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Xavier 86,
TOLEDO 84
CLEMSON 77,
Georgia 57
NO. CAROLINA ST. 92,
Providence 86
OLD DOMINION 75,

PRINCETON 54,
Georgetown 47
RUTGERS 58,
Hofstra 45
WAKE FOREST 73,
Alabama 57
Butler 51,
BRADLEY 50
NEBRASKA 68,

COLORADO 65,
Pepperdine 61
TCU 72,
KANSAS STATE 71
COLORADO STATE 69,
Mississippi State 56
WYOMING 81,
USC 77
DE PAUL 69,

SPORTS

The Michigan club fencing team placed three teams at
the Fencing National Champions over spring break. The
women's epee squad finished fourth while the men's
epee team and the sabre team each finished sixth

Thursday
March 11, 1999

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Today's NCM
Tourney preview
By Josh Kleinboum
GAME OF THE DAY: UCLA vs.
Detroit. Led by dynamic guard
Jermaine Jackson, the 12th-seeded
Titans will give UCLA a run for the
money. But Baron Davis and the
fifh-seeded Bruins will hold on for
the victory, 87-85, in overtime.
UPSET SPECIAL: Alabama-
Birmingham over Iowa. Led by for-
mer Michigan guard Willie
Mitchell, Alabama-Birmingham will
end Dr. Tom Davis' career on a sour
note. The Hawkeyes are prime for an
upset, after struggling in their only
game in the Big Ten tournamnet.
Alabama Birmingham 63, Iowa 56.
SURE THING: Connecticut over
Texas-San Antonio. No 16 seed has
ever beaten a one seed, and that's.
not going to change this year.
Khalid El-Amin and Richard
Hamilton provide a one-two puch
that's lethal against most teams in
the country. Texas San-Antonio?
Not a chance. Connecticut 97, Texas
San-Antonio 63.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Two former
Wolverines, Missouri's Albert
White and Alabama-Birmingham's
Mitchell, are dancing in Denver this
afternoon while their old teammates
watch from Ann Arbor. White and
Mitchell both transferred from
Michigan a few years back and both
are now stars on a tournament team.
While they both could very well be
heading home tomorrow, White and
Mitchell are getting at-least one
tourney game under their belts.
Better than their former teammates
can say.
TODAY'S SCHEDULE:
predicted winnes in bold
South, Regional, Indianapolis
No. 8Syracuse vs. No. 9 Oklahoma
St., 12:35 p.m.
No. I Auburn vs. No. 16 Winthrop,
30 min. after
No.4 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Murray
State, 7:40 p.m.
No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Detroit, 30
min. after
Sout Regional, Olando, Fa.
No, 2 Maryland vs.No. 15
NVlparaiso, 12:20 p.m.
No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10
Creighton, 30 mmn. after
No. 4 St. John's vs. No. 13 Samford,
740 p.m.
No. 6 Indiana vs. No. I1 George
*asWington, 30 min after.
Wst Regional, Denver
No. 5 Iowa vs No. 12 Alabama-
Birmingham, 12:40 p.m.
No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Siena,
30 min. after
N. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 New
Mexico, 7:50 p.m.
*9p. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 16 Texas-
S Antonio, 30 min. after
Vest Regional, Seattle
N9 7 Minnesota vs. No. 10
(Gonzaga, 2:42 p.m.
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 15Alcorn
State, 30 min. after
No. 6 Florida vs. No. I1 Penn, 7:55
pit.
No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 14
Weber State, 30 min. after

Let the
Gambling
a concern
By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
Every March, as the snow melts and
the birds return, the sports world turns
its eyes - and its wallets - to the
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
The 64-team tournament features
countless gambling and betting oppor-
tunities, the most popular of which is
seeing who can predict the winner of
each of the 63 games of "March
Madness" These contests are set up in
the form of pools where entry fees can
range from one dollar to thousands of
dollars.
As fun as these pools may be, they
are illegal.
"We are concerned about them, they
are against the law," said Jim Smiley, 3
the associate director of the
Department of Public Safety. "If we
were to find one on University proper-
ty we would have to take appropriate
action."
He said while it is a misdemeanor,
DPS has never arrested anyone in con-
nection with a pool.
Jared and Adam, two LSA first year
students - who did not want their last
name printed - are running a pool this
year with, ironically, 64 participants.X
They say that pools add to the enjoy-
ment of the tournament.
"It allows you to root for teams you
wouldn't normally root for," Adam
said. He added that he expects 50 to
100 people to participate in their pool
this year.
Ryan, like many people who run the
pools, has been doing it for many years.
"This is my fourth year running it;"
Ryan said. Stacey Thomas and the Michiga
See POOLS, Page 17A first round of the WNIT tournam

Madness begin
Women play in
WNIT tonight
By Stephanie Often
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's
basketball team is satisfied TONIGHT
just being in the postseason............ .......
Michigan's quarterfinal who7Av" s em +iai
loss to Illinois gave Michigan wmwL uvyArerm
little hope of a NCAA A
Tournament bid. Coach Sue
Guevara was just hoping to
receive a call from the WNIT Tlcets $5,.7 Cal (616) 387-W92
selection commitee last
Sunday night.
"I think our NCAA chances have just been dwindling
down," Guevara said after the loss to Illinois. "We have to
keep our fingers crossed that the WNIT will give us a
good look."
And they did. Guevara received that call, and the
Wolverines will face Western Michigan in Kalamazoo at
7 p.m. The Broncos are 19-9 this season, and have not
\ 3faced Michigan since 1989, when the Wolverines came up
with the victory. The two teams have met 21 times, with
Western holding a 14-7 advantage.
The Broncos and the Wolverines join 30 other teams
in the WNIT bracket. Fellow Big Ten members Michigan
State (8-8 Big Ten, 15-13 overall) and Wisconsin (9-7,16-
12) will also compete. Michigan may even face the
Spartans if both teams win their first round games.
Michigan State faces Akron tonight.
The Wolverines split this season's match-ups with the
Spartans. They deafeated Michigan State in overtime in
their first meeting, and suffered a huge loss later in the
season at the Breslin Center.
The Wolverines may also face the Badgers, who swept
Michigan this season, in the third-round of the tourna-
ment.
If the Wolverines do end up defeating Western, they
might return home to Crisler Arena for the second round
game. The team has potitioned to play all the tournament
games at home, but the sites have not yet been determined.
The WNIT is a brand new tournament which debuted
at the end of last season. It currently hosts only 32 teams
DANA LINNANE/Daiiy but is planning to expand in a few years. This is the
omen's basketball team will face Westem Michigan tonight in the Wolverines' first-ever appearance in the field. Last year's
See WNIT, Page 14

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ent.

DIRECTOR's CUT
BY DAVID DEN HERDER - DAILY SPORTS WRITER

ale Rominski's documentary film
areer began before he even con-
sidered college hockey - and it
began with meat mushing.
Ground beef, to be more precise.
Sure, he had played with cameras his
entire life - grabbing the camcorder
before going out with friends, hitting
record as people lunged at the lens, cap-
turing peers in different locales as they
hammed it up for the kid with the video
camera.
But ground beef was his first attempt
at art.
"What Can You Buy For A Dollar Or
Two?" chuckles Rominski, recalling the
title of his high school feature. "Going
out was becoming so expensive, and you
don't have money in high school, so I
was thinking, 'What can you do?"'
The self-appointed producer and
director explored local establishments,
searching for an answer to his title ques-
tion. The search led the audience through
arcades, dollar stores and eventually
local restaurants, including Taco Bell.
"It goes off the deep end," he admits.
"I'd break open a hard shell taco and
open up a soft one, and say 'See! You get
a lot more meat in the soft taco than the
hard taco!'
"I'm mushing up the meat in the hard
taco to make it look like the soft one -
it's random. It makes no sense. But it was
good to see;' Rominski insisted.
These days, much of Rominski's free
time is dedicated to practicing and con-
ditioning with his teammates - the

defending NCAA champions. And
though meat mushing is seemingly in his
past, documentary continues to be a pas-
sion for the senior forward.
An LSA general studies major,
Rominski has never abandoned his inter-
est in film en route to pursuing a round-
ed education.
"I think the point of college is to learn
how to learn - and I've taken a lot of
different classes;' Rominski said.
Indeed - his concentrations range
from English to history to philosophy,
while exploring various sciences, includ-
ing anthropology. And despite the seem-
ingly diverse curriculum, Rominski
finds film the perfect mechanism for
focusing his widespread interests.
Film "is what I want to do, becaue it's
a combination of all those things," he
declares. "I love it because I like people
a lot, and I like learning about people. It
helps me renew my faith in humanity
constantly - when you go out and you
talk to people. It's interactive - plus it's
an art form you can put together."
Rominski can certainly talk film - he
has an angle on most every aspect of the
business.
"American cinema," says Rominski,
"is very much 'tell you how to think,' or
'tell you how to feel,' - whereas
European film is more like 'All right,
here it is. Think about it."'
But though a humble student,
Rominski can produce film, too.
Last semester Rominski took his pas-
sion for documentary and mated it with

life on the ice. In his documentary
"Media Slushic," the Michigan senior
examines the relationship between col-
lege hockey players and the media.
In the film, he presents a
"SportsCenter culture; in which the
players and media are locked into a reg-
imented question-and-answer relation-
ship.
The director explores how an often-
cliche question is met with seemingly
pre-recorded answer.
"It's all positve, it's very structured
and it's stuff I've never even said before"
Rominski relates from his own experi-
ence. "Stuff I've never said before, but
I've heard it, so I just spit it out."
Rominski composed the score for his
film on an acoustic guitar - the record-
ing levels chucked up to create a "trippy,
distorted" sound, the pace of the music
set to mimic "how mechanical we are
when we do interviews."
And it's not just what players say -
he notes - but even how they say it.
"Normally I say 'abowt,' claims
Rominski, who hails from Farmington
Hills. "But on TV I say 'aboout.'
"Man! What's wrong with me?!"
It's simply a product of the "struc-
tured" relationship, Rominski claims in
his film. And it's ironic that Rominski, of
all players, is the one to explore the
molded image of the media and the icon
of a typical college player.
Rominski is anything but typical, and
legendary Michigan coach Red
See ROMINSKI, Page 16A

FILE PHOTO
Assistant captain Dale Rominski will help lead the Wolverines into the playoffs
tomorrow night at Yost Ice Arena. "You can always count on him to be one of the
hardest working players on the ice," said friend and teammate Bobby Hayes.

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