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March 12, 1996
S ome thoughts on the Madness...
U Criticizing the NCAA
Men's Basketball Tourna-
mentSelection Committee is
ridiculously commonplace. Since I
am noting if not commonplace,
-here are a couple of complaints of
First,-the Atlantic Coast Confer-
epce received six bids and the Big
East five, despite the Big East clearly
being the country's best conference.
Providence won 17 games and was
left out of the tournament. Clemson,
meanwhile, played poorly the last
half of the season and received a bid
anyway. Explain that.
(And for those who say 17 wins
isn't enough, I ask you this: Were
ou one of those who felt Michigan
definitely deserved a bid last year,
at 17-13 in a mediocre Big Ten?)
Second, and along the same lines,
Indiana plays Boston College in the
first round. Amazingly, the Hoosiers
are the No. 6 seed and the Eagles are
No. 11, even though B.C. was a top
25 team for much of the year and
played a much tougher schedule.
The committee seems to be wary of
Ote Big East, which hasn't sent a team
to the Final Four since 1989. That
soon, with three
national title. MICHAEL
* xpect all three
to bein the EliteROSENBERG
Eight. Roses are
One more Read
thing - Arizona
gets to play in
Tempe, Ariz. What a joke!
E If there is anyone left on the
planet who doesn't think Gene
Keady'is a great coach, consider
this. His Purdue team is the top seed
Pn the West. The Boilermakers' best
player is Chad Austin. Now think
about this for a moment - there are
at least eight other teams in the
West that have a better player than
Austin - Kansas (Jacque Vaughn
and Raef LaFrentz), Arizona (Ben
Davis); Syracuse (John Wallace),
Memphis (Lorenzen Wright), Iowa
(Andre Woolridge), Maryland
(Johnny Rhodes), Santa Clara
(Steve Nash) and Drexel (Malik
*Rose). And one could make the
argument for George Washington
(Shawnta Rogers) as well.
The name most readers probably
didn't recognize on that list is Rose.
But Memphis beware: Rose and 12th-
seeded Drexel are dangerous.
Speaking of sleepers, here are
the best bets. California (No. 12 in
the Midwest) is a good pick against
No. 5 Iowa State, which may have
trouble focusing after its shocking
upset of Kansas Sunday. The Golden
Bears are inconsistent but extremely
talented; they are capable of playing
with anyone for 40 minutes. Temple
overCincinnati in the second round is
another good bet.
Marquette, which nearly beat
Cincinnati this weekend, is a great
dark-horse choice for the Final Four.
Picking Princeton is tempting, given
the Tigers' history of scaring top teams
in the tournament and the potential for
coach Pete Carril to go out with a bang.
But don't count on it. This Princeton
team is not as good as previous squads,
and it will need a miracle to upset
defending champ UCLA.
Davidson didn't lose a conference
game all year, then fell to Western
Carolina in the Southern Conference
title game and lost its bid. That's a
prime example of the problem with
tournaments for the smaller confer-
ences. Deserving teams lose out if they
slip up in the postseason.
Minnesota is the first Big Ten
team in history to go 10-8 in the
conference and not make the 64-team
Michigan's Dolan cruises,
grabs 3rd Olympic berth
By Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
It's been the ultimate sports cliche
ABC's Wide World of Sports made
it famous with the contrasting images
of the 1980 U.S. hockey team defeat-
ing the Russians and the ski jumper
who careened down the slope.
Michigan swimmers have personi-
fied the cliche this week at the U.S.
Olympic trials in Indianapolis.
The thrill of victory and the agony
Michigan swimmer Tom Dolan se-
cured his third spot on the Olympic
team, winning the 200-meter indi-
Although his first international
competition in the event came at the
1995 Pan Pacific Championships,
Dolan demonstrated that he is no nov-
ice in the event.
Dolan set an Indiana University Na-
tatorium record time of2:00.20, beat-
ing the second-place finisher by more
than a second.
Dolan has not only placed his name
on the U.S. roster, but he has bolded it
by nearly breaking his own world
record in the 400 IM last Thursday,
setting a pool record in the 400
freestyle Saturday, and establishing
yesterday's pool record in the 200
"When you look at making the
Olympic team, most people will just
look at making one event," Dolan
said. "After that it is just icing on the
The thrill ofvictory--bolded, high-
lighted and with an exclamation point.
In the same event, Michigan swim-
mers experienced agony.
Eric Namesnik, a 1992 Michigan
graduate who has been training with
the Wolverines, finished sixth.
Namesnik, however, has not been
without victory at the trials. He quali-
fied for the Olympic team in the 400
Monday, Jason Lancaster finished
the 200 IM prelims 17th followed by
fellow Wolverine Chris Rumley, who
In the preliminaries for the 1,500
freestyle, Andy Potts finished ninth
with a time of 15:38.06, just missing
the final heat by .02 seconds.
Unfortunately for both Potts and
Rumley, only first and second are
good enough at the trials. Potts fin-
ished fourth in the 400 IM and 11th in
the 400 freestyle. In addition to his
finish in the 200 IM, Rumley finsihed
fifth in the 400 freestyle. The duo will
return to Ann Arbor without having
secured spots on the Olympic team.
The epitome of agony.
The Michigan women swimmers
competing at the trials had a day filled
with disappointment on Monday.
There was no strength in numbers
for the Wolverines in the women's
200 backstroke, as Alecia Humphrey,
Jennifer Almeida and Beth Jackson
finished 11th, 12th and 15th, respec-
Megan Gillam f
Maurice Taylor and the rest of the Michigan basketball team hope to saddle the
Longhorns in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
wear same dresses
to the Bi Dance
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
The Texas and Michigan men's bas-
ketball teams do not have much in com-
The Longhorns (20-9) like to run
and gun. They averaged 82.5 points
and 70 shot attempts per game this
The Wolverines (20-11) are not
beached whales, but they are not known
for their fast break, either. They prefer
a hal fcourt game and averaged 71 points
and 58 shot attempts per contest this
Michigan won 20 games this season,
primarily due to a stingy defense that
allowed just 64 points a game.
Texas rarely plays defense. The Long-
horns surrendered 74.7 points each time
out. Opponents actually outshot Texas
from the field on average this season,
45 to 41 percent.
But ifthere is one thing that bonds the
Wolverines and Longhorns, it's that,
for much of the year, both teams did not
figure to make the NCAA tournament.
The two teams hook up at 10:30 p.m.
Friday in Milwaukee, though, in NCAA
The contest is a rematch of the Wol-
verines' 84-79 victory over Texas two
years ago in the NCAAs second round.
Much has been made of how Michi-
gan almost ended the year in the dreaded
NIT. The Wolverines won five of their
last seven to reach the NCAAs.
If you listen to Texas coach Tom
Penders talk about his team, even the
NIT seemed like a pipe dream for
much of the season.
"I was questioning, in November
or December, if we'd be a.500 team,"
At one point, the Longhorns were
7-4 after losing a home game to a
school better known for its brainy
students than its basketball team -
From there, Texas went 11-4, but
an NCAA berth was still in doubt
after a loss to Houston March 2 in the
regular season finale. The Longhorns
finished third in the Southwest
Conference's regular season behind
Texas Tech and the Cougars.
Texas wrapped up its seventh
NCAA tournament berth in eight sea-
sons, though, with its play in the SWC
tournament. The Longhorns reached
the conference final before losing to
the Red Raiders by two while the
Cougars fell into the NIT by losing to
Southern Methodist in the
tournament's first round.
For Penders, Saturday's loss to
Texas Tech did not dampen his hopes
for the tournament.
"Now the fun begins," he said. "I've
never been prouder of a team I've
coached. People continue to count us
out, and this team - like all our
teams - kept getting better and bet-
See TOURNEY, Page 10
Tom Dolan splashed his way to his third Olympic berth last night.
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