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On tap this weekend:
IMP,. Women's tennis team hosts Iowa tomorrow at 1 p.m. and Minnesota
Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Liberty Sports Complex.
Wrestling challenges Minnesota tomorrow at noon at Cliff Keen Arena.
On Sunday, women's gymastics faces Ohio State at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Page 11
Arena. Friday
February 10, 1995

Blue visits Badgers' den
Wolverines look to improve conference standing

By Antoine Pitts
x. Daily Basketball Writer

Two men's basketball teams fight-
ing for their postseason lives square
off this weekend in Madison.
Michigan (7-3 Big Ten, 13-9 over-
All) faces one of its Big Ten oppo-
nents for the second time this year
when it travels to Wisconsin (4-5, 10-
8) for tomorrow's game at 4 p.m.
CBS will televise the game nation-
ally..
The Badgers' fight to reach the
postseason seems to be at a more
critical phase than the Wolverines.
"It's really at that point of the
season where we have to approach
every game as a championship game,"
Wisconsin coach Stan Van Gundy
said.
Michigan defeated the Badgers,
62-58, Feb. 1 in Ann Arbor. In that
game, Wisconsin shot just 34 percent
from the field and made just eight of
22 3-point shots.
This time, however, the teams
square off at a different venue.
Only two of Wisconsin's eight
losses have come at home. In fact, the
Badgers have lost only four times in
their last 27 games at the UW
Fieldhouse.
, "They're a team that plays a lot

better in Madison than on the road,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
"They're a team that is led by two
NBA players in Michael Finley and
Rashard Griffith. It'll be a tough
game."
In the teams' first meeting,
Griffith led the Badgers with 18
points and 13 rebounds. However,
eight of Griffith's points came from
the free throw line.
"We have to do what we did the
first game - we have to take it to
him," said Maurice Taylor, who will
once again have the chore of guard-
ing Griffith. "We can't be intimi-
dated by him. We played with great
confidence against him the first
time."
The Badgers hope that Finley will
produce more against the Wolverines
than he did last week. Finley man-
aged only 10 points and shot a woeful
1-for-10 from 3-point range.
"We don't want to give him dunks
and layups," Fisher said. "We know
he's going to make some shots, and
we have to contest them and keep him
off the foul line if we can."
Finley averages 21.7 points per
game to lead the Badgers. He needs
16 more points to become the first
Wisconsin player to top the 2,000-

point mark in career scoring.
"We know that he's going to be
better than he was the first game,"
Fisher said. "We just have to make
sure he's not as good as he was last
year against us."
The Badgers have been off since
beating Illinois, 73-60, last Saturday.
Wisconsin has had a week of prepara-
tion to make sure a repeat of the last
meeting doesn't occur.
In the previous contest against
Michigan, the Badgers took a 38-29
lead in the second half, but a 17-0
Michigan run put the Wolverines up
for good.
"We really have to be able to
counter their quickness," Van Gundy
said. "They're the quickest team in
the league. They have a lot of great
athletes."
The Wolverines are hoping
Wednesday night's 72-58 victory
over Ohio State will be a building
block for the rest of the season.
Counting tomorrow's game, Michi-
gan has eight conference games re-
maining.
"We're just trying to put a nine-
game streak together to try to win
the (Big) Ten and get to the tourna-
ment," senior forward Ray Jackson
said.

Women
cagers to
challenge
Penn State
By John Leroi
Daily Basketball Writer
After a rare Big Ten victory last
weekend, the Michigan women's
basketball team will need a few
prayers answered if it wants to ex-
tend its winning streak.
So far this season the gods of Big
Ten basketball have not been kind to
the Wolverines - and neither have
the schedule-makers. Next up for
Michigan: Penn State, tonight in
Crisler Arena.
Although Michigan squeaked past
Illinois Sunday, Purdue destroyed the
Wolverines (3-8 Big Ten, 8-13 over-
all) by 51 points on Friday night. Then
the Boilermakers went on to beat Penn
State, 57-43.
That loss dropped the Nittany Li-
ons into second place in the Big Ten
for the first time this season.
Forwards Angie Potthoff and
Missy Masley lead the No. 13 Nittany
Lions (7-3, 16-4).
Potthoff leads the team in scoring,
averaging just under 20 points a game,
and in rebounds (11.2 rebounds per
game).
.Masley, who often does not even
start, is scoring 16 points and pull-
ing down 10 rebounds per contest.
In the first meeting between
Michigan and Penn State, a 92-44
Lion victory in Recreation Hall,
sophomore forward Tiffany
Longworth paced the Lions with 17
points and 10 assists.
But the player the Wolverines may
have to worry about most is Tina
Nicholson. The junior point guard was
a first-team All-Conference selection
last season and also garnered third-
team All-America honors.
Nicholson leads the Lions in assists
and steals and averages just under 10
points per game.
If the Wolverines want to stick with
Penn State, they will have to contain
Nicholson and the tall Lion front line.
With no player taller than 6-1, Michi-
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in their last meeting. the Wolverines held Michael Finley to 10 noints.

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Wolverines simplify their goals for Central Collegiates

By Doug Stevens
Daily Sports writer
The Michigan men's track and
field team often heads into meets with
different priorities. Some weeks, its
Y r, goal is to meet qualifying standards.
Other weeks, the Wolverines focus
on developing in various events to
prepare for a major upcoming meet.
Heading into tomorrow's Central
Collegiate Championships, Michigan's
goal is simple - victory.
There are two reasons why the
Wolverines desire a win in this meet.
It is one of the few home events on
their schedule and they are looking to
revenge a point-and-a-half defeat by
Eastern Michigan in last year's affair.
In addition, coaches heavily stress
this meet, which will feature some of
the top teams in the midwest.

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The field for tomorrow includes
Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame, West-
ern Michigan and Big Ten rivals
Michigan State and Purdue.
"This meet will be more teams but
not as deep in terms of quality of
performance as the Big Ten (Champi-
onships)," Michigan coach Jack
Harvey said. "This is one of the meets
we are shooting for. The guys are
fired up and ready to win it."
The distance lineup for the Wol-
verines will be similar to what has been
used all year.
Kevin Sullivan, who is coming off
a record-setting 3:55.90 mile at Notre
Dame last week, will run both the
mile and the 800 meters. In the mile,
Sullivan should face rival Paul
McMullen of Eastern Michigan. Al-
though McMullen ran an impressive

3:57.34 at Notre Dame, Sullivan's
primary focus tomorrow will be on
something other than time.
"This week, Kevin is just going in
for points," Harvey said. "He is not
worrying about setting any records."
Many of the other distance runners
are also focusing on defeating the op-
position in their respective events. Cap-
tain Ian Forsyth and Theo Molla will be
running the 5,000 meters, and Dave
Barnett will be competing in the 3,000
meters.
In addition, Don McLaughlin and
Nick Karfonta will participate in both
the distance medley relay and the 4 x
800 meter relay.
"I think we'll be strong in every
event. We'll need a lot of distance
points to win the meet," Forsyth
said.

The sprinters look to continue their
success after a strong meet in Notre
Dame.
Against the Fighting Irish, Wol-
verine senior Felman Malveaux set a
school record in the 200 with a time of
21.58. However, he has been strug-
gling with the turns, and will prob-
ably focus solely on the 55-meter
dash tomorrow. Damon DeVasher
will compete in the 55 as well.
The 400 meter runners have been
doing particularly well of late. This
is evidenced by Trinity Townsend's
47.13 NCAA provisional qualify-
ing time in the event last week and
the 4x400 relay team's victory at
the same meet.
Townsend, combined with Edzra
Gibson and Jeff Wood, will run the
400. Townsend and Gibson, along

with 600-meter runners Dwayne
Fuqua and Todd Burnham, will com-
prise the 4x400 meter relay team.
"Trinity will go out and run fast,"
Harvey said. "We're counting on him
to run a good one."
As strong as the runners have been
lately, Michigan's high jumpers have
been virtually unbeatable. The trio of
Jon Royce, Ben Ludka and DeVasher
have swept the top three spots in the
past two meets. Royce automatically
qualified for the NCAA meet with a
7-foot, 4-1/2 inch jump.
In other field events, Neil Gardner
will compete in both the long and
triplejumps, in addition to the hurdles.
"This weekend, a lot of guys will
be doubling," Forsyth said. "It is more
important to win than look long-
range."

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Last week, Michigan grabbed sole possession of first place in the CCHA. This weekend they face Illinois-Chicago.

Hockey breezes into W

By Darren Everson
Paily Hockey Writer
Heading into this weekend's se-
es with Illinois-Chicago, the Michi-
gan hockey team looks like it's in
pretty good shape. With just one-third
of the season remaining, the Wolver-
ines are on a 13-game unbeaten streak
and sit atop the CCHA.
All Af that was true aroun1 this

Botterill is back in the lineup. The
sophomore left wing sat out last
Friday and Saturday to get some
rest and to allow his wrist injury to
heal.
"(The wrist) is pretty good," said
Botterill, who still needs to wear a pro-
tective cast over it. "My shot is a little
weaker, but I have full mobility now."
Michigan's offensive troubles

indy City
days. Right now, Illinois-Chicago is
only after one thing.
"Points," coach Larry Pedrie said.
"Home-ice advantage (for the play-
offs) is our goal right now."
Only the top five teams get to play at
home in the first round of the playoffs,
which means the seventh-place Flames
have some work to do. Whether Illi-
nois-Chicago gets it done might be de-

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