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Buckeye futility continues
Last night's win over Ohio State was Michigan's sixth straight in the
series. The Wolverines' streak dates back to 1992, when the
Buckeyes had a five-game run of their own going
before Michigan won 75-71 in the NCAA
Tournament. Ohio State still leads the overall
series with the Wolverines, 74-62.

Page 5
Thursday,
February 9, 1995

Eight to
.go for
NCAAs
he Michigan basketball
team did exactly what it
had to against Ohio State last
night - it won.
The Wolverines entered the game
:with nine Big Ten games left and an
NCAA tournament berth riding on
their performance over the next four
weeks of the conference schedule.
One down, eight to go.
Michigan took care of the
Buckeyes with relative ease, but let's
be realistic about the win. Ohio State
is a team capable of beating a lot of
high school teams, but not many
ollegiate squads. Actually, with
even turnovers in their first seven
possessions -
there are some
high school
teams that
could have
taken the
Buckeyes last
Snight.
RYAN It was the
WHITE kind of game
White on Michigan was
Target supposedto
arget m win easily, and
it did. But it
was also one of tle first times all
season that the Wolverines had won
a game that could be circled on the
schedule and marked as a gimme.
Remember Penn Dec. 14? The
Wolverines looked miserable in the
1irst half, and lost the game when the
Quakers' Jerome Allen hit a line
drive shot on Penn's last possession.
The Quakers are an Ivy League
team with no athletic scholarships,
the kind of team Michigan should be
able to handle.
How about Washington Dec. 30?
Last season the Huskies won five
games, and this season, they have
layed for the most part like, well, a
bunch of dogs. They are 1-8 in the
Pac Ten, and 5-12 overall. Yet they
beatMichigan over winter break.
And just a week and a half ago
the Wolverines came out flat and lost
their final non-conference game of
the season, to St. John's.
Those three games, games
Michigan was supposed to and
hould have won, are the difference
etween the Wolverines' 6-6 non-
conference record and a much more
respectable 9-3.
Because of its trouble against
non-Big Ten teams, Michigan has to
make an impression on the
tournament's selection committee
with its conference performance.
With their non-conference record
the Wolverines are going to have to
*inish strong, most likely winning
five of their last eight games, or at
the very least go 4-4, to make the
NCAA Tournament.
With that in mind the question
becomes which Wolverine team will
show up for the home stretch of the
season. Will it be the team that lost to
Penn, Washington and St. John's?
Or the team that ended Indiana's

I50-game home winning streak?
If it's the latter, Michigan won't
have a problem getting into the
tournament and could surprise some
teams once there.
If the other version of the
Wolverines comes to play, they'll
miss the NCAA's for the first time in
the careers of Fab Five seniors
Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.
The Wolverines had nine games
4eft to prove to the selection
committee that they are one of the 64
best teams in the country, and they
won the first.
One down; eight to go.

Blue bucks Ohio State
Michigan keeps Buckeyes winless in conference

By Antoine Pitts
Daily Basketball writer
The long season for Ohio State con-
tinued last night at Crisler Arena.
The Buckeyes (0-10 Big Ten, 4-16
overall), still looking for their first con-
ference win of the season, fell for the
ninth straight time, losing to Michigan
(7-3, 13-9) ,72-58. The win brought the
Wolverines back to within a game of
first-place Michigan State.
Things went badly for Ohio State
from the start of this contest.
The first seven possessions of the
game couldn't have been any worse.
The Buckeyes couldn't even get close
to the basket and didn't attempt a shot
in the first four minutes. They turned
the ball over seven straight times to
begin the game - spotting Michigan
an eight-point lead.
For the game, Ohio State coughed
up the ball 25 times leading to several
Wolverine fast breaks.
"I was really disappointed with the
way that we started the game," Ohio
State coach Randy Ayers said. "We
had a lot of turnovers right at the start
that really hurt us."
With all of the fast break opportuni-
ties, Michigan made plenty of miscues
of its own. The Wolverines turned the
ball over 17 times, but had enough on
the defensive end to bury the Buck-
eyes.
"I thought we played fairly well at
the defensive end," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "We said before the
game that we wanted to create the tempo
with our defense. We wanted to run."

Using its defense, Michigan got
out on the break and built a big lead
in a hurry, taking a 31-18 advantage
into the half.
"You have to give them credit,"
Ayers said. "I've said all along that
they'reoneof the betterdefensiveteams
because of their athleticism and size."
Jimmy King scored 15 points
and became the 16th player in Michi-
gan history to surpass 1,400 for a
career.
The Wolverines, sparked by the
inside play of Maceo Baston, pushed
the lead to as many 22 in the second
half. Baston scored 13 of his 15 points
in the second stanza. Makhtar Ndiaye
scored six and grabbed a team-high
seven rebounds.
"We're starting to get better play
from the post,"Fisher said. "Makhtar is
really playing intelligently right now."
Ohio State was led by Antonio
Watson with 19 points and nine re-
bounds. Doug Etzler scored 15, includ-
ing three 3-pointers. Even though the
score was lopsided in Michigan's fa-
vor most of the night, the Buckeyes did
not quit.
A 15-4 run by Ohio State late in the
second half made it a 10-point game
with 1:53 togo, but the Buckeyes could
get no closer.
"We did some positive things in
that stretch," Ayers said. "We put to-
gether a run but we weren't able to do
anything with it. That's been the sce-
nario the whole season."
This year's Buckeye squad is far
from the team it was three seasons ago.

That squad was just one basket away
from making the Final Four.
"They're a totally different team
but coach Ayers prepares them
well," Michigan forward Ray Jack-
son said. "They've had a lot of prob-
lems down there but they still play
hard."
Ohio State's best chance for a con-
ference victory may come Saturday
when it hosts Northwestern.

i

OHIO STATEI
MuN
Watson 35
Dudley 37
Lumnpkin 19
Yudt 36
Etzler 38
Winston 9
Jantonio 12
Davis 10
Martin 4

(58)
FG
W-A
612
4-9
0-1
3-5
6-12
0-3
1-2
0-2
0-0

FT
Wd-A
7-12
12
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
4-4
0-0
0-0

REB
O-T A F
4-9 3 2
0-6 3 4
0-0 0 3
0-5 2 2
1-3 2 2
1-1 0 2
0-1 0 2
0-1 1 1
0-~j 0 0
6-31 1118

PTS
19
11
0
7
15
0
6
0
0
58

Totals

200 2046 12-19

I

FG%: .435. FT%: .632. Three-point goals: 6-13,
.462 (Etzler 3-5, Dudley 2-4, Yudt 1-2, Dayis 0-1,
Watson 0-1). Turnovers: 25 (Watson 8, Dudley 6,
Yudt 4, Lmupkin 3, Etzler 2 Martin). Steals: 2
(Etzler, Watson). Technical Fouls: none.

MICHIGAN (7

Jackson
Taylor
Ndiaye
King
Fife
Baston
CDonlIan
Mitchell
Crawford
Morton

MIN
33
23
31
30
30
.20
10
17
5
1

2)
FO FT
M-A M-A
3-8 33
5-13 0-2
3-6 0-1
6-15 2-2
47 0-2
5-6 5-7
0-0 0-0
2-4 0-0
0-1 0-0
0-0 2-2

REB
O-T A
3-5 6
3-5 2
2-7 2
0-5 3
0-0 0
2-5 0
0-2 0
0-0 2
0-1 2
0-0 0

F
1
3
3
3
1
5
1
2
0
0

PTS
9
11
6
15
10
15
0
4
0
2
72

Totals 200 2-60 12-19 11-32 1719

FG%:.467. FT%: .632. Three-point goals: 4-15,
.267 (Fife 2-4, King 1-7, Taylor 1-1, Crawford 0-1,
Jackson 0-1, Mitchell 01). Blocks: 5 (Ndiaye 2,
Baston, Conlan, Jackson).Turnovers: 17 (King 5,
Jackson 4,Conlan 2, Ndiaye 2. Taylor 2, Baston,
Fife, Jackson). Steals: 9 (Fife 5, Conlan, Jackson,
King, Mitchell) Technical Fouls: none.
Ohio State..1840 - 58
Michigan-.....r.31 41 - 72
At: Crisler Arena; A: 13,562.

SARA STILLMAN/Daily
Maceo Baston slams home two of his 15 points last night during
Michigan's 72-58 win. The Buckeyes dropped to 040 in league play.
Men's tennis hopes to
rebound in Minneapolis

Michigan vs. Michigan State
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Arena. The Grand Prize; A night for two at the Westin Hotel in downtown Detroit including two game tickets. Four First Prizes: Four game tickets
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Today's question: What was the score of the first meeting between Michigan and Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament?
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By Brett Krasnove
Daily Sports Writer
After failing its first test of the sea-
son against Northwestern, the Michi-
gan men's tennis team travels to Min-
neapolis this weekend to compete in
the Ice Volleys Tournament.
JuniorJohn Costanzo sees the tour-
nament as an opportunity for the team
to redeem itself.
"It's early enough in the year where
(the loss to the Wildcats)doesn't make
that much of a difference," Costanzo
said. "I think everyone's really pissed
off and ready to go."
The Wolverines will be facing Boise
State and Texas A&M at the two-day
tournament this weekend. Big Ten ri-
val Minnesota will host the event at the
98th StreetTennis Club. However, the
Golden Gophers will not be competing
against Michigan.
There will be a slight change in the
lineup for the Wolverines. Costanzo,
who normally plays first singles, will
switch places with second-seed Peter
Pusztai.
"Their results have been very com-
parable so far this year," Michigan
assistant coach Dan Goldberg said.
"We're going to really give them both
the opportunity to play No. 1."
Injured freshman Arvid Swan will
make the trip. However, it has not been
decided if he will play.
The Wolverines are not very famil-
iar with the two teams they will be
facing. However, Goldberg feels this
will work in Michigan's favor.
"We play two teams that have pretty
good national rankings and we don't

~They don't know
much about us. I
think this will take
a little bit of the
pressure off."
- Dan Goldberg
Assistant Michigan tennis
coach
really know them," Goldberg said.
"They don't know much about us. "I
think this will take a little bit of the
pressure oft'.
"It's always more difficultplaying
in your own part of the country when
you know all the players and they all
know your strengths and weaknesses."
Michigan will begin with 38th-
ranked Boise State on Friday night, a
team Goldberg does not underestimate.
"Boise State's actually pretty good.
They're ranked in the top 40 in the
country," Goldberg said. "They're pre-
dominantly a team of foreigners.
"College tennis these days is really
dominated by a lot of foreign players.
There's a real international force. Just
look at the world rankings and you'll
see a lot of foreigners up there."
After Friday's match with Boise
State, the Wolverines face a slightly
more familiar opponent Saturday in
Texas A&M.
"We've played Texas A&M in the
past, so we know some of their guys."
Goldberg said.

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