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Hockey
vs. Miami
Friday, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

Men's Basketball
vs. Iowa
Tonight, 8 p.m. (Ch. 20)
Crisler Arena

Iowa out for revenge against 'M'
Poor record not indicative of Hawkeyes' performance

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
The Michigan and Iowa men's basket-
ball teams may be on different ends of the
Big Ten standings, but that does not mean
their seasons are greatly dissimilar.
The No. 7 Wolverines (9-2, 17-4) and
Hawkeyes (3-7, 9-10) both bring experience
in close conference
battles into tonight's
matchup at Crisler
Arena (8 p.m.,
Raycom). The differ- '
ence is that, unlike
Iowa, Michigan has vs.
won its nip and tuck
contests, including one
against Iowa Jan. 8 in
Iowa City.
The Wolverines Crisler Arena
snagged a win from the 8 p.m.
jaws ofdefeatinCarver-
Hawkeye when Jimmy
King sank a three-pointer with 7.3 seconds
remaining. The field goal gave Michigan a 71-
70 victory.
That wasjust the first of many close games
for both teams. Four of the Hawkeyes' seven
Big Ten games have been decided by a total of
10points, including last Saturday's 93-91 loss
at Indiana. Iowa missed a shot at the buzzer

that could have sent the game into overtime.
Additionally, Iowa has either held the
lead or been within two points in the final
minute of six of their 10 losses.
What eventually tripped up the Hawkeyes
against the Hoosiers was their free throw
shooting. They managed to hit just 13 of 24
attempts (.542) from the line, including six of
15 in the second half. But their weak perfor-
mance from the charity stripe should come as
no surprise to IowacoachTomDavis. His club
is last in Big Ten play at the line, connecting on
just 62 percent of its attempts.
Free throws almost doomed the Wolver-
ines in their narrow 72-70 win over Ohio
State as Juwan Howard and Dugan Fife
each missed two free throws in the final 40
seconds, giving the Buckeyes an opportu-
nity to win. Fortunately for Michigan, Ohio
State could not make good on its chances.
"It's kind of like we've got a bulls-eye
on our chest," Michigan swingman Jalen
Rose said of the Wolverines' penchant for
close games. "People circle us on their sched-
ule and do whatever they can do to beat us.
"We've been through and seen so many
close games, we've kind of gotten used to it."
Michigan has also gotten used to the idea
of defeating Iowa in Ann Arbor. The Wolver-
ines have taken 12 straight games from the
Hawkeyes in Crisler. Michigan last lost at

home to Iowa in 1981, 75-58, when Bill
Frieder coached the Wolverines and current
Arizona helmsman Lute Olson coached Iowa.
If the Wolverines are going to garner
win number 18 tonight, they will have to
keep the Hawkeyes off the offensive boards.
Iowa averages 15.4 rebounds a game on the
offensive end and 38.5 overall in confer-
ence play (second behind Purdue's 39.5).
despite the fact that its tallest starter is 6-
foot-7 Jess Settles, the team's leading
rebounder and second-leading scorer.
Settles is having a fine rookie season and
is a contender for Big Ten freshman of the
year. He averages 13.7 points while hitting
59 percent of his field goals.
"I think he's on his way to being a top
scorer and one of the better freshmen in
Iowa history," Fisher said. "He's an ex-
tremely tough competitor. The style they
play allows him to do some things hecouldn't
do in other systems."
The Hawkeyes use their 1-2-2 full-court
press to create havoc for many of their
opponents, leading to numerous fast-break
opportunities. Iowa leads the Big Ten in
steals at 10.6 per game, as well as in scoring
with an 81.5 average.
"They're a team that can be down 10
points, and 30 seconds later, be 10 points
ahead," Fisher said.

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
Leon Derricks and the.Wolverines take on Iowa tonight at 8 p.m. at Crisler Arena.

THE SPORTING VIEWS: "'u

Pippen shows there is life after Jordan

By RAVI GOPAL
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
With the retirement of Michael
Jordan earlier this season, many
people thought that the Chicago Bulls
would fall out of the NBA's elite, and
discounted any chance that the Bulls
might still have enough talent to make
a run for a fourth straight NBA cham-
pionship.
These nay sayers thought that the
Bulls were a one-man team, that Jor-
dan won the games night in and night
out. What these people failed to real-
ize was that MJ had some assistance
from his teammates.
It was Horace Grant who led the
team in rebounding. It was B.J.
Armstrong wino led the league in
three-point perzentage. And it was
John Paxson who made the three-
point shot that clinched the Bulls'
tji~rd straight NBA championship
last June.
C But there was one teammate of
Jordan's that stood out from the rest.
Scottie Pippen.
C Pippen, the team's second-lead-
ijig scorer, played a vital role in the
ills' rise to the top.
2 The early '80s saw the Bulls as a
ritediocre team, led by the superstar,
Jordan. Even when the Bulls made
tte playoffs, they were quickly van-
4ished in the early rounds. They
needed that player to complement the
skills of Michael, to take the load off
111m, to shoot the ball in pressure
sjuations.
.s That player was Pippen.
However, no one knew that then,
not even Pippen. The phenom from
a

Central Arkansas was struggling in
the league, and people wondered if
Jordan would also retire with "The
Ernie Banks Syndrome" - in refer-
ence to the Chicago Cub legend.
Would Jordan retire, as Banks did,
as a superstar without a champion-
ship?
Through Jordan's first few years,
it looked like he would.
In the late '80s, a hierarchy was
beginning to form in the Eastern Con-
ference. The Bulls would advance to
the second round of the playoffs, only'
to be beaten by the Detroit Pistons,
who would then proceed to fall to the
Boston Celtics. The Pistons were able
to shut down Jordan and Chicago's
offense, using the so-called "Jordan
Rules."
These defensive schemes, formu-
lated by then-Piston coach Chuck
Daly, effectively reduced Jordan's
power by always double- or triple-
teaming him, thus forcing MJ to kick
the ball out to his teammates, who
would proceed to miss shots, turn the
ball over, or commit other errors.
The implied bottom line of the
"Jordan Rules" was this - if you shut
down Michael, you shut down the
Bulls.
And this was indeed the case.
Chicago fell to Detroit in the the play-
offs on numerous occasions, and this
only served to accelerate the rise of
Pippen.
Thelanky forward, toughened both
mentally and physically by his team's
wars with the Bad Boys, helped the
Bulls reach the Eastern Conference
Finals in the '89-90 season, where

they again fell to the eventual World
Champion Pistons.
In '90-91, the Bulls, led by a sea-
soned pro in Jordan and a budding
superstar in Pippen, won their first
NBA championship. The Bulls, as
well as Pippen, had finally arrived.
The next year, Chicago owned the
Central Division from day one, and
defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to
claim their second straight champi-
onship. Last year, they defeated the
Phoenix Suns and Charles Barkley to
win number three.
In their rise to stardom, the Bulls
had one constant - Jordan. He led
the team in virtually every category
from the moment he put on the red
and black uniform, and led the league
in scoring almost every year of his
career.
But the Bulls also had a variable
- Pippen. In the early days of his
career, the Bulls were in the lower tier
of the NBA. As his career progressed,
though, Pippen improved, and so did
the Bulls.
When Pippen reached his greatest
individual triumphs (being named an
All-Star several times), the Bulls
reached their greatest triumphs as a
team (three straight titles). It seems
that, like wine, Pippen and the Bulls
have just gotten better with age.
And he's only getting older.

Coaches
help out
children's.
hospital
By WILL McCAHILL
FOR THE DAILY
YPSILANTI - It wasn't exactly
the place you'd expect to find a bunch
of Michigan coaches on a Tuesday
night in the dead of winter, but there
they were, serving lasagna, flipping
pizzas and tending bar at the Cottage
Inn Cafe in Ypsilanti.
In attendance were legendary
Michigan football coach Bo
Schembechler, current football coach
Gary Moeller, and several assistant
coaches and other athletic department
personnel, including defensive coor-
dinator Lloyd Carr, wide receivers
coach Cam Cameron, recruiting co-
ordinator Bob Chmiel and assistant
athletic director for football Jeff Long.
Even hockey coach Red Berenson,
in the midst of his CCHA campaign,
took some time out of his busy sched-
ule for the refreshing change of wait-
ing tables.
Also among the horde of local
coaches and sports personalities was
See COACHES, Page :11

AP PHOTO
Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen hoists his All-Star game MVP trophy Sunday.

Tennis takes on Western Michigan in Kalamazoo

By RYAN CUSKADEN
FOR THE DAILY
Michigan women's tennis coach
Bitsy Ritt is like a blacksmith forging a
sword . The blade, fresh out of the fire,
will be tested today at a dual meet in
Kalamazoo against Western Michigan.
Aided by one of the best doubles
lineups in the Big Ten, Ritt has the raw
materials to createavery deadly weapon.
"(We need to) continue our suc-
cess in doubles," coach Ritt said, "and

play high percentage tennis."
Though the doubles matches make
up only three out of the nine total
points, they are a key to Michigan's
success. If a team has a powerful
doubles lineup, it can still manage to
squeeze out a victory even after los-
ing three or four of the singles matches.
Last weekend, the Wolverines
proved that they can count on their
doubles teams when the chips are
down. In their dual meets against No.

11 Indiana and Ohio State, Michigan
lost only one doubles match.
Uniting sophomore Angie Popek
and freshman Bojana Jankovic at the
Michigan Classic in January helped
solidify Michigan's doubles lineup.
Since then, the duo has acquired a 5-
0 overall record.
Co-captain Liz Cyganiak recently
teamed with her sister Sarah to make
a formidable second doubles team.
"We'll probably (continue to be
paired) as long as we keep playing
well and don't fight," Sarah said.
Co-captain Jaimie Fielding and
Simone Lacher have been paired to-
gether recently, and the matchup
seems to be promising.
Though the doubles teams have
been strong, Michigan still needs to
improve in singles. The Wolverines
have a chance to test themselves to-
day, particularly against the Broncos'
Holly Taylor (16-8), currently the
l~xi u n'I!N i

No.4 singles player in the midwest,
and Jennifer Fales (11-5).
Most likely, Taylor will square off
against Jankovic, who has yet to cap-
ture a singles victory in a dual meet.
Fales will probably. face Sarah
Cyganiak. She is 1-1 in Big Ten singles
play, and played impressively against
Ohio State.
"(Sarah) performed really well,"
her sister Liz said. "(She) showed a
lot of maturity."
The Wolverines played the Bron-
cos earlier this year in the Michigan
Classic. Western's top seed, Taylor,
was not a factor in the tournament
after an early upset.
Ritt feels confident with the depth
of her squad.
"To come off such a successful
weekend gives usalotofconfidence,"
coachRitt said. "We competed against
Western in the Classic and we are
very optimistic."

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