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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 1, 2000

AN HISTORIC
SCRIPT
The rivalry's history transcends
the collective memor of
current students on bot sides.
The Daily revisits some
of the best and worst.
1920s
Jan. 6, 1922
After battling to a 23-23 tie
at the end of regulation, Michi-
gan opened the overtime with
tour points, and then held on to
the lead over Michigan Agricul-
tural College, 27-26.
1940s
Jan. 4, 1943
Michigan pushed its record
to a perfect 5-0 with a hard-
fought 29-26 win over Michi-
gan State at Jenison Field
House in East Lansing. In a
game that will not be remem-
ered for its' aesthetic charm,
Michigan shot just 25 per-
cent (10-40) from the field,
yet was able to triumph,
largely thanks to Michigan
State's even more horrid 21
percent "marksmanship."
Dec. 3, 1949
Michigan kicked off its
season with a 52-49 win over
Mich an State, erasing a 36-
24 de cit early in the second
half. The Wolverines first
lead came with eight minutes
to go. Mack Suprunowicz's
bucket with a minute left
gave Michigan a 51-46 lead,
solidifying its victory.
1950s
Mar. 5, 1956
In his final game at Michi-
gan, Tom Jorgensen scored 24
points on a bad leg, but still
could not lift the Wolverines
to victory as Julius McCoy
score his 20th point with 55
seconds left. Pete Tillotson's
basket at the buzzer made the
final score 76-75.
Jan. 7, 1957
A late surge was not
enough to save Michigan
State, as Michigan barely held
off the Spartans, 70-69, at
Jenison Field House. Michi-
gan forward George Lee led all
scorers with 20 points in a
game which concluded with a
wild scramble for the ball
under Michigan's basket.
1960s
Jan. 26, 1965
Cazzie Russell, believed at
the time by Michigan fans to
be god's gift to man, scored 40
points for Michigan to help
overcome a 10-point halftime
deficit and win in overtime

103-98 in East Lansing.
1970s
Jan. 25, 1979
With the score knotted at
48 apiece, Michigan State's
Magic Johnson was called for
his only personal foul of the
game as Keith Smith's desper-
ation shot missed. With no
time left, Smith hit his first
free throw to win 49-48 in
front of the home crowd.
Michigan State coach Jud
Heathcote claimed to dis-
agree with the foul called.
"If someone sees the replay
I think they'll see...well...
Heathcote stopped himself in
mid sentence.
1 980s
Feb. 5, 1981
Michigan's Marty Bodnar,
now ticket office manager, hit
a lay-up with two seconds
left, giving the Wolverines a
79-7 overtime win in East
Lansing. After Michigan's
eight-point lead with 1:23
left in regulation disanpeared,

Michigan vs. ichigan State,

isler Arena

A TWISTED
PLOT
The rival isn't just decided
on the or. -court
events have had an
impact on both teams
in recent years.

0

W hile driving then-
recruit Mateen
Cleaves back from a party in
Detroit - itself a minor
NCAA violation for exceed-
ing the designated amoutnt of
miles for taking a recruit off
campus during a visit -
Maurice Taylor rolled over a
Ford Explorer on M-14 near
Ford Road.
Questions about the owner-
ship of the vehicle and how
Robert Traylor acquired it
began to surface, Michigan
hired a law firm to conduct its
own inquiry, and the NCAA
got involved. The result was a
depleted Michigan program,
despite minimal sanctions, as
the Wolverines are still trying
to pick up the pieces and build
their program back to this day.

9'

12
Mateen
Cleaves
Averaging just 8.3
points per game, but serv-
ing as the Spartans' all-
important floor leader,
dishing out 7.3 assists per
contest.
14
Charlie
Bell
Netting 12.4 points per
game, including a 20-
point performance this
past Sunday against Illi-
nois. Averages five boards
and three assists.
SMALL
FORWARD

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ASW

POINT GUARD
Gaines is the right man to stick close to
Cleaves, the Spartans' floor leader. Gaines will
need to cut off Cleaves' passing lanes in order
to limit his effectiveness.
Michigan's biggest concern is certainly not
the shooting of Cleaves, but Gaines willineed
to play tight in order to disrupt Cleaves' flow on
offense.
Gaines, meanwhile, will face his biggest test
of the season on the offensive end. Already
well-known for making the shots he takes,
Gaines will need to continue to employ sound
shot selection. His decision-making on the fast
break must be near impeccable.
SHOOTING GUARD
Crawford is suspect defensively, and will
most likely be outmuscled by the stronger Bell,
a junior. Bell is a reliable outside shooter, so
Crawford faces one of the tougher matchups in
trying to play Bell both outside and inside.
On offense, Crawford willneed to shoot
better than his typical 7-for-20 from the field.
He must be able to get his 20 points without
taking a large majority of Michigan's shots.
Brian Ellerbe will have a lot more tolerance for
Crawford's off-balance shooting if the fresh-
man can nail a few early.

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Kevmi
Gaines
Shooting 46 percent,
while averaging 12.4
points per game,
Gaines is a calming
influence with the ball
for Michiga.
Jamal
rwford
His 33 3-pointers lead
the Wolverines, as the
freshman averages 16.6
points per game, tops on
the team.

In October of 1997, upon
conclusion of an internal
investigation, Tom Goss fired
Steve Fisher - the coach
who took Bill Frieder's team
in 1989 and led them to the
national championship.
At the time, many felt Fisher
was unfairly made the casual-
ty of an NCAA investigation
which was beyond his con-
trol. But as the details slowly
leaked out - Ed Martin's
presence during in-home
recruiting visits, his receiving
of complimentary tickets to
home games - it became
evident that Goss made the
call he needed to make.
After a brief stint as an assis-
tant with the Sacramento
Kings, Fisher became the head
coach at San Diego State.

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34
Andre Hutson
LaVell Blanchard
This is a matchup that Michigan
must win. Hutson is bruised and beat-
up at moment, having just had a
, ,,--

Al
Anagonye

CENTER

25
Josh
Asselin

Anagonye is the weak link in Michigan State's offensive chain.
This will be his fourth start in a row, serving as a physical box-out guy
who tries to distract the opponent's big man. He is limited offensively,
and shouldn't pose too much of a problem in that regard.
But if he can outhustle Asselin to rebounds, Michigan doesn't have a
chance. In the offensive post, Asselin needs to be wary of dribbling near
the basket - the Spartans' guards are too quick and they will sneak in
and steal the ball. Asselin must establish solid position down low with-
out using the dribble, and convert any baby hooks he can.

POWER
FORWARD
42
Morris Peterson
34
Brandon Smith
Smith has started just one game this
season, and he only started against Illi-
nois because Crawford was disciplined.
He shcud er the nod toniht,. lest

M ichigan State's Mateen
Cleaves has had more
than his fair share of run-ins
with the law, but his latest
episode was possibly his
greatest. Cleaves and former
teammate Antonio Smith
were accused of stealing a
40-ounce bottle of beer from
an East Lansing 7-Eleven.
Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings
III dropped the charges
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