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Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern
Saturday, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Evanston

Si

Wrestling
vs. Penn State
Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

Icers return to CCHA play
Wolverines are not underestimating Lake Superior0,

By BARRYSOLLENBERGER
Daily Hockey Writer
During his tenure as coach of the
Michigan hockey team, Red Berenson
has welded the Wolverines into a na-
tional power.
In 1984-85, Berenson's first season
at the Michigan helm, the Wolverines
went 11-20-1 and finished ninth in the
CCHA. In contrast, last year's squad
finished 33-7-1, won the CCHA regu-
lar season title for the second time in
three years and claimed the school's
first CCHA playoffchampionship.
Clearly, the Michigan hockey pro-
gram now ranks among the nation's
ybest.
But if there is one team that the
Wolverines are still chasing as far as
national recognition is concerned, it's
this weekend'sopponentg-LakeSu-
perior State.
The Lakers (5-5-2 CCHA, 7-7-4
oerall) and No. 5 Michigan (9-2, 14-
he Daily 4) face off at 7p.m. tonight and tomor-
row at Norris Center in Sault Ste.

Marie. The Wolverines won the first
meeting this season between the two
rivals, 4-2, Nov. 5 at Yost Ice Arena.
While Michigan hasn't won a na-
tional championship since 1964, Lake
State has claimed the national title three
of the past seven years, including last
season.
Last March, the Lakers upset a
Wolverine squad that was ranked No.1
for most of the regular season in the
quarterfinals ofthe NCAA tournament.
They then beat Harvard and Boston
University to claim the title.
"In reality, we still feel like we owe
them for that game and we're still a
little bit down about that," Michigan
defenseman Blake Sloan said.
Despite all its tradition, Lake Supe-
rior is lacking in an important depart-
ment this season -- the win column.
In fact, the Lakers have won only
seven of 18 contests thus far this sea-
son.
"We're very young up the middle,"
Lake State assistant coach Jim Roque

'We haven't generated
as much offense from
our returning players
that we thought we
would be able to at the
beginning of the
season.
- Jim Roque
Lake Superior
assistant coach
said. "We haven't generated as much
offense from our returning players that
we thought we would be able to at the
beginning of the season."
The Lakers don't have anyone
ranked in the top 30 in the conference
in overall scoring. Brian Felsner, brother
of former Wolverine great Denny
Felsner, leads Lake State with 11 goals
See LAKE STATE, Page 14

JOSE JUAREZ/Special to t
After an exhibition against Team Canada last Saturday the Michigan hockey team returns to CCHA action this
,sweekend against Lake Superior.

it's one against two and vice versa for tankers this weekend."

No. 2 women face No. 1 StanfordI

No. 1 men face No. 2 Cardinal

By MARC DILLER
Daily Sports Writer
As if the No. 2 Michigan women's
swimming team (4-0) isn't exhausted
,enough by its rigorous schedule and
"extensive training program, the Wol-
verines approach arguably their most
important and most demanding regu-
lar-season weekend in team history.
Only one week after an impres-
sive 156-106 victory over No.8 UCLA
in Los Angeles, and a two week stint
of arduous training in Hawaii, Michi-
gan travels to the San Francisco area
this weekend to compete against pe-
rennial powerhouse and three time
defending national champion, No. 1
Stanford (0-0), as well as No. 19 Cali-
fornia (7-1), on consecutive days.
"I think we can do real well this
weekend," Wolverines seniorco-cap-
tain Alecia Humphrey said. "Twoyears
ago we swam Northwestern the first
week after we returned from a heavy
training winter break and we swam real
well."
Michigan hopes this year's results
will be as good. The Wolverines are not
physically preparing any differently
for this meet than previous dual meets.
"We didn't want to sacrifice our
training for NCAAs by resting for
Stanford," Humphrey said.
Stanford, on the other hand, is bet-
ter rested for this meet having last

competed in early December at the
Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas.
The Cardinal totaled 10 NCAA auto-
matic qualifying performances over
that three-day event.
Stanford returns 1992 sprint gold-
medalist Jenny Thompson to the lineup.
Thompson paced Stanford's Texas vic-
tory with three individual victories (100-
yard free, 100-yard butterfly, 200-
yard individual medley) and was a
member of two first-place relay
squads. Assisting Thompson as team
leaders are swimming standout
Kendra Thayer and diving phenom
Eileen Richetelli.
No matter what the results of this
weekend's meet, Michigan looks for-
ward to the more important match-up
with all the top teams at the NCAA
Championships in Austin on March
16-18.
"If we race them tight and show
we're just as good as they are, our
confidence will be very high going into
NCAAs," Humphrey said. "We just
have to make sure we're not intimi-
dated."
The only Michigan swimmer who
has swam Stanford in a dual meet is
junior Megan Gillam, who transferred
from Texas at the end of last season.
"Stanford is different from any
See TANKERS, Page 14

By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
In many ways, this weekend will
make the upcoming NCAA Champi-
onships seem like ddjA vu for the
Michigan men's swimming team.
Three days of competition, includ-
ing the hottest two teams left n the
regular season schedule, can imake a
long weekend seem like as much of a
'Cress[ire cooker a the o ;,
iate niect.
At No. 2 Stanford, the No. I Wol-
verines will face their best competition
of the season in athletes like Olympic
freestyler Joe Hudepohl and seniors
Brian Retterer and Ray Carey in the
backstroke, butterfly and individual
medley, respectively.
"It will be a very close match-up,"
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek said.
"It will be the most exciting meet this
season in college - No. I vs. No 2."
Stanford has won national titles in
the last ten years but is shooting with
blanks for its fourth consecutive title
this year. The team lost six of its 25-
point-and-over scorers at NCAAs to
graduation, while Michigan lost rela-
tively few seniors.
At the No. 5 Golden Bears, the
Wolverines will also swim face-to-
face with other world championship
swimmers, like German Martin
Hermann and Polish freshman Bart

Sikora.
"We have a chance to win both
events, but we're going to have to step
up- and I think we'll step up," senior.
sprinter Gustavo Borges said.
Although Michigan is not used to
the outdoor facilities at Stanford and
Berkeley, the weather looksgood, and
Urbanchek says he's glad.
The trecast is tough coipetition
ad o raji. thal U* 0i
Urbanchek said. "As long as the weather
holds up, this team will hold up."
Borges expressed littleconcern over
the weather and pointed out that what-
ever conditions the Wolverines will
face, the Cardinal will also face.
"It's the same for both of us," said
Borges, noting the inclimate condi-
tions of the meet at Stanford two
years ago. "We're going to swim hard
and see where we are at this point in the
season."
Freshman phenom Derya
Buyukuncu was recruited by Stanford
and Michigan but made the Wolver-
ines his choice.
"I'm sure (Buyukuncu is) going to
rise to the occasion," Urbanchek said.
"He's going to put on a good show."
"There's nothing personal between
us,butit'sstillabig meet," Buyukuncu
said. "I personally don't want to give
See STANFORD, Page 14

MICHAEL TITZUUGKatUay
Steve West and the No. 1 Michigan men's swimming team face No. 2
Stanford and California this weekend.

Men cagers out for {
revenge against 'Cats T

By PAUL BARGER
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan men's basketball
team has plenty of incentive in tomor-
row night's game at Northwestern.
Last season, the Wildcats defeated
the Wolverines in the last game of the
season, ruining Michigan's bid for a
Big Ten title. The teams battled into
overtime before Michigan lost, 97-
93.
The Wolverines (2-1 Big Ten, 8-6
overall) are back in the conference race
after Wednesday night's thrilling
double-overtime victory againstIowa.
The Wolverines are currently in a tie
for second place in the Big Ten.
In its first conference road game
of the season, Michigan was embar-
rassed by Penn. State, 73-63.
Tomorrow's game is pivotal if the
Wolverines want to legitimately con-
tend for the conference champion-

ship.
"It is very important for us to get
this win," freshman Maurice Taylor
said. "We need to increase our confi-
dence for future road games. We have
to do the same things that we did
against Iowa - protect the ball, play
as a team."
Northwestern (0-2, 4-7) has
struggled in the early portion of its
conference schedule. The Wildcats
were crushed by Minnesota, 105-74,
Wednesday, after losing to Illinois,
82-55, last week.
Last season, Ricky Byrdsong's first
at the helm in Evanston, the North-
western went 15-14, made the NIT,
but finished in a tie for lastplace in the
Big Ten. A tournament bid is unlikely
this season.
The Wildcats are led by junior

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Brian

See 'CATS, Page 14

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Jimmy King and the Wolverines travel to Evanston to take on Northwestern.
Michigan will look to avenge last year's 97-93 loss in overtime to the

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