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*VEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(3) CONNECTICUT 95,
5Hartford 58
(13) INDIANA 62,
(21) Utah 59
(18) SYRACUSE 58,
Michigan 46
(22) TENNESSEE 85;
Chattanooga 74

(24) Clemson 72,
CHAMINADE 60
WOMEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(9) Old Dominion at
(8) N.C. STATE, Inc.
(10) NOTRE DAME 101,
(23) Illinois 92
(12) Rutgers 66,
Texas 59

(14) ARKANSAS 75,
Baylor 64
(17) FLORIDA85,
Miami, Fla. 69
(19) VIRGINIA 99,
Vir. Commonwealth 57
(22) IOWA STATE 79,
Creighton 60

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Tracking 'M' vacations
Sure, go ahead and enjoy your turkey in the cold. The
Michigan women's basketball team will join the men's
squad and the football team by spending its break in
warm weather, at the Torneo Cancun de Basquetbol.

Wednesday
November 25, 1998

9

Orange crushes Wolverines in Maui, 58-46

By Sharat RaJu
IDaily Sports Editor
LAHAINA, Hawai'i - It was Louis Bullock who
was in the zone in the first game of the Maui
Invitational on Monday, but it was the zone that quieted
him and the Michigan basketball team against No. 18
Syracuse (2-0) yesterday.
Bullock and Wolverines (2-3) were shut down by the
Orangemen's stringent defense, 58-46, in the sultry heat
of the Lahaina Civic Center.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim "does an excellent job
coaching the zone," Bullock said. "He's been to an
NCAA final with that zone. Especially in a hot gym
like that, I wasn't surprised to see the zone.
"They played excellent defense. I didn't get that
many open looks."
Even more surprising than the zone defense was see-
ing Michigan's sharpshooters misfire. After racking up
* points against Clemson in the first game of the tour-
nament, Bullock was held scoreless in the first half
against Syracuse. He finished with only seven points on
2-of-12 shooting and only l-of-4 from 3-point land.
Along with Bullock, Robbie Reid - the other half
of Michigan's bomb squad - was kept quiet with five

points on 2-of-10 shooting.
"If you would have said we would've held Bullock
and Reid to 12 points, I would've said we won by 50,"
Boehiem said. "Our defense was tremendous. We just
did a good job on those two guards."
Despite Michigan's shooting woes, the Wolverines
were very much in the game. In fact, they trailed by just
one point, 22-21, at halftime. But an 8-2 run to start the
second half set the tone for Syracuse. Michigan was
forced to play catch-up for the rest of the half.
"It was a close game," Bullock said. "Both teams
were fighting."
With 10:37 left to play in the game, Bullock threw a
sensational lob pass to sophomore forward Brandon
Smith who had snuck behind the zone defense and
threw down a two-handed alley-oop. At that point, with
the largely pro-Michigan crowed in a frenzy and the
Wolverines trailing by four points.
But that was the closest the Wolverines would get.
Syracuse took advantage of frontcourt powerhouse
Etan Thomas, who grabbed nine rebounds and scored
17 points down in the paint.
"Etan Thomas is a load inside," Michigan coach
Brian Ellerbe said. "He's .; good a man inside as we'll

play all season."
Thomas was also able to take advantage of a some-
what depleted frontcourt. Michigan power forward Josh
Asselin left the game in the middle of the second half
after his right hand, already heavily taped, was inadver-
tently hit by an Orangeman. Asselin said that it aggra-
vated an already tender "pulled ligament" on his thumb.
With Asselin gone, Thomas was free to abuse
Michigan inside. And when it wasn't him inside, it was
speedy guard Jason Hart from the backcourt. Although
he airballed a 3-pointer early - the fans made sure he
didn't forget it, either - he finished with 20 points.
"I didn't pay much attention to the boos," Hart said.
"I just tried to stay focused and help my team win."
While the two regular threats for Michigan were
taken out of their games, freshman Leon Jones was tor-
rid off the bench. He was 5-for-10 and led the
Wolverines with 13 points, including two 3-pointers.
Asselin, who played just 24 minutes because of the
injury, was second with 10 points.
"They're defense was pretty good," Ellerbe said.
"But I think our shot selection was over-zealous.
Michigan plays Utah tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the third-
place game.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Michigan guard Louis Bullock was held to just seven points as the Wolverines fell
to Syracuse, 5846, in the second round of the Maul Invitational last night.

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trip for Michigan

LAHAINA, HAWAVI'--- What
can Lloyd Carr possibly be
telling his players right now?
The Wolverines need to be ready
and focused for this weekend's
game ... why?
In case you haven't heard, Michigan
is favored for Saturday's luau here in
the 50th state by more than 40 points.
And while safe money says that the
Wolverines need two or three weeks to
score 40 points, it's become apparent
after recent games that Hawai'i's foot-
ball team could not beat an egg.
Recently, the Rainbow Warriors
have:
1) Switched
their name from
"Rainbows"
because they
wanted a
tougher reputa-
tion;
2) Learned JIM
that it takes ROSE
more than a Rose
name-change to Beef
win a football
game; and
3) Learned that "Rainbow
Warriors" is still a hilariously wimpy
nickname.
The Multicolored Fighters have yet
to win a game this season, despite fac-
ing inept Western Athletic Conference
teams and Northwestern.
Now, in a shrewd move, Hawai'i
has added defending national champ
Michigan to the slate, thinking per-
haps that Ann Arbor's inclement
November weather would lead to a
snowed-in team and a potential forfeit.
But barring any last-second bliz-

zards, the Wolverines will in fact leave
for Honolulu tomorrow, and they will
in fact arrive at the field sometime
before kickoff on Saturday. But even if
they're a little late., they shouldn't have
any trouble winning.
In the meantime, Carr's weekly, I-
don't-think-there's-any-question-that-
this-is-the-best-team-we'll-face-all-
year routine can't be working all that
well, not even on the Detroit media.
Or on his players, for that matter.
Rumor has it that Jon Jansen was
spotted in a brightly colored, flowered
shirt on Monday.
Ready to get out of the continental
United States, senior co-captain
Jansen? Or do you just know what
everyone else knows about this
Hawai'i football team?
Here on the island of Maui,
between trips to the beach and the
occasional basketball game, it's hard
to comprehend that the Michigan foot-
ball team - wherever it is - is actu-
ally getting ready to play a game. It
seems much more like a little pre-
bowl scrimmage.
Because after the Buckeyes perfect-
ed their Notre Dame and Syracuse
impressions last weekend, it's hard to
see exactly what the meaning is for
Michigan's season at this point. The
Big Ten race is over, and the bowl pic-
ture is pretty much set. So this late-
season trip to Hawai'i seems to be lit-
tie more than a lighthearted sightsee-
ing trip with football game squeezed
in there somewhere.
Or is that just the way the reporters
feel?
- Jim Rose can be reached via e-mail
atjwrose@umich.edu.

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
LAHAINA, HAWAI'I - For the
majority of Michigan football fans -
those who spent in excess of $100 to
see Ohio State dismantle the
Wolverines and those who held
Pasadena dreams close to their hearts
- Saturday's game will be cleansing.
No, Michigan will not spend vast
amounts of time psyching itself up for
its opponent. Instead, the vast expendi-
ture will come from the Athletic
Department's deep pockets and the
booty will be a trip to Hawaii for a 9:45
p.m. kickoff.
So while the campus in Ann Arbor
readies itself for Turkey Day, the
Wolverines will be soaring over the
Pacific Ocean wondering why two 18-
hour trips - one each way - are nec-
essary after the regular season is over.
Consider the circumsiances:
1. Michigan has concluded its Big
Ten season.
When the Wolverines rolled through
their first seven conference games, few
questioned the purpose. The goal, as it
always is at Michigan, was to gain the
Big Ten's spot in the Rose Bowl and
secure bragging rights. But following
the 31-16 shellacking of the defending
national champs, the most entertaining
option is ...
2. The Citrus Bowl, where the
Wolverines will find themselves on
New Year's Day, fighting to avoid
another four-loss season.
Upon further review, the Citrus Bowl
may be Michigan's most appropriate
venue. The Disney-invested bowl is
based in Orlando and, with a month to
prepare for the lure of Disney World

and a week in the sun, a Mickey Mouse
operation may appear sooner than
expected.
Hawai'i is bad. Really bad.
The Rainbows have lost 17 games in
a row and come into the Michigan
game at an embarrassing 0-10. Last
Saturday, on the their home field,
Northwestern throttled them after the
game was close in the first few min-
utes. If Northwestern can ring up 47
points, something has to be working.
Some credit is due the Warriors,
however.
They compete in the Western
Athletic Conference with schools like
Pacific and Brigham Young (i.e. those
on the mainland). Their travel schedule
- much like Alaska-Fairbanks in
hockey - takes a toll on those partici-
pating.
And that may be the biggest thing
the Rainbows have going for them. A
Michigan team that traveled all day on
Thanksgiving only to plan a return trip
on Sunday could be sluggish and jet
lagged.
But the odds - 40 1/2 points in
Michigan's favor - say Michigan will
come ready to play. A crushing defeat
like last week's will probably release
pent-up energy, the sun will most likely
provide a welcome relief. The turf of
Aloha Stadium should play right into
the hands and feet of Michigan's skill
players, itching to break open huge
runs and long passes.
In Ann Arbor, it is freezing cold, on
the verge of snow and depressingly
football-free.
In Hawai'i, it is 85 degrees with per-
fect sun and surf, with much less focus
on the gridiron and more on the beach.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
After a tough loss at Ohio State, Michigan quarterback Tom Brady and the rest of
the Wolverines should be looking forward to their matchup with Hawai'i. The
Fighting Rainbows have lost 17 games in a row and are 0-10 this season.

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Cancun tournament beckons 'M' women Cagers

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JOIN THE MOST PROMISING
PROFESSION OF THE 21ST CENTURY

Jo*h Sorkim
M Ily Sports Writer
This Thanksgiving, the Michigan
women's basketball team will have
the option of replacing its traditional
turkey and stuffing with tacos and
rice.
Michigan heads south for the
warmwaters of the Gulf of Mexico
and the hardwood of the Torneo
Cancun de Basquetbol in Cancun,
Mexico.
The Wolverines have won two in a
row, and have started to look as
Thought they can fill the void left by
the- graduation of center Pollyanna
Johns.
The Wolverines are the favorite to

walk away with the tournament
championship.
All of the opponents that Michigan
could possibly face posted sub-.500
records a season ago.
Under coach Sue Guevara's guid-
ance, Michigan is 8-3 in tournament
play dating back to the 1996-97 sea-
son. Michigan has played in five re'-
ular-season tournaments va
Guevara, winning two and finishing
second in two more.
The Wolverines open the tourna-
ment with a 5:30 p.m. Eastern time
tip-off against Coppin State on
Friday.
The 7:30 p.m. match-up will fea-
ture Alabama-Birmingham and

Oklahoma.
The winners of those two games
meet in the championship game at
7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The two losing
teams will play prior to that at 5:30
p.m.
The tournament is being organized
by Sports Tours International, Inc., a
Milwaukee-based company. In addi-
tion to . the Torneo Cancun de
Basquetbol, Sports Tours
International is conducting an addi-
tional three-team tournament in

Cancun.
That tournament features Southern
Cal, Old Dominion and Southwest
Missouri State. All three teams play
each other Nov. 27-29.
Michigan has faced one of the
three teams that will play in Cancun,
having lost to Oklahoma in 1993.
The Sooners have been unsuccessful
in NCAA play the past two years.
"We have prepared for the upcom-
ing opponents and we are confident
that we will be able to play our style

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