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Okey's suspension steals arena's spotlight

Everything's not Okey-dokey at
Wisconsin.
kOke r The Badgers thought that the only sig-
Ty C..o Point uarnificant news, other than this year mark-
P a . , ..De.. 1a Wing the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin
ie>: : ouse, 8 pm ' men's basketball, would be the unveiling
Feb. 28 rMarCh at Cris er.of their new, $75 million, 16,500-seat
Arena, TBA .. Kohl Center.
The move from the small, but loud
Sgr kyField House will happen after Michigan's
game in Madison on New Year's Eve. The
Kohl Center is set to open for

Wisconsin's game against Penn State on
Jan. 14.
Junior forward Sam Okey will most
likely take the court for both of those
games. But he has to sit out the first four
of the season - two exhibition and two
regular-season - after he was suspended
by coach Dick Bennett on Oct. 21.
Bennett wouldn't reveal the reason for
the suspension, but a local newspaper
report claimed Okey had been smoking
marijuana.

Okey was also asked not to attend two
weeks of practice, which may put the
team's leading scorer and rebounder
behind schedule.
No matter what, Wisconsin will need
Okey to increase his scoring (11.2 points
per game) from last year. The Badgers
also need more point production from
forward Sean Daugherty and guards
Sean Mason and Ty Calderwood.
But with the slow style that Bennett's
Badgers play, Wisconsin may have

enough scoring if it employs the same
aggressive man-to-man defense for
which Bennett is known (see Michigan,
Jan. 4, 1996 - when the Wolverines lost
the conference opener in Madison, 51-
46).
"I don't anticipate (my philosophy)
being a whole lot different than I have
been for the past 30 years," Bennett said.
"First of all, I'm not that bright and sec-
ondly, I'd like to keep my job."
- James Goldstein

Fla. Int'l to
run at Blue
When Florida International basketball
coach Shakey Rodriguez sees his players
on the floor every day, he wants his
name to be their game.
Always shaking, always moving, and
he hopes, always winning.
The constant pressure tactics
Rodriguez intends to employ have
enjoyed success in the college game
before - but only temporarily.
So when the Golden Panthers bring
their high-octane attack to Ann Arbor on
Dec. 3, Michigan will see a team that
rotates 10 players on a nightly basis.
Rodriguez is well-known in the
Miami area for the run-and-gun style he
employed while a local high school
coach. Now, in his third season as the
coach at Florida International, his
recruits are the core of the program.
Two players in particular, Raja Bell
and Darius Cook, will carry the load this
season, both after sitting out last season.

UNLV will start the season with two
of its best players serving suspensions
for accepting gifts from an agent in the
off-season. Surprise, surprise.
Coach Bill Bayno has tried to clean up
the program, but both Kevin Simmons
(14 games) and Naismith Award nomi-
nee Keon Clark (11 games) will miss the
start of the season for illegal activities.
Bayno said Clark's suspension was
unfair and that if he played "in the Big
East it never would have been so harsh."
Bayno suggested the NCAA unfairly
discriminated against his team because
its past record has not been squeaky
clean. In other news, the Rebels lost out
on top recruit Lamar Odom after he was
accused of cheating on the ACT exam.

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Earl's return boosts guard tandem

One of the few things Penn State can
look forward to this season is the return
of its backcourt duo. Point guard Dan
Earl and shooting guard Pete Lisicky are
one of the top guard tandems in the Big
Ten.
Earl returns to the Lions after sitting
out all of last season due to a back injury.
An All-Big Ten selection in 1995-96,
Earl averaged 12.1 points per game
while guiding Penn State to the NCAA
tournament and a 21-7 overall record.
But that was two years ago. Last sea-
son, the Lions were a measly 3-15 in the
conference, which left them just one
game out of the Big Ten cellar. Lisicky

(16.3 ppg) was the Lions' lone bright
spot.
There is little doubt the ball will be in
the hands of the two senior guards in
pressure situations. The question is: Will
the rest of the team contribute? None of
the other returning players averaged in
double digits last season. One member
of the five-player freshman class will
have to step up to fill the scoring void.
And center Calvin Booth will have to
complement his defensive presence with
increased offensive production. Booth
led the conference with 3.4 blocks per
game last year.
- James Goldstein

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Detroit returns all five starters from
last year's second-place Midwestern
Collegiate Conference team, but far
more interesting is the fact that the
Titans have players on their roster by the
names of Michael Jordan and Jermaine
Jackson.
On top of that, the team's listing on
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Jackson, a junior, has been the start-
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and Jordan is one of three incoming
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Derrick Hayes, a 6-foot-5 senior
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squad two straight seasons and ledthe
Titans in rebounding last season with
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The obvious connection between the
Titans and the Wolverines is in Detroit
coach Perry Watson, who served as a
Michigan assistant for two seasons
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Prior to his tenure at Michigan,
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Bell, a swingman who transferred
from Boston University, brings two posi-
tions instant offense.
Cook should complement Bell, filling
the paint in the fast-break offense. This
will be Cook's first season in Division I
after transferring into the program.
Expectations for Florida International
in the Miami area are high following last
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The declared theme for Panthers sea-
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