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vs. Illinois-Chicago
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena


Men's and Women's Gymnastics
vs. Illinois
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Keen Arena

Jackson cools
BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK off after illinois

by Ken Davidoff
Daily Basketball Writer
After providing a spark in his first game back from a
separated shoulder Saturday night, Michigan forward
Ray Jackson didn't make as much of an impact
Tuesday night against Ohio State. Jackson played 13
minutes, only three more than his previous appearance
and contributed two points after Saturday's eight. Still,
Jackson's return to the starting lineup is inevitable.
"I always feel that I'm ready to start," Jackson said,
"but I'm content for right now."
Coach Steve Fisher has continually made it clear
that even if Jackson shines as a sixth man and Rob
Pelinka and James Voskuil excel as starters, Jackson
will indeed return to the starting lineup.
SIMPSON, EH?: Ohio State frosh Greg Simpson
made his first collegiate start Tuesday night. He had
mixed results; he scored 10 points and led the Buckeyes
with four assists, but the ruthless Crisler Arena crowd
would not let him forget the airball attempt he took
early in the contest. If things had gone differently a year
ago, though, Simpson might have been receiving the
applause of the Crisler faithful.
"Anytime you're two-time player of the year in the
state of Ohio, you're something special," Fisher said.
"He's lightning-quick and is a very good Big Ten
player. He's gonna get nothing but better as time goes
"We were like many. We recruited him. We thought
we had a great chance to get him, but he opted for the
Buckeyes," he continued.
Simpson is but one of six first-year players on the
young Ohio State squad.
BY THE NUMBERS: Tuesday marked the first time
this season that the Wolverines were outshot by their
opponents and still managed to pull off a victory.
Michigan shot at a .410 clip, while the Buckeyes held a

.418 percentage. Michigan now holds a 1-1 record in
these situations.1-
The Wolverines blocked six Buckeye shots, running
their season total to 115. They are on a pace for over
200 for the season; that would break the current school.
mark of 182 set last season.
NICE GOING, ROB: Sure, to the uneducated bas=
ketball fan, Pelinka had a pretty good night. He scored a
career-high 16 points on national television, and he hit
six clutch free throws in the last minutes to help seal the
Wolverines' victory.
But he wound up going six-for-seven from the char-
ity stripe, ending his perfect Big Ten season. Pelinka,
who had been 12-for-12 in free throws in conference
play, is now 18-for-19 in the Big Ten and 23-for-32 for
the season.
LINE, PLEASE: An astounding six Michigan players
will be celebrating birthdays in the next month,
Michael Talley turns 23 on Jan. 29, Jalen Rose turns
20 on Jan. 30, Juwan Howard turns 20 on Feb. 7,
Jimmy King turns 20 on Feb. 9, Dugan Fife turns 10
on Feb. 12 and James Voskuil turns 23 on Feb. 22.
CELEBRITY ROW: Well-known personalities from'
around the world continued to flock towards Crisler'
Arena with reckless abandon. ESPN's Mike Patrick re-
turned only two weeks since his last visit, but this time
he brought former Indiana Pacer Clark Kellogg instead
of fan favorite Dick Vitale.
Michigan football coaching legend and recent'
College Football Hall of Fame inductee B b
Schembechler was spotted in the tunnel leading to the
lockerroom. University President James Duderstadt
sat in his usual center-court location, and sightings of
Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote were,
reported. Heathcote fervently denied rumors that he was
being considered for the presidency of Yale University:
~a. fomer Treit~iers ad cu:':4"Ne Yrk:

Chris Webber ties up Rickey Dudley Tuesday night on his way to a 20-point, 14-rebound performance. The
Wolverines return to action Sunday against Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Men's tennis team headed for Spartan Invite

by Dave Schwartz
Ah yes, late January.
A great time to think about Big
Ten basketball, the Super Bowl,
spring break and tennis.
Tennis in the dead of winter?
Typically, tennis is played in warm,
sunny places like Australia, where
the Australian Open is going on right
now. But back up in the Northern
Hemisphere, frozen tundra regions
such as Michigan have indoor tennis
to replicate the warmth of summer.
The weather inside should be a
balmy 72 degrees this weekend
when the Michigan men's tennis
team travels to East Lansing for the
Spartan Invitational, its first compe-
tition in 1993.
Although this isn't an official
team competition, it offers Michigan
and the rest of the Big Ten an oppor-

competition starts," he said.
Up until the third round, players
can lose once and still remain in the
tournament, moving into the conso-
lation bracket. After the third round,
though, a player is out of the tour-
nament once he loses.
Because of the format of the
tournament, the lower seeds from a
particular team might have an
opportunity to play against some of
the higher seeds. This should
benefit Michigan, a team which
needs some valuable experience.
Michigan rolls in with a very
young squad after losing seven let-
terwinners from last year, including
three seniors.

John Costanzo, Geoff Prentice
and Peter Pustai are three talented
freshmen who will be competing this
weekend. The other Wolverines
competing are sophomores Adam
Wagner and Grady Burnett, along
with junior Dan Brakus.
Eisner was a bit concerned earlier
this year when some of the Wolver-
ines were sick, but is hopeful that his
team is over the flu bug and will
come out with a strong performance
in East Lansing.
"This weekend will be a good in-
dicator of where the guys are," said
Brakus, who will probably be seeded
second or third in the Spartan Invi-
tational. "It's early in the season."

Individual performances this
weekend will set the tone for how
well the team performs this year in
the Big Ten. Tournaments such as
this are played to prepare the teams
for dual-meet competition, which is
just around the corner.
Michigan is hoping to improve
on last year's 6-16 record (6-7 Big
The Wolverines will compete in
the Rolex National Indoor Intercol-
legiate Championships in Min-
neapolis next week before returning
home for their first team competition
Feb. 10 against Eastern Michigan.


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Women netters tune up vs.instate foes

by Andrew Levy
Daily Sports Writer
As the Michigan women's tennis
team prepares for a preseason tune-
up tournament today through Sunday
in Ypsilanti, players and coaches
agree on the team's chances.
"I think the whole team is
excited," senior Kalei Beamon said.
"We've been in practice for so long,
I think we're ready to play some
"Well, the outlook is pretty
good," assistant coach Wendy Gilles
said. "We've been pretty dominant
in the state of Michigan these past
couple of years."
The State of Michigan
Tournament pits the Wolverines
against instate-rivals Michigan State,
Western Michigan, and tournament
-host Eastern Michigan. In the
tournament, players compete against
one another individually, rather than
in a team format. Both the singles
and doubles divisions will be
divided into two draws, with 16
players each.
"It's possible that our players will
meet up in the semifinals and finals

- that's what we're hoping for,"
Gilles said.

"Actually, our team is really
young. We have three freshmen,
three sophomores, one junior, and
one senior, and they're all really
close in their level of play. This will
help us a lot to see where each
person is."
Beamon, who is gearing up for
her final season as a Wolverine, said
she too hopes to do well, but her
expectations for the tournament are
not as high because of the team's
long layoff.
"We've been so long without
playing matches," Beamon said.
"But I've practiced really well this
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tunity to showcase their top individ-
uals in singles play. The tournament
features 64 Big Ten players, all of
whom will be battling Saturday and
Sunday in hopes of advancing to the
semifinals and championship rounds
Michigan coach Brian Eisner
feels confident going into this
"(The tournament) gives a good
look at where you are before team

Though this is a tune-up, Gilles
said that doesn't make this
tournament any less significant.
"It's very important that we do
well," Gilles said. "This will give us
an indication of how we'll do the
rest of the season.




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