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NCAA OKs overtime
The NCAA football rules committee voted Thursday to require a tiebreaker
for all Division I games, In the extra stanza, unlikethe NFL, each team
would get one possession, starting at the opponent's 25-yard line. Teams
could register first downs every 10 yards and the game would' end when
the score isn't tied after a set of possessions. Teams could score field
goals, touchdowns, and run back interceptions or fumbles.

Friday
February 16, 1996

9:

Here come the Hoosiers
Wolverines hope to turn recent fortunes around
as NCAA Tournament selection remains in doubt

NOPPORN KICHANANTHA/Daily
Prolific goal scorers - like Jason Botterill - are Michigan's biggest asset In the CCHA title chase.
With three weeks remainig in the CCHA regular season, four Michigan teams
have a shot at the conference title. The racefor the top spot is sure to go ...

Down to the
By John Lero in any of Michig
Daily Sports Editor a shot at the lea
Ask Red Berenson what his team's chances are ofwinning a little more int
the CCHA season title, and he'll tell you that they're pretty Both teams a
good. If either the Wo
Ask Michigan State coach Ron Mason the same question,
and you will get the same response.
That's because ifeitherteam wins the This weekend's gamei
rest of its games, they'll get to carryg
home a nice big trophy, the No. I seed Tonight: Michigan vs. Notre Dame,
intheCCHA playoffsandanautomatic 7 p.m., The Palace of
bid to the NCAA Tournament. Auburn Hills.
The only problem is the Wolverines Tomorrow: Michigan vs.
andSpartansmust faceeachothertwice Michigan State, 7 p.m.,
before the tournament begins three Joe Louis Arena, Detroit.
weeks from now. The first of the two
cross-state showdowns is tomorrow at Joe Louis Arena in have almost as
Detroit at 7 p.m. - a day after Michigan (18-4-2CC HA, 23- crown as anyb
5-2 overall) takes on Notre Dame (8-20-3, 15-17-3) at the The Broncos
Palace of Auburn Hills. Notre Dame T
The game against the Irish was moved from Yost Ice behind Michiga
Arena to the Palace because the original Jan. 20 meeting Every team e
between the two moved from Auburn Hills to Ann Arbor. the next three w
The Wolverines aren't lookingpast Notre Dame - a loss

Wire

gan's final six games would likely cost them
gue title - but it's tomorrow's affair that is
riguing.
re in complete control of their own destiny.
Averines or the Spartans (25-7-0,21-4-0) can
win both matchups, they're in good

By Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
Throughout the course of the season,
the goals of a team can change many
times.
This has been the case for the Michi-
gan men's basketball team (5-6 Big
Ten, 15-9 overall), which finds itself in
dire straits heading into the weekend.
The Wolverines began the season
talking about high rankings and a Big
Ten title. With seven games remaining,
the only thing left on the team's mind is
making the NCAA Tournament.
A victory against Indiana (8-4, 15-9)
Sunday would help Michigan's NCAA
chances. A loss and talk of an NIT berth
will become the norm.
"We are in tough times and we are
going to fight our way out of them,"
Wolverine coach Steve Fisher said.
"This is unacceptable for Michigan bas-
ketball,"
Last year, Michigan was given No. 9
seed in the NCAA tournament after
finishing the regular season with a dis-
appointing 17-13 record.
That record will almost definitely not
be good enough this time.
It appears that the Wolverines will
need at least 19 and probably 20 wins to
get the bid this time around. After
Sunday's contest with the Hoosiers,
Michigan travels to Happy Valley to
take on second-place Penn State next
Thursday.
The schedule becomes significantly
easier after that, but there still remains
a home game against Michigan State
and a road trip to Illinois.
The Wolverines are in the midst of a
slump, losing five of their past six con-
tests. The streak began with a 99-83
loss to Indiana Jan. 23. Since then, the
only team Michigan has beaten is Ohio
State.
The Hoosiers, on the other hand,
have fought through some of their
early season difficulties and put them-
selves in position to get a bid to the
NCAA Tournament. Indiana is com-
ing off its most impressive win of the
season, blowing out the Nittany Li-
ons, 72-55, Wednesday night.
Even more striking is the fact that
half of Bobby Knight's squad had
been hampered by the flu before or
during the game. Brian Evans, a lead-
ing candidate for Big Ten Player of
the Year, played through his illness
y and managed to lead all scorers with
32 points,
d The Hoosiers have forged their way
into third place in the conference and
r are only two games behind Big Ten
a leader Purdue.
Indiana and Michigan have identical
15-9 records, but they are teams clearly
, going in opposite directions. The Wol-
r verines have fallen into a seventh-place

tie with Minnesota and have already
been swept this year by Iowa and the
Boilermakers.
The two squads have basically traded
places.
vs.
In the first meeting of the year, the
Hoosiers were in a must-win situation,
having to win at home to have any
chance of staying in contention for the
Big Ten title.
"Indiana's not having the season ev-

eryone is expecting them to have,"
sophomore Maurice Taylor said before
that contest. "But you know going in
there that they are going to play really
well at home."
Indiana managed to break out of its
slump that night. The Wolverines are
hoping for their own reversal of for-
tune. Unfortunately for Michigan, it
has struggled at home as of late, losing
two straight in convincing fashion.
Sunday's game may not be for the
Big Ten title, but it has enormous
implications for both teams. The losei
may well end up on the wrong sideof
the bubble when the NCAA makes it"
tournament selections March 10.
Maurice Taylor
and the rest of the
Michigan
'A basketball team
will try to break
A their losing strea
Sundayt 4 p.m
Indiana invades
Crisler Arena. A
loss would leave
the Wolverines,
who find -.
themselves In a
seventh-place tie'
with Minnesota In-
the Big Ten, with
serious doubts of. .
receiving an NCAA
tournament berth.
MARK FRIEDMAN/Day

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shape.
"Right now, we're in the driver's
seat," Berenson said.
Funny thing. Mason said the exact
same thing. Unless the CCHA is a
driver's training car with two steering
wheels, something's got to give.
To make matters even more inter-
esting, two other teams - Western
Michigan and Lake Superior State -

good a chance of wearing the conference
ody.
leap-frogged Michigan with a 4-1 win over
uesday and the Lakers are just two points
an.
except Western Michigan plays each other in
Meeks, so the only thing that is for sure is that
See TITLE RACE, Page 10

Gophers steal spotlight from tankers

You are invited to hear
Dr. James Skillen
Director, Center for Public
Justice, Washington D.C.
Lecture:
"Christians Unmasked: Christian
Responsib.ihty in the Public Arena
aurday, February 17, 7:00 pm
Dessert at 6:30 pm
Campus Chapel
1236 Washtenaw Ct. 6687421
parking: U of M Church St. structure

y Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
The scene last night at Canham Na-
tatorium was an educational lesson.
The Big Ten Championships pro-
vided spectators and swimmers alike
an opportunity to learn the colors and
fight songs of the conference's mem-
bers.
After completing six events, the meet
has been quite a monotonous lesson.
. ne tune is ringing in the ears of music
tudents and only two colors compose
the pallet of the art students: the Min-
nesota fight song and the Gopher's
miaroon and gold.
With two days of competition re-
maining, Minnesota leads the 10-time
defending Big Ten champion Wolver-
iaes 208.5-136.
In the evening's first event, the 200-
yard freestyle relay, Minnesota
*hashed its competition. The Gophers
set a pool record with atime of 1:20.05.
kThe Michigan squad of Derya
Iuyukuncu, Jason Lancaster, Ryan

Papa and John Piersma finished sev-
enth, two full seconds behind Minne-
sota.
Michigan had a solid showing in the
500 freestyle. Piersma, last year's Big
Ten cham-
Hpion in the
event, placed
third. The
CONFERENCE freshmen trio
Men's swimming and ofJoe Palmer,
diving championships Tom Mal-
chow and
Andy Potts finished fifth, sixth and sev-
enth respectively.
Much like an 8a.m. lecture, it seemed
that some of Michigan's upperclass-
men were playing hooky. Juniors Tom
Dolan, last year's NCAA 500 cham-
pion, and Chris Rumley, who finished

fourth at the NCAAs, did not qualif}
for the Big Ten finals.
Although Dolan and Rumley placec
first and second respectively in th
fourth heat of the preliminaries, thei
times were not fast enough to earn
spot in the finals.
In the consolation heat, Rumley fin
ished second and captain Jan Wenzel
who finished as the first alternate afte
the morning's prelims, replaced Dolar
and finished fifth.
As predicted, Minnesota's Berni
Zeruhn had a good showing and tool
the event, setting a pool record as wel
as qualifying for NCAAs, with atime o
4:20.42.
Jason Lancaster helped salvage a
otherwise dreary day for the Wolver
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