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Minnesota 96, INDIANA 91 Houston 81, CLEVELAND 78
VILIANOVA 64, Oral Roberts 46 Colorado 1, NEW JERSEY 1
CINCINNATI 74, Ala.-Birmingham 54 Detroit at DALLAS, inc.
NORTH CAROLINA 85, Maryland 75
LOUISIANA STATE 88, Florida 82 Home team in CAPS

January 9, 1997


women s
BtPranay Reddy
Daly Sports Writer
:tne week. Seven days. 168 hours.
any way you slice it, the Michigan
women's basketball team was more than
gteful for every free moment it had
sjuc its last game.
it has been a week since the
Wi1verines last suited up, but that break
Friday when Michigan travels to
t Lafayette to face Purdue at 7:30
The Wolverines then return home
Sunday to take on Illinois at 2 p.m. at
Cjsler Arena.
You would think Michigan coach Sue
Guevara would be concerned about her
siuad's lack of competition the past few
Not quite.
"We needed the week off after com-
home;' Guevara said. "I'm not con-
Trned at all."
Prior to last Friday's 97-90 victory
over Northwestern, the Wolverines had-
n't played in Crisler Arena since late
Your typical six-week road trip, not to
mention the fact that the Northwestern

Blue cagers to
fight with Il

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
Jekyll and Hyde. Good cop, bad cop.
Devil or angel. Choose your favorite
cliche of opposites.
Putting rhetoric aside, the Michigan
men's basketball team must decide
which cast of characters it wants to put
on the floor tonight. The No. 16
Wolverines (1-1 Big Ten, 10-3 overall)
will square off against No. 25 Illinois
(1-1, 11-3) at Crisler Arena at 7:30.
Will it be the team that beat Duke
and Arizona - both ranked in the top
10 at the time - or the one that got
embarrassed at the
Rainbow Classic by 'M' ac
Memphis and Pittsburgh? .
Although it is early in the Il Mic
season, the version of the Iin:i
Wolverines that shows up WhenS To
tonight, as well as Saturday Where: Cr
against No. 11 Minnesota, Arena
will go a long way in show-
ing how its conference
record might end up.
Already having lost their Big Ten
season-opener to Ohio State, the
Wolverines can't afford to drop a pair
and still expect to challenge for the title
with a 1-3 start.
"These next two games are definitely
important,' Michigan center Maceo
Baston said. "Starting the Big Ten sea-
son with a loss is never good.
"We need to win these two games
against two good teams if we want to
win the Big Ten championship. A 1-3
record would be devastating."
Baston has been one of Michigan's
lone bright spots the past few weeks,
averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds
in his last four games.
Louis Bullock has also been playing
some of his best basketball of the sea-
son, averaging just under 20 points and


hitting nearly half of his shots o er the
same span.
However, the Wolverines h
half of those games, maeim
were expected to win. ATnd sonm o e
blame has fallen on the shotc o
Maurice Taylor.
The junior forward was expect t
grab the leadership reins i ur
while making his pitch for the \
As the Wolverines have lost tmre A
their last five, Taylors nroduc ion ha
dropped to a paltry I15 points a
rebounds per game, hardly the ne
of an All-American.
tion Taylor, as well ae
of the W olverines, hu< a g
gan vs. been guilty of disanorpev nat
various junctures nd
ght' of the second hal± ,t st
Sler LSU and the opening m -
utes agarnst Memphis or
"We still haven't put
together a 40-minute eftort"I Taylor
said. "It showed against Ohio sate. and
we got by without doing it lonnst
Northwestern). But we're aoin' ro,
to (give a 40-minute effo rt )
Illinois if we want to win."
Michigan's inability to n int n it s
focus for an entire game might 1e
blamed somewhat on its jam-cked
schedule over the break. The
Wolverines played five games over an
eight-day span, a slate considered
rocky even at the professional leel.
But since then, the Wolverines had
five days to relax and work on the n-
damentals that made them the Ncj. 4
team in the country just three weeks
"With these days off, it'll be good for
us," Taylor said. "We'll be able to uct
our legs back:'

game was the fourth
#' action
NhO: Michigan at
'Purdue, tomor..
row, vs. Illinois,
When: Tomorrow,'
7:30 p.m.,
Sunday 2 p.m.
Where: Tomorrow,
Mackey Arena,
Sunday, Crisler

in 12 days for
"The kids
needed to get
ready for school
this week,"
Guevara said.
"It was time to
rest up and pre-
pare for a new
Not to men-
tion the heart of
the Big Ten

The Michigan basketball team has lost three of its past four games. Jerod Ward and the rest of the Wolverines will battle
Illinois tonight and at Minnesota on Saturday. The Wolverines hope to regain their success from before the New Year, the play
that helped them beat Duke and Arizona, both ranked in the top 10. Currently, Michigan is 1-1 in Big Ten play after a loss to
Ohio State and a victory over Northwestern.

*This year's Purdue team returns only
three letterwinners from last season, but
the loss may be offset by the arrival of
new head coach Nell Fortner.
Fortner most recently served as an
assistant for the U.S. national team,
and culminated her yearlong stint
with a gold medal at the Atlanta
Senior Jannon Roland will be count-
* on heavily by the Boilermakers this
season, as the team's leading returning
The forward was averaging 13.6
points per game heading into this season
and hasn't missed a beat this year,
putting up 17.0 ppg.
With Purdue's lack of depth, Guevara
anticipates a lot of zone defense from
the Boilermakers and has tried to pass
that along to her squad in practice.
"We have been working on our tran-
,ion defense and playing against a
zone,' Guevara said. "They only have
seven players, and we have to exploit
When the Wolverines head home
Sunday, they will be faced with another
player, like Roland, who can light it up.
Illinois' Ashley Berggren led the Big
Ten in scoring last season with 24.6 ppg.
Despite the dominance of Berggren,
uevara doesn't have time to be con-
'rned with Illinois.
"I am not even thinking about
Illinois?' Guevara said. "I won't start
thinking about them until Friday night
after Purdue."

M) track teams to host tri-meet
Michigan State, Indiana kick off indoor season against Wolverines °m,

By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Writer
For most people, competing in a
meet that will probably have no impact
on the Big Ten or national title might
seem like a complete waste of time.
For the Michigan men's and
women's track teams, however,
Saturday's home tri-meet with Indiana
and Michigan State will provide a
much needed tune-up after the three-
week holiday layoff.
Michigan women's coach James
Henry said he doesn't have high
expectations for the Wolverines' per-
formance after the time off, but he said
the meet will be refreshing after four
months of anticipation.
"We've been practicing for four
months, and they're tired of training,"
Henry said. "They got into very good
shape before Christmas break, and
probably 60 to 70 percent of them have
probably lost a lot of the physical con-
"I would say that the whole team is
anxious to get going, along with the
coaches," he added.
Michigan men's coach Jack Harvey
said that he will take the opportunity to
evaluate each Wolverines' readiness
for more consequential meets.

Saturday's home competition will give
all of the Wolverines a chance to com-
pete, including those who won't make
the travelling team.
"First of all, we need to see who's in
shape and who's ready to run," Harvey
said. "We've just come off a long
break, and so we're just kind of feeling
things out. An opening meet is a
chance for guys to see where they are."
Harvey expects relatively strong
competition from the Hoosiers and
"We had a good meet with Indiana
last year, and it was a close meet,"
Harvey said.
"Michigan State is much improved
on what they were the year before. All
three teams have some events where
they're not strong at, so it's hard to pre-
dict what the scoring's going to be like,
but it should be a good meet."
Harvey is not, however, placing too
much importance on the meet and will
use it as an opportunity to rest some
key Wolverines for later in the season.
Shotputter Brian Wildfong is recover-
ing from a wrist operation, and NCAA
champion Neil Gardner will hurdle but
not compete in any jumping events.
"We'd like to do well, but we're not
going to kill the guys in order to get a

"An opening
meet is a chance
for guys to see.
where they are.
- Jack Harvey
Michigan men's track coach
few extra points," Harvey said.
Henry said he expects the meet to be
a close one, but he is mostly going to
focus on effort and unity from the
women's team.
But he would still be pleased if
Michigan got a good start to the indoor
"(Michigan State and Indiana) are
assuming that we're going to set the
world on fire, and we're assuming that
they're going to set the world on fire,
and I think it will be somewhere in
between," Henry said.
"So it will be interesting to see how
we come out of the block. Our first
impression is very important, and
that's what we want to make - a good
first impression."

The men's and women's track teams will host a tri-meet Saturday with Indiana wnd
Michigan State. The meet is the first for the Wolverines since winter break. While
the Wolverines remain a threat to win the meet, Michigan men's coach Jack
Harvey is approaching the competition with tempered optimism.

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