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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 7, 1994

BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK:
Detroit natives,
rekindle rivalries
By RYAN WHITE
Daily Basketball Writer
As a Detroit native, Michigan basketball player
Maurice Taylor had just a little bit of fun in Monday
night's game against Detroit.
"I really enjoyed playing against (the Titans)," Taylor said.
"I know every last one of them. I played with all of them."
Ten of the 14 players on the Titan roster are from the
city of Detroit.
When players know each other as well as Taylor and
fellow Detroit native Willie Mitchell know the Titans,
there is bound to be a little talking.
In the first half, after Mitchell swatted a Titan shot out
of bounds, he received a warning from one of the game
officials for extracurricular verbal activity.
WATSON'S RECRUITS: Detroit coach Perry Watson left
Michigan after the 1992-93 season, but he says he still had
a hand in the Wolverines' latest recruiting class.
"I actually started recruiting the group," Watson said
after Monday's game. "When the Fab Five were fresh-
men, we kind of knew that we weren't going to get any
recruits. So I started recruiting Willie Mitchell, Maurice
Taylor and Maceo Baston like they were seniors."
IF LOOKS COULD KILL: Wolverine senior Jimmy King
was slapped with a technical foul in last Saturday's game
against Tennessee-Chattanooga. After Ray Jackson was
fouled in the second half, King verbally protested the call.
Apparently King learned his lesson. Instead of com-
plaining to officials about calls, or lack there of, against
the Titans, King used a glare to get his point across.
WHO'S STARTING NEXT?: Wolverine coach Steve Fisher
is changing starting lineups like socks these days.
Fisher used his fifth different starting five on Monday
against Detroit. Thus far the only regulars have been
Dugan Fife, Jackson and King. Others in the starting
rotation have been Mitchell, Taylor, Baston, Makhtar
Ndiaye and Jerod Ward.

SWIMMING NOTEBOOK:
Tankers rack up mugs at
Harvard Invitational
By NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA
Daily Sports Writer
Swimming is an "inner" sport. The-athletes compete against the clock, and
more importantly, against themselves. Medals and world-records aren't the
real goals. The only motivation that drives a swimmer to win their event is the
satisfaction they receive by pushing their abilities to the limit.
Unless, of course, winners receive beer mugs.
At the Harvard Invitational this past weekend, beer mugs were awarded for
each first-place finish. As a result, the Michigan men's swimming team
worked a little harder than usual to end up on top, Wolverine coach Jon
Urbanchek said.
"Everybody was pretty excited to win," Urbanchek said. "That's why we
won so many races, because everybody wanted to get a beer mug."
MUG wiNiERS: Michigan won nine out of the 14 races it appeared in and
six Wolverines took home beer mugs Sunday night. Apparently, Tom Dolan
and Gustavo Borges were the thirstiest, as they came away with three mugs
each. Dolan won the 400 individual medley (3:52.59), won the 1650 freestyle
(15:10.43), and was part of Michigan's first-place 800 freestyle relay team
(6:42.14). Borges finished first in the 100 freestyle (44.63) and the 200
freestyle (1:37.77), and also participated in the 800 freestyle relay.
Royce Sharp and Steve West will be glugging out of their new mugs after
they each took two events. Sharp won the 200 butterfly (1:50.55) and the 200
backstroke (1:45.87). West earned his hardware by topping the field in the 100
backstroke (57.54) and the 200 breaststroke (2:04.30).
Chris Rumley and John Piersma hoisted mugs as well, racing in the 800
freestyle medley.
Unfortunately, Jason Lancaster did not come away with anything. He
finished second with the 200 medley relay team, but no shot glasses were awarded.
STUCK AT HOME: Only 10 Wolverines made the trip to Harvard. The rest stayed
home and raced at the Eastern Michigan Invitational Saturday and Sunday.
Freshman Derya Buyukuncu was one of those stuck at home to "concen-
trate on his classes," Urbanchek said.
But Buyukuncu concentrated on his swimming instead, winning four
events and finishing second in another at Eastern Michigan.
HARD TRAImNG: Michigan now heads for their annual training trip in
Hawaii, Dec. 22 through Jan. 4. The Wolverines will appear in the Rainbow
invitational on Jan. 3 before returning.
"It's a hard job, but someone's got to do it," Urbanchek said.

Maurice Taylor got a chance to play against some familiar faces Monday against the Titans.

Drop off your picks at the Michigan Daily sports desk on the second floor of the Student Publications
Building at 420 Maynard by 5 p.m. Dec. 13. The most accurate prognosticator will receive a $15 gift
certificate to O'Sullivan's Eatery & Pub. Contestants are restricted to five entries per week.

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Holiday: Michigan vs. Colorado St.
Rose: Penn St. vs. Oregon
Citrus: Ohio St. vs. Alabama
Hall of Fame: Wisconsin vs. Duke
Liberty: Illinois vs. East Carolina
Orange: Nebraska vs. Miami, Fla.
Sugar: Florida vs. Florida St.
Fiesta: Colorado vs. Notre Dame
Peach: N.C. St. vs. Mississippi St.
Cotton: Texas Tech vs. Southern Cal

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Freedom: Arizona vs. Utah
Independence: Texas Christian vs. Virginia
Gator: Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech
Sun: Texas vs. North Carolina
Copper: Oklahoma vs. Brigham Young
Alamo: Baylor vs. Washington St.
Aloha: Kansas St. vs. Boston College
Carquest: South Carolina vs. West Virginia
Las Vegas: Central Michigan vs. UNLV
Heritage: So. Carolina St. vs. Grambling St.

BUCKEYES
Continued from page 9
considered Miami - another Ohio
school - and Colorado College.
"(Ohio State's arena) is like an ice
rink I played in as a pee wee."
The Buckeyes' home arena may
very well be the league's worst, seating
a paltry 1,400 on only two sides of the
ice and housing lockerrooms Fair calls
brutal. However, this season Ohio State
plays Michigan and fourothergames at
the State Fairgrounds Coliseum, amuch
larger and more modern facility. Mean-
while, a new on-campus arena is under
construction.
But right now, Ohio State isn't the
only college hockey team in the Buck-
eye state with a small arena; the Buck-

eyes are just the only ones whoare
floundering. Bowling Green won a
national championship in 1984 and
currently is alone atop the league
standings. Miami won the CCHA just
two years ago and is certainly in the
hunt this season.
The fact that the Buckeyes' in-
state rivals can field such competi-
tive teams might lead one to believe
Ohio State could too. That just hasn't
been the case, though.
"If Ohio State wanted to have atop-
notch program, they could," Fair said.
"It doesn't seem they want to make an
effort. If they wanted to they could be
right up there with other top schools."
Opinions like Fair's is what Ohio
State is up against, and they're going
to be even tougher to change than the
Buckeyes' recent fortunes against

'We're starting to get
the people we want,
and the system is in
place. I think you'll see
a turnaround real
soon.'
- Adam Smith
Ohio State captain
Michigan. And while Smith may
never see that happen while he's in
Columbus, he still feels the Buck-
eyes' time is coming.
"We're starting to get the people
we want, and the system is in place.
I think you'll see a turnaround real
soon."

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