Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Blue survives overtime scare, 86-75
Rose's 28 points push
Michigan past OSU
Crisler succumbs to
the Big Mak attack
By TIM RARDIN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Just two short weeks ago, no one in Ann Arbor, or Michigan for that matter,
had any idea who Makhtar Ndiaye was.
But after Michigan's 86-75 overtime victory over Ohio State - his first
collegiate game - the 6-foot-8, 230-pound freshman will no longer need any
His first official entrance donning his Wolverine uniform came with 6:55
remaining in the first half, but his presence proved to be most important in the
With Juwan Howard having fouled out with 2:16 remaining in the game, the
Wolverines of a week ago would have been at a distinct disadvantage in size.
Last night, however, you just bring in Makhtar.
The Dakar, Senegal, native played almost the entire overtime period, and
proceeded to shut down Lawrence Funderburke, grab a ferocious one-armed
defensive rebound over the same Funderburke, change a few shots inside and then
calmly stroke his first collegiate free throw to chalk up his first collegiate point.
His first game. Under pressure. On just three days of practice.
Somehow, you just knew he'd make it.
"When he came in, he did what he was advertised to do -he blocked a couple
shots, got a couple of rebounds and to some degree, he intimidated a little inside,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "We needed all of the above, especially when
Juwan fouled out."
"He's the presence we need," Jalen Rose said. "He's fitting in well and he'll
bse a good asset."
Indeed, when the NCAA declared him eligible to transfer Dec. 30, after ruling
the Wake Forest basketball program guilty of recruiting violations, Ndiaye's
strengths - namely his rebounding and his ability to block shots - seemed a
perfect match for Michigan's weaknesses.
Last night's game proved that notion.
When all was said and done, Ndiaye had totaled three boards, one blocked shot-
not to mention a few shot changes - and a single point in 11 minutes of action.
He wasn't even expected to play more than a few minutes.
"I was surprised (I played that much),"Ndiaye said. "The coaches just said to
be ready and mentally, I was ready." Indeed he was.
As valuable as his presence was defensively, his most important contribution
will not be found in the box score.
"He got the excitement into the crowd," Ohio State coach Randy Ayers said.
"I thought Steve (Fisher) used him well. From an emotional standpoint, he gave
them a big lift."
Ndiaye played hard, he dove for loose balls, he powered down rebounds and
in the last minutes of play, he even waved his arms to get the crowd into the game.
Not bad for a first game.
"He gave us a big lift - emotionally, mentally, physically," Howard said of
his replacement. "We needed a guy like him and now we have him."
Men's tenIs begIns winter
seaswon at Volunteer Clasic
By CHAD A. SAFRAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
This is becoming a habit. It is
certainly one Michigan basketball
coach Steve Fisher cannot like too
much, unless he enjoys excitement...
and a bad ticker.
"If we keep playing games like
this, we're going to give Coach Fisher
aheartattack beforethe season'sover,"
Michigan guard Dugan Fife said.
The Wolverines reached into the
comeback bag once again and pulled
out their second thrilling victory in as
many games. No. 10 Michigan (3-0
Big Ten, 11-2 overall) thwarted Ohio
State's (1-2, 8-6) comeback bid with
an 86-75 overtime win before a rau-
cous 13, 379 at Crisler Arena.
In its first home overtime since
last March, the Wolverines put to-
gether their best scoring stretch of the
game, outscoring Ohio State, 15-4,
including10 points from thefree throw
"I thought they took it to us in
overtime," Ohio State coach Randy
Buckeye guard Jamie Skelton had
a simpler explanation for Michigan's
domination in overtime.
"Jalen (Rose). I can spell his name
any time you want me to," Skelton
Rose, who sat for almost a four-
minute stretch during the second half,
knew he had to pick up his game if the
Wolverines were to come out on top
and heeded Fisher's advice.
"He told me to play like the Ally
American I was," said Rose, who had
three points and two assists in over-
The extra session should not have
come about as Michigan had the ball
with a half minute remaining. How-
See OSU, Page 12
OHIO STATE (75)
MIN M- F-A O-T A F PTS
Anderson 40 5-12 22 1-3 1 3 14
Funderburke 36 7-14 2-6 3-10 2 2 16
Wilbourne 15 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 2
Simpson 36 3-7 2-2 1-1 4 2 8
Skelton 41 8-19 0-0 2-5 '2 1 20
Watson 11 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 4
Dudley 17 1-2 0-2 0-3 0 2 2
Eaker 7 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Macon 16 1-2 5-6 1-2 2 3 7
Etzler 6 0-1 2-2 04) 0 0 2
Totals 225 28463 13-20 13-33 1217 75
FG%:.444. FT% .650. Three-point goals: 6-16.
.375 (Skelton 4-9, Anderson 2-3, Etzler 0.1,
Funderburke 0.1, Simpson 0-2) Socks: 4
(Dudley, Eaker, Funderburke, Wilbourne).
Turnovers: 11 (Anderson 2, Dudley 2, Skelton 2,
Eaker, Funderburke, Simpson, Watson,
Wilbourne). Steals: 1l(Simpson). Technical Fouls:
FO FT RU
MIN NWA I A O4T AFPTM
Jackson 35 3-8 2-2 2-9 1 2 8
King 41 6-13 3-5 1-6 4 0 16
Howard 32 7-12 5-6 4-10 2 5 19
Fife 39 1-3 1-2 0-1 1 2 4
Rose 3710-18 6-8 1-3 3 2 28
Derricks 12 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 2
Saint-Jean 8 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 2 2
Crawford 10 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 6
Ndiaye 11 0-1 1-2 1-3 0 2 1
Totals 22S 3143 18-25 13-0 1317 86
FG .492. FM, .720. Three-polnt goals: 6-13,
.462 (Crawford 2-2, Rose 2-5, King 1-2, Fife 1-3,
Jackson 0-1). Blocks: 3 (Howard, King, Ndiaye).
Turnovers: 9 (Rose 3, Derricks 2, Howard 2, Fife,
Jackson). Steals: 5 (Fife 2, Howard 2, Crawford).
Technical Fouls: 1 (Howard).
Ohio State .. 37 34 4-75
Michigan. 32 39 15-86
At: Crister Arena; A:13,379
Michigan's Jalen Rose shoots over Ohio State's Nate Wilbourne during last
night's 86-75 Wolverine OT victory. Rose lead all scorers with 28 points.
Irish hope to slence 'The Victors'
Up-and-down Notre Dame looks to catch M' icers napping
By JAESON ROSENFELD
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
It's that damn song again.
Every five minutes Notre Dame
coach Ric Schafer has to hear that
And it's not "Whomp, there it is."
It's much worse.
It's that confounded "The Victors."
least a thousand times," Schafer quipped
at the Central Collegiate Hockey Asso-
ciation luncheon in October.
Schafer was referring to the Michi-
gan hockey band's performance of
"The Victors" after each Wolverine
goal, an event that happened all to
often for the Irish last year. Michigan
blasted Notre Dame by a combined
score of41-7 in five games last season.
Schafer can rest assured that he
will not have to listen to the Michigan
fight song again tomorrow when Notre
Dame (5-8-2 CCHA, 7-12-2 overall)
hosts Michigan (20-1-1, 15-0-1) at 7
p.m. in the Joyce Fieldhouse. But that is
only because the Wolverine band will
not be in attendance, not because he
does not expect the usual barrage of
Schafer said. "We try not to think about
Michigan because it upsets us too much."
One certainly understands the Irish
disdain for the Wolverines and their
fight song. Michigan struck up the band
13 times Oct.30 in a 13-2 shellacking at
Yost, silencing an Irish team that had
won its first two games of the season.
Notre Dame has since been an up-and-
down team, beating Lake Superior State,
5-4, in overtime on Nov. 19, but more
recently losing six in a row coming into
"We're a little down right now,"
Schafer said. "We need to pick things up
Picking things up for the Irish means
they will need the defense and goaltender
Greg Louder to improve their play.
Louder and the blueliners have com-
bined to give Notre Dame a 4.38 goals
against average, eighth in the CCHA.
If the Irish are to stay in the game,
they will also have to score goals against
a Michigan defense that has allowed
only 2.50 goals per game. Captain Jamie
Ling (10 goals-14 assists-24 points)
heads Notre Dame's scoring efforts.
Ling also showed he can score the
big goal, netting the game winner in the
Irish aforementioned upset triumph at,
Lake State. But according to Wolver-
ine captain Brian Wiseman, Ling will
not have the opportunity to take advan-
tage of a Michigan letdown.
"I think that a lot of other teams take
Notre Dame for granted," Wiseman said.
"Our team plays every game like were
playing the best team in the league."
"I'll say this Michigan is a very
good hockey team," Schafer said. "But
one of these days we are going to beatS
them. Hopefully it will happen before
the end of the decade."
And when it does happen, you can
bet Schafer will be the first to sing "The
Notre Dame Victory March."
By JOSH BRAYER
FOR THE DAILY
The Michigan men's tennis team
opens winter competition this week-
end at the Volunteer Classic in Knox-
ville, Tenn. The Wolverines, led by
senior and No. 1 player Dan Brakus,
will face Oklahoma in their opening
match as they embark on a mission to
gain national respect.
The tournament features six na-
tionally-ranked teams including Vir-
ginia Commonwealth and Tennessee,
two teams the Wolverines expect to
face in the later rounds. The tourna-
mentwill also give Michigan an oppor-
tunity to see teams it has never played
before and may not face during the rest
of the season.
However, the Wolverines will be
missing a couple of key players as they
leap intocompetition. No.2 player John
Costanzos is questionable due to nag-
ging neck problems. The team will also
be forced to leave Geoff Prentice be-
hind due to eligibility problems.
What will their absence do to the
chemistry of the team?
"Well, it's going to be interesting to
see where everybody plays this week-
end," Brakus said. "All we can do is
play with who's available and do our
best with what we have."
Michigan coach Brian Eisner feels
that even though he will be missing a
couple of players his team still has a
chance to win.
"We have some other players play-
ing well right now," Eisner said. "I
think we can win with this lineup.
There's only one reason to go down to
this tournament, and that's to win."
"They shouldn't beat us if we're
on our game," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "If they really check
and have good goaltending, they can
stay in the game."
Even with flu, tankers ready for duel with Oakland
By DARREN EVERSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Having survived spending win-
ter break on the tropical island of
St. Croix, the Michigan women's
swim team now hopes to avoid get-
ting burned by the equally hot Oak-
land University swimmers. And
while the Wolverines may have just
left paradise, all is not well with
Michigan coach James Richardson's
Michigan - ranked fourth nation-
ally -spent much of the holiday season
in training for this winter's meets. The
team left Dec. 28 for St. Croix to con-
tinue its training, and returned on a
positive note, besting Indiana in adouble-
However, many of the Wolver-
ines have since fallen victim to a num-
ber of viruses. Tara Higgins, one of
the team's captains, has been sick all
week and will not compete in today's
event, which begins at 2 p.m.
Several others have battled the flu
recently, while two other team mem-
bers are suffering from what may be
Nonetheless,Oakland coach Tracy
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Huth isn't harboring any false pre-
tenses about the outcome of the up-
"If you're looking at the elite in the
country at any level at all, whether it's
NCAA or any kind of swimming in this
country, (the Wolverines) are ranked
fourth in Division I," he said.
"Overall, it's not a situation where
we're going to threaten them as far as
beating them, butwedohavesomepeople
that can give them a few races."
Both sides agree on which races the
Pioneers can challenge Michigan. Oak-
land senior backstroker Amy
Comerford has been a Division H na-
tional champion, and has 100-meter
times that are comparable to a lot of
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