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Jackson and King have one last shot against Blue Devils

Lions look to Amaechi for success

Some college basketball rival-
ries, like Michigan vs. Ohio State,
come naturally. When two teams
geographically coincide with each
other, or when two teams compete
in the same conference, they are
bound to hate each other.
So why then, is Michigan vs.
Duke such a huge event? Why do
more media clamor courtside when
the two teams play each other than
in any other regular season game?
Perhaps a historical review of the
series would be helpful. Consider:
December 14, 1991. Michigan,
led by five freshmen, shockingly
took the defending national cham-
pions Duke to overtime only to lose
88-85.

April 6, 1992. Michigan unex-
pectedly faces Duke in the NCAA
tournament finals, and leads at half-
time. But the Blue Devils blow the
Wolverines out in the second half to
win, 71-51.
December 5, 1992. No. I Michi-
gan travels to Cameron Indoor Sta-
dium to challenge Duke, and this
time the Wolverines are the favor-
ites. But like the two times previ-
ous, the Blue Devils prevail, 79-68
December 11, 1993. However,
the Blue Devils have little trouble
dispensing the Wolverines, 73-63.
Indeed, ever since a certain group
of freshmen joined Michigan, the
annual matchup between the Wol-

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Penn State enters its third year in
the Big Ten with limited expecta-
tions. The loss of Matt Gaudio to a
back injury seriously damaged any
hopes the Nittany Lions had of con-
tending for postseason play.
"In reality no one on our roster
can make up for Matt," senior cen-
ter Jon Amaechi said. "He had the
ability to outsmart more talented
players."
Gaudio will stay with the team as
a student assistant coach, but his lack
of presence on
the court will cer-
Penn State tainly be felt.
6-12, 13-14 Coach Bruce
Parkhill does
have one advan-
tage going into
the season:
Away: January8 Amaechi. The
HoneMarch 8 senior has im-
proved every
year and will likely receive support
for All-Big Ten honors. The native of
Manchester, England averaged 16.9
points and 8.9 rebounds per game last
year. His performance gained him
recognition as a member of the all-
conference third team for the second
consecutive year.
"John has been a terrific player for
us," Parkhill said. "He is one of the
best big men, not only in the Big Ten,
but in the country."
Although Penn State is predicted
by most to finish eighth or ninth in
the conference, the Lions may be
improved this season.
Sophomore point guard Dan Earl
spent a large portion of the off-
season playing in the Hank Gathers
Summer League in Philadelphia.
Earl averaged 8.4 ppg and led the
team with 113 assists last year.
Phil "Big House" Williams has
an exciting future with the Lions if
he can find some range. He is out-
standing on the glass, averaging 5.3
rpg in just over 20 minutes.
Parkhill's biggest off-season ac-
quisition came in the form of Pete
Lisicky. He will start immediately at
the shooting guard with good reason.
The 6-foot-4 Pennsylvania native is
thought to be deadly from the outside.
He won the 3-point shootout at the

1993 ABCD camp.
"Pete has been impressive,"
Amaechi said. "You cannot leave that
guy open. It can only help us to have
more outside threats."
With the improved shooting from
'John has been a
terrific player for us. He
is one of the best big
men, not only in the
Big Ten, but in the
country.'
- Bruce Parkhill
Penn State coach
the perimeter, the Lions will be able
to open up the inside for Amaechi
and junior Rahsaan Carlton. Carlton
averaged more than 10 ppg last year,
but is a major concern because of
recent ankle surgery.

The Lions enter their last season at
Recreation Hall with the same amount
of respect that they have gotten the
last two years.
The presence of Amaechi alone
makes Penn State the type of team
that can beat anybody on any given
night.
The Lions players are confident
that they will play in the postseason
this year. Although that seems un-
likely to many observers, it must be
remembered that Penn State was per-
haps one win away from a bid to the
National Invitational Tournament.
And the Nittany Lions have even
loftier goals than that.
"If we talk about going to the
tournament, then that (NCAA) will
be the tournament that we're talking
about," Amaechi said. "There's no
point in aiming for anything lower.
We may not get there, and if we don't
work hard, we definitely won't get
there."
- Paul Barger

Penn State could finish

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