What was the last time one
conference had two No. 1
seeds in the NCAA
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Wolverines to battle Chanticleers
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
While the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team will probably be watch-
ing enough film in preparation for
the NCAA tournament this week to
make even Siskel and Ebert jealous,
the Wolverines might be wise to rent
one more title from the video store.
For last year's NCAA runners-up
to return to the Final Four, they
might want to be familiar with the
plot of "How the West Was Won."
Surprising few, the Wolverines
received a No. 1 seed yesterday
when the NCAA announced this
year's 64-team field. Michigan
begins play in Tucson, Ariz., Friday
when it takes on Big South
champion Coastal Carolina (22-9) in
West regional action.
North Carolina, Kentucky and
Big Ten champion Indiana also
received No.1 seeds.
Along with the Wolverines and
Hoosiers, three other Big Ten
schools were invited to the tourna-
ment. Illinois will join Michigan in
the West, while Iowa travels to the
Southeast and Purdue goes to the
With the No. 1 seed all but
wrapped up last week, the true ques-
tion for Michigan yesterday was
who its first opponent would be.
Even after the Chanticleers of
Coastal Carolina were announced,
some Wolverines were still wonder-
ing who they were.
"I'm not really familiar with
them," Michigan center Juwan
Howard said. "I can tell you one
thing though, I'm going to be doing
my homework tomorrow."
"I don't know anything about
them," forward Ray Jackson said.
"All I know is they did all right in
their little tournament."
Jackson was referring to the Big
South Conference Championship, in
which Coastal Carolina defeated
The Chanticleers are led by se-
nior Tony Dunkin, a 6-foot-7 for-
ward who is the school's all-time
leading scorer. Dunkin was named
Big South Player of the Year for the
fourth consectutive year. Michigan
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coach Steve Fisher showed cautious
optimism when discussing his first
well. I think our kids will be ex-
tremely excited about playing."
With Arizona, Vanderbilt and
Georgia Tech slotted as the second,
third and fourth seeds in the West,
respectively, the region looks to be
one of the easiest, with the possible
exception of East. However, the
Wolverines are not convinced by
this sort of logic.
"It doesn't matter where you go,
you're going to have a region with
good teams in it," Fisher said. "A
year ago everybody felt well Michi-
"Coastal Carolina is a 16th gan was going to get beat by Arizona
seed," Fisher said. "Now how good in the second round and then
are they, well they're good enough Arizona got beat in the first round."
to win their league and be in the "We don't have a cakewalk being
tournament. Hopefully, we'll play See NCAA, page 4
Regular season ends with
86-60 thrashing f'Ct
by Andy De Korte
Daily Basketball Writer
Going into the game between the
No. 3 Michigan men's basketball
team and Northwestern, both coach-
es had an idea of the disparity
between the teams. Wildcat coach
Bill Foster knew his team would
have to play its best basketball for
40 minutes to capture a victory.
Wolverine coach Steve Fisher knew
his team would have to show up.
Michigan (15-3 Big Ten, 26-4
overall) showed up, and then
showed up Northwestern, 86-60,
despite a strong first. half per-
formance by the Wildcats.
"The second half they turned
their defense up about two notches
and got everything off the boards,"
Foster said. "I thought they played
very good help-side defense and
shot well and really showed their
athletic ability in the second half.
We were able to negate (that) for a
half. In the second half we had a
tough time scoring."
Indeed, after 20 minutes of play,.
Foster's Wildcats (3-15, 8-19) were
only down 35-31. However,
Michigan's turnover parade - only
one shy of the Wolverines' season-
high of 21 - slowed down and its
defense turned up and blew away the
Michigan had the motivation of a
top seed in the tournament - it
sealed the top seed in the West re-
gion with the victory - but coming
off two overtime games, fatigue and
a letdown bothered the Wolverines.
"We were a little tired," senior
Eric Riley said. "We had to get into
a rhythm. And then in the second
half we got into our rhythm.
"Yes, (the overtimes) did affect
us. It's a little tough on us trying to
pull out victories. We were behind
in both those games."
See WILDCATS, page 4
and his classmates
Senior Michael Talley knifes through the lane for a layup in Saturday's 86-60 victory . Talley
drew standing ovations from the Crisler crowd for their years of work for the Wolverines.
Hockey sweeps its way to the Joe
* Wolverines dismantle Fighting Irish 13-2, 8-1 in CCHA first round
by Brett Forrest
Daily Hockey Writer
"Now the fun starts," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said after Saturday's game at Yost Ice
Arena. The easy games are over for the Wolver-
ines (29-5-3 overall) as they swept Notre Dame
(8-26-2) this weekend, 13-2 Friday and 8-1 Sat-
urday in the first round of the CCHA playoffs.
The Wolverines will next play the winner be-
tween Lake Superior and Ferris State Saturday at
Joe Louis Arena.
As evidenced by the scores, Notre Dame
proved little competition for Michigan - espe-
cially early on. Center Brian Wiseman scored
2:02 into the first period Friday and the game
was effectively finished at that point. The first
period ended with Michigan comfortably ahead,
It could have been worse for the Irish as an
apparent goal by right wing David Oliver at the
2:12 mark of the first was disallowed after the
net was forced of its moorings. At the close of
the period Michigan was once again thwarted as
defenseman Aaron Ward appeared to score in the
Notre Dame crease, but the goal was not
"We came out as flat as Grandma's lafse (a
Norweigan pancake)," Notre Dame coach Ric
Schafer said. "The first period wasn't very good
for us. Of course, neither was the second or third,
for that matter. They're just too good, that's all
there is to it. In the four other games, we were
competitive. This game showed the real
Nine different Wolverines scored, with Dave
Roberts notching his second hat trick in as many
home games and Mike Stone adding two goals.
Six different goalies played for both sides and
Michigan netminder Al Loges recorded his first
career point, assisting on Stone's shorthanded
tally at 13:07 of the third period.
See SWEEP, Page 5
by Chad A. Safran
Daily Hockey Writer
The offense comes screaming
down the ice on a three-on-two. The
trio has the defensemen on their
heels and looking to hide. The
entire rush happens incredibly
quickly. The interaction boils down
to a sense of awareness - a
perspective on where the goalie is.
The line is a recipe for goal
scoring and game breaking. Add a
pinch of speed in Mark Ouimet.
Thrown in a dash of passing with
Dave Roberts. And the bit of shot
power comes from Dan Stiver. Mix
it all together and you have Insta-
The shot is what has enabled
Stiver to establish a personal high
in r rnal nrpA in a aenn in hie
Dan Stiver's shot is
louder than words
Stiver lines up pucks in the slot
area and slams disks at each of the
net's four corners. It is something
Stiver has always done, even while
growing up in Winnipeg,
"It was where he learned to
shoot properly," John Stiver, Dan's
father said. "We didn't have a
finished basement. We protected the
windows with plywood so he didn't
break many. I bought net tissue for
him to shoot at, but he destroyed
the netting. The wall is still marked
up with rubber marks from all the
When he brought the drill with
him to Michigan, he found a
willing partner in Ouimet.
"We've been doing it since our
freshman year," Ouimet, who has
Seniors Dave Roberts and Mark Ouimet celebrate a first period goal in
Friday's 13-2 rout of Notre Dame. Roberts, Ouimet, and their fellow seniors
led the way offensively.
Divers earn NCAA spots
with good Z
by Brett Johnson
and Dave Kraft
Daily Sports Writers
The final pieces to the national
swimming and diving championship
puzzles were put together this week-
end. And thanks to the 10-meter
platform event, the Michigan women
nesota) and Laurie Gaudes (Ohio
State) as the six qualifiers for this
weekend's NCAA Championships in
Woods' first place finish in Sat-
urday's tower event and second
overall placing helped pace the ju-
nior to her first berth at the NCAAs.
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