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14 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 20, 1999

Buckeyes, Redd dominate Purdue

COLUMBUS (AP) - Michael Redd had
the feeling he'd have a big game, while Purdue
coach Gene Keady had reason to expect the
worst.
Redd, fighting his way out of a shooting
slump, scored 19 of his 30 points in the first
half as Ohio State dominated early to beat No.
16 Purdue 72-43 last night.
"I told Scoonie (Penn) the other day I was
due for a good game," Redd said. "Tonight
was real important for my confidence."
It wasn't so good for Purdue's.
The defeat was Keady's worst ever to the
Buckeyes in his 18 years at Purdue, surpassing
an 18-point margin (86-68) in 1985. It was
also Ohio State's most lopsided victory over
the Boilermakers since a 92-62 win in 1961.
"I told the team, 'Are you happy now?' You
did it your way.' This is no Frank Sinatra deal.
This is basketball," Keady said. "I sensed
some attitudes that they were not buying into
the system.... We've got a lot of things to work
out."
The victory gave Ohio State a rare double
against teams from the state of Indiana. On
Jan. 9, the Buckeyes posted their biggest mar-
gin of victory over Indiana, 73-56.
Ohio State (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten) was coming
off back-to-back conference losses that had
dropped it out of the top 25. The Buckeyes
were No. 21 a week ago - their first appear-
ance in the rankings in six years - until los-
ing at home to then-No. 12 Iowa and at
Michigan.
Redd's 30 points were two under his career

high. He had hit just 9-of-28 shots from the
field in his last two games before making 14-
of-21 against the Boilermakers. He was 1-of-3
on 3-pointers after hitting 1-of-16 in his previ-
ous five Big Ten games.
"Michael was much more patient," Ohio
State coach Jim O'Brien said. "He's one of the
most difficult guys to guard inside the 3-point
line."
Ohio State, which improved to 10-1 at its
new Value City Arena, shot 56 percent from
the field while Purdue mustered just 17-of-53
from the field for 32 percent.
Redd's second bucket of the second half
gave him 23 points - one more than the
Boilermakers had at that point.
Greg McQuay had 12 points and Jaraan
Cornell 10 for Purdue (14-5, 2-3 Big Ten).
Brian Cardinal, averaging 10.4 points, hit his
only basket with 9:28 left and the
Boilermakers trailed 54-34.
It was Purdue's worst loss since a 106-65
beating at Indiana seven years ago.
"We need some leadership. Some of our
guys don't know how tough Division I basket-,
ball really is," Keady said. "We're not playing
with a lot of heart and a lot of teams are good
in the Big Ten."
A year ago, Purdue set a conference record
with 16 3-pointers in a 107-75 rout in
Columbus. This time, the Boilermakers
missed 14 of their 15 attempts from behind the
line.
The game was all but over by halftime, with
Ohio State rolling to a 42-22 lead.

Up 18-13, the Buckeyes ran off 17 of the
next 19 points. Ohio State hit 7-of-9 from the
field to the Boilermakers' I-of-9 during the
spurt, with Purdue adding seven turnovers in
the 7:40 span. Redd had six points and Penn
five to lead the way.
"The thing I want to point out in this terrif-
ic win is that I'm proud that our guys respond-
ed to a 'must-win'- an important game situ-
ation," O'Brien said. "Our guys stepped it up
and were great defensively. The thing that I
like best was that all week we stressed playing
hard and getting up on the other team."
While the Boilermakers were slogging their
way to 15 points in the first 15 minutes, Ohio
State were scoring at will on offense and also
picking up points off its press. Penn hit a 3-
pointer at the 4:45 mark and then stole the
inbounds pass and hit a layup - accounting
for five points in six seconds.
In the opening half, Ohio State shot 62 per-
cent (18-of-29) from the field to Purdue's 35
percent.
Purdue got as close as 46-28 in the second
half before Ohio State pulled away with anoth-
er spurt. The Boilermakers picked up just
three field goals during the next 10 1/2 min-
utes as Ohio State went on a 16-6 run for a 62-
34 lead.
The Boilermakers had won the last nine
meetings.
"We're not headed for the NCAA (tourna-
ment). We're not headed for the NIT," Keady
said. "We're headed for practice in the
spring."

AP PHOTO
Michael Redd had 30 points to lead the Buckeyes to a 72-43 victory over Purdue. Ohio State recovered
from their loss to the Wolverines this past Saturday.

Auburn tries to stay
undefeated at Rupp

Michigan battles two
top-25 ranked foes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - In
most years, Kentucky would have
every reason to be confident going
into tonight's game against Auburn.
This year, though, the sixth-ranked
Tigers are off to a 17-0 start, while
the No. 7 Wildcats look vulnerable,
having lost three of their last eight
games.
Led by junior college transfer
Chris Porter, who is averaging 16.8
points and 8.7 rebounds, Auburn has
breezed, winning all but one of its
games by double-digit margins.
The defending national champi-
ons, on the .other hand, have strug-
gled in recent weeks, losing consecu-
tive games to Duke and Louisville in
December, then losing at home last
week to Tennessee and struggling to
beat Mississippi 63-57 on Saturday.
Kentucky coach Tubby Smith
sounded envious yesterday as he
talked about the Tigers, who are
among the nation's statistical leaders
in scoring offense and defense.
"They're very athletic. They're
playing so well together as a team,"
Smith said. "When you're playing
with that confidence, it's tough to
beat anybody.",
Auburn has benefited from the sta-
bility of having had Porter, Bryant
Smith, Mamadou N'diaye, Scott
Pohlman and Doc Robinson start
every game. The Wildcats, on the
other hand, have routinely juggled
lineups a Smith has searched for the
right combination.
"We don't have that consistency
yet," Smith said.
Despite not having won at Rupp
Arena since 1988, Auburn coach
Cliff Ellis did not expect his team to
'be intimidated.
"I think they're as prepared as they
possibly can be," Ellis said.
"Kentucky's a great team, but I think
we're a good team, too."
Auburn (5-0 Southeastern
Conference) may have snuck up on
some early opponents, but the 17-0
record means the Tigers are no longer

"Every game is going to be a war,"
he said. "In this position you're going
to get everybody's best shot."
Kentucky (15-4, 4-1 SEC) may
play without center Jamaal Magloire,
who Smith said will be suspended for
patting the underside of a Mississippi
player's chin during Saturday's game.
Magloire received a technical foul
and was benched by Smith for the
last 16 minutes of the Mississippi
game, but said afterward that he
thought the incident had fired up his
teammates.
Smith disagreed and said yesterday
that Magloire would be punished fur-
ther, though he refused to give details
or say whether Magloire would miss
the Auburn game.
"Jamaal knows he was wrong,"
Smith said. "There's no place for that
type of conduct."
In December, when Maryland
came to Rupp with an undefeated
record and a No. 2 ranking, it was
Magloire who guaranteed a victory
for the then-No. 5 Wildcats, who won
103-91.
Magloire was unable to provide an
encore yesterday, as Smith kept him
from reporters.
Other Kentucky players empha-
sized the need for improved shooting
and overall play against Auburn.
"We've been a little up-and-down,
a little more up-and-down than we
want to be," center Michael Bradley
said. "It's not like we have major
problems, but we need to put a team
away from start to finish."
Forward Scott Padgett said the
Wildcats have failed to take advan-
tage of scoring opportunities.
"We need to start getting out in
transition," he said, pointing out that
the Wildcats had only two baskets off
fast breaks in the loss to Tennessee.
"That's not Kentucky basketball," he
said.
Auburn's start is its best since a
19-0 beginning in 1958-59. That
streak ended on Feb. 21, 1959, at
Lexington's Memorial Coliseum,

GOPHERS
Continued from Page 12
mind.
"Again, we've got a tough matchup,
we've got tough matchups because they
don't play with a four-man, they don't
play with a power forward. We play with
two 6-10 kids. ... And then we're playing
with a team that has four slashers'
Ellerbe said. "That's a problem.
"Then you gotta say, 'Well, who does
Josh guard? OK, who does Lou guard?'
It's not your traditional lineup, so that's
what bothers me."
Two of the slashers, Quincy Lewis and
Kevin Clark, are averaging 22.1 points
and 16.3 points per game, and if those
two aren't blazing trails all over Ellerbe's
dreams, then Minnesota's freshman cen-

ter, Joel Przybilla, will.
Przybilla has averaged 7.3 rebounds
a game, and 4.5 blocks. Even though
this is his first season, for most of
Michigan's frontcourt, this is their first
season with any significant playing
time.
And for Chris Young, Peter Vignier
and Asselin, this is their biggest chal-
lenge yet in the post. And their biggest
challenge on the road. Two games and
three days away from the friendly fans
of Crisler Arena.
"It's that time of year" Ellerbe said.
"They'd rather play than practice."
Even if that means spending the better
part of a week traveling around the Big
Ten?
"Oh, sure. Why not? I mean, that's*
what you come here for. We don't want to
play games that aren't meaningful."

Players will have to
earn back po sitions

AP PHOTO
One of only two undefeated teams In the top 25- Conneticut is the other -
Auburn will try to remain perfect against Kentucky tonight. The Tigers bring with
them one of the top offensive and defensive teams in the country.

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LINEUP
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Vince Owen on his way to the net.
The Bulldogs rallied to the defense
of their goalkeeper, and both
Merrick and Crozier became
involved in fights.
Merrick said after the game that
he "probably could've tried a little
harder to stop" before colliding with
Owen.
"I didn't think the incident was
very representative of Michigan
hockey, the program, or me,"
Berenson said.
The melee resulted in referee
Steve Piotrowski handing out game
disqualifications to Merrick, Crozier
and Jeff Jillson, who duked it out
with Owen.
By giving DQs to three
Wolverines and only one Ferris State
player, defenseman Jeff Lewis,
Piotrowski sent the message that
Michigan was to blame.
Jillson's spot isn't in jeopardy,
though. The freshman defenseman is
expected to reassume his regular
role against the Falcons.
"Jillson was more the victim - the

BG is tomorrow
The Bowling Green game at
Yost Ice Arena this week takes
place tomorrow at 7 p.m, not
the originally scheduled Friday
date.
The scheduling change can be
attributed to fellow CCHA
member Ohio State, whose con-
struction of its new venue,
Value City Arena, led to the
Buckeyes not having a Friday
game. Michigan then switched
the contest versus the Falcons
to also have Friday off.
goalie went after him," Berenson said.
Even with Jillson's return,
Michigan's lineup isn't complete.
Center Bobby Hayes must serve a
one-game suspension for high stick-
ing Western Michigan's Matt Addesa
late in the second period of
Michigan's 6-3 victory over the
Broncos.
Even more serious, any one of the
four Wolverines who was disquali-
fied faces a more drastic two-game
suspension from the CCHA should
they earn another DQ.

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