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13 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 13, 2000

.Less is Moore as freshman
center learns basketball ropes

Van Dyke questionable;
Cameron remorseful

By Michael Kern
Daily Sports \Vriter

In the forest of Michigan basketball. the biggest
ree has shed some dead weight and gotten a whole
lot stronger in the process.
Freshman center Josh Moore - who at 7-foot-2
is the tallest player in Michigan history- has
been working out all summer to get back into play-
ing shape after taking a year off.
"I feel like an oak," Moore said.
Moore arrived in Ann Arbor this summer at 328
pounds after spending a year at Saint Thomas
More Prep School to gain academic eligibility.
Since he began a daily regiment of running and
kifting weights a couple of months ago, Moore has
ropped 31 pounds.
"I'm down to 297, but my body frame can han-
dIe 350 pounds," Moore said. "I'd like to gain
three more pounds of muscle and get back to 300.
Hopefully, I can add more muscle and eventually
get back to 330 in a couple of years."
By comparison, Shaquille O'Neal last year's
MVP who led the Lakers to the NBA title is 7-
foot-I and weighs in at 315.
The strength and agility Moore gained from his
Workouts have already shown dividends in pickup
games with his teammates. Once he gets into the
paint, it's hard to move him out.
"When I make a move, guys have to get out of

the way, or they might get hit," Moore said. "I
want to punish my opponents. I want my game to
be punishing,"
Moore started his workouts this summer at
Schernbechler Hall, lifting weights and running
with members of the football team who were
preparing for the fall season.
Joined by sophomore Dave Petruziello and
freshmen Chris Perry and Calvin Bell. Moore
started lifting three times a week and running
every other day.
"It was like we started a fraternity,'' Moore said.
In addition to his workouts off the court, Moore
has been working with his teammates to improve
his game on the court.
Senior Josh Asselin and junior Chris Young have
taken the freshman under their wing to teach him
how to stay out of foul trouble in the physical BiT
"Josh has been like a big brother," Moore said.
"Chris has been like a drill sergeant. telling me to
do that or make that move."
Moore isn't the only Wolverine who spends his
free time in the weight room. Sophomore Lavell
Blanchard --- who Moore called "one of the hard-
est working players in the Big Ten" _- also main-
tains a strict regiment of off-court running and
weightlifting. But Moore is trying to instill that
same enthusiasm in all of his teammates.
"I call guys up and say, Hey, I'm going down to

Josh Moore called teammate LaVell Blanchard "one
of the hardest working players in the Big Ten."
lift weights,"' Moore said. " Let's go. I'll give you
a ride."
Between adjusting to life as a freshman at
Michigan and working out with his teammates,
Moore hardly gets a free moment to himself. His
workout schedule keeps him in the weight room or
on the track six days a week.
"I get Sundays off," Moore said.

Mid-field attack the
focus for Burs, Blue

Continued from Page 11
Coach Bobby Williams said Van
Dyke would have to be available for
practice today. Otherwise, the
Spartans will go with true freshman
Jeff Smoker, who came off the bench
to lead Michigan State past Marshall
last week.
"Ryan is a lot better. He's able to
grip a football," Williams said. "Jeff'
pretty much ran the first unit
(Monday). We're just going to get
Jeff ready to go.
"If Ryan can be effective in prac-
tice ... he'll play Saturday."
INDIANA: The performance of the
Atlantic Coast Conference officiating
crew set coach Cam Cameron afire
during and after Saturday's 41-38 loss
at home to North Carolina State.
Cameron was enraged with "six or
eight" controversial calls that went
against Indiana. The Wolfpack took
the lead for good on a 47-yard touch-
down pass with 54 seconds to play.
At the postgame press conference,
Cameron said, "You can slice it any-
way you want. That football game
was flat taken from Indiana
In a more settled mood, Cameron
issued the following apology yester-
day morning: "How I handled that
was really inappropriate. That's just
not the way we handle it in the Big
Ten Conference. I just want to apolo-
gize for that."
Cameron has been assessed a
S 10,000 fine for his comments.
lowA: Following a 1-10 season in
1999, the Hawkeyes have opened this
season a very unappealing 0-2. The
Kansas State loss was somewhat
expected, but a loss in the home
opener to Western Michigan was a
bad break.
Some in Iowa City have even
begun to wonder about the prospect
of going 0-12.
"What we need right now is to win
a football game," Iowa coach Kirk
Ferentz said. "That would make
everybody feel a lot better. Nobody's
got their heads down. Nobody's hit-
ting the panic button."
MINNESOTA: Don't be surprised if
you see coach Glen Mason signing a
contract to become a spokesman for
the cucumber industry. In preparation
for his team's trip to Baylor this
week, Mason had his players drink
pickle juice.
The lore is that pickle juice reduces

On tap
The Big Ten heads into its third
week of nonconference play. Here's
what's on tap for this Saturday:
Michigan at UCLA, 3:30 p.m.
California at Illinois, noon.
Iowa State at Iowa, noon
Northwestern at Texas Christian, noon
Miami (Ohio) at Ohio State, 12:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Baylor, 12:30 p.m.
Cincinnati at Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Purdue at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.
Penn State at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.
Indiana at Kentucky, 5 p.m.
Michigan State at Missouri, 7 p.m.
"This year at Florida, (Brigham
Young) said they used to drink pickle
juice to cope with the severe heat,"
Mason said.
Add that to receiving a personal
endorsement of pickle juice from one
of his Texas players, and Mason was
NORTHWESTERN: A nonconference
road trip to Texas Christian might
seem ordinary if not for one reason:
Horned Frogs running back
LaDainian Tomlinson, a preseason
Heisman candidate.
Coach Randy Walker compared
Tomlinson to Travis Prentice, who he
coached at Miami (Ohio) before leav-
ing the school to take the
Northwestern job. Prentice graduated
after the 1999 season and holds team
records in career carries as well as
rushing yards in a game.
Tomlinson "has( better speed than
you think," said Walker.
PENN SrATE: A win was crucial for
the Nittany Lions, but coach Joe
Paterno sure isn't celebrating his
team's 67-7 victory over Louisiana
"Louisiana Tech just didn't play
very well, giving us the ball five or
six times," Paterno said bluntly. "I
don't know if we got any confidence
in this game - I hope we did."
Now 1-2, Paterno takes his team to
Pittsburgh to resume the annual in-
state rivalry. Penn State has played Pitt
with top-10 teams and had trouble. So
this Saturday will surely be a dogfight.
"It will be an emotional game, the
last game they play in Three Rivers
Stadium (against Penn State) before
they move into a new stadium next
year," Paterno said.

By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
Competition manifests itself in the
middle of things.
Monkey in the middle; Malcolm in
the Middle; The Mid-American
Conference. For the Michigan men's
soccer team, success in their increasing-
ly rigorous schedule will depend on their
ffectiveness in the middle third of the
"We're not making things happen in
the middle third quick enough," coach
Steve Burns said.
A soccer pitch is generally divided
into thirds - the defensive third, the
offensive third, and the middle third.
This division creates the opportunity
to approach offensive and defensive
strategy in a manner similar to hockey,
vhere the blue lines create comparable
:imensions for the rink.
In this past Sunday's exhibition
against Schoolcraft College, the
Wolverines scored two goals - one on a
penalty kick, the other on a 40-yard pass
by junior Matt Murch to Kevin
Robinson that Robinson was able to con-
vert into a goal.
The team is hoping that they can
develop a style of play that yields scor-
*ng opportunities like Robinson's on
Sunday. The Michigan players -- many
of whom are accustomed to the slower-
paced game of club soccer that allows
for multiple touches in the middle third
- are working this week on forcing
their first touch to be an aggressive one
to Robinson or sophomore forward
Robert Turpin, probably the fastest play-
er on the team.

"We need to look for the first strike:'
Burns said. "That's the buzzword. We
want to play it short, but we need to look
for our targets and see our options."
Midfielder Murch is commended by
Burns as "a good player with a great
awareness of the field." He compares
him to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in
his ability to know where every player
-- teammate and opponent -- is on the
field at all times.
"Some players have a better sense
right now," Burns said.
Thus far the Wolverines have not been
scorned by their reliance on the more
moderate style of play. But as their com-
petition becomes fiercer, the importance
of adapting that offensive aggressiveness
becomes urgent.
"It hasn't hurt us vet,' senior captain
Will Purdy said. "But the teams we've
played haven't been too difficult. It
could be big when we play Penn State.
"We're used to the possessional style
of play. The coaches are pushing us to
make that first look - that first attack.
We're trying to break our habit and
adjust to the new style.
The final step in converting these long
passes into talleys on the board is in the
finishing. The team was chastised
throughout Sunday's games by their
coaches, urging them to fire off shots
from long range --- 20-25 yards out.
"We need to build confidence from
that distance:' Burns said. "We need to
realize that good things happen when
those shots are taken."
The Wolverines continue to work on
their aggressive attack tomorrow against
the University of Illinois-Chicago, at
7:30 at Elbel Field.

The first 200 students to attend Thursday's 7:30 p.m. men soccer game will receive a
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