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EN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
Notre Dame at
(6) OHIO STATE, inc.
Arkansas at
(15) UTAH, inc.
Kansas State at
(9) ARIZONA, inc.

NHL
HOCKEY
San Jose 3.
MONTREAL 1
Buffalo at
PITTSBURGH, inc.
Calgary at
PHOENIX, inc.
Chicago at Los
Angeles, inc.

NBA
BASKETBALL
TORONTO 89,
Detroit 85
Philadelphia 95,
WASHINGTON 73
ATLANTA 103,
Charlotte 98
Portland 100,
MIAMI 94

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Tracking 'M' teams
This weekend the Michigan hockey team will face
Lake Superior State in a pair of games on Friday and
Saturday. Faceoff for Friday's game is at 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday
November 17, 1999

11

=Around the Horn=
Best nvah:
the Pik
fter two-and-a-half months of
hard-hitting, chest-thumping, in-
our-face action, the 1999 col-
lege football season is winding to a halt.
With many teams having only one or
two games remaining in their seasons,
the games increase in magnitude
because of the
rivalries that are
y. This week- T.J.
'd is huge for Berka
campus pride and
morale. This week
isRivalry Week.
But what makes
a good rivalry?
Good games
between two highly
competitive teams?
The proximity TEEMG
between the two OFF
ools? The per-
sonalities of their coaches?
When you are analyzing rivalries,
you have to look at Michigan's upcom-
ing game this season against the
Buckeyes. Michigan-Ohio State has all
the makings of a good rivalry. The two
teams truly hate each other with a pas-
sion and seem to take great pleasure in
screwing the other out of opportunities.
Michigan-Ohio State is also played on
ass outside in cold weather. Weather
that makes the bones chatter and teeth
freeze is always a plus as far as rivalries
are concerned.
But being a writer on the Michigan
Daily, it would be rather gameless to
rate a rivalry involving my school as the
best, so the Wolverines and Buckeyes
lose out.
Getting kind of hungry, I went to a
greasy spoon and heard the patrons dis-
sing Auburn-Alabama. In a state
Were there is really nothing to do but
watch this game, the intensity borders
on the insane. But there are flaws. First,
the weather is warm. No real rivalry
game should be played in warm weath-
er. Secondly, and most pertinent, the
game is in Alabama. Although the game
might be awesome, you still have to live
in Alabama afterward.
Some people at the tanning booth
re telling me that Florida State-
florida is the best rivalry game. While
the Seminoles and Gators have been
two of the decade's elite teams, they
don't present the national permanence
which makes a great rivalry.
Besides, Florida State was an all-
female school until the late 1940s.
While it would make for an entertaining
game, I'm pretty positive that the
Gators didn't play an all-girls team. So
a rivalry which only dates back 50 years
Arot worthy of the title of best.
If you go to a library, you'll hear peo-
ple talking about the Harvard-Yale
game in the middle of reading Plato.
These people will use big words in talk-
ing about how Harvard and Yale is truly
'The Game'.
These bookworms do have points.
Harvard and Yale have been playing
each other since the 1870s. The schools
are very close in proximity, status and
letic skill level.
But that skill level is nowhere near

Big Ten pokes into title race

By Sarah Ensor
Daily Sports Writer
As the Michigan field hockey team
heads to Boston this weekend to partici-
pate in the NCAA Final Four, it will be
looking to solidify respect not only for
itself but for its conference as well.
The Big Ten has enjoyed a breakout
year in field hockey and has firmly
established itself as the site of much of
the nation's premier competition in the
sport. Four of the six conference teams
are ranked in the top 25 of this week's
STX/NFHCA National Coaches Poll,
and two teams, Michigan and Iowa, will
take part in the Final Four.
Before this season, the Big Ten was
often overlooked in favor of its east coast
counterparts, which have won 17 of 18
y ~NCAA Championships. Only one Big
Ten team, Iowa in 1986, garnered the
crown in the tournament's history.
But, this year has seen a changing of
the tide. The Big Ten is one of the most
/* competitive conferences in the nation,
and its teams have occupied three of the
DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily top 10 poll positions throughout much of
Landing two teams in the Final Four has Big Ten officials, players and coaches the year. Earlier this month, the Big Ten
everywhere doing their best Aretha Franklin impressions, singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Tournament showcased some of this sea-
Buckeyes lookingfor heart, soul

son's fiercest field hockey competition,
leading Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz to believe that her conference
deserves more recognition.
"This solidifies the fact that the Big
Ten is for real," she said after winning
the Big Ten title two weeks ago. "It's an
amazing conference, and I think the east
needs to recognize that the Big Ten is"
tough.
The Wolverines hope that the caliber
of play in the conference tournament and
their success so far in the NCAA
Tournament will garner the Big Ten the
respect it so highly deserves.
"It is great for us, being from the mid-
west," freshman midfielder Molly
Powers said. "The east has dominated
hockey for so long, so it's hard for us to
get recognition."
Three Big Ten teams -- Michigan,
Iowa and Penn State - qualified for the
16-team NCAA Tournament, and both
Michigan and Iowa will travel to Boston
for the Final Four.
"Even ifneither of us ends up winning
it, just because two of us made it to the
Final Four is important and will help us
earn respect," junior goalkeeper Kati

t

Oakes said.
In addition, the Final Four will allow
Michigan and Iowa to showcase their
skills and demonstrate the caliber of
their conference in front of an east coast
audience. Many east coast athletes dis-
miss midwest field hockey as second-
rate, but the Michigan stickers intend to
change that perception this weekend;
Being in Boston "will help because of
exposure," Oakes said. "A lot of times
people on the east coast don't even know
that we have field hockey out here in
Michigan or Iowa. Since the NCAA
Championship is on the east coast, peo-
ple who live there will come out and see
us play and see that we're for real."
The Wolverines hope that they will be
able to prove the critics wrong in Boston
and prove their conference's merit once
and for all. They are tired of being over-
looked in favor of east coast teams, and
want the nation to know that they have
what it takes to be champions.
"Twice before I got here (in 1997 and
1998) we were passed over by the
NCAA Tournament, Powers said. "But
I think this (season) makes a statement
that we're pretty damn good out here."

By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Walking through
the doors of the Woody Hayes Center, a
visitor is greeted by an impressive sight.
Straight ahead, each individually
encased in a plexiglas trophy case, are
the six Heisman Trophies accumulated
by five Buckeye -greats. The famed
bronze statues are flanked to the left and
right by an innumerable number of bowl
trophies, individual awards and six
national championships. Overseeing all
of it is a wall-sized picture of Hayes, the
famed Buckeyes coach.
But this year's group of Buckeyes are
a far cry from the championship teams
under the tutelage of Hayes, or the four
straight 10-win seasons under current
coach John Cooper.
The Buckeyes have struggled this sea-
son, going 6-5, and are in danger of not
making a bowl for the first time since
1988, Cooper's first season as coach.
Ohio State is already guaranteed to miss

this year's New Year's bowl schedule -
a difficult pill to swallow for a senior
class that has been to two Sugar Bowls
and a Rose Bowl during their playing
careers.
"This season has been really tough,"
Ohio State captain Matt Keller said.
"This is not what you expect to happen
when you come to Ohio State. We still
believe we could be a good team. We just
have to stop listening to people say how
bad we are."
If not listening to the critics is the key
to being a good team, the Buckeyes first
must stop listening to what they are say-
ing about themselves.
"When I look around out there I just
don't see the 'I'm going to leave my
heart out on the field' type of attitude
with some guys," Keller said. "To win
you need a whole team effort, and this
season you've got to question the effort
of some people."
Keller stressed that not everyone had
given up on the season but that the effort

of a few "bad apples" was hurting the
team. He attributed last weekend's loss
to Illinois in his last home game as the
result of a total team collapse.
"Guys were walking around with their
heads down before the game even start-
ed," Keller said. "We haven't played well
in the last couple of weeks. There's a lot
of frustration on this team right now"
Ohio State enters Saturday's game
against Michigan as a significant under-
dog, but the Buckeyes can most likely
earn themselves a bowl bid and alleviate
much of the frustration suffered this sea-
son with a win.
But the internal problems within the
Buckeye locker room may be too much
to overcome.
"The heart and soul of this team has
been missing in a lot of games this sea-
son," Ohio State defensive end James
Cotton said. "We need to channel all the
frustration from this season toward
Michigan this weekend, try to fix the
mistakes and play tough football."

AP PHOTO
if Ohio State loses to Michigan this weekend, the Buckeyes will become ineligible
for a bowl for the first time since 1988, Ohio State coach John Cooper's first yeard

Michigan looks to avoid another Sparty party in Criser

By MarkFrancescutti
Daily Sports Writer
Yesterday, the Michigan Ticket
Office pulled all Michigan-Michigan
State basketball single-game tickets
off the market.
The move halts the sale of the
remaining 2,400 tickets to the Feb. 1
matchup until next, week, when
Michigan will reopen ticket sales
only to customers with valid
University identification.
"We want to provide Michigan
fans with the opportunity for the pre-
mium games," Michigan marketing
director Tom Brooks said. "Coach
Ellerbe wanted to guarantee that we
have the Michigan community in
force at the games."
Starting next week, Michigan
hopes to begin selling the rest of the
tickets, but only students and staff
with a valid M-Card will have the
opportunity to purchase them.
Students and staff "will have first

priority for a targeted length of
time," Brooks said. "We haven't
decided on a length yet, but it will be
more than a week.
"Alumni (and other fans) won't get
the chance to buy until after (the stu-
dents and staff) have had their
chance."
Michigan began selling individual
game tickets this past Monday. The
ticket office reports that, originally it
had 3,800 single-game tickets avail-
able for the Michigan State game.
When sales stopped yesterday,
Michigan had sold 1,400 of them.
The Athletic Department's reaction
stems from the circumstances of last
season's game in which Michigan
State fans packed Crisler Arena and

out-cheered the Michigan home
crowd.
Last year Michigan State basket-
ball's student-run fan club, the
Izzone, rented over 10 buses and pur-
chased almost 700 tickets to the
game at Crisler.
"We had a bunch of people go out
and buy the tickets by themselves,"
said Kevin Udy, one of the Izzone's
group leaders and a international
relations junior at Michigan State.
"Last year we got the tickets because
Michigan didn't sell them."
The Izzone, lined up in several
rows across the top of the arena,
taunted and chanted at the Michigan
players and fans.
This year the ticket office placed a

four-ticket limit per person for the
game this season to hinder an entire
group from purchasing sections of
seats, but worries of Michigan State
fans trying to repeat their goal of
swarming Crisler may have brought
on the ticket sales stoppage.
"It's meant to dissipate the pres-
ence of opposing fans and to curb
incidents like last year, with one
group buying a block," Brooks said.
Izzone's Udy said that he knew of

many Michigan State fans buying
tickets for this year's game on the
first day of sales, but as of yesterday
morning, Izzone had not formally
organized another movement to buy a
multitude of tickets for the game at
Crisler.
"There was no way we could orga-
nize it," Udy said. ""It would be fun
to do the same thing again. You never
know what's going to happen."
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