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MEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(16) Miami (Fa.) 76,
(18) SYRACUSE 63
(20) CHARLESTON 85,
Virginia Military Inst. 59
(25) New Mexico at
SAN DIEGO STATE, inc.

WOMEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(18) Virginia 69,
MARYLAND 55
(20) LOUISIANA ST. 87,
Texas Pan American 35

NBA
BASKETBALL
CHARLOTTE 94,
Miami 91
Indiana 95,
CLEVELAND 89
DETROIT 106,
Washington 103

Tracking M' coaches
~dr im i . JMichigan football secondary coach Vance Bedford
announced he would resign to pursue a position with
the Chicago Bears next season. Bedford has been a
defensive coach at Michigan for four years.
Tuesday
February 9, 1999

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Bucking the odds?
Wolverines will try
for first conference
road victory tonight
Ak By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Editor
Although the hype for the Ohio State basketball team
may not have swelled as much as the Buckeyes' record
has since last season, the chances of Ohio State making
the NCAA Tournament are getting better every day.
Tonight, when Michigan tries for its first road victory
in the conference, it will be the fourth game in a row in
which the Wolverines will be facing a team that's proba-
bly headed to the big dance.
Despite Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien's tsk-tsking to
the Ohio media after Saturday's 80-69 defeat of No. 21
Purdue, the chances of the Buckeyes going to the big
dance floor are excellent. Especially when three of their
six remaining games are at home, where the Buckeyes
boast a 11-1 record.
At this point last season, Ohio State guard Jason
M. Singleton knew there would be no postseason plans for
Y>* .him or his teammates. This season, the roles of Michigan
.and Ohio State are reversed. This season, it's Michigan
that's coming into the home stretch with a season that
looks destined to end at the United Center.
"It's hard when you know you're losing," Singleton
said, recalling the Buckeyes' dismal 1-15 Big Ten season
sou just gotta come out and keep playing."
lYMichigan, at 4-7 in the conference, hasn't fallen on
z: times as hard as those of the Buckeyes last season. But
they've fallen faster. If Ohio State returns to the NCAA
E Tournament, it will be their first appearance in seven
years. Michigan has gone in two of the last three years,
and 11 of the past 13 years.
Jan. 16, Michigan surprised Ohio State at Crisler, 84-
74, taking advantage of the Buckeyes' small front line.
Josh Asselin reached a career high in scoring with 22.
And Michigan looked ready to be the surprise team of
the conference. Then they lost a game they could have
won in Minnesota, helped largely by the Golden
Gophers' 39 trips to the free throw line. After that four
more losses, including this past Thursday's 58-34 stinker
at Northwestern had the Wolverines reeling.
Now, once again, they're a surprise team.
On Sunday, they pulled off a 75-65 upset of No. 18
Leon Jones and the Wolverines travel to Columbus tonight to take a shot at the Buckeyes. A victory Minnesota, j See HOOPS, Page 12
would be their first in conference play on the road.

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KELLY MCKINNELL/DaIy
Michigan goaltender Kevin O'Malley stopped seven shots and stopped the bleeding
against*Lake Superior last Friday night.

O'Malley confident in
third-penod net relief

By Chrli uprey
Daily Sports Editor
Despite being doubled up, 6-3, by
Lake Superior this past Friday night,
there were some bright spots for the
Michigan hockey team. The energized
play of backup goaltender Kevin
O'Malley was one.
After surrendering six goals in two
periods to the Lakers, Michigan coach
Red Berenson
removed starter HOCKEY
Josh Blackburn and
gave O'Malley the
third period. rrrrrrrr
And even though Berenson might
have had to dust him off - O'Malley
hadn't played since Dec. 11, against
Northemr Michigan - the freshman was
solid, stopping all seven shots he faced.
"It was a win-win situation because I
havent played (recently)," O'Malley
said. " was excited just to get a chance."
In just his eighth appearance of the
season, O'Malley took care of himself in
between the pipes by handling a few not-
so routine shots to help stop the bleeding
for the Wolverines. His sprawling style
of play and aggressive puck handling
showed his confidence in net.
"I felt no pressure" O'Malley said. "I
thought it turned out well for myself, but

team-wise it was pretty irrelevant,
because we ended up losing the game."
In fairness to Blackburn, the
Michigan defense stiffened a bit in the
third period, helping O'Malley be suc-
cessful in relief.
The Wolverines improved from their
horrendous defense of the second peri-
od, and limited the odd-man rushes and
one-on-ones that led to the four-goal
outbreak against Blackburn.
O'Malley has started just one game
this season, taking the loss, 2-1, to
Niagara on Oct. 17 - the second week-
end of the regular season.
Since then, he has been relegated to
backup duty, playing only when a game
is in hand or out of reach.
"When you get out there, you've got
so much running through your mind,
you just try (to focus)," O'Malley said.
"When I have played, I felt I've done
well."
FREE FRIDAY: The Wolverines will
have to wait until Saturday night to try to
erase the taste in their mouths from last
weekend. Michigan has an off day
Friday, which will give the Wolverines
extra opportunity to prepare for an
important contest the following night at
Western Michigan.
See HOCKEY, Page 12

Iowa wrestling fans 'crazy,' atmosphere 'nuts'

I HEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR PRING BREAK) I

By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
IOWA CITY -- The scene outside
Carver-Hawkeye Arena looked more
like a Michigan vs. Iowa basketball
game than a wrestling match.
The parking lots were full, there was a
man scalping tickets and fans of all ages
were rushing to secure the best seats.
Maybe if this were Ann Arbor it
would seem out of the ordinary to see
such a crowd but for a wrestling match
here crowds like
that are the norm. WRESTLING
"The people here Notebook
are very knowl--
edgeable about
wrestling'" Michigan coach Dale Bahr
said. "They really appreciate it."
The atmosphere at Carver-Hawkeye
Arena was electric, and at times the
crowd was deafening.
"The crowds here are crazy,'
Michigan junior Joe Warren said. "Even
though they only got 4,000 today, it was
nuts."
Iowa averages a bit less than 7,000
fans for its home matches and drew
14,000 people for a match against
Oklahoma State last season. Michigan,
in contrast, is lucky to seat 1,000 for a
match at Cliff Keen Arena.
"It definitely gives us a home court
advantage," Iowa's T.J. Williams said.
"You don't want to let the crowd down
when they are up on their feet for you."
It wasn't just the fans that gave this
match a special feeling. A mascot, cheer-

leaders and a pep-band were also present
mat-side. "It was overwhelming for
some of the young guys, I feel;" Bahr
said. "But it's going to be loud and crazy
at Big Tens (at Crisler Arena), so it was
definitely a good experience for the
young guys."
Bahr said he expects Crisler to be sold
out for the Big Ten Championships,
where Iowa will look to rule the confer-
ence for the 25th straight year.
CALLING IT BOTH WAYS: For the sec-
ond time in three matches, Bahr was
upset with the officiating. "I'm pot real-
ly allowed to comment on it," Bahr said.
"But it really upset me."
The rules allow the home team to
assign the official for the match, as
opposed to basketball or football where
they are randomly assigned. Bahr said
that random assignment would help the
calls go both ways.
"I mean, it could help us too, espe-
cially at home" Bahr said. "But today's
official was from around here and I don't
think we got a lot of calls that we should
have got"
BACK To SCHOOL: Whether it was
fatigue, inexperience or nervousness,
Bahr felt that his wrestlers did not match
Iowa's intensity on the mat.
"Our guys need to learn to wrestle in
these situations," Bahr said. "They need
to go out and wrestle for seven minutes
and not just four or five and expect to
win."
Warren said he hopes Michigan looks
at this experience come Big Tens.

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