tumblers
by Mike Hill
"It should be great. I'm really
looking forward to it," Michigan
men's gymnastics coach Bob Darden
You'd think anyone this excited
about a seven hour bus trip should
seek psychiatric help, but actually,
the men's gymnastics team isn't
used to the kind of comforts a bus
offers. The Wolverines usually
travel in vans driven by the coaches.
"Taking a bus will give me a
chance to talk to the guys and maybe
show some films," Darden said.
"It'll definitely be a lot more
The team will leave today after
classes in search of its first victory
of the young season. The long trip
will take the gymnasts to
Champaign, where tomorrow night
they will face two of the Big Ten's
tougher teams - Michigan State

get a win," Fry said. "We'll go in
and have each individual on the team
just perform to the best of their in-
dividual ability. If they can go out
there and do that, and if they are sat-
isfied with their own performance,
everything else will fall into place.
We can still break a school record
with the kids that we have."
roll to Illinois
and Illinois.
Both the Spartans and the Illini
participated in the Windy City
Invitational last weekend with
Michigan. And both teams placed
above the Wolverines with impres-
sive scores of 271.95 and 272.4, re-
spectively. Michigan finished in
eighth place with a paltry 261.65.
"Those teams are about where
we should be right now," Darden
said. "We hope to score somewhere
in the mid-270s."
The Wolverines have been work-
ing on balancing their focus in prac-
tice. "We've been trying to stress
the mental part of our routines
along with getting our reps in,"
Darden remarked .
Darden expects his troupe to re-
bound from its slow start, "It
should be a really competitive



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