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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 11, 1998

Purdue
outlasts
Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) - No
team has had as much success against
Indiana in recent years as Purdue. Now,
no coach has ever had as many victories
against Bob Knight as Gene Keady.
Chad Austin and Brad Miller each
scored 23 points last night as the eighth-
ranked Boilermakers overcame a 10-
point deficit in the first half and held off
a late rally to beat Indiana, 94-89.
"We wanted to outhustle them
because we felt they outhustled us down
at their place, and I think we accom-
plished that," Keady said, referring to
the Boilermakers' six-point loss in
Bloomington last month.
This time, despite poor shooting and
the absence of Jaraan Cornell, who left
with a badly-sprained ankle after only
three minutes, the Boilermakers kept the
pressure on the Hoosiers throughout.
"That's how Coach Keady has
always been. We've got to fight through
the calls, the injuries ... you never know
what's going to happen on the court,"
Miller said.
"Even though we only lost by six,
they pretty much whipped us down
there. We just put a poor effort down
there and wanted to really come out and
be strong," Miller said. "We didn't
shoot the ball well, but we made up for
it with pressing, causing turnovers, free
throws and we rebounded extremely
well."
It was Purdue's fifth victory in the
past six games against the Hoosiers, and
a record 18th victory for Keady against
Knight. Former Michigan State coach
Jud Heathcote beat Knight's Hoosiers 17
times.
The Boilermakers (9-2 Big Ten, 21-4
overall) took advantage of 16 first-half
Indiana turnovers to take a four-point
lead at halftime and pulled away to a 13-
point lead midway through the second
half.
"We came in at the half with 16
turnovers, and we actually played fairly
well with the exception of that," Knight
said. "That was really a big difference.
The way our offense has been produc-
ing when we don't turn the ball over, that
was a really big factor."
Indiana (7-4, 16-7) rallied behind
Andrae Patterson, who got 21 of his sea-
son-high 27 points in the second half,
and the Hoosiers tied the game 74-74 on
a basket by A.J. Guyton.

Next two weekends vital
to Michigan hockey team

1rg HOCKEY
Continued from Page 11
in the conference.
In the next two weeks, the Wolverines will
have three opportunities to improve their
record against the Spartans and the RedHawks.
On Friday, the Wolverines take on Miami at
Yost lce Arena before facing the Spartans
twice the following weekend.
s r"ttAnd if the results are going to be different,
Michigan needs contributions from more than
just a few players.
For much of the season, Muckalt, Hayes and
Turco have carried the Wolverines.
In the past few games, however, the
Wolverines have been getting contributions
from throughout their lineup. Each member of
a surprisingly deep team has made an impact.
While depth might have been a problem ear-
lier in the year, the Wolverines have done a
good job lately of turning their bench into a
strength.
JOHNKRAFT/Daly stegth.r
Michigan forward and co-captain Matt Herr has been improving his game since an early-season groin Matt Herr is finally beginning to regain his
injury. Herr and his teammates face four tough games in the next two weeks - games that will deter- form after missing much of the early part of
mine how they finish in the CCHA. the season with a groin injury.
uad jumps to forefront inNagano

Since then, the Wolverines' second line: of
Ilerr, Mark Kosick and Dale Rominski has
scored six goals in the past three games, and it is
beginning to play like a legitimate scoring line.
At the same time, the freshman line o
Geoff Koch, Scott Matzka and Josh Langfel
has been keeping opponents on their heels and
creating scoring chances.
And, of course, Hayes and Muckalt contin-
ue to be dominant players.
In this past weekend's game against Lake
Superior, all four of Michigan's lines were
clicking, and the Wolverines' depth wore
down the Lakers.
The result was four third-period goals from
the second and third lines and a 4-1 victory
over Lake Superior.
If the Wolverines are going to take the next
step and beat either the RedHawks or the
Spartans, they'll need the whole team to con-
tribute the way it did against Lake Superior at
Joe Louis Arena.
If they do that, there's no reason the
Wolverines can't defend their CCHA titles
and make some noise in the NCAA tourta-
ment.

NAGANO, Japan (A P)-- Ilya Kulik has one.
Elvis Stojko almost had two. Even the 17-year-
old Russian upstart, Alexei Yagudin, has it. And
Todd Eldredge? That depends.
In men's skating, the quad is the latest rage.
That's quad as in quadruple jump. As in, launch
yourself into the air, turn around four times and
land on a blade that's no thicker than a spaghet-
ti strand.
It just might be the make-or-break move of
the Nagano Games for the men, who start com-
petition tomorrow with the short program. Land
it, then don't screw up anything else, and a
medal is yours. Fall, and you can plan on going
home empty-handed.
Don't even bother trying it, and, well ... no
one's quite sure about that yet.
"It all depends on what the other guys are
doing," said Stojko, a three-time world champi-
on. "If everybody misses the quad, does it real-
ly matter?"
Despite all the fuss, the quad isn't anything
new. Four-time world champion Kurt Browning
landed the first - a quadruple toe loop -in
1988, and at least a dozen skaters have officially
done it in competition since then. No American
has ever landed it, though Michael Weiss came
close at the past two national championships.
The quad's been around for so long that some
skaters are now doing it in combination, tacking
on a double or triple jump after their landing.

Stojko even toyed with the idea of doing two
quads during his free skate, but not in combina-
tion.
But until a few years ago, the quad was still a
pretty rare thing.
Getting the lift and power necessary to turn
four times in the air isn't easy, and only one or
two of the top skaters could land it on a regular
basis. Those who couldn't didn't even bother
trying.
Now everyone who's anyone is doing it. If
they don't, they'd better have a good reason.
"It's very important," said Kulik, the silver
medalist at the 1996 world championships. "All
the guys are quite tough, so I think it's neces-
sary.
"The top five or six skaters are nearly the
same," agreed Alexei Mischin, Yagudin's
coach. "Who needs the quad'? Not the skater.
The judges need the quad to compare one to the
other."
But not everyone agrees.
"You have to have the whole package," said
Eldredge, who's tried the quad just once in com-
petition.
He landed on one foot at the U.S. champi-
onships last month, but couldn't hold onto it and
toppled over.
"If you do all the triples and a quad, and don't
have the artistry, the program is lacking some-
where," he said. "It's more a question of

) 7Nagano 1998
:: medal count

Nation
Germany
Russia
Finland
Norway
U. S.

G S B Total

1 2 3
3 2 0
2 1 1
0 1 3
1 0 0

6
5
4
4

1

whether another triple axel is more important
than doing the quad. If you do two triple axels
and eight triples and all the spins and you have
all that, I still think the quad is more of a bonus
factor."
Of the top six men, four will go for that bonus
factor. Stojko decided against trying a quadru-
ple salchow, but he'll have a quad-triple combi-
nation.
Yagudin, the European champ, will, too.
Kulik will do the quad on its own, but his jump
is so huge he looks like he could throw in anoth-
er turn.
Weiss will try a quadruple lutz, a jump no
one's ever landed and no one else even tries.

AP PHO
Elvis Stojko demonstrates the latest rage in figure skating,
the quadruple jump.

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