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'M' football ticket prices may rise
Last night, Michigan's Board In Control of Intercollegiate Athletics voted 9-1
to recommend an increase in football ticket prices. The increase would offset
escalating expenditures caused primarily by risingtuition costsfor scholarship
athletes. An increase of $2 per ticket would generate $2.4 million over three
years. Athletic Director Joe Roberson will take the board's suggestion to
University President James Duderstadt for further consideration.


February 23, 1996


1 11

Wolverines blue again as Lions roll

Penn State goesfrom pretender
contender under Jerry Dunn


come to Advanced Basketball
417; I'm Professor Jerry Dunn.
Some of you may know me as the
first-year head basketball coach at the
Pennsylvania State University. Others
may have heard of me on ESPN, where
Dick Vitale, pondering his choice for
national coach of the year, replied
lassachusetts' John Calipari and then
rry Dunn."
So Vitale
thinks I'm the
country's best=
coach who
isn't unde-
feated and
ranked No. 1.
Enough J!$
yammering - BRENT
let's dive MINTO H
0aight into McIntosh
today's topic: Classics
How to build a
contender out
of a program known for also-rans.
Here's the situation: I walked into a
program that was on the upswing, no
question. When head coach Bruce
Parkhill stepped down last fall, I - his
long-time assistant - was handed the
ins of a team that had experienced
ayers, a brand-new arena opening this
season and a 1995 NIT consolation
championship trophy to show off.
We also had, however, a reputation
as a doormat in the Big Ten, no
Wooden Award candidates and a
school that really wishes some of our
power forwards would concentrate on a
sport that mattered. For example,
football. Or football. Or maybe
*A certain Michigan Daily columnist
- the Scottish one - even went so far
as to say that my team would be lucky
to be .500 in the conference.
How is it, then, that my team is 10-4
in the Big Ten, undefeated in non-
conference play and ranked No. 14 in
the country?

Like I'm going to tell you, so you
can tell everyone else ...
Seriously, though, it's not that
difficult. Put in a couple dozen
consecutive 90-hour work-weeks and
follow these simple steps:
Lesson No. 1: Beat the teams you
should beat. That means you have to
win every game against Northwestern,
Wisconsin and the like. You cannot
afford any letdowns, or you will be
back in the cellar.
Once you're consistently beating the
teams that shouldn't beat you, you can
concentrate on winning against the
teams on your talent level. You're not
going to beat Michigan every time -
but if you split with them and don't lose
to Wisconsin like the Wolverines did,
then you have them a game in the hole.
Next lesson: Defend the home court.
We haven't lost in State College in
16 games dating back to last year.
That's six games in our new home, the
15,000-seat Bryce Jordan Center, and
10 in musty, old Rec Hall.
It's like I said after we beat Michi-
gan, 67-57, yesterday in our place: "In
the Big Ten you've got to win your
home games and steal some on the
road." That's the way Indiana and
Purdue do it; that's the way I'm going
to do it.
Lesson No. 3: Set goals, and set them
high. Concentrate on every game, but
don't be satisfied with winning against
Michigan or Purdue - look to the
macro-level picture.
Again, quoting myself: "Right now
we've still got some things to do. I'll
take a minute to enjoy it in May."
Final lesson: Get the fans involved.
The new arena we just built has nothing
inherently more intimidating about it
than any other Big Ten homecourt. In
fact, it's a much easier place for
opponents to play than Rec Hall was,
because that place let fans get right in
opponents' faces, right on the court.
We did the right thing, though, when

Solid effort for naught
as 'M' falls again, 67-57
By Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE - In its first visit to Penn State's
spanking new home, the Michigan men's basketball team
looked like it would give the Nittany Lions something new -
a home spanking.
Then something unfortunate happened to the Wolverines
- the second half.
Michigan jumped out to a 34-28 halftime lead last night,
largely by shooting well (50 percent) and playing good
defense (Penn State shot just 41 percent). It looked like the
crowd of 14,917 would see the Nittany Lions fall for the first
time in six games at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Then came the final 20 minutes, and Penn State (10-4 Big
Ten, 19-4 overall) looked like the 14th-ranked team it is. The
Nittany Lions hustled. They played defense. They hit shots.
They limited Michigan to just 34.8 percent from the field.
They torced the Wolverines into 11 second-half turnovers
and gave the ball up just three times themselves.
"We came to play," Michigan forward Willie Mitchell
said. "We played good. Penn State just played better in the
second half."
So Michigan got an "A" for effort. Penn State got a "W."
"If we would have lost, it would have been tough," said
Penn State guard Pete Lisicky, whose team had lost two in a
row before last night. "It was a big game for us. Every game
is a goal for us to win it. But we look at every game as a
steppingstone to March."
If the Wolverines keep losing, it will be tough - and
March will feature those three dreaded letters.
Michigan dropped to 16-10 with the loss, including a 6-7
mark in the conference. The Wolverines need to win at least
three - and possibly four -of their last five games to make
the NCAA Tournament.
"We're going to have to be 9-9 (in the conference),"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "That would give us 19
wins. We'll just have to see from there."
Michigan is not likely to grab hold of an NCAA bid if it
can't hold onto the ball. That was a major problem against
Penn State. Fisher started three guards -- Travis Conlan,
Louis Bullock and Dugan Fife - to steady the team offen-
sively. It didn't quite work out as Fisher had hoped.
"We had 14 turnovers between me, Lou and Dugan," said
Conlan, who had five. "You can't have that."
You certainly can't have that ifyour leading scorer, Maurice
Taylor, is going to score exactly two points on nine shots.
"We have to get more production out of our inside guys,"
said Taylor, who denied that the Wolverines were tired.
"That wasn't fatigue. That was confusion."
See PENN STATE, Page 12

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See McINTOSH, Page 12 Albert White and the Wolverines couldn't wrestle a victory away from Penn State, falling 67-57.

Michigan enters stretch run with matches against Eastern, No. 9 Indiana

By Jennifer Hodulik
Daily Sports Writer
After a tour de force week of practice, the Michigan
wrestling team will huff and puff its way into its final two
dual meets of the season Sunday.
While the No. 13 Wolverines (5-2-1 Big Ten, 10-5-1
overall) are certainly not overlooking No. 9 Indiana (5-0 Big
Ten, 14-1 overall) and Eastern Michigan, the season's focus
now clearly rests on the Big Ten Championships.
Michigan coach Dale Bahrdetailed the heavy practice load
ich now includes two-a-day sessions.
"We want to overwork for the next two weeks before one
week of taper," Bahr said. "We're primarily concerned with
getting people ready for the Big Ten Championships."
The Hoosiers will provide yet another hurdle to clear,
however, as they come into Cliff Keen Arena undefeated in
the Big Ten.
The Wolverines are riding a four-meet winning streak of

their own, and are no strangers to ranked competition.
Bahr noted that, despite the gleaming record, Indiana is
just one of the many good teams in a balanced Big Ten
"Just like us, they haven't blown anybody out," Bahr said.
"We'd like to win our last Big Ten meet."
Indiana's best wrestlers will test the Wolverines across the
spectrum of weight classes, but perhaps the best matchup
will pit Michigan's No. 10 Bill Lacure against No. 5 Andy
Trevino at 150 pounds. Lacure will be challenged again by
Eastern Michigan's No. 12 Ramico Blackman, about five
hours later.
At 190, senior Wolverine Lanre Olibisi will have his hands
full with No. 13 Ben Nachtrieb of Indiana. Olibisi played a
critical role in last weekend's come-from-behind upset of
Freshman Jeff Reese (142) will look for his first Big Ten
victory against a formidable opponent in No. 3 Hoosier

"We're primarily concerned
with getting ready for the Big
Ten Championships."
-- Dale Bahr
Michigan wrestling coach
Roger Chandler.
Freshman Chris Viola's match at 118 against Derick
Moskovic will also be significant in terms of Big Ten
Championship seedings.
Michigan will expect the same solid competition Sunday
from its ranked wrestlers that has propelled the team through-
out the season.
Third-ranked Jeff Catrabone will look to go undefeated in

the Big Ten at 158, with a victory over No. 17 Brooke Hoerr.
Catrabone (36-4) is closing in on records for wins in a season
and is currently on a 16-game winning streak.
Fifth-ranked Jesse Rawls Jr. (26-5) has been a reliable
performer all season and will face a quality opponent in
Indiana's Ryan Edmondson at 177 Sunday.
As the season comes down to the wire, No. 7 Airron
Richardson has performed well in securing Michigan victo-
ries throughout the stretch run.
Eastern Michigan will provide a breatlrof fresh air for the
Wolverines, who have not met an unranked foe since Central
Michigan eight meets ago.
Bahr acknowledged that Eastern Michigan is making an
effort this season to compete with quality opponents, like
Michigan and Purdue, who visited earlier this season.
"Eastern would like to bring in some high-profiled oppo-
nents to boost their program," Bahr said. "We have a chance
to help out a little."

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