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10- The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 26, 1996

HOCKEY
Continued from Page 9
going against that," Michigan right
wing Warren Luhning said. "It's go-
ing to be a different style of hockey."
The Buckeyes' trap, combined with
the smaller ice surface at OSU Ice
Rink, will make 13-1 victories, like
the Wolverine' last game, almost im-
possible.
Tomorrow, Michigan takes on
Bowling Green (9-7-1, 15-9-1) in a
must-win game for the Falcons. Bowl-
ing Green has been hovering in fifth-
place in the CCHA all season. The
Falcons are clearly a better team than
sixth-place Alaska-Fairbanks, but
haven't proven that they can compete
with the conference's top four -
Michigan, Michigan State, Lake Su-
perior State and Western Michigan.
The Falcons are usually in the
CCHA title hunt when March rolls
around, but this season, they have
looked more like a wounded duck.
Bowling Green coach Buddy Powers'
hopes for an NCAA Tournament berth
have almost vanished. The Falcons
have been on the brink of tournament
play for years but haven't made it to
the NCAAs since four straight ap-
pearances from 1987-90.
"I think Bowling Green really shot
themselves in the foot with its non-
conference play," Berenson said. "I
know where Bowling Green wants to
be and they might not be at that level
yet.
"They're coming off a weekend
where they lost twice and they'll be
looking to rebound - it ought to be a
tight game."
The Falcons' defense hasn't been
the reason why they haven't joined
the CCHA elite. Bowling Green has
allowed only 66 goals all year, even
with starting goaltender Bob Petrie
out for a chunk of the season with a
pulled groin muscle, an injury he's
not expected to overcome by tomor-
row.
The Falcons' weakness lies is in
their offense: they've mustered just
63 goals this season. To make matters
worse, Bowling Green's leading
scorer, Mike Johnson, is listed as ques-
tionable for the weekend with a
bruised foot.
Michigan, however, will be happy
to see one of its own - veteran
defenseman Blake Sloan - return
to the lineup this weekend after sit-
ting out three games with an injured
leg.
In SPORTSMonday ...
Antoine Pitts makes a final stop
with a column in this week's
SPORTSMonday.

M' cagers still looking,
for first Big Ten win

By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
Something has to give tonight at
Crisler Arena.
When the Michigan women's bas-
ketball team (0-7 Big Ten, 6-11 over-
all)hosts Minnesota (0-7, 4-13)at 7:30
p.m., it's inevitable one of the teams
will end its losing streak and finally
capture that elusive first conference
victory.
Michigan coach Trish Roberts knows
that both teams will put up a good fight
to fill their barren win columns.
"Similar to us, their record is not any
indication of how good a team they
are," Roberts said. "It's not going to be
an easy game for us."
Alsolike Michigan, the Gophers have
a very young and slightly banged-up
roster.
The matchup to watch tonight will be
in the paint between the two centers.
Junior center Cheri Stafford has been
leading Minnesota this year with 12.5
points per game and 7.7 rebounds per
game after missing much of her first
two seasons due to injuries.
The Wolverines counter with sopho-
more Pollyanna Johns, who has been
averaging a double-double with 16.5
points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
Her stats are even more impressive
against Big Ten foes: 18.9 points and
12.3 rebounds per game.
Looking past the post, neither team
has another player averaging over 10
points a game, which is a good indica-
tion of why both teams have struggled
this year.
If the Wolverines are going to make
a move in the conference, this weekend
is their best chance. After facing Min-
nesota, with whom they are tied for
10th place, Michigan goes on the road
to play ninth-place Indiana (1-6, 10-7)
Sunday at 2 p.m.
A victory in both games would likely
boost the Wolverines out of the confer-
ence cellar and give them sole posses-
sion of ninth place.
"We feel good about these two games.
Personally, I think we can win these
two games," Roberts said. "But we've

got to come ready to play."
Still fresh in the Wolverines' minds
is last year's meeting with Indiana in
Crisler.
The Hoosiers were down by one with
the ball out of bounds and a mere o
seconds left on the clock. The ball was
in-bounded to Quacy Barnes who nailed
the winning jumper from the middle of
the key for the 78-77 victory.
"Losing that game was a heart-
breaker to us and we just want to make
sure that doesn't happen again," Rob-
erts said.
Indiana was expected to finish in the
middle ofthe conference but has not yet
lived up to those expectations.

It s just a

TONYA BROAD/Daily
The Michigan hockey team takes on Ohio State and Bowling Green this weekend on the road.
Wrestlers travel to llinois for keymeets

matter of
whether our kids
are going to show
up to play or not.
- Trish Roberts
M icHigan basketball coach
Even so, the Hoosiers possess four
players averaging over 11 points, led by
senior forwardLisa Furlin with 15.8 ppg.
And Johns will have her hands full
again Sunday when she faces off with
6-foot-5 Barnes (13.2 points and 2.8
blocks per game).
"We know we can play with ther@
we know we have the players to stay
with them," Roberts said. "It's just a
matter of whether our kids are going to
show up to play or not."
There has to be some frustration in-
volved with being 0-7 going into the
halfway weekend of a round-robin con-
ference schedule. But Roberts says her
team won't throw iti the towel.
"I don't think they're down on the
selves because they know every ga
they've played they've been in the
game," Roberts said. "We know we're
capable of winning."

By Jennifer Hodulik
Daily Sports Writer
Chicago, Rockford, Skokie, Des Plains,
Spring City.
What do these places have in com-
mon?
They are some of the few cities in
Illinois that the Michigan wrestling team
will not encounter when it travels to the
land of Lincoln to face the Fighting Illini
and the Wildcats of Northwestern.
These will be critical matchups for the
No. 17 Wolverines (5-4) because of the
solid competition and Big Ten confer-
ence standings.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr acknowl-
edged the importance of the meet in terms
of team development in taking on No. 8
Illinois and No. 18 Northwestern.
"All 11 schools in the Big Ten are
nationally ranked," Bahr said. "Every
meet is very competitive."
Michigan will look to avenge a 16-19

loss to Illinois at the Virginia Duals ear-
lier this season.
Bahr will juggle his lineup in hopes of
gaining an edge by placing sophomores
Bill Lacure and Jeff Catrabone into the
150 and 158-lb. slots as opposed to the
heavier positions (158 and 167, respec-
tively) where they have been stationed
thus far.
"The difference this time around will
be that Bill and Jeff will move down,"
Bahrsaid. "We'regonnamove them down
and hopefully knock some people out."
Lacure and Catrabone will have their
work cut out for them as they are being
called upon to knock out No. 8 Eric
Siebert(150)anddefendingNCAA cham-
pion Ernest Benion at 158.
Catrabone defeated Benion twice last year
before a season-ending injury prevented a
matchup at the NCAA Championships.
Another intriguing dual will pit No. 8
Airron Richardson against No. 9 Seth

Brady of Illmois at heavyweight.
Northwestern will also keep the Wol-
verines' hands full according to sopho-
more Brian Aparo.
"Northwestern is a real surprising
team," Aparo said. "Nobody expected
them to be greatbut theyjust knocked out
[No. 7] Minnesota."
In facing the Wildcats, senior captain
Jesse Rawls Jr. (177) will get a dose of
what is yet to come at the National Wres-
tling Coaches Association All-Star Clas-
sic, Jan. 29.
By virtue of his No. 3 ranking, Rawls
was invited to the prestigious meet. He
will prepare by taking on No. 4 Rohan
Gardner of Northwestern on Saturday.
Aparo indicated that this would be a
pivotal matchup. Rawls and Gardnerhave
met twice this season and come away on
both sides of the coin.
"Our 177 match will be very interest-
ing," Aparo said. "Ifit comes down to that
at Northwestern, it will be very exciting."
The lineup for the lower weight classes
has not yet been solidified with the excep-
tion ofBrandon Howe at 126. Freshmen Joe
Warren and Chris Viola will vie for the 118
position. The 134 slot will also be a toss-up
between freshman Corey Grant and Aparo.
In addressing the difficulties in the
lower classes so far this season, Bahr
continues to be uncertain.
"There's not much you can do," Bahr
said. "We'll take along two guys at 118
and 134 and go with whoever's doing
better in practice."

WOMEN
Continued from Page 9
Kampfe and Talor Bendel. Potter will
also compete in the backstroke.
So, while timing might hurt Michi-
gan by forcing them to swim top-15
teams that are in postseason form, it
nevertheless provides them with a stiff
challenge.

And with the Wolverines' postseason
coming up quick, Richardson might
just be willing to trade a win for this
type of meet.
"I'm less concerned about points than
I am about stepping up and going no,
to nose," Richardson said. "Ifwe can
that, then I can walk away from .the
score and feel good about our ability to
race and step up."

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"It's really unique how (Urbanchek)
wants to help me," Mull said in an
interview with The Detroit News. "He's
the kind of coach we need more of. He's
not into egos. He just wants to see
people improve."
While this weekend's competition is
crucial to Mull because it is his big

chance to show the Wolverines how big
a threat he is, the meet is also very
important to Urbanchek's squad.
"This meet is significant because it is
the last preparation for the Big Ten
Championships (in three weeks)#
Urbanchek said. "Some swimmers neeu
to make times (to qualify for the Big
Ten Championships) and the relays need
to improve their times to get into the
final relays."

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