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'M' begins run for Big Ten title
Wolverines hope to derail Boilermakers in conference opener
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Basketball Writer
After a relaxing month of taking
on such cupcakes as Duke, North
Carolina and Kansas, the Michigan
men's basketball team finally gets
down to business tonight.
All right, so the Wolverines'
non-conference schedule will go
down as perhaps the most challeng-
ing in Michigan's history. And the
cagers must be content with their re-
sults, especially the invigorating
Rainbow Classic championship. But
now there is no more room for poor
play; even the Northwesterns and
Penn States will not offer the leeway
of an off game that the Bowling
Greens and Central Michigans did.
The Wolverines (10-1) hope their
"big game" experience will make a
difference as they open the Big Ten
season at Purdue (9-0) tonight.
"With Duke and with the three
teams we played out in the classic
(Nebraska, North Carolina and
Kansas), this is probably the best
preseason we've had," forward
James Voskuil said. "I think that
tournament is going to pay dividends
as far as getting us mentally ready to
play every game hard. I think it's
going to be a big payoff."
"You had to be very impressed
with that," Purdue coach Gene
Keady said of Michigan's Rainbow
Classic success. "They played great.
They deserve to be number two."
In the latest national polls, the
Wolverines are actually ranked
third, behind Duke and Kentucky.
But there is another poll, although
unofficial, that intrigues college
basketball fans. Who ranks as the
Big Ten's - and maybe the nation's
- best player: Michigan's Chris
Webber or the Boilermakers' Glenn
"I don't care about being the top
player in the Big Ten," Webber said.
"As long as we win, I don't care if I
score one point. Our record is more
"They're both very good ath-
letes," Keady said of the two play-
ers. "Both have big hearts. They
love to play basketball, they have a
soft touch and they're good at get-
ting the ball to their teammates.
But, he also added, "This is a
team game, not an individual game."
In categories which the two play-
ers rank among the leaders of the
Big Ten, the statistics favor Webber.
He edges Robinson in points per
game, 20.4-20.1; he also leads in
field goal percentage, rebounding
and blocked shots per game.
Robinson prevails only in steals per
Despite the attention Robinson
has received, the Boilermakers are
far from a one-man team. Center Ian
Stanback adds strength on the
boards, and point guard Matt Painter
ranks among the conference's assist
leaders. Keady has a deep bench
which should prove critical against
Both clubs will try to ignore the
hype surrounding both the Big Ten
opener and the inaugural Webber-
Robinson showdown and concen-
trate on playing ball.
"It's just another game," Webber
said. "Purdue is a hard place to play
and we do have to be ready."
"We have a lot of respect for
them," Keady said. "If we don't get
ready to play them, we're going to
be beaten in a severe way." ~
the Big Ten season. Most clubs, with
the possible exception of Illinois,
have lived up to their preseason
plaudits in the non-conference por-
tion of the campaign, and four
squads - Michigan, Indiana, Iowa
and Purdue - rank among the na-
tion's top nine.
"It's one of those years you wish
. Purdue vs.
O 3 Michigan
Time: 8 p.m., EST.
Place: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette.
TV: Raycom, Ch. 20.
Probable starting lineps
Glenn Robinson, 6-8, So.
Cuonzo Martin, 6-6, So.
Ian Stanback, 6-7, Jr.
Matt Waddell, 6-4, So.
Matt Painter, 6-6, So.
Rob Pelinka, 6-6, Sr.
Chris Webber, 6-9, So.
Juwan Howard, 6-9, So.
Jalen Rose, 6-8, So.
Jimmy King, 6-5, So.
The Michigan players, as always,
"I think we're ready all the way
around," guard Jimmy King said.
"Physically. Mentally. They've got a
top-20 team. We've just got to get
ready and get prepared for them be-
cause they are going to be one tough
team to play against."
The Purdue contest ranks only as
a baby step in the long journey of
you weren't coaching in the Big
Ten," Keady said.
The Wolverines have defeated
Purdue only once in the last six tries.
They triumphed 70-61 in West
Lafayette last March, marking the
first time coach Steve Fisher had
beaten the Boilermakers.
Michigan small forward Ray
Jackson will continue to sit out with
a separated left shoulder.
Michigan's Chris Webber, named Big Ten player-of-the-week for his efforts
last week, will face a worthy challenge in Purdue's Glenn Robinson tonight
Women tankers triumph in Hawaii
*by Charlie Breitrose
A trip to Hawaii is usually a fun
and relaxing event. But the Michigan
women's swimming team kept
themselves very busy, with two
practices a day and a couple of
meets to keep them sharp.
Sounds like a lot. But the team
also found time to get a tan as well
as lead cheers at the Michigan
''basketball games at the Rainbow
Classic, which was also held in
The Wolverines dominated the
Rainbow Invitational, getting over
double the points of runner-up Wis-
consin. Michigan finished first in the
competition with 304 points, fol-
lowed by Wisconsin (136) and Villa-
nova (123). Rounding out the top
five n the 12-team meet were Hawaii
(59) and Iowa (46).
Michigan also dominated the in-
dividual competition by grabbing the
top two individual point winner
honors in the meet. Alecia Hum-
phrey was the top point winner with
a total of 31 points, followed by Lam
Hooiveld who was a close second
with 30 points to her name.
Two other Wolverines won
events, Karen Barnes in the 500-yard
freestyle and Kathy Deibler in the
Humphrey was pleased with her
personal as well as the team's ac-
"I was really happy with the
teams performance," Humphrey
said. "I was surprised that we did so
well 'cause the workouts were so
painful." The team was putting in
five hours of workouts a day.
Head coach Jim Richardson was
also excited about the performance
of his team. "I was pleased with both
meets, we raced well," he said.
"Several people had great swims.
Katie Knipper had three lifetime
bests, in the 100 breast, 200 breast
and the 200 individual medley, and
Lara Hooiveld bettered her NCAA
qualifying times from December (at
the Speedo Collegiate Cup)."
the training camp," Richardson said.
He hopes that the hard training
will help the team pass tests later in
the season. The first of which is
coming up this Saturday in the form
of a challenging dual meet with
"I would say that on paper
Northwestern is the team to beat at
Big Tens, for us." Richardson com-
mented. "I think they should finish
from fifth to seventh at NCAAs."
Both teams will be up for the
"We are already excited,"
Richardson said. "(We) don't want
to lose any more meets. We lost
some meets early in the season that
we felt we shouldn't have."
The Wildcats are a vastly im-
proved squad from a year ago,
bringing in six freshman swimmers
who had achieved either NCAA au-
tomatic or consideration times while
they were still in high school.
"They are incredibly strong,"
Richardson said. "They have no
weak areas. They are one of the few
teams that could have a qualifier in
every event at every distance at the
Richardson was a little concerned
with the meet being so soon after the
training camp. "We'll have to see if
we can recover from the training,"
And though the training will wear
on the Wolverines, perhaps the hard-
est thing to overcome against the
Wildcats is the 12 hours of travel,
and five hour time zone difference
they had to endure on the trip back
to Ann Arbor.
1. Duke (64 1st votes)
2. Kentucky (1)
6. North Carolina
7. Seton Hall
14. Michigan State
23. Florida State
10. Georgia Tech
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Several meet records were broken
by Michigan swimmers. Humphrey
broke both the 100 and 200 back-
stroke records with times of :57.19
and 2:02.83, respectively. Hooiveld
broke the 100 breaststroke mark
with her 1:02.26 performance in the
The training part of the trip to
Hawaii was also successful, accord-
ing to Richardson.
"People put themselves in posi-
tions where they can do something
... where they had not been before
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