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Scoreboard MISS. ST. 75, No. 20 64
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NC State at No. 22 NC, inc.
No. 17 Indiana 66. N'WESTERN C3 No. 23 Texas at TEXAS A&M, inc.
No. 2 WAKE FOREST 58, Virginia 54 No. 25 Texas Tech 67, OKLA. 62
No. 3 Clemson 67, No. 11 MD, 63
No. 10 LOUISVILLE 92. Houston 78 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 13 Duke 87, NC-G BORO 49 MICH. ST, 82, No, 7 Vanderbilt 51
No. 19 B. Colege 81, FAIRFIELD 79 Home teams in CAPS

Thursday
January 16, 1997

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'M' wrestlers to face
Keen competition
Grapplers look to rebound from recent loss

By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
It's time to train hard.
The Michigan wrestling team will
travel to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend
for the Cliff Keen National Team
Duals, to be held Saturday and
Sunday.
And the seventh-ranked
Wolverines are going to have to be in
top shape if they want to come away
winners.
The tournament will bring togeth-
er the best wrestling teams in the
nation, including 12 ranked teams.
The 16-team field includes the
nation's top five schools - Iowa,
Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Penn

running a lot of sprints and stair
work."
Bill Lacure (150 pounds) said the
team will be prepared for the Duals.
"We have been practicing hard for
the tournament," he said. "I want to
be in the best shape possible for the
matches."
Depending on the brackets,
Lacure, ranked third in the nation,
could face the first-, second- or
fourth-ranked wrestler in his weight
class.
"I know I could face one or two of
them, and I try to keep them on my
mind," Lacure said. "That gives a lit-

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State and Minnesota -
and Michigan's formida-
ble Big Ten rival, No. 9
Michigan State.
"We will face the very
best teams in the coun-
try," Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said. "Our
tiatch against Penn State
is the type of close,
tough matches that you
can expect to see."
In their loss to Penn

This
weekend
Who: 'M' wrestlers
and a field of 15
other teams.
What: Cliff Keen
National Team
Duals.
Where: Lincoln, Neb.
When: Saturday and
Sunday.

motivation (during prac-
Also looking to per-
form well for the
Wolverines are heavy-
weight Airron
Richardson and 142-
pounder Teya Hill.
Richardson may get to
avenge his overtime loss
this past weekend to the
No. I wrestler in the
nation, Penn State's
Kerry McCoy.
Hill, who was injured

"
Winning
more than
execution,:.
By Will McCahill
Daily Sports Editor
Each time the Purdue Boilermakers
have won the Big Ten men's basketball
title over the past three seasons, nobody
expected them to do it. _
And, with the exception of whW
they did it with Glenn Robinson in
1994, the Boilermakers did it with sup-
posedly lesser talent.

State on Jan. 12, the Wolverines had
five matches decided by a single
point, with two of those matches
going into sudden-death overtime.
Penn State sent five ranked wrestlers
to the mat; Michigan four.
The'Duals will provide much of
the same excitement, as each weight
,class contains five or six ranked
wrestlers.
The format of the tournament is
the same as regular dual meets, with
the teams wrestling up to six match-
es in two days.
"The tournament can be pretty
;grueling," Bahr said. "We have
increased our conditioning a little,

all of last season, emerged with a
strong showing in the Penn State
match. The Duals should give him a
chance to see how he holds up
against tough competition.
Because the Duals invite the
nation's top teams, it has a feel much
like that of March's NCAA tourna-
ment.
"It creates an atmosphere very
similar to that of the NCAA champi-
onships," Bahr said. "This gives (the
wrestlers) experience for the end of
the season.
"But the main thing is to relax and
enjoy the tournament, and not to add
a lot of pressure."

But coach Gene
generally been
made up of a
bunch of upper-
classmen, full of
the wisdom
imparted to them
during years of
Keady's tutelage.
This season,
some things are
the same for
Purdue. Keady is
still there, and
once again,

Keady's teams have
Worthless
history
Michigan hasn't
lost to Purdue in
football and bas-
ketballin the +
same academic
year since 1979-
80. Purdue beat
the Blue grid-
ders, 9-3, in a
November barn-
boiler this year.

nobody expects the Boilermakers tb
win the Big Ten.
One difference this season is th
freshmen make up the bulk of "
Boilermakers' roster, unusual for a
Keady team.
Another difference is in Purdues
record. Thirteen games into the season,
the Boilermakers are a mere 7-6 (2-1 in
the Big Ten), as opposed to the 13-0,
10-3 and 11-2 records they have posted
13 games into the past three seasons,
respectively.
But in a season where the unexpect-
ed is happening in West Lafaye
junior guard Chad Austin has been M1_
constant, the solid upperclassman. His
12.8 points per game led Purdue last
season, an average he's improved upon
this season, scoring 13.2 per game.
Today, Austin returns to Crisper
Arena at 7:30 p.m. hoping to better the
numbers he dropped on Michigan in
his last appearance there. In last sea-
son's 80-59 Purdue victory, AustinhlJ
the wrecking crew with 23 points,
ting 10 of his 12 shots, including aI
three attempts from 3-point range.
The memory of that pasting is still
fresh in the Wolverines' minds. Right
up there next to revenge.
"We owe them from what they came
in and did to us last year," sophomore
guard Louis Bullock said. "That's what
it comes down to."
Sophomore center Robert Traylor
also said he wanted to avoid anot ;
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Michigan's Bill Lacure, ranked third in the nation in the nation at 150 pounds,
usually has the competition pinned. But he could face the first-, second- or
fourth-ranked wrestler in his weight class this weekend. "That gives a little
extra motivation (during practice)," Lacure said.

JONATHAN SUMMER/Daily
Maceo and his mates have a lot to prove tonight, even though they are playing a struggling Purdue team. After losing two of
their first four Big Ten games, the Wolverines must beat the teams they are supposed to.

Nothing new, Blue to take on 'powerhouse'

By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Writer
Two days. Two meets. Two losses.
That was how the Michigan
women's swimming team concluded
its 14-day training trip in California.
The Wolverines (3-0 Big Ten, 4-2
overall) will try to rebound from the
worst weekend of their season when
they face No. 4 Georgia on Saturday

of them in the breaststroke. But this
time she faces a much tougher oppo-
nent in freshman Kristy Kowal.
Kowal was the top breaststroker
nationally in high school last year
and will likely compete for the

California.
"They both were really broken
down against Stanford and Cal,"
Richardson said of Shakespeare and
Bendel. "If they swim the way they
did last weekend, we're not going to
be in the (meet)."
Georgia also has an excellent
freestyler in -freshman Courtney
Shealy, who has swum times faster

that the Wolverines are recovering
from, and this meet looks close to
impossible for the Wolverines to
win.
Richardson gave his team Mon 'y
and Tuesday morning off to try to
recuperate from a rigorous training
trip.
"We're really, really fatigued from
the training trip," Richardson said.

NCAA title
come April.
Georgia is
hoping to

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