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Page 4 -The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - April 6, 1992

Continued from page 1
giving Michigan the extra energy it
seemed to lack.
The Wolverines began to assert
themselves on the boards, getting.
second and third opportunities many
times down the floor. At the other
end, Cincinnati seemed to be
stalling, very frequently settling for
wild hooks and off-balance jumpers.
With the score tied at 58,
Michigan went on a 7-0 run that es-
sentially put the game out of reach.
Voskuil had four points and a key
rebound in that stretch.
The Wolverines once again left,
their celebrating on the court. They
are now one step away from their
ultimate goal and are focused to-
wards tonight's matchup.
"It's not over," junior Michael
Talley said. "There's still one more,
and then we can celebrate through
the entire summer."
PGFO t'Rob.
Mi. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Webber 36 8-12 0-2 4-11 2 1 16
Jackson 20 1-2 1-2 2-5 1 1 3
Howard 33 3-9 6-7 3-8 4 4 12
Rose 37 4-13 5-6 3-9 3 2 13
King 37 5-9 4-4 3-5 0 2 17
TaIley 13 1-3 2-3 0-0 2 4 4
Riley 10 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 2
Voskuil 14 2-4 4-5 3-4 0 1 9
Totals 200 28-5 8-11 10-36 14 13 68
FG- .472. FT- .759. Three-point goals: 4-8,
00 ing 3-4. Voskull 1-2, Rose 0-2). Team
rebounds: 1. Blocks: I (Webber). Turnovers:
17(Jackson 4, Webber 3, Rose 3, Howard 2,
King 2, Riley 2, Talley). Steals: 6 (Webber 3,
Howard, Talley, Voskuil). Technical fouls: none.
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pte.
.Nelson 19 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 4
Jones 34 5-13 2-2 1-5 0 1 14
Blount 27 0-3 1-2 1-4 2 4 1
-Buford 35 6-17 4-4 0-1 1 4 18
Van Exel 36 7-15 5-10 3-5 5 4 21
Martin 30 4-10 2-3 7-10 0 3 10
Scott 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0
Jackson 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Gibson 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 26-64 14-21 14-30 8 22 72
FG- .406. FT- .667. Three-point goals: 6-22,
-273 (Jones 2-6, Buford 2-7, Van Exel 2-7,
Martin"0-1, Gibson 0-1). Team rebounds: 3.
Blocks: 4 (Blount 2, Van Exel, Jackson).
Turnovers: 9 (Jonas 3, Van Exel 3, Blount,
8uford, Martin). Steals: t1 (Van Exel 4, Buford 3,
1'elson, Jones, Martin, Gbson). Technical fouls:
Michigan-................38 38 - 76
Cincinnati . ... 41 31 - 72
At Mtrodome: A-50,379 (paid)

71 Blue Devils defeat
IUreturn to finals

from staff reports
the defense of their national champi-
onship seemed in jeopardy for the
second straight game, the Duke Blue
Devils used an overwhelming defen-
sive effort to create just enough of a
second-half surge to carry them past
Indiana, 81-78, in an NCAA semifi-
nal Saturday night.
The Blue Devils (33-2) in ad-
vancing to a championship game
Monday night against Michigan,
gave the Hoosiers their first Final
Four defeat under coach Bob Knight
since 1973.
That loss by Indiana, also in the
semifinals, put the UCLA Bruins in
position to win a seventh consecu-
tive championship. Duke can be-
come the first team to repeat since
then with a victory over the
Wolverines at the Metrodome.
A remarkable 31-6 surge by
Duke, which came over a period of
12 minutes 38 seconds and began at
the end of the first half, turned a 12-
point deficit into a 13-point lead
with 10:28 to play in the game.
Bobby Hurley's 26 points, which
tied a career high, included four
first-half 3-point field goals that kept
the Blue Devils close when the
Hoosiers began to take control.
Hurley's shooting became even
more essential with Christian
Laettner limited to just eight points
in the game on 2-for-8 shooting.
But Indiana (27-7), despite hav-
ing four players foul out and with
Eric Anderson limited to two points,
put together a shocking comeback in
the final two minutes that cut a 9-
point Duke lead to three with 24
seconds to play.

Todd Leary, an Indiana sopho-
,more who averaged just 3.6 points
this season, made three 3-point shots
within a 27-second stretch in the fi-
nal minute. When Matt Nover made
two foul shots with 24.6 seconds to
play and Hurley stepped on the base-
line against Indiana's full court pres-
sure, the Hoosiers had the ball and a
chance to tie the game with a 3-point
But a 3-pointer by Jamaal Meeks
from the right baseline fell short, and
Antonio Lang made two foul shots
for the Devils with 13.6 seconds to
go. Nover made a 3-point shot with
six seconds co play, but that was all
Indiana could lust r
FO FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A FPtm.
Cheaney 28 4-13 2-4 2-7 1 5 11
Henderson 32 6-9 2-2 2-5 1 5 15
Nover 20 3-4 2-2 2-3 0 3 9
Reynolds 25 1-4 0-0 0-4 4 4 2
Bailey 22 4-8 0-0 1-3 0 5 9
Meeks 18 1-2 1-2 1-3 8 2 3
Anderson 26 1-6 0-1 2-4 1 2 2
Graham 28 6-9 5-5 0-7 0 5 18
Leary 1 3-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 9
Totals 200 29.68 12-16 12-29 15 33 78
FG- .500. FT- .750. Three-point goals: 8-15,
.533 (Leary 3-3, Bailey 1-1, Henderson 1-1,
Nover 1-1, Cheaney 1-3, Graham 1-3, Anderson
0-2, Meeks 0-1). Team rebounds: 1. Blocks: 3
(Henderson). Turnovers: 17 (Meeks 5, Nover 3,
Reynolds 3, Cheaney 2, Henderson, Bailey,
Anderson, Graham). Steals: 6 (Reynolds 3,
Henderson, Anderson, Meeks). Technical fouls:
coach Bobby Knight.
DUKE (81)
PG FT Rob.
Min. MA A O-T A FPte.
Lang 27 1-5 2-2 1-3 0 3 4
Davis 25 1-3 3-7 3-5 0 2 5
Laettner 39 2-8 4-7 1-10 1 3 8
Hurley 37 7-12 6-8 0-0 4 2 26
T. Hi 32 3-10 4-5 1-2 0 2 11
G.Hit 29 6-9 2-4 3-6 6 5 14
Parks 9 3-5 2-3 1-1 0 1 8
Clark 2 0-0 5-6 0-1 0 0 5
Totals 200 23-62 28-42 10-3011 18 81
FG- .442, FT-.6.67. Three-point goals: 7-11,
.636 (Hurley6-9, T. Hill 1-1, Laettner-1) Team
rebounds: 4. Blocks: 6 (G. Hill 3, Lang. Davis,
LaHttner). Turnovers: 12 (Hurley 4. Laettner 2, T.
Hill 2, G. Hill 2). Steals: 5 (Hurley 2, T. Hill 2,
Davis). Technical fouls: none.
Indiana.............. 42'36 - 78
Dke -.... 3744-81
At Metrodome: A-50,379


Cincinnati's Eric Martin leans in as he shoots over Michigan center Eric Riley during Saturday night action. Martin
scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Bearcats' losing effort.



This is the game's marquee position. Third-
team All-American Bobby Hurley is a great
ball handler and distributor and can stick the
open shot. He is also a hard-nosed, tenacious
Defender who raises his level of play in big
games, as evidenced by his 26 points in
Saturday's Duke victory over Indiana.

vantane: ic wan

Michigan's Jalen Rose, as coach Steve Fisher
is fond of saying, simply "knows how to play."
Rose has been as close to a go-to guy as the
Wolverines have had all year. At 6-foot-8, he
has the ability to play all over the court, but his
height advantage will be negated if Hurley is
not guarding him.

Thomas Hill is the unsung member of Duke's
starting five, averaging just under 15 points a
game. He can stick the open shot, but is best at
driving tothe hoopand outleaping his defender.

Texan Jimmy King is probably the Wolverine
who has made the most improvement during
the season. Hehasanaccomplished scorerand
defender and everyone knows about his
skywalking ability. Skill-wise these two are
very similar, but King is more a focus for his
team, especially on the defensive end.

Advantage: Duke

Duke's Grant Hill is the Blue Devils' version of
Rose -a 6-foot-7 player with complete skills
and tremendousversatility. He filled in admira-
bly earlier this season at the pointwhen Hurley
broke his foot. He has good perimiter abilities,
but is more of a slasher.

Fellow Texan Ray Jackson has begun
Michigan's defensive stopper. He is also a
great rebounder, but he does not yet demon-
strate the skills that Hill possesses.

Dntonio Lang stepped into the starting lineup
Nhen Hill went out with an injury and has
stayed there ever since. He is a good shot-
locker, but is not used much at the offensive
nd. He gets most of his point in the paint off of
ebounds or good feeds.

A van ge: ic r:an

Everyone knows about Chris Webber. He has
benefited the most from Rose's ascent, which
alleviated some of the pressure placed on him.
He is a shot-blocker and rebounder
extraordinaire, and is a terror to opponents in
the lane.

Christian Laeuner may be the best player in
the NCAA. He has all the skills needed to
successfulatthenextlevel. Hehadanoff-game
vs. Indiana, scoring only eight points, so expect
pim to bounce back in his last college game.

Juwan Howard has shown flashes of bril-
liance, but he can't compare toLaettner at this
point. He is an aggressive player who throws
his weight around, and he did a good job
limiting Laettner's impactwhen these twoteams
met in December, even though the Blue Devils'
center scored 24 points.

Duke's Thomas Hill charges into Indiana's Jamaal Meeks during the Blue Devils 81-78 victory over the Hoosiers in
Saturday night's national semifinal game. Duke will try and defend its title against Michigan in tonight's title game.

Advantage: UUKe

Duke's bench has been depleted by a severel
sprained ankle to starter Brian Davis, forcin
Grant Hill into the lineup. But frosh centel
Cherokee Parks had eight points in ninE
minutes and figures to get more playing time.

Advantage: Michigan

Neither team goes deep into its bench, but
Michigan's is made up of former starters with
valuable experience who can still play.

Continued from page 1
1 ake Jackson's lead then, call it
The 'toung and the Restless -- at
least the way the Michigan players
are talking..
"We don't want to wait until next
year," Chris Webber said. "We want
to win it now."
So does Duke, quite obviously. A
victory tonight would give the Blue
Devils their second straight national
championship, a feat that hasn't been
accomplished since UCLA's reign
ended in 1973.
"What Mike Krzyzewski has
done at Duke is unheard of," Mich-
igan coach Steve Fisher said
yesterday. "They have had a phe-
nomenal, phenomenal run. They put
themselves in a position year after

All that adds up to a marquee
matchup, one that will captivate the
entire nation. Too much hype?
Maybe, but if any one game de-
serves it, it's this one.
Especially based on their last
meeting, the early-season thriller

almost lost.
"Now they're a lot better," he
added. "They went through a tough
Big Ten season and they're playing
their best ball now. We've got to be
ready to play."
Most analysts seem to think they
will be and the Blue Devils are a six
and a half point favorite.
"We don't mind being an under-
dog," Rose said. "Being an underdog
has gotten us this far. We can't
worry about the oddsmakers."
Webber couldn't agree more, be-
cause the oddsmakers and analysts
picked Michigan to lose to both
Oklahoma State and Ohio State
"I saw Dick Vitale and Jim
Valvano on television and someone
asked them who would win the
game," Webber said. "I was hoping

IAdvantage: Duke




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