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Men's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Thursday, 8:00 (Raycom)
Crisler Arena

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Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7:30
Breslin Center

WRESTLING NOTEBOOK
Blood rule leaves fate of
match in referees' hands

BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

By RYAN WHITE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
It is a rule that is found in every
rule book for every sport these days.
It is the "blood rule," and wrestling is
no exception.
Saturday's 167-pound match be-
tween Michigan's Chad Biggert and
Morgan State's Robert Edmonds
was delayed three times so that Michi-
gan trainers could work on Biggert's
bloody nose. Biggert went on to win
the match, 9-7.
Unlike basketball where the rule
is very specific, wrestling relies on
the referee's discretion.
"Unless somebody has got a huge
gash that really needs to be stitched up,
chances are you're going to just keep
stopping and let the trainer try to clot it
up, and sometimes wrestle with a little
blood," referee Dave Taylor said.
INJURY-FREE: The Wolverines
made it through all three matches
Saturday without any major injuries.

Freshman Brandon Howe (126
pounds) "popped"ilis knee while compet-
ingagainstMorgan State'sDontaeSmith
and didn't wrestle against Eastern Michi-
gan, but Michigan coach Dale Bahr said
that the injury wasn't serious.
"We didn't want to take a chance,"
Barr said. "We've got Penn State and
Lehigh this weekend, and they're two
big matches for us. There was no reason
for him to wrestle with Eastern."
CHASING 100: Earlier this season
Sean Bormet (158) became the 11th
wrestler in Michigan history to win
100 matches. Two other members of
this year's squad are also chasing the
century mark. With three wins Satur-
day, senior Brian Harper (150) upped
his win total to 93, and senior Steve
King (heavyweight) won both of his
matches and now has 88 career wins.
BAHR'S BIRTHDAY: After the EMU
match the team brought out a cake for
coach Bahr which he shared with every-
one still around - including the media.

Women try to address
a pressing problem
By SCOTT BURTON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Of all of Michigan's problems this year, there is one that is most pressing.
A problem that leaves them the most depressed. One that leaves quite an
negative impression. Yes, I'm talking about the full-court press that just about
every team has employed against the inexperienced Wolverines.
Last Friday, Indiana forced 22 Michigan turnovers in part by implementing
a half-court trap after made baskets and having senior point guard Kris
McGrade dog Wolverine freshman Jennifer Kiefer all night.
Detroit Mercy did much the same Sunday, sticking speedy guard Amina
Danforth on Kiefer and trapping whoever was bringing the ball up the floor
after made baskets. Kiefer committed 16 turnovers over the two nights.
"We've got a freshman point guard right now who is a little unsure of
herself," Michigan coach Trish Roberts said. "Teams realize that we're not
really quick on the perimeter, so they're putting a lot of pressure on our guards
and making it very difficult for us to get into our offenses. If we are to be
successful, we've got to get more from her. That's the bottom line."
On the positive tip, Michigan has made strides, out of sheer necessity, in
moving the ball up-court against the press. Kiefer showed signs late in the*
Hoosier game and during the Titan contest that she had adjusted to all the
pressure assigned to her.
"We had a little bit of trouble with it in the first half but we've got to
remember to take our time, get it up the floor and get into our offense, " Kiefer
said.
Also alleviating some of Michigan's problems handling the press is the
play of freshman guard Mekisha Ross. She played crisply Friday night,
showing confidence and aggressiveness playing the point and breaking the
press. In the Indiana contest, she committed no turnovers in 15 minutes.
Against Detroit Mercy, she played 16 minutes, with two steals, two assists andO
five turnovers.
"She handled the pressure better," Roberts said. "Right now, Mekisha has
got to get her confidence up. The last two games she played a lot more and she
is getting a little more confident."
POST PLAY - PROS AND CONS: Although Michigan's tallest players -
Catherine DiGiacinto, Yeshimbra Gray and Jennifer Brzezinski - only
register at 6-foot-1, they pretty much had their will on the boards against
Detroit-Mercy.
The Wolverines outrebounded the Titans, 56-40, and had numerous second
and third chances offensively in collecting 23 offensive boards. Brzezinski
and5-foot-11 forward Silver Shellmaneach grabbed 11 rebounds, while Gray
added 10.
Unfortunately, Michigan's domination of the offensive boards did not
convert into made baskets, with many easy chippies under the glass failing to
find the bottom of the net.
"I always feel that my kids could do a little more," Roberts said. "I think
they are getting a little frustrated right now. I've got to understand that they are
young. I hate to keep using that, but they're going to make a lot of freshman
mistakes."

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Sports
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MICHELLE GUY/Daily
Shimmy Gray makes a pass during Michigan's game against Detroit Sunday.
The junior forward had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Black Coaches Association
fights to keep scholarships
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - NCAA said Dennis Coleman, general cour
convention delegates rejected a pro- sel for the Blach Coaches Associa
posal to restore the limit on men's tion (BCA).
basketball scholarships to 14, draw- The BCA had indicated it would con
ing bitter criticism Monday from black sider action if its demands were not met
coaches and administrators. "We believe that those 330 schol
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our community," he said. "We are
losing every day black men from our
neighborhoods. Some of them, the
only access that they are going to get,
is these scholarships."
The BCA won an important victory
on another vote when schools approved
a resolution ordering a review of Pro-
posal 16, which was passed at the 1992
convention and strengthens academic
requirements for freshmen.

MILLER
Continued from page 1
draft-deadline.
So long. Been nice knowin' ya,
but I've got a large contract to sign.
Instead, Wheatley said ...
"I'll be coming back for next
year."
Uproarious applause and
cheering overtook the commons,
and it lasted a good 15 seconds.
So much for no cheering for the
press.
As Wheatley answered questions
for the next few minutes, his
reasons for turning down the NFL,

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at least for one more year, became
clear. He was having fun on the
team. There were goals left that he
and the team hadn't accomplished.
"The money will be there next
year, but there's some things in life
like the Heisman Trophy and
national championship that won't
be there next year," he said.
As Michigan coach Gary
Moeller put it, the decision was
"life vs. money."
Life, as in college life. Money, as
in the multimillions Wheatley would
surely garner as sixth pick in the NFL
draft, where he was projected to be
chosen by scouting guru Mel Kiper.
"Tyrone chose a little bit of life
today," said Moeller, who had sat
on the side with a smile on his face
as Wheatley spoke.
That's true, but let's get specific. *
Wheatley didn't choose a wild, "be
young, have fun" life in school filled
with those rollicking weekend parties.
You could host plenty of those
with all the money he was offered.
Wheatley chose responsible life.
Wait. You say it was
irresponsible to turn down the cash?
'That responsible life would have been
his living on his own income in the
NFL, handling investments, making
the mortgage payments?
That's only one way to look at it.
Wheatley's decision and the criteria it
was based on is equal in
responsibility to any of those reasons.
He returns to be a senior. As an
athlete, that means (probably) being
one of the captains, leading the
younger players and setting the
direction for the team. Consider
what Buster Stanley and Ricky
Powers did this year.
As a student, that means a final
year of study, and earning his degree.
Doesn't get much more
responsible than that.
Wheatley also returns to be a
role model, but not just for his
throng of adoring fans.
"There was only one fan that
stuck in my mind (as I made my
decision)," Wheatley said, "and that
was my (younger) brother .... When
someone looks up to you like that,
that's important."
And that's responsibility.
So when you see Shuler sign his
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