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Men's Basketball
vs. Oklahoma State
Tonight, 10:30 p.m. (CBS)
Lexington, Ky.


vs. Northern Michigan/Clarkson winner
Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

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The Michigan Daily

Friday, March 27, 1992

Page 10:

'M' icers anxiously awaits'--

by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Hockey Writer
Don't worry about the Michigan
hockey players looking too far
ahead. They don't even know who to
look at for their first game of the
NCAA tournament. But regardless
of tonight's game between Northern
Michigan and Clarkson, the Mich-
igan hockey team (31-8-3 overall),
without having played a single
game, has gone as far in this year's
NCAA tournament as it did last
Eliminated by Boston University
last year in the second round and
recipients of a first-round bye in the
tournament this season, a rested
Wolverine team will pair off Sunday
afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Joe Louis
Arena against either the Wildcats
(24-13-3) or the Golden Knights
(22-9-1) in a single-elimination
game. The stakes are high. Unlike
last year's best-out-of-three format,
this year's first two rounds are one-
shot affairs. The winner advances to

inal opponent
Albany, New York and the Final run of the season. It's w
Four. The loser packs its gear and son pays off."
hits the golf course. With the single-eli
"Us knowing it could be our last mat, though, the prob
game will make us play that much downhill disaster is mu
harder," senior defenseman Doug "I don't like it," M
Evans said. "This year we have ward Denny Felsner sai
something to prove." really prove who has th
Michigan's team psychologist "I like the singlee
Dr. Hugh Bray has worked with the frosh Rick Willis co
squad throughout the season, helping doesn't drag out the pro
to focus the players mentally. His Zen master Cam St
concern heading into this weekend is philosophically: "It de
that the players exaggerate the im-
portance of the game.
"If anything, (the players) might Aside from last
have a tendency to overprepare," CCHA 3-1 playoff l
Bray said. "Hopefully the players Superior State, the Wo
can maintain a focused level that excelled in single-
they've felt confident with all year. games.
Each player has their own optimal "In the tournament
level to hit." know a lot about the t
Michigan captain David Harlock going up against," H
is still looking for the team to hit its "And we've done well a
optimal level. "I don't think we've we've never seen befor
played our best game yet," the de- looking to take it one
fenseman said. "This is the downhill this year."


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Michigan's Rick Willis maneuvers around the outstretched body of Lake Superior State defenseman Mark Astley.
This Sunday, Michigan faces the winner of the Clarkson-Northern Michigan first-round NCAA Tournament game.

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Men swii
12th at N
by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
The water in the pool at the 1992
NCAA Swimming Championships
in Indianapolis has turned red. Car-
dinal red.
Stanford, the favorite going into
the meet, has taken a commanding
lead over defending-champion Texas
after the first day of competition.
The Cardinal managed to capture
200 points for the top spot after the
first day. Texas is second with 117
points. Michigan captured 39 points,
good enough for 12th place.
Michigan rookie Gustavo Borges
placed fourth for the Wolverines,
touching the wall in the 50-yard
freestyle with a time of 19.8 sec-
onds. Stanford junior Erik Maurer
earned the individual title in the
event, finishing in a time of :19.58.

Continued from page 1
State coach Eddie Sutton said
earlier this week, rattling off a
grocery list of reasons for the
success. "We've gotten a lot of
opportunities from short range.
We've displayed a lot of patience in
our offense. Our shot selection has
improved. Our perimeter shooting
is getting better...."
The list goes on, but it begins
and ends with one item - Byron
Houston. There really is no way
around him.
"No one in America has been
able to stop him," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher says.
It doesn't take long to figure out
why. At 6-foot-7, and weighing in
at 250 pounds, Houston stands out
in a crowd. And crowds are nothing
new to him.
"We're hoping we can shuttle
up to three bodies on him all day,"
Fisher said, "and hope we don't
foul three people out trying to stop
Houston averaged 28 points,
seven rebounds, four assists and

two blocks in the Cowboys' first
two games, frustrating opponents
with his strength inside, as well as
his shooting touch from the perime-
More than likely, what all that
means is that you simply don't stop
Houston. Stop his teammates, and
then you can beat Oklahoma State.
So Michigan will concentrate on
putting more pressure on Oklahoma
State's three senior guards -
Darwyn Alexander, Corey Williams
and Sean Sutton.
"The goal is to put pressure on
the ball like we have been doing,"
senior captain Freddie Hunter said.
"They have a three-guard offense
and that's going to be tough to de-
All three guards are under 6-2,
while Michigan sends 6-8 Jalen
Rose and 6-5 Jimmy King out on
the court. That will present
matchup problems for both teams.
"We're small, but we feel confi-
dent," Eddie Sutton said. "The
thing is, a guy like Alexander has to
guard a 6-5 guy and that will give
us problems on the offensive

Boston Massacre flu-
The Michigan State hockey team defeated Boston University in first-round
NCAA action yesterday in Providence, R.I., 4-2.
The Wolverines have dominated
teams on the boards this season,
capitalizing mostly on the quick-
ness and agility of the five starters.:
"The big problem that I see in
Michigan is their size and great ath-
letes," Eddie Sutton added. "They
are big, strong and talented. Some
people say its the best recruiting
class ever - I'd second that after
watching them on film."
But Sutton still thinks Oklahoma
State's experience might be a
deciding factor tonight.
"We're handling our success
much better this year than we did
last year," Sutton said. "There's no
substitute for experience in basket-
ball. Having been to the Sweet 16
before I think is a big plus for our
ball club."
However, he would find some
disagreement with that in the
Michigan camp. The Michigan
first-year players have been saying
all year that they don't play like
newcomers, and now the coaches
"The youth of our team is a not
a negative and a handicap," Fisher

umers 9,
His teammate Brian Retterer came in
second, .04 seconds later. Del:,
Cerney of Minnesota was in third-
with a time of :19.79.
The Wolverine quartet of Stever-t
Bigelow, Steve West, Tom Hay and-,::
Gustavo Borges finished seventh in
the 400-yard medley relay in a timef<
of 3:15.42. Once again, Stanford was';
victorious as it swam to a newv "at
American record with a time ofts
3:08.39. UCLA and Tennessee.
rounded out the top three positions. r
The tough start was not a surprise
for Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek., ,
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pointwise," Urbanchek said. "We'
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