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Maceo Baston and the Wolverines dealt Michigan State a 79-69 loss on Jan. 10,
byt it has been the Spartans only setback of the Big Ten season.
kSpartans lead a pack
of sLx atop standingS
By James Goldstein and in better shape, has done everything
Daily Sports Writer for the Spartans.
OK, we're approaching the halfway Heading into tonight's home affair
point of the Big Ten regular season. So against Indiana, Cleaves has averaged 19.7
much has happened - so many surpris- points - second in the conference to Ohio
es. a few disappointments, a rookie Big State freshman Michael Redd (20.0 ppg)
Ten coach has succeeded and one has - and leads the conference with 7.3
received an unwelcome greeting in the assists per game.
conference. Purdue coach Gene Keady can tell you
Players have transferred from their orig- all about Cleaves and the Spartans,
inal schools, because Michigan State manhandled the
new transfers Boilermakers, 74-57, at Mackey Arena on
entering new Dec. 30. Michigan State went on to defeat
p r o g r a m s then-No. 10 Iowa a few weeks ago at
have flour- Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
0ason report ished, and "It's been fun to watch them develop,"
another play- Keady said. "Cleaves, losing all of that
er has left Hoos;erland. weight, is probably the best point guard in
A new arena opened, another one is in the league at this point. It's one of those
ts last year. Last year's Final Four team is things where everyone is clicking:"
)t the final four of another kind - one of Behind Michigan State, there is a tussle
t conference cellar dwellers. for second place as Michigan, Illinois,
There have been upsets and just plain Purdue and Indiana are tied in the confer-
ia ly games. lake a breath, tune in or you ence at 5-2.
,ttght miss something. The Wolverines had a chance to remain
The biggest story of the Big Ten is by tied with the Spartans, but Sunday's loss to
f'ar the success of conference leader the Fighting Illini created a logjam. Even
slichigan State. with the loss, Michigan coach Brian
At 6-1, Michigan State coach Tom Ellerbe has gotten off to a solid start in his
Izzo's team has thrived mainly because of first year at the helm of the Michigan team.
the Spartans' defense. The Spartans are If there's any team that has the momen-
tops in the conference in scoring defense tum right now, it's Indiana. After starting
459.4 points a game), second in rebound- the conference season 0-2, the Hoosiers
,Ang (37.1 boards a game) and second in have won five in a row, including impres-
steals, averaging 9.14. sive home victories against Michigan and
Sophomore point guard Mateer Purdue. Sophomore A.J. Guyton and
Cleaves, who started this season lighter See BIG TEN, Page 12
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Prankster or
player, Bebe
leads Blue
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Writer
What do you get when you mix ia
guard on the Michigan women's bas-
ketball team with a patch of pumpkins?
Bebe - and Michigan coach Sue
Guevara better watch out.
Ann Lemire - nicknamed Be
after the cartoon featuring a bunch o
whinny brats - loves to have a good
time. And if the fun is at her coach's
expense, all the better.
"Every year on Halloween, therc-are
pumpkins all over my frottt law n;'
Guevara said. "Ann's ttot the only otte,
but I know she's a culprit."
Lemire, the self-proclaimed ring-
leader of the pumpkin campaign's ad
other practical jokes - many of whicr
involve the team's freshman class -
considers her pranks important for
building team unity.
"I like to get involved with my team-
mates and freshmen initiation,' said the
Fairgrove, Mich. native. "We have to be
a team not only on the court, but off the
court, too,"
But don't let Lemire's attitude off the
court fool you. While she may bea
prankster in ter free time, she is.
business when it comes to basketba
- tradenark headband and all.
The junior is a lethal offensive threat.
One of the team's best 3-point shooters,
Lemire is also a great penetrator, rou-
tinely taking on opponents one-on-one.
"She can penetrate - she's one of
the best one-on-one players on the
teat," Guevara said. "She's a good
rebounder and she has great hops."
The biggest hole in Lemire's game,
her defense. She is extremely qui
and is second on the team in steals with
33, but Guevara sees even more poten-
"She has to be more aggressive
defensively," Guevara said. "She has
good quickness, and has to use it more
on defense."
Lemire has set a concrete goal for
herself this season - to be one ofthe
team's leading scorers.
So far, she has accomplished th
See LEMIRE, Page 12

Michigan's Ann Lemire goes up for a layup in Sunday's 6965 victory over Iowa. The junior guard had 13 points and four
rebounds in the overtime win for the Wolverines. Known as a prankster off the court, Lemire doesn't mind playing a few tricks
on the court, as she frustrates opponents with 11.8 points per game and a 46 percent 3-point shooting record.

Keady has no problems
adjusting after 18 years

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports 'Nriter
In the preseason, Purdue coach
Gene Keady and the Boilermakers
were the odds-on favorites to win their
third Big Ten title in four years - the
Big Ten regular season title, that is.
There's another championship to
yearn for this year - the Big Ten
Championship, a four-day tournament
involving all 11 conference teams that
takes place March 5-8 at the United
Center in Chicago.
Purdue, which stands at 5-2 in the
conference and in a tie for second
place with Michigan, Illinois and
Indiana - heads to Crisler Arena
tomorrow to play the Wolverines in its
only regular season meeting this sea-
Once again, "regular season" should
be emphasized here because the two

teams could square off in the Big Ten
In his 18th year of coaching at
Purdue, Keady
said the inception
I of the conference
tournament does
y.change his think-
ig as a teacher.
k.. "We've been
talking about it
differently and
thought about it in
a little different
Keady manner," Keady
said. "And I think
there's more talk about being better in
March and not necessarily just win-
ning the next game."
There are many pros and cons of the
tournanent that conference coaches
See KEADY, Page 12

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