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MEN'S
'COLLEGE
ASKETBALL
j ANSAS 83,
Zhorna 70
M TA H at
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S6 CONN. 77,
Providence 68

W. MICHIGAN 80
Northern III. 71,
WOMEN'S
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
(16) FLA. INTL 113,
Central Florida 59
OHIO 89,
Akron 82

PRO BASKETBALL
CHICAGO 97,
Cleveland 75
DETROIT 111,
Sacramento, 85
Charlotte 118,
DENVER 98
Seattle 101,
LA. CLIPPERS 100

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Tracking 'M' teams
The Michigan men's basketball team faces Penn State
Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center, where
they are 10-1 this season and are coming off a big
victory over No. 11 Purdue at home on Saturday.
Tuesday
February 24, 1998

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CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
Jennie Eberwein uses new methods to find old success
yTJ. Berka workload during her first two years at Michigan, Eberwein
y Sports Water changed to a training regimen with more emphasis on mid-
Swimming is a team sport. And while having a few super- dle-distance swims, such as the 200 free.
ar swimmers looks good on the outside, the key to a chain- "We decided this fall not to sprint-train her," Richardson
F onship swimming program is a team concept. said. "We decided to train her more on the middle-distance
. That said, championships can be won by individuals who and even some distance events. The thing with this type of
amprove their performances when they count the most. For training is that you lose some speed."
the Michigan women's swimming and diving team at the Big Eberwein felt the effects during the dual-meet season. She
in Championships this past weekend, Jennie Eberwein was had trouble finding her groove and didn't put up an NCAA
that individual, qualifying time at any meet.
The junior from Germantown, Penn., captured the "What most people don't realize is that her 200 times were
Swimmer of the Meet award in Bloomington this weekend. faster than they had ever been this year - I mean signifi-
as she won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races and finished cantly faster- and that's what we wanted to do," Richardson
tied for the top spot in the 50 free with Indiana freshman sen- said. "Her 50 frees were not exceptional and her 100 frees
sation Jennifer Cristy. were not exceptional, but when you jump from that distance,
"When Jennie gets into a zone, stay out of her way," what she did was exceptional."
Michigan coach Jim Richardson said. "All of her swims this While radical changes have the potential to disillusion an
weekend were exceptional - they were all lifetime-best per- athlete, Eberwein never challenged her coach's judgment.
formances. It was fun to watch her have a great meet." "I was fine with the change," Eberwein said. "I wanted to
And boy, did she have a great meet. try something new. I wanted to have a third event and I always
To the untrained swimming observer, Eberwein's perfor- want to take Coach Richardson's advice."
mance would come as a shock, -- she struggled during the That advice, its wisdom not immediately apparent, proved
regular season - but Eberwein tends to save her best for to be right on the money at the Big Ten meet, when
when it counts the most. Eberwein's increased stamina helped her run away with the
"I wasn't really surprised with how I swam,? Eberwein 100 and 200. She bettered her 100 free time by a half-second
said. "During my whole life I haven't swam well during the and her best time in the 200 by 2.5 seconds.
F season, because I devote it to my training workload." "If I was a scientist, I would say that the experiment looks
While Eberwein works hard during the season, this season promising" Richardson said.
was a little harder than usual. Devoted to a sprint-heavy See EBERWEIN, Page 10

LOWs BROWN/Dal

Jennie Eberwein found herself overshadowed by her teammates during the regular season. But at the Big Ten
Championships, it was her turn to shine. The junior broke her personal bests in three events.

Knight
slooks for
questions
itfter loss
y James Goldstein
and Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writers
y People are still talking about the
close-to-perfection performance the
Michigan basketball team showcased
Sunday against Indiana - and about
fiidiana coach Bobby Knight's enter-
ftining-as-usual post-game comments
Qn the disaster.
*-Knight's entrance to the press confer-
ence room Sunday was announced three
times - and three times he didn't appear.
A roomful of anxious media waited
patiently for the General following his
team's bewildering 112-64 loss to No. 21
Michigan.
And his entrance
didn't disappoint. Basketball
Entering through Notebook
an auxiliary door
inused by every ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
her person in the room, Knight, who
had suffered his second-worst defeat of
his. 33-year career as Indiana coach,
requested that "somebody come up with
a. really good question."
All the while, Knight remained stand-
ing, much to the chagrin of a television
reporter who asked him to sit for the
caflras.
_Nichigan's clear domination of the
osiers left Knight reluctant to talk to
q media, but a Detroit reporter took a
chepce asking how Michigan played
Sunday.
Knight responded in kind.
"How do you think they played?"
Knight asked.
The reporter said Michigan was

'M' boys of summer return
from not-so-sunny opening

By Chris Duprey
Dally Sports Wnter
The Michigan baseball team left its
three-game series with Baylor the
same way it arrived - still searching
for that elusive first victory.
The Wolverines had a large task at
hand from the start. The Bears owned
the advantage of playing nine games
before Michigan set foot on the field,
not to mention they were riding a six-
game winning streak.
"We were kind of anxious hitting
this weekend," Michigan outfielder
Jason Alcaraz said. "We should've
been more selective."
The highlight of the weekend was a
7-7 tie, salvaged by the Wolverines in
the nightcap of Sunday's doublehead-
er.
Michigan jumped out to a 1-0 lead
thanks to an unearned run in the sec-
ond. The Wolverines stretched their
lead to 3-0 on a pair of doubles by
Mike Cervenak and Brian Bush, along
with an RBI single by Bryan Besco.
Baylor tightened Michigan's lead to
3-2 with a pair of single runs in the
fifth and sixth innings, knocking
Michigan starting pitcher Bryan
Cranson out of the box.
But then the Wolverines' bats began
to boom. Kevin Quinn reached base
on a bunt single and moved to second
on Cervenak's groundout. Then
Alcaraz poked a single to right field,
scoring Quinn. Derek Besco cleared
the basepaths with a mammoth home

run, and Michigan appeared to be in
control with a 6-2 lead.
But Michigan relief pitcher Vince
Pistilli was unsuccessful in setting
down the Baylor side in the seventh.
Charlev Carter's two-out double drove
in two runs, convincing Michigan
coach Geoff Zahn to summon his
closer, Tyler Steketee, to put out the
fire.
Baylor's Jason Jennings greeted
Steketee with an
RBI single, cut- -'
ting Michigan's 2]M
lead to 6-5. Eric
Nelson's solo,
home run in the
eighth, his second
of the season, tied
the game at six.
It looked as if
the Wolverines j
would pull the Steinbach
game out in the
late innings. They
scrounged up a two-out run to take the
lead, 7-6, thanks to a Derek Besco
double that brought in Alcaraz.
As thunderstorms began setting in,
Steketee took to the mound in the
ninth inning, looking to save the sea-
son's first victory for the Wolverines.
Steketee struck out the side, but not as
quickly as he would have liked.
Carter, Michigan's nemesis, jacked up
a long ball with one out to tie the
game at seven, blowing a save oppor-
tunity for Steketee.

And that was where it would end.
The game was canceled due to the
inclement weather, and the
Wolverines' quest for their first victo-
ry was postponed along with it. There-
are no plans to finish the contest,
which was declared a tie.
The first game of Saturday's dou-
bleheader was nothing short of forget-
table. Michigan took itself right out of
a close game by allowing eight runs in
the seventh inning and five in the
eighth, losing 17-6. The damage was
mostly done against Michigan reliever
Mike Hribernik, who gave up seven
runs, all earned, in his less than three
innings of work.
In Friday's game, the Wolverines'
starting pitching gave them a chance,
but middle relief was their downfall
and they lost, 7-5. Baylor pitcher Kip
Wells stymied Michigan for seven
innings, allowing just four runs while
striking out 10.
"I-e changed speeds a lot." Alcaraz
said. "Toward the third and fourth at-
bats, he was throwing a lot of change-
ups and sliders"
Brian Steinbach took the mound on
opening day and went for five strong
innings, scattering seven hits and yield-
ing only three runs.
Michigan scored three in the top of
the sixth to take a 4-3 lead before
Steinbach departed. Derek Besco led off
with a walk, and one out later, captain
Brian Kalczynski also earned a base on
See BEARS, Page 10

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Jerod Ward and the rest of the Wolverines had a record-setting outing against
Indiana on Sunday. Michigan finished with a school-record 15 3-pointers.

"awesome."
That wxas enough fuel for Knight to
make a sarcastic response.
"Well, I know a hell of a lot more than
you do, so you could imagine how I
thought they played? Knight said.
The clamps also came down on the
Indiana players after the game. Repeated
attempts to speak with the Hoosiers were
denied, as the defeated Hoosiers hurried
to their bus soon after dressing.
But it appeared that they were just fol-
low ing their coach's lead.
Louis Bullock's attempt to shake
Knight's hand after the game was

ignored.
QUICK HEALER: Two weeks after
injuring his foot at Minnesota, Maceo
Baston appears primed for a return. Last
week proved beneficial to his recovery
process. Last Wednesday, his foot was
examined, and his cast was removed two
days later.
After a workout yesterday, Baston
walked out of the Michigan lockerroom
with no crutches, and no obvious limp.
"It's not really sore," Baston said. "I'm
just making sure I don't reinjure it"
Baston said he has been exercising on
See HOOPS, Page 10

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