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individual tickets for Michigan home football games are currently on
sale at the Athletic Ticket Office. People can purchase tickets for all
home games except the Nov. 25 game with Ohio State. Individual
tickets for the Pigskin Classic against Virginia can be bought for $30.
All other games are $25. The Virginia game is not included in the $77
student season ticket package.

Page 9
Wednesday,
February 8, 1995

Wolverines face
devalued Bucks
By Scott Burton
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan men's basketball team doesn't care about Ohio State's 0-9
Big Ten record, or that the Buckeyes feature a regular rotation of walk-ons.
What the Wolverines care about instead is that, despite Ohio State's limited
resources, it almost managed to beat conference leader Michigan State Feb. 4.
Hence, when the Big Ten's basement dwellers visit Crisler Arena tonight at 8
p.m., Michigan will just assume that the Buckeyes are the best team around.
"We've got to make sure that we don't come out thinking that because it's
Ohio State, it is going to be easy," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "If
you're good enough to be scholarshiped at our level, you're good enough to
beat anybody. We've got to make sure our kids know that."
Apparently, the Wolverines do. Although Michigan (6-3 Big Ten, 12-9
overall) has Ohio State (4-15 overall) outmanned, many of the Wolverines say
that at the halfway point of the conference season, each game is too important
to start overlooking their opponents.
'# "This is the biggest game we got right now," freshman guard Travis
Conlan said. "It's a big game for the Big Ten race, if we win these last nine
games we have a great shot at winning the Big Ten, and it starts tomorrow."
Michigan is also focused on the fact that Ohio State features some
threatening talent. Four Buckeye starters average at least 14 points per game.
Forward Rickey Dudley (13.9 ppg, 7.8 rbg) is a physical force on the
frontline. The senior was a tight end on the Buckeyes' football team in the fall
and joined the basketball team two days after playing in the Citrus Bowl Jan. 2.
Rick Yudt (15.6, 4.7), a 6-foot-7 guard, and Antonio Watson (15.6, 7.0), a
6-foot-9 small forward, present further matchup difficulties. Guard Doug
Wtzer (16.1, 4.1 apg) is Ohio State's fourth offensive cog.
"You've got four guys who are capable of starting anywhere in the
country," Fisher said. "They are out there playing loose, and all of them know
that whether they miss a shot or not, they'll play. We've just got to make sure
we don't give them easy stuff."
Despite giving up 80 points in a loss to Minnesota Saturday, Michigan's
strength this season has been defense. The challenge instead will be finding
quality shots andcapitalizing on scoring opportunities.
Against Ohio State, the Wolverines hope to take advantage of the Buck-
*eyes' limited depth in order to correct those offensive woes.
"We would like to make them go to their walk-ons," Fisher said. "I don't
want to turn it into a rat-race, but we want to run the floor, and make them do
a little up-and-down with the hopes that we can tire them out."
BASKEIBALL NOTEBOOK
Women cagers look for
youngsters to step

MEN'S TRACK NOTEBOOK
Sullivan stays modest
after impressive mile

By Chaim Hyman
Daily Sports Writer
After running the fastest mile ever
on Indiana soil, one might expect
sophomore Kevin Sullivan to be a bit
less modest. Perhaps the two-time
cross country All-American will fi-
nally remark on his success as some-
thing that should be expected from
him.
"Its nice to break the record but it
really wasn't a big goal of mine going
in," Sullivan said. "I was just looking
to win for my team."
Sullivan broke the record at the
Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre
Dame. The time, 3:55.9, is the fast-
est for the mile in Indiana history as
well as the second best time in col-
legiate history. With the Central
Collegiate and Big Ten meets com-
ing up for the Michigan men's track
team, it might be expected that
Sullivan is feeling some pressure.
"People are going to have high
expectations of me," Sullivan said.
"The only pressure I have to deal
with is the pressure I put on my-
self."
SPEAKING OF RECORDS: Another
Michigan record breaker is senior
sprinter Felman Malveaux. In his first
200-meterdash of the season, Malveaux
finished second with a time of 21.58.
While this time may not have broken

any records in Indiana, it surpassed the
existing Michigan school record set by
Andrew Schoelch in 1993.
Despite his modest demeanor,
Malveaux feels very good about this
record.
"This is track and we really don't
get the recognition we deserve un-
less records are broken," Malveaux
said.
Malveaux says that he will be able
to set some more records once the
outdoor track season begins for the
Wolverines.
"In indoor competition, I don't do
well with the curves on some of the
tracks we run on," Malveaux said. "I
hope to do much better in outdoor
competition."
FOOTBALL IN THE WINGS: While
anyone can say with a degree of
certainty that Michigan track star
Tyrone Wheatley will be going to
the NFL, another Wolverine has
similar hopes. After he is done set-
ting records, Malveaux hopes to get
an invitation to the NFL combines.
Malveaux was once on the
Wolverine's football roster, but left
to compete full time on track.
"Michigan football wasn't for me,'
Malveaux said. "I hope my speed will
open some eyes for the NFL scouts
and get me an invitation to the com-
bines to show myself."

JONATHAN LUIE/Daily
Forward Ray Jackson has stepped up for Michigan in recent weeks.
Jackson and the Wolverines take on Ohio State tonight at Crisler Arena.

Michigan in command of CCHA title chase

Icers lead Falcons by four, Spartans by

six

By John Lerol
Daily Basketball Writer
'0 With no seniors on the squad,
Michigan is desperately searching
for some leadership. While it is true
that three Wolverines have been
hampered by injuries, none of them
has played more than one season of
Big Ten basketball. However, it is
clear that someone has to step up
and do something.
"We have a very young team,"
coach Trish Roberts said. "With only
one junior, sometimes we have four
freshman and a sophomore on the floor.
In this league, that's tough."
With the Big Ten season nearing
a finish, the Wolverines are looking
forward to the conference tourna-
ment beginning March 3 in India-
napolis. No matter how many more
games Michigan loses, it is assured
of a berth in the year-end tourney.
0 With two sophomore point
guards injured, two freshman have
taken over. And while Akisha
Franklin has done an admirable job,
Roberts admits that sometimes there
is far too much pressure for the
freshman to handle.
"This has been a very disappointing
year for us," Roberts said. "I never
know who's going to show up for us."
SIKORSKI scoREs: Freshman guard
ShuanaSikorski saw some unexpected
playing time Friday night against Pur-
due. Sikorski and freshman Maritza
Dubois got off the bench with 10:50 to
play in the game and stayed on the
court for a good portion of the half.
Sikorski, whohas only seen 49 minutes
ofaction the entire year, scored abucket
and actually led the team in assists in
*the second half, playing only six min-
utes.
Even more puzzling, in a whopping
*k 7 _ . ..7.. .,..

18 minutes of playing time last Sunday
in a 78-77 loss to Indiana in Ann Arbor,
Sikorski scored one basket and led the
team with three second half assists.
MILESTONES: Junior Jennifer
Brzezinski reached the 500 career scor-
ing milestone Sunday at Illinois.
Brzezinski, who is leading the Wolver-
ines with 13 points per game needed
only 11 points against Illinois to hit
500. Her turnaround jumper with 2:14
to go in the first half put her over the
top.
Sophomore Silver Shellman will
attempt to pass the same milestone
Friday night against Penn State.
Shellman, who is averaging 9.6 points
per game, needs only 2 points to hit
500.
FREE THROW WOES: As poorly as
the Wolverines shot on Friday night
against Purdue, they reached a new
standard of futility in another category
as well. Michigan attempted only four
free throws against the Boilermakers,
its lowest total this year. Purdue's
Stacey Lovelace alone attempted 11
free throws in the game. Still, the Wol-
verines only made two of their shots
from the charity stripe.
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: If you
think there was a little bit of vindication
in Michigan's 74-69 defeat of Illinois
Sunday , you'd be right. The Wolver-
ines avenged a 68-64 loss to the Illini, a
game that Roberts said "slipped away."
Sunday's victory was even sweeter for
afewplayers. FiveWolverines,includ-
ing starting guards Franklin and Amy
Johnson, hail from the state of Illinois.

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Writer
How's this for putting the Michi-
gan hockey team's 13 game unbeaten
streak in perspective?
The No. 2 Wolverines have yet to
lose this winter.
They are 12-0-1 since a 4-3 loss to
Minnesota Nov. 26 in the College
Hockey Showcase.
"Like any other team, you've got to
be lucky," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "And we've been lucky
at times. But we've also played pretty
well. We just go out and focus on each
game."
Like any other
team, you've ,got
to be lucky And
we've been lucky
alt times But
we've also played
pretty well."
- Red Berenson
Michigan hockey coach
Both fifth-ranked Bowling Green
and sixth-ranked Michigan State can
catch the defending CCHA champions
in the race for the conference title, but
they better lasso the Wolverines soon.
Michigan (16-2-1 CCHA, 21-4-lover-
all) leads the second-place Falcons (14-
4-1, 19-7-1) by four points and the
third-place Spartans (12-4-3, 17-7-3)
by six. All three teams have eight con-
ference games remaining.
While the Wolverines aren't ex-
actly galloping away with the confer-
ence crown, they can clinch at least atie
for the title with wins in six of their last
eight contests. The CCHA regular sea-

with eight games to play
- called the MCHA - the Mediocre
Collegiate Hockey Association. Bea
sides Michigan, Michigan State and
Bowling Green, only Miami (Ohio)
(12-11-5 overall) and Lake Superior
State (11-10-5) are above .500.
Surprisingly, the Wolverines have
struggled against the league's weaker
teams. Michigan lost to .sixth-place
Ferris State and tied eighth-place West-
ern Michigan.
"We've only got (two) remaining
league games against Bowling Green
and Michigan State," center Brendan
Morrison said. "If we can win the games
against the other teams, we'll pretty
much have a lock on first place."
A year ago, Michigan was 27-2-1
when it clinched the regular season title
Feb.1 LTheWolverinesslumpeddown
DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily the stretch, losing five of their last 11
verines who is games and were upset by Lake State in
the NCAA quarterfinals.
"We won the league so early last
an's final eight con- year and I think that since we knew we
herestoftheCCHA, had the title, some of us were playing
two game set this just to get by," Morrison said. "This
s-Chicago. With the year, we've got to go out and compete
nference's top three every night. That should keep us sharper
might as well be down the road."

Sophomore center Brendan Morrison is one of many Wol
back on track for the final stretch of the CCHA season.

son champion earns the No. 1 seed in
the conference tournament which starts
at various regional sites March 7.
"These last games are really impor-
tant because we want to get that No. 1
seed," center Ron Sacka said. "We're
preparing every game like it's our last
one, especially coming down to the end
of the season."
Bowling Green and Michigan State
recently blew chances to stop
Michigan's streak. The Falcons
dropped a 5-4 decision, in overtime, to
the Wolverines Jan. 20 at Yost Ice
Arena and the Spartans lost to Michi-
gan in East Lansing last Saturday, 5-3.
The Wolverines have swept three
games from Michigan State and two
from Bowling Green this season. Both
the Falcons and Spartans get one more
shot at Michigan before season's end.
Bowling Green invades Yost Feb. 17
and Michigan State and the Wolver-
ines lock horns the following night at
Joe Louis Ice Arena.

Six of Michiga
tests come againstt
beginning with a
weekend at Illinois
exception of thecoi
teams, the CCHA

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