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Check your brackets
Here are the scores from last night's late games in the NCAA Toumament.
Oklahoma State 73, Drexel 49
Tulane 76, Brigham Young 70
Western Kentucky 82, Michigan 76 (OT)
Maryland 87, Gonzaga 63

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Friday
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Hilitoppers use late run to climb over Blue

1

Western
Kentucky to
face Kansas
*By Ryan White
Daily Basketball Writer
DAYTON, Ohio --Kansas came
into its first-round game as the No. I
seed with the most to prove. The
Jayhawks lost in the semifinals of the
Big Eight Conference Tournament
and felt they weren't getting the re-
spect they deserve.
They made their first point to the
*rest of the nation last night with a 82-
68 win over No. 16 seed Colgate.
Kansas now heads into a second round
matchup against No. 8 Western Ken-
tucky tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Billy Thomas led Kansas with 19
points and Jacque Vaughn scored 11
on 4-for-5 shooting.
Tucker Neale led the Red Raiders
with 25 points. Freshman Adonal
Foyle finished with 16 for Colgate
*and received a standing ovation when
he fouled out with 54.6 seconds to go
in the game.
Foyle deserved the ovation for
having to deal with the trees that Kan-
sas planted in the lane. The biggest of
them all Greg Ostertag, 7-foot-2, fin-
ished with sixpoints. Six-foot- 1I Raef
LaFrentz scored 12 and Scot Pollard,
6-foot-10, chipped in 13.
* On the defensive end the three forced
countless shot changes and rebounding
problems for the Red Raiders.
No. 12 Miami (Ohio) 71, No. 5
Arizona 62
Neither Arizona's Damon
S toudamire or Ray Owes knew where
Miami (Ohio) was when asked on
Wednesday. Now, they both know -
the Redskins are in the second round
of the tournament.
* The Wildcats, who advanced to
the Final Four last season, were upset
yesterday in the first round by the
Mid-American Conference's regular
season champion, Miami.
Devin Davis led the Redskins'
effort. The dreadlocked forward
scored a game-high 24 points and
pulled down 15 rebounds.
Redskin guards Derrick Cross and
Chris McGuire led the defensive ef-
fort against Stoudamire, who finished
with 18 points - five below his sea-
son average.
"He's like no one I've ever faced
before," McGuire said of Stoudamire.
"I played well against him, but so did
all of my teammates. We helped each
other out on defense."
No.4 Virginia96,No.13 Nicholls
State 72
0 Virginia took only a four-point
lead into the lockerroom at halftime,
but pulled away - way away - in
the second half to avoid the upset.G
ard Harold Deane led the Cavaliers
with a game-high 22 points. Junior
Burrough added 16 and Curtis Staples
scored 15 for Virginia.
"You come out and have to give
some respect to Nicholls State,"
zSurrough said. "(King and Watts)
were as strong as any one I've played
against this year."
The Cavaliers now face Miami
(Ohio) tomorrow at 4:50 p.m.

Small conferences produce big-time wins

By Scott Burton
Daily Basketball Writer
DAYTON, Ohio - There is an oft-cited theory in
college basketball that says schools from the tough con-
ferences are better fit for the rigors of the NCAA Tourna-
ment than small-conference teams.
The logic of this theory goes something like this: After
playing 16 to 18 games against the elite of Division I, big
conference schools are prepared for the high level of
competition at the tourney. Small conference schools, on
the other hand, may beat up on their conference weaklings
and build up a impressive record, but ultimately are ill-
equipped to play with the big boys.
There is little life left in this
theory, however ingrained it used
to be in the basketball world. Much
r like the flat-earth theory and the
spontaneous creation hypothesis,
enlightened souls have come along
to distinguish the archaic thinking.
Court At this year's tournament, the
D oscientists of heightened mind are
Miami (Ohio) and Manhattan. The
Redskins - who irked many tradi-
tionalists by earning an at-large bid from the Mid-Ameri-
can Conference - upset the PAC 10's Arizona yesterday,
71-62. Manhattan, another shocking at-large team com-
ing out of the Metro Atlantic Conference, destroyed the
Big Eight's Oklahoma, 77-67.
Such results give course to a revisionist theory on the
relationship between conference strength and performance:
It's not quality of opponent that counts, but the quality of
your own team. If a team is good, it doesn't matter what
kind of teams they beat in the regular-season - what
matters is what kind of teams they can beat come tourna-
ment time.
"I think there is definitely a place for small-conference
teams in this tourney," said Colgate guard Tucker Neale,
whose 25 points almost led the Patriot League team to an
upset of No. 1 seed Kansas. "The people who don't think

so should come see games like these."
Which brings us to last night's game between Michi-
gan and Western Kentucky. Although the Hilltoppers
were the higher seed and were nationally ranked going
into the game, the Wolverines were the betting line favor-
ites. Why? Perhaps because Western Kentucky comes
from the Sun Belt conference, which sports such humble
teams as Texas Pan-American, Lamar and Arkansas State.
Yet after the Hilltoppers' 82-76 overtime victory over
the Wolverines last night, it sure seemed like they had
played in the ACC, SEC or Big Eight all season long.
Western Kentucky played tough, they played resilient,
they played like tried and tested stalwarts.
"This was a big win for us and the conference,"
Hilltopper guard Jeff Rogers said. "The Manhattan coach
said that the selection committee is not dumb, and they're
not."
On the other end, Michigan is a team from one of the
nation's best conferences, the Big Ten and it also played
one of the nation's toughest schedules.
Many people suggested that such a demanding sched-
ule could only better a young team trying to incorporate
five untested freshmen talents into their game plan. Others
figured in the preseason that their schedule would provide
them with many struggles but would allow them to peak
come tourney time.
Did any of this happen? Quite the opposite. Before
yesterday's game, Fisher complained that his team may
have bitten off more than it could chew when it scheduled
all those tough teams. Rather than preparing Michigan for
the quality opponents in the tournament, it wore them out.
And in the end last night, it was Michigan who played
like they were not up to the pressure and level of compe-
tition that is the NCAA Tournament, not the Hilltoppers.
They let Western Kentucky fight its way back into the
contest, and then wilted in overtime like newcomers.
Which proves just what Manhattan and Miami already
demonstrated earlier in the day - a team playing with the
most will beat a team boasting the toughest schedule every
time.

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Michigan's season ended yesterday after an overtime loss to Western
Kentucky. It was the last game for seniors Ray Jackson and Jimmy King.

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tion," Fisher said. "They got on a roll
the last seven minutes and we weren't
able to fight them off like we had
before."
Michigan built a 59-45 lead in the
second half before the Hilltoppers
mounted their comeback.
Western Kentucky now moves
on to face top-seeded Kansas Satur-
day night, and the Wolverines head
home earlier than they have in the
past four years.
MICHIGAN (76)
FG FT REB
MIN MA M.A O.T A F PIS
Jackson 3713-20 2-3 1-3 2 1 28
Taylor 30 410 0-0 4-7 5 4 8
Ndiaye 37 4-8 2-3 1-8 0 5 10
Fife 16 0-2 0-2 0-1 3 2 0
King 40 8-15 5-8 7-17 8 4 23
Conian 34 1-4 0-0 1-2 4 2 3
Baston 21 2-4 0-0 4-7 0 4 4
Mitchell 10 0-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 0
Totals 225 3269 916 21-51 2224 76
FG%: .464. FT%. .563. Three-point goals: 3-16,
.188 (King2-6, Conlan 1-4, Fife 0-1, Jackson 0-2,
Mitchell 0-3). Blocks: 6 (Ndiaye 2,Taylor 2,
Baston, King). Turnovers: 18 (Jackson 5 Ndiaye
5, King 4, Baston 2, Conlan, Taylor). Steals: 3
(King 2, Baston). Technical Fouts: none.
WESTERN KENTUCKY (82)
FG FT RES
MIN MA MA O-T A F PTS
Jackson 44 3-5 1-4 4-7 0 2 7
Robinson 44 8-24 2-4 3-9 1 3 22
Hall 26 6-7 4-5 4-8 5 3 16
Fraliex 31 3-10 1-3 0-2 6 1 10
Horn 26 5-11 1-1 1-1 1 5 '3
Rogers 31 2-9 6-8 2-4 5 3 11
Thomas 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 00 0
Flowers 6 1-1 1-1 0-1 0 0 3
Thornton 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 225 28-68 16-26 16.35 1818 82
FG%: 412. FT%:.615. Three-point goals: 10-
23,_435 (Robinson 4-8, Fraliex 3-8, Horn 2-4.
Rogers 1-3). Blocks: 0. Turnovers: 10 (Robinson
3, Rogers 3, Fraliex 2, Jackson, Thornton).
Steals: 6 (Robinson 4, Fraliex, Jackson).
Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan...................36 34 6 - 76
Western Kentucky.31 39 12 - 82
At University of Dayton Arena
A: 13,045

M' wrestlers fal to
injuries in Iowa

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
IOWA CITY - Yesterday
marked the start of the NCAA men's
basketball tournament, but hardly
anyone noticed amidst the excitement
and commotion brewing in IowaCity.
The first two rounds of the NCAA
Wrestling Championships began yes-
terday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in
front of a capacity crowd of 13,100.
The hometown Hawkeyes are aiming
for their 15th NCAA team title and
from the looks of things, they appear
to be well on their way.
Iowa qualified all ten of its start-
ing wrestlers for the tournament. Nine
Hawkeyes won their preliminary or
first round matches. No. 12 seed and
heavyweight Erik Stoner was the only
Hawkeye to lose his first round match,
falling to Brian Keck of Bloomsburg.
Michigan qualified five wrestlers
for the tournament; No. 5 Jeff
Catrabone (158 pounds), No. 3 Chad
Biggert (167), No. 8 Jehad Hamdan
(190), Jesse Rawls, Jr. (177) and
Airron Richardson (heavyweight).
Freshman Brandon Howe qualified
as a wildcard, replacing Rawls, who
suffered a torn anterior cruciate liga-
ment.
The Wolverines' tournament be-
gan with a quick disappointment.
Catrabone lost in the preliminary
round to Hardell Moore of Oklahoma

State.
Catrabone wrestled with a first-
degree shoulder separation, which
occurred in practice last Saturday.
"I couldn't make my shots and
stop like I usually do," Catrabone
said. "I have three years left. I have no
regrets with what I have done this
season. I'm going to be above my
league next year."
Howe registered a major decision
in the first round, defeating Mike
Clayton of Navy, 16-7. Howe lost to
No. 4 seed Shawn Enright of Ohio U.,
11-3, in the second round
Biggert suffered a knee injury in
practice last Sunday, yet managed to
win his preliminary and first round
matches, defeating Brandon Slay of
Penn, 4-2, and Rob Reaves of the Cita-
del, 7-4. He fell in the second round to
Lou Cerchio of Seton Hall, 4-2.
"(Our) guys aren't healthy,"
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
"They've been doing the job all year,
and now I watch them out there and
they're not the same people."
Hamdan defeated Lonny Rivera of
Cleveland State 12-8 and shutout No.9
seed Nick Szerlip of Columbia, 9-0.
Richardson was shut out in his
first round match, falling to No. 5
Justin Greenlee of Northern Iowa, 9-
0. He bounced back, though, to defeat
Keck, 6-4, in overtime of the consola-
tion bracket.

STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Daily

Michigan's Jehad Hamdan won two matches yesterday at the NCAA
Wrestling Championships in Iowa City.

Women tankers hold second place at NCAAs

By Rebecca Moatz
aily Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas - As they say,
when it rains, it pours.
Yesterday, it poured on Stanford's
three yearparade as the second-ranked
Michigan women's swim team did
what was believed to be the impos-
sible - give Stanford a scare in its
pursuit of a fourth consecutive na-
tional title.
After the first day of competition
Ot the NCAA Women's Swimming
Championships, the Wolverines are
in second place, three and one-half
points behind the Cardinal, 132-128.5.
Texas follows close behind with 125,
and Georgia holds the fourth slot with

The records began falling at the
morning preliminary session, but per-
haps the most exciting record-break-
ing performance was in the 400-yard
medley relay.
The Wolverines entered the race
with a first place seed after breaking
both the team an Big Ten records in
the morning session.
Co-captain Alecia Humphrey led
the relay, swimming the backstroke
leg. By the end of Humphrey's por-
tion, the Wolverines were ahead, but
Arizona was closing in fast. Sopho-
more Rachel Gustin pulled the team
ahead by five yards during the back-
stroke leg, after which the Wolverines'
lead never dropped below one full

freestyle with a Stanford swimmer on
her tail the entire way, yet Gillam
managed to win the race a full body
ahead of the competition, thus reset-
ting the records set earlier in the day.
"It was incredible!" Gillam said.
"The last length hurt really bad, but I
just gave it everything I had. We all

just put it all on the line."
After the race, the Michigan swim-
mers learned that the Stanford team
was disqualified for false starting their
final leg of the race.
"I was disappointed for them,"
Michigan coach Jim Richardson said.
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