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

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Men's Basketball
at Tennessee-Chattanooga
Tomorrow,2p.m.(ESPN)
UTC Arena

Michigan travels to Chattanooga looking for answers

* By SCOTT BURTON
Daily Basketball Writer
Michigan basketball coach Steve
Fisher knew going into this season
that his team might take awhile tojell.
After all, he was handing the lead-
ership role to two players accustomed
-to playing out of the spotlight - Ray
Jackson and Jimmy King. At the same
time, there were five freshmen and a
handful of inexperienced leftovers to
*work into his system.
However, the Wolverines'
struggles in the opening month of the
season are probably beyond expecta-
tions. Michigan (2-2 overall) hasn't
had two losses in its opening four
games since the 1981-82 season.
Fortunately, with Michigan try-
ing to get on track, its schedule may
provide the perfect opponent at the
perfect time - it plays Tennessee-
Chattanooga (1-1) tomorrow at 2p.m.
The Wolverines defeated the Mocca-
sins, 97-89, last year.
"That's the beauty of the game,
that you can come back after a loss
and take out you're frustrations on
your next opponent," Fisher said.
"We have to learn how to deal with
adversity and come back better pre-
*ared for Saturday's game," guard
immy King said. "This is a young
team. I'm confident we'll get better as
the season goes on."

Although his squad was an NCAA
tournament team last season, coach
Mack McCarthy thinks his Mocca-
sins are clearly a notch below the
Wolverines.
"Michigan has us totally out-
manned," Tennessee-Chattanooga
coach Mack McCarthy said. "We have
to play a perfect game to stay in the
contest."
This season, the Moccasins beat
Division II South Carolina-Aiken 94-
56 and dropped a road game to South-
ern Mississippi, 68-63.
For Michigan to rebound in this
game, it must correct the shooting
difficulties so readily apparent against
Arizona. Although they showed some
resiliency to score in the first half, the
Wolverines' offense fell apart when
the Wildcats started to put their own
game together.
In that game, Michigan shot 32
percent, and hasn't shot above 50 per-
cent as a team in four games this sea-
son.
"You can't allow frustration to en-
ter in because you're trying too hard,"
Fisher said.
The Moccasins' lack of interior
bulk should help Michigan's cause to-
morrow. Both of Tennessee-
Chattanooga's forwards, Brandon Born
and Maurio Hanson, play mostly out
on the perimeter, and center Roger

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BASKEIBALL NOTEBOOK

Fisher exploring his
options at the point
By SCOTT BURTON
Daily Basketball Writer
Going into the season, Michigan coach Steve Fisher expected junior point
uard Dugan Fife to be more aggressive in finding his shot and taking the ball
to the hole.
However, so far this season, Fife has struggled to make an impact on the
floor. In four games, in which he has averaged 29 minutes, Fife has taken eight
shots and scored five points. He is one-for-seven from 3-point range.
In Wednesday night's game against Arizona, Fife only played 20 minutes and
had as many fouls (three) as points. With Fife on the bench, Jimmy King and
Bobby Crawford have been taking up the slack at the point.
In several shifts this season, King has played the point guard with Jerod
Ward or Willie Mitchell playing off-guard.
0 Since Crawford's return in Monday's exhibition with High Five America,
the sophomore has also handled the point guard duties. He played 15 minutes
Wednesday, shooting two-for-eight from the field with three fouls and one
turnover.
KING Vs. STOUDAMIRE: In many circles, both King and Arizona guard Damon
Stoudamire havebeen mentioned as possible All-Americacandidates. Stoudamire
was, in fact, a preseason first-team All-America selection.
But in Arizona's 78-57 victory overMichigan, Stoudamire stole the spotlight.
Although he struggled some in the first half, he led the Wildcats' charge in the
second stanza. Stoudamire nailed five-of-nine three-pointers, including three
On the first 10 minutes of second half.
"He took some bad shots and made some bad decisions in the first half,"
Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "The great thing about Damon is that he'll
recognize those things and take care of them."
King had problems finding his stroke all night, making two of 12 shots for
11 points. He maintained his aggressiveness though, drawing four fouls and
working his way to the charity stripe eight times.
"Jimmy's been through a lot at Michigan," Fisher said. "You have to look
inward and say 'I can play.' He's good and he'll show it."
A SHIFT IN POWER: Although Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and
Wisconsin received the most preseason attention as the top Big Ten contend-
rs, Minnesota could now be added to the list.
The Golden Gophers jumped to No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 after
being unranked in the preseason. Minnesota dropped No.9 Arizona en route to
winning the Great Alaska Shootout last week.
In the meantime, the Hoosiers lost three of its first four games, the No. 18
Spartans opened their season with a victory over Southern California Wednesday
and the No. 13 Badgers won their first two games.
Blue gives 'Cocks a
game, but fails,82-78

DOUGLAS
Michigan's Willie Mitchell slams over Arizona's Ray Owes in the Wolverines' 78-57 loss Wednesday night.

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By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Basketball Writer
Last night, the Michigan women's
basketball team posted season highs in
scoring, shooting percentage, 3-point-
ers made and 3-point percentage.
Yet it wasn't enough to overcome
points by South Carolina guard
Shannon Johnson, as the Gamecocks
defeated the Wolverines, 82-78, in
Columbia, S.C.
Michigan (1-3) nursed a three-
point lead at halftime, only to watch it
dissolve within the first two minutes

and three assists.
These three helped contribute to
Michigan's impressive offensive sta-
tistics. Its 78 points, .449 shooting
percentage (31-of-69) and eight 3-
pointers made were all season highs.
Due to Johnson and Brzezinski,
the Wolverines were able to keep the
deficit between four and six points
the entire second half. But in the end,
they couldn't make those points up.
This was disappointing for Michigan,
which had seemingly weatherd the
storm in the first half.

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