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PRO washington 90,
FOOTBALL UTA H 86
Kansas City 13. PRO
PITTSBURGH 10 HOCKEY
PRO CAROLINA 5,
BASKETBALL Vancouver 3
Charlotte 112. MONTREAL 6.
MIAMI 99 Dallas 4
CHICAGO 87, N.Y. RANGERS 2.
San Antonio 83 (2 OT) Edmonton 2 (OT)

Philadelphia 5,
ST. LOUIS 1

Tuesday
November 4, 1997

11

eRoad to Roses runs
through State College
Injuries a concern for Blue; Sword honored
By-John Leroi Carr said at his weekly press confer-
DailySports Editor ence yesterday. "Penn State presents
Still five days before the game, us with a challenge because we
W obody has to tell the Michigan haven't faced a team that is as good
Wolverines just how big Saturday's or as balanced.
matchup with No. 2 Penn State is. "They've given us trouble in the
Not: only is the game a marquee past, but to win the conference title,
showdown between two of the you havento beat the best, and we're
nation's elite teams, but a conference ready to do so."
championship and Rose Bowl berth That's something the Wolverines
is at stake. haven't done in the past few seasons.
it's almost ironic that the last year Losses to Penn State have knocked
Michigan won the Big Ten champi- Michigan out of the running for the
onship was the last year Penn State Big Ten title. And the Wolverines
'vasn't in the Big Ten. Since then, the have dropped other games as well,
Nittany Lions have been a thorn in culminating in a streak of four-loss
Michigan's side. The Wolverines seasons that will end this year if
defeated Penn State, 21-13, in 1993, Michigan wins one more game.
the first meeting between the two But more important are the Bowl
squads, but since then, Penn State implications that arise out of this
has had Michigan's number. matchup. The winner has a meal
So, you might be surprised to hear ticket to the Rose Bowl. If the Lions
that'the fourth-ranked Wolverines prevail, they'd have to lose two of
are eager - not scared - to play their last three games - at Purdue,
Penni State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin at home and at Michigan
n Beaver Stadium. State - to erase their free ride to
"t should be a tremendous Pasadena.
matchup," Michigan coach Lloyd If the Wolverines win, they likely
need just one win in their next two
Just to be clear games to make their first Rose Bowl
At this point, the only way appearance since the 1992 season,
Michigan can be assured of Its the year before Penn State joined the
first Rose Bowl berth since the conference.
1992 season is if it wins its final "We all know what the game
three games. Victories in its next means and the ramifications of win-
two, even with a loss to Ohio ning and losing," said senior line-
State, would likely be enough. But backer Rob Swett, who grew up in
in that scenario, a Buckeyes team Chalfont, Pa., and said the hardest
with one conference loss would go thing he's ever had to do was "to sit
to the Rose Bowl over Michigan, in my living room and tell Joe
which it would have beaten head- Paterno, 'No."'
to-head, if Penn State loses anoth- "If we win, our chances of going
er game. to the Rose Bowl are pretty good."
That is, without question,
Dominating defense Michigan's goal. Swett, quarterback
Michigan was the nation's third- Brian Griese and defensive end
ranked team in overall defense Glen Steele might remember the last
last week, but after aconvincing time the Wolverines beat Penn State
victory over Minnesota, that has -- they were all redshirt freshmen
changed. Here are the updated who didn't make the trip to Happy
defensive rankings: Valley - but none of them remem-

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Ellerbe era
begins with
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By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
Just one game into the exhibition season, the Michigan
men's basketball team managed to add to a rather undis-
tinguished streak: The Wolverines have now been beaten
by Athletes in Action twice in a row.
Last night was AIA's fifth game of the season, they
nailed 15 3-pointers, and they even had former NBA for-
ward David Wood starting at power forward.
Having said all that, one crucial fact shouldn't be over-
looked: They're still Athletes in
AlA Athletes 95 Action. f
And Michigan is 0-l in the
g Michigan 93 exhibition season, after wasting
a 15-point lead and superb
shooting performances by Travis Conlan and Louis
Bullock in a 95-93 loss at Crisler Arena last night before
an announced crowd of 11,353, about 7,000 of which
came disguised as empty seats.
"I know that if Jesus Christ were playing, he would
have played just like we did tonight - tough," said AlA
coach Chuck Badger, whose team not only travels and
plays basketball but also spreads Christian teachings
along the way. "Thank God we ended up winning the
basketball game."
Perhaps more important, Conlan left the game With
7:12 remaining after injuring his wrist while diving to
the floor. The senior co-captain, who scored 19 points on
7-of-8 shooting (including 4-of-5 from 3-point range),
did not return.
"When I dove, I think I got it caught between (AIA
guard Ryan Hoover's) legs, and then I heard it snap,"
Conlan said. "It's kind of a bad mark on a good perfor-
mance, but hopefully everything will work out and I'll be
fine."
Conlan was scheduled to have X-rays this morning.
The injury was termed a sprain until it could be exam-
ined further, but according to Conlan, Michigan's med-
ical staff indicated that the wrist did not appear to be
broken.
Conlan, Bullock, Robert Traylor, Maceo Baston and
Robbie Reid started for the Wolverines, who used the
three-guard lineup for much of the night but struggled
without Conlan when AIA went to an up-tempo game
late.
"Their pressure was good at the end of the game,"
Ellerbe said. "Without Travis - that hurt us a little bit."
Michigan led, 79-64, with 1 I minutes remaining, but a
22-4 run by AlA over the next five minutes left the
Wolverines down by three. The teams traded baskets
until the final two minutes, when Wood committed a fla-
grant foul on Reid, a transfer guard from Brigham Young
See ATHLETES, Page 12

Total defense
Team
1. Michigan
2. N. Carolina
3. Nebraska
4. Florida St.
5. Kansas St.

Plays
478
507
447
529
484

Yds. YPG
1,620 202.5
1,648 206.0
1,742 217.8
1,833 229.1
1,849 231.1.

Scoring defense
Team Games
L Michigan 8
2. Ohio 9
3, Va. Tech 8
4. Ohio St. 9
5. N. Carolina 8

Pts.
60
105
96
110
99

Avg.-
7.5
11.7
12.0
12.2
12.4

ber a Rose Bowl, because no current
Wolverine has played in one or even
watched from the sidelines.
Admittedly, the Wolverines have
been peeking ahead to this game -
it's diffirilt not to. The Lions have
somewhat'become Michigan's neme-
sis. And while the rivalry between the
two teams hasn't reached Michigan-
Ohio State proportions, nobody can
argue that it has intensified since the
teams first met in 1993.
Many people attribute Michigan's
fall from dominance directly to Penn
State. Obviously the Wolverines
have had other hurdles to leap, but
there's no question that Michigan has
suffered since Penn State joined the
Big Ten.
Between 1988 and 1992, the
Wolverines went to four Rose Bowls.
Those days have vanished, replaced
by four-loss seasons. But Michigan
has a chance to reverse that trend
Saturday, and everybody knows it.
"When you create a dynasty like
See FOOTBALL, Page 14

Animated and intense, Brian Ellerbe made his coaching debut last night at Crisler Arena against
Athletes in Action. His already-thin team may have lost a guard, Travis Conlan, to an injured wrist.

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Pass efficiency defense
Team Points*
I. Michigan 77.5
2. Ohio St. 80.1
3. N. Carolina 87.4
4. Iowa 89.6
5. Marshall 92.7
*Points are determined using a
formula that considers attempts,
.completions, yards, touchdowns
and interceptions.

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