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MICHIGAN 75, PITTSBURGH 5, Houston 97,
Oklahoma State 65 Buffalo 3 NEW JERSEY 89
Texas Christian 72 Vancouver 2 Vancouver 73
Bradley 47 BASKETBALL Seattle 87
Nebraska 78, TORONTO 117, Washington 86,
NEVADA 68 Philadelphia 105 DALLAS 85

LA Clippers 121,
Sacramento 87


March 19, 1997

It's shockig:
Michigan still
playfig ball
m I the only one who has been shocked and
amazed time and time again by this Michigan
Certainly, no one would consider the Wolverines'
achievements this season to be, well, predictable.
Who would've thought that the Wolverines could
march into Cameron Indoor Stadium and defeat
then-No. 10 Duke?
Who would've thought that
that same undermanned, over-
rated bunch could reach the
No. 4 spot in the national
polls? Who would've thought
their fall from grace could
have happened so suddenly?
ALAN Who would've thought that
GOLDENBACH Maurice Taylor would be such
a bust this season?
The Bronx Who would've thought that
Bomber Michigan could blow a 20-
point second half lead to a far
less talented Indiana team?
Who would've thought that this team could be
passed over by the NCAA tournament committee?
Who would've figured that the University would
release the findings of an internal investigation into
possible wrongdoing while the team was still reeling
from the shock of not getting invited to the Big
Dance? And finally, who would've figured that this
team would come out in the NIT and play with the
amount of intensity and enthusiasm that it has
shown despite having the dark cloud of an NCAA
investigation hanging over it?
If you thought that, than you're smarter than any-
one who picked Providence to beat Duke last week-
There is no reason for this team to be playing this
well right now, let alone its best basketball of the
season. None at all.
This is the same team which no less than 10 days
ago contemplated not participating in this poor
man's postseason tourney.
And why shouldn't the Wolverines have been inde-
cisive about playing anymore after March 9? They
had just come off an emotional overtime victory over
Ohio State only to have their high spirits shot down
on the bus ride home when they were told they
weren't going to the NCAA tournament - nothing

Bullock back in the
saddle as 'M' rides on
Taylor, Traylor also hit double figures in win

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Editor
The Oklahoma State men's basketball team
brought its big guns to battle Michigan at
Crisler Arena last night, but the Cowboys
must have left their bullets at home.
Or maybe Michigan's Louis Bullock
grabbed them for himself.
Bullock's second-half 3-point shooting
frenzy, when he buried five of seven from
be h in d
the arc,
9 Michigan 75 left the
_,SUOlahoma St 65 out in the
And even though Michigan's Maceo
Baston left the game for good with a sprained
toe with 3:20 remaining in the first half, with
the Wolverines shooting a paltry 48.1 percent
from the foul line, the Cowboys (17-15)
remained one step behind the Wolverines all
night, losing, 75-65, in -the second round of
the NIT.
The Wolverines (21-11) will play at Notre
Dame tomorrow night in the third round of
the tournament.
"It was a season low in turnovers, shot the
ball well from the field, and I think our
defense created a lot of our offense,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "We got
real good contributions from everybody."
The Cowboys leading scorers, Chianti
Roberts and Adrian Peterson, combined for
36 points yesterday but couldn't overcome
Michigan's front line of sophomore center
Robert Traylor and junior forward Maurice
Taylor, who combined for 33 points-.
Throw in the Wolverines' 20-8 run at the
start of the second half and Bullock's 28 total
points - tying a career high - and the
Cowboys had their hands full all night.
"They lit it up," Oklahoma State coach
Eddie Sutton said. "It seems like we were
always playing catch-up, and you exhaust a lot
of energy when you have to do that:"
The Wolverines amassed their biggest lead
of the game after Tai Streets buried one of two

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foul shots. Bullock drove to the hoop and was
fouled at 8:31 of the second half. He missed
the free throw, but Streets grabbed-the
rebound and was fouled. He sank the shot,
giving the Wolverines a 69-50 lead.
The Cowboys, however, chipped away;at
the lead for the remainder of the contest. They
managed to cut the lead to nine, 69-60,
Marlon Dorsey hit a jumper withJI
But the Wolverines answered. Tray4Dr
scored on a layup and Taylor and Bratun
Hughes each connected on a free throw. 7
On the Cowboys' next trip down the floor,
Traylor and Bullock forced a turnover.
Bullock, controlling the ball, looked to feat
Chad Alexander off the dribble and hwS
fouled. He sank both, giving the Wolverir a
comfortable 75-62 lead with 1:55 remairrm
and tying his career-high of 28 points. F
"I felt pretty good. I was getting some-pn
looks, and I can't ask for anything more thn
that than to have my teammates screen forime,
getting me open like that," Bullock said.
The Wolverines held a six-point lead ht
halftime, 40-34, on 16-of-28 shooting, good
for 57.1 percent from the field. After
Oklahoma State's Adrian Peterson buried 'a
jumper from the left side with 6:10 remaining
in the first half, the Cowboys led, 24-23,tl
only lead of the game. The Wolverines t
went on a 17-10 run heading into the locker-
room at the half.

Michigan forward Maceo Baston slams in all two of his points at the expense of a befuddled Brett
Robisch yesterday. Baston sprained his toe late in the first half and did not return to the game.

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Reid says Knight asked him and
2 others to transfer from Indlana

guard Neil Reed said yesterday he won't
return for his senior season because
coach Bob Knight pressured him to leave.
"If the choice were mine, I would have
returned to Indiana University," Reed said
in a statement. "But the choice was not
mine. Coach Knight has made it clear that.
in making those decisions about my
future, he is accountable to no one."
Knight told Indianapolis television sta-
tions yesterday that he met with juniors
Reed, Andrae Patterson, Richard
Mandeville and Robbie Eggers to discuss
their futures with the program. He said all
four players were told what was expected
of them next season, and each was given
an option to play elsewhere.

Knight said Eggers, Mandeville and
Patterson indicated they wanted to com-
plete their careers at Indiana, which was
routed by Colorado 80-62 last weekin the
first round of the NCAA tournament.
"What I want is for this to work out for
these kids the best way possible," Knight
said. "I've told them in each case what I
think, and they've thought it over and
have told us what they would like to do,
and we'll just take that and go from
Knight criticized Reed, Patterson,
Eggers, Mandeville and Charlie Miller
for inconsistent play this season and ques-
tioned their dedication to the program.
gut Reed, who started 26 of 33 games,
said he was singled out for criticism.

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"Coach Knight has created a different
set of rules for me," said Reed, who aver-
aged 12.9 points and led the Big Ten in
free-throw percentage (85.2) this season.
"Leadership requires respect. I have n6t
been given any respect for three years,.,.
"Coach Knight has continued his long-
standing tradition of verbal attacks and
physical assaults on his players anj his
coaches. I have personally been at,tb-
forefront of those focused attacks duri9
my time at IU."
After Indiana's loss to Colorado, which
ended a disappointing 22-1 season-flr
the Hoosiers, Reed said Knight met with
him and two other juniors.
"Coach Knight told us, 'I think'you
guys should transfer because you airenot
going to play here next here,"' said Reed,
who hasn't officially asked for a transfer
Reed's departure follows a rocky s*
son for Indiana. After starting "141,
including an 85-69 rout of then-No.- 6
Duke in the Preseason NIT, the Hoosiers
struggled in the Big Ten. They went 9-9 in
the league, tying for sixth place.
Then the Hoosiers were eliminatedin
the first round of the NCAA tournaiient
for the third straight year. It also marked
the fourth year in a row Indiana didn'twin
the Big Ten title, the only time that's hap-
pened since Knight became the Hoosie
coach in 1971.
ANDERSON MAY PLAY: Kentucky coaeh
Rick Pitino said he could decide as early
as Wednesday whether injured star Derek
Anderson will be able to play in Thursday
night's NCAA tournament game against
St. Joseph's.
"He's going to practice again, and I'll
see him one more time and I'll see him
another time tomorrow and decide."
Pitino said yesterday in San Jose, Cale
where the top-seeded Wildcats are
preparing for the West Regional semifi-
But Pitino, who last week said he
wouldn't risk playing Anderson in the
tournament, added he talked to "eight

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