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Scoreboard.
WOMEN'S NCAA Midwest Region
BASKETBALL (H) PURDUE 77,
Mideast Region (12) Colorado St. 63
(1) TENNESSEE 8, (3) LOUISIANA TECH
Western Kentucky 68 (6) Clemson 52
(3) LLNOS 69, West Region
(11) San', a' ,ra 65 (2) DUKE 69,
(H HM TUEH(10) Eouisville 53
(7) HO H, T ST{ , :

(3) Florida 89T
(11) Virginia Tec
(16) Harvard at
(9) ARKANSAS, it
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BASKETBALL
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Tracking 'M' teams
After a dominant victory at the Big Ten Champion
three weeks ago, the Michigan women's swimmin
team will travel to Minneapolis for the NCAA
Championships on Thursday.
Tuesday
March 17, 1998

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Bletennms coach
By Mark Francescutti
Baiiy siwnis S wre
When members of the Michigan men's tennis team look at their coach,
Brian ti"er, few understand that the number of years he has coached eguals
almos I Ece their age. In their Michigan careers, they may see 50 or 60 wins
as a tea~m.
ILIsi week Eisner had seen only 499.
With a weekend win over Idaho at the Boise State Invitational, Michigan
men's tennis coach Brian Eisner reached a plateau that only 19 other coach-
es have in the 100-plus year history of NCAA tennis 500 wins.
The statistics tell no lie about the greatness Eisner achieved. Now 12th
among active coaches, he has a record of 501-217-1 in 35 years of coaching.
Eisner's squads have won 18 Big Ten titles - including 14 consecutive titles
between 1 970-83.
Eisner, however, didn't even know about the record,
"I didn't even realize it," Eisner said. "I guess it means I have been around
for a long time. I enjoy what Im doing, and it's just a lot of fun."
Victory No. 500 came when the Wolverines easily dispatched Idaho, 5-2,
in the first round at the Boise Racket and Swim Club.
A Virginia Tech win over Indiana State then brought the 52nd-ranked
Wolverines their toughest opponent of the season - the 19th-ranked Hokies.
The Virginia Tech match turned out to be full of emotion for the
Wolverines, especially Miki Pusztai.
Pusztai spent three seasons at Virginia ech before transferring to
Michigan last year. Moving up to No. I doubles with Arvid Swan, the duo
came out firi hng. cruising to a first-match win over the nationally ranked dou-
bles duo of Aaron and Adam Marchetti.
"It was important for (Pusztai) to perform well hecause he spent several
years there," Eisner said. "We played .sonderful doubles. (Tile victory) car-
ried over on the other players."
Pusztai's teammates were fired up, leading to wins in two out of three dou-
bles matches, earning the crucial doubles pomit.
"In a nutshell, the team wanted it for Miki really bad," sophomore Matt
Wright said. "We all rallied around him."
Winning the doubles point meant that the Wolverines only needed to win
three of six singles matches for the victory. But the 13th-ranked player in the
nation, Virginia Tech's Aaron Marchetti, had other ideas.
What could have been a match-tying wiln for the Hokies turned sour when
Michigan's David Paradzik shocked Marchetti with a dominating 6-2, 6-2
win.
Michigan was then able to squeak out two more singles wins to give Eisner
victory No. 501, 4-3.
Host team Boise State had cruised past its first opponent but suddenly ran
into trouble early in the second match against Michigan State.
The I8th-ranked Broncos came out fliit against the unranked, unseeded
Michigan State and the Spartans took the advantage by winning the doubles
point.
But Boise State and its singles players returned to life and dispatched the
Spartans, setting the stage for the final match of the tournament against the
Wolverines.
After the early scare against MSU, the Broncos made sure they didn't
stumble again, as they shut down Michigan and earned the doubles point.
"They came out and played great doubles, and we didn't get off to as fast
a stan as in the Virginia Tech match," Eisner said. "We tried to play with the
same intensity and energy level, but we weren't qite as sharp."
The Wolverines marched back with come-from-behind wins by Swan and
Wright, but it was too little too late, and they fell to their third loss
See EISNER, Page 12

WHAT WENT

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Louis Bullock's poor
shooting was the
most glaring of
Michigan's-problems
in its 85-82 loss to
UCLA on Sunday,
but it wasn't the
only one.
Some others:
* Robert Traylor
and Maceo Baston
spent much of the
second half in foul
trouble, allowing the
Bruins to pound-the
ball inside on
Michigan for easy
shots.
* Travis Conlan,
after a terrific
weekend in Chicago
during the Big Ten
Tournament, had a
subpar game against
UCLA. He did have
four assists, but also
turned the ball over
four times and
missed his only two
shots from the field.
UCLA had a
great day from the
floor, shooting 55
percent. The
Wolverines made
less than 41 percent
of their field goal
attempts.
* Brandon Smith
didn't play, and Josh
Asselin played less
than a minute after
both had strong
weekends in
Chicago.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Louis Bullock struggled in Michigan's season-ending loss to UCLA on Sunday, shooting 7-for-27 from the field, including 2-for.
14 from behind the 3-point line.

Bullock stepped up to take the blame -
after nobody else would in the game

T he Michigan basketball season came to an
abrupt end on Sunday in an 85-82 loss to
UCLA, and the loss would probably be a
great deal easier to stomach
had it not come on the heels
of seven consecutive wins in
which the Wolverines looked
like world-beaters. So what
happened? How did .
Michigan go from one of the
hottest teams in the country
to one that was unceremoni- JIM
ously eliminated in a matter ROSE
of days'? Rose
It would be easy to just Beef
say that Louis Bullock didn't
shoot well, so Michigan lost,
and that's the end of it. End of story, end of sea-
son. And there's a great deal of truth to that, too
- but there's also more to Michigan's loss than
Bullock's off-afternoon. And to place the blame

solely on his shoulders is unfair - unfair to him,
and unfair to the rest of the team as well.
Everyone talks about Bullock's 2-for-14 perfor-
mance from 3-point range, but here's the truth: A
team with three NBA Draft picks on its frontline
shouldn't be doomed to defeat just because its best
shooter can't find his stroke. In fact, just one short
week ago, Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament
despite a subpar performance from Bullock in the
championship game against Purdue. On that after-
noon, Bullock had only 10 points and hit just a
single 3-pointer, but it didn't matter - Michigan
didn't fold up and go home simply because its
best shooter couldn't score. Instead, the
Wolverines dug in and played defense and won the
game anyway.
In Atlanta, however, two of Michigan's greatest
fears came true: Bullock had an off-game and
Michigan's big men got into foul trouble. More to
the point, Robert Traylor got in foul trouble
(Maceo Baston did, too, but that happens every

game). And while Traylor managed to last the
entire game without fouling out, he was forced to
take it easy on defense. That, combined with
Bullock's shooting woes, did the Wolverines in.
And give the Bruins credit - they guessed that
if they could get Traylor in foul trouble, they'd get
easy shots against Michigan, and they were right.
UCLA shot 55 percent for the game, largely
because Michigan's interior defense had to be
extra cautious for much of the second half.
It's also worth noting that Bullock, for all his +
heroics and all his amazing shooting performances
this season, isn't the only guard Michigan has, nor
the only 3-point shooter. In fact, Robbie Reid was
magnificent from long range, connecting on 6 of8
attempts behind the are - but it didn't matter.
Most of Reid's shooting came in the first half, and
though it kept Michigan in the game early, it was-
n't enough to put the Wolverines over the hump.
It might have been enough, though, if the
See ROSE, Page 12

FILE PHOTO
Dave Paradzik, who played number one singles, led the Wolverines to two wins in
three tries at the Boise State Invitational this past weekend.
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