Page 4 -The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - February 15,1993
Big Ten race narrows to one
After loss to IU, Michigan rfocuses on NCAA tournament goals *
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball WriterI
BLOOMINGTON - An NCAA
tournament atmosphere surrounded
yesterday's clash between Michigan
and Indiana. Yet after the 93-92I
Hoosier victory, their second one-
point triumph against Michigan this
season, neither squad was willing to
say that this game had large
"You play the regular season,
then you play the tournament dif-
ferently," Indiana coach Bob Knight
said. Knight explained how the
tournament has changed from when
he played at Ohio State in the early
1960s - an era where only eight
teams were in the tournament field.
"In 1960, we won the NCAA
tournament very easily. We had a
tough game with Western Kentucky
but we still won rather easily. The
best team in the country that year
other than us was Indiana, but they
were ineligible to go to the
"The big change now is that
Indiana would be in the tournament
and so would anyone else who came
on at the end of the year. You don't
have to win anything to get in and I
think that makes a helluva
Nevertheless, the early-week loss
by no. 2 Kentucky and Saturday's
loss by no. 3 Duke left thet
Wolverines and Hoosiers to battle1
for the top spot in college hoops.
While Indiana kept hold of its top
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but then cautioned that he didn't
"want to characterize if it was a big
part or a small part."]
"It was a part," he said suc-
cinctly. Whatever that means.
Much less cryptic, though, arej
the underlying motives in the firing.
Campanelli, who was 123-108 at
Cal, wasn't winning enough games,
it seems. The team is 10-7 and sixth -
in the Pac-10 standings. That isn't
good enough for some people.1
It isn't good enough because
Campanelli has brought in top-notch
spot and extended the nations
longest home winning streak to 27
games the Hoosier players played
down the hype.
"The rankings are nothing but
politics," Indiana all-American
'You don't have to win
anything to get in and
I think that makes a
- Bob Knight
Calbert Chaney said. "We aren't into
politics, we've just got to play our
style of ball."
Despite Chaney's nonchalant
recruiting classes the last two years.
He has Jason Kidd, everybody's
high school player of the year last
season; starting at point guard. At
Cal. Not some big-name basketball
power. Not UCLA. Cal-Berkeley.
Kidd chose Campanelli and Cal last
spring. And now, for some strange
reason, a 10-7 start for a team that
was picked to finish fourth or fifth in
the Pac-10 just isn't cutting it.
Mind you, these are the same
folKs who cheered when Campanelli
in 1990 led Cal to its first NCAA
tour unent -appearance since 1960.
And this is a school whose greatest
sports moment to date is a scatter-
view, the Hoosiers have done very
well against ranked opponents.
Indiana is 10-2 against Top 25
teams, and is off to its start since
1987 - the Hoosiers most recent
National Championship season.
With the defeat, the Wolverines
now find themselves three games out
of first place in the Big Ten behind
the Hoosiers, and Illinois, which has
only two conference losses. With
seven Big Ten games remaining
Michigan will have to hope for
divine intervention if it is to capture
the conference crown.
"Anything can happen as far as
the Big Ten r. :goes, but I think
after they got through the Penn State
game and after they got through
today's game, it's going to be tough
to catch them," Michigan guard
Jalen Rose said. "If Indiana does win
the Big Ten title, then we're going
for the goal (NCAAs)."
As Rose pointed out, Michigan's
season is far from over.
"We're probably not in the Big
Ten hunt anymore, but we still have
a lot to look forward to down the
road," Michigan coach Steve Fisher
Fisher needs look no further than
last season to know that Michigan's
excitement won't necessarily stop
with yesterday's loss.
"You always worry about how
you'll react when you loss a game
like this," Fisher said. "But you can't
dwell on it, you must just say there's
nothing we can do about it now."
brained kickoff return against the
mighty Stanford Marching Band.
Ten wins against seven losses isn't
tybe it is more than that.
Maybe there is more to the story.
We nay never know. But I doubt it
was much more than wins and
They said, when they gave him
the boot last Monday night, that
Campanelli was fired because the
program wasn't heading in the right
The question is: Where are they
Michigan's Juwan Howard and Indiana's Calbert Cheaney struggle to gain control of the basketball yesterday in
Bloomington. Once again, the Hoosiers beat Michigan by a single point. This time, Indiana won, 93-92, despite a
comeback attempt by the Wolverines.
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cutting the lead to six before once
again fouling Bailey with 37 seconds
Bailey again went 1-for-2 from
the line and the Wolverines looked
for another three-pointer on offense.
Webber was once again called on,
only this time he was fouled by
Chris Reynolds, - allowing him to
take three free throws with 31
Webber missed the first - one of
his seven misses from the charity
.stripe - but made the next two,
making the score 91-86. After trad-
ing possessions, Michigan again
fouled Indiana in the backcourt.
Calbert Cheaney, the Hoosiers' lead-
ing scorer for the season and an 81
percent shooter from the line, missed
both his chances, allowing the
Wolverines to set up their offense.
Jimmy King launched his own three-
pointer to cut the score to 91-89 with
five seconds on the clock.
In a final last-ditch effort, Rob
Pelinka fouled Brian Evans with two
ticks remaining. Evans, who scored
a career-high 17 points, canned both
his shots. As time expired, Webber
took a desperation three and hit it
from the top of the key, making the
"It was simply too little too late,"
Fisher said dejectedly after the
"It was a good stretch, but I don't
care if I would have made 30 points
in nine seconds and we lost by one,"
Webber said. He led the Wolverines
in scoring with 23.
Throughout the game Michigan
was on target from outside the three-
point line. The Wolverines used the
long-range shot to mount an early
"I thought we did a good job of
not taking the outside shot the first
time we had an open one," Fisher
said. "We explored the inside first."
For the game, Michigan hit 12 of
22 three-pointers for a season-high
55 percent mark.
"Their three-point shooting was
excellent," Knight said. "I would not
under any circumstances want to
play Michigan again if they were
shooting like that."
The Hoosiers foreshadowed their
late comeback when they went on an
11-3 run in the final four minutes of
the first half, allowing them to enter
the lockerroom only two points
'We never gave up, but
we just didn't make
the plays when we had
- Steve Fisher
down despite the 60 percent first-
half shooting of the Wolverines.
"I thought the first point for us
and the most important point of all,
was the group of players we had on
the floor at the end of the first half,"
Knight said. "We were 11 points
down and we went into the
lockerroom down two."
The Hoosiers came out with two
quick buckets in the second half to
take their first lead of the game, 48-
46, before Michigan's long-range
bombers reclaimed the lead.
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I tried to find a silver lining in
this cloud of a game. I really did.
But if the Wolverine players say that
the last-minute comeback didn't
soothe the wound, then the last-
minute comeback didn't soothe the
wound. Michigan considers itself a
big-time squad, but it comes out of
this one looking more like Pat Sajak
than Letterman, Leno or Koppel.
Life's been better period. The
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Webber 33 8-14 4-11 3-11 6 3 23
Jackson 21 6-10 1-3 1-2 2 5 13
Howard 32 5-8 5-5 0-5 0 4 15
Rose 31 4-9 4-4 1-2 3 5 14
King 35 6-9 00 2-4 6 1 16
Pelinka 18 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 4 6
Voskuil 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 3
Riley 14 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 3 2
Talley 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Fife 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 200 33-57 14-23 10-30 21 29 92
FG%- .579. FT%- .609. Three-point goals:
12-22, .545 (King 4-6, Webber 3-5, Rose 2-4,
Pelinks 2-3, Voskuil 1-1, Howard 0-1, Jackson 0-
1, Talley 0-1). Team rebounds: 1. Blocks: 3
(Jackson, King, Webber). Turnovers: 14
(Webber 5, Rose 3, King 2, Riley 2, Talley,
Voskuil). Steals: 3 (Webber 2, Rose). Technical
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Cheaney 36 7-17 5-7 4-9 4 2 20
Henderson 29 4-11 4-7 6-8 0 1 12
Nover 33 8-11 4-5 5-8 0 2 20
Graham 29 6-9 2-2 2-2 2 4 16
Bailey 21 0-2 4-6 1-3 2 2 4
Reynolds 18 0-0 0-1 0-2 3 2 0
Evans 28 4-11 6-10 0-2 1 3 17
Leary 4 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4
Knight 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 31-64 25-38 20-38 13 17 93
FG%- .484. FT%- .658. Three-point goals:
6-12,_500 (Evans 3-6, Graham 2-3, Cheaney 1-
2, Henderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocks: 1
(Graham). Turnovers: 9 (Cheaney 2, Henderson
2, Nover 2, Bailey, Evans, Reynolds). Steals: 4
(Evans 2, Graham, Reynolds). Technical fouls:
Michigan ................ 46 46 - 92
Indiana .................. 44 49 - 93
At Assemble Hall; A-17,269 (paid)
Robinson's 42 1ead Purdue past Wisconsin, 90-87
Glenn Robinson scored 42 points
and blocked a potential game-tying
shot in the final seconds as Purdue
beat Wisconsin, 90-87, in double
Robinson, the Big Ten's leading
chance to win the game in the final
Wisconsin had the ball with the
score tied at 79, but committed a
turnover with .7 seconds remaining.
Purdue got off a final shot by Wad-
dell, a three-pointer that bounced off
good. It went in and I had a feeling."
Northwestern 67, Penn State 58
Kevin Rankin scored 22 points
and Pat Baldwin added 18 as host
Northwestern won its first Big Ten
game. The Wildcats snapped a nine-
game losing streak, while the Nit-