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Ice Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Wrestling
Cliff Keen National Team Duals
Tomorow and Sunday, all day
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, February 7, 1992

Page 10

No. 1 'M' icers face
hard-luck Falcons

Erratic 'M' to face

by Andy Do Korte
Daily Sports Writer
Did you hear about the one that
got away? How about eight more
times. The last nine losses suffered
by the Bowling Green hockey team
have each been by a single goal. The
nip and tuck affairs go back even
further - 14 of their last 16 games
have been decided by fewer than two
goals.
The Falcons' misfortune has
dropped them (4-15-4 CCHA, 5-15-
5 overall) into an eighth-place tie
with Ohio State in the CCHA.
While the second-place
Wolverines (14-4-3, 20-4-3) will
have every statistical advantage
when they play BG tonight in
Bowling Green and tomorrow at
Yost, Michigan coach Red Berenson
is still concerned.
"I think they've had some goal-
tending problems, and they have
suffered from injuries as well,"
Berenson said. "They have tradition-
ally been strong in the second half
of the season, if they get the goal-
tending, they could stay with us.
They scored six goals against Lake
(Superior) at home, and we didn't do
that in a series. Their best hockey
could still be coming."
To remedy the goaltending woes,
BG coach Jerry York plans to use
Will Clarke. "We're probably go-
ing to play Clarke Friday," York
said. "He'sya freshman but he's been
coming on pretty well."
York admits his team's best shot
at a victory will be tonight because
it will be in the friendly confines of
BGSU Ice Arena, and Berenson
knows it.
"When I first came into the
league I thought they had the great-

together at the right time."
However, for this weekend the
Wolverines will have to contend
with BG's high-scoring duo - Peter
Holmes (21 goals, 28 assists) and
Martin Jiranek (21, 20).
"We always have high expecta-
tions," York said. "We're not going
to shy away from them. We have
been very competitive and feel we
have the personnel to.win some of
our one goal games. Peter and Marty
are both having career years."
Injuries have really hurt the
Falcons defensive efforts. Last
weekend against OSU they suited
only four defensemen, one of whom
was primarily a forward. Captain
Otis Plageman (broken foot) and
Ken Klee (knee), perhaps BG's best
defenseman, have been out for over a
month. The Falcons expect Rick
Mullins (knee) to return tonight,
but Jeff Wells (back) and Glen
Mears (shoulder) are both question-
able.
Michigan's depth is unques-
tioned by York.
"I wish I could say one or two
players, but they have too many
scorers to let us concentrate on any
one," York said. "Felsner, (Mark)
Ouimet, and (David) Oliver all
score well. Ted Kramer is having a
great season as well."

new Irish
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
thinks he has problems. The perfor-
mance of his Wolverines has been
erratic and frustrating. It must be
difficult to integrate five new play-
ers into an established program.
But first-year Notre Dame coach
John MacLeod has it really tough.
New coach. New players. New sys-
tem.
The Fighting Irish will host the
No. 15-ranked Wolverines (13-5) on
Sunday in a nationally-televised
(NBC, 12:30 p.m.) contest.
The bright moments of Notre
Dame's season have been very bright
indeed. The Irish upset No. 6-ranked
North Carolina in Madison Square
Garden last month.
MacLeod's young squad hit rock
bottom Tuesday night, when it lost
at home to Detroit-Mercy, 72-70.
"This is a hungry team," senior
Laphonso Ellis said. "We know we
can upset some teams and we know
we can get beat by anybody."
The profound inconsistencies in
the Irish fortunes have been at-
tributed to experience, talent, and
the new coach. Notre Dame has only
five juniors and seniors, and the pro-
cess of integrating MacLeod's new
program has been painstaking.

system
The talent pool in South Bend is
better than average. Ellis, Elmer
Bennett, and Daimon Sweet are solid
college players. Yet MacLeod took
over a declining program which left
him with a severe dropoff in basket-
ball talent. This disadvantage was
compounded by MacLeod's com-
plete revamping of the Irish style of
play. The growing pains have been
extensive.
"I like an up-tempo game with
man-to-man defense," MacLeod
said. "Those are major changes for
our guys. Early on, they weren't
getting the hang of it. We just
weren't executing. But since
(January), we've started to score off
the fast break. I think we can do it."
MacLeod, who came to Notre
Dame from the New York Knicks,
coached in the NBA for 18 years. He
decided to leave the pro ranks to live
a new lifestyle - one where he
could spend time with his family
and recruit his own players.
"My last couple of years in pro
ball, I thought if a good college op-
portunity came along I would be re-
ceptive," MacLeod said. "Notre
Dame popped up and it appealed to
me. I enjoyed pro ball for 18 years.
And I'm enjoying this."
Michigan, which has won three
of its last four, takes a pit stop
halfway through its Big Ten road"
rally. The diversion may distract the
focus of Fisher's squad, but the
schedule-makers had the final word.
"I'm not strongly in favor of
playing non-conference games in'
January or February," Fisher said.
"We did it because we want to play
Notre Dame. The only time they
could fit us into their schedule was
in the middle of the Big Ten sea-
son."
The quixotic Wolverines may
benefit from the side trip. They fol-
low the Irish contest with three
consecutive home games - games'
which could toss Michigan back
into a conference title run.
"I would prefer not to do the
(trip)," Fisher said. "But it's a good
change of pace for us."

Wolverine Michael Talley handles the ball during Wednesday's victory over
Northwestern. Michigan will attempt to handle Notre Dame Sunday in
South Bend.

Women cagers look for inspiration at MSU

by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer

While the Michigan women's
basketball team has had trouble fo-
cusing on its opponents thus far in
the Big Ten season, tonight's
matchup might prove to be some-
what different for the Wolverines.
Then again, Michigan State is no or-
dinary opponent.
In a battle for state bragging
rights, Michigan ventures to East
Lansing looking for the spark which
might ignite the Wolverines' dor-
mant offensive engine.
"I hope (the rivalry) has a great.
effect on us," Michigan coach Bud
VaxiDeWege said. "We need some
inspiration and a reason to get pas-
sionate and excited and (the rivalry)
will help us. I hope it has a big im-
pact on us because we need a boost."
The Wolverines (1-7 in the Big
Ten, 5-12 overall), who are off to
their worst start in the Big Ten
since 1989, have had difficulty scor-
ing. Michigan has shot over 40 per-
cent in seven of its 17 games this
season and is 41.9 percent from the
field for the year. While the effort
has been present, consistency has
been missing.
As for Michigan State (5-3, 11-
7), a squad which was predicted to
finish near the top of the Big Ten in
the preseason, its 1991-92 campaign
can be characterized as slightly er-
ratic. The Spartans have defeated
such heavyweights as Purdue and
Northwestern but have lost to Ohio
State, a squad in the lower division
of the Big Ten.
"We felt we were going to have
a little bit better non-conference

season and it didn't work out,"
Michigan State coach Karen Lange-
land said. "However, we've made
some improvements and are pretty
much where we want to be. Despite
that, we're looking for a strong fin-
ish in the second half."
Michigan will concentrate par-
ticularly on two Spartan juniors -
guard Marline Ferguson and
Sheronda Mayo. Ferguson leads
Michigan State in scoring with a
14.6 point average. Co-captain Mayo
is averaging 10.2 points per game
and is the Spartans all-time field
goal percentage leader.
"Ferguson and Mayo are the keys

to that team," VanDeWege said.
"Ferguson runs the whole show
with a nice steady hand and she's
having a great season and Mayo is a
tremendous inside player. Those
two pose a particular concern."
Yet despite the need to contain
Ferguson and Mayo, VanDeWege
feels the Wolverines must concen-
trate on their own play.
"We've got to make sure that we
do some things well and make sure
we keep them on the run a little
bit," VanDeWege said. "We're just
going to try and go in there and
worry about doing Michigan stuff
and make them react to us."

Among the Wolverines who
must step up is center Trish An-
drew. After starting the conference
schedule as the lone constant for
Michigan, Andrew has been stymied
of late.
"Trish and Char (Durand) strug-
gled last weekend," VanDeWege
said. "We need those two to play
well (tonight), that's all there is to
it. They're two people who have had
the spirit and the spunk in practice.
We need to see them step forward."
But when all is said and done it
comes down to one thing - Michi-
gan vs. Michigan State.

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Jiranek
est home ice advantage," Berenson
said. "We had guys who didn't want
to get on the bus because they knew
what it was like down there."
Senior Mike Helber character-
ized BG's fans as "loud, rude, and
obnoxious," - perfect for the home
team.
Right now, Michigan has several
Wolverines who know what it takes
to win and will refuse to let last
weekend's sweep against LSSU af-
fect their play.
"No time for a letdown," Denny
Felsner said. "I think our team is re-
ally coming together, and I think
that's what we really need to work
on for the rest of the season, to come

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