Sports Monday Trivia
Prior to this season's sweep by
Indiana, what was the last Big
Ten team to sweep a
regular-season series with the
*Michigan men's basketball team?
(For answer, see page 2)
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Blame it on Niyo
Late comeback holds
little comfort for Blue
BLOOMINGTON - When it was 89-78, life was the pits. In my mind,
I arranged my agenda for the next two or three hours: write a violently bitter
column calling the Wolverines' collapse a disgrace to humanity, and, while
I was at it, blaming them for this damn recession; spit on the Assembly Hall
floor; and take my own life.
When the buzzer sounded, 1:08 later (that's
Ken basketball time, of course; in real time I had managed to
Davidoff grow a full beard during this interval), my mood had
turned considerably for the better. Sure, I thought,
Michigan lost, but what resiliency, the Wolverines can
still compete with the best. There will be a "Home
Alone 3" and Ross Perot will be back and better than
ever in 1996. Life was good.
I entered the Michigan lockerroom expecting to see
frustrated but upbeat faces. What a comeback, right,
guys? You sure displayed that Steven Seagal never say
die attitude, didn't you?
That's when I discovered the reason that the Fab
Five will probably be on the cover of a Wheaties box
' sometime soon, while I'll be trying to impress mpress
people by telling them that I was the voice of the genie in Aladdin.
"That's no satisfaction," Juwan Howard said. "What we're satisfied with
is a victory."
"We don't believe in moral victories," Jalen Rose said. "Even though I
think we played well enough to win in a given situation we didn't."
"It's like being paralyzed and being able to move your fingers - you
still can't walk," Chris Webber said.
Well, in that case, this game didn't have many redeeming aspects at all.
Yes, the Wolverines put on an incredible display of basketball for the first
33 minutes, but no one doubted that Steve Fisher's troops were capable of
that sort of play. Minutes 34 through 39 were awful, and that's why
Michigan lost its fourth game of the season.
This contest wasn't for all the marbles, but there was quite a lot at stake.
Staying alive in the Big Ten race. Revenge. And, thanks to Kentucky and
Duke losses a chance to return to the nation's No. 1 ranking.
Now, all the Wolverines can do is pick up the pieces, triumph in the rest
of their regular season games and focus on the NCAA tournament, where
they'll likely head out West while the Hoosiers relax within the confines of
See DAVIDOFF, Page 4
mission fails, 93-92
Poor six-minute span
-- allows IU to triumph
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
BLOOMINGTON - This time at
the buzzer, Michigan hit the three.
However, the Wolverines, in a
showdown for the No. 1 ranking in
college basketball, again fell a point
short, as top-ranked Indiana pre-
vailed in Michigan's second Hoosier
Indiana (11-0 Big Ten, 22-2
overall), after trailing by as many as
13 points in the first half, clamped
down against a larger Michigan
squad and used numerous second-
chance opportunities to overtake the
fourth-ranked Wolverines (8-3, 19-
"We didn't do nearly the job we
needed to do with getting rebounds
and getting loose balls," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher said. "It was a
hard-fought game and we never gave
up, but we just didn't make the plays
when we had to."
Leading, 70-61, with seven-and-
a-half minutes to go, the Wolverines
allowed the Hoosiers to crash the of-
fensive boards. In a four-minute
span, Indiana scored 11 straight
points on second-chance opportuni-
ties, including eight in a row from
senior center Matt Nover, to cut the
lead to 74-72.
"Nover did a great job," Indiana
coach Bob Knight said. "He went to
the boards well and took advantage
of his agility. He was a key for us."
"They sent four men to the of-
fensive glass and we sent at least
two or one," Michigan center Juwan
Howard said. "If you have that type
of disadvantage, there's no way that
you can't let a team outrebound you
The Hoosiers continued pressur-
ing the Wolverines, tying the score
at 76, before Jalen Rose regained the
lead with two free-throw shots at the
6:01 mark. Those would be the last
points Michigan would score until
68 seconds remained in their effort
to retake the No. 1 ranking.
The Wolverines proceeded with
costly turnovers on two consecutive
possessions and failed to convert
when they actually got a shot on
"I thought for the first 20 minutes
of the first half, and the first 13 min-
utes of the second half, we played
really well," Fisher said. "Then they
went on a huge run and statistically,
that was the difference. We haven't
had that happen to us this year, even
in the games that we've lost. We
didn't do a good job of stopping the
run and getting on a run of our
Michigan found itself down, 89-
78, with a 1:08 remaining before the
team's leading scorer, Chris Webber,
would hit the first of a series of
three-point baskets in the game's
Following the Webber three, the
sophomore fouled Indiana's Damon
Bailey, who hit one of two shots
from the free throw line. On the next
Michigan possession, Webber hit
another three, this time from 23 feet,
See CAGERS, Page 4
Michigan's Chris Webber hooks over Indiana's Calbert Cheaney in the first
half of yesterday's Hoosier 93-92 victory in Bloomington.
Wrestlers stumblelose to Gophers, Buckeyes
by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
After fifth-ranked Michigan
faced No. 6 Ohio State and No. 8
Minnesota this weekend, the murky
Big Ten wrestling picture got ...
Friday, Michigan lost to Ohio
State, 19-14, just three weeks after
the Wolverines had defeated the
Buckeyes, 22-14, in the Cliff Keen
Team Duals. Then, two days later,
Michigan fell again, this time to the
Golden Gophers, 20-12.
The highlight of the Ohio State
meet was the 177-pound match,
when Buckeye Kevin Randleman,
the defending national champion,
defeated his nemesis, Michigan's
Lanny Green, 8-4. At the Keens,
Green had handed Randleman his
only loss in the past two years. It
was Randleman's first defeat of
"He got two quick takedowns,"
Green said. "He got the ball rolling
earlier. I had him tired, but I just
couldn't convert at the end. He
seemed a little more confident than
he usually is."
"Lanny had a tough time,"
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said. "He
started out slowly, and he couldn't
recover. He made the mistake of not
staying with (Randleman) early and
trying to get a takedown for the win
at the end."
At 158 pounds, Wolverine Sean
Bormet, currently ranked third in the
nation, defeated Ohio State's fourth-
ranked Mike Schyck by a major
Bormet was not so successful
against Minnesota, when No. 2 Mike
Marzetta beat him, 7-1.
"I let him control my head,"
Bonnet said. "That was my mistake.
I couldn't recover."
"Any guy can lose on any given
day to anybody," Marzetta said.
"You can't let one match give you a
swelled head, but ... I think I'm the
best in the country."
Bonnet strongly disagreed.
"I can beat that guy," he said.
Heavyweight Steve King, ranked
eighth in the country, was defeated
by No. 7 Billy Pierce of Minnesota.
"I was horrible in the first
See WRESTLERS, Page 8
Michigan defenseman Chris Tamer gains control of the puck in the
Wolverines' 8-1 win over Bowling Green Saturday night.
Blue shoots down
by Bob Abramson
Daily Sports Writer
by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
BOWLING GREEN - Fol-
lowing Michigan's 8-1 drubbing of
Bowling Green Saturday, there was
perhaps no better summary of the
whole affair than a series of events
that developed late in the second
Shortly after a Wolverine power-
play goal by center Kevin Hilton,
the Falcons embarked on their sev-
enth and eighth power-play opportu-
nities of the night, including 36 sec-
onds with a two-man advantage,
looking to come back from a five-
goal deficit. At this point though,
amidst a flurry of errant passes and
unforced miscues by the home squad,
the Bowling Green faithful began
booing their team rather vocifer-
ously, 'as if to highlight BG's ane-
mic play all night.
Indeed, the Wolverines (18-5-2
CCHA, 21-5-3 overall) simply out-
hustled and outmuscled Bowling
Green (9-15, 14-18), particularly on
The Wolverines set the tone
early, scoring just 1:53 into the
game. On its first power play,
Michigan displayed flawless puck
movement, as defenseman Pat
Neaton worked it down the right side
to forward David Oliver at the right
circle. Oliver drew a BG defender,
then slipped the puck across the
mouth of the net to Cam Stewart,
who easily beat Falcon goaltender
Aaron Ellis for his 14th tally of the
The Wolverine power-play would
go relatively unchallenged all night,
evidenced by Michigan's final two
goals with the man advantage in the
third period. Just 12 seconds after
Bowling Green's Craig Mittleholt
was whistled for tripping, Oliver
scored his 27th goal of the season,
and his ninth power-play conversion,
off a Brian Wiseman pass from the
Less than three minutes later,
after another Falcon tripping pen-
alty, winger Dan Stiver ripped a
He may not have the
smoothness of a basketball player
gliding to the hoop or the grace of a
top running back. To put it plainly,
his wrestling style could be
described as anything but pretty.
He claws. He grabs. He clutches
his opponent until finally, he gets a
takedown. And when it comes
down to the third period, and the
match is close, he begins to over-
power his opponent and wear him
Eventually, he will get on top,
throw in the legs, and pull out an-
other victory for his team at 177
Senior Lanny Green has been a
mainstay on the Michigan wrestling
team for the past four years, pulling
out victory after victory with a style
all his own.
"He isn't blessed with great ath-
letic talent," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "He has size 13 feet and
he looks like a big puppy dog out
there. He is kind of clumsy some-
time-ani he is no~t real nickei
Former walk-on Lanny
Green makes his mark
reer record against Green 1-1-2.
"There is no doubt about it, I
think Lanny can win the national ti-
tIe," Michigan assistant coach Joe
Macfarland said. "I don't even want
to call it an upset, but he beat the
defending national champion. He is
right in there will all those guys.
There are a handful of guys that
could win at that weight class and
Lanny is certainly one of them.'
"Lanny's tough," Ohio State
coach Russ Helleckson said. "He
has given Randleman more prob-
lems than any other wrestler in his
career. He has got power, size, and
good defense, which makes him ve-
ry hard to attack. I just think Kevin
hasn't been able to adapt to him."
Besides Randleman, Green may
also have to contend with Matt
Johnson of Iowa State and Corey
Ellison of Nebraska in his quest for
Green lost to Johnson, 7-4, at
the National Team Duals this year
and is 1-2 lifetime against him.
Ellison, who finished second at the
NCAA championships last season,
lost to Green last season.