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WALKER VANDYKE/Daily
Michigan senior John Arnold beams
while holding the CCHA tournament
championship trophy Saturday night.
W1icers
land No.
2 seed
Wolverines head to
East Lansing Sunday
By Danielle Rumors
Daily Sports Writer
Teams that have just won a champi-
onship rarely look this serious.
Although the Michigan hockey team
won the CCHA tournament Saturday, it

TEXAS 80, MICHIGAN 76

Second round scores

9CM
bracket
See Page 2B for
the entire NCAA
tournament
bracket.

has its sights set
on a bigger goal
-the NCAA Di-
vision I Hockey
tournament.
Last night,
teams all over the
country awaited
the announce-
ment of the brack-
ets for the 12-
team field. There
were only four

Massachusetts 79, Stanford 74
Arkansas 65, Marquette 56
Georgetown 73, New Mexico 62
Texas Tech 92, North Carolina 73

wcic viiy iu
*lable at-large berths, so quite a few
teams held their breath waiting to see if
their program would get a seed in the
East or West bracket.
The eight automatic bids were ex-
tended to teams who finished the regu-
lar season first in their conference or
won their conference tournament.
Michigan (30-7-2 overall) secured
itself a spot in the field after capturing
its second CCHA tournament crown in
past three years with a 4-3 victory
rLake Superior State Saturday night.
Inside Schembechler Hall, the Wolver-
ines received the No. 2 seed in the West
behind the top-seeded and top-ranked
team in the country, Colorado College
(31-4-4).
"Last year, we were considered one
of the favorites, but this year we are like
anyone else," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "The hockey we have
Awed as of late is preparing us for the
NCAAs. Our team is as ready as we'll
be. I think we can play with anyone."
Michigan received a bye in the first
See SEEDING, Page 4B
Icers take
£CHA
title over
Lake State
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
*DETROIT - Grahame crackers
have never been so sweet for Michi-
gan.
And perhaps no goal has been
greater for the Wolverines this sea-
son than the one scored Saturday
night by Bobby Hayes - the greatest
Grahame cracker of all.
Hayes' fluttering wrist shot at
13:24 of the third period eluded Lake
Superior goaltender John Grahame,
ing Michigan the 4-3 lead it would
e to the CCHA playoff champion-
ship in front of 13,710 at Joe Louis
Arena.
The Wolverines advanced to the
final by mauling Michigan State, 6-
2, in Friday's semifinals.
Hayes, normally a fourth-line
checking center, stepped up to fill
the void on the first line left by the
loss of senior Kevin Hilton, who had
,*leave the game at 8:22 of the first
period with a deep bruise in his right
thigh.
"It's great any time you get a game-
winner, but getting it in a big game
like this one makes it look bigger,"
Hayes said.

Georgia 76, Purdue 69
Syracuse 69, Drexel 58
Arizona 87, Iowa 73
Kansas 76, Santa Clara 51

Mississippi State 63, Princeton 41
Connecticut 95, Eastern Michigan 81
Cincinnati 78, Temple 65
Georgia Tech 103, Boston College 89

Kentucky 84, Virginia Tech 60
Utah 73, Iowa State 67
Wake Forest 65, Texas 62
Louisville 68, Villanova 64

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daiy
Michigan's Travis Conlan looks for help in the lane during the Wolverines' 80-76 loss to Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
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By Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Editor
MILWAUKEE - It started with a bang. It
ended with a whimper.
It started with four Michigan dunks. It ended
with the Wolverines
dazedly searching for
shelter somewhere in the
glaring lights of the Brad-
ley Center. They could
only watch as Texas
Brandy Perryman
knocked down two free
throws to ice the Long-
horns' 80-76 win-send-
ing the Wolverines home
in the first round of the Baston
NCAA tournament for the
second consecutive year.
Between the opening bang and the closing
whimper, the Wolverines (20-12) played hard,
if not smart, against a much quicker Texas
squad (21-9). That was probably most true of

Maceo Baston.
The sophomore center was magnificent: 23
points on 9-of-12 shooting and 15 rebounds
despite picking up his fourth foul with 12:49
left on the clock.
"He had an outstanding game," senior cap-
tain Dugan Fife said. "He got in a little foul
trouble early, but when he was in there, he
dominated.
"He was a man among boys out there. He
got his hands on every rebound. He has noth-
ing to be ashamed of."
You couldn't tell that from looking at Baston
after the game. After calling an unavailable
timeout with 3.2 seconds left and the Wolverines
down two - drawing a technical foul and pain-
fully evoking memories of Chris Webber in the
NCAA final three years back- Baston could do
nothing but forlornly hold his head in his hands.
"We called timeout the past two times
down," he said. "I thought I heard someone
calling for it. Ijust called it- it was my fault."
Regardless, the Wolverines probably

wouldn't have won. That much was assured
late in the first half and early in the second,
when the quicker Texas guards victimized
Michigan sophomore Travis Conlan.
"I had quite a few costly turnovers that hurt
the team," Conlan said. "I'm the point guard
and I have the ball - I feel bad because I let
the team down."
Conlan had five turnovers, including a cru-
cial one with the Wolverines down 62-60.
Texas' Reggie Freeman swiped the ball from
Conlan and collided with him on the ensuing.
layup. The referee judged the crash to be a
blocking foul on Conlan, the shot dropped,
and Freeman's free throw put the Longhorns
up five.
That play was a microcosm of the game for
Conlan.
He played with passion, but the choices he
made were often poor.
"Travis is a fierce competitor, and he fought
hard," Fisher said. "But he'll probably tell
See LONGHORNS, Page 5B

Fife to play football for
By Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Editor
MILWAUKEE-Dreisbach's back to pass-ev
covered - he's scrambling - he's got an open m
fires deep to the corner of the endzone -touchdov
Fife.
Touchdown ... Dugan Fife?
"He has the athletic ability," said Michigan foot
Lloyd Carr in a spring football press conference W
"He was an outstanding high school football player
the ability to play at this level."
Rumors continue to fly that Fife, senior capt
Michigan basketball team, will join the football tea
season. Fife could conceivably play a year of foot
attending graduate school at the University, as N(
allow a player who has competed four years in c
single extra year of eligibility for another sport.
Carr would not confirm that the senior will or w
the football team, and Fife was unavailable for cor

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