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MEN'S NCAA
,SASKETBALL
(6) Maryland 71,
VIRGINIA 66
(8) UCLA at
OREGON STATE inc.
(11) ARIZONA 98,
Washington State 97
(15) NEW MEXICO 90,
San Diego State 60

Illinois at
(19) IOWA inc.

WOMEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(1) Connecticut 106,
PITTSBURGH 52
(2) TENNESSEE 87,
South Carolina 58

(4) GEORGIA 84,
(20) Florida 72
N. C. STATE 87,
(6) North Carolina 70
(4) GEORGIA 84,
(20) Florida 72
(9) NOTRE DAME
111,West Virginia 90
(13)Rutgers 55,
VILLANOVA 40

Ulije Afictrjius n ti*

Tracking 'M' all stars
QUalifying for a return trip to Hawaci, five Michigan
football seniors were selected to represent the North
in the 1999 Hula Bowl. Andre Weathers, Clarence
Williams, Jon Jansen, Tai Streets and Sam Sword all
made the team.

Friday
January 8, 1999

9

Jauck drops on
Ferris twin-bill
toni'ght at Yost
By David Den Herder
aily Sports Writer
After a less-than-happy holiday, the Michigan hockey
team returns to Yost Ice Arena tonight and again tomorrow
for a CCHA double-header with Ferris State.
Declared the league's No. 8 team by the media before the
season, the Bulldogs turned quite a few heads during the first
half of conference play. Led by seven senior forwards, along
with the goaltending of sophomore Vince Owen (1.91 GAA
in league play), the team compiled a conference record of 8-
3-2. The somewhat-unexpected success put Ferris briefly in
the conference's top spot, and even garnered national atten-
n as the team cracked the USCHO top 10 for a stint.
Recent losses to Bowling Green and Lake Superior -
along with two. more failures outside the CCHA - have the
Bulldogs flirting with mediocrity once again.
But Michigan captain Bubba Berenzweig isn;t falling for
it.
"At the end of last year, they picked it up and beat us," said
Berenzweig of the lightly-publicized Bulldogs. "They're
going to be like Ohio State or Michigan State - and we're
going to have to be prepared for them."
If it is true that tonight's game will resemble a clash with
the Spartans or Buckeyes, then preparation is certainly nec-
*sary.
Over winter break, Michigan dropped decisions to both
teams - most notably a conference loss to the Bucks.
That the losses came with an abbreviated roster could offer
an explanation, at least in part.
Defensemen Mike Van Ryn and Jeff Jillson were off rep-
resenting their respective countries as Michigan struggled
through the break. Though Jillson has returned to Ann Arbor
(as the U.S. team was eliminated), fatigue from the rigorous
international tournament could affect his play over the week-
And add winger Josh Langfeld to the disabled list. A
shoulder injury originally incurred on the road at Bowling
Green has resurfaced, keeping him off the ice for much of the
week. He is doubtful for tonight despite practicing with the
team yesterday afternoon..
Langfeld, who has 9 goals and 5 assists on the season,
often plays on the top scoring line, and currently has a +/- rat-
ing of +9 (the second-highest on the team).
"We feel it," said Berenzweig. "Their presence is missed
on the ice ... but this team is deep enough that we should be
going into every game with a good chance of winning it."
Michigan coach Red Berenson agrees that his Wolverines
ave had at least the potential to win, even if the most recent
results are to the contrary.
"Overall, our penalty killing has been good, our goals-
against has been good - we're getting enough chances to
win games," Berenson said. "Our best hockey is still ahead of
us."
Michigan will have a chance to prove that tonight. The
puck drops at 7 p.m.

'M' confidence peaking
for match with Spartans

By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Writer
Confidence is a slippery thing. It floods and
ebbs, sometimes inexplicably. But after
Michigan's 82-70 victory over the 13th-ranked
Hoosiers Tuesday night, it's easy to see why the
Wolverines' confidence is at high tide as they
head into their high-noon showdown with No. 12
Michigan State tomorrow in East Lansing.
Michigan is taut with pride after the entire
nation saw the Wolverines (2-1 Big Ten, 8-8 over-
all) make a statement by beating their second
ranked team of the season. The Spartans (0-1, I1-
4), too, are coming off a performance on nation-
al television - a 66-51 loss to No. 24 Wisconsin,
a team the Wolverines handled 59-55 on Dec. 30.
But Michigan's confidence can be said to have
come out of a loss. The Wolverines held a play-
ers-only team meeting before the Indiana game.
How they respond after a big victory could set
the tone for the rest of their season. Win, and they
can rekindle fan interest in a season relegated by
most to a rebuilding effort. Lose, and the cynics
they silenced with Tuesday's victory will come
back louder than before.
But for now, the confidence they had in Maui
after defeating Clemson Nov. 23 is back.
"We realize that the frontcourt - other people

besides Lou and Robbie - have to come and we
have to play. I think we proved that if we step up
and play aggressive, we can play with anybody,"
said Michigan forward Josh Asselin whose 16
points and 10 rebounds were crucial to the
Wolverines' success Tuesday night.
Tomorrow's clash will be only the first of two
between these bitter rivals. Michigan is soaring at
it's highest. Michigan State is on it's wav down,
surrounded by whispers of 'overrated' and arti-
cles questioning the presence of its star, guard
Mateen Cleaves. The battle could be a defining
moment for each, since both teams may have
relied on their backeourts to carry them. The
Wolverines, in particular, have often used guards
Bullock and Robbie Reid as a crutch, and at
times it has cost them.
"Lou and Rob, they can't carry us through the
whole season because guys concentrate on them
so much that we have to step up," Michigan for-
ward Brandon Smith said. "I think we're really
starting to realize that. It's taken us half a season,
but I think if we do that every game, we have a
really good chance to win."
And a good chance to see what happens if sud-
denly, Michigan basketball becomes hot enough
to melt the snow on campus and the hearts of
even the coldest critics.

JRAN.
DAVID ROCHK:ND/Daiiy
Brandon Smith feels that he and the Michigan front court need to "step up" If the
Wolverines are to continue their winning ways.

Women's hoops back home for No. 5 Louisiana Tech

By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Writer
More than a month after last play-
ing in the friendly confines of Crisler
Arena, the Michigan women's basket-
ball team will be welcomed home by
CBS Sports and a regional television
audience as the 9-2 Wolverines play
host to Louisiana Tech tomorrow.
With last Sunday's scheduled show-
down with intra-state rival Michigan
State postponed because of weather,
Michigan coach Sue Guevara and her
squad will make their first return
home since they played Central
Michigan on Dec. 4. In making their
long-awaited return, the team will
come back to a Crisler Arena that has
yet to see a Michigan loss as the squad
has rolled over a trio of opponents at
home this season with relative ease..
But tomorrow's match-up with the
fifth-ranked Louisiana Tech Techsters
will likely be anything but easy, even
for a Michigan team that found itself

atop the Big Ten in six statistical cate-
gories last week. Louisiana Tech,
boasting a 10-2 record and considered
among the most feared programs in
the nation, will likely prove to be one
of Michigan's toughest tests of the
season.
"It will be nice to be off the road,"
said Guevara. "But the game itself
will be a challenge, everyone will
have to play well."
Though thankful to be playing at
home following a ,road tour that
included visiting three states for five
games, the Wolverines find them-
selves reeling following their first
conference loss of the year after they
fell to Illinois on Tuesday. The loss
marked the first for the Wolverines
since they began their season at
Vanderbilt in November and signaled
the end of a school-best nine-game
win streak. With the pressure of main-
taining a winning streak behind them,
Guevara's squad now looks for

redemption and perhaps a little atten-
tion and national exposure as they pre-
pare for tomorrow's contest against a
Techster squad that squared off with
Tennessee a year ago for the national
title.
"The game will be great for us and
great for the conference," said
Guevara. "To play a top-10 team is
always big and I think we are capable
of playing with anyone in this catego-
ry."
And if the mere fact of playing one
of the toughest teams in the country
isn't challenging enough, the
Wolverines will have little time to
recover from what will likely be a gru-
eling game when they face Minnesota
the very next evening at Crisler.
Currently 0-3 in the Big Ten with a
5-8 mark overall, the Golden Gophers
find themselves at the bottom of the
conference standings, yet pose a
unique threat as the Wolverines' sec-
ond opponent in as many days.

WARREN ZINN/Daily
The Michigan women's basketball team returns to action
tomorrow at Crisler Arena.

Blue runners to host Invitational

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SPORTS

The University of Michigan
Department of Recreational Sports
INTRAMURAL SPORTS PROGRAM

WHAT'S
HAPPENING

By Joe Michelotti
For the Daily
Who gets up at 9:30 on a Saturday
morning to go for a jog? The track
team, of course.
The Michigan men's and women's
~rack teams will host the Wolverine
invitational in the Indoor Track and
Field Building tomorrow in the sea-
son's opening event.
Both the men's and women's teams
have heightened expectations for the
'99 campaign after last season's suc-
cess when the women won the Big Ten
championship and the men finished in
the upper division of the conference.
Adding to these expectations is the
eturn of five '98 all-America
performers - senior John Mortimer
and junior Jay Cantin for the men and
junior Elizabeth Kampfe and seniors
Katie McGregor and Nicole Forrester
for the women.
Once the All-America moniker is
attached to a athlete, great things are
expected.
In McGregor's case, she has not
disappointed, ending the recent cross
country season as the individual
*ational champion.
"Katie (McGregor) has really
developed" said women's track coach
James Henry.
"Last year we relied on her heavily
at both the indoor and outdoor Big
Ten Championships, and she stepped
up and produced well for us."
McGregor and rest of the indoor
track family might see the momentum
generated from her national champi-
nship run spill over into the new
year.
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