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Ia DatMAJOR LEAGUE Baltimore 4, Chicago 86, FLORIDA 4,
DETROIT 10, SAN FRANCISCO 3, Atlanta 116, Montreal 3,
Minnesota 5 Philadelphia 0 PHILADELPHIA 101. NY ISLANDERS 1
Toronto 5, COLORADO 13, UTAH 101, OTTAWA 5,
CHl. WHITE SOX 0 Cincinnati 4 L.A. Lakers 89 Hartford 4
OAKLAND 4, PROPR St. Louis 1
Cleveland 1 Boston 111 Detroit 3 COLORADO 1 April 10, 1997
Bust's biggest question: Is Taylor still a Wolverine?

By Will McCahill
Daily Sports "Editor
And the Maurice Taylor watch continues6..
The junior forward refused to rain on the
parade of positivity and praise last night at the
36th Annual Michigan Basketball Bust, keep-
ing mum on his future.
Speculation has raged around Taylor all sea-
son - and with torrential intensity in the last
few weeks -regarding whether he will give up
his final year of collegiate eligibility and enter
the NBA draft.
"I have abig decision to make" Taylor said.
"But I really don't want to discuss it tonight,
because this banquet was for our team, for us
winning the NIT."
And indeed, the shindig at Crisler Arena last
night was full of highlights, compliments and
fond words for each player.
But Michigan coach Steve Fisher neverthe-
less may have given an indication of Taylor's,
intentions. In summarizing each Wolverine's
season and noting what he expects from them
in the future, he ended his statements by telling
the crowd what that player would do next sea-
son "for Michigan."
But Taylor drew different remarks. Fisher's
statement sounded a little more like a collegiate
eulogy than a coach's plan for the offseason.
"Mo Taylor will continue to grow and

progress as his career goes on," Fisher said,
then presented his star to the crowd. "A terrific
player for Michigan, Mo Taylor."
Taylor has no illusions about how grueling
his decision-making process will be as he
weighs the pros and cons of his options.
"It's obviously a really tough decision," he
said. "When you've got guys like this, you want
to hang around, but when you have a dream that
you always wanted to grab ahold of, and it's
within your reach, there are a lot of things that
can change your mind in everyday society."
Sophomore guard Louis Bullock, who
shared the Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player
Award with center Robert Traylor, said no mat-
ter how close his relationship is with Taylor,
there's no way he can offer any kind of advice.
"I have no idea about that" Bullock said.
"Anybody who would make a decision like
that, I wouldn't try to persuade them because
obviously they're making a decision for their
"I don't talk to him about it because who
wants to talk about it? Everybody in the media
wants to ask him and all that, so I don't help
him out by asking him what he wants to do. I
help him out by just being his teammate."
The theme of teammates and family was a
thread that ran throughout last night's proceed-
ings, from the words of master of ceremonies

Jim Brandstatter to guest speaker Bill Colburn
to the graduating student managers.
Colburn, who was a professor and die-hard
sports fan at Michigan before moving into his
current job as director of alumni relations at
Connecticut, called on the crowd to get behind
the team next season after this season's disap-
pointments and controversy.
"I'm worried about us because of compla-
cency," Colburn said. "I'm worned about us not
standing up for Michigan. It's time for us to
stand up for the finest basketball program in the
United States?'
Fisher and the other two speakers from the
team - seniors Nick Haratsaris and Ryan
DeKuiper - were full of praise for the entire
Michigan squad.
"Only two teams in basketball are abletoend
their season by cutting down a net, and we were
one of them," Haratsaris said.
DeKuiper's reminiscences were what one
might expect of a Michigan native.
"My personal favorite (memory was) stomp-
ing Michigan State the last four times we
played them,"he said.
For his part, Fisher drew numerous chuckles
from the crowd when he talked about his
Fisher said that he grew worried aboutcenter
See BUST, Page 15A

Award winners
Bill Buntin MVP Award
Louis Bullock
Robert Traylor
Wayman Britt Defensive
Player Award
Travis Conlan
Rudy Tomjanovich Most improved
Player Award
Maceo Baston
Steve Grote Hustler Award
Ryan DeKuiper
Brandun Hughes
Thad Gamer Leadership Award-
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award
Traylor -

Though Maurice Taylor was honored for his success at
Ichigan, he received the most attention for his future plans.
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'Pitchng wins ball games. M
One of the most overused cliches W
in all of sports. Yet, as the Michigan 3
softball team has found, all too true.
The Wolverines are already strug- o
ging with a two-person pitching staff th
because of star pitcher Sara Griffin's st
btoken arm. The team that Griffin,
had carried on her shoulders now i
must rely on untested freshman Jamie fa
Gillies to pick up some of the slack. p
Gillies couldn't hold off. Purdue, fo
surrender ng t- in
Today's three runs after '
taking over for b
Kelly Holmes, in in
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vs.Notre Dane of Tuesday's dou w
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won that game, fo
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pitched Michigan H
to a 7-3 win in t
the first game.
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Wolverines (31 u
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chance to face a w
team with pitching problems of its
own - Notre Dame.
But despite their less-than-spectac-
utar 18-16 record, the Fighting Irish
Osti hold a 3-2 lead in its all-time
series with Michigan. s -m
In addition to the slight historical ,
edge, the Irish are riding high after.
Weeping a twinbill from conference-
e Providence last weekend, 1I4
and 9-1.
The sweep stopped the bleeding for MARK FRiEDMAN/Daiy
Notre Dame, which had lost four The Michigan pitching staff had all the Wright stuff yesterday - especially from winning pitcher Marion Wright - in an 11-3
straight before beating up on the victory over the Raiders.
Friars. What patched things up for the Yesterday% game
Irisc, ironically, was their pitching, WRlGsT STATE MIIQ5N
which left something to be desired Player AS R H M1 PlayeRN AB R 2t
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And while pitching has been a Totals 353 7 3 Totals 4111149
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team can't underestimate a tradition- Re'r 1 0 0 0 0 1
ally strong Michigan squad - even
without Griffin. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
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Blue ambushes
Wright State, 11-3
Neewbatting order ignites offense
Tracy SandlM again pitched well for us.
wily Sports Wtiter "We wanted to get Haskell in therm.
The Michigan l aseball team was He switched from catching. He'Ir tilt
ady for action yesterday. After be catching, but hers going to-be doitig
uesday's game against Central some pitching. And we got Herirut
ichigari was postponed, she there, which was big for us. He's ging
Volverines came out fresh with an 11- to help us."
wir over Wright State. The Wolverines found-out eadi< 4
A change in the Wolverines' batting week that they'll need all the help thgy
rder sparked a resurgent offense, but can get. Starter JJ. Putz (3-0, .812
e success of the Michigan pitching ERA) is out for at least four games die
aff was even morei jressive. totendonitis in isyelbo* .
Pitcher Mike Hribernik started "He would be listed, [would gam'
rong, fanning the first two battershe as week-to-week right now,'Zahnsi
ded. He ran into.trouble when he "His elbow's tender. There's somdtg Wri
dunked the third and walked the donitis in there. We need guys to 014
irth, but he settled down to go fiutr up for J.J. now. Luke Bonner hist
nings and strike out seven, thrown well, so we need to pick hint'up
Hribernik was replaced in the fifh ' I hope we get those guys back later."
y Marlon Wright, who pitched two One of the Michigan's strengths yes
nings for his first win as a Wolverine. terday was damage control. Tke
e handed the ball to Mie Haskell, Raiders managed only seven hits-a1
vho normally 'catchesfor the they left 14 men on base. The pro m
Wolverines (18-12) Haskell had alittle for the Wolverines waslheeight Wvl1 sf
ouble in th seventh, surrendering they surrendered.
ur free passes. ""We walked too many, Zahn saidr
Bria Berryman aiganein on reliefof "We le ttoo many guys on. think the
askell, while MattHerr pitched aone- guys continued to pitt 't thseir spots,
wo-three inmngin-the ninth, and when we do that we can get out 4*'
"We had guys throw today that are innings. You don't want them on in t
tostly going to be in the bullpen for first place to have them left on base." 3
s,' Michigan coach Geoff Zahnsaid. Michigan shuffled its lineup a4i
It was good to see Hribernik throw most nttably at thetop of the order^ -
velI. He threw better today. Marlon See RAIDERS, Pagep4.-
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