vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena
'M' dances to old-time romp-n-roll, 91-67
Y uCHAD A. SAFRAN
Wolverines give it all
for full 40 minutes
microbiologist removes small bits from an organism and later
examines it under a high-powered microscope to locate something,
anything, that normally cannot be found.
Last night at Crisler Arena before a raucous crowd, the organism under
examination was a Wolverine. More like 10 Wolverines.
And this time the ones eyeing the specimen were basketball doctors
fans), looking at Michigan through their national microscope - a.k.a
SPN. What was discovered lurking inside the Wolverines was something
not seen all season - 40 minutes of intensity and pure desire.
Michigan displayed ferocious play and tenacity over two halves,
making the moniker Wolverines ever so appropriate. The Maize and Blue
bit and clawed the Hoosiers til they bled from numerous scars.
The Indiana team doctor just called Johnson & Johnson to renew his
supply of Band-Aids.
What was the difference?
A change in the pregame meal? No.
New socks? No.
* It was the presence of the largest Wolverine to roam the Crisler (hard)
woods in.recent years. And it was not Antoine Joubert for all those
reminiscing of Michigan's team of 10 years ago.
It was Chris Webber.
The 6-foot-10 beast of power and emotion made his first visit to a
Michigan home game since departing for the NBA last spring. Webber
entered the Wolverines' locker room prior to tipoff and sat on the bench
throughout the contest.
He even joined the club for the pregame huddle.
"He just told us to take it to 'em," said Ray Jackson, who had a game-
*igh nine rebounds in his first action since serving a one-game suspension.
"In my heart I just wanted to win this one for Chris," Dugan Fife said.
No one rubbed Webber's head for inspiration, but the desire must have
passed by osmosis into each of the Michigan players.
They dove after so many loose balls that the floor now desperately
needs a new layer of lacquer finish.
Asked if he's ever seen the 6-foot-8 swingman do his Greg Louganis
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Women cagers looking fo
By BRENT McNTOSH single conference matchup, and their
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER losing streak has now reached double
Here we go again. digits.
The second half of the Big Ten But they hope to alter both those
season begins today for the Michigan statistics at7:30p.m. tonight atCrisler
women's basketball team, and it can Arena against Michigan State, the Big
only hope it turns out better than the Ten's fifth-place team at 4-4 in the
first. conference, 9-8 overall.
King, Jackson return
to help Blue past I11
By RACHEL BACHMAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Neither the giant in college coach-
ing - Bobby Knight - nor the one
from the NBA - Chris Webber -
expected to see what they did last
night at Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines upstaged the side-
line stars and their off-court exploits
to stun the twelfth-ranked Hoosiers,
91-67, and claim sole possession of
first place in the Big Ten.
Returning from their one-game
suspension for violating team policy,
Jimmy King and Ray Jackson com-
bined for 30 points. Their performance
- and that of their teammates -
impressed fellow Fab Five member
Webber, who watched the game from
the bench in street clothes.
"We gave them an old-fashioned
butt-whipping, and that's what we
needed to do in the Big Ten," Webber
The two starters, along with walk-
on Chris Fields, were issued warrants
Monday for allegedly stealing sev-
eral 12-packs of beer from a local
Propelled by a scant 10 turnovers
and a high 33 rebounds, the Wolver-
ines silenced critics and drew support
even from Knight, who is usually
stoic in defeat.
"Good kids screw up occasion-
ally," Knight said, referring to the
three players back from suspension.
"That's different than some kid that's
out trying to hurt somebody. If these
kids are good kids, then they deserve
to have another chance.
"If...they were my kids, they would
have been playing here tonight for me
also," Knight said, who was disap-
pointed in his team's effort.
Indiana was without the services
of starter Brian Evans, who was side-
lined with a separated shoulder.
Knight did not say whether Evans'
presence would have improved his
First-half highlights included a
classic display of Michigan
athleticism, combined with the dis-
ciplined play characteristic of Indi-
Behind 63 percent first-half shoot-
ing and just three turnovers, the Wol-
verines pulled out to a 16-point half-
time lead, their biggest in the first 20
With 7:18 to go, Howard drove
the lane to put the Wolverines up by
Olivier Saint-Jean tipped in
Howard's short jumper with 6:14 re-
maining to push the lead to 13. On the
next possession, he followed with a
plete with trash talk and head pump
- to make the score, 40-25, in favor
Throughout the half, the Wolver-
ines' low-post defense outperformed
Indiana's patented man-to-man cov-
erage. Juwan Howard, along with
Leon Derricks and Makhtar Ndiaye,
outmuscled Indiana big man Alan
Henderson to notch a collective four
"Wejust outplayed them from start
to finish," said Howard, who turned
Jason Bossard, who played just
the final minute of the game, gave the
Wolverines their biggest lead with
his 23-foot jumper. The shot sent the
Crisler crowd into convulsions.
The tallest celebration of the night,
however, was between Howard and
Webber, who hugged as the final sec-
onds ticked away. At the game's start,
fans welcomed Webber with the cus-
tomary mass bow, hands outstretched
The former Wolverine, who left
Michigan after his sophomore sea-
son, now plays for the NBA's Golden
When asked if Webber's presence,
a No. 1 conference ranking, or the
challenge of playing their conference
nemesis contributed most to the Wol-
verines' victory, Howard replied,
"The biggest factor was us."
FO FT RED
MIN M-A M-A 04 A F PTS
Graham 25 38 0-0 1-2 1 1 7
Leary 18 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 0 5
Henderson 38 6-12 6-12 4-8 1 3 18
Bailey 35 5-17 5.6 1-4 4 2 17
Hart 27 1-3 1-1 1-6 2 3 3
Knight 14 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Wilkerson 26 4-8 0-0 2-3 3 2 11
Mandeville 11 1-3 2-2 1-3 0 5 4
Hales 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Totals 200 23-57 14.21 17,36 1516 67
FG%: .404. FT%: .667. Three-point goals: 7-16,
.438 (Wilkerson 3-4, Bailey 2-4, Graham 1-5,
Leary 1-3). Blocks:1 (Hart). Turnovers: 19
(Bailey 4, Graham 4, Wilkerson 3, Hart 2, Knight
2, Leary 2, Hales, Mandeville). Steals: 5 (Bailey
2, Garham, Henderson, Leary). Technical Fouls:
FO FT RED
MIN U-A U-A O}T A F PIS
Jackson 31 4.8 5-6 3-9 1 1 13
King 28 6.9 2-2 1-1 2 4 17
Howard 32 8-14 3-5 4-6 3 3 19
Fife 38 1-7 2-2 0-1 5 2 5
Rose 27 7-13 4-6. 1-2 4 3 20
Saint-Jean 21 4.6 0-0 3-6 0 2 8
Ndiaye 13 0.1 0-0 0-3 0 2 0
Derricks 7 3-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 6
Bossard 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0- 1 3
Fields 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Smith 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 3463 16-21 13-33 1619 91
FG%: .540. FT%: .762. Three-point goals: 7-17,
.412 (King 3-6, Rose 2-3, Fife 1-5, Bossard 1-1,
Jackson 0.1, Saint-Jean 0-1). Blocks: 4 (Howard
2, Jackson, Ndiaye). Turnovers: 10 (Jackson 2,
Rose 2, Saint-Jean 2, Fields, Howard, Ndiaye).
Steals: 9 (Fife 4, Jackson 2, Howard, Rose,
Saint-Jean). Technical Fouls: none.
Indiana....... 30 37- 67
Michigan.....46 45 - 91
At: Crnsler Arena; A: 13,562
Michigan's Ray Jackson celebrates the Wolverines' 91-67 victory over
Indiana. Jackson had a team-high nine rebounds in his return.
r fresh start against MSU
Of course, it can't get much worse.
'he Wolverines (0-9 Big Ten, 3-15
overall) have failed to prevail in a
"We're going into the second
round and we can redeem ourselves,"
Michigan coach Trish Roberts said.
"We didn't lose that bad to Michigan
State and I think they're a team that
can be beat. However, over the week-
end they beat Northwestern and Illi-
nois, who beat us by 15 points."
The Spartans beat the Wolverines
Jan. 12 by a comfortable 12-point
margin, even after Michigan led by
three at the break. Michigan State
junior forward Tanya Place had 15
points in the contest's crucial second
half, and that concerns Roberts.
"(Place) got hot with about ten
minutes to go and hit two three-point-
ers," she said. "Before then the score
was going back and forth. When she
hit those two three-pointers, the mo-
mentum just shifted. We've got to
contain her- she's the kind of player
that if she gets hot, you can't stop
Not only did the Wolverines fail
to stop Place in the second half, they
also scored just 28 points themselves,
compared to the Spartans' 43.
Roberts' cure for those woes is as
simple as basketball strategy gets -
score and play defense.
"We're going to have to score,"
she said. "I think player for player we
match up very well with them. If you
look at their inside players, they didn't
hurt us. The three people that hurt us
were (junior guard Christine) Pow-
ers, Place and (junior forward Kisha)
Kelly. If we can contain those three I
think we'll be okay."
Stopping the trio of juniors will
require more defensive awareness
than the Wolverines have displayed
in any game this season.
"We're going to have to know
where their key shooters are - that's
the big thing, forme especially," fresh-
man guard Amy Johnson said. "I have
to keep my eye on my player."
That was the Wolverines down-
fall in the last contest, with the second
half finding the Spartans wide open
far too often for Michigan's good.
Roberts has said that recent team
frustrations deal \vith the fact that the
Wolverines have played well for
stretches, but have continued to lose.
In order for the Wolverines to keep
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