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Ex-Wolverine Smith signs with Miami
Former Michigan football captain Waiter Smith has recovered from a
serious knee injury that kept him out of football for two years. He hopes
make up for lost time this fall with the Miami Dolphins, "I'm going to be
killing people," Smith told The Ann Arbor News. "I've been through a lot
of frustrations. I know how it feels to be at home. There's a lot of hate,
anger and bitterness in me."


March 15, 1996


CCHA semis
pit Michigan
against State
By Nicholas J. Cotsonka
Daily Sports Editor.
Things have looked so bad for Michigan State re-
cently, Spartans coach Ron Mason said publicly that he
would not have been disappointed if Ferris State had
eliminated his team from the CCHA playoffs last week-
Third-seed Michigan State (28-11-1) is a near lock for
the NCAA tournament anyway, and a weekend off
would have kept the Spartans from having to face sec-
ond-seed Michigan (29-7-2) tonight in the CCHA semi-
finals at 8:30 at Joe Louis Arena.
"I wouldn't have said that," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said of Mason's comments. "But they've been
having a rough time."
The Spartans faded at the end of the CCHA season,
falling from the league's top spot. Michigan State has
been hobbled by injuries lately as well.
Defenseman Bart Vanstaalduinen hasn't played since
banging up his knee Feb.17, the last time the Spartans faced
if .. .:the Wolverines at the Joe.
Forward Mike York is out of
the lineup. Combined with
other injuries, that effectively
left Michigan State with only
nine forwards and four
defenseman two weeks ago
at Yost Ice Arena.
Due to their lack of play-
* ers, the Spartans ran out of
gas in the third period of
that game, losing 3-0. Don't
expect the same tonight,
Berenson warns.
"Both teams are going to
be putting their best foot
. forward, and I don't think
Who: Michigan vs. fatigue will be a factor,"
Michigan State Berenson said. "Remem-
When: Tonight, 8:30 ber, each time we beat
Were: Joe Louis Arena, (Michigan State) this year,
etroCt theyplayeda game the night
hsbefore. They'll be as fresh
as they can be (tonight)."
Michigan is coming off of an easy sweep of Miami
(Ohio) in its first-round series. The Wolverines, who
beat the Redskins 5-1 and 3-0, had little of the trouble the
Spartans had at the beginning of their playoff run.
But Berenson nevertakes aplayoffgame, or amatchup
with Michigan State, for granted.
"It's the playoffs, and it's special," Berenson said.
" It's like the run for the Stanley Cup. You have to play
your best every night."
If the Wolverines get by Michigan State, they will face
either Lake Superior or Bowling Green tomorrow at 7:30
p.m. at the Joe. The fifth-seeded Falcons upset fourth-seed
Western Michigan last weekend and are viewed as danger-
ous enough to drown the first-seeded Lakers.
"(Bowling Green) has started to play like everyone
thought they could," Berenson said. "They are the type
of team who can upset people. They beat us."
The Falcons clawed the Wolverines, 6-5, Jan. 27. But
Lake Superior is just as dangerous. The Lakers swept a
two-game set with Michigan Feb. 23-24, 5-4 and 7-3.
"It's going to be a tough weekend," Berenson said.
"We've only (won the CCHA playoff title) once since
I've been here."
Michigan won the CCHA playoff title in 1994. Lake
Superior eliminated the Wolverines in 1995.


'M' opes to.
Traylor to dress, may play
By Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
One year ago the Michigan men's basketball team began the
NCAA tournament with high hopes. Although the squad man-
aged a mere 17 victories during the season, many felt the Wolver-
ines had the talent to make things exciting.
Now, after a similarly disappointing regular season, Steve
Fisher leads Michigan (20-11) into the tournament against Texas
(20-9) tonight. No one is sure what to expect, and many wonder
if the Wolverines will be able to do what they could not do last
year - advance past the first round.
Michigan will be trying just about everything. Freshman Ro
ert Traylor, who was thought to be out for the season with a brok
arm, will dress for the game
and at least go through TotIh
warmups. His cast came off U"g " game
yesterday. Who: No. 7-seed Michigan
Fisher said he doesn't ex- VS. No. 10-seed Texas
pect Traylor to play, but he When: About 10:30 tonight
also said "stranger things Where: The Bradley Center,
have happened." Milwaukee.
On paper, Texas appears AtA firstround
to be a very difficult first- Midwest game
round opponent.
Much of the Longhorns' success begins with 6-foot-6 junior
guard Reggie Freeman. Freeman averaged 22.8 points-per game
and 3.9 assists per games to lead Tom Penders' squad.
"Reggie Freeman is one of the premier players in the country,"
Fisher said. "He can score from lng, long range. If you come out
to guard him, he'll beat you off te dribble."
Texas often uses a three-guard set that usually features Free-
man, senior Lamont Hill (9.9 ppg) and freshman DeJuan "Chico"
Vazquez (6.1 ppg).
While the Longhorns' strength lies in their quick guards an
good perimeter defense, it is not as strong down low. The oth
two starters on the team are 6-foot-7 senior Sonny Alvarado and
6-foot-5 freshman Kris Clack.
Clearly the lack of height will hurt the Longhorns again t
Michigan big men Maurice Taylor and Maceo Baston.4 -
However, the Longhorns can flat-out score, averaging8.9 ppg
as a team. They scored at least 80 points 17 times this season and
won all 17 games. The least amount of points they ever scored ii
a victory was 69.
If the Wolverines can knock off Texas, they will likely face
Wake Forest and All-American Tim Duncan Sunday. The Demon
See TEXAS, Page 1

Maceo Baston and Michigan must dunk Texas tonight if they want to play on Sunday in the second round.

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