Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday- November30, 1992
Rice ready for visit by Blue
Improving Owls hope to go big-time against cagers
by Ken Sugiura
Daily Basketball Writer
Tomorrow night's season opener against Rice is just
one game, right? It's merely a chance to showcase na-
tive Texans Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, correct?
Don't tell that to the folks down in Houston.
While on paper it has the look of a tune-up for
Saturday's Duke matchup, Michigan's game against the
Owls at the Summit will provide the Wolverines with a
taste of what will take place from here on out.
"We've made a lot of progress over the last couple
years," Rice coach Willis Wilson said, "and we need a
test and we need a flavor of postseason and big-time
The Wolverines will provide that flavor for just
about all of Michigan's opponents this season.
Michigan is a big name and a huge prospective upset,
the kind of team any coach and program would love to
defeat. Make that doubly so for the Owls and rookie
"It's gonna be a good measuring stick for us to find
out what kind of ballclub we're gonna have," Wilson
said, "and give us an idea of things that we're gonna
need to we have to work on."
Rice is an improving team, a squad that won 20
games last season for the first time in 38 years. In his
five seasons at Rice, coach Scott Thompson resurrected
the program from the bottom of the Southwest
Conference and then left after last season.
Now, in front of a national audience, Wilson has a
stellar opportunity to get his tenure off in grand style.
Would there be a better way to announce to the world
that Rice has arrived upon the basketball scene than an
upset of the Wolverines on ESPN?
Similar dreams, those of the Walter Mitty variety or
otherwise, undoubtedly float through the heads of each
coach and player that Michigan will face this season.
And certainly the prospect exists tomorrow night, at
least according to Wilson.
"If we're able to do a good job on the boards and
handle the pressure and then control the tempo, we'll
make a good showing," Wilson said.
Wilson's ace in the hole is center Brent Scott, per-
haps the premier center in the Southwest Conference.
The 6-foot-10 senior averaged 15.8 points and 8.3 re-
bounds per game last season.
"He'll come to play," Wilson said. "Brent is one of
the few guys on our team who has had an opportunity to
be involved with international competition and he's
been around good players, and he has a good feel for
that. He'll represent himself well."
On Tuesday Eric Riley, Juwan Howard, and the rest of the Wolverines will face Rice, a team that will be trying to
make name for itself when it takes on the top squad in the nation.
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DETROIT - Michigan senior
tri-captain Chris Hutchinson was
named winner of the Louis B. Hyde
Award as the most valuable player
of the 1992 Wolverine football team
to highlight the 72nd Annual
Michigan Football Bust last Tuesday
at the Westin hotel.
The veteran Hutchinson, who
was voted Big Ten Defensive
Lineman-of-the-Year by conference
coaches, started all 11 games this
season for the unbeaten Big Ten
champion Wolverines. Michigan is
8-0-3 on the season with its next
game vs. Washington in the Rose
Bowl on Jan. 1, 1993, in Pasadena.
Hutchinson, a starter at defensive
tackle for six games and at outside
linebacker for five and the tackle
leader at both positions, was also
named winner of the Dr. Arthur D.
Robinson Scholarship Award as top
student-athlete on the team. A three-
time member of the Big Ten all-aca-
demic team, Hutchinson owns a 3.32
grade point in Movement Sciences.
Having already earned first-team
all-America honors from Kodak and
the Football News, Hutchinson is a
candidate for academic all-American
Senior tri-captain Corwin Brown
was presented with the Robert F.
Ufer award for spirit, while- senior
center Steve Everitt was named win-
ner of the Hugh H. Rader, Jr.
Memorial Award as the best offen-
sive lineman for the Wolverines in
1992. Junior inside linebacker Steve
Morrison was named winner of the
Roger Zatkoff Award as the top
Wolverine coach Gary Moeller,
named winner of the Big Ten Dave
McClain Coach-of-the-Year Award
last week, was proud of the selection
of Hutchinson as team MVP.
"Chris Hutchinson, in his posi-
tion, has played as well as anybody
I've seen go through Michigan, and
he's just a tremendous student-ath-