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OMEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(11) INDIANA 74,
Iowa 71
SETON HALL 78,
(23) St. Johns 70
VIRGINIA 87,
(21) North Carolina 85
(14) Tennessee 81,
(9) Florida 79

NBA
BASKETBALL
Chicago 92,
MIAMI185 (OT}
HOUSTON 90
Portland 89
Cleveland at
Seattle, inc.
LA Clippers at
Sacrarmentoinc.

NHL
HOCKEY
Carolina 2,
NY RANGERS 3
Phoenix 4,
NASHVILLE 4 (OT)
Detroit 1,
CALGARY 6, inc.
Buffalo 2,
LOS ANGELES 4

U he £tduisn ~g

Tracking 'M' recruits
Football recruit Charles Rogers, a Saginaw native, will
announce his College intentions today. Rogers' high
sChool basketball coach said last night Michigan is one of
three finalists, along with Tennessee and Michigan State
- which recruit guru Tom Lemming tabs as the favorite.
Wednesday
January 19, 2000

*Athletic officials
acknowledge
practice incident
No serious problems with coach-
tlayer relations, source says
By David Den Herder
and Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writers
Michigan athletic officials confirmed yesterday that
Michigan assistant coach Lorenzo Neely was reprimand-
ed and punished two months ago for his involvement in
an incident at a November practice.
"He has the same title, but he has different responsi-
'*ilities," said Bruce Madej, Michigan's associate athlet-
ic director for media relations.
Neely remains on the bench at games, but does not
have the same coaching tasks at practices that he once
did.
The incident in question involved a physical alterca-
tion between Neely and freshman guard Jamal Crawford.
But a source told The Michigan Daily that the incident
happened two months ago, and there is no significant
strain on the relationships between players and coaches
at daily practices.
The source said emotions sometimes run high during
*ractices, as they would with any college basketball
team, but recent events are not reflecting any noticeable,
abnormally tense relations between the coaching staff
and players.
Neely and Crawford both declined comment yesterday
through Madej.
Madej declined further comment, citing an Athletic
Department guideline not to discuss personnel issues
outside the department.
Neely, 30, is in his second year at Michigan. He played
our seasons at guard for Eastern Michigan from 1987-
1. Before coming to Michigan, Neely was an assistant
at his alma mater for two seasons.
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe could not be reached for
comment, as he did not return to his office after early
afternoon practice.
Crawford's benching at the start of Sunday's Illinois
game was not related to the Neely incident which hap-
pened months ago, sources said. Michigan coach Brian
Ellerbe benched Crawford for the first 14 minutes of the
game due to a flare up in this past Friday's practice.
Ellerbe said Monday that Crawford's punishment was
*rried out and is now a "done deal."
On Monday, several area publications suggested
See PRACTICE, Page 10

Northwestern, on six-game
skid, visits Crisler tonight

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
Northwestern coach Kevin O'Neill
needs an answer - fast.
His Wildcats (0-3 Big Ten, 4-11 over-
all) have lost six in a row, a streak that
has led the coach to figure in a quick
transfer.
During Monday's Big Ten teleconfer-
ence O'Neill joked with the telephone
moderator.
"How about we trade jobs?" O'Neill
said. "You can go and coach at Michigan
and Michigan State this week, and I'll.
run the calls?"
O'Neill's sarcastic fear may be war-
ranted in the fact that he faces a tough
road swing, first at Crisler Arena to face
the Wolverines (2-1, 11-3) tonight at 8
p.m., and then in East Lansing on
Saturday.
And if Michigan has a bunch of young
players in its ranks, then the Wildcats are
all still shaking their rattles.
Northwestern consists of all but one
underclassman -junior Jeff Echemeyer
- who averages about 19.6 fewer points
per game than his brother Evan - who
graduated last year with a 19.6 scoring
average.

Things are so young around the
Northwestern camp that Echemeyer has
played only two minutes this season, giv-
ing the Wildcats the legacy of youngest
basketball team in the nation.
Northwestern has 99.9 percent of its
minutes played by freshmen and sopho-
mores. No other Big Ten team is in the
top 10.
Michigan is 15th at 79.25 percent.
The sea of youth resulted when
Northwestern lost two upperclassmen
early - guard Sean Wink in the offsea-
son and center Aron Molnar in
November
"it takes time, patience and players to
be successful," O'Neill said.
"I started from scratch at Tennessee,
and I started from scratch at Marquette."
Michigan's youth, meanwhile, has
excelled so far in squeezing out close
overtime victories in their past two
games.
"Our overtime confidence is grow-
ing," freshman LaVell Blanchard said.
"But I think it's time to get some in reg-
ulation."
Northwestern may look like an easy
kill for the preying Wolverines, but
tonight's game is especially crucial for

Michigan with its toughest stretch of
games right around the corner.
After Northwestern the Wolverines
play at Iowa, at Indiana, return home for
Michigan State and Ohio State then fin-
ish the run at Illinois.
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe likes
his team's perseverance in overtime, but
said his freshmen's ignorance sometimes
brings them through a tough stretch.
"They're too young to know these are
pressure-packed situations. I don't think
they know any better," Ellerbe said.
"That's a good thing, because I think the
older guys like myself are the guys dying
inside. The freshmen just want to know
what's next."
Michigan's top-ranked Big Ten
offense may easily overpower
Northwestern's inability to average 50
points so far in the Big Ten season, but
defensively, Ellerbe said O'Neill can
keep his team close with a strong pres-
sure attack.
"You have to fight for your life in
every possession," Ellerbe said. "(The
Wildcats) may be undermanned and
they're struggling, but every posses-
sion when you play Kevin's team's is
difficult."

DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
Freshman Jamal Crawford is expected to return to the start-
ing lineup tonight against Northwestern.
TONIGHT
Who: Michigan (2-1 Big Ten, 11-3 overali) vs. Northwestern(0-3, 4-11)
Where: Crisler Arena.
When:8:00 pm.
TV/Radio:ESPM'lus, WfKA 1050 AM, WJR 760 AM
HiTOR3 0K
A look at the last three times Northwestern has visited Crisler
Arena.
Feb. S, 1997: Michigan 74, Northwestern 67
Sean Wink's 3-pointer from the corner with just nine minutes
to play gave an elated Northwestern a 12-point lead, but
Robert Traylor and the boys woke up in time to steal a seven-
point victory at home.
March 5, 1996: Michigan 93, Northwestern 76
Having lost five straight Big Ten games, the Wolverines des-
perately needed a win over Northwestern to preserve any
hope of an NCAA berth. But a blowout win over the
Wildcats and an ensuing road victory over Ohio State weren't
enough to push Michigan into the NCAA Tournament in
Steve Fisher's final season as coach.
Jan. 6, 1995: Michigan 83, Northwestern 51
Three years after this blowout took place, Northwestern bas-
ketball players Kenneth Lee and Dewey Williams were indict-
ed for point-shaving. This game was one of three specifically
cited in the indictment.

Into the fire, Martelli goes to work

By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan wrestler Charles
Martelli was thrown into the fire in
his first weekend of wrestling, and
he got burned.
On Sunday, Central Michigan's
fifth-ranked Ryan Cunningham
scored a fall against Martelli by pin-
ning his shoulder to the mat, the ulti-
mate defeat in wrestling. This fol-
lowed a major decision loss for
Martelli to Pennsylvania's third
ranked Rick Springman Saturday.
But nobody lost respect for the
sophomore after the two tough losses.

"Everybody understood the cir-
cumstances," Michigan coach Joe
McFarland said. "They were very
supportive of him."
The circumstances were that the
instant All-American Otto Olson's
knee popped, Martelli went from
being a 165-pound wrestler planning
to red-shirt to the team's starting
174-pound wrestler.
He had a week to prepare for see-
ing his first action of the year, mov-
ing up a weight class, and competing
against some of the nation's top com-
petition.
"It was unexpected," Martelli said.

"It was something no one thought
could happen to the best wrestler in
the nation, especially at this point in
the year. No one is going to fill
Otto's shoes, but I will just do what I
can."
The season thrust upon Martelli
didn't get off to a satisfying start, but
there were positives. Martelli kept it
close against Cunningham until the
third period and even recorded a take
down.
"I knew it was early in my season
and it had been a while since I com-
peted," Martelli said. "But it was
See MARTELLI, Page 10

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California.

The end

American

campuses.

Although we keep hearing that an end to affirmative action will not affect
minority access to higher education, this is precisely what will occur, as it has in
California, where the enrollment of undergraduate minority students at UCBerkley
has dropped 43% and at UCLA has dropped 36% under Proposition 209.
Elsewhere, programs to guarantee admission to the top ten or twenty percent
of high school classes create more problems than they solve. By reducing
admissions to a "one size fits all" one-dimensional approach, they wrongly
assume that all high schools are the same. So, they penalize minority and
majority students at demanding secondary schools and those students who
take the most challenging courses. They run the risk of admitting students
from weak high schools who aren't prepared to do the work. And, to achieve
diversity, these programs rely on the continuation of segregated high schools.
This quick fix doesn't work at all for graduate and professional schools.
This is reality.
A ban on affirmative action will lead

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