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Scorekeepers
MISCELLANEOUS Cooper City 95, Stagg 87,
J KETBALL David Lanxoer 64t Edsel Ford 64
K A 76, Birmingham Maian 94, David Fedewa 101,
Brighton 45 Andrew Drake 51. Jon Rushman 100 (OT)
Hinsdale South 167, Ransom Everglades 87, Kishon 63,
Downers Grove South 56 Alex "No Job" Redito 38 Jolson 31.7
Andover 69, Novi 107, Shelby 75,
Brad Wachler 49 Geoff Connors 52 Cranbrook 49
Cehtral Catholic 87, Sarah Jonas 79, Ann Arbor Pioneer 79,
South Lyon 32 Julian Garro 51 Michigan State 64

Tracking Daily editors
On Monday, these pages will look a little different to
you and a lot different to us. Daily Sports will roll over
for another year and we wish Rick, Josh, Andy, T.J. and
Chris all the best. Please trust in them - we do.
-Jim, Pranay, Sharat and Mark
Friday

Wrestlers in tough spot against Central
By Michael Shafrir took Central Michigan's 14th-ranked Ryan Cunningham ated problems for the Wolverines.
Daily Sports Writer down 20 seconds into overtime. Olson battled back from Sophomore Damion Logan, who hadn't lost a dual
The Michigan wrestling team has faced Central a 5-0 deficit early in the match to record the decision. meet match all season, was decisioned 5-2 by Central's
Michigan 12 times. The Wolverines have won 12 "1 am confident that I will have more left in me than Chris Marshall, and Michigan's Charles Martelli was
straight times. the other guy at the end of the match, Olson said. "I just pinned at 4:32 by Casey Cunningham.
'Tb the casual observer, it would seem that this year's don't want to be too confident because then I fall "We expect Logan to win every time out," Olson said.
Michigan team would have the firepower to notch the behind." "His loss just showed the kind of matchup problems
13th win. But as it so often does, 13 proved to be an Olson was in a tough position in the first period - on they gave us."
unlucky number. his back with his legs behind his head. Central Michigan coach Tom Borelli didn't try to
"They were fifth at NCAAs last year and have three "I was real embarrassed to be in that position, I just downplay the importance of this win for his team and
*Americans back," Michigan coach Dale Bahr said. wanted to give up and be pinned," Olson said. school.
"So we didn't look at this as a sure victory," Bahr was quick to give credit to Olson. "This isn't just a win for our team," Borelli said. "This
The Wolverines were defeated 19-16 by the 10th- "He wrestled a tremendous match and kept fighting is a win for our entire school. It's huge for us to come
ranked team in the country, but not before putting up an when most people would give up." down and beat a school like Michigan."
intense fight. The Chippewas brought with them two wrestlers "I gotta give them (Central Michigan) credit," Bahr
With Michigan trailing 12-7, sixth-ranked Otto Olson ranked second in the country in their classes, which cre- said "They had a good strategy."

Many Michigan
wrestlers aspire to
someday reach the
stature of their
overseas heroes,
but last night, the
Wolverines had
trouble with plain
old Central
Michigan

Cliches abound for
i'1chigan hockey

o yo e ege Y o AP PHOTO
Do you really need to be at a game to provide good coverage? You make the call!

By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
The road has not been particularly
kind to the Michigan hockey team of
late.
A 1-1 tie with Ohio State last week-
end, and a 0-4 thrashing at the hands
q erris State the previous week have
s ne asking whether these
Wolverines are a different team away
form the swooping arches of Yost
Arena.
But any who ask such a question
best keep it rhetorical, because
'Michigan captain Bubba Berenzweig
would be happy to respond.
"Our team is ready to play every
single time," Berenzweig says of
ty contests. "If we keep playing
Michigan hockey - with discipline
an d less penalties - eventually
Things are going to start going our
way."
And if there were any time to break
out Berenzweig's recipe for Michigan
hockey, tonight would be one of

them.
The Wolverines (14-3-2 CCHA,
17-5-2) face CCHA leader Michigan
State, a team that is two points up on
Michigan in the standings. The
Spartans (14-2-4, 20-3-4) bring a
tough defense to the ice along with
their uniquely powerful offense -
which includes seniors Bryan Adams
and Mike York.
York, State's Hobey Baker hopeful,
will have to be contained if the
Wolverines hope to escape Munn
Arena with a victory.
"We usually have our top line out
against them," Berenzweig said. "We
usually have Hayes out there, but I
doubt that will happen this weekend, so
other people will have to step up. It will
be interesting to see if we can do it"
Interesting indeed. No player on
the team has ever found the right
recipe to emerge victorious from
Munn Arena to date. The Wolverines
will turn on the stove again tonight at
7 p.m.

TV 0isgood
enough to
cover hoops
By Sharat Raju
and Pranay Reddy
and Jim Rose
and Mark Snyder
Outgoing Daily Sports Editors
DAILY PRODUCTION ROOM - It
might not be as loud as Crisler Arena in
here - but then again, it just might.
And the TV doesn't lie - last night,
the tube revealed that the Wolverines
were embarrassed at home, losing to pre-
viously 0-7-in-the-Big-Ten Illinois, 61-
59, before 19 seniors in The Michigan
Daily's production room.
You didn't have to be courtside to
cover this one. Michigan trailed for most
of the game, but actually took the lead
with 55 seconds left when Robbie Reid
buried a long 3-pointer to make the score
58-56. But then, with the game tied,
Illinois forward Victor Chukwudebe
knocked down a baseline jumper with
3.4 seconds to play, and the Wolverines
were unable to counter.
"We're so bad," Daily News Staff
Writer Jason Stoffer said. "There's just
no other way to say it."
The Illini and Wolverines traded bas-
kets early, and at the break the
Wolverines were down by eight points.
According to WB20 play-by-play man
Tim Hamilton, "Illinois just played hard-
er than Michigan in the first half."
Meanwhile, over on espn2, the espn2
SportsTicker confirmed that the halftime
score was, in fact, 32-24 in favor of
Illinois.
The game was not exactly pretty.
"Oh, my Lord!" exclaimed Daily
News Editor Erin Holmes after one first-
half Michigan turnover. "That was bad."

MARGARET MYES/D"i"y
If you were at the game, you probably saw Josh Asselin take a short Jumper in
Michigan's loss.

You have to
be there to
get it right
By Rick reman
sad Josh i iinbaum
and A y Latack
Incoming Daily Sports Editors
CRISLER ARENA -- Like a
Jeopardy contestant who waits until
Final Jeopardy to bet it all, the Michigan
basketball team held off last night all
game, seemingly waiting for its moment.
"There was a feeling that we'd be OK
throughout the game;' said Michigan
guard Robbie Reid, who scored 13
points.
But the Wolverines'big moment never
came. Instead, Illinois center Victor
Chukwudebe hit a 10-foot jumper with
3.4 seconds to play, and Michigan lost.
What did the Wolverines (3-5 Big Ten,
9-12 overall) lose? Their first conference
game at home all season and a realistic
shot at a postseason berth.
Before Chukwudebe sent Michigan
packing, Josh Asselin hit one of two free
throws to tie the game at 59 after being
fouled while battling for a loose-ball
rebound off a Brandon Smith miss.
Any hopes of a last-ditch basket were
dashed when the inbounds pass was
deflected off Louis Bullock and out of
bounds. But Bullock was just about the
only one doing anything right for the
Wolverines, adding six rebounds and
four assists to his game-high 22 points,
The Reverend Cleotis Brown led Illinois
(1-7, 9-11) with 13.
Michigan's bench was as flaccid as a
Jim Rose column, as Leon Jones and
Chris Young combined to grab five
rebounds, miss all four of their shots,
commit two fouls and turn the ball over
once.

READ THE DAILY'S COVERAGE OF
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ... RIGHT BELOW.
-Big weekend for Blue.
For hockey coverage, see the story above

By ,Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
, order to learn how to dance, you
have to master one step at a time.
Likewise in women's basketball, if you
want to make it to the Big Dance you
have get through every game, one
game at a time. At least that's how the
Michigan women's basketball team
views the process.
This upcoming weekend will per-
haps be the most crucial one for the
Wolverines (4-4 Big Ten, 12-6 overall)
iwhat has so far been an up and down
on. Right now, after having one
tee consecutive games, they are in
fifth place in the conference and in the
thick of the hunt for a post-season
tournament bid.
But, Michigan coach Sue Guevara
said that the team is only focusing on
what they can control, which right now
is the game at hand. Heading into
tonight's 7:30 p.m. Crisler Arena con-
't, the Wolverines are going to need
the focus and intensity they can
rister as they face No. 19 Ohio State
(6-1, 13-4).
The Buckeyes are coming to town
fresh off their first conference loss
hiving fallen to No. 2 Purdue on
Tuesday. But before losing 64-56,
Ohio State gave Purdue a run for its
money by hanging tough defensively, a
fact Guevara is very aware of.

"Ohio State is a physical, aggressive
basketball team," Guevara said.
"They focus on defense ... They're
like gnats on defense in the paint."
Tonight's game will be a battle of
the boards. Whichever team dominates
in that area will probably dominate the
game. The Buckeyes have a definite
size advantage with seven out of 14
players standing over six feet. Guevara
said that her team will be keying in
primarily on senior forward, Marrita
Porter who also is a not too shabby 5-
foot-11. Porter scored 19 points
against Purdue.
But it's not only the vertically
blessed who might give the Wolverines
fits tonight. 5-foot-4 guard Jamie
Lewis is an offensive threat. Guevara,
however, does not seem overly con-
cerned.
"This is a really big weekend,"
Guevara said. "We've been playing
better and better with every game.
Hopefully well keep getting contribu-
tions from everyone ... We should be
able to run the floor on them and we
must take care of the basketball."
"We're mentally keyed up and we'll
come ready to play." Regardless of
what happens tomorrow night,
Michigan won't be able to dwell on the
results for very long. They will face
Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon to
close out their weekend homestand.

If you were in the production room at The Michigan Daily, you probably
watched the game on this 19-inch RCA television monitor.

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