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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, April 2,1992

Knight knows his
cerebral reversal

by John Nlyo
Daily Basketball Writer
To the dismay of some and the
delight of many, Indiana coach Bob
Knight continued to reveal more of
his once top-secret cerebral reversal
strategies in a media teleconference
Cerebral reversal, for those who
haven't been paying attention lately,
is a Knight concoction designed to
take the focus and pressure off his
team and place it squarely on him-
self. Or so it seems.
No one can be too sure, though.
Yesterday, Duke coach Mike
Krzyzewski - who played for
Knight at West Point - leaked some
"confidential" information, joking
that Knight gives an autographed
copy of the cerebral reversal book to
all of his team captains.
"It still has to clear Naval secu-
rity," Knight warned Krzyzewski
and the press via telephone.
But Knight still found time to
share several more of his supposed
'Our team is in good
shape right now,
except for three
players who missed
their free throws in
practice. They've been
digging ditches out at
the golf course.,
- Bob Knight
Indiana head coach
disciplinary techniques.
"Our team is in good shape right
now," Knight began when asked
about his Indiana squad, "except for
three players who missed their free
throws in practice. They've been
digging ditches out at the golf
course. We haven't seen them in
practice for a while. Hopefully, we'll
get a look at them today."
This is just the latest in a series of
Knight jokes. He walked into a press
conference last week toting a bull-
whip, which he claimed was "the
best motivational tool I've come
across in all my years of coaching."
Then he and IU forward Calbert
Cheaney proceeded to stage a mock-
whipping - a picture of which ap-
peared in the Albuquerque Journal,
creating a storm of controversy.
So one writer asked Knight yes-
terday if he had ever regretted any of
his actions throughout a tumultuous

Knight was serious for a moment,
explaining that there has never been
a racial problem on his team, and us-
ing the opportunity to chastise those
who have made an issue out of this
latest stunt.
But then it was time for more
cerebral reversal.
"I sometimes regret what I have
for breakfast. But the thing I regret
the most was when I had my team
swim across a moat full of sharks.
"I think the mistake I made was
that, you know, I had three really
tough kids on that team ... and we
lost four sharks."
Sharks, bullwhips, digging
ditches - it's all part of Knight's
game plan.
And it might be working. The
huge press corps that annually de-
scends on the NCAA tourney is not
hounding the Indiana players the
way it is the defending champion
Duke players or Michigan's Fab
Everyone is too distracted by
Knight. And it's hard not to be with
quotes like this one by Knight yes-
terday - in response to a writer's
question about the upcoming Duke
"I think the great intangible will
be the wind current," Knight said. "I
think it will have a real effect on
both teams..."
He went on talking about the
possible effects of temperature, and
air pressure in the Metrodome. But
Knight insisted that it all comes back
to the wind.
"You know, at one end you've
got to shoot a little to the right, at the
other end a little to the left."
That came as a bit of a surprise to
Krzyzewski, who played the
straight-man role in yesterday's tele-
"I'm glad Coach Knight brought
up the wind current thing," he said.
"I hadn't thought about that. We'll
have to set something up at Cameron
(Indoor Stadium at Duke) to try to
simulate that."

No, IU coach Bobby Knight wasn't fired, but his ability to take the mediav
focus off of his players may allow his Hoosiers to win a fourth national title.
Blue volleyball coach
expects 'two victories'

by Dan Linna -
Daily Sports Writer

This weekend will be the last
stop on a long road leading to the
Collegiate Club Nationals, April 9,
for the Michigan men's volleyball
Western Michigan will battle the
Wolverines (15-4) Friday at 7:30
p.m. at the CCRB. Sunday,
Michigan will travel to East Lansing
to take on the Spartans at 3 p.m.
"I don't expect anything less than
two victories," Michigan coach Tom
Johengen said. "The season does not
ride on this weekend, but we need to
prove we can play with these
Not expecting much from the
Broncos, Michigan opened its season
at Western Michigan in January.
However, Western came out with a
"backwards offense" which featured
the setter on the opposite side of the
floor. The attack caused problems

for the Wolverines, who needed five
games to down the Broncos.
"(Their offense) gives them a lit-
tle bit of an advantage," Johengen
said. "We'll be ready for it this time.
They are a scrappy team that has
some talent."
Michigan State drubbed the
Wolverines in three straight games
earlier this season. However,
Michigan returned the favor at the
Wolverine Collegiate Classic by
knocking out the Spartans in two
The Wolverines finished the
regular season last year with a vic-
tory at Michigan State, which pro-
pelled Michigan to a good showing
at the Club Nationals.
"It will be easy to get motivated
to play State," sophomore Justin
MacLaurin said. "They are our
biggest rivals and also some of our
best friends."

Women tennis team
faces WMU, MSU
by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer
Crunch time has arrived for the Michigan women's tennis team as they
enter the last month of dual match play. The Wolverines (3-3 Big Ten, 7-7
overall) look to get back on track after last weekend's 8-1 drubbing at the
hands of Illinois. Saturday, Michigan faces non-conference opponent
Western Michigan (8-5). Sunday , the netters travel to East Lansing to
meet Big Ten rival Michigan State (2-4, 8-7).
Although they've won six of their last eight contests, the Wolverines
are not at all happy with their play.
"No, I'm not satisfied with where we're at," Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt
said. "Losing was tough against Illinois. I'm not saying that we should
have beat them, but I know we can play better than that."
Ritt is still unsure of her lineup for this weekend's matches, debating
the No. 1 singles position between junior Kalei Beamon and senior Kim
Pratt. Either way, Beamon and Pratt face an uphill battle against tough
weekend opponents.
The Broncos feature a solid 1-2 combination with Amy McClure and
Holly Taylor. The Spartans have shown strength at No. 1 singles with
Alicia Leone and with Kelly McDonough at No. 2.
Michiganhas already gotten a glimpse of the Spartans' power at the
State of Michigan Tournament held in Kalamazoo last October. Both
Leone and McDonough fared well, defeating Michigan's top players.
Men olfrs o south
There will be bluegrass but no blue skies as the men's golf team
journeys to Lexington, Ky., for the University of Kentucky Johnny Owens
Invitational. Weather will be the dominating factor this weekend, with the
temperature expected to reach only 40 degrees.
The Wolverines, who have not seen action since March 14, will also
get less playing time than originally hoped. The Invitational, which is
scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday, has been cut from a three-round,
54-hole tournament to a two-round, 36-hole tournament because of the
weather conditions.
"This will be a true test of golf," Michigan coach Jim Carras said.
"The weather will be horrible and the course will be in bad shape, so this
won't be a reflection of how we are playing."
The unfavorable weather conditions won't be anything new to the
Wolverines since they have had to practice in the Arctic regions of Ann
Arbor. Their last southeastern encounter was in Tampa Bay for the South
Florida Invitational, where the team placed twelfth.
- by Benson Taylor
Womoen hit9 the I1U links'
The clock is ticking for the Michigan women's golf team.
After a poor showing at South Carolina last weekend, the Wolverines
have only two more tournaments to prepare themselves for the Big Ten
Tournament, May 1-3.
The Wolverines enters this weekend's Indiana University tournament
in the same position as last week; with no outdoor practice time under
their belts due to weather conditions.
"We're going to focus on getting our confidence back," Michigan
coach Sue LeClair said. "We just want to get out there and play and
concentrate on how many Big Ten teams we can beat."
When play begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, the 16-team field will include
each Big Ten team. Thirty-six holes are to be played the first day, with
18-holes on Sunday.
Michigan is looking to return to the form that saw the team finish
Iahead of six Big Ten schools at The Lady Northern in the fall.
LeClair realizes her team is not playing its best right now, but she still
expects a good showing, hoping to place somewhere in the upper half.
- by Dan Linna



NHL players vote to go
TORONTO (AP) - The an- were reports that the owners' negoti-
nouncement of an NHL players ating committee was racing to
strike was made at a news confer- Toronto in an attempt to set up more
ence by the Players Association yes- talks. Some representatives were al-
terday. The announcement brought ready in town, and according to one
an abrupt stop to the season, with league source, the owners were
three games scheduled for last night. ready to talk "at the drop of a hat."
Even as the strike began there Players voted throughout

) on strike
Tuesday night and Wednesday
morning on the owners' last offer.
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it. It was the second vote by the
players on the offer, which was
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