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MEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(3) North Carolina 72,
Wake Forest 53
(11) S. Carolina 78,
Georgia 76
(23) Illinois 82,
INDIANA 72
*obby Knight: 3 technical
fouls, ejected

St. John's 67,
(22) Syracuse 65
Rhode Island 69,
(24) Xavier 68
(25) Maryland 74,
Virginia 66
WOMEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(2) Connecticut 75,
Villanova 71

(24) Iowa State 88,
Baylor 73
NBA
BASKETBALL
Washington 124,
Houston 112
New Jersey 110,
Vancouver 101
Golden State 87,
New York 82

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Tracking 'M' teams
With the women's basketbal regular season finishing
this past weekend, it's time for postseason play. The
festivities get underway this weekend in the hoops
hotbed of Indianapolis at the Big Ten Tournament.
Wednesday 0
February 25, 1998

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LISICKY

Vs.

BULLOCK

Matchup of Big
Ten marksmen
takes center stage

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
While they differ off the court, on the
court their games couldn't be more sim-
ilar.
Michigan junior guard Louis Bullock
rarely misses ESPN SportsCenter with

the twine.
"Unlimited," said Penn State coach
Jerry Dunn about the duo's shooting
range. "Those guys can pull up off the
dribble on any place on the floor and it
has a pretty good chance of going in. I
don't think you could give either one a
---. good look at the basket
sae from any place on the
s Penn floor.

anchors Kenny Mayne and
Dan Patrick, while Penn
State senior guard Pete
Lisicky often watches
Shaggy on Scooby Doo.
Lisicky has seven sib-
lings - four brothers and
three sisters. Bullock has
just one older sister.
Bullock enjoys video
games whenever he gets a
chance to play. Collecting
sports cards and model

Tonight's gat
Who: Michigan'

Where: PryceJordan Center
When: 8 p~rm.
Notabyles: Both teas
continue to viCcr seedings in
the Big Ten tournament that
begins Mar. 5 in Chicago.'
Michigan is a half-game ahead
of Indiana in fourth place.
Penn State is tied for sixth
place with Iowa.

Sweet Lou vs. Pistol
Pete.
Although the inside duel
between Robert Traylor
and Calvin Booth will be a
focus in the paint, the
intriguing matchup to
watch in Michigan's game
tonight against Penn State
is behind the 3-point arc -

rockets are among Lisicky's hobbies,
according to the Penn State media guide.
But there is one thing that brings the
two shooting guards together. Just ask
any of the opponents who have guarded
them.
They can shoot the rock - especially
from beyond the long distance line. They
can knock down the 3-pointer. But don't
think the painted 3-point arc is the limit
of their range. They can take one step
back - and another - and still tickle

where Bullock and Lisicky make their
presence felt.
One key for No. 21 Michigan (9-5 Big
Ten, 19-8 overall) is to contain Lisicky,
just as Penn State's task is to keep two
eyes on Bullock. For Penn State (7-7, 14-
10), one deciding factor in the game
could be how well the Nittany Lions
keep Bullock from exploding from tri-
fecta-land.
The two shooting guards, who have
See SHOOTERS, Page 10

The Daly Collegian
Pete Lisicky, well-known for his proficiency in H-0-R-S-E and other contests of shoot-
g skill, will probably be attempting more conventional shots against Michigan.

SARA STILLMAN/UDMY
Louis Bullock will have an opponent of similar caliber - Penn State's Pete Lisicky
- to measure himself against tonight In Happy Valley.

Lisicky
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 195 pounds
3-pointers made: 116
3-pointers attempted: 288
3-point field goal percentage: 40.3

Louis Bullock and Pete Lisicky were born before the NCAA's adoption of the 3-
point line. And yet, it appears to be a rule designed just for them. Tonight, the
duo squares off at the Bryce Jordan Center. Citing this sharpshooting matchup,
the Daily presents...
The Tale
o the Tape

Bullock
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
3-pointers made: 72
3-pointers attrempted: 155
3-point field goal percentage: 4605

' icers displeased with
:mediocrity' after State losses

I

By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
Outside of the lockerroom after
Saturday's 4-1 loss to Michigan
State, Bill Muckalt stared blankly
ahead as he answered questions
about Michigan's two losses this past
weekend.
"You can't really pinpoint one
ing," Muckalt explained. "It was
st a whole bunch of mediocrity."
And that's exactly what this week-
end was - mediocre.
ID the biggest two games of the
--------------- season so far for
both teams, the
Hockey Woiyerines
. , Wolverines
Commentary played two unin-
----------------- spired games
while the Spartans played their best
hockey of the season.
* With all the talk about the neutral-
zone trap and how the Wolverines
were going to break it, the showdown
between Michigan and Michigan
State came down to something far
simpler.
The Spartans came away with two
victories this weekend because they
outplayed the Wolverines.
Michigan coach Red Berenson is
fond of saying that a good team's
Sest players have to be its best play-
ers.
In fact, he said it again Saturday,
,but not about Muckalt, Matt Herr,

Bobby Hayes and Marty Turco.
This time, he was referring to the
Spartans' stars - Sean Berens,
Mike York and Chad Alban.
In Michigan State's two victories,
Berens and York combined for six
goals and four assists while Chad
Alban allowed just one goal each
night.
Meanwhile, Muckalt, Her, and
Hayes produced just two goals.
Michigan State was able to shut
down the Wolverines' top scorers,
but Michigan couldn't contain the
Spartans' big guns.
And that was the difference this
weekend.
While the Spartans certainly
deserve credit for playing strong
defense against Michigan's top lines,
it's giving the Spartans too much
credit to say that their defense was
entirely responsible for Michigan's
lack of offense.
Offensive stars always attract more
attention from opposing defenses,
but great players play well in big
games no matter what defense they
face.
With first place on the line, Berens
and York came up big, while
Michigan's stars struggled to gener-
ate offense.
"Sean Berens is the leading scorer
in the league and deservedly so,"
Michigan State coach Ron Mason

said. "The guy does it all for us and
so does York."
So it comes down to a simple for-
mula: If the Wolverines are going to
beat teams as talented as Michigan
State, they'll need their best players
to outplay their opponent's best
players.
And last weekend, it was the other
way around.
But it wasn't just the offensive
stars who played mediocre games.
Michigan's defense was atrocious
also.
On both nights, the Wolverines
defense gave up numerous odd-man
rushes and left Michigan State play-
ers alone in the slot on several occa-
sions.
Gregg Malicke and Turco did their
best to keep the puck out of the net,
but with little help from the defense,
the result was nine goals against
Michigan.
Looking ahead, the Wolverines
still have a lot to play for.
They remain just one point back in
the CCHA race with four games to
play, and they still have the CCHA
playoffs and the NCAA Tournament
ahead.
So, two ugly losses to the Spartans
are not the end of the world.
But if Michigan is going to do well
from this point forward, mediocre
play won't suffice.

Spartan woes
After Mi ch anState sw ept the
Wolverines this past weekend,
54 and 44,. the Michigan hock-
ey team fell to second place in
the CCHA. Here are a few rea-
sons why the Spartans handled
the Wolverines so easily.
Special teams: Not only did the
Spartans have more power-play
opportunities, but they also con-
verted more often. Michigan
State finished 4-for-9 with an
extra skater in the two games,
while Michigan went just 1-for-6.
Trapping Wolverines: The
Spartans used the neutral zone
trap, a defensive-oriented
offense, to frustrate Michigan.
Many hockey purists, including
MiAchigan coach Red Berenson,
feel the trap slows down the
game too ruch and is boring to
watch.

a.,.
MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Michigan's Geoff Koch and his teammates are hoping to rebound from two losses.

The U of M Men's
Volleyball Team
PLAYS BIG TEN RIVAL
Michigan State
Tod ay
at 7:30pmin the
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YOUR WOLVERINES

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