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Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena


vs. I
Tonight, 7:3

Continued from page 1
will be without one of their main offen-
sive forces - Brian Evans.
The6-foot-8 forward dislocated his
right shoulder for the second time in a
month in the firstminute ofplay against
the Buckeyes. Evans averages 11.9
points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The
latter figure is second on the team be-
hind Alan Henderson's 11.2 average.
"Evans has caused us fits," Fisher
said. "If he's unable to play that will
hurt them a lot."
Henderson has inflicted his fair
share of damage upon the Wolverines
in his two-plus seasons with the Hoo-
siers. The junior
grabbed aseason-
h high 16 rebounds
* and hit 13 of 16
year's first con-
test between the
two teams.
Howard, the Big
Ten player of the
Henderson week for his ef-
forts against Pur-
due and Michigan'State last week,
knows that he is in for a physical game
against Henderson.
"It's going to be a battle," Howard
said. "He plays with his back to the
basket real well. It's going to be a
dogfight between us, as well as Michi-
gan and Indiana."
The contest with the Hoosiers be-
gins the second half of the conference
season for both clubs. What may give
the Wolverines an advantage for their
final nine games is the schedule. The
Maize and Blue will play six of those
games in the cozy confines of Crisler
Although Michigan performed
admirably on the road (4-2), Howard
looks forward to being cheered in-
stead of jeered.

Separation helps runne
for NCAA Championsi

As the members of Michigan
men's track team returned to Ann
Arbor this weekend, some came from
the Northwest and some came from
the Southwest. And no one was lost.
For the first time this season the
Wolverines split, traveling to two dif-
ferent sites.
For its team toqualify fortheNCAA
Championships, the Michigan coach-
ing staff decided to divide it into two
squads - one heading to the Mayo
Invitational at Notre Dame and the other
to the Spartan Relays in East Lansing.
Initially, Michigan coach Jack
Harvey said the coaches planned to
send only two runners to South Bend
but later changed their minds.
"They had an invitational mile at
Notre Dame, and we were interested
in running Scott MacDonald and
Kevin Sullivan," Harvey said. "We
ended up sending nine guys there
instead of going to Michigan State."
Splitting up the team makes it seem
like Michigan's overall performance
would suffer, but for these two meets
it was an advantage.
"Because it's a faster meet, there's

a better chance for some of us to
qualify," junior Nick Carfonta said.
"There's an oversized track, so the
times will be faster and the competi-
tion is a lot better."
The track at Notre Dame is 320
meters instead of the usual 200 meters
for indoor competitions. The advan-
tage of the added circumference be-
comes more noticeable in the longer
running events.
Sullivan, whose time of 3:58.00 in
the mile qualified him for the NCAA
Championships, agreed that the
track's size favors distance runners.
"The turns weren't as tight, and
there weren't as many, so it's defi-
nitely easier," Sullivan said. "I'm re-
ally happy with my performance.
That's the fastest time I've ever run."
MacDonald also turned in a third-
place performance, breaking his four-
minute goal and qualifying for the
national meet with a time of 3:59.40.
The squad in East Lansing also
experienced some success.
Junior Tyrone Wheatley recovered
from a bronchial infection to join the
team for the first time this year. Harvey
was pleased with Wheatley's time of
6.44 seconds in the 55-meter dash.

Michigan coach Steve Fisher will duel Indiana coach Bobby Knight, the
winningest coach in Big Ten history, for first place in the conference tonight.



"Crisler's going to be like that sixth
man that we need," Howard said. "This
is a time when the sixth man helps."
In addition to the aid of the home
crowd, Michigan's players will be
looking out for each other as they at-
tempt to fight their way through the
Hoosiers' patented motion offense.
"We've got to communicate and
fight through those screens" Howard

Should the Wolverines notheareach
other, they might spend all night star-
ing at Indiana firing away from the free
throw line. The Hoosiers have made
410 of 554 from the line this season, a
solid 74 percent as a team. In contrast,
Indiana's opponents have connected
on 283 of 408 attempts from the charity

When is enough enough?
When does an athlete say, "It's too
much. I have to stop"?
Friday night at Cliff Keen Arena

was a time for these questions to be pa
answered. pr(
What will be remembered from the sp
Michigan wrestling team's win over th
Ohio State is not the victory itself, but no
rather how the Wolverines won. fr
They won with tremendous perfor- tag
mances fromjuniorJehadHamdan(190 bo
pounds) and senior Steve King (heavy-
weight). wi
Hamdan dominated his opponent wa
Eric Odita through two periods. Sud- thr
denly, in the third, Hamdan fell to the
mat. Odita never laid a hand on him. su
When Jehad planted his right foot, he jur
tried to move. What moved was his loi
Hamdan had torn his medial collat- yo
eral ligament, the same one that he had Ha
reconstructive surgery on last year. It on
was later diagnosed as a season-ending on
Mostpeople wouldbelucky to walk
after this. How could you even think of wi
trying to finish the match when you're th
in excruciating pain? Hamdan's pain- Ri
ful grimace sent sighs ofdisbel iefdown fa
the Michigan bench. ju
Coach Dale Bahr asked Hamdan if
he wanted to finish. Knowing that he tie
was in the lead and his team desperately m.
needed his win to secure the overall ex
victory, Jehad realized he had to finish. tai
"My knee was in pain," Hamden
said."But if I had gone out of the match, wl
that would have been the meet. So, I be
figured 'what the hell. I got nothing else ev,
to lose. I might as well stick it out."'
I'msurethat'sexactly whatIwould gu
have said after ripping up my knee. K
What fgllowed the 10-minute in- tr
jury timeout was just an amazing dis- N(
"I've gained professional
experience in a friendly
environment. I'm sure that
I'll be able to apply what
I've learned to a job after
Stacey Lieberman, Account

30 p.m. (ESPN)
er Arena
s qualify
"We didn't know what to expect
>m him," Harvey said. "For the
nount of work he's done, that's not
d. He's going to start working out
11 time now."
Sean Clancy and Brian Smith fin-
ied first and third, respectively, in
e pentathlon, an event not in the
CAA meet. Harvey said he wa
eased with Clancy's performance.
"He had a better performance than
's had, he'll be looking toward the
.g Ten."
Freshman Neil Gardner also turned
two victories, one in the long jump
d one in the 55-meter hurdles, which
ialified him provisionally for the
CAA competition. While that may
und like a triumph, Gardner wa*
"Coach got a hand time of 6.98,
iich would translate to about 7.24. I
is disappointed when I saw that it
is 7.40." The time of 7.24 seconds
)uld have qualified him.
Overall, Harvey was happy with
e team's performance.
"I think we did about what we ex-
cted," he said. "We were hoping for
ittle better in some events but we di*
etty well."
in, King
,e for team
ay of heart by Jehad. He was now
etty much wrestling on one leg. De*
ite this, he managed to lift Odita in
e air and throw him down on not one,
t two, but three occasions. Aside
am giving Michigan a 17-12 advan-
ge at that point, his performance
osted the team's spirit.
"Jehad basically finished the match
thout using his legs," Bahr said. "I
as proud of him with those
Some athletes say they feel pres-
red to finish playing if they're in-
red. If they don't, then they might be
oked down upon by their teammates.
"There's no unwritten rulethatsays
u must wrestle when you're hurt,"
amden said. "But it's expected. Any-
e would do it. I know someone else
the team would have done it."
That someone else was Steve King.
After being out over two week.
ith asprained left ankle, King sprained
at same ankle again in his match with
ick Burlenski. King's limp and his
cial expressions were indications of
st how much pain he was in.
After three periods, the match was
d, 1-1. Then with 37 seconds re-
aining in overtime, King, who was
hausted and hurt, was able to get a

kedown to win the match.
At the end, he lay on the mat for
,hat seemed like an eternity. Tired and
eaten, this All-American had given
verything his body had.to offer.
Every team would love to have
uys like Jehad Hamdan and Steve
ing. They are team leaders in the
nest sense. These athletes said, "I'm
OT done. I CAN'T stop."


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