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Tomorrow, 3 p.m. (Ch. 2)
Crisler Arena



Men's Swimming and Diving
vs. Indiana
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

Women face a
tough trek to
Iowa, Minesota
Under normal circumstances, you might expect the No. 4
Iowa women's basketball team (4-1 Big Ten,l 1-1 overall) to
be as intimidating a task for Michigan as No. I Penn State was
Afterall, many preseason predictions expectedthe Hawkeyes
to be better than the Nittany Lions - who thrashed the Wolver-
ines 95-45 on Jan. 23 - and their lofty national ranking is
certainly indicative of how talented they can be.
But the Hawkeyes, who challenge the Wolverines tonight
in Iowa City before Michigan's Sunday matchup at Minne-
sota, are not under normal circumstances. Iowa lost star
forward Tia Jackson for the season over winter break due to
a knee injury. Although the Hawkeyes initially suffered no
noticeable side effects, they have been greatly struggling in
recent weeks.
Iowa's blowout loss to unranked Indiana last week was
the first cause for concern. Although the Hoosiers had a
decent conference preseason and beat up on some of the
weaklings of the Big Ten, they have fallen miserably to the
tougher Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue.
"I think right now, they are in a swamp," Michigan coach
Trish Roberts said. "Every great team, you're going to go in
and take some teams for granted. I think they have learned
their lesson."
Iowa struggles to score points without Jackson, a senior
forward who averaged over 15 points per game and teamed
with senior forward Necole Tunsil for Iowa's potent 'fire and
ice' frontline.
"Tia is an exceptional player and I'm sure with her
experience, it would have definitely made a difference in a
game," Roberts said.
If Ohio State's Katie Smith is not to be considered Big
Ten Player of the Year, then it will be Minnesota's Carol Ann
Shudlick, who will lead her team against Michigan Sunday in
The senior forward leads the Big Ten in scoring with 25.5
ppg, four more then runner-up Smith (21.3). Unfortunately,
the rest of the Golden Gophers have not been a force, leaving
Minnesota a second-division team in the Big Ten.
"(Shudlick is) one that we definitely have to worry about,"
Roberts said. "I think if we can slow her down and shut her
down, we can pretty much shut down the team.
Shudlick's ability to play both the perimeter and the post
presents major defensive difficulties for Michigan. Silver
Shellman, with size and quickness might be the logical choice
for the formidable duty - she defended Smith well until
suffering foul trouble.

Hungry Badgers
try to cut teeth or*
men'-s basketball..

When the Wisconsin men's bas-
ketball team steps onto the Crisler
Arena floor tomorrow, the Badgers
will be taking another step in their
attempt to distinguish themselves
from the woeful Badger teams of years
This is a program, guided by sec-
ond-year coach Stu Jackson, that is
new at the business of winning. Wis-
consin boasts a 13-2 record (4-2 Big
Ten)-its best start since 1929-30-
as it enters the 3 p.m. matchup with
No. 15 Michigan (4-2, 12-4).
How new? When asked about his
team's resurgence, Jackson laughed,
"Resurgence? We've never even
surged before," he said.
Indeed, when this team looks back
on its rather unheralded history, it sees
a program that has had just three win-
ning records in the last 20 years, that
hasn't won 20 games in a season since
1941 and that has won a game against
Michigan just once in the last 19 tries.
But things are different now in
"We obviously have a team that's
still trying to make some improve-
ments, trying to get ourselves up with
some of the better teams in the coun-
try," Jackson said.
"They're destined to make their
first (NCAA) tournament in eons,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
Last season, the Badgers finished
a respectable 14-14 overall, and just
missed making its first NCAA ap-
pearance since 1947-dropping their
last five games of the season.
Jackson implemented an up-tempo
style ofplay, relying heavily on thethree-
point shot. As aresult, the Badgers set Big
Ten records in three-point field goals and
attempts, and led the conference in three-

pointers per game (7.7).
Four starters return from that team,
led by first-team All-Big Ten selec-
tion Michael Finley (19.3 points p
game), who finished second in the
conference scoring race last season,
while leading the league with 2.44
three-pointers per game.
He, along with senior point guard
Tracy Webster - the team's leading
assist man (5.7) -- provide the leader-
ship for ateam that's quickly on therise.
Seven-foot-1, 265-pound freshman
Rashard Griffith gives the Badgers a soli*
inside force they have rarely enjoyel.
With the help of Griffith (9.4reboundsper
game), Wisconsin is fourth in the Big Ten
in rebounding (41.7), averaging five mope
boards a game than the Wolverines.
His matchup with fellow Chicago
native and good friend Juwan Howard
will be a key for both teams.
"Rashard is at a stage where he is still
learning how to play in the Big Ten"
Jackson said. "Juwan is a seasoned veA
eran, so obviously he has the advantage
there. I know they're good friends, so I
think they'll have some fun."
"Juwan's a junior, so he's been
aroundtheblock," Fisher said. "Rashard
is young, but he has a lot of talent.
We're hoping experience will win out
over youthful talent."
Speaking of youthful, Michigan
freshman reserve guard Bobbo
Crawford is listed as questionable for
Saturday's game after fracturing his
right hand during Wednesday's prac-
With Crawford's sudden exit
comes Jimmy King's timely return.
King, who has been out with the
chicken pox since Jan. 17, is expected
to play against the Badgers.
"We're elated that Jimmy will b
joining the team again but at the sam
time disappointed for Bobby," Fisher

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Juwan Howard and Leon Derricks attempt to stop indiana's Brian Evans earlier this
season. Howard will meet Wisconsin's 7-foot-1 center Rashard Griffith.

Blue swimmers hope to cure ailments in weekend Big Ten challenges

Men host rival Hoosiers in an attempt to halt losing streak at three

After three straight losses in dual
meets to top competition, thousands
of miles of travel and battling the flu,
the Michigan's men swimming and
diving team may have just what the
doctor ordered tomorrow.
The Wolverines attempt to cure
their ills tomorrow at 1 p.m. when
they welcome Indiana to Canham Na-
tatorium.The team will also try to end
its longest dual-meet losing streak in
"We want to win our last three
dual meets," senior co-captain Rodney
VanTassell said. "I think that's pretty
important for us to do.
"We usually don't go through a

season where we lose three straight."
The three losses came at the hands
of No.5 USC, No. 1 Stanford and No.
2 Texas in closelycontested meets.
The contest with the Hoosiers, as well
as the following two against Michi-
gan State and Ohio State, don't figure
to be as taxing as the last three.
"These meets don't involve any
mental preparation," Michigan coach
Jon Urbanchek said. "(The team) basi-
cally just show upphysically and swim.
The next mental meet will be the
conference meet."
Indiana will not be a complete
pushover, VanTassell said.
"We can'ttake Indiana as lightly as we
would take someone like EMU," he said.
"They're a tough team. We're going to

have to swim well (to beat them)."
The Hoosiers are an improving
team. Their coach, Kris Kirchner, said
that he hopes to challenge the top
teams in the conference this season.
However, tragedy struck the team
from Bloomington in the summer of
1993 when team member Peter
Johnston was killed in a car accident.
The team is dedicating the season to
Senior Brian Barnes is a former
Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and
may be the Hoosiers' top swimmer.
"Brian Barnes is really good,"
VanTassell said. "He's been aNCAA
qualifier for three years. He's already
done some fast times this year."
Backstroker Manning Field, co-

captain Jason Arnold and butterflier
Brad Watterson will help lead the
Indiana swimmers.
Diving is also one of the Hoosiers
strong points. Sophomore Andy
Boersma leads the squad. Kirchner
has said that Boersma has the talent to
be an NCAA champion.
This week will be the last week of
intense training before the Wolver-
ines start to prepare for the Big Ten
Championships in February and the
NCAAs in March.
VanTassell said that the team's
times may not be up to those of the
past few weeks.
"At this meet you're going to have
to factor in that we are training five
days pretty hard this week," he said.

Trip to Ohio State tests women
tankers plagued by bout with flu

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The Michigan women's swim-
ming and diving team travels to Ohio
State this weekend in hopes of pre-
serving its perfect season record in
Big Ten competition (4-0 Big Ten, 5-
0 overall).
The Buckeyes (2-2, 6-3) are led
by sophomore sensation Jocelyn Jay.
Last year, she captured the 1650-
yard freestyle title in the Big Ten
Championships and has swum com-
petitively in various other races
as well.
The rest of the team feature
standouts freestyler Jennifer Berger
and diver Janette Stephenson.
"Ohio State has some strong indi-
vidual talent," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "Although, they
don't have the depth that we have."
Richardson hasn't suffered a loss
to Ohio State since his first season
with the team in 1985-86.
"This year's meet won't be de-
cided by the fourth- and fifth-place
finishes," Richardson said. "It will be
decided by whoever gets to the wall
first. It could be a very good meet."
The Wolverines swam against
some of Canada's best last weekend
in the University of Toronto Invita-
tional meet.

"People swam well (in Toronto)
in off-events," five-time 1993 All-
American Alecia Humphrey said.
The Wolverines are still recover-
ing from an awful flu bug which has
infected the team. Freshmen indi-
vidual medleyists Jody Navta and Lisa
Butzlaff are questionable fo.
Saturday's meet.
In addition, sophomore
backstroker Beth Jackson is still not
100 percent after missing last
weekend's trip to Canada.
"We have still been playing tag
with the flu," Richardson said. "It has
not been a good year for respiratory
The depth of this year's tea
makes it relatively easy to replace th
sick swimmers and not lose any
ground in the meet.
Individuals on the team will be
returning to their respective events
"We're going to swim the meet
according to what we need now and
where we need everyone to swim,"
Richardson said. "I'm concerned with
some individual swims."
The team has begun to start focus-
ing on the Big Tens that begin Feb. 17
and the NCAAs in mid-March. Mem-
bers of the team have begun to taperin
preparation for these big meets.

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