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COL.EGE
BASKETBALL
WEST VIRGINIA 98,
Bowling Green 95
CONNECTICUT 71,
lona 66
MICHIGAN ST. 65,
Geo. Washington 50
NOTRE DAME 74,
Oral Roberts 58

PITTSBURGH 82,
New Orleans 63
Florida State 82,
SYRACUSE 67
ARKANSAS 101,
Northern Arizona 75
BRADLEY 66,
Drexel 53
NEBRASKA 67,
Washington 63

TCU 85,
Ala. Birmingham 62
Nevada 97,
FRESNO STATE 86
N.C. STATE 77,
SW Missouri St. 66
PRO
BASKETBALL
INDIANA 92,
Atlanta 82

Utah 117,
NEW JERSEY 102
Chicago 108,
PHILADELPHIA 104
WASHINGTON 104,
Vancouver 82
Orlando 96,
HOUSTON 95
Golden State,
L.A. LAKERS, inc.

Thursday
March 13, 1997

15A

J4 baseball
lookina to
continue
win streak
1ly Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team will be
hard-pressed to repeat its performance
from last week, during which the
Wolverines won eight games in as
many days when, but it travels to Tulsa
this weekend, the only thing stopping
them is that the Wolverines play only
three games in three days.
Michigan (8-4), which is ranked No.
* nationally by Collegiate Baseball,
travels to Oklahoma this weekend to
play Oral Roberts, Kansas State and
Pepperdine in the F&M Bank Classic.
The Wolverines will try to extend their
winning streak to 11 after sweeping the
field at last week's Rollins Baseball
Week Tournament.
This weekend, things will not be
quite as easy for the Wolverines. They
face stiffer competition than in last
ek's tournament. Only host Rollins,
Tivision 11 program boasted a win-
ning record. The same is not true of
Michigan's opponents this weekend.
"We're facing three fairly good
clubs' Michigan coach Geoff Zahn
said. "But we have to take care of our-
selves:"
On Friday Michigan plays host Oral
Roberts. Assistant coach Chris
Harrison should feel right at home in
0. Johnson Stadium where he earned
.zr varsity letters while playing for the
Golden Eagles from 1978-1981. Oral
Roberts has a 12-10 record after finish-
ing 32-24 last season.
Leading Oral Roberts into the con-
test are infielder Ron Soratos, who is
batting .353, and first baseman Brian
Dinsmore, who comes into the game
with five doubles, three home runs and
11 RBI.
4 unior Brian Steinbach, who holds a
record, will take the mound for
Michigan Friday. Steinbach has a 1.50
earned run average and is coming off
See STREAK, Page 16A

NIT FIRST ROUND
MiAmi (FLA.) VS. MICHIGAN
CRISLER ARENA, 7:30 P.M.

Blue to weather
Hurricanes after
topsy-turvy week

By Will McCahill
Daily Sports Editor
The similarities are striking, cer-
tainly.
The Michigan men's basketball
team started the season on a roll, rais-
ing expectations and looking like a
solid bet to make some noise in the
NCAA tournament.
As did the Wolverines' next oppo-
nent, Miami (Fla.).
Michigan stumbled somewhat in
conference play, and lost five of its
last seven games on its way to a .500
Big Ten record.
The Hurricanes slid to a similar
ending, dropping six of their final
seven and finishing 9-9 in the Big
East.
Along the way, the Wolverines (9-9
Big Ten, 19-11 overall) knocked off
some big-name teams, such as Duke
and Arizona - both NCAA tourna-
ment teams.
For its part, Miami (16-12, 9-9)
beat traditional powers Villanova and
Georgetown, who are also both in the
64-team Big Dance.
Tonight, the Hurricanes will step
out of the mirror to visit Crisler Arena
in the first round of the NIT.
Another thing the two squads have
in common is that neither has a player
on its roster who has won any kind of
tournament game.
Michigan junior guard Travis
Conlan, who is 0-for-2 in the NCAA
tournament in his career, is hoping for
a little more success this March.
"I want to get a couple postseason
victories," Conlan said.
"We haven't won a game in the

postseason, anybody in that locker-
room."
Miami has only limited postseason
experience on its roster, having played
in the 1995 NIT, losing at Penn State.
Three of the Hurricanes' current big
guns played on that squad, and have
since been further seasoned by confer-
ence play in the competitive Big East.
Senior guard Clifton Clark is sec-
ond on the team in scoring, sporting a
13 point-per-game average in just
under 30 minutes of action per game.
Running the offensive show for
Miami is junior point guard Kevin
Norris, who averages a team-leading
five assists per contest to go along
with his 7.5 points per game.
On the frontline is another senior,
forward Alex Fraser. Fraser tosses in
almost eight points each time out, and
grabs almost six boards.
Leading the Hurricanes in the paint
- the domain of which Michigan big
men Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor
and Maceo Baston consider them-
selves masters - is sophomore for-
ward Tim James.
James' 14.3 points per game leads
Miami, as do his 6.9 rebounds. Toss in
a little more than two blocks per
game, and you have a force to be reck-
oned with.
Both Conlan and Taylor said they
had caught glimpses of the Hurricanes
over the course of the season, but were
going to have to rely on the coaching
staff for more thorough preparations.
I don't really know much about'
Miami, Conlan said. "I've seen them
play a couple times ... but I never
See HURRICANES, Page 19A

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Maurice Taylor and Maceo Baston will try not to let the Michigan basketball team get tangled up against Miami tonight in
their first-round NIT game at Crisier Arena. The Wolverines missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.

M' Women's track ready for ride

Chris Farah
Daily Sports Writer
Sooner or later, every roller-coaster
ride has to come to an end.
In the case of the Michigan women's
track team, the ride it took during its
indoor season peaked too soon - just
barely.
The Wolverines went from the high
of finishing second in the indoor Big
Ten championships to the low of qual-
ing just three athletes for the NCAA
c'Tampionships -each of whom went
on to record subpar performances.
Michigan's outdoor season begins
on March 21, when the Wolverines
travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the
Wake Forest Invitational.
This time, Michigan plans to ride
the season out to the very end and peak
for the right amount of time - hope-
"ly coinciding with both the Big Tens
the NCAAs.
Michigan coach James Henry said
that the Wolverines' poor showing at

the NCAAs will only serve to provide
them with extra motivation for the out-
door season.
"Everything turns into a positive,"
Henry said. "if the individuals had
gone down (to nationals) and became
All-Americans, then 1 would have said
this is the start for bigger and better
things to come. Being that they didn't
do as well as they wanted to do, the
positive spin will be that we have a lot
of work to do:'
According to Henry, Michigan will
use the outdoor season to complete the
pattern of success it began in the
indoor season.
"We need to finish up what we start-
ed so well," Henry said. "We built a
great foundation and a very good inte-
rior and exterior, but right at the end,
when we put the shingles on top of it,
we didn't finish it up. We built a really
fine house, but when it leaks, we think
everything is terrible.
"So there's a little bit of an urgency

for us, but I'm confident that everyone
understands the responsibility to do
well in the beginning and the middle,
but also make sure to finish up in fly-
ing colors."'
Freshman half-miler Lisa Ouellet
said she definitely shares that sense of
urgency. Ouellet failed to qualify for
the 800-meter run at the NCAAs by
.02 seconds.
"I'm not kicking myself over it,"
Ouellet said. "It just makes me more
angry for outdoor. I'm going to make
everything count now - every place,
every step, everything."
Michigan will spend the early weeks
of the outdoor season concentrating
primarily on strength and endurance
training.
But simply switching to the outdoor
track alone may provide a better envi-
ronment for the Wolverines to achieve
their lofty goals - and not just
because of the sunny weather.
See OUTDOORS, Page 19A

Blue cagers end
successful season,
By Kevin Kasiborski
Daily Sports Writer
After suffering through six straight losing seasons, the
Michigan women's basketball team put a sunrise on the cover
of this year's media guide, and called this season 'A New
Beginning'
And the beginning of the season was nothing but sunshine
for the Wolverines.
Under the guidance of first-year head coach Sue Guevara,
Michigan opened the 1996-97 campaign with an 8-1 non-
conference record, and they did it by playing an up-tempo.
exciting style of basketball.
Guevara was hired on an interim basis in July after the res-
ignation of Trish Roberts, but she ran the program like some-
one who planned to be at Michigan well into the future. And
See REVIEW, Page 19A

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Led by new head coach Sue Guevara, the Michigan women's
basketball team had its first successful season in six years.

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commemorating 50 years of India's Independence.
The seminar will focus on women's contributions to India's freedom movement and the role of Indian
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genda for Women's Conference:
Michigan Union Ballroom
8:30am -Breakfast - 9:30 - Welcome - 9:45am - Slide presentation of National Festival Projects
10:00am - Keynote Address: "Women's Contribution to India's Freedom Struggle"
1 1:00am - Break - 11:15am - session 1 - 12:15pm - Lunch and Exhibit viewing

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