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TeMichiganh Daily Friday, Jnay1,19 Page 9

Blue size
could
bother
*Badgers
by Mike Hill
Daily Basketball Writer
When Mary Murphy took over
for Edwina Qualls seven years ago
as the Wisconsin women's basket-
ball coach, some wondered what she
was getting herself into. After all,
the Badgers had just come off an ap-
palling 4-24 season, their worst sea-
son in the history of the program.
"We were like the world's worst
basketball team. Everybody knew
it," Murphy said. "A lot of people
thought I was nuts to take this job in
the first place. They asked me to
have my head examined when I ac-
cepted it."
In many ways, Murphy's first
year in Madison was much like the
season Michigan coach Trish Ro-
berts faces now. Murphy's team
finished in eighth place in the Big
Ten with a 4-14 record. The Wol-
verines, who face the Badgers at
Wisconsin Field House Sunday, are
1-11 under Roberts.
But Murphy has built her pro-
gram to a level of respectability. As
a matter of fact, Wisconsin finished
20-6 a year ago, good for third in the
Big Ten, and gained its first-ever
berth in the NCAA tournament.
"We at Wisconsin have really
lived the dream," Murphy said. "As
competitive as this conference is, the
thing you have to keep in mind is
you can get from the bottom some-
where near the top pretty quickly.
"I'm inspired by what we've
been able to do here. Other strug-
gling teams, like Michigan, should
be too. Because it shows you that
good things can happen to those who
work hard."
However, it hasn't been as easy
for the Badgers so far this year. Last
season's Freshman of the Year Barb
Franke was lost for the year with a
knee injury suffered during presea-
son practice, leaving the Badgers ex-
tremely thin on the frontline.
Recently, the Badgers (1-1 Big
Ten, 4-7) endured a six-game losing
streak before knocking off lowly
Minnesota Tuesday. Michigan's
frontline of Trish Andrew, Shimmy
Gray and Nikki Beaudry has come
on as of late. Michigan's inside
depth could pose serious problems
for the smaller Badgers. Sophomore
Camille Williams leads Wisconsin
with just six boards a game.
But don't start feeling sorry for'
Murphy's troops. Of their seven
losses, three have come by two
points or less. Plus, they still have
all-American candidate Robin
Threatt. The 5-foot-7 senior guard
averages 21.6 points per game and
came into the season as Wisconsin's
leader in three-point field goal per-
centage at .352.
The Wolverines have been sus-
ceptible to outside shooting, giving
up as many as nine triples to Toledo
in their season opener and five to

Michigan State in Wednesday's 65-
62 heartbreaking loss. If Michigan
does not tighten up its perimeter
defense, Threatt could have a field
day.
Weidenbach
announces he
will leave AD
post after '93
from Staff Reports
Michigan athletic director Jack
Weidenbach announced Wednesday
his intentions to leave his post when
his contract ends Dec. 31. Weiden-
bach made his announcement at the
NCAA convention in Dallas.
"I would be surprised to be here-
after this year," Weidenbach said. "I
sense it is a good time to leave. But I
work for President (James) Duder-
stadt and want to talk to him before

I

Irish will need luck
ND sinks into Crisler lacking experience

by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basket ball Writer
With the storied tradition of Notre Dame
athletics, its seems hard to believe that sec-
ond-year coach John MacLeod is in a "re-
building" mode with the Irish basketball team.
Yet, by his own admission, a victory in
tomorrow afternoon's 2 p.m. contest between
Michigan and Notre Dame will be a difficult
task for his inexperienced squad.
"Any competitive team is going to think in
any game that they have a chance," MacLeod
said. "However, we are realistic about this. We
know what we're up against."
The Irish (7-5 overall) come into Crisler
Arena as a team still trying to find an identity.
After a disappointing 1991-92 campaign which
resulted in an overtime loss to Virginia in the
NIT finals, Notre Dame graduated 80 percent
of its starting lineup, including NBA lottery
pick LaPhonso Ellis. With sophomore Billy
Taylor as the only returning starter, this year's
version of the Irish is more than a little green.
"It's a matter of continually improving our
roster," MacLeod said. "It's going to take time.
We're rebuilding. I wish I could say next year
(we will be back in the top 25) but that's not
realistic. Yet that's our goal. To be at the point
where Indiana is, where Michigan is, where
Duke is, consistently in the top 25, that's what
we want to do and that's what we're looking
for."
MacLeod has spent the better part of this
season trying to replace his senior class. Along
with Taylor, senior Monty Williams has started
every game this season for the Irish. The other
three spots, however, have been rotated among
six people.
The latest combination includes freshman
Ryan Hoover, sophomore Malik Russell and
junior Joe Ross. While struggling the first few
games this month, including an 83-59 drubbing
by Detroit-Mercy, these five have worked well
together as of late. Notre Dame is coming off a
five-point victory over Dayton last week and
an 67-61 road victory against Stanford last
Tuesday.
"I'm pleased to see what we've done,"
MacLeod said. "We're certainly a long way

from being a real strong club at this time, but
we are making progress.
"In the second half against Stanford, we
began to shoot the ball better which we haven't
been doing and haven't done consistently
throughout, so that is encouraging."
However, MacLeod is quite aware that
there is a difference between Stanford and to-
morrow's opponent.
"Michigan is a tremendous team. They pose

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Notre Dame vs. Michigai
Time: 2 p.m., EST.
Place: Crisler Arena.
TV: none.
Probable starting lineups
Notre Dame (7-5) Michigan (12-1)
Monty Williams, 6-8, Sr F James Voskuil, 6-8, S
Malik Russell, 6-7, So F Chris Webber, 6-9, So
Joe Ross, 6-10, Jr. c Juwan Howard, 6-9,1
Ryan Hoover, 6-1, Fr. G Jalen Rose, 6-8, So.
Billy Taylor, 6-4, So. G Jimmy King, 6-5, So.

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all kinds of problems for us," he said. "They're
bigger. They're quicker. They're more athletic.
They're explosive. They're deep. I think that's
enough, isn't it?"
Williams is the Irish's go-to player. The 6-
foot-8 power forward leads the team in both
scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.7 points
and 10.2 boards a game. What makes his num-
bers even more impressive is the fact that he
has had to sit out the past two seasons due to
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a rare
but potentially life threatening condition
caused by a thickened muscle between cham-
bers of the heart. Last summer, Williams was
cleared to play.
In addition to his return, the play of Hoover
has been ai unexpected plus. The rookie point
guard had a career-high 28 points against
See IRISH, Page 10

Sophomore Jalen Rose throws down two of his 19 points in Tuesday's 76-75 loss to Indiana.
Saturday afternoon, Rose and the Wolverines will take on Notre Dame at Crisler Arena.

Men tankers go west to swim nation's elite

by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
The sun, the surf, and the sand.
These things are common to both
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and
California.
After this weekend, they will be
common to the Michigan men's
swimming and diving team as well.
After finishing its winter training

rankings as of Jan. 13
Team RecordI

with Ted Williams," Kenney said.
"We just don't lose anything in the
relays."
Hudepohl was heavily recruited
by Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
during his senior season at St. Xa-
vier in Cincinnati, so the Wol-
verines have a good idea of Hude-
pohl's ability.
"Joe Hudepohl is a franchise
swimmer," Urbanchek said. "They
got one freshman (Hudepohl) whom
we recruited last year and didn't get.
And he's definitely made the differ-
ence as a franchiser. But he can only-
swim three events (in the dual meet)
so they cannot use him in all 13."
However, to be the top team in
the country, there has to be more
talent than just one "franchise
swimmer." Stanford is strong in ev-
ery event. In the short distance
freestyle events, Hudepohl is joined
by Erik Maurer and Brian Retterer,
who were one-two at the NCAA
Championship last year and fellow
freshman Eric Diehl, another out-
standing recruit. Diehl also bolsters
the distance freestyle events.
In the other strokes, Stanford re-

turns a plethora of swimmers who
placed well at the NCAAs last year.
These include two NCAA champi-
ons Derek Weatherford (200 individ-
ual medley) and Trip Zedlitz (400
IM).
However, the Wolverines have
quality swimmers too, and the addi-
tion of Marcel Wouda, an Olympian
who became eligible over semester
break, will have a strong impact on
the team. The Stanford meet will be
his first collegiate competition.
"He will definitely make a big
'(Wouda) will definitely
make a big difference.
He is capable of
winning dual meets for
us. He's on the same
level as (Eric)
Namesnik and (Eric)
Wunderlich and Brian
Gunn.'
-Jon Urbanchek
Michigan coach

difference," Urbanchek said. "He is
capable of winning dual meets for
us. He's on the same level as (Eric)
Namesnik and (Eric) Wunderlich and
Brian Gunn."
The team will then have to turn
around and recapture its intensity
from swimming Stanford when it
takes on Cal. The Golden Bears fin-
ished fourth at last year's NCAA
Championship but lost their top
swimmer, Scott Jaffe, to graduation.
Cal is very strong in the distance
freestyle events as it returns NCAA

runner-up Rob Darzynkiewicz. In the
backstroke, the Bears return their
school's record holders in both the
100- and 200-yard events, Thomas
Westcott and Marek Ranis, respec-
tively. Mark Herrmann leads Cal in
the butterfly and Par Lindstrom leads
the sprint freestylers.
Cal's weakest area may be
Michigan's strongest. The Bears re-
turn no one in the individual medley
events and haven't established a go-
to guy. The Wolverines, on the
other hand, have Olympic silver
medalist Eric Namesnik and Wouda.
Right now, however, the team is
focusing on Stanford and hopes not
to suffer a letdown at Cal.
"We are not looking beyond
Stanford right now," Urbanchek said.
"We'll make up our mind after the
Stanford meet and re-evaluate how
we are going to play our game
against Cal. Cal is not as dominant
a team, but after the big meet like
Stanford you could have a letdown.
It's happened to us before. You win
one out there then lose the next one
because you just can't get the ath-
letes up two nights in a row."

Pts.

1. Stanford
2. Texas
3. Michigan

1-0 268
2-0 266
1-0 249
4-0 237

4. Tenn.

5. Arizona St. 4-0

6. Florida
7. California
8. SMU
9. uSc
10. Arizona

3-0
1-0
5-0
4-3
1-1

224
212
209
181
177
169

Wouda

'M' tankers take on Oakland athletes

camp in Rio, the third-ranked Wol-
verines are off to sunny California
where they will take on two of the
nation's top teams. It will be a mea-
suring stick to see just how far the
team has come and has to go before
the NCAA Championship in March.
Today, the Wolverines take on
No. 1 Stanford, and tomorrow, they
take a crack at sixth-ranked Cali-
fornia. Michigan will also swim
Sunday at the Cal Invitational.
The defending NCAA champion
Cardinal once again come in with
high expectations despite the loss of
1992 NCAA Swimmer of the Year
T~ff Rn-ucep Stanford is led hvfresh-

by Wendy Law
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's swim-
ming and diving team (3-2 Big Ten,
5-4 overall) should not have much to
worry about when it faces Oakland
today at Canham Natatorium.
After crushing Big Ten rival
Northwestern last weekend,
Michigan could view this meet as a
mismatch, especially considering the
Wolverines' 11-1 dual record against
Oakland. But is it possible the ele-
phant is afraid of the mouse?
Not likely, says Michigan assis-
tant Chrissi Rawak. Although the
Pioneers can boast three straight
Division II national titles, Rawak
thinks a Michigan defeat is not
much of a possibility today.

meet out, coach Jim Richardson has
had to field his fastest lineup. The
swimmers will get the chance to
swim in events in which they do not
normally compete.
"What we are going to do with
this meet is that a lot of the athletes
are going to be swimming off-events
' just don't think that
(Oakland) is going to
be really steep
competition.'
- Chrissi Rawak
Michigan assistant coach

d~ini
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