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Men's Basketball Wrestling
at Penn State at Michigan State
Tonight, 7 p.m. Tonight, 7 p.m.
State College East Lansing
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'M' looks to regroup against Nittany Lions

by Ken Davidoff
Daily Basketball Writer
The Big Ten title is out of the
question, yet the Michigan men's
basketball squad still has seven regu-
lar season games to attend before
taking on its final challenge, the
NCAA tournament. What's a team
to do to pass the time?
Well, it could start by winning all
of its remaining contests and placing
second in one of the nation's tough-
est conferences. The Wolverines (8-
3 Big Ten, 19-4 overall) begin that
quest tonight as they travel to State
College to take on Big Ten new-
comer Penn State (1-9, 6-13).
"If we can't catch them (Indiana),
then we want to be without question
the second-best team in the league,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
"As tournament time approaches, we
want to use these games not only to
help in our seeding, which is impor-
tant, but also help us get better in
preparation for the tournament. So
we've got lots of good basketball to
look forward to."
The terms "good basketball" and

"Penn State" sometimes rank as an
oxymoron, as when the Nittany
Lions fell 67-58 to Northwestern
Saturday, giving the Wildcats their
first Big Ten victory of the season.
At other times, however, Penn State
plays fine basketball, such as its
double-overtime 88-84 loss to
Indiana last week. Fisher realizes
that game may serve as a blessing
for his players, for they will not take
the Big Ten basement occupants for
granted.
"We'd better be prepared,"
Fisher said. "They proved with the
Indiana game that they're for real
and capable of playing with any-
body, especially in their building."
On the flip side, Penn State coach
Bruce Parkhill fears the Wolverines
like Bill Clinton does illegal alien
baby-sitters.
"Michigan's really just impossi-
ble to match up against," Parkhill
said. "Not only size-wise, but as far
as their athleticism is concerned ...
Watching Michigan play is like
watching a college all-star game.
They're just incredible."

Penn State's progress this year
often gets clouded by the common
mistake of attributing the Nittany
Lions' poor record to their rookie
status in the Big Ten. To the con-
'If we can't catch
(Indiana), then we
want to be without
question the second-
best team in the
league.
- Steve Fisher
trary, Parkhill's club would be hav-
ing a poorer year even if it had
stayed as an independent, or if it had
never left the Atlantic 10. Only two
starters returned from last year's
team, and only two seniors receive
substantial playing time.
"Coach Parkhill is a friend of
mine who has done an excellent job
with that program," Fisher said. "His
talent level is not as good this year
as it has been the last two years.

However, he's gotten maximum ef-
ficiency from that team."
Frontcourt men DeRon Hayes
and John Amaechi pace the Nittany
Lions with 14.7 and 14.3 points per
game, respectively. Amaechi, who
hails from Manchester, England,
controls the boards with 6.9 re-
bounds per game. Point guard
Michael Jennings averages 3.1 as-
sists per game.
Among the reserves, forward
Elton Carter stands out in terms of
intrigue. Carter graduated from
Detroit Southwestern High School
and thus will be taking on former
teammate Jalen Rose and former
coach Perry Watson for the first
time.
"It's going to be a lot of fun,"
Carter said. "It's going to be an in-
teresting situation playing a real
game against them." Carter played
against Rose in the Detroit Summer
League last year.
The game time has been moved
up an hour to allow viewers to watch
President Clinton's State of the
Union address at 9 p.m.

Wrestlers take on State, gear up for Big Tens

Dugan Fife and James Voskuil attemptto wrestle the ball away from
Indiana's Calbert Cheaney in the waning moments of Sunday's 93-92 loss.

Michigan at Penn State
Time: 7 p.m., EST.
Place: Recreation Hall '
: Ch. 2
Probable startina lineuns

Michigan (8-3, 19-4)
Chris Webber, 6-9, So.
Ray Jackson, 6-6, So.
Juwan Howard, 6-9, So.
Jalen Rose, 6-8, So.
Jimmy King, 6-5, So.

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Penn State (1-9, 6-13)
Eric Carr, 6-6, Sr.
DeRon Hayes, 6-6, Sr.
John Armaechi, 6-10, So.'
Greg Bartram, 6-5, So.
Michael Jennings, 6-4, Jr.

*.THE SPORTING VIEWS
Can the dunk contest,
give us Jordan yodeling

by Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
The challenge of putting a loss
behind you is one of the most diffi-
cult obstacles an athletic team has to
overcome.
A defeat in the midst of an out-
standing season doubles that chal-
lenge. The Michigan wrestling team
has been forced into this position af-
ter a weekend that resulted in two
Big Ten defeats against Minnesota
and Ohio State.
The Wolverines have two
matches left before the Big Ten
Championships begin in two weeks.
Tonight, the squad travels to Spartan
country to take on Michigan State. It
doesn't get any easier after that, as
the team finishes up the schedule
Saturday at No. 10 Wisconsin.
"Iowa and Penn State are in a
dog fight for first and second for the
Big Ten and the national title,"
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
"Beyond that you've got Minnesota,
Ohio State, Michigan and
Wisconsin. Those top six teams
there are probably in the top ten for
the country. It's hard to think that
you might end up fifth or sixth in the
Big Ten and finish in the top 15 in
the nation."
The difficult competition the
Wolverines are forced to face is sec-

ondary to another problem - the in-
jury bug. Sophomore Jehad
Hamdan's season came to a close
Sunday in his match against
Minnesota. Preliminary reports indi-
cate that he tore cartilage in his knee
and will need arthroscopic surgery.
Hamdan's replacement possibili-
ties are senior Bill Mercer or fresh-
man Kyle Steinacker. Due to the in-
jury, the team has to insert an
untested rookie for a possible
NCAA qualifier.
"That (Hamdan's injury) sets us
back more than anything," Bahr
said. "Losing an NCAA qualifier
doesn't help. (Mercer and
Steinacker) really aren't ready to
compete yet."
Then there is the saga of junior
Sean Bormet. Bormet is Michigan's
top wrestler and is No. 3 in the na-
tion. He has achieved this ranking
while struggling through a large por-
tion of the season with excruciating
back pain.
This problem forced Bormet out
of last Thursday's clash with Purdue
but, due to Hamdan's injury, it will
be difficult for Bahr to rest his 158-
pound All-American.
"Bormet's back is killing him,"
Bahr said. "He can hardly walk.
State is real good at 158 with (Dan)
Wirnsberger. It is going to be a real
challenge for Sean to pull it together
health-wise. I think it is going to be
decided in the first couple of weight
classes. If Sean goes out there and
beats Wirnsberger, they don't have

much of a chance."
According to the Amateur
Wrestling News, State has three
wrestlers rated in the Top 10. Sixth-
ranked Dan Whipp will take on
Michigan heavyweight Steve King.
Whoever wrestles in Hamdan's
place will have an unpleasant initia-
tion by taking on the nation's eighth-
ranked 190-pounder Emilio Collins.
And Wirnsberger, ranked ninth,
takes on Bormet.
The Wolverines are looking for
convincing victories this week so
they can regain momentum heading
toward the Big Ten Championships.

When the new polls come out,
Michigan (5-4 Big Ten, 11-5) will
probably drop far from its No. 5 na-
tional ranking to the middle of the
Big Ten pack.
But Bormet said the team is not
concerned because everyone knows
the season doesn't even begin until
the team arrives in Columbus on
March 5 to take on the Big Ten.
"We'll just try to put the losses
behind us," Bormet said. "We're
looking towards the Big Tens, these,
duals aren't that important. It
doesn't matter who wins these duals,
it's who comes out of the Big Tens."

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
The NBA's slam dunk contest
* has become about as exciting as a
two-hour philosophy lecture. The
competition is stale, with every dunk
a carbon copy of the one before it.
Last year, Cedric Ceballos won.
I didn't think Mr. C was a house-
hold name, so, as a dedicated jour-
nalist seeking only the truth, I de-
cided to do a little research. (Also, I
thought I could get credit for my
psychology class.)
I then conducted an extremely
scientific survey, using a random
sample consisting of three of my
friends who happened to be sitting
next to me, to see if the American
people know who Ceballos is.
I got the following responses to
my question, "Who is Cedric
Ceballos?":
1) "Wasn't she Zoe Baird's
nanny?"
2) "I don't care."
3) "I don't care."
Okay, so maybe my friends are
more apathetic than the average
American. But the point is, nobody
knows who Ceballos is, and nobody
cares. This guy couldn't attract at-
tention if, in this year's contest, he
did an around-the-back 720-degree
dunk while jumping over Dr. Ruth
and singing Belgium's national an-
them.
We need a new contest, and I
have a few suggestions.
Suggestion #1: A yodeling con-
test featuring NBA players. Don't
tell me you wouldn't watch this. I
mean, everybody knows that
Michael Jordan can dunk, but not
many know that His Airness took
yodeling lessons when he was in the
fifth grade. He was good, too. He
only quit because his teacher
wouldn't let him wear his Nikes.
Suggestion #2: Charles Barkley
vs. Karl Malone: a checkers
match. Come on. This would be
great. Wouldn't you love to hear
Barkley, the league's baddest player,
say, "I'm double jumping you. King
me, Mailman."

Suggestion #3: A pie-eating
contest. If nothing else, this compe-
tition would have plenty of entrants.
Hell, half of the Los Angeles
Clippers could compete. This contest
could even mark the comeback of
former NBA player "Dinner Bell"
Mel Turpin. Personally, I'd love to
see Turp the Burp back in action.
Of course, the new contest
doesn't have to be one of these
ideas. I'm open to suggestions.

THE SPORTING VIEWS
Can the dunk contest,
give us Jordan vs. Shaq
by Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
The NBA's All-Star weekend is a spectacle unlike any other. The cen-
terpiece of the gala occasion has always been and will always be the selec-
tion of judges for the slam dunk contest. I have my own suggestions for this
year's panel that will converge on Salt Lake City:
1. Hillary Clinton: She controls the country, so she might as well control
the dunk contest.
2. Madonna: She scores more often than anyone else.
3. Robert Parish: He can get pretty high I hear (The Chief got caught
with some pot last week).
4. George Bush: What else does he have to do?
5. Big Ten basketball refs: If they are in Utah, they can't call Michigan's
game against Minnesota.
6. Isiah Thomas: He should have an actual reason for being in Utah be-
sides taking Kenny Anderson's spot on the team.
Why is it that the Foot Locker Slam Fest has become a more interesting
event than the dunk contest? The NBA should institute a one-on-one contest
for our viewing pleasure. Imagine, Jordan and Shaq battling for the title.
But I must admit that come Saturday, I, like four or five other
Americans, will watch the once-exciting tradition known as the Slam Dunk
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