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Plow many Michigan players have
been selected in the first round of
the NBA draft?
(Answer, page 2)

'M' Sports Calendar
AP Top 25
Bowl Griddes
Athelete of the Week
Q&A
Forrest Fires
Women's Basketball Preview
Men's Basketball
Hockey

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Familiar
cockiness
emerges from
humbleness
By SCOTT BURTON
Daily Basketball Writer
HATTANOOGA, Tenn. -
There had been something
clearly wrong with the play
of the Michigan basketball team
this season.
Maybe the Wolverines missed
the flair of Jalen Rose or the heady
leadership of
Juwan Howard.
Maybe
LL Jimmy King
URT and Ray
PRESS Jackson weren't
ready to adopt
the leadership
role.
Maybe trying to build a cohesive
unit on the floor was too much of a
challenge with 12 talented players
to choose from.
Whatever the reason, the
&olverines' characteristic
abundance of confidence was
missing. The cocky swagger of the
Fab Five was nowhere to be seen.
And their "I'm better than you are,
so whatcha gonna do about it?"
kind of attitude was simply absent.
Painfully present instead were
timid shots, bad decisions and a 2-2
team horribly humbled by Arizona
nd Arizona State.
See COCKY, Page 6

King, Jackson lead effort, break
Mocs' 27-game home streak

By RYAN WHITE
Daily Basketball Writer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -
Michigan men's basketball coach
Steve Fisher has been waiting all sea-
son for seniors Jimmy King and Ray
Jackson to step up and lead the team.
Saturday, against Tennessee-Chatta-
nooga, they did.
The twosome scored eight of the
Wolverines' final l1 points, combin-
ing for 42 overall, as No. 17 Michigan
(3-2) pulled away down the stretch to
defeat the Moccasins, 83-71, in front
of 11,103 raucous fans at UTC Arena.
The loss ended the Mocs 27-game
home winning streak, which was the
fourth longest in the nation.
Tennessee-Chattanooga (1 -) fu-
"eled by one of its largest crowds ever.
cut Michigan's 49-36 halftime lead to
only three, 72-69, with 2:47 left in the
game. That's when King and Jackson
took over.
Jackson hit two free throws, and.
after a turnover by the Mocs' Shane
Neal, King was fouled and hit the
back end of his two shots.
King put the game away when he
stole the ball, made a breakaway layup
and was fouled. He made the ensuing
free throw and the Wolverines were
up, 78-69.
King and Jackson, however, were
not quite done.
A Dugan Fife steal led to a Jack-
son dunk. King made another steal to
start a break that ended in Fife tossing
a pass over his shoulder to freshman
Maurice Taylor, who ended the Wol-
AP PHOTO verines' scoring with a thunderous

slam.
King finished with 23 points: Jack-
son with 19.
"Our seniors. King and Jackson,
who have taken some heat for not
stepping up - stepped up," Fisher
said.
"With the experience Ray and
myself have, we have to keep it to-
gether," King said. "We just kept our
heads on straight and put it together
down the stretch."
Michigan, which led throughout
the entire game, began the second
halt' against the Moccasins slowly,
much like it began the second half
against Arizona last Wednesday.
Nearly eight minutes went by after
halftime before Michigan recorded a
field goal against the Wildcats.
Against the Mocs, the Wolverines
scored their first basket 2:26 into the
half.
The biggest play of the Mocca-
sins' comeback attempt was actually
made by Michigan.
Jackson fouled Tennessee-Chat-
tanooga forward Maurio Hanson and
King was slapped with a technical for
arguing the call. The Moccasins made
all four free throws to shave an I I-
point Wolverine lead down to just
seven.
Fisher removed King after the
technical and Jackson took over.
"When (the technical) happened,
Ray was the guy that brought stability
to the team," Fisher said.
While it was King and Jackson
who put the contest away, Michigan's
See MOCS, Page 6

Brendan Born covers Michigan's Ray Jackson Saturday. Jackson finished with 19 points

against the Mocs.

x .. *t'M' pounds Notre Dame, 11-2

By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
Daily Hockey Writer
It's a safe bet that "The Victors" is
still ringing in the ears of Notre Dame
coach Ric Schafer.
After all, he had to endure the
chorus of the famous song every time
the No. 5 Wolverines (7-2 CCHA,
10-4 overall) scored Saturday night at
Yost Ice Arena. Michigan's runaway
11-2 romp over the Irish (1-9, 3-11)
certainly kept the band busy and
Schafer frustrated.
"I love the spirit here, I really do,"
said Schafer of the Wolverine follow-
ing. "I just wish that, on some night,
we could silence (the band) for a
while."
While the fight song was loud
Saturday night, the Michigan offen-
sive firepower was deafening to Notre
Dame.
Eight Wolverines scored in
Michigan's most lopsided win thus
far this season.
"I had the feeling that all four
lines contributed," Wolverine coach
Red Berenson said of Saturday's
game. "We're going to need every-
body on our team before the year is

'Our shot chart looked like a clusterbomb went
off in front of our goal.'
-- Ric Schafer
Notre Dame head coach

over."
Michigan dropped the bomb on
the Irish in the second period.
Leading only 3-2 at the first in-
termission, the Wolverines blew
Notre Dame off the ice with four
unanswered goals in the second
stanza. Freshman Matt Herr gave
Michigan a 4-2 lead 7:41 into the
period on a textbook three-on-two.
"(John) Arnold gave it to (Mike)
Legg and the one defenseman came
over," Herr said. "Legg threw it across
to me, and all I had to do was put it
away in the wide open net."
After Kevin Hilton and Brendan
Morrison scored back-to-back goals
for a 6-2 lead, Schafer pulled starting
goalie, Wade Salzman, but the goalie
wasn't responsible for the Irish col-
lapse.
"There were an awful lot of shots
in close," Schafer said. "Our shot

chart looked like a clusterbomb went
off in front of our goal."
Salzman's replacement, Matt
Eisler, immediately felt the brunt of
the Michigan artillery.
Only 13 seconds after entering the
game, Eisler gave up a goal to Wol-
verine forward Ron Sacka and the
game was out of Notre Dame's reach
at 7-2.
Sacka' s success comes on the heels
of a position change from center to
left wing.
"Sacka's playing the best hockey
he's played since he's been here,"
Berenson said. "We've always had
him at center ... but he's a different
player on the wing."
After taking a commanding five-
goal lead, the final period-and-a-half
Saturday night was statistic-padding
time for Michigan.
See IRISH, Page 7

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily

Michigan's dominance over Notre Dame Saturday was indicative of how this series has gone the past few seasons.
The Wolverines 11-2 victory was their 15th consecutive win over the Irish.

Women's basketball
picks apart Panthers

For the love of the game
Amy Johnson dedicates herself to basketball

By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Basketball Writer
After two consecutive setbacks on
the road, the Michigan women's bas-
ketball team was looking desperately
for a 'W.'
"We definitely needed a victory,"
junior Catherine DiGiacinto said. "We
really needed to boost our spirits."
The Wolverines' prayers were
answered Saturday. Led by Amy
Johnson's 28 points, the Wolverines
defeated Georgia State, 79-63, in At-
lanta.

sprained left ankle. This prompted
Roberts to insert freshman Molly
Murray at the point, and the trouble
began.
Facing the suffocating Panther
full-court press, Murray committed
11 turnovers. Taking the ball up the
court took its toll on the rookie.
"Molly had to play 39 minutes,
and was physically fatigued at the end
of the game," Roberts said.
To aid Murray, Johnson brought
the ball up the court on several occa-
sions. Yet. the result was similar. Plav-

By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Basketball Writer
Amy Johnson was 13 when
she first fell in love. He was
not one of the scrawny kids
with braces from her seventh grade
History class. He was not the
nervous sixth-grader who sat next
to her in the cafeteria.
His name was Michael Jordan.
As she sat with her mother in the
living room, watching Michael
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climbed through the air, legs
pedaling as if slicing through ocean
water. He was still on his way up
when he slammed the ball through
the hoop. The judges gave him a 50
- a perfect score. Michael won,
and Johnson was in love, not only
with the man who could fly, but
with the sport of basketball.
"It changed me," Johnson says.
"I knew then that basketball would
become a part of my life."
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