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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 20, 1996 - 11
AIA coach compliments Taylor; Baston remains injured

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Editor
Maurice Taylor's extended NBA audition con-
And Phoenix Suns coach Danny Ainge might
be drooling.
Taylor, who scored 29 points against a profes-
0 sional team from Australia - a team that could
give the 0-9 Suns a run for their money - poured
in 40 points in 36 minutes on 16-of-21 shooting
against Athletes in Action on Monday.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward also hit eight
of his 11 free-throw attempts and pulled down
eight rebounds.
His bid to score half of the Wolverines' points
went unfulfilled, however, when Athletes in
Action players decided to guard him.
"Taylor is probably the best player we've seen
nriside," AIA coach Chuck Badger said. "Taylor
played better against us than (Cincinnati forward

Danny) Fortson did.
"They'll both be good in the NBA."
In comparing Taylor to Fortson, a preseason
All-America selection, Badger gave Taylor the
starting nod on his own All-America team.


Ever humble for a man
who just outscored
Michigan's four other starters
combined, Taylor didn't quite
"Me and Danny Fortson?"
Taylor asked when told of the
comparison. "I don't think
Regardless of how he
stacks up against the nation's

Other Wolverines to accomplish the feat
include Chris Webber, Glen Rice, Roy Tarpley,
Phil Hubbard, C.J. Kupec and Rudy Tomjanovich.
All but Kupec were NBA
first-round draft picks.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
won't be getting forward
Maceo Baston back on the
court quite as early as he
Baston, who sprained the
Achilles tendon in his left
foot two weeks ago, original-
ly thought he'd be back for Baston
Monday's 104-96 loss to
Athletes in Action. That scenario was thrown out
the window when his heel swelled and became
tender after a day of running.
Now, the Wolverines are planning to go with-

out Baston when they tip off the regular season
Nov. 26 against Ball State. Both Fisher and
Baston were also guarded about the junior return-
ing for a Nov 30 date with Cleveland State.
"I probably can't practice for another week,
week-and-a-half, or so," Baston said. "I'll miss
Ball State but hope to be back for Cleveland
ACCESS DENIED: While Athletes in Action gave
the Wolverines all they could handle, it wanted to
give a little more.
AIA is a touring Christian amateur team which
plays exhibition games against Division I teams,
then speaks at either halftime or after the game
about their reason for playing - their devotion to
Jesus Christ.
For whatever reason, Michigan officials balked
at the idea.
"I really want to thank coach Fisher for having
us in," Badger said. "Usually at our games we get

to speak at halftime or after the game.
"It's a little frustrating for us to come to
Michigan - in the United States of America --
and not even be able to share the simple message
of salvation. Freedom of speech is valued so
greatly (in Ann Arbor).
"I guess we took our frustration out on the net:'
AIA did hit 41 of its 60 attempts from the field.
It's no secret whose side God was on.
CAREER NIGHTS: While Taylor easily eclipsed
his previous career high of 23 points against
AIA, a few other Wolverines came pretty close.
Jerod Ward scored 16, one of his best collegiate
"He was our most aggressive player down the
stretch," Fisher said.
Center Robert Traylor was just two buckets
away from equaling his career high of 16 points.
Freshman Peter Vignier scored four points, one
better than his highest output.

best power forwards, Taylor certainly has found a
niche in Ann Arbor. Taylor is just the seventh
player in school history to return as Michigan's
leader in both scoring and rebounds.

Michigan-Ohio State rivalry chock full of history, speeding tickets

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
Legendary Michigan football
announcer Bob Ufer used to refer to
it as the Snake Pit and talk about
Woody Hayes' "scarlet and gray
stormtroopers" pacing the sideline.
Others have more commonly called
it the Horseshoe.
Michigan center Rod Payne has
another idea of what Ohio Stadium in
Columbus is like.
"Man, that's hell," Payne said.
"They say hell is red, and there's a lot
of red in that stadium."
Michigan holds 52-34-4 lead all-
Wtime against Ohio State but has only
a two-game advantage in Ohio
And while the rivalry is heated for
Michigan fans, it means all-out war
for Ohio State's followers.
In fact, Payne referred to Michigan
being a special forces unit dropped
behind enemy lines.
He may be right on.
Two years ago, Michigan had five

helmets, belonging to Tyrone
Wheatley, Todd Collins, Jay
Riemersma, Amani Toomer and Scott
Dreisbach, stolen from its locker
room the night before the game.
On the way to that game, the buses
carrying the Michigan Marching
Band were pulled over, by the notori-
ous Ohio State Police, for speeding.
"The minute you cross that Ohio
State-Michigan line, you're definite-
ly in enemy territory," Payne said.
Aside from an uncountable number
of highway citations, Michigan at
Ohio State has produced its share of
memorable games.
The most famous may be the 1950
"Snow Bowl" between the two teams.
Michigan's Cuck Ortmann set a
conference record, punting the ball
24 times in that game.
Ohio State didn't kick the ball as
well, and Michigan took advantage of
miscues to score all of its points in a
9-3 win.
The Wolverines didn't manage a
first down the entire game.

In 1970,

'72 and '74 Bo
took undefeated

Michigan teams to Columbus, and
three times he came away with a loss.
Schembechler, who took over in
Ann Arbor in 1969, didn't record his
first victory in Columbus until 1976,
when the Wolverines beat the
Buckeyes, 22-0.
What is it that makes playing in the
89,841 seat stadium so tough?
"It's loud, I know that," Michigan
guard Damon Denson said. "It's very

Or, as nose tackle William Carr put
it: "It's loud, extremely loud. They
have one of the loudest stadiums in
the country."
Which can cause problems if you
only play in front of one or two noisy
crowds a season.
At least it helps that the best
crowds are on the road.
Chances are the Ohio State fans
will be even more rabid this weekend
due to the fact that the Buckeyes are
searching for the national champi-
onship and, well, Michigan embar-

rassed them last season in Ann
And while Saturday's game won't
decide who goes to the Rose Bowl, as
it has many times in the past,
Michigan may want to look to former
quarterback Jim Harbaugh for some
In 1986, Harbaugh's senior season,
Michigan saw its national champi-
onship hopes destroyed when it lost
to Minnesota the week before travel-
ing to Columbus.
On the Monday after the loss to the

Golden Gophers, a defeat marked by
turnovers, Harbaugh guaranteed a
Michigan victory over the Buckeyes.
"I can just tell you we're gonna
win, and we're gonna go to the Rose
Bowl," Harbaugh said. "When the
odds are against us, that's gonna pro-
duce our greatest victory."
Michigan won, 26-24, and went on
to Pasadena.
Ohio State already has the Rose
Bowl locked up, but a win would def-
initely be Michigan's greatest in a
long time.


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