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Ice Hockey
vs. Lake Superior State
Tonight and Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena


Men's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena

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The Michigan Daily

Friday, January 31, 1992

Page 1Q'

head for
osU, IU
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
While the Big Ten season is only
six games old for the Michigan
women's basketball team, the
Wolverines have reached what are
aruably their most important
games of the season - Ohio State
and Indiana.
After coming oft its first Big
Ten victory of the season last Friday
against Minnesota, Michigan (1-5 in
the Big Ten, 5-10 overall) is still in
serch of its first road victory. If
the Wolverines hope to stay in
shouting distance of the conference
leaders, Friday or Sunday's contests
would be ideal times to break into
th road victory column.
"Our goal is a split this week-
end," Michigan coach Bud Van-
DWege said. "We have got to pick
some road wins up sometime. Any-
thing past this is icing on the cake
and anything worse is agoing to be
Michigan's hope of achieving its
goal rose with the news that it will
regain the services of sophomore
forward Michelle Hall, who had
boen sidelined since early December
with a broken bone in her foot.
'Ohio State (1-4, 7-8) comes into
the weekend having struggled thus
far in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have
dropped four of their five confer-
ence games, their worst start ever in
the Big Ten. Despite this, Van-
DeWege feels that Ohio State might
b a dormant ogre, just waiting to be
-"Their 1-4 is aas misleading as our
15," VanDeWege said. "We're both
btter than that."
VanDeWege believes that the
similarities between the Buckeyes
and his team go beyond simply a
slow start.
"Ohio State has two outstanding
players in Averrill Roberts, who
has hurt us every time we've played
against her, and Nikki Keyton,
who's having a great year," Van-
DeWege said. "After that, they're
not unlike us at all. It's like, who's
going to play well that day. For us,
we've had a lot of inconsistency past
(center) Trish (Andrew). They're
the same thing, past those two, there
is some inconsistency."
Roberts, a junior guard, is fourth
inethe Big Ten in scoring, averaging
19.7 points per game. Despite suffer-
ing from a stress fracture, Keyton, a
junior forward, is the second leading
scorer for Ohio State, averaging 14.1
Indiana, fifth in the Big Ten, is
led by Shirley Bryant and her 17.1
points per game, good for seventh in
the conference.
"The Wolverines have not had
much success against Indiana. The
Hoosiers (3-2, 11-4) hold a 21-3 se-
rids edge against Michigan, which
last beat Indiana in 1987.
Indiana leads the Big Ten in scor-

ing, averaging 77.8 points per game
and also claims the top spot in scor-
ing margin with a 15.1 point advan-

Home at la
'M' opens homestand vs. 10th-

by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
A schedule that at first did not
look favorable for the Michigan
men's basketball team suddenly
looks a lot better.
Especially after Wednesday's 89-
79 overtime victory over Michigan
State in East Lansing, a victory that
upped the Wolverines' record to 12-
4 overall, and 4-3 in the Big Ten.
Michigan has played five of its
first seven games on the road, win-
ning three of those five contests in
very hostile arenas - Carver-
Hawkeye (Iowa), Assembly Hall
(Illinois) and then in front of an ex-
tremely vocal Breslin Center crowd
at Michigan State, much to the de-
light of coach Steve Fisher.
"This makes up for losing at
home to Purdue," Fisher said after
Wednesday's game. "That's three
road wins for us, which is kind of
Now Michigan can look forward
to five consecutive home conference
games, interrupted only by a non-
conference trip to play Notre Dame
Feb. 9.
The first of those, however, will
not offer much of a breather, as
10th-ranked Ohio State storms into
Ann Arbor after taking on Illinois
in Champaign last night. The Buck-
eyes stood at 4-1 in the Big Ten and

12-3 overall entering that contest,
after losing last Sunday to Seton
Ohio State is led by all-Ameri-
can Jimmy Jackson, who averages
23.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per
game. Down the stretch, Jackson has
cariied the Buckeyes on several occa-
sions this season.
Jackson keyed a furious Ohio
State comeback in the Buckeyes'
only Big Ten loss, a 91-83 defeat to
league-leading Indiana. He poured in
31 points that night, as Ohio State
erased a 19-point deficit with 26-2
run midway through the second
half, before faltering in the final
OSU coach Randy Ayers consid-
ers that type of streaky play a Buck-
eye weakness.
"Being a veteran ballclub, we
should be able, number one, to sus-
tain leads, and not be so inconsis-
tent," Ayers said. "I think that's
something we have to go back and
work at. Whenever we get at it from
a defensive standpoint, our offense
takes care of itself. When we have
problems from an offensive stand-
point, it's because of a lack of effort
on the defensive end."
Ayers has looked to much-publi-
cized transfer Lawrence Funder-
burke, who left Indiana two years
ago and has since enrolled at Ohio

ranked Bucks
State, for a spark off the bench. Sinceegr
becoming eligible during th&
semester break, Funderburke's playa
has been impressive.
"I think he's helped us from the:
standpoint of blocking shots," Ay-;
ers said. "That has really helped usl
We've never had that presence in the
middle yet."
But Ayers still plans to keep us-
ing Funderburke off the bench. Jack
son is joined by guards Jamaal
Brown and Mark Baker, forwa.. ?
Chris Jent, and center Bill Robinson
in the starting lineup.
"We feel at this time that our $
five starters have earned that by tie
way they practice everyday,". Ayers
said. "We feel that Lawrence gives,
us a nice spark off the bench, and for
that fact alone, that's why we're;
staying with our starting lineup."
Fisher will counter with ,a..
Michigan lineup that has come on ins,
its last two gamnes. The inside punch
of Juwan Howard and Chris Webberj,
has forced opposing defenses intq
zone situations.
That in turn opens up opportuni-
ties for Michael Talley, Jimnmy e
King, Jalen Rose and Wednesday's
hero, Rob Pelinka, who caine off the-"
bench to hit two clutch three-point-')
ers in the victory against the Spai-

Junior forward James Voskuil, shown elevating against Ohio State
superstar Jim Jackson, hopes to repeat the feat Sunday when the
Wolverines meet the Buckeyes at Crisler Arena.

Wrestlers seek
Crisler victory
by Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer
While it might not be a road match for the ninth-
ranked Michigan wrestling team (3-0-1 in the Big Ten,
7-0-1 overall) tomorrow night when it hosts Indiana
(2-8, 0-3), the Wolverines will be away from the
friendly confines of Cliff Keen Arena. A special event
at the Wolverines' usual lair has forced the team to
move to Crisler Arena for this weekend's matchup
with the Hoosiers.
While the change of venue might phase sum, the
Wolverines don't feel awkward about the move.
"We enjoy Crisler because it's where we train,"
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said. "With the (Cliff Keen)
national team duals coming up next weekend (at
Crisler), the match will get us acclimated to the
Bahr will start Matt Stout at 118 (pounds) to give
regular starter Dan Leemaster time to prepare for the
team duals next weekend.
"Matt wrestled (Indiana's Frank) Ingalls earlier in
the season, and did real well," Bahr said.
Overall, Michigan is older and more experienced
with "balance up and down the line," according to
The Wolverines will be led by all-Americans Joey
Gilbert, who ranks third in the country at 134 with a
30-3 record, and Lanny Green (20-6), who is ninth in the
nation at 177. The Rawls brothers also hope to con-
tinue their impressive seasons - James is 21-5, while
younger brother Jesse sports a 18-4 record.
Sophomores Brian IHarper (150) and Sean Bormet
(158), who are both ranked ninth in their respective
weight classes, will be competing for their 20th per-
sonal victories of the season.
As Indiana coach Joe McFarland is in the process of
rebuilding his squad, eight of the ten Hoosier weight
classes are filled by rookies and sophomores. Senior
Jeff Lyons (142) was an all-American two years ago
and provides leadership for the team.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for McFarland,
who had an impressive wrestling career for Michigan
under Bahr. He was a four time all-American (1981,
'82, '84, '85) and was the '84 Big Ten champion at 126.
As coach of Indiana's grapplers, he is 1-3 against the
Wolverines. Michigan leads the all-time series with
the Hoosiers, 45-19-3.

Michigan's Amy Malik, doing her best Gabriela Sabatini impersonation, prepares for Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines face the .
Eagles this weekend in their home opener at the Indoor Track and Tennis Building.
Tennis fans anticipate Sabatini vs. EMU

by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
When Amy Malik last checked, her
name wasn't in the Women's International
Tennis Association (WITA) rankings.
However, Malik's presence on the court
has stirred Michigan's tennis fans, many of
whom have the senior co-captain confused
for tennis star Gabriela Sabatini.
But Malik deserves part of the blame
for the confusion. She and several team-
mates have been circulating posters pictur-
ing Malik, identified as Sabatini, which
promote Michigan's home opener against
Eastern Michigan. tomorrow.
Malik said the posters, which were
spread throughout the Fishbowl and other
campus locations, were meant to draw fans
to the Eastern Michigan match, at which
Eagle fans traditionally outnumber sup-
porters for Michigan.

"People have come over to me thinking
I might be her and ask me for my auto-
graph," Malik said. "So we thought this
would attract our fans' attention."
Frequent calls to the athletic depart-
ment and other confusion prompted Malik
and her teammates to remove the posters,
but they seemed to have created the reac-
tion the players wanted.
"Women's sports need support too,"
co-captain Freddy Adam said. "We work
just as hard and it really helps to have peo-
ple there cheering us on."
After a fall season of individual tour-
naments and practice, this match against
Eastern will open Michigan's 1992 season
with its first dual meet of the year.
Due to new NCAA rules, the Wolver-
ines stopped practicing as a team in
November and started up again in January.
"It (Saturday) will be a big test - our

first competition as a team," senior Jen-
nifer Lev said. "The meet will most likely
set the tone for the whole season."
Ranked in the middle of the MAC con-
ference, EMU's competition will stein
from the local rivalry between the teams.
"They (Eastern) are always gunning for
us, so I'm sure it will be a very competi-
tive day," Michigan senior co-captain
Freddy Adam said.
Although Michigan's lineup is not fi-
nalized, six returning letterwinners are
competing for the singles spots, including
seniors Adam, Lev, Malik, Kim Pratt, and
junior Kalei Beamon.
Also competing for playing time are
transfer student Allison Schlonsky and
first-year students Liz Cyganiak, Jaimie
Fielding, and Simone Lacher.
The meet will be held at the Track and
Tennis Building at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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