vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7 p.m. (PASS)
Yost Ice Arena
Today, 3 p.m.
Michigan to Gopher jug
Trophy on the line tomorrow against Minnesota
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Football Writer
When the Minnesotafootball team
takes the field at Michigan Stadium at
1 p.m. tomorrow, itwill beplaying for
the Little Brown Jug.
And not much else.
The Golden Gophers are playing
like a team on a mission - a Mormon
mission. Minnesota (1-5 Big Ten, 3-6
overall) is staring up at the rest of the
conference standings. Jim Wacker's
club has allowed over 33 points per
game in conference play.
"We're not where we want to be,"
Wacker said. "But regardless of our
record we're a pretty good football
But still, a win tomorrow would
mean Minnesota can take home the
fabled Jug for the first time since 1986.
If the Golden Gophers are to have
any chance against Michigan, they'll
need a big game from Chris Darkins.
Thejuniortailbackis sixth in the nation
in rushing with 1,162 yards on 225
"Nobody in the country knows who
Chris Darkins is," Wacker says. "Next
year everybody will know who Chris
Consider yourself a year ahead of
250 million people.
While Wacker has one great tail-
back, Michigan coach Gary Moeller
Regardless of our
record we're a pretty
good football team.'
- Jim Wacker
has two. Tyrone Wheatley and
TshimangaBiakabutuka will get most
ofthe carries against adefense which is
allowing 4.4 yards per rush.
But the Gopher defense is improv-
ing. Last week, it almost helped Min-
nesota upset Illinois.
"They had 23 yards rushing,"
Wacker said. "One thing our teams
generally do is bounce back. How
will we respond? I don't know. Only
one person knows and he ain't talk-
ing. We had a very aggressive de-
Aggressive is not a word normally
associated with Michigan's defense.
The Wolverines have given up over
500yards in threedifferent games this
season. They currently rank 10th in the
conference in pass defense. That could
mean trouble against Minnesota's "Air
Wacker" offense. The Gophers have
attempted 313 passes, more than any
other conference team.
Minnesota will need an improved
passing attack in order to avoid a
repeat of last year, when Michigan kept
the Jug in a 58-7 rout.
Despite the apparent mismatch,
Wacker likes hisyoung team'schances.
"They're a great group of kids,"
Wacker said. "We're playing much
better football right now. The lastfour
games we lost we had more yards than
our opponent. When those kids grow
up and shave, we'll be pretty good.
Next veairwe'll hnv them ranrs"
Tyrone Wheatley leaps into the endzone against Minnesota last season in the Metrodome. Wheatley needs two
points to pass placekicker Mike Gillette's 307 points for first place on Michigan's all-time career points scored list.
Women's basketball picked to finish last in Big Ten
By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Basketball Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Conference
coaches gathered to discuss their out-
looks for the season, the new postsea-
son tournament, injuries and new play-
ersatthe sixth annual Big Ten Women's
Basketball Tipoff Luncheon.
One of the main topics of discus-
sion was the postseason conference
tournament, which will be held March
3-6 at Butler University. The Big Ten
switched to the tournament format from
the double round-robin schedule, where
each team played each of the others
twice. The winner of the tournament
will receive theconference's automatic
bid to the NCAA tournament.
Now, the Pac-10 remains as the
only major conference without a
women's postseason tournament. The
Big Ten's only other tournament was
Coaches had mixed reviews of the
"I think it's going to be great,"
Michigan coach Trish Roberts said. "I
think it gives us something to look
forward to at the end of the year."
"I think the tournament is a tremen-
dous help for the young teams and
teams that start out injured. They jell
at mid-season, and by the end of the
season, they're really good," Purdue
coach Lin Dunn said. "It gives them a
chance to get into the tournament."
Dunn's Boilermakers, who tied for
the Big Ten championship and ad-
vanced to the Final Four, were picked
to repeat as champions by the
I think (the Big Ten
tournament) gives us
something to look
forward to at the end
of the yea r.
conference's eleven coaches. Leslie
Johnson, last year's national Freshman
of the Year and a pre-season All-Big
Ten this season, will lead the team. The
Boilermakers return all of last year's
starters, and add 6-foot-6 freshman
Michele VanGorp, who can dunk, to
Roberts' Wolverines, who were
0-18 in the Big Ten and 3-24 overall
last season, can only improve over
their last-place finish. The coaches
picked Michigan to finish last in the
conference again this year. The
Wolverines only had seven players
on their roster and lost Yeshimbra
Gray, one of their top players, to
graduation. To make matters worse,
last year's starting point guard,
sophomore Jennifer Kiefer, is out
for the season with an injury.
This year's Michigan team will fea-
ture seven true freshmen, comprising
the No.11 recruiting class in thecoun-
try, and three returning starters.
The Michigan women's basketball
team will hold a scrimmage open to the
public tonight at 7:00 at Crisler Arena.
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