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Men's Gymnastics
vs. Minnesota
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Sunday, 2 p.m.
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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, January 9, 1992

Page 10

AGGRESSIVE HAWKEYE DEFENSE WORRIES FISHER
Iowa to press Blue in opener

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by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
Freddie Hunter is starting to
like these trips to Iowa. Last year,
when Michigan travelled to face the
Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Hunter
made his first appearance in a
Wolverine uniform after joining the
team as a walk-on.
Today, Hunter will play his first
game as a scholarship player, when
Michigan (8-1) faces Iowa (8-2) in
the first 1991-92 Big Ten contest
for both squads at 7:30 p.m.
"I remember going to Iowa last
year," Hunter said. "I'll never for-
get that, my first game and every-
thing. But I'm looking forward to
the scholarship. I always wanted it.
It's always been in the back of my
mind."
Hunter, a senior captain, heard
from coach Steve Fisher after
practice Tuesday that he would be
put on full scholarship immedi-
ately.
The vacated slot came as a result
of sophomore forward Sam
Mitchell's decision to transfer for
the second semester. Mitchell an-

nounced yesterday that he will
transfer to Cleveland State to play
for former Michigan assistant coach
Mike Boyd.
"Anytime you leave a school you
want to go someplace where you
feel comfortable, where you know
the personnel," Boyd said. "Sam
-felt comfortable with the coaching
staff here, and I had a part in recruit-
ing Sam at Michigan. We're pleased
to have him here. He can be an im-
pact player for us."
This year, five of Hunter's
teammates will be seeing their first
Big Ten action. Fisher isn't sure how
that will affect them.
"It'll be a very difficult game
for us," Fisher said. "It'll be inter-
esting to see how they react. For
some of them it will be their first
time in Carver-Hawkeye (Arena).
"We've got four of our first five
games out on the road, so if we can
sneak a couple of games we'll be in
great shape," Fisher said. "But, if
we can't win a couple, then we'll be
at the point where we have to win
just to get back in the race."

Making matters worse for the
relatively untested Wolverines
tonight will be Iowa's full-court
press, a trademark of Hawkeye coach
Tom Davis' teams.
"They come at you with that
suffocating press," Fisher said.
"It's what starts their offense. They
try to force you into making mis-
takes."
Michigan, despite its youth, has
improved tremendously in that area.
Early on, the Wolverines were turn-
ing the ball over with regularity.
But against top-ranked Duke, the
first-year players were able to han-
dle the pressure defense.
"You just never know how the
press will affect a team," Davis
said. "Sometimes, the press will
make great players better. Some-
times, it gets them out of their
game. Hopefully, it's just one facet
of the game."
When teams are able to break the
Iowa press, they aren't guaranteed
an easy basket. Junior center Acie
Earl, who led the conference in
blocked shots his first two years,

anchors the defense for Davis.

Earl also leads the Hawkeyes in
scoring (21.7 ppg) and rebounding
(9.8), and he is again averaging
nearly four blocks a game. Guard-
James Moses (14.1) and forward
Chris Street (10.1) both average,
double figures in points as well.
The addition of sophomore point
guard Kevin Smith - he was aca
demically ineligible for the first
semester - facilitated the switch
of junior Val Barnes to shooting
guard from the point.

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"Val had been playing at both
the point and at two guard," Davis
said. "So the change will help.
Kevin adds a quickness dimension to
our team that we need."
Michigan's resources might be
hampered a bit by injuries. Juwan
Howard fell during practice last
week and missed three days because
of an injured hand and sore back. He
returned to practice Tuesday. James
Voskuil injured an ankle over win
ter break but will also play tonight.

KRISIOFFEH GILLEI T/Daily
Chris Webber and the rest of the 8-1 Wolverines will be put to the test in
their Big Ten opener at Iowa tonight.

-AOCKEYNTEBK-A
HOCKEY NOTEBOOK

Lineup change leads
to rookie openings

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by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
This weekend's hockey series against Notre
Dame should have Wolverine forwards Anton
Fiodorov and Vaclav Nedamansky see their
first action of the season. Michigan coach Red
Berenson is planning on dressing the two for
tomorrow's game at Notre Dame. They will
team with Ron Sacka on the Wolverines'
fourth line, replacing the line of Mike Stone,
Mike Knuble and Rick Willis tomorrow.
"We want to see what these guys can do to
help the team," Berenson said. "We want to see
what potential contributions they can make to
the team. We're going to need our depth some
time this season."
Berenson has not decided whether the trio
will play in Saturday's game. Also tomorrow,
the Wolverines will return to dressing the usual

six defenseman. Doug Evans is expected to sit
tomorrow but should return Saturday. In addi-
tion, defenseman Mark Sakala should see his
first ice time Saturday.
Steve Shields is scheduled to start Friday's
game between the pipes with Chris Gordon ex-
pected to get the nod Saturday.
EXPANSION: Monday, the Central Colle-
giate Hockey Association announced that
Alaska-Fairbanks would join the conference
next season as an affiliate member. However, the
Wolverines are not certain whether the Nanooks
will appear on their schedule next season.
NCAA legislation limits the number of reg-
ular season games for a team to 34 and with the
addition of Kent State and Notre Dame to the
CCHA next season, Michigan has 30 dates al-
ready filled. Michigan will once again compete
in the Great Lakes Invitational with perennial

participants Michigan State and Michigan Tech,
as well as Northern Michigan.
Berenson is unsure how he will fill the re-
maining two dates. However, games played at
Alaska do not count against a team's 34-game
limit.
Next year's expansion will also bring about
a change in the playoff format. All 12 teams
will qualify for the CCHA Championships,
with the top four teams receiving byes. The bot-
tom eight schools will play a single elimination
game the first Tuesday after the regular season.
The winners will go on and play the top four
teams in best-of-three series before moving to
the final four at Joe Louis Arena.
Berenson feels the reasoning behind expan-
sion was the increasing difficultly for an inde-
pendent to compete nationally.

Chris Gordon makes the save against Illinois-Chica
against Notre Dame Saturday and Steve Shields w

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"The coast has the most."
This rhyme best summarizes the.'
Michigan women's swimming
team's holiday excursion to Cali-
fornia. The Wolverines were,,
thumped in dual competition by the,
UCLA Bruins, 173-104, and thee
USC Trojans, 128-115.
Against the Bruins, Michigan
mustered only two victories out of
10 races. Junior Missy McCracken
and senior Lisa Anderson claimed'
Michigan's only victories - in the
200-meter butterfly and the 400-
meter individual medley, respec-
tively.
The Bruins jumped on the
Wolverines early, taking the top
two places in the meet's .initial
event, the 400-meter medley relay.
Sweeps of the top three places in the
100-meter backstroke, 50-meter and
100-meter freestyle also fueled the
Bruin effort.
Two days later, against USC, the~r
Wolverines entered the final event
trailing by only four points. How-
ever, the Trojans claimed the pivotal
race, securing the victory, 128-115.
"This meet was totally excit-"
ing," senior co-captain Jen Love said.
"People were exciting that we were -
wmigswimming with them and had a~
chance to beat them."
Senior Michelle Swix, junior
Kirsten Silvester, and rookies Lara
Hooiveld and Alecia Humphrey
also contributed with victories
against the Trojans.

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