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What is the record for the number
of times the Michigan Hockey team
has gone into overtime during the
regular season?

'M' sports calendar
Forrest Fires
Q & A
Hockey
Men's Basketball-
Women's Basketball
Wrestling
Gymnastics
Swimming

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'M' hockey unbeaten streak snapped by Illinois-Chicago

By Darren Everson
Daily Hockey Writer
WOODRIDGE, Ill. - Saturday's game
Oetween Illinois-Chicago and Michigan had
everything you don't usually see in college
hockey - a linesman calling a penalty, a
power play in overtime and a bench-clear-
ing brawl.
None of these occurrences, though, are
as rare as the one that happened at 3:23 of
overtime: The Wolverines lost.
The Flames (8-11-2 CCHA, 11-15-3

overall) ended the Wolverines' 14-game un-
beaten streak by defeating Michigan 5-4,
after the Wolverines (17-3-1, 22-5-1) won
by the same score on Friday. The Flames'
Rob Mottau lifted a loose puck over Michi-
gan goalie Marty Turco seconds after an
Illinois-Chicago power play ended to win
the game.
Mottau then raced to the net and got
right in the face of the fallen Turco. The
senior defenseman pointed at Turco and at
the flashing red goal light, which caused the

Wolverines on the ice to come to their
teammate's defense.
Soon enough pushing, shoving and
punching took place all over the ice as both
benches were emptied.
"It was both teams," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "I don't blame (anyone
in particular)."
Both teams had been playing physical
all night long, starting with Michigan
defenseman Harold Schock's bone-jarring
check of Derek Knorr one minute into the

contest. Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
it was that kind of play that ultimately cost
them the game.
Michigan s Bill Muckalt attempted to
surgically remove Clay Awe's appendix
with his stick 1:16 into the extra period, and
the freshman forward received a seat in the
penalty box for his malpractice. The infrac-
tion occurred away from the puck, meaning
a lot of people -including referee Richard
Graff-- didn't see it.
"The linesman called the penalty behind

the play," said Berenson, who didn't see
Muckalt's slash either. "That's the first time
I've seen a linesman call a penalty all year."
Even more surprising than the overtime
penalty was the performance of seventh-
place Illinois-Chicago. The Flames entered
the weekend with the CCHA's worst power
play, but they managed to convert on two
man-advantage opportunities in Saturday's
game.
The Wolverines needed a hat trick-from
See FLAMES, Page 4

Wolverines Badgered by Wisconsin in 70-65 loss

'M' tournament
prospects darken
after defeat
ADISON - If anyone
on the Michigan men's
basketball team was waiting
for reason, now is as good a time as
any to push the panic button.
With Saturday's loss at
Wisconsin - the Wolverines'
fourth loss in their last seven games
- the prospects
of making the
NCAA
Tournament are
3 becoming
dimmer and
dimmer.
The loss
ANTOINE leaves
ANTONE Michigan tied
Pits for fourth in the
Stop conference with
Illinois. A 7-4
conference
record wouldn't normally be bad
except for the fact that the
Wolverines managed to win only
half of their 12 nonconference
games.
With just 13 victories and seven
games to go, Michigan realistically
eeds to go 5-2 to have a
omfortable shot of getting into the
tournament.
Looking at the remaining
schedule those five victories could
be tough to get. Four of those
games are at home against Indiana,
Illinois, Northwestern and Penn
State. The Wolverines should be
able to their own on the home court
but then again Crisler Arena isn't
mown as one of the league's
toughest places to play.
It's kind of hard to feel
intimidated walking into Crisler
when you have so many empty
seats. Just ask Pennsylvania,
Michigan State and St. John's who
have already come into Ann Arbor
and won with no problem this
season.
Let's say Michigan is able to
take three of the four home games
See PITTS, Page 5

King scores 20 as cagers fall for
10th time; Finley pumps in 29

By Scott Burton
Daily Basketball Writer
MADISON - The Michigan bas-
ketball team fought a war of attrition
with Wisconsin Saturday, much like
in its victory over the Badgers Feb. 1.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
Wisconsin had the best soldier of them
all in this battle.
Badger senior Michael Finley
caused all sorts of trouble for the
Michigan defense, leading Wisconsin
to a 70-65 victory. Finley scored 29
points and went to the free throw line
17 times, nailing 15 freebies.
In all, Wisconsin shot 35 free
throws, drew 27 Wolverine fouls and
fouled out Makhtar Ndiaye and Maceo
Baston. The Badgers' 30 points from
the charity stripe negated a 57-44 shot
advantage for the Wolverines and the
fact that Wisconsin didn't make a
field goal in the final eight minutes of
the contest.
"They got to the line too much.
That was the difference in the game,"
Michigan senior Ray Jackson said.
Still, Michigan had a chance to
send the contest into overtime, down
three on its last possession. However,
much like in their loss to Michigan
State earlier in the year, the only open
shot the Wolverines could find was a
three-pointer from freshman forward
Maurice Taylor.
His shot from the top of the key
clanged off the rim and lingered over
the net before bouncing harmlessly
into the arms of Badger Darnell
Hoskins.
"We were trying to run a 3- point
shot for Ray Jackson," coach Steve
Fisher said. "Maurice Taylor gave
him a flair screen, and we were hop-
ing that (Jackson) would be open, and
they stepped out, and Mo as a result
was the guy with the open shot."
Taylor's miss was indicative of
Michigan's scoring problems at the
end of the contest. After Michigan
tied the score at 64 with three minutes
to go, it failed to sink another field
goal. Jimmy King missed the front
end of a one-and-one, and Dugan Fife
missed one of his free throws down

the stretch, allowing Wisconsin to put
the game away.
"We had some shots down the
stretch and we couldn't get one to go
in," Fisher said. "We missed a crucial
free throw when we were down two.
Those, when you bring closure on a
game, are the little things that create a
difference."
Nonetheless, neither team could
pull away from the other in what was
a tight contest throughout. The Bad-
gers, despite their advantage at the
charity stripe, shot only 41 percent for
the game and were outrebounded 36-
28.
"We got some pretty athletic big
guys that find ways to go after the
ball," Fisher said. "We got more re-
bounds because we missed more shots.
We pursued the basketball fairly well,
and that got us some second-chance
opportunities."
Michigan, on the other hand, was
limited by extensive foul trouble. Jack-
son and King both picked up their
third fouls late in the first half, while
Makhtar Ndiaye picked up his second
and third fouls after a technical at
4:40 of the first half.
"That was like an old-fashioned
type of Big Ten game," Wisconsin
coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It was a
little bit ugly, people were just beat-
ing each other up."
For the most part, Wisconsin was
unable to take advantage of the Wol-
verines' foul trouble. Badger center
Rashard Griffith hit two consecutive
baskets to begin the first half, giving
Wisconsin a seven-point lead, 40-33.
But Griffith scored only one more
field goal the rest of the half.
Finley, however, constantly
blitzed Michigan's vulnerable defense
by taking the ball aggressively to the
hole. If he wasn't scoring easy buck-
ets, he was drawing fouls. He gave
Jackson all four of his fouls, and sent
Baston to the bench permanently with
15 seconds to go in the game.-
"We couldn't play as aggressive
as we'd like," Taylor said. "The foul
See BADGERS, Page 5

.AP PHOTO
Maceo Baston and the rest of the Wolverines were frustrated by Rashard Griffith and Wisconsin in Saturday's 70-
65 loss to the Badgers. Baston finished the game with 10 points.

'Moral victory' still a
Joss for women cagers

Demolition Man
Former rumbler Biggert now takes foes on mat

By David Rothbart
Daily Basketball Writer
It was a loss, but all was not lost.
Though the Michigan women's
basketball team dropped their con-
test with Penn State 82-65 Friday
night at Crisler Arena, it salvaged
its pride.
The Wolverines (3-9 Big Ten, 8-
*4 overall) knew they could not let
themselves fall behind in the early
going. In the their first meeting with
Penn State, Jan. 15 at University Park,
the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 25-
0 advantage, embarrassing Michigan
92-44. Coach Trish Roberts stressed

Penn State's 13 first-half turnovers
led to 10 fast-break points for the
Wolverines. The Wolverines rallied
to within nine after Akisha Franklin
picked Nicholson's pocket and
scored at the other end with seven
minutes to play in the half. Amy
Johnson stole a pass and drained a
15-footer, but Penn State answered
with two straight inside buckets. At
the intermission, the Wolverines
were within striking distance, down
41-30.
But the Lions came out roaring in
the second half behind the torrid shoot-
ing of guards Tiffany Longworth and

By Jed Rosenthal
Daily Sports Writer
As Michigan wrestler Chad
Biggert walks alone
through central campus':he
constantly notices passers-by staring
at him.
It's not because he is well known
among the student population. It's not
because he carries a powerful phy-
sique. And it's not because he is wear-
ing his varsity jacket.
It's because he is talking to himself.

His parents divorced when he was
two, and for a period of over eight
years, he lived in a trailer park with
his mother, Jan Shier.
"It was not that bad," says the
fifth-year Michigan senior, reflecting
back on the sardine-sized, two-room
home he shared with a pair of older
brothers. While growing up in these
small quarters, Biggert says, "I learned
survival tactics.
"We were not passive children at
all. We put my mom through hell," he

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