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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 24, 2000 - 11

Wildcats'A.D. set to
retire, remain coach
MARQUETTE (AP) - Northern
Michigan athletic director Rick Comley
is leaving the post of athletic director, but
will remain as hockey coach, the school
announced yesterday.
He has been athletic director for 13
ears and hockey coach for 24 years.
Comley will end his athletic director role
July I jo concentrate on running the
Division I hockey program he estab-
lished at Northern in 1976.
"This is what I want to do. I wouldn't
trade the experience, but the truth is,
holding down both jobs has become too
nuch for one person," Comley said in a
news release. "It's time to return to
coaching and do the best job I can with
he sport I love the most."
He has been the only head coach in the
24-year history of Northern Michigan
hockey and has compiled a 553-451-62
career record,
During Comley's tenure, the Wildcats
won national championships in hockey
(1991) and volleyball (1993, 1994).
A national search for a full-time ath-
letic director will begin immediately,
said president Judi Bailey,
'ordan speaks out on
NBA so-called stars
CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Jordan
says the NBA is trying to create stars
who haven't earned that status.
"When I was playing it was never
done," Jordan, now part owner of the
Washington Wizards, told the Chicago
Sun-Times, "You didn't create Magic
Johnson or Larry Bird. They created
vemselves,"
Players like LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant
are, given success before they surprise
anybody, Jordan said.
He is impressed by some players in
the league, including the Detroit
Pistons' Grant Hill, but said the NBA is
making a mistake by pushing Hill and
others as the next Michael Jordan.
Jordan said players such as Bryant
nd Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors
ill have much work to do on the court.
"Kobe, he's got to continue to grow"
Jordan said. "But Vince doesn't play
defense."
Jordan said the Wizards' Juwan
Howard, another who entered the league
amid extremely high expectations,
works hard and can be a winner. But
Jordan insists Howard makes too much
money.
"He's not a franchise player, although
s paid like one," Jordan said.
owa State coach nabs
Coach of the Year
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Larry Eustachy,
who led Iowa State to the Big 12 regu-
lar-season and conference tournament
championships, was selected Coach of
the Year yesterday by the United States
Basketball Writers Association.
*Under Eustachy, in his second year,
the Cyclones are 31-4 heading into yes-
terday's NCAA regional semifinal
game. He is 46-19 in two seasons at
Iowa State and 205-105 for his career.
;The Cyclones were picked last in the
Big 12 in some preseason polls. The 31
wins is a school record.
Gophers' grades rise
under Monson reign
*MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The
grades of Minnesota men's basketball
players have risen significantly in the
first semester under coach Dan
Monson.
The team earned a collective 2.50

grade-point average for the spring
semester, improving upon the 1.71
6PA - or D-minus - turned in after
ring quarter last year, when the team
s involved in academic scandal.
Monson replaced Clem Haskins,
who was bought out of his contract for
$1.5 million last year before investiga-
tors implicated him as knowing about
academic cheating in the program.

Three Big Ten teams advan(
Michigan State overcomes 10-point deficit at half, prevail

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Mateen Cleaves and
Michigan State are still on a mission for a second straight trip
to the Final Four thanks to a defense that held Syracuse score-
less for the last 5:54.
Charlie Bell, aching knee and all, scored 12 points and
sparked a second-half comeback as top-seeded Michigan
State, after trailing by as many as 14, roared back to beat
Syracuse 75-58 yesterday night in the Midwest Regional
semifinals.
The Spartans (29-7) will play Iowa State tomorrow night
for a trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis.
Syracuse (26-6) looked ready to run
the Spartans right out of The Palace, to SWEET 16
the dismay of a highly partisan Michigan U
State crowd. But Cleaves, who returned
for his senior season with the expressed
hope of winning a national championship, wouldn't let it hap-
pen.
Cleaves, scoreless in the first half, scored 10 points -
most of them early in the second half-- to get the Spartans
rolling. Morris Peterson had 16 of his 21 points in the second
half, too.
Iut it was Bell - who scored nine of his points in the sec-
ond halt who put the Orangemen away.
IOa STATE 80, UCLA 56: Iowa State used its quickness
and defense to ground UCLA's high-flying offense, then put
the liruins away with steady shooting and strong inside play.
Marcus Fizer, Stevie Johnson and Michael Nurse had 16
points each as the second-seeded Cyclones beat the sixth-
sceded Bruins 80-56 yesterday night in the Midwest Regional
semi finals.
Jamaal Tinsley added 14 points to help the Cyclones (32-
4) extend their winning streak to 10 games and advance to the
final eight for the first time.
lowa State will face top-seeded Michigan State tomorrow.
The Spatrtans beat Syracuse 75-58.
ULI.A's acrobatic offense, which produced 14 alley-oop
baskets in a 35-point victory over Maryland in the second
round, never got started against the Cyclones.
Pcttrwv 75, GONZACA 66: Gonzaga is gone, done in by
defense and rebounding, and Purdue coach Gene Keady is
one victory from his first trip to the Final Four in 20 seasons
as coach of the Boilermakers.
Purdue slowed the game to a half-court pace and pestered
Gonzaga's guards into a miserable shooting night to beat the
Bulldogs 75-66 yesterday night in the West Regional semifi-
nals.
Jaraan Cornell, whose season-long shooting slump came to
an end when the NCAA Tournament began, scored 18 points
for the sixth-seeded Boilermakers (24-9), who play the win-
ner of Thursday night's LSU-Wisconsin game in tomorrow's
regional final.
In Keady's 20 seasons at Purdue, the Boilermakers have
been to the round of 16 five times, including the past three

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This half ofthe bracket is much like
the board game Stratego. Duke is the
last remaining No. 1 and could
advance to the Final Four if it holds
serve. But the Blue Devils must
beware the lurking Spy - a role
played by Florida first, and then
Oklahoma State -- which could
knock them out at any time.
EAST REGION
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 5 Florida

SOUTi REGION
No. 4 Tengjessee vs. No. 8 North
Carolina
Neither of these teams were
expected to be alive at this point.
The Tar Heels were thought to be
early-round fodder for Missouri or
Stanford, and after Tennessee
limped out to a nine-point deficit
against Louisiana-Lafayette in the
first round, few thought the
Volunteers would live to see the

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Senior point guard Mateen Cleaves flexed his muscles i
Michigan State's 75-58 win over Syracuse, scoring 10 p

Weird that a team can
NCAA Tournament,
advance, and its stock
can drop. After slipping
past No. 8 Kansas this
past Sunday, Duke's
future in the tourna-
ment is now being
doubted.
Granted, this isn't the
typical Duke team that
wins by 40 points until
the Final Four. But the
Blue Devils are as solid
as they've always been.
A motivated Kansas
team was able to give
them a run, but that
doesn't take away from
the fact that Duke is
still one of the top chal-
lengers left in the field,
For Flurida, winning

win in the

THIS WEEKEND
NCAA TOURNAMENT
East (today)
Duke v. Fkonia 7:38 pan.
OklahomStv.SetonHall:55
South (today)
Miami (Fa) v . Ti 7:55 p.m.
N. CadmavTen.Tme10:15 pm.
Tomorrow's games
Pundkk vs. Wisavsin 4:40 p.m.
MIvr S r . S:7:00 p.m,
Sunday's games
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America will ha%
deal with it.
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carried the Tar F
through two rou
North Carolina sh
start to resemble
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year - and Tenn(
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Tennessee
North Carolina'

Sweet Sixteen.

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years. But this will be just their second appearance in a
regional final in that span.
WISCONSIN 61, Lot IsIANA STATE 48: Wisconsin is still
winning ugly, with the plodding but productive Badgers beat-
ing Louisiana State 61-48 yesterday night to make it an all-
Big Ten final in the West Regional.
The Badgers (21-13) will meet Purdue (24-9) tomorrow
for a spot in the Final Four. The Boilermakers beat Gonzaga
75-66 in the other semifinal.
Coupled with Michigan State's win over Syracuse in the
Midwest, the Big Ten has three teams in the final eight.
Jon Bryant led Wisconsin with 16 points. Stromile Swift
and Jabari Smith each scored 12 for Louisiana State (28-6).
Louisiana State, which used its speed and frontline duo of
Swift and Smith to beat Southeast Missouri State and Texas
in th first two rounds, hit a wall against a Wisconsin team that
forced its deliberate, halfcourt offense and man defense on
the frustrated Tigers.
The 48 points were the fewest scored by Louisiana State
this season.

Ti e is now for Blue crew

would take their program to a new
level. It was at this point last season
where the Gators lost to Gonzaga.
One year older and one year wiser,
Florida is hoping for a different out-
come. Too bad it ran into the wrong
team.
Duke 84, Florida 76
No.3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10
Seton Hall
Sadly, Seton Hall looks to be fol-
lowing Connecticut's footsteps, los-
ing its top guard to injury in the
middle of the tournament. Shaheen
Holloway's severely sprained left
ankle might end this game before it
begins.
Holloway's injury cripples what
has been a landmark run for the
Pirates. As good of a game as Ty
Shine had in relief of Holloway in
an upset over second-seeded Temple
this past Sunday, Shine will be hard-
pressed to offer an encore, especial-
ly now that other teams know who
he is.
Oklahoma State will benefit from
this free pass to the Elite Eight. It's
rare to advance so easily this late in
the tournament, and that will keep
the Cowboys well-rested for a
Sunday matchup with Duke.
Oklahoma State 82, Seton Hall 64

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in TBA No. 6 Miami (Fla.)
annem vs. No. 7 Tulsa
,r TBA Every time Tulsa
advances, my djsdain
for WAC basketball becomes even
more costly. But things were much
worse in 1998, when Utah advanced
to the final against Kentucky. That
was scary.
This is an undesirable game to
pick. It could go either of two ways
-- Miami could win, or Miami
could lose. Just kidding.
Still, this will likely be the ugliest
Sweet Sixteen game in the field.
Expect a low score, a grind-it-out
style of play - and a sacrificial
lamb for Tennessee.
In a wacky game, I might as well
take a wacky winner. Take a deep
breath.
Tulsa 67, Miami (Fla.) 64
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
The reason my performance is
buried so low in this column is
because I'd rather no one saw how
poorly I fared. I went 1-3.
Michigan State over Syracuse
was my only correct pick, which
also happens to be the pick I am
saddest to count as a victory.
As for Wisconsin-LSU
(Wisconsin won), Gonzaga-Purdue
(Purdue won), and UCLA-Iowa
State (Iowa State won), I went 0-
for-3 on those.
Maybe tonight's games will treat
me a little bit kinder.

By Albert Kim
For the Dlaily
The No. 6-ranked Michigan crew
team kicks off the 2000 season this
weekend with a race against No. 2
Virginia. The race will be held in Chapel
Hill, N.C., and the Wolverines will also
take on North Carolina over the week-
end. The women are hoping to improve
on last year, when they ended the season
as the No. 5-ranked team in the country.
Racing against a highly ranked team
such as Virginia this early in the season is
not cause for celebration, but it will pro-
vide a good measuring stick in regards to
how far the rowers have come from last
year.
"It'll show us where we are, what
changes we have to make, and how we
stack up against the competition"
Michigan coach Mark Rothstein said.
The Wolverines have been looking
forward to the season, and there is a
sense of urgency as the opening race
looms near. The rowers have worked

extremely hard over the winter, and have
improved beyond expectations. The team
is eager to race someone other than their
own teammates, and intensity in prac-
tices has reached new heights.
"This is the time when the hard work
over the winter is going to pay off. It's
time to see what we can do, sophomore
Liz Nelson said.
The team has just five seniors, and is
top-heavy with sophomores. Some may
point to this youth as a factor that might
affect this team, but looks can be deceiv-
ing. Many of the sophomores that are
'youthful' raced on varsity last year, and
are ready to take the next step.
"The team is much more mature -
there's no more building to be done," All-
American Kate Johnson said.
The addition of six new rowers, two
transfers and four freshmen, has
helped the depth of the team immense-
ly. This has created some fierce intra-
team competition, but it has actually
helped the team by bringing everyone
closer together.

"The intra-team competition has made
us stronger, particularly in our ability to
rise to the challenge," Johnson said.
In each of the past two years, the row-
ers have been within striking distance of
the national title. Each year, they have
fallen short.
Through all this, though, the team has
gotten stronger, younger, and more
mature. There is a quiet confidence that
is building, a result of the dedication dur-
ing the offseason, and a desire to win.
With no major injuries, and no setbacks,
the stage is set for the Wolverines.
"We've got the potential to be the best,
it's just a question of whether we can cap-
italize on that potential," Johnson said.
Sit back, and enjoy the ride, because
for this team, the time is now.

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~fr Yshine

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Los Angeles 34 30 9
Phoenix 35 30 7
Sacslose 31 34 9
Anaheim 31 32 12
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