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vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena


Men's Basketball
vs. Arizona
Tonight, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Palace of Auburn Hills

Wolverines out for revenge vs.
Blue looks to get back at Arizona
at inaugural Great Eight Festival


Daily Basketball Writer
It's natural that an extraordinary
amount of hype develops when two
premier basketball programs play one
another early in a basketball season.
Fans want to see their teams play
some real meatrather than the marsh-
mallows that usually mark aschedule.
Coaches want to see how cohe-
sive and developed their untested
squads are.
And the players want a chance to
show what they really can do in the
national spotlight.
But the hype for tonight's contest
between No. 17 Michigan (2-1) and
No.9 Arizona (2-1) at the Direct TV
Great Eight Festival (9 p.m., ESPN)
has a little extra element to it -
The Wildcats embarrassed the
Wolverines last season in the finals of
the Fiesta Bowl Classic on Arizona's
home floor, 119-95. But with this
year's contest being played nearby, at
the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Wol-
verines are looking to even the score.
"It's our hometown, and we have
got to show them something," senior
guard Jimmy King said. "There is defi-
nitely another level to this game. We
have a score to settle from last year."
Even Michigan coach Steve
Fisher, usually reserved and under-
stated, recognizes the significance of
the battle. Along with Duke, Arizona
presents the Wolverines with their
toughest test of their pre-Big Ten
"We've been preparing for Ari-
zona since we've returned on Satur-
day from Maui," Fisher said. "They
are an awfully, awfully good team

that beat us to death a year ago at their
place. We want to come out and play
For Michigan to reverse the results
of last year's blowout, increased de-
fensive intensity is a must. The 119
points given up in that contest was 22
more than the Wolverines allowed in
any other game.
"We have to keep them under 40
percent shooting," King said.
Although the Wildcats lost their
top scorer from last year's Final Four
team, shooting guard Khalid Reeves,
they return perhaps the most exciting
players in the nation - Damon
Stoudamire.The 5-foot-11 pointguard
was a preseason first-team All-
America selection.
Yet, even with three other starters
returning from last year's team, there
is a dire need for players besides
Stoudamire to make up for Reeves'
scoring punch. That was certainly evi-
denced in the Wildcats' loss to Min-
nesota in the Great Alaska Shootout
last week.
"With Khalid gone we're missing
that capable scorer who you know can
probably get you a bucket anytime you
need it," Stoudamire said. "But with
Khalid gone that's going to make some
other people step up."
In particular, Arizona is counting
on 6-foot-10 centerJoseph Blair and 6-
foot-9 forward Ray Owes to establish
themselves in the low post. Both were
double-digit scorers last season and
combined forover 15 rebounds a game.
"I think they're ready to step up
and kind of take over where Khalid left
off," Stoudamire said. "No one's going
to replace those 24 points that he gave
us, but if you distribute those around to

Semelda Elverton hit on 3 of 8 from the field in Michigan's 62-48 loss to
Illinois-Chicago. The Wolverines connected o~n only 16 of their 71 shots.
i oiS-Chicaro burns
- sh ting Michigan

Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team travelled to the Windy City
last night and came up with nothing
but air.
Illinois-Chicago, sparked by a sec-
ond-half rally, handed Michigan a
62-48 loss. Poor shooting doomed the
Wolverines, who shot a season-low
22 percent from the floor. Even the
team's best marksmen had their shots
blown off course.
Amy Johnson, the Wolverines'
leading scorer, made just 2 of 10 at-
tempts, and Molly Murray shot 2-for-
12, including 1-for-6 from beyond
the three-point arc.
Michigan didn't score until three
minutes into the first half. Tiffany
Willard, the Wolverines' lone fresh-
man starter, nailed a 15-foot jumper
to tie the score, 2-2.
The teams battled evenly until the
lastminute of the first half when Flame
guard Joanne McCarthy got hot.
McCarthy bombed a 3-pointer and hit
two free throws to give the Flames a
27-20 halftime edge.
Michigan's freshmen helped the
Wolverines sneak back into the game.
A free throw from center Pollyanna
Johns followed by SemeldaElverton's
acrobatic layup brought the Wolver-
ines within five.
But McCarthy took the wind out
of the Wolverines' sails. She banked
a shot from 10 feet and dropped a free
throw to put the Flames up 47-35.
Michigan hung in the game, rallying
to within six, but an 8-0 Illinois-Chi-
cago run put the Wolverines away.
Jennifer Brzezinski led Michigan

with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Johnson chipped in with seven points,
four rebounds and two assists. The
Flames' Penny Armstrong led all scor-
ers with 16.
The Wolverines fell to 1-2. Illi-
nois-Chicago, avenging last season's
loss to Michigan, evened its record at
Michigan continues its four-game
road trip tomorrow night against South
Johnson 25 2-10 2-2 24 2 2 7
Brzezinski 23 3-7 6-7 3-9 0 3 12
Ross 14 1-7 1-2 1-5 2 2 3
Shellman 32 2-8 0-0 4-8 0 4 4
Willard 24 1-9 0-2 2-8 2 3 2
Murray 29 2-12 0-0 1-1 2 4 5
Franklin 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Elverton 18 3-8 1-2 2-2 1 3 7
DuBois 2 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Johns 12 1-3 2-7 3-3 0 2 4
DiGiacinto 19 1-6 2-2 1-1 1 0 4
Totals 200 16-71 14-21 2552 1024 48
FG%:.225. FT%: .583. Three-point goals: 2-14
.143 (Johnson 1-4, Murray 1-6, Brzezinski 0-1,
Franklin 0-1, Ross 0-1, Shellman 0-1). Blocks: 1
(Murray). Turnovers: 19 (Brzezinski 3, Murray 3,
Willard 3, Elverton 2, Franklin 2, Ross 2,
Shellman 2, DiGiacinto, Johns). Steals: 15
(Shellman 5, DiGiacinto 2, Ross 2, Brzezinski,
Elverton, Johns, Johnson, Murray, Willard).
Technical Fouls: none.
Underwood 18 2-5 0-0 2-7 0 2 4
McKenna 31 1-3 2-2 1-10 1 2 4
Pekoe 34 1-5 1-2 1-4 1 4 3
Mccarthy 34 5-11 3-3 1-4 4 3 15
Armstrong 35 4-14 8-14 1-5 7 3 16
Orstead 2 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 1
Blackmon 10 1-3 4-4 1-5 0 3 6
Petersen 16 4-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 8
Schueler 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
crowell 20 1-4 3-4 0-4 1 4 5
Totals 200 19-51 22-30 9.48 :1423 62
FG%: .373.2FT%:.733. Three-point goals: 2-8
.250 (McCarthy 2-5, Petersen 0-1, Armstrong 0-
2). Blocks: 4 (Armstrong, Crowell, Mc(~arthy,
McKenna). Turnovers: 26 (Armstrong 8,
McCarthy 6. McKenna 5, Crowell 3, Blackmon 2,
Petersen, Underwood). Steals: 8 (Armstrong 3,
McKenna 3, Blackmon, Petersen). Technical
Fouls: none.
Michigan......20 28 - 48
UIC ...........27 35 - 62
At: UIC Pavilion; A: N/A

Following its 95-83 victory over High Five America Monday, Michigan takes
on a much tougher foe tonight in No. 9 Arizona at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

two people, I think we'll be all right."
Along with the Michigan-Arizona
contest tonight, five other teams from
last year's NCAA tournament final
eight are playing in the Great Eight
Festival. Boston College defeated
Florida, 91-65, and Connecticut

knocked off Duke, 90-86, last night.
Missouri and Purdue match-up with
each other tonight at 7 p.m.
Arkansas, last season's national
champion, skipped the event. As the
highest-ranked team left over, the
Huskies were selected instead.

Confident Stoudamire provides leadership, scoring for Arizona attack

Daily Basketball Writer
Arizona point guard Damon
Stoudamire does not have a confi-
dence problem.
It's not so much that he's cocky,
but that he knows what he's capable
of doing on the basketball court, and
he knows what he needs to do for his
team to be successful.
"I know that at any moment in the
game I can probably take the game
over," Stoudamire says. "So if I can
get my team playing as well as they
can, and get their confidence up then,
with what I can do, I think we'll be a
great team."
Last season as a junior, he aver-
aged 18.3 points and nearly six assists
per game. He put up those numbers
despite playing second fiddle to
backcourt partner Khalid Reeves, who
averaged 24.2 ppg.
This year, Stoudamire is expected
to fill the void left by Reeves. The
senior playmaker, however, says that
the rest of the team has to be involved
in order for the team to win.
"The other players around me are
going to have to score and pick up the
slack," he says. "I don't think me
going out and getting 26, 27 points a
game will be beneficial to us winning,
because if I'm doing that, it must
mean that we're struggling on of-
fense, and that's the reason I have to
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score that many points.
"Last year with me and Khalid it
was different, that's what we had to
do to keep our team in the game, but
that's not what I have to do this sea-
son to help us win."
With all of the preseason atten-
tion he's received, Stoudamire
knows that some players are going
to go out on the court with the inten-
tion of making a name for them-
selves against him.
I know that at any
moment in the game I
can probably take the
game over.'
- Damon Stoudamire
Arizona point guard
"Everyone at my position, point
guard, is going to be compared to
what I do," Stoudamire says. "I know
that every game I come out I'm going
to have to play hard, because if I don't
someone else is going to try to take
what's been put on me."
Stoudamire also isn't too worried
about someone taking his place on the
pedestal he feels he's been put on. But
if he should happen to be outplayed,
it's not a big deal.
"If you go out and (another player)
is better than you, so be it," he says.

"But, I've been playing a lot of ball,
and there haven't been too many
people better then me on those days."
Stoudamire hasn't always had this
much confidence about his game. He
says that there was a time during his
freshman year when he wondered if
he could have the same success in
college as he did in the high school
He improved steadily throughout
his first three years at Arizona. Much
of the improvement is due to the domi-
nant players the Wildcats have fea-
tured down low, like Ed Stokes and
current-Minnesota Timberwolf Sean
"Those guys helped the guards a
lot because it wasn't as much of a
burden on the perimeter players,"
Stoudamire says.
While a lot is expected from
Stoudamire this year, he knows he
has things to improve upon, and
memories he wants to erase.
Last season's, 91-82, Final Four
loss to Arkansas, in which Stoudamire
shot 5-of-24 from the field and 2-of-
13 from 3-point range, was what he
calls the worst shooting game of his
Still, he says that coach Lute Olson
hasn't told him to change much.
"He's just putting the ball in my
hands and expecting me to carry on
and build on what I did last year."


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