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Men's Basketball
vs. Purdue
Tonight, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Men's Swimming and Diving
vs. Stanford
Friday, 7 p.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

The Michigan Daily Wednesday, January 15, 1992 Page 9

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ready for Boilers

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Wolverines hope to run Purdue

by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
Gene Keady wants a repeat. Steve
Fisher doesn't. But only one of the
two coaches in tonight's Michigan-
Purdue matchup will get his wish.
The other will see his team drop to
1-2 in Big Ten play.
Michigan (9-2 overall) will
look to bounce back from a disap-
pointing 73-64 loss at Minnesota
that came on' the heels of an over-
time victory at Iowa.
Meanwhile, Purdue (9-5) has
played 90 minutes of basketball in
its first two games - an overtime
loss last Wednesday at Illinois fol-
lowed by an overtime victory
Saturday over Iowa in West
Lafayette.
All that leads Keady to believe
that Michigan has a rather large ad-
vantage.
"I think they'll bounce back
great, because I don't think that
coach Fisher will let them be
down," Keady said. "We know
they'll be ready for their first home
game in the Big Ten. Unfortunately,
we have to be the team that goes in
there first. We're probably playing
them at a bad time."
Fisher, who gave his team the day
off Monday, hopes Keady is right.
"I'm positive that we're going

to play hard," Fisher said. "But
we've also got to play smart. (The
players) worked hard this week. But
we weren't so good with our execu-
tion in practice. That worries, me
,----'11 "

out of Crisler
"If we run with people that have
more experience than us and have
better players, we're going to get
killed."
Purdue will count on the leader-
ship of senior guard Woody Austin
to try to slow down the pace.
Austin has improved steadily this
fall after having his season cut short
last year when he was declared aca-
demically ineligible for the second
semester.
"It took him a while to get back
into the flow of things," Keady
said. "He's using the offense to his
advantage, coming off screens and
squaring up. He's not doing some of
the things that maybe you pick up
during a layoff."
Austin is the focal point of
Purdue's offense, leading three
Boilermakers in double figures with
16.8 points a game. Center Craig
Riley and first-year guard Matt
Waddell both average 10.8. Riley lit
up the Wolverines last year in Ann
Arbor, scoring 23 points with seven
rebounds in an 83-77 victory.
"We've been working on keeping
them from getting the offensive re-
bounds, working on boxing out, ba-
sically all practice," forward Rich
McIver said. "We were doing it real
well before, so we need to get back
in control of that."

ik

Austin
One of the aspects of tonight's
contest that has the Michigan coach-
ing staff concerned is the tempo of
the game. The Wolverines would
like nothing more than to get out
and run, especially at home to help
fire up a crowd they haven't seen in
nearly a month.
The Boilermakers, on the other
hand, will come into Crisler with a
completely different game plan.
"We were not going to let our
kids get carried away," Keady said.

Michael Talley drives past Duke's Bobby Hurley in action earlier this season. Talley and the rest of the men's
basketball team will continue their quest for the Big Ten title when they take on Purdue at 8 p.m.
BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Andrew highlights
" . .
disappointing week
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
Although the Michigan women's basketball team got off to a rough
start in the Big Ten this past weekend - dropping both its games - the
play of center Trish Andrew continued at its usual high level.
Against Purdue Friday night, Andrew scored 11 points and grabbed 10
rebounds. She topped both of those marks Sunday against Illinois when she
scored 18 points, had 11 boards and tallied eight blocked shots.
Then again, achieving double-doubles is nothing new for Andrew.
Including the two this weekend, she has posted eight double-doubles in the
11 games this season. For her career, she has 44 in 69 games played.
HALL MONITOR: Sophomore Michelle Hall continues to be ham-
pered by a broken bone in her right foot, which was injured in a game earlier
this season. She will miss both of the Wolverines' games this weekend, and
any return to the lineup is still in doubt.
"She may well be ready to practice next week," Michigan coach Bud
VanDeWege said. "But in my eyes, she'll be back against Minnesota and
Iowa (Jan. 24 and 26) at the earliest.
"From a coaching standpoint, I'm going to prepare as if she's not going
to be back, and if she comes back, well, that's a bonus. I don't mean to be a
pessimist, but I have to be realistic and prepare the team for the moment."
REBOUND PARADOX: When one looks at the Big Ten leaders in re-
bounds, two Wolverines stand out among the top 10 - Andrew and junior
Nikki Beaudry. Andrew leads the conference with 11.8 rebounds per game
and Beaudry is ninth with 7.5.
However, drawing the conclusion that Michigan is a strong rebounding
team would be incorrect. Collectively, the Wolverines average only 40.8
* per game, eighth in the conference. This disparity frustrates VanDeWege.
"You don't want to panic and make radical changes at this point,"
VanDeWege said. "But offensive rebounding is going to hurt us, so if I have.
to look at some lineup combinations, then I'm going to have to."

Icers not where
they should be
by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
Last weekend's series against Notre Dame began the second half of the
Michigan hockey season. While most students have already received their
report cards, the grades for the Wolverines have just arrived. The biggest
difficulty in compiling these grades is whether to give them strictly on
performance or on how close the team has come to fulfilling its potential.
Our marks reflect some of both.
FORWARDS: Michigan's frontline has undoubtedly been its strength
all season. The Wolverines field the top line in the nation with Brian
Wiseman (12 goals, 26 assists), Denny Felsner (20, 32) and David Oliver
(21, 10).
Coach Red Berenson's move to put Cam Stewart (7, 7) and Ted Kramier
(11, 8) on the wings with David Roberts (8, 22) has given Michigan a
formidable second line. Even though Roberts' scoring has dropped from
last season - two even strength goals as opposed to 10 at this point last
season - it should be expected considering that he is no longer playing
with Felsner.
Mark Ouimet's (9, 7) scoring has also dropped now that he no longer
centers Felsner. Wingers Dan Stiver (4, 4) and Mike Helber (4, 7) have not
shown the scoring prowess they demonstrated late last season. Mike.
Stone (4, 6) has once again been a penalty-killing force and has started to
show some scoring prowess.
Rookies Mike Knuble (2, 6), Ron Sacka (1, 1) and Rick Willis (0, 0)
have struggled to adjust to the collegiate game. Sacka proved to be a
strong penalty killer early in the year but hasn't played much lately.
Willis injured his knee in the preseason and has not been given mapy
opportunities. While Knuble has played all but one game, he did not have
ample opportunity to show off his strong shot in the season's first half.
The forwards have sometimes struggled with their defensive
assignments. This has led to scoring opportunities for the opponent in
transition. Their most notable error came in the first game at Lake
Superior, where a missed assignment led to Paul Constantin's game-
winning goal.
Although the group has been productive offensively, most of the
production has come from Wiseman's line. Michigan will need a more
balanced attack to advance in the postseason. The Wolverines' top players
were held in check against good defensive teams like Lake Superior and
Michigan State. The other lines need to lift their games to combat the
tightened defenses that Wiseman's line will undoubtedly encounter come
tournament time.
Grade: B+
DEFENSE: Entering the season, this should have been the strength of
the team. Michigan has an imposing lineup with second team All-CCHA
See GRADES, Page 10
WHAT'S
AC HAPPENING
RECREATIONAL SPORTS
intramural Sports Program

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ANTHONY M. CROLL/Daily
Wolverine guard Char Durand shoots over Kay Tucker in Friday's 85-68
loss to 10th-ranked Purdue. Sunday, Michigan fell to Illinois, 71-56.
NCAA begins reform;
more changes needed

Theodore Cox

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Despite drastic re-
forms at each of the last two NCAA conven-.
tions, the public perception of college athletics
has changed little.
With each NCAA sanction imposed on vio-
lating schools, there is the notion that athletes
face lower academic standards, use steroids and
are paid off by cheating coaches. It is often as-
sumed that star players will not graduate before
they enter the professional ranks. College serves
as a minor league system for basketball and
football, not as an academic institution.
Then there is the image of college athletics
being nothing more than a corporate giant with
athletic directors acting as CEOs. Television
networks and college bowl committees offer
schools multi-million dollar deals. Traditional
rivalries are dropped in favor of games cast into
certain time slots for higher ratings.
To look into the debacle, the Knight commis-
sion, a panel of university presidents and other
* executives, was set up to study the direction of

collegiate athletics. The commission revealed
only 33 percent of Division I basketball players
and 37.5 percent of football players graduate
within five years.
Toss in the fact that 70 percent of universi-
ties lost money on athletics in 1991, and one gets
the impression that the whole system is a mess.
In reality, it is. The NCAA solution to prob-
lems in years past was to enact rules preventing
loopholes coaches had discovered. In the 1960s,
the NCAA Manual was less than 50 pages; now
it approaches 500. Regulations of the recruiting
process alone require 30 pages. There is even a
rule limiting how many colors of ink can be used
on stationery sent to a recruit. Yet, there are
hardly any amendments on the academic re-
quirements of the student-athlete.
The result is confusion by both the coaches
and players as to what they can and cannot do.
"You've got to be a lawyer to figure this
stuff out," Michigan ice hockey coach Red
Berenson said recently.

But there is hope. The NCAA has begun to.
realize that if something isn't done, one of two
things will happen. Collegiate athletics will
crumble as unprofitable programs are dropped.
This has already started at schools like
Wisconsin, where several sports, including base-
ball, were cut. Or schools will be acting as pro-
fessional sports franchises - a minor league
system for football and basketball.
But this is the ultimate hypocrisy.
Universities are institutions of learning, not en-
tertainment outlets.
"We reject the argument that the only realis-
tic solution to the problem is to drop the stu-
dent-athlete concept, put athletes on the payroll,
and reduce or even eliminate their responsibili-
ties as students," the Knight Commission re-
ported. "Such a scheme has nothing to do with
education, the purpose for which colleges and
universities exist. Scholarship athletes are al-
ready paid in the most meaningful way possible:
See ADVENTURE, Page 10

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