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COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
No. 2 UNC 74,
N.C. STATE 60
NO. 7 KENTUCKY 70,
Alabama 67
NO. 9 PURDUE 82,
Ohio State 71
NO. 10 UCLA
at USC, inc.

Michigan State 78.
NO.12 0WA57
NO. 14 MISS. 80,
Louisiana St. 58
NOT RE DAME 83
No. 15 Syracuse 63
NO. 17 S. CARO. 81,
Tennessee 51
No. 19 Arkansas 79
Auburn 65

PRO
BASKETBALL
Detroit 87.
DENVER 67
N.Y. KN'CKS 97.
Indana 89
L.A. Lakers 119,
PHOENIX 109
CHICAGO 110,
Charlotte 79

PRO
HOCKEY
Toronto 3,
DETROIT 0
DALLAS 3,
Colorado 2
MONTREAL 4,
Boston 2
Washington 3,
TAMPA BAY 2

Thursday
January 22, 1998

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Charlotte 79 TAMPA BAY 2 January 22. 1998 b A

'M'looks to
make up for
J ohns injur
By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Witer
For Michigan women's basketball coach Sue Guevara, it's a
simple math equation.
If you subtract 20 points and 10 rebounds from one part of
your lineup, those same stats must re-appear somewhere else
-otherwise, you're in trouble.
Thus, with leading scorer and rebounder Pollyanna Johns
out with torn cartilage in her knee and doubtful to play tomor-

row against No. 17

-74 This
Weekend
Tomorrow: Michigan at
No. 17 WisConsin, Kohl
Center, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Iowa at
Michigan, Crisler
Arena, 2 p~m.

Wisconsin, Michigan (5-3 Big
Ten, 13-5 overall) hopes the
rest of its players can pick up
the slack.
The Wolverines had no
problem doing so in last
Sunday's victory over
Michigan State, but the versa-
tile Badgers could pose more
of a threat. Despite struggling
in the early portion of the con-
ference season, Wisconsin (2-
5, 13-6) presents a balanced
attack with three players

Last chance for
tennis singles
By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
Strangely, the word of the last three months for the
Michigan men's tennis team has been "individual.".*
This weekend, individual Wolverines have their -last
chance at selfishness when they play for individual pride
at the Big Ten Singles Championships in East Lansing.,
For several months now, the Wolverines have only com-
peted in individual-based tournaments. While vital to a
team's preparation, the tournaments have no bearing on
Michigan's team record.
The singles tournament is the last chance for ,the
Wolverines to ready themselves for the dual-meet season
that begins Feb. I at home against Virginia.
"The tournament is strictly for our players to get soke
extra matches," Michigan assistant coach Dan Goldberg
said. "It also gives them a chance to improve their indi-
vidual rankings."
The tournament is separated into two brackets, the
main one brings the top six players of each Big Ten te4m
(last year's 10th- and I11th-place teams send five) to vie
for the championship.
The other bracket consists of two other members qf
each team. This gives all eight Wolverines a chance..to
compete, six of whom will have a crack at winning the
Big Ten singles championship.
Scheduled to compete in the open-draw, 64-pl
tournament are seniors Brook Blain, Arvid Swan and
Dave Paradzik, juniors Will Farah and Jake Raiton, and
sophomores Brad McFarlane, John Long and Matt
Wright.
So far this season, the Wolverines have marched tQ a
90-39 singles record and every player has a winning per-,
centage of more than .500.
"This year we have tremendous depth," Goldberg said.
"We are hoping for five players to be seeded in the top"'
16."
Michigan has had success in past singles champ-
onships, especially two years ago when three out of four
semifinalists wore maize and blue, including Paradzik
and Swan.
But Michigan still has something to prove as far as
team rankings.
Michigan ranked a surprising fourth in RegionIV
(which includes most of the Big Ten) by the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association, even though it per-
formed statistically better than all the other teams at its
regional championships.
"It would have been nice to be No. 1, but we are ju
going to go out and do our thing," Goldberg said.
Nationally, Michigan jumped nine spots in the pol-
from No. 51 to No. 42 - thanks to its big wins in the fall
tournament season.

among the conference's scoring leaders.
When Johns went down against Michigan State, Michigan's
gguards were able to shoulder the scoring and rebounding
loads. In that game, Ann Lemire and Stacey Thomas com-
:bined for 39 points and 15 rebounds.
Against Wisconsin, Guevara will be looking more to for-
wards Kenisha Walker and Tiffany Willard, as well as center
Katie Dykhouse.
"I'm not saying (to Walker, Willard and Dykhouse): 'You
-lave to get 20 points and 10 rebounds by yourself,"' Guevara
said. "We need to spread it around. If they each get eight or
10 points and six or seven rebounds, we'll be OK."
-Despite their mediocre Big Ten record, the Badgers remain
in the top 25 on the strength of their non-conference perfor-
wances.
In the last three weeks, they handed No. 18 Georgia a loss
in Athens, and defeated No. 16 Western Kentucky at home.
.They also notched a victory over No. 13 Stanford earlier in
the season.
Senior point guard Katie Voigt and freshman forward
LaTonya Sims lead the Badgers with 17.7 and 12.7 points per
,game, respectively.
"They're a pretty good team; I don't think their Big Ten
Michigan State
surprses Iowa
IOWA CITY (AP) -- Reserve Morris Peterson scored
a career-high 20 points and helped Michigan State sur-
vive Mateen Cleaves' subpar shooting as the Spartans
beat No. 10I owa 78-57 last night to move into a first-
-Place tic in the Big Ten.
Michigan State (5-1, 12-4) shut down an Iowa team
that had been averaging 85 points and was second in the
1eague in field goal percentage. The 57 points were a sea-
son-low for Iowa (4-2, 15-3), which managed only 14
points in the first 16 minutes of the second half.
The 21-point margin was Michigan State's biggest ever
in Iowa City. The Spartans' widest margin previously was
18 points in 1958 and 1964.
Peterson, a sophomore averaging 6.6 points, topped his
previous high of 19 points against Detroit and East
Tennessee State last season. The left-hander, who wears
a wrap to protect a broken bone in his right wrist, was 8-
of-1 I from the field, including three 3-pointers.
Jason Klein added 14 points for Michigan State and
reserve Du'uan Wiley scored 10 on 5-for-5 shooting.
'Cleaves, averaging a team-leading 16.5 points, finished
with 14.points after getting just four in the first half. He
shot 4-of-12 but had 10 assists.
Michigan State, now tied with Michigan for first place,
was quicker and more athletic than the Hawkeyes and
used that edge to get good shots, both inside and on the
perimeter. At he other end, the Spartans frequently forced
lowa into tough shots or bad passes.
Iowa also had several close-in shots go in-and-out or
hit the front of the rim. The Hawkeyes shot 36.2 percent,
committed 18 turnovers and missed 10 of 22 free
throws.

LOUISBROWN/Daiiy
Ann Lemire and the rest of the Wolverines will have a tough test tomorrow against Wisconsin at the brand new Kohl Center.
Michigan must shoulder the scoring and rebounding burden usually assumed by Pollyanna Johns, who is not expected to play.

record is indicative of their talent," Guevara said. "Sims is
very athletic, and a candidate for Big Ten Freshman of the
Year, and Voigt is strong from the outside."
Wisconsin will be playing in the newly-completed Kohl
Center for just the second time ever. A Big Ten-record 16,296
showed up to witness the Badgers' 66-63 loss to Iowa on
Tuesday.
"Wisconsin always has a nice crowd, and I think it'll be a
good experience for our players." Guevara said. "There's
nothing like a big crowd booing you."
There will be few boos directed at the Wolverines on
Sunday when they return home to face Iowa (5-1, 8-7). Just

the opposite of the Badgers, the Hawkeyes struggled in their
non-conference slate, but have torn through the Big Ten, los-
ing only to No. 23 Purdue.
Last year's Big Ten tournament champion, the Hawkeyes
advanced to the s.cond round of the NC'AA tournament, los-
ing to eventual quarterfinalist Connecticut.
Iowa presents an imposing frontline, w ith 6-foot-4 towers
'I angela Smith and Amy Hering among the top 10 rebounders
in the Big Ten.
Although she remains focused on Wisconsin, Guevara con-
cedes that she will respect Iowa's size, forcing the Hawkeyes
to prove that they can win the game from the perimeter.

Urbanchek puts on Blue again
Jet-lagged swimmers finish World Championships, get set for Dallas

Michigan State's Charlie Bell steals the ball from a Hawkeye as
the Spartans upset No. 10 Iowa, 78-57, in Iowa City. The win
gives the Spartans a share of the Big Ten lead with Michigan.
Ricky Davis led Iowa with 14 points but was just 5-for-
14 from the field and committed seven turnovers. Guy
Rucker added 13 points and Ryan Bowen scored 10.
It was Iowa's second loss in three Big Ten home games.
The Hawkeyes are 3-0 in the league on the road.
Michigan State rallied from six points down midway
through the first half and never trailed after an 11-2 run
sent the Spartans into a 36-29 lead with 2:42 left in the
half. Wiley had two baskets in that stretch and Peterson
made a 3-pointer.
Iowa closed to 38-34 at halftime and drew to 44-43 on
Bowen's layup with 14:11 left. But Michigan State
scored the next nine points, including a right-handed
layup by Peterson, to go up 53-43 and pulled away from
there.

By Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sx)rts Writer
Men's swimming coach Jon
Urbanchek is a Michigan man once
more.
After a week-long stint of wearing red,
white and blue as head coach of the
United States' team at the World
Swimming Championships in Perth,
Australia, Urbanchek is back in maize
and blue - assuming Nike sent his team
the right warm-ups.
Though Urbanchek and a couple of his
swimmers are still suffering from
extreme jet lag, the Wolverines will have
to push their biological clocks back a few
hours when they face some of the
nation's finest teams at the Dallas
Morning News Classic.
"It will be pretty tough on us this
weekend," Urbanchek said. "But it's the
middle of the season, so no one else is at
their strongest, either."
The annual meet features six of the top
10 teams from last year's NCAA
Championships. Michigan will face No.
10 Southern Methodist, No. 5 Tennessee,
No. 4 Texas, No. 3 Georgia and Auburn
- last year's national champion.
Luckily, the Longhorns and
Volunteers also had swimmers in
Australia. There may be plenty of naps
taken between events this weekend.
"It's exciting, because we're only
sending eight swimmers and a diver,"
Urbanchek said. "We wait until the last
minute before deciding who will enter
which events"
Sprinters Derya Buyukuncu and Ryan
Papa, and middle-distance swimmers

FILE PHOTO
Mike McWha Is one of eight Michigan swimmers competing in Dallas this weekend:

Tom Malchow, Mike McWha, Andy
Potts, John Reich, Owen Von Richter
and Scott Werner will accompany
Urbanchek to Dallas.
Michigan is trying to re-assert itself as
one of the nation's top teams after plac-
ing seventh at last year's NCAA champi-
onship - its lowest finish since 1992.
But until now, all eyes were on the
games in Australia, which current and
former Wolverines used as a stepping
stone to the 2000 Olympics.
Despite the recent mileage,
Urbanchek's job wasn't all that difficult,
especially since he's done it before. This
was his second consecutive term as
coach of the U.S. team. Urbanchek's
swimmers won the World Champion-
ships in Rome four years ago.
"Working with the national team, you
have the cream of the crop from the top
schools in the country," Urbanchek said.
Urbanchek was assisted by two other
U.S. coaches from top-ranking collegiate

programs - Arizona's Frank Bush and
Texas' Ed Reese. The three coaches
focused on the entire team winnin4
medals, even though plenty of their ow
prodigies competed in Perth.
Eight former or current Wolverines
represented five different countries"
including four from the United States.
Three of those four - Malchow, Tonm
Dolan and John Piersma -- swam in thd
'96 Olympics in Atlanta.
The swimmer with the least experi-
ence, Tim Siciliano, was the last"
Wolverine named to the team. Siciliano
who made the team because of injuries-
will swim for Michigan next fall.
"We only had three or four rookies orb
the team," Urbanchek said. "But where
you're swimming against the best in the
world, you come back to the Big Tei
meets and you have a tremendous
amount of confidence."
The United States gained plenty of
confidence in Australia, where it won
nine gold medals, two silver and five
bronze. Dolan picked up right where h
left off in the 400-meter individual mec
ley at the Atlanta games. The former
Michigan standout won the gold again;
after setting the world record four years
ago in Rome.
Marcel Wouda - another former
WAlvrine - ntookthe go din the 20{

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