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MEN'S
BASKETBALL
No. 4 MINN. 85,
Penn State 70
No. 8 Duke 73,
No. 2 W. Forest 68
No. 7 MARYLND. 66,
N. Carolina St. 55
No. 6 Iowa State 61,
BAYLOR 52

NEBRASKA 77,
No. 15 Colorado 69
WOMEN'S
BASKETBALL
No. 1 Conn. 85,
SETON HALL 53
NO. 6 GEORGIA 83,
N.C. Ashville 44
No. 14 TX. TECH 96,
No. 8 Texas 73

MISSOURI 68,
No. 12 Kansas 66
No. 25 N.C. ST. 64,
No. 19 Clemson 53
PRO
BASKETBALL
Miami 118,
BOSTON 117
TORONTO 89,
Cleveland 84

PHILADELPHIA 113,
San Antonio 97
UTAH 99,
Seattle 95
PRO
HOCKEY
NY RANGERS 5,
Hartford 2
NEW JERSEY 4,
NY Islanders 1

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Thursday
February 6,1±99?

Michigan football

Signs
By Nicholas J. Cotson
'. Daily Sports Editor
One day not long ag
-- Michigan footballc
drove to a small town
a miles of prairie, spoke
class, visited an eight
tried to seem excited at
He was trying to n
winner. He was recruiti
"We had quite a da
-said. "We spent the wh
school, visited his s
:recruit great players far
it's always difficult. An
you can't get there fro
you."
Carr got his man, 6-
defensive-back prosper
ing him from a tight f
the same town that ga
tight end Jerame Tu
Rosel will join at least
who hail from 12 dif
Carr and his staff vis
signed.
The Wolverines mig
player, but the recr
unveiled yesterday is al
as one of the nation's fi
lications rank it anywl
fifth in tle nation, and
ond in the Big Ten to P
Michigan's recent s
seasons could not over
of its coaches and its
and resources.
"Their coaches do

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top-five class
ika Bobby Burton, editor of National
Recruiting Advisor, which ranked
o - one long day Michigan's class third nationally. "Yes,
coach Lloyd Carr winning helps. But players in the state
in the middle of and out of the state identify with
to a high school Michigan, and that's very important."
h-grade girl, and The class is full of players with big-
bout it. time potential, and perhaps more impor-
make Michigan a tant, full of talented linemen to make
ing. room for them on the field. Burton con-
y out there" Carr siders Michigan's young crop of offen-
Dle day, went to his sive linemen the best in the nation.
ister. When you "We have a lot of guys with outstand-
r away from home, ing potential," Carr said. "What we'll see
d Liberal, Kansas, is which guys are willing and have the
m here, I promise passion to play at this level"
Several may play as freshmen, Carr
foot-5, 200-pound said, at spots such as running back and
ct Eric Rosel, pry- the secondary. Anthony Thomas, a 6-
amily that lives in foot-2, 220-pound running back from
ve the Wolverines Winnfield, La., is highly touted. And
man. In August, James Whitley, a 6-foot, 180-pound
t 18 other players, defensive back from Norfolk,'Va., might
ferent states, who play both offense and defense.
ited, pursued, and "The film on Whitley is really some-
thing," Carr said. "He could fill a role like
ght sign one more Woodson has. He's a great return man,
uiting class they too."
ready being hailed Carr had signed all 19 players in mid-
inest. Several pub- January and lost out on some late signees.
here from third to Grant Irons, brother of Jarrett Irons and
I most rank it sec- the No. 1 linebacking prospect in the
Penn State. nation, chose Notre Dame at the last
string of four-loss minute. One of the nation's top offensive
shadow the charm lineman, Kareem McKenzie, was
tradition, support rumored to have picked Michigan but
took a late trip to Penn State and signed
a great job," said with the Nittany Lions.

Badgers
to freezi
By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
We've reached the midway point of
the Big Ten season, which means it's safe
to say: and down the stretch they come.
From here on in, every game is a
must-win for Michigan if the Wolverines
expect to have a shot at the Big Ten title.
And the first of these must-wins will
have to come at a place that has been a
no-win situation for Michigan in recent

years.
The Wolverines will go
up against Wisconsin for
the first and only time this
season at 7:30 tonight in
Madison.
The UW Fieldhouse is
one of the Big Ten's loudest
arenas and the home crowd
hasn't seen its Badgers lose
to Michigan since the Jalen
Rose and Juwan Howard
era.
"We've always had a

Who; No.
Michigan,
Wisconsin
Where: U
Fieldhous
Madison
T'Tie 7:3
:Televlslon

plan
e Blue
outside of Mother Nature's control.
"The cold isn't as significant as
Bennett, Sam Okey, and the guys
they've got on the floor" he said.
Unless it gets colder than Uranus,
Fisher's right. Bennettis one of thecon-
ference's more charismatic coaches (no
small feat in the Big Ten) and mbre
importantly, one of the better ones,-as
well,
He gained national recognition :by
leading Wisconsin-Gn
Bay to three NCAA t ur-
nament appearances and
two trips to the NIT in his
13 10 years there. Bennett's
vs. secret to his success is his
I defense. Going back to his
W days in Green Bay, he has
e, always had one of the
stingiest defenses in the
0 p.m. nation.
ESPN "I know they got o of
the top defenses in e
country in terms of field-
goal-percentage defense" Louis Bullock
said.
This year is no different. The Badgers
are seeing their opponents fire a bunch
of blanks -holding them to just 36 per-
cent shooting from the floor. Inaddition,
they lead the Big Ten in scoring defense
(54.8 points per game, seven points less
than the next best team, Minnesota)e
But what makes Bennett's use o e
Xs and Os most impressive is that he
doesn't employ a slow-paced style with
stall tactics and allow the shot clock to
run down before shooting the ball.
"They don't play a slow-pace
game;' Bullock said. "Instead, they
don't go to the offensive glass. They
See BADGERS, Page 9B

tough time at Madison,' Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "It's a place we've had
trouble winning at with some very good
teams.'
The 1989 national championship
team didn't win there. With the excep-
tion of 1993's 98-73 victory, the Fab
Five, or any part of that unit, couldn't
win there. In fact, 1993 was the last time
a Michigan team left Madison happy.
What makes it so tough?
For starters, the weather. It doesn't
take Al Roker or Willard Scott to tell you
that it gets pretty cold in Madison.
Players say that when the doors to the
arena are opened during the game, they
can feel the winds blow.
Fisher likes to think it's something

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Maceo Baston hasn't enjoyed himself the two times he's been to Madison. Both
trips have resulted in Michigan losses, inicuding last year's Big Ten season-opener.
Wisconsin likes to play a tight defensive style, which usually keeps the score low.

'M' track halfway to Big Ten championship1

Scored meet to provide men a challenge

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By Chad Kujala
Daily Sports Writer
Although the Michigan men's track
team has only competed in four meets, it
is already halfway to the Big Ten cham-
pionships.
The Wolverines travel to East Lansing
for their fifth meet of the season
Saturday. This week's event, the Central
Collegiate Championships, has Michigan
squaring off against several teams,
including pesky Eastern Michigan.
The last time these two teams met, the
Wolverines finished 28 points behind
the Eagles.
Last weekend's unscored meet in
South Bend resulted in four wins for
Michigan. The Wolverines also were
able to qualify three athletes for the
NCAA indoor championships.
The highlight for Michigan came in
the mile as Don McLaughlin and Scott
MacDonald finished first and second,
respectively. Both of their times were low
enough to qualify them for the NCAAs.
Other winners included Neil Gardner,

Jay Cantin and Dwayne Fuqua.
The Wolverines' goal was to improve
from last weekend's meet. According to
Michigan coach Jack Harvey, that is
exactly what they did.
"We had a good meet at Notre Dame,"
Harvey said. "We were looking for
improvement from the previous week
and we seemed to have gotten that."
As for their opponents, the
Wolverines got an important look at
Ohio State and Purdue at South Bend.
"(The Big Ten championships) are
going to be interesting," Harvey said. "It
looks like Illinois and Wisconsin will be
the favorites. But after that, a lot of
teams have a good- shot at third.
Whoever performs on that given day will
do the best."
This weekend's scored meet will be a
good test for the Wolverines. This means
that more runners will have to double-up
on some events.
"It will be interesting to see how some
of the runners respond to doubling up,'
Harvey said.

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