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March 14, 1995
Here come the Hilitoppers
No. 21 Western Kentucky provides first-round challenge
By Paul Barger
Daily Basketball Writer
When Michigan got its bid to the
NCAA Tournament, Wolverine fans
breathed a sigh of relief. Not only was
their squad headed to the 'big dance',
vs. Western Kentucky
Thursday, 10 p.m.
it was paired with the Western Ken-
But, Western Kentucky is a very
formidable opponent. The Hilltoppers
enter the NCAA Tournament with a
26-3 record and a Sun Belt Confer-
"We're ready forit,"junior forward
Chris Robinson said. "As long as we
keep doing what we've been doing,
there's no telling how far we can go."
Robinson was named Player of
the Year in the conference. He aver-
aged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per
game on the season.
"I give a lot of credit to my team-
mates for getting me the ball and
having confidence in me," Robinson
said. "I give all the credit to them."
The forward is joined on the All-
Conference team by senior guard
Darius Horn. The 6-foot-4 guard
grabbed 7.1 rpg and tallied 9.9 ppg.
If Western Kentucky has one ma-
jor weakness it is their size up front.
Their tallest starter is only 6-foot-7.
Still the Hilltoppers have
outrebounded their opponents 1142 to
1013 thisyearand managed 125blocks.
Another problem Western Ken-
tucky has had is its erratic free throw
shooting. Improvement from the line
was a major goal after the team shot
64.1 percent from the charity stripe
last season. They did improve - but
only to 67.2 percent.
The Hilltoppershaveplayed against
some strong competition this season,
including Massachusetts. On Feb. 4,
Western Kentucky lost to Tulsa by two
points in a nationally televised game.
Clearly Michigan will have its
"Hopefully, we can end our sea-
son on a good note," Robinson said.
SOLD OUT: Students planning to
make the journey to Dayton will find
it a struggle to get tickets. The Ath-
letic Department was allocated tick-
ets, but did not put them on sale.
Other schools in the bracket did
offer their tickets to students, but they
went rapidly. It is estimated that each
school was given 150 tickets to sell to
According to a ticket office offi-
cial the final decision is left up to the
Athletic Board. They are handling the
situation the same way that they have
in the past.
The only option students are left with
is to buy tickets from scalpers or brokers.
The Michigan-Westem Kentucky game
is included in the night session package
with the Kansas-Colgate game. Early es-
timates indicate that tickets will go for
somewhere between $100 and $200 for
the night session.
Press Top 25
Team Rec. Prv.
1. UCLA (64) 25-2 1
2. Kentucky (1) 25-4 3
3. Wake Forest 24-5 7
4. North Carolina 24-5 4
5. Kansas 23-5 2
6. Arkansas 27-6 5
7. Massachussetts 26-4 8
8. Connecticut 25-4 6
9. Villanova 25-7 13
10. Maryland 24-7 10
11. Michigan St. 22-5 9
12. Purdue 24-6 14
13. Virginia 22-8 11
14. Okllahoma St. 23-9 19
15. Arizona - 23-7 12
16. Arizona St. 22-8 18
17. Oklahoma . 23-8 16
18. Mississippi St. 20-7 15
19. Utah 27-5 22
20. Alabama 22-9 20
21. W. Kentucky 26-3 23
22. Georgetown 19-9 24
23. Missouri 19-8 17
24. Iowa St. 22-10 -
25. Syracuse 19-9 21
The Wolverines will have their hands full with 26-3 Western Kentucky.
Women split against Big Ten foes
By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
After taking two tough losses
against nationally-ranked Notre Dame
and Wake Forest recently, the Michi-
gan women's tennis team returned to
conference play this weekend. The
Wolverines rebounded, earning a split
in two Big Ten matches in Columbus.
Michigan shut out Ohio State by
the score of 9-0 Friday. The Wolver-
ines lost only one set in singles play
and three sets overall, en route to their
sixth win of the season and third
straight conference victory.
However, Michigan didn't have
long to celebrate its victory, as it hit
the courts again, Sunday, to face No.
12 Indiana, the defending conference
The Hoosiers, who. handed the
Wolverines their only two losses last
year, continued to be a nemesis for
them, as Indiana nipped its confer-
ence rivals, 5-4.
The difference in the meet proved
to be Indiana's ability to win long
matches. Six of the nine matches
played went the full three sets, with
the Hoosiers taking four of those
matches, often by close scores.
"It was just a matter of a couple of
points here and there that proved to be
the difference," Michigan coach Bitsy
Afterlosing four of six matches in
singles play, the Wolverines won the
first two doubles matches to tie the
score at four matches apiece. But In-
diana prevailed in the final match and
showed why it is one of the perennial
powerhouses in the nation.
"Overall, we played well," Ritt
said. "We just have to look at the
positives. We definitely want another
shot at them and we hope we can get
' it in the Big Ten tournament."
Sarah Cyganiak and Jaimie Field-
ing both played well this weekend,
taking each of their singles matches
against their Big Ten foes. Both won
their matches in straight sets, drop-
ping a total of seven and 10 games,
Next weekend the Wolverines face
Vanderbilt and William & Mary in
at the Joe
Olympia Arenas, Inc. and the Daily
are holding a contest with prizes
for the CCHA Playoffs March 18,
and 19 at Joe Louis Arena.
Today's question: Which Michigan
players have been named MVP of
the CCHA Tournament?
Men upend Minnesota e
By Marc Ughtdale
Daily Sports Writer
Friday, the Michigan men's ten-
nis team destroyed Minnesota by a
score of 6-1 ending the Golden Go-
phers' 40 match win streak in the Big
Ten. The Wolverines played flawless
tennis, winning every set in all of
their singles matches, with the excep-
tion of first singles, en route to their
stunning upset in Minneapolis.
No. 20 Minnesota, the Big Ten
Champions for the last three years,
have given the Wolverines a lot of
trouble in the past.
"I would say that it's an obstacle
that we've been trying to get over for
a long time," Adam Wager said.
The Wolverines began the match
by seizing two of three doubles
matches and capturing the doubles
point. At first doubles, Michigan's
John Constanzo and Peter Pusztai
defeated Lars Hjarrand and Erik
Donley, 8-5. The other doubles vic-
tory came at third doubles. The
Wolverine's David Paradzik and
Grady Burnett outlasted Minnesota's
Gabler brothers, 9-7.
At second singles, Michigan's
Peter Pusztai defeated Stefan
Tzvetkov (6-0, 6-4). The Wolverines
David Paradzik continued the on-
slaught by beating the Golden
Gopher's Lars Hjarrand (6-0, 6-4).
Michigan Arvid Swan's com-
pleted a straight-set victory over
Minnesota's Erik Donley at fourth
"I think this year we have more
depth on the team," Swan said. "We
have six guys in our lineup that are
playing good tennis."
At fifth singles, the Wolverine's
Geoff Prentice won a competitive
match against Ben Gabler of the
Golden Gophers. GradyBurnett com-
pleted the rampage by defeating
Minnesota's Adam Cohen (6-2, 6-3).
"For the other schools to see this
score and see the decisiveness of this
score, I think it certainly sends some
shockwaves out," Michigan coach
Brian Eisner said.
The Wolverines followed their
domination of Minnesota with a 5-2
victory over Iowa on Sunday. Michi-
gan took four of the six singles matches
and two of three doubles matches.
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