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DETROIT 96, New Jersey 88
Cleveland 89, TORONTO 81
Charlotte 90, INDIANA 87
ORLANDO 90, Minnesota 86
DALLAS 105, L.A. Clippers 94
HOUSTON 115, Phoenix 105
Atlanta 73, MILWAUKEE 65
Chicago 110, DENVER 92

UTAH 109, Golden State 104 (OT)
Montreal 6, BOSTON 2
PHILADELPHIA 7, Pittsburgh 3
BUFFALO 6, Toronto 3
ST. LOUIS 4, Phoenix 3 (OT)
Detroit at SAN JOSE, inc.
EDMONTON 3, N.Y. Rangers 2
Chicago at VANCOUVER, inc.

November 22, 1996




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Is it still the
Does the Michigan-Ohio State
rpatchup have the same meaning
this year as in seasons past?
"Definitely not. Michigan
a lot weaker than in past
years, as you could see wit/h
the Purdue loss. We don't
} have somebody like
Biakabutuka thisnyear, and
Ohio State is clearly a lot
better than we are."
- Andres Soruco
LSA freshman
"Yes, because this game goes
a long way ind etermining
who gets the No. 1 recruits
out of the state ofMchigan
and the state ,of Ohio."
- Will Smith
Engineering junior
"No, because we don't have
as much invested in
fwhether we win or lose
compared to last year. My
brother goes to Ohio State,
and even he said the game
wasn't going to be as good,
because there isn't as much
depending on the game"
- Jennifer Reid
LSA junior
"Yes, because it i a good,
traditional rivaly, and it
has national title implica-
tions for Ohio State. We
could spoil their hopes or
they could add another
accomplishment to their list
this season."
- Tim Harden
LSA sophomore

M' tries to derail


' title hopes



By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
Eddie George is gone. Bobby
Hoying is gone. Terry Glenn is gone.
Three standout players are no longer
part of the Ohio State football pro-
gram that entered the final week of
last season ranked second in the
But to Ohio State, change is good.
The Buckeyes (7-0 Big Ten, 10-0
overall) may be ranked second once
again in late November, heading into
their game against No. 21 Michigan
(4-3, 7-3) at Ohio Stadium tomorrow
at 12:10 p.m., but they've changed
quite a bit.
Last year, they needed to beat
Michigan to go to the Rose Bowl, and
they lost. This year, they have already
locked up a Rose Bowl berth.
Last year, they had a solid quarter-
back whose play was among the
nation's best. This year, they can't
decide who will be quarterback, but
that's because they have two good
Last year, players like Glenn gave
the Wolverines extra motivation with
comments like, "Michigan is
nobody." This year, they've kept their
mouths shut.
"They're an outstanding football
team - maybe a great one,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"We're going to have to play our best

game to beat them."
Look at the statistics. After losing
their three dominant offensive stars,
the Buckeyes are having no +rouble
putting points on the board.
They have scored 426 points this
season, accumulating the third-high-
est total in Ohio State history. They
are currently averaging 42.6 points
per game, third best in the nation.
They are I11th in the nation il total
offense (465.8 yards per game), 10th
in rushing (245.9) and 43rd in passing
And this is with a running back
starting for the first time, Pepe
Pearson, and a two-quarterback rota-
tion, consisting of Stanley Jackson
and Joe Germaine, two situations that
are hardly ideal for a potent offense.
"They always come up with an out-
standing back, and Pearson is just one
in a long line," Carr said. "I don't
think their offense is going to change
depending on who the quarterback is.
They both know the offense. They've
both had a lot of experience. With
Jackson in there, he gives the added
dimension of being able to make a
play with his running ability."
Carr won't be able to prepare too
much anyway, because Ohio State
coach John Cooper isn't going to
announce the starter until game time.
"We have not made a final determi-
See BUCKEYES, Page 13
Michigan tailback
Biakabutuka ran
around and
through the Ohio
State defense
last year, racking
up 313 yards to
M / lead the
~ >r Wolverines over
{ then-No. 2 Ohio
State. If Michigan
is to knock off
the Buckeyes,
::<ranked second
again, It will have
to conquer a
tougher Ohio
State defense
than last year.
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Wolverines like strong safety Marcus Ray will have to hurdle more obstacles than they did last SAaturday if they want to
come out of Columbus with a win. Michigan's last victory in Ohio Stadium was in 1990.
The Matchups:
Defense will keep Ohio State perfect

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
The Ohio State Police are already sit-
tina on U.S. 23 waiting for Michigan
drivers traveling a single mile per hour
over the limit.
The bad news for those fine state
troopers, however, is they probably
won't have the opportunity to stop the
Michigan offense for speeding. For that
to happen, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
will have to get the Wolverines out of
park first.
In their past two games, the
Wolverines turned the ball over 10
times and scored just two touchdowns.
That's not enough offense to beat
Purdue, much less ... wait, they didn't
beat Purdue. Never mind.
Ohio State is coming off a difficult,
emotion-filled victory over Indiana.
The Buckeyes clinched a Rose Bowl
berth with their 27-17 victory over the

Hoosiers. After the game, they report-
edly celebrated for 20 minutes. then
returned to watching the Michigan
film they've been studying since early
Carr has said Ohio State's defense is
one of the best in the past 25 years of
the Big Ten. That doesn't bode well for
Michigan's offense, or the Wolverines
But since this is Michig an-Ohio
State, who really knows what's going to
happen. That said ...
Last season, Michigan freshman
Charles Woodson solidified his claim
as the top frosh in the conference
against Ohio State.
This season, Ohio State linebacker
Andy Katzenmoyer is looking to do the
Katzenmoyer is tied for second on

the team in tackles wvith 66. le has 16
tackles for loss and nine sacks.
As a defense., Ohio State is giving up
just 92.4 yards per game on the ground.
Chris Howard rushed for 120 yards
last week against Penn State, but the
Wolverines still lack consistency in
their run game.
Tshimanga Biakabutuka ran for
more than 300 yards against the
Buckeyes last year and dragged half of
the team down the field in the process.
Howard and Clarence Williams will
be lucky if they rush for half of
Bikabutuka's total combined.
See MATCHUPS, Page 13

No. 1 Blue lcers itching to face Ivy's Brown

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
4 "'Poison ivy can be quite annoying.
All of a sudden, you develop a constant itching.
You scratch and scratch and scratch. It bugs you and
it's uncomfortable. It's something that doesn't go
away immediately and drives you insane. It's a con-
dition that nobody wants to get.
The question is whether Ivy League mainsta,
Brown will be able to infect the Michigan hockey
team with some of its own poison Ivy this weekend.
The Bears, who are affiliated with the East.Coast
Athletic Conference, take their 1-4-1 record into
*Vost Ice Arena for two games, tonight and tomor-
row night, against the Wolverines. Both games will
be played at 7 p.m.
if there is anything deceiving about Brown's los-
ing record, though, it is the fact that the Bruins have
been in every game and lost by one goal to No. 10
Cornell - the only nationally-ranked Ivy League

It's been a while since Michigan (6-1-1 CCHA,
9-1-1 overall) has competed against Brown.
December 28, 1976, to be exact. That's when the
Wolverines crushed the Bears, 7-2, at the Great
Lakes Invitational at Detroit's
Olympia Stadium. Michigan
holds a 5-0 series edge.
The Wolverines' last regular
season game against an Ivy
League team at Yost Arena was
in the 1979-80 season against
Even though Michigan play-
ers don't have a "last time" to
recall about the Bears, the
Herr Wolverines know that even a
struggling Brown team, just like
all of Michigan's opponents, will have extra moti-
vation against the defending national champions.
"It's going to be like any other team in our
league," Michigan left wing Jason Botterill said.

"Brown is going to be coming here, knowing that
we are national champions, and is going to give us
their best game. I'm sure they've looked to these
two games on their schedule for a while."
Brown will get a first-hand look at Michigan's
changed lineup. During practice this week, Michigan
coach Red Berenson tinkered with his lines, which is
something he does frequently during the season.
Michigan captain Brendan Morrison and
Botterill have been struggling as of late. Morrison
has scored just four goals so far this season. And
Botterill (6-5-11) was scoreless last weekend in
Michigan's victory over Michigan State and tie with
Bowling Green.
On the other hand, center Matt Herr has played
spectacularly. Herr (8-6-14) carries an eight-game
scoring streak into this weekend.
As a result, Berenson spilt up the Morrison line
and reshuffled two other lines.
Berenson has moved Botterill to a line with John
See BEARS, Page 13

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