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Women's Basketball
vs. Finland National Team
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Crisder Arena

SPORTS

Volleyball
vs. Illinois
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Keen Arena

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, November 17, 1992

Page 9

'The Game?
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by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer
Saturday is The Game.' So
you've heard that before? Wasn't
the Notre Dame game The Game?'
Or was it the Michigan State
contest? Most of the Michigan
players point to the annual Ohio
State clash as their biggest rivalry of
the season.
"Michigan State is more of a
grudge match," senior defensive co-
captain Corwin Brown said. "Notre
Dame is different. Ohio State is
much more intense because of the
Woody-B o thing. It's the last game
of the season. It's on national
television. It's a hard-hitting,
emotional game."
"Notre Dame - in the sense that
it is the beginning of the year, it
kicks off the season for us,"
Brown's defensive co-captain, Chris
Hutchinson said. "Michigan State is
not a rivalry, it is more of a dislike.
Ohio State - that's the game I
really consider a rivalry. That's the
game. It's more of an aggressive
game."
However, Michigan coach Gary
Moeller still points to the intrastate
battle with Michigan State as the
Wolverines' biggest rivalry.
"Michigan has a lot of rivals, but
Michigan State is the No. 1 game to
win," Moeller said. "You have to
control your own backyard. It's a
big game in terms of recruiting. But
Ohio State is still the Ohio State
game."~
Moeller is in a uniqlue situation in
the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry as
he has experienced the rivalry from
both sides. Moeller played and
coached for the Buckeyes before
joining Bo Schembechler at
Michigan in 1969.
"When I played the Michigan
game my junior year, there were
only 60,000 fans at .Michigan

Stadium, but we still got gold pants
when we beat Michigan," Moeller
said. "We didn't have the
knockdown dragout affairs like we,
do now. It really started for me in
1969.
"But Woody did get hyper about
a lot of things. The johns were in the
middle lockerroom at Michigan
Stadium and he wouldn't let
anybody flush the johns until the
lockerroom was empty because they
were too loud."
Everybody has their own
memory of the rivalry. Hutchinson's
is from 1990, when the Wolverines
stopped the Buckeye quarterback
Greg Frey on a fourth-down run late
in the fourth quarter to set up a
game-winning field goal.
"That fourth-down play two
years ago was the highlight of my
career," Hutchinson said. "I turned
the play back inside, and we stopped
him for a loss. We went on to win
the game and go to the Gator Bowl."
TWO-POINTI REFLECTIONTS: In
the postgame press conference after
last Saturday's tie, Moeller was
questioned about his choice to go for
the two-point conversion in the
fourth quarter. While Moeller did
not know the exact reason for his ;
choice at the time, he elaborated on
it yesterday.
"Basically as I told you at the
time after the game, up by four or up
by five is the same thing," Moeller:L
said. "They need to score a
touchdown either way. So in this
case, the rule says go for six. Two
field goals will tie you and not beat
you. I wouldn't do it any differently.
You try to put your defense in the
best position.
"I could have kicked the extra
point, and then they go for two.
Then we kick a field goal to tie the
game and they say, 'You jerk, why
See FOOTBALL, Page 10

FILE P-HOTIO/DailIy

Chris Hutchinson forces Buckeye quarterback Greg Frey back into traffic two years ago in Columbus.
S Wate r polo wilns M I ie st Regioan

by Erin Himstedt
Daily Sports. Writer
The Michigan men's water polo
team has now proved beyond a
shadow of a doubt that it is the dom-
inant force in the region. One week
after capturing their second straight
Big Ten conference title, the
Wolverines took first place at the
Midwest Collegiate Regional Cham-
pionship in Evanston this weekend,
topping Northwestern in overtime,
'14-11.
Competition in the preliminary
rounds was uneventful for Michigan.
The Wolverines soundly defeated
Eastern Michigan, 20-3, and Wis-
consin, 12-7.
"Our first two games were pretty
easy, and we really expected them to
be. The game against Wisconsin, of
course, was .more challenging than
the EMU game," Michigan coach
Scott Russell said. "We've seen
Wisconsin several times this year,
and they're a very good team. We
just know what it takes to beat
them. We match up very well
against Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a
big, strong team, but they don't
swim that well ... Our team speed
really takes away Wisconsin's size
advantage."
The championship game was a
rematch of last week's Big Ten final.
Northwestern came on strong, and
dominated the first half, leading, 6-3,
Griddes!
Turn in your picks at the
Student Publications Building at
420 Maynard. The winner
receives a $15 gift certificate to
O'Sullivans Eatery & Pub.
'1. Michigan at Olhio St.
2. Michigan St. at Illinois
3. Iowa at Minnesota
4. Wisconsin at Northwestern
5. Indiana at Purdue
6. Pittsburgh at Penn St.
7. Miami (Fla.} at Syracuse
8. Texas A&M at Texas Christian
., 9. Washington at Wasington St.
10. Florida at Vanderbilt
11. Colorado at Iowa St.

at halftime. The Wolverines gained
control in the third quarter, and won
the game in overtime.
"We came out a little sluggish. A
lot of the calls weren't going our
way, and every time we'd score,
they'd come back and put one in the
net," senior co-captain Aaron Frame
said. "They were really psyched to
beat us. It was .a heartbreaking loss
for them last week. It's been like
this for the last two years. We had to
step up our game to keep up with
them."~
Russell agreed.
"Northwestern's just a very well-
coached team," he said.."They're a
really, really tough team to beat..
They play exceptional defense. We're
deeper; we have more people that are
skilled, and are able to play the game
at a higher level than Northwestern
is. We really kind of blew them out
in overtime, but the game was ex-
ceptionally close until then."
Russell credited goalie Michael
Raider with ensuring the victory.
"Basically, Michael shut North-
western out for the last thirteen
minutes of the game," he added.
"That was really the reason why we
won."~
The regional championship was
the last event of the year for Michi-
gan. In addition, it was the last time
that the team's seniors would suit up
as Wolverine water polo players.

Senior experience was a key factor in
the team's victory in the final.
"The thing that really pulled
through for us, in the championship
game in particular, was our seniors.
This time of the year is when you're
looking for leadership, and our se-
niors, in particular David Prince,
Aaron Frame, and Glen Shilland
(provided it for us)," Russell said.
"We played real solid. I mean, for
a lot of us it was the last time we're
ever going to get in the pool and
play water polo, so we wanted to go
out in style," Frame said. "We
played tough the whole time, even
into overtime."
Several Wolverines were named
to the all-tournament team. Hansz,
who was selected as the tour-
nament's MVP, was joined on the
first team by Prince and Ben Ewy,
while Frame and Raider were on the
second team.
Although the regional champi-
onship is no longer the precursor to
national competition, it still holds
significance for the Wolverines.
"It's a great way to end the sea-
son, coming back with two big
tournament wins back-to-back. Our
main focus all season is to win the
Big Ten," Frame said. "It's bragging
rights for the whole Midwest.
There's nobody that can beat us."

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