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Scott Dreisbach will be fighting for playing time this year.
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Lack of lineman worries
Carr; QBs to compete
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Colorado. Notre Dame. Iowa. Penn State. Ohio State.
Five good reasons to believe that the Michigan football
team could be in for a long season.
Add to that the losses of three starting offensive line-
men, the school's most prolific placekicker, and an all-Big
Ten linebacker, and then, the likes of conference patsies
Minnesota and Indiana can't even be chalked up as wins
on paper, as they have been in recent years.
Still, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was eager to get
ring practice underway Saturday morning with a long
of issues to address in the coming months.
"I'm excited that we're ready to start playing football
again," Carr said Friday at his first press conference of the
spring.
Fifteen practices, 10 of which will be conducted in
pads, will be spread out throughout the next four weeks
culminating in the annual spring game on April 12 at
Michigan Stadium.
And of course, what would be a Michigan spring prac-
tice without questions reagrding the quarterback situa-
tion? Last season ended with Scott Driesbach falling out
0favor with Carr and Brian Griese starting the last game
o the season.
But now, it's an open battle once again. A battle that
probably won't be decided this spring, according to Carr.
"We will probably not get a feel for who our starting
quarterback will be after the end of spring practices," Carr
said. "I think that our quaterback situation is very strong,
and I think that competition is going to go over the sum-
mertime and into fall ball."
But what seemed to be Carr's chief concern is replacing
60 percent of his offensive line from last season - All-
. erica center Rod Payne, guard Damon Denson and
tackle Thomas Guynes.
In addition, two of their likely replacements on the line
- tackles Paul Tannous and Jeff Backus - are both
recovering from off-season surgery and won't be available
See PRACTICE, Page 78
Wake, Duke.
bpset victims
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Derrick Brown gave the
Providence Friars a huge assist Sunday - with his most
points ever.
The senior forward helped the Friars overcome foul
trouble by Austin Croshere with a 33-point performance
that sent Providence to a 98-87 vic-
tory over Duke in Yesterday's sec-
ond round of the NCAA tourna-
ment's Southeast Regional.
Tenth-seeded Providence (23-11)
advanced to the round of 16 for the
first time since the 1987 Friars
NCAA made it to the Final Four. This year's
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By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
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Michigan received expected news
yesterday. The Wolverines were not sur-
prised when it was announced they had
received the No. 1 seed and a first-round
bye in the West Regional of the NCAA
hockey tournament.
The unexpected news came when
they learned their first opponent would
be Minnesota or Michigan State.
The fourth-seeded Golden Gophers
and the fifth-seeded Spartans will play
Saturday at 3 p.m. for the right to meet
the Wolverines at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Both games will be played at Van Andel
Arena in Grand Rapids.
In the only meeting between Michigan
and Minnesota this season, it took an
overtime goal from Michigan captain
Brendan Morrison to give the Wolverines
a 4-3 victory over the Gophers.
See SEEDING, Page 5B
evenge
is sweet
inu finale,
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - Go ahead and cross
Michigan State off the teams-Michigan-
owes list. The Wolverines are indebted
to the Spartans no longer.
The Michigan hockey team used
revenge as a motive and won its second
consecutive CCHA playoff champi-
onship by defeating Michigan State, 3-
1, before 19,032 at Joe Louis Arena on
Saturday night, Michigan had advanced
to the final by dispatching Bowling
Green, 7-2, the night before.
The Spartans had gotten the best of
the regular-season series, giving
Michigan (34-3-3) two of its three loss-
es. The Wolverines tied the single-sea-
son school victory record with the win.
"We were obviously disappointed
with losing the season series to
Michigan State," playoff MVP Brendan
Morrison said, "It's a big rivalry. There
was a rumor that a couple of guys on
their team said they had our number, so
that definitely fired us up."
The Wolverines certainly came
out firing, so to speak - two of the
first three shots of the game put
Michigan ahead, 2-0, just 3:20 into
See CHAMPIONS, Page 5B

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Senior Chris Frescoln takes his turn - carefully - with the 55-pound trophy Michigan won by beating Michigan State, 3-1, for the CCHA play-
off championship at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. The Wolverines will play in the NCAA West Regional final at 5:30 on Sunday night.

'M' beats up on Utah State
Simes scores perfect 10 on vault in season's final meet

By Jacob Wheeler
Daily Sports 'Writer
You went and saved the best for last.
Those may be merely the lyrics to a cheesy
love song, but fans of Michigan women's gym-
nast Lisa Simes were probably singing them all
night long after Saturday evening's 196.8-
195.45 thrashing of Utah State.
The sophomore waited until the season's final
home meet to record her first career perfect
score, on the vault. Simes then put an exclama-
tion mark on the evening two apparatuses later
with another 10 - this time on the balance
beam.
"It feels really good right now to finally get a
10," Simes said. "It's very motivating to do it
again next week at Big Tens."

to Georgia's 49.85, which happened a week
before in Athens, ironically against the
Wolverines.
But under the circumstances, -Michigan's
record-breaking performance sho(ldn't have
surprised anyone. The Wolverines were finally
back in the comfort of their own home, after a
three-meet road losing streak.
And Saturday night was seniors Beth
Amelkovich and Autumn Donati's final home
meet in Cliff Keen Arena, drawing a huge
crowd of 2,024, a Michigan record.
The Wolverines will move to Crisler Arena
in three weeks to host the regional champi-
onship.
"The crowd was awesome tonight," Michigan
coach Bev Plocki said. "Our girls love to com-

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