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Crisler to host weekend Red invasion
Men are prepared for freshman phenom Felipe Lopez of St. John's

By ANTOINE PITTS
Daily Basketball Writer
The last Sunday in January is usu-
ally reserved for something super.
However, Sunday's game between
Michigan (5-2 Big Ten, 11-7 overall)
and St. John's (2-6 Big East, 8-7 over-
all) isn't what you would call a spec-
tacular matchup. The contest, (12:05
p.m., CBS) held hours before the day's
main event - Super Bowl XXIX -
features two teams headed in signifi-
cantly different directions.
The Wolverines come into thegame
winners of four of their last five games,
including Tuesday's defeat of Indiana.
The Red Storm roll into Ann Arbor
following a 17-point loss at
Georgetown, the team's sixth-straight
loss.
The rare midseason non-conference
affair gives the Wolverines some ac-
tion when they would have otherwise
w had a weekend off. With the addition of
Penn State to the conference three years
ago, the round-robin schedule always
has one team idle.
"We don't have to alter our rou-
8 tine," Michigan coach Steve Fisher
said. "We get that standard two games
a week instead of eight or nine days off.
< A year ago we had a week off and you
would have thought that we would
have come back refreshed and ready to

go, but we played awful."
Once again Michigan will have its
hands full with an exceptional offen-
sive player. This time it is freshmen
Felipe Lopez, leading the Red Storm
with 19.3 points per game.
"Felipe's a terrifically talented
player," Fisher said. "He's the catalyst
on their team. He's very atypical of
most freshmen."
The Wolverines are coming off a

game in which they held Indiana's lead-
ing scorers, Alan Henderson and Brian
Evans, below their season averages.
They hope to do the same Sunday with
Lopez,junior forward Charles Minlend
(15.4 points per game) and freshman
centerZendon Hamilton (11.3 ppg, 5.6
rebounds per game).
"We key on the key players," senior
forward Jimmy King said. "We focus
on the scorers and rebounders and keep

them from getting into a comfort zone."
With St. John's being in the Big
East, the Wolverines haven't had a
chance to watch the Red Storm that
often. The final two practices before the
game will give the team a crash course
on coach Brian Mahoney's squad.
"They'll be the No. 1 team in the
country at practice as far as the coaches
are concerned," junior guard Dugan
Fife said.

Women have two attempts to end three-game skid

By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Basketball Writer
Bounce back. Rebound. Get on
track.
Whatever you call it, the Michigan
women's basketball team has to do it
this weekend, as it takes on Minnesota
and Indiana.The Wolverinesgo toMin-
neapolis for tonight's contest and re-
turn home to face the Hoosiers Sunday.
With three straight losses, the Wol-
verines (2-5 Big Ten, 7-10 overall) are
sorely in need of a victory. To make
matters worse, in its last two games
Michigan shot a combined 38 percent
from the floor.
"We've shot the ball a lot (in prac-
tice this week),"Wolverine coach Trish
Roberts said. "Hopefully, the kids will
come around."

The Golden Gophers (4-3, 9-8)
count among their victims conference
powerhouses Penn State, 71-56, and
Purdue, 68-67. However, Minnesota
also has lost to lowly Illinois, 68-54.
"They've beaten some good teams
but they have their weaknesses," Rob-
erts said.
One weakness: All-American for-
ward Carol Ann Shudlick has gradu-
ated. Shudlick left Minnesota's as its
all-time leading scorer..
But the Gophers' skill level hasn't
dropped muchsincelastyear. Shudlick's
frontcourt mate the past three seasons,
Cara Pearson, has picked up the slack.
Pearson combined for 34 points and 24
rebounds in Minnesota's upsets of the
Lady Lions and Boilermakers
If the Wolverines are to compete

tonight, notonly milstthey stop Pearson,
but they must find a way to put the ball
in the basket.
Sunday's opponent, Indiana (34,
134), seems to be watching the same
tape as Michigan - both teams have
three-game losing streaks.
But the Hoosiers differ from the
Wolverines in one important aspect-
Indiana has Shirley Bryant on its side.
The 5-foot-10 senior leads the Hoo-
siers in most every statistical category,
and she enters the weekend averaging
16.9 points and-9.4 rebounds per game.
However, the Wolverines aren't wor-
ried about her, at least not at the mo-
ment.
"We've let some games slip away,"
Roberts said. "We're just concentrat-
ing on Minnesota."

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MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
While Michigan has its share of fine freshman, including Maceo Baston
(above), the Wolverines must contend with St. John's' Felipe Lopez Sunday.

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Blue vies for CCHA lead; faces Flames, Broncos
By MELANIE SCHUMAN "We're looking to make some lowly 2-13-2in conference action, blow couldn't finish off."
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One point separates Michigan and
Bowling Green in the CCHA stand-
ings, but by the end of the weekend, the
Wolverine hockey team could be quite
content with that one-point edge.
Currently, Michigan (13-2 CCHA,
18-4 overall) is in second place, one
point behind the Falcons. With two
z home games-against Western Michi-
gan Friday and Illinois-Chicago Satur-
day - the Wolverines could earn four
points this weekend. Bowling Green
x can earn just two points this week as it
2 plays just one game.

progress trs wee enl o s buuiy l
place," Michigan's Rick Willis said.
Michigan's strategy includes a key
lineup change. Sophomore Mike Legg'
and first-line left wing Kevin Hilton
will switch positions as coach Red
Berenson hopes each will spark some
creativity from the first and third lines.
While Michigan is coming off a
successful weekend with two wins,
Western Michigan was swept by Ferris
State in consecutive 6-2 setbacks and
Illinois-Chicago (7-7-2, 10-11-3) split
with Ohio State last Friday and Satur-
day. That series saw the Buckeyes, a

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Western Michigan has struggled
more than expected this season. The
Broncos are 8-2-1 in non-CCHA ac-
tion, but ameager 6-9-1 when tangling
with conference foes. When the two
squads met Dec. 10, the Wolverines
jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but only
managed to slide by, 4-3. Western
Michigan coach Bill Wilkinson notes
the loss as a turning point for his squad.
"We had more opportunities to win
that game than we've had in a long
time," he said, "but Turco played ex-
tremely well against us and we just

assists) and Chris Brooks (4, 26) lead
the Broncos in scoring, and seniorBrian
Renfrew leads the league in saves (584)
and minutes played (1,589).
"We need to really play aconserva-
tive, disciplined type of game and not
get ourselves caught in any outnum-
bered situations," Wilkinson said.
The Flames are in fifth place in the
CCHA under former Michigan assis-
tant coach, Larry Pedrie. Junior Rob
Hutson (nine goals, 21 assists) and
MarkZdan (12,15)leadthis.5001eague
team in scoring.

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"BRUCE MADEJ TO THE CONTROL POINT."

No.17 wrestlers return to action against No.25 Wildcats

By JED ROSENTHAL
Daily Sports Writer
o After dramatic wins over Michigan
State and Penn State, the No.17 Michi-
gan wrestling team is hoping for a
2 quiet, even-tempered match when it
a hosts No. 25 Northwestern tomorrow.
9 Since the Wolverines have not lost
a to the Wildcats in 15 years, the wres-
A tiers are placid.
"I can't remember a time when the
kids came into practice laughing and
joking and having agood time," Michi-

gan coach Dale Bahr said. "They are
really in a positive frame of mind."
The matchup against Northwestern
features a duo of rematches. At 126
pounds, Michigan's Brandon Howe
squares off against Micah Hey, while at
177 pounds No.8 Jesse Rawls, Jr. hosts
No. 4 Rohan Gardner. The latter match
should prove to be the best of the day.
Gardner boasts a 15-1 record and a
No. 5 ranking. At the Michigan Open
in November, Gardner and Rawls
locked horns which culminated in a 10-

8 victory for Gardner.
"I wrestled him as a freshman and I
beat him," Rawls said. "This year he beat
me at the Michigan Open when I was
coming back from my knee surgery."
Concerning the minor rivalry that
has formed between them, Rawls ada-
mantly insists the two are not friends.
"He's having a good year, and I'm
hoping I can knock him off," he said.
Howe, on the other hand, beat Hey,
9-7, at the Open. Despite the win, how-
ever, he owns a disappointing 0-3 record

in conference matches.
Nevertheless, Bahr has been im-
pressed with Howe, even if his record
doesn't glitter like his teammates'.
"He went from no confidence in
December and early January to a huge
boost against Penn State," Bahr said.
Even if Northwestern seems weak
on paper, Michigan cannot afford to
- look ahead of this match.
'Ifwewintheones we're supposedto,
and get one of those ranking matches, we
won't have any problems," Bahr said.

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WOMEN:
Coming off solid performances in
E the Michigan - Indiana dual meet and
,the Red Simmons Invitational, the
Michigan women's track team is opti-
mistic about the opportunity to see how
it matches up with tougher competition
at the first Michigan Intercollegiate
o meet tomorrow at the Track and Tennis
Building.
Michigan State, Eastern Michigan,
Central Michigan and Western Michi-
gan will compete with the Wolverines.
"Eastern and State will be very com-
petitive for us," Michigan coach James
Henry said. "There's special signifi-

cance with State being a Big Ten
school."
Assistant coach Patty Davis agrees.
"Not only is this for state bragging
rights, but if we come out pretty domi-
nant, it would'give us a lot of confi-
dence for February," she said.
The coaches are excited to see how
junior sprinter Tearza Johnson will
perform against somewhat tougher
opponents than the Wolverines have

faced.
"We need to match up with Eastern
andMichigan State's sprinters," Henry
said. "Johnson hasn't been pushed yet
in the sprints."
Freshman Tania Longe and junior
Beth Gould will see stronger competi-
tion as well.
"If I continue to do what I'm doing,
I'll do pretty well," Longe said.
-Dan Stllman

Runners ready for Michigan Intercollegiate.i

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Student Leader
positions for the King/Chdvez/parks
College Day SpringVisitation Program
Application Deadline is 1'anuary 27, 1995
Student leaders accompany visiting middle school
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the college experience. Student leaders usually

MEN:
With an impressive Big Ten start
thus far, the Michigan men's track team
heads to East Lansing tomorrow tocom-
pete in the Michigan. Intercollegiate
meet. Opponents will include Michi-
gan State, Eastern Michigan, Western
2 Michigan and Central Michigan.
o Although Michigan coach Jack
Q Harvey concedes that the competition
will be tough, winning is not his pri-
mary objective. Instead, Harvey will
be putting some of his best runners in
the distance medley relay in order to

qualify provisionally in that event.
"My main concern at this meet will
be qualifying in the distance medley,"
Harvey said. "Stacking the relay may
cost us point-wise, but I feel in the end
it will be to our benefit."
Running the distance medley will
be Nick Karfonta, Trinity Townsend,
Ian Forsyth and Kevin Sullivan. These
runners usually compete in individual
events but will notget a second chance
to match up against other competition
at this meet.
- Chaim Hyman

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