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MEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(2) STANFORD 86,
Southern Meth. 51
(7) TEMPLE 68,
Mississippi 52
UTAH STATE 72,
(12) Utah 64
(11) NO. CAR. 65,
Georgia 58

Cn tee. In CAPS
(16) PURDUE 83,
Gonzaga 68
(17) INDIANA 91,
UAB 54
St. John's 73
(23) MASS. 69
(24) TCU 74,
New Orleans 61

NHL HOCKEY
Detroit 6,
EDMONTON 2
WASHINGTON 4,
Toronto 1
PHOENIX 4,
Vancouver 2
ANAHEIM 3,
NY Rangers 1.

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Tracking IM' teams
The Michigan men's basketball team looks for its first
victory of the season tonight at Crisler Arena against
Detroit, a team it beat by just one point last season.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. Be there or be square.
Thursday
November 19, 1998

Women's hoops crushes

Titans

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
Many Detroit Mercy fans came out to
Crisler Arena to see their women's basketball
team take on Michigan last night. But the short
drive back to the Motor City probably seemed
a lot longer after the Titans suffered their first
defeat of the year, losing to the Wolverines, 96-
73.
But for the
Michigan n MIchgan 96
faithful, the
home opener j& Detroit Mercy 73
showed that
this basketball team is one worth coming back
for.
Freshman Raina Goodlow started things off
by scoring the game's first points, and the
Wolverines never looked back. Taking an early
7-0 lead, Michigan was not looking like the
inexperienced team it was thought to be at the
beginning of the season. There were signs of
the NCAA-quality team of last year.
Once again, the defense came out strong for

the Wolverines. Michigan was solid on the
boards, grabbing 42 rebounds. The team also
had 12 steals on the night.
The offense also appeared to be revived in
the game. The 55 points that the team scored in
the first half were more than it scored in the
entire game last weekend against Vanderbilt.
"Our offense came alive today,' coach Sue
Guevara said. "We were able to run the ball, we
had people that were able to score, and we had
good penetration - but we still haven't started
jelling yet."
That might have been true. Stacey Thomas
played the entire first half, but only played
seven minutes of the second and ended up
fouling out. But when she was on the floor, her
presence was noticed.
She dominated both ends of the court with
17 points and three rebounds in the first half.
Michigan was strong in the paint, converting 6-
of-10 shots before the half while holding
Detroit to a mere 30 percent from the floor. It
was this dominance that led to Michigan's 55-

30 lead at the end of the half.
Goodlow, Alison Miller and Katie Dykhouse
led the frontcourt attack, while Alayne Ingram
also produced on the offensive end.
The Wolverines were not without their
flaws. Their physical play once again resulted
in many fouls called, and they put the Titans in
the bonus early in the game.
Detroit was able to convert on those mis-
takes, hitting 12-of-13 from the charity stripe
in the first half.
These mistakes continued in the second half,
but the Wolverines were able to pull them-
selves together to maintain their 20-point lead.
"I thought in the second half we played well
for about three minutes," Guevara said. "The
first five minutes is always important, and we
started out with two turnovers and giving up
penetration. Thank goodness we were able to
get a stretch to take the lead back up to 26.,0
It was after a timeout was called that the
Wolverines regained their confidence and were
See TITANS, Page 14A

Michigan's Anne
Thorius scored
10 points in 39
minutes of play
last night as the
Wolverines
defeated Detroit
Mercy, 96-73.
WARREN ZINN/Daily

Katzenmoyer puts
fiasco in his past
Or does he? Diminshed stats raise questions

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
By now, everyone has heard the
jokes. Enough has been said about
Ohio State's stringent academic regi-
men; enough has been said about
Andy Katzenmoyer's golf game.
The truth of the matter is, once
those issues were dismissed back in
early September, they were effectively
rendered moot as far as football season
was concerned.
Or were they? Consider the fiasco
after the fiasco:
Last season, as a sophomore,
Katzenmoyer won the Butkus Award
as the nation's top linebacker. This sea-
son, he's not even among the three
finalists.
Last season, he led Ohio State's
defense in tackles. This season, three
different Buckeyes have more tackles
than Katzenmoyer, and after 10 games,
he's still looking for his third sack.
Did the events of the summer and
early fall take a toll on the linebacker
Sports Illustrated called "the key" to
Ohio State's season? Has Katzenmoyer
finally gotten serious in the classroom
- and soft on the field because of it?
Nobody really knows for sure, but
Katzenmoyer has, for the most part,
kept his mouth closed this fall. Ohio
State coach John Cooper said early in
the season that he didn't want to talk
about Katzenmoyer's grades, or Ohio
State's allegedly athlete-friendly facul-
ty. Instead, he said, he'd let his line-
backer's actions do the talking as the

season progressed.
And that's why people are asking
questions now.
But it's not as if the Buckeyes are
going through the motions on defense.
They surrender just 11.4 points per
game, and allow opponents to convert
on third down less than once every
four tries.
"They are very talented, and those
cornerbacks give them the opportunity
to blitz with their man-to-man play,'
Carr said. "Their safeties have the
ability to support the run and blitz.
They are a defense that is difficult to
move the ball on consistently."
Perhaps that's part of
Katzenmoyer's apparent lack of pro-
duction this season - with a defense
chock full of stars, it can be difficult to
stand out. Defensive back Antoine
Winfield - the guy who many said
was the best cornerback on the field in
last season's Michigan-Ohio State
game - and senior leader Damon
Moore, a strong safety, are two of the
most acclaimed defensive players in
the conference.
"They have a great defensive back-
field," Michigan receiver Tai Streets
said. "This will be the best secondary
we have seen all year."
If that weren't the case, even more
might be made of about
Katzenmoyer's deflated stats. But for
now, the junior linebacker is nothing
all that special - at least not in terms
of national awards.
Then again, he's still just a junior.
De-clawed
After being named Big Ten freshman of,
the year in 1996, Ohio State's Andy
Katzenmoyer's stats have fallen off. A
look at the Buckeye, whose sack total
on the year bears a striking resem-
blance to his grade-point average:
Year Tackles Sacks
1996 85 12
1997 97 2
1998* 59 2
*through 10 games

57 ---i Corner
?y Mayi Snyde
dall~dweathers,
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Daily Sports Edior
Last season, his teammates called
him "the other corner" in reference to
his permanent position in Charles
Woodson's shadow.
This season, Michigan cornerback
Andre Weathers has just shifted from
Woodson's shadow to the darkness.cast
by the rest of his defensive teammates.
This weekend against Ohio State,
Weathers and the secondary must con-
tend with double trouble - being slight-
ed in talent and by naysayers who adore
wideouts David Boston and Dee Miller.
But Weathers, unlike Woofstn,
would rather discuss his teammates*
exploits than his own.
"Our whole defense will be in tile
limelight this week," he said, attemptir%
to deflect the inevitable pressure from
such an important game. "As a sec-
ondary, we all have to cover well to con-
tai, these two.
xaIn the first quarter of last week's
game against Wisconsin, Weathers
broke the early-game tension on*
Wisconsin's second play from srim-
mage, picking off Mike Samuel.
Weathers' penchant for swarming to
the ball and wrapping up the ball carrier
- he has 35 tackles - placed him just
where he needed to be to snag the tipped
pass.
But that was against a team without
a passing game of any substance,
whereas this week All-America candi-
date Boston and speedster Miller will be
racing through Weathers' mind.
"No time off, you've got to wor
double-time this week," he said.
But, despite his three interceptions,
Weathers' ambitions aren't just focused .
l. 44 4 on shutting down the passing game. Just
like last year, he wants the whole
defense to win the game itself.
"One thing we want to do is score,"
he said. "We figure why should the
offense get all the fun in the end zone?"
Weathers has yet to reach the@
promised land this season, but last year,
it was his timing that proved to be cru-
cial to Michigan's 20-14 victory.
In the third quarter, he picked off
Stanley Jackson's ill-advised pass and
returned it 43 yards to give Michigan a
20-0 lead and seal the Big Ten title.
WARREN ZINN/DaisykWhat's that saying? Those who for-
ings this weekend, as they will have to get history are doomed to ...
Top recruit Hilbert
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By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
With the fall signing period just
more than one week old, Michigan hock-
ey coach Red Berenson has landed.one
of the top recruits in the nation.
Highly touted center Andy Hilbert,
of the Under-18 USA Hockey National
Team Development Program, signed a
letter of intent with the Wolverines yes-

"It's a great day for Michigan hock-
ey," Berenson said. "I think he's the best
player"in the country and I'm ecstatic
that he came to Michigan."
The 5-foot- 1I Hilbert has explosive
offensive talent, tallying 34 goals and 30
assists last season. His 24 points in 1998
rank him third in the United States
Hockey League.
"Andy will fit into Michigan's pro-
rn-ant ivprv well_" N4TDlP a1'istant coach

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