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BASKETBALL
CLEVELAND 85,
Detroit 82
BOSTON 126,
Milwaukee 117
ATLANTA 112
Orlando 107
Utah 114,
CHARLOTTE 93

Washington at
SAN ANTONIO, inc.
LA Lakers at
DENVER, inc.
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HOCKEY
BUFFALO 5,
Boston 1
Florida 4,
NEW JERSEY 1

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NY RANGERS 3 KANSASI
MAJOR LEAGUE Texas 4,
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Detroit 6 St. Louis
Florida 4, TORONT
ATLANTA 1 Clevelan
BOSTON 5, Cincinna
Baltimore 4 NY MET

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-IDDEN HOBEY1
Madden, Michigan's other
Hobey candidate, shines in the
shadow of the spotlight
By Andy Knudsen
y Sports Writer
ichigan fans have been chanting "Hobey Baker" for the entire sec-
ond half of the season. And yes, captain Brendan Morrison has an
excellent chance of finally winning college hockey's MVP award.
But not receiving nearly as much attention has been John Madden -
'Michigan's other Hobey Baker finalist.
Hearing the words "John Madden, Hobey Baker finalist" may be surpris-
.ng to some people, considering that some of Madden's teammates with
names like Jason Botterill, Marty Turco, Mike Legg and Bill Muckalt were
not among the 10 finalists.
But it's no surprise when examining Madden's senior campaign.
"I think the surprise is Johnny got off to a good start and maintained it'
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "He has been as consistent a player as
we've had.
"He's been one of our most valuable players on our team and one of our
most overlooked and underrated players on our team. And I'm pleased that
he's gotten recognition."
The announcement of the Hobey finalists was just one of many honors
bestowed on the Barrie, Ontario, native this season. He was also recently
named to the All-CCHA first team, became the first forward to be named the
'CCHA Defensive Player of the Week when he grabbed the honor on Nov. 17,
and broke the NCAA record for career shorthanded goals.
With eight shorties this year, Madden has stretched the record to 23, shat-
tering the previous record of 16.
But when he was effectively named one of the 10 best players in the coun-
try last week, Madden - who has never been one for the spotlight - didn't
think much of it.
"It's no big deal" he said. "I haven't got a chance in hell at winning it. It's
lust a name on a piece of paper, nothing else."
But later, he did concede, "It's a big honor, I guess."
Besides being an honor, it might also increase the courtship of Madden by
professional teams, since he has not been drafted.
While it's good that Madden didn't pause to reflect on the Hobey nomina-
tion - there are much more important things going on at this time of year,
after all - his teammates felt he earned the honor.
"He's the biggest two-way player on our team," linemate Warren Luhning
said. "He might not get as many points as Brendan does, but he kills a lot of
penalties, and he's a lot grittier. I can see why they nominated him and
Brendan at the same time. It's well deserved."
This is the time of year when team defense becomes vital. And after good
defensive weekends, like this past weekend at Joe Louis Arena - the
defensemen and goalie Marty Turco always credit the forwards for getting
back and playing good defense.
See MADDEN, Page 10
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John Madden
has been right
in the middle
success all
season long,
on both ends
of the Ice. The
~,senior Hobey
Baker Award
finalist has 26
sgas and 35
asEists
lJEANNI
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'M' readies its
lasso as Cowboys
ride into Cnsler

By Danielle Rumors
Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan men's basketball team
last beat Oklahoma State in the 1992
NCAA tournament Sweet 16.
Now, five years later, the Wolverines
feel ready to lasso the Cowboys once
again in the Sweet 16.
Only this time, it's more of the bitter-
sweet, sugarcoated 16 - in the other
postseason tournament.
Even though it's not the NCAA tour-
nament, and it's not exactly the Sweet
16, the Wolverines (9-9 Big Ten, 20-11
overall) face the Cowboys (7-9 Big 12,
17-14 overall) tonight at Crisler Arena
in the second round of the NIT. The
game is scheduled for 9:30, and will be
televised on ESPN.
In just the third-ever meeting between
the two teams, this group of Wolverines
looks to continue winning in the post-
season while the Cowboys look to
avenge the loss of five years ago.
"We're going to take one game at a
time and motivate ourselves" Michigan
guard Louis Bullock said. "We're happy
to be in it.'
The Wolverines defeated Miami
(Fla.), 76-63, while the Cowboys defeat-
ed Jerald Honeycutt's Tulane team, 79-
72, last Thursday to advance to the sec-
ond round of the 32-team NIT.
After two consecutive first-round
losses in the NCAAs, the win Thursday
night gave the current crop of
Wolverines their first win in the post-
season.
"A lot of people thought we'd be
down about not being in the NCAAs,'
Bullock said. "We're not crybabies. We
want to come out, play and get better"
Against Miami, forward Maceo
Baston led all Wolverines, finishing
with 19 points and four rebounds.
Against Tulane, the Cowboys shot
53.3 percent from the field, their best
mark since Feb. 1, and out-rebounded
Tulane, 39-28, with the help of forward
Chianti Roberts and center Brett
Robisch. Both average in double-fig-

ures for the Cowboys.
The Michigan and Oklahoma State
teams that will take the floor tonight
have a few similarities on their belts:
The Wolverines finished the rqgai.
lar season on a down note, losing their
last five of seven conference games.
Despite nonconference wins over
Duke and Arizona prior to the start of
conference play, the Wolverines' down-
ward spiral and subsequent .500 confer-
ence record left them without a bid to
the NCAAs. The Wolverines were oust-
ed from the Big Dance for the first time
since the 1990-91 season.
* The Cowboys had much earlysea-
son success, defeating the College of
Charleston and Missouri. The Cowboys
thoroughly defeated Charleston, 67.49,
in Stillwater.
Since losing to the Cowboys, to
Cougars went on to win the remmindt
of their regular-season games, finishing
the year with a 24-3 record, a top 20
ranking and a bid to the NCAA toun*
ment. They lost this past weekend to
Arizona in the second round of the
NCAAs.
Despite their early season succs,
the Cowboys finished the season tan-
gled in their lassos, losing five of nime
games prior to the start of the NIT.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher is not
used to the NIT. He has enjoyed success
in the NCAAs in his eight seasons at the
helm of the Wolverines.
Prior to the 1996-97 season, F'
guided the Wolverines to the NCAA
tournament five times, including thfte
trips to the Final Four in his first frye
seasons.
This is Fisher's second NIT at
Michigan.
1 Oklahoma State coach Eddie
Sutton is a stranger to the NIT, similarto
Fisher.
Sutton has coached his alma mater tO
the NCAA tournament five of the past
six years. This is his first trip ever to the
NIT and Oklahoma State's first since
1990.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daiiy
Maceo Baston and his Michigan teammates hope their season will extend past the
second round of the NIT. The Wolverines will play Oklahoma State at 9:30 tonight,
and the game will be televised on ESPN.

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