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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 12, 2001 - 38

NCAA Women's Tournament - Midwest Region

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First Round Second Round Third Round
Sat., March 17 Mon., March 19 Sat., March 24
Notre Dame (1)
Alcorn State (16)
Joyce Center
Michigan (8) South Bend, IN.
Virginia (9)'
Utah(5)
Fairfield (12)
Carver Hawkeye Arena
Iowa (4) Iowa City, IA.
Oregon (13) Peps
Colorado (6) Deny
Siena (11)
Vanderbilt (3) Memorial Gym
Idah Stae (1) 1Nashville, TN. j
daho State (14a
Florida State (7)
lTulane (10)
Hilton Coliseum
Iowa State (2) Ames, IA.
Howard (15)

Quarterfinals
Mon., March 26

Final Four
March 30 - April 1

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Nfarch sadness got you down?
Think Michigan is a world away
om the NCAA Tournament?
The Wolverines are closer than you think:
We'll start at the bottom - the play-in
game featuring Northwestern State. In
case you were curious, Northwestern
State is nowhere near the Northwest. It's
in Louisiana. The coach at Northwestern
State is Mike McConathy. His college
roommate was Tim Floyd, the former
coach of Iowa State. Iowa State star
Jamaal Tinsley, a Brooklyn native, honed
his skills in New York City's Rucker
League - a famous street-ball venue that
also produced Stephon Marbury, an NBA
lottery pick from Georgia Tech. Georgia
Tech, a No. 8 seed in the West, is comple-
mented by the services of 6-9 freshman
Robert Brooks, a graduate of Saginaw
Arthur Hill. He played high school ball
with Jason Richardson, an all-Big Ten
sophomore at Michigan State. Michigan
State's Mike Chappell is a transfer from
Duke. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was
a former graduate assistant at Indiana.
Indiana's Jared Jeffries went to high
school with Djibril Kante, the 6-7 forward
at Indiana State. Indiana State was home
to assistant coach Greg Lansing for four
years before he became an assistant at
Iowa. Iowa's Reggie Evans was the team-
mate of Roy Boone at Coffeyville
Community College before Boone trans-
ferred to Wisconsin. Wisconsin assistant
Tony Bennett lived in Charlotte, N.C. for
three years - hometown C-USA champ
N.C. Charlotte. N.C. Charlotte's Malik El-
Tamer is from Cologne, Germany, and
Michael Jordan, who has marketed a pop-
ular cologne, attended North Carolina.
North Carolina star Joseph Forte was the
high school teammate of Kentucky's
Keith Bogans. Kentucky coach Tubby
Smith once coached at SEC rival Georgia.
Georgia shares the nickname Bulldog
with Jerry Dunn, the coach at Penn State.
Penn State's former coach Bruce Parkhill
was happy to leave for an assistant job at
Ohio State. Ohio State's Jim O'Brien was
the former coach of Boston College.
Boston College coach Gary Williams
now coaches for Maryland. Maryland's
former coach Lefty Dreisell is now
coaching at Georgia State. Georgia State's
Shemard Long is a transfer from
Georgetown. Georgetown's Kenny
Bruener transferred to Fresno State.
Fresno State's former center Avondre
Jones transferred from Southern Cal.
Southern Cal coach Henry Bibby is the
father of former star Mike Bibby of
Arizona. Arizona's Luke Walton is the
brother of Nate Walton, who plays at

Princeton. Princeton squared for the the
lacrosse "game of the decade" in 1992
with Syracuse. Syracuse alum Donovan
McNabb now resides in Philadelphia,
home of St. Joseph's.
St. Joseph's Alexendre Sazanov is fom
Moscow, Russia, and the Reds play in
Cincinnati, home of Xavier.
Xavier Skip Prosser interviewed forthe
head coaching job at Notre Dame. Notre
Dame's Ryan Humphrey was a transfer
from Oklahoma. Oklahoma's Jameel
Heywood is majoring in communications
as is Rashaan Johnson of Monmouth.
Monmouth's Tom Kaplan is from Tel
Aviv, Israel, but does not attend Temple.
Temple junior Alex Wesby attended a
high school named after Ben Franklin,
who discovered electricity, and the
Golden Flashes play at Kent. "Kent" can
be found in Western "Kent"ucky. Western
Kentucky, so it would seem, is in the
opposite direction of Eastern Illinois:.r
Eastern Illinois assistant Steve Weemer
coaches summer camps at Illinois. Illinois
coach Bill Self was an assistant at
Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State's
Melvin Sanders is from Liberal, Kan.,-
and everybody knows there is no school
more liberal that Cal. Cal shares the
Golden Bear nickname with Jack
Nicklaus, who is being compared to Tiger
Woods, who went to Stanford. StanfoQd's
nickname is a tree, which would probably
feel at home at Wake Forest. Wake Ftest
is in Winston-Salem, not to be confused
with Salem, Mass., where witches were
warded off with a Holy Cross. Holy ros:
is in the Patriot League, and a patriotWho
modeled the Bill of Rights was George
Mason. George Mason is located in the
Washington, D.C. area, former homeof
Jeff Ruland, current coach of Iona. I own
a pirate hat, and so does the mascot of
Hampton. Hampton. Hampton is in
Hampton, much like Northridge is in
Northridge. Northridge, Calif. is only 24
miles from Los Angeles, home of UCLA.
UCLA coach Steve Lavin may very ell
be the long lost twin brother of Billy;
Donovan, the coach at Florida. Florida
got coach Donovan from Providence',-
And Providence is the school which
Leland Anderson now attends - transfer-
ring only last year from the University of
Michigan.
So, logically, Michigan is just one year
away from the Big Dance.
Cheer up!
Many, many thanks to the Daily basket
ball beat and my editors for thei
patience. David Den Herder can b
reached at dden@umich.edu

'y David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
YPSILANTI - Last year, the
Michigan women's basketball team
earned itself an eight seed in the NCAA
tournament. Where do three fewer Big
4n nwins leave them? The exact same
spot.
Michigan will play against Virginia,
which finished sixth in the ACC, this
Saturday in South Bend. The Cavaliers
had an 8-8 conference record, and were
18-12 overall.
Michigan managed to find itself on
the stable side of the bubble at the Big
Ten Tournament last weekend after
defeating No. 19 Penn State for the
third time this season. The Wolverines
*ere inconsistent all season after losing
first-team all-Big Ten star Stacey
Thomas to graduation. They dropped
from second in the conference to fifth,
and fell from the national rankings --
where they appeared for the first time
ever last year.
Lack of respect has been an ongoing
complaint of coach Sue Guevara, but
continued success is the only way to
#rn it. In the past four years, Guevara's
.quad has been invited to the Big Dance

three times. Each trip ended with a
first-round loss.
"This has to be a little different than
the last time we (went)," Guevara said.
"It's an eight-nine game, so I'm sure
we're evenly matched"
But the challenge of the eight seed is
waiting in the second round. This year,
the bracket gods have structured the
tournament such that Notre Dame,
ranked first nationally, will most likely
be waiting patiently in the round of 32.
"When you get to the NCAA
Tournament, if you keep going you're
going to play one of the top four teams
in the country," Guevara said.
But Michigan is hoping for at least
one win, and counting on its experience
to give the Wolverines a boost through
the second round.
"Last year we played Stanford and
put in a really tough effort, and then in
a heartbreaker, lost," senior captain
Anne Thorius said. "But each year you
get better and get a little more experi-
enced, and, now, we have a lot of people
on the team who have played in post-
season games. That experience is defi-
nitely going to carry over."
The multiple trips to the realm of
postseason play pay multiple dividends.

JEFF HURVITZ/Daily
Stephanie Gandy and Heather Oesterle celebrate upon seeing Michigan's selection
to the NCAA Tournament as an eight-seed.

The Opponents
Like Michigan, Virginia was a bit of a
bubble team. The Cavaliers finished
sixth in the ACC with a 8-8 conference
record and an 18-13 record overall.
Virginia wanted a strong showing in
the ACC tournament, but it was elimi-
nated by Florida State in the first
round.
The Cavaliers are led by sophomore for-
ward Schuye LaRue who was second in
the ACC in scoring with 18.2 points
per game and first in ACC in rebound-
ing with 11.9 rebounds per game.
If Michigan should advance, it will like-
ly have to face national powerhouse
Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have
lost just two games this season, by a
total three points.
Notre Dame is led by Big East Player of
the Year Ruth Riley. Riley punished
opponent to the tune of 18.5 points
per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Not only does experience help the
Wolverine cause in the tournament, but
national exposure helps earn any team
spots in the national polls, and easier
paths to the Big Dance.
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Cavaliers, it will likely be pitted
against first-seeded Notre Dame.
"I think the Big Ten has prepared us
for this," Guevara said. "It doesn't
matter who they throw at us"
The prospect of an upset makes any

"It's being there every year, year after
year," athletic director Bill Martin said.
"You've got to gain respect for your
program. I think it's wonderful, the way
(the program) is advancing."
underdog lick its chops, and Michigan
is no exception.
"We've played ranked teams all year
and beat them and we're not in fear of
that at all," Katie Dykhouse said.
Michigan has won big games,
including three straight against a
ranked Penn State team that likely cat-
apulted Michigan into the tournament.

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