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Blue begins tough
non-conference slate
at Maui Invitational

J Hawkeyes look to

By PAUL BARGER
The Maui Invitational has come
up with an impressive field for this
year's tournament. Michigan joins Big
Ten rival Indiana, Maryland, Tulane,
Arizona State, and others in what
promises to be one of the most in-
triguing preseason tournaments in a
long time.
"It will give us a chance to get to
snow each other and get that team
tmosphere," Michigan senior Ray
Jackson said. "It will also give us a
zhance to play together against some
great competition before the Big Ten
season starts."
Michigan's first-round opponent
is Tulane. The Green Wave came to
Ann Arbor last year and walked out
with a 84-69 loss. If the Wolverines
can get by the Wave they will face the
winner of the Arizona State-Texas
A&M contest. The Sun Devils are
coached by former Michigan head
man Bill Frieder, who left Michigan
oefore the 1989 NCAA tournament.
If the Wolverines advance to the
finals they will likely face either Indi-
ana or Maryland. Both teams are
ranked in the top 10 and are looking
for revenge against Michigan.
The Wolverines knocked off the
-.

Terrapins in the sweet 16 of the NCAA
tournament, but this year expecta-
tions are high in College Park.
Preseason All-American and na-
tional player of the year candidate Joe
Smith leads an impressive core of
young players that will only get better
with time. Included in this group are
power forward Keith Booth and small
forward Exree Hipp.
Indiana and Michigan are old foes
who will meet twice in conference
play later in the season. The Wolver-
ines pounded the Hoosiers the last
time the teams met to the delight of
the home crowd.
The Maui Invitational will be
played the three days leading up to
Thanksgiving and will be televised
by ESPN. The Michigan-Tulane game
will be aired at 12:30 a.m. EDT, Tues-
day Nov. 22.
Michigan's pre-conference sched-
ule also includes battles with highly
rated Arizona and two-time defending
Ivy League champion Pennsylvania.
"I'm like the kids, I like to play
good people where there is an excite-
ment in the arena when you walk in,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "I
like that a lot. But the most important
thing is I want to make sure we win."

Dr. Tom Davis knew he was get-
ting something good when he landed
6-foot-7 Jess Settles out of Winfield,
Iowa. What he
did not know
Iowa was that he was
5-13, 11-16 getting the next
great Hawkeye
player.
"Jess was a
surprise," Davis
said. "We
om: January thought he was
Away: March 5 going to be good,
but he went be-
yond that. Hejust stepped to the front."
As a rookie Settles was the con-
sensus choice as Big Ten Freshman
of the Year. He averaged 15.3 points
and 7.5 rebounds per game, leading
the league on the offensive glass.

Add this to the fact I
much of last year's pi
ing because of shin
Hawkeyes have a pl
potential.
Junior forward Ken3
eraged 12.3 ppg last
fifth in the league wit
rebounds per game. M
outstanding defender,:
in the conference with
games. The Hawkeyes
he can develop into a
player.
Senior Jim Bartels
nal season in Iowa C
expectations. The se
pointers last year and
5.5 rpg. Bartels will
sophomore Chris
played in 27 games a

THE TIMBERI

Sophomore Jess Settles will try to lead the Hawkeyes back to credibility
after a poor showing in 1993-94. Settles was Iowa's bright spot, winning the
honor of Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Big Ten titles a distant
memory for Buckeyes

Most coaches in the Big Ten expect
their teams to rise and fall as it moves
from one season to an next.
However, the process might have
been just a little too dramatic for Ohio
State coach Randy Ayers.
In 1991, his Buckeyes became the
firstBig Ten team since 1985-86 to win
outright back-to-back titles, only to
collapse this season into a probable

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basementdweller
team.
The circum-
stances behind
that collapse are
well-chronicled
The NCAA
nailed the Ohio
State program for
17 recruiting vio-
lations, and sus-
pended the

Eaker.
Simpson may be reinstated at
some point this season. He was the
1992-93 Big Ten Freshman of the
Year, and scored 11.2 points per
game last season. Macon flunked
out of school following his suspen-
sion.
Throw in the graduation of
Lawrence Funderburke and Jamie
Skelton, and the transfers of Nate
Wilbourne and Derek Anderson, and
the Buckeyes are truly decimated. Ayres
has only eight scholarship players, and
Dudley - last season's co-captain -
will remain with the football team until
that season ends.
Is there any good news abound?
Maybe the fact that Ayers will have
more than an ample chance to test his
younger talent. Ayers has taken a par-
ticular liking to freshman guard Carlos
Davis, who will get considerable time
in the backcourt.
"For his age, he is a very strong
player," Ayers said. "A young man that
comes in with some athletic ability and
some strength has a chance to make an
immediate impact."
-Scott Burton

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year.
Additionally, four Buckeye play-
ers were caught in the middle of a
number of law infractions, leading to
suspensions of Charles Macon and Greg
Simpson, a DUI sentencing of Rickey
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