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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 3, 2000

Edited by Michael Kern and Ryan C. Moloney

Spartans face Florida for title tonight "

spending a week preparing for
Wisconsin's throwback offense,
Michigan State had one day to get ready
for Florida's racehorse game. The
Championship game is tonight at 9 p.m.
The senior-laden Spartans, champions
of the Big Ten conference, play for the
national championship against the
Gators, whose roster is bulging with

freshmen and sophomores.
Michigan State survived a bruising
battle with Wisconsin 53-41, a game that
sometimes seemed to be played in quick-
sand with lids on the baskets. And then
they were joined in the final by Florida,
whose run-and-gun attack wore down
North Carolina, 71-59.
"Those are two opposites," Michigan
State coach Tom Izzo said of the differ-

ence between the Badgers and Gators.
"It will be opposite styles from what
we've had to prepare for."
Point guard Mateen Cleaves, who
returned for a final season at Michigan
State and one last run at a national cham-
pionship, knows the Spartans are in for a
track meet against the pressing game of
the Gators, the first No. 5 seed to make
it to a national championship game.

I've watched Florida play all year," he
said. "They play intense defense.
They're going to be in your face."
That is the style of the Gators, who
were a fraction of a second away from
washing out of the NCAA tournament in
their first game against Butler. Mike
Miller saved them with a game-winni
basket with three-tenths of a second left
in overtime.

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With No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 9
Arizona and No. 12 Illinois on the
Michigan lacrosse club's platter this
weekend, the Wolverines were hungry
for some top ranked cuisine.
After sweeping all three games from
its opponents, including a 25-13 demoli-
tion of Virginia Tech, you can be sure
No. 7 Michigan is full.
"For us to win three games against
three ranked opponents three days in a
row is outstanding," Michigan coach
John Paul said.
As the ranking of Michigan's oppo-
nents got progressively lower, ironically
so did the Wolverines' margin of victory.
Michigan beat the sixth-ranked Hokies
by 12, No. 9 Arizona by nine in a 15-6
route and No. 12 Illinois by 3 in a 12-9
Paul felt that the Illini's lower rank
might have deceived his team.
"The guys were looking past Illinois
because the other teams were higher
ranked," Paul said.
But the clubs have long histories and
Paul considers them arch rivals.
"This is like the Michigan-Michigan
State game for us," Paul said. "This was
a game of emotion today."
But, the game yesterday was
School KO's boxer
- Michigan sends
one to nationals
The NCBA national championship
may be the ultimate prize, but no boxer
can compete for coveted All-American
status until he makes it through one of
the nation's rugged regionals.
The Michigan boxing club qualified
two representatives to compete for
national titles in their respective weight
classes. Sophomore Theron Tingstad
and freshman Aaron Isely both survived
the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati, but
only Tingstad will make the trip to
Colorado Springs, Colo., this
Wednesday through Sunday.
Isely is behind in his studies and

Michigan's third in three days-making
it as big of a physical push as it was an
emotional push.
"When you play three games in a row,
it's pretty hard to keep your body in good
condition." defender Wesley Martus
said. "But since Illinois is such a big
rival - we played them in the CCLA
championship last year - it was impor-
tant that we stayed strong against the
rivalry." Attackman Jeff Hadwin, who
led the team in goals during the invita-
tional, also felt the exhaustion of consec-
utive games.
"We were definitely worn down
today," Hadwin said. "It's all heart at the
end when you're warn down. When it's
time to play you just put your head in
and hope everything works out."
Hadwin, who netted three goals
against the Illini, attributed his club's
success to the intangibles of Oosterbaan
"It's really nice to play at home,"
Hadwin said. "We finally had some good
fans and our alumni were back. We just
love playing at this place. We haven't lost
here in quite some time. It was nice hav-
ing some top ranked teams coming here
instead of us playing them on the road."
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made the tough choice of forgoing the
"I still have three more years, so I'll
definitely be out there again," Isely said.
"I'm here for school first."
Tingstad's berth came via his region-
al final victory over Navy's Steve Cobos
in the 139-pound class, while Isely's
runner-up finish in the 147 was enough
to guarantee himself a spot, one he
eventually turned down.
Senior Keith Briggs failed to make it
out of the regional, falling to eventual
champion Ben Zuber of Navy in the
semifinals of the 175.
Tingstad, the Michigan captain, is one
of eight boxers in his weight class to
qualify for nationals. He will be fighting
for All-America status this week as the
Wolverines' lone representative.
- Chris Duprev


Who: Justin Toman and Kris Zimmerman Sport: Men s Gymnastics
Year: Jr, Fr.
Why: Toman and Zimmerman tied for the 2000
NCAA title on the parallel bars Saturday in Iowa
City with 9.9 routines, The duo are the second and
third individual national champions of the
calender year for Michigan athletics. Toman
defended his 1999 title, this year with a knee
brace protecting a partially torn ACL.
Toman Zimmerman



Yes, Vzwi a there ,r a
wayto eatthe Spartans

Two-sport standout says yes to Ellerbe

The Michigan basketball team bol-
stered its recruiting class by receiv-
ing a verbal commitment from 6-
foot-2 point guard Maurice Searight
of Pontiac, Mich., The Wolverine
reported on Saturday.
Searight's addition will give the
Wolverines five guards on the roster
next year that could all compete for
playing time. In addition to returnees
Jamal Crawford, Kevin Gaines and
Gavin Groninger, Michigan signed
point guard Avery Queen in the fall
Michigan has one scholarship left

for this year. Junior-college big men
appear to be the target for the
Wolverines. With five guards and
three wing forwards, Michigan is
well-stocked at those positions
With the graduation of Peter
Vignier in the post, only Josh
Asselin and Chris Young return down
low. Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe
does not have a freshman or sopho-
more of the 6-foot-I I mold - the
recruitment of such a player is
Ellerbe's next priority.
- Chris Duprev

fter watching Michigan State in
person five times this season and
Seeing them on TV countless
others, I believe I know how to beat this
So if you're reading the Daily with
your cup of coffee this morning, Billy
Donovan - and I know you are -
you're in luck. Keep this column in your
breast pocket tonight when your Gators
take the floor against Michigan State. It
just might save you.
The best part is, this strategy doesn't
require that you "shut everyone down" on
Michigan State. Just follow some simple
rules, and the Spartans can be beaten.
The upset is possible. It just takes 40
minutes of discipline. Syracuse and Iowa
State followed some of the rules for some
of the time. That's not enough.
RULE No. 1: No open 3-pointers for
Morris Peterson and A.J. Granger. Force
Michigan State to win the game two
points at a time. Peterson and Granger
are beyond the point where they can be
tested and left alone behind the 3-point
arc. If they hit two or three 3-pointers
apiece, you're sunk.
Rui.r No. 2: Let Mateen Cleaves do
whatever he wants. Cleaves is overrated
as a player. His leadership skills are excel-
lent, and that's why he's the main man to
watch, but that has nothing to do with his
playing skills. Even after shooting hun-
dreds of jumpers every day over the sum-
mer, Cleaves is no better of a shooter.
Cleaves can't drive or finish, either.
Rarely do you see him take the ball to the
hole and get the basket. He doesn't like
contact, and is more willing to throw up
some sort of acrobatic layup than draw

some body and go to the foul line.
Why, then, is Cleaves dangerous?
Because, for some reason, opponents
have some great amount of respect for
his driving abilities. The instant Cleaves
puts the ball on the floor and heads for
the lane, three defenders converge. That
leaves Peterson and Granger open on the
wings, and that causes trouble.
So here's how to handle Cleaves. Let
him shoot whenever he wants - get
token hand in his face, but don't lunge at
him and let him fly by. If he drives, stay
with him and keep your hands up. Don't
send three people to attack him - he
loves that and he'll pass out of it for easy
baskets all day.
RuLk No. 3: Don't double-team
Andre Hutson all the time. If Hutson
catches the ball in the paint on a post
feed, you have to send the double or it's
two points.
Hutson will pass out ifhe's doubled-
Hutson doesn't force things enough to
split two guys and go to the hole. Once
he passes out, the defense can reset and a
player as physical as Florida's Udonis
Haslem can use his big forearm to push
Hutson out of the lane.
If Hutson catches the ball outside of
the lane, leave him alone. His 12-foot
jumper is suspect.
To have a chance tonight, Florida has
to adhere to these rules for 40 minute
Unfortunately for the Gators, they've
only had a day or two to prepare for
Michigan State. That will make their job
much tougher.
Michigan State 81, Florida 77
- Chris Dupirev can be reached at

Berenson signs forward for 2001-02 season

Next season, the Michigan hockey
team will be loaded with talent.
With an eight-member senior
class, 1999-2000 All-America candi-
dates Mike Comrie and Jeff Jillson
who will be juniors, a sophomore
class loaded with scorers and three
big freshmen defensemen, the 2000-
2001 Wolverines could sizzle.
But one year of promise never

ps the recruiting process for
ire seasons. Michigan is already
king to beef up its 2001-2002 ros-
Recently the Wolverines received
erbal commitment from Dwight
minen, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound
ward from Brighton.
lelminen, currently playing for the
A Hockey National Development
im, touted as a complete player
> will be an offensive presence on
team, was also recruited by
higan Sate, Michigan Tech,
mi and Ohio State.
- Uma Subramanian



First Night Seder at Hillel
Wednesday, April 19, 8:20 pm
Limited to the first 120 university students
Pre-paid reservations due on Monday, April 10
Jewish Women's Seder* & Graduate and Professional
Thursday, April 20
Space is limited
Pre-paid reservations due on Monday, April 10
*open to women and men
Passover Meals at Hillel
Thursday, April 20-Thursday, April 27
Hillel will serve delicious kosher for Passover lunches and dinners
during the holiday.
Prepaid reservations required by Monday, April 10 or a $2 late fee
pre meal will be applied, subject to available meals.
Hillel has haggagot to lend and seder plates to buy if you are
planning your own seder. Orders must be made by Monday, April 10.


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