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FRIDAY
NOVEMBER 2, 2001

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DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Freshman forward Michael Woodford and the No. 14 Michigan hockey team will
try to get back on track this weekend in Fairbanks.
Blue, Nanooks both
in uncharted territory

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer

Alaska-Fairbanks coach Guy Gad-
owsky doesn't know what to expect
when the No. 14 Michigan hockey
team (1-3-1 CCHA, 2-4-1 overall) vis-
its the Land of the Midnight Sun this
weekend.
"Usually they come in here heavily
favored after another sweep," Gad-
owsky said. "This is very new ground
for them. But regardless of how they
started, we know that they are still the
University of Michigan."
After dropping two
games at home to North- CARLSON
ern Michigan last week,
the Wolverines are off to who: Michig
their worst start in 15 CA2a4arc
years. In contrast, Alaska- When: 11:051
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is off to a surprisingly Latest: At eigl
good start. Despite start- the CCHA, Mi
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CCHA media's preseason with two victo
poll, the Nanooks now sit
fourth in the conference standings.
Historically, Alaska-Fairbanks has
been a relatively easy target for the
Wolverines. They defeated the
Nanooks in each of the teams' first 18
games. But during the last two years
under Gadowsky, Alaska-Fairbanks is
2-2 against Michigan.
"I am really pleased with our start,"
Gadowsky said. "I think we have the
program going in the right direction."
Last season, Michigan started the
weekend series against the Nanooks
with an 8-0 blanking. But Alaska-Fair-
banks came back to earn its first ever
win in Yost Ice Arena the next night.
From the very beginning of the 5-2
win, it was clear that the stars were
aligned in Alaska-Fairbanks' favor.
Just 26 seconds into the opening
stanza, Michigan goalie Josh Black-
burn headed for the bench after a
delayed penalty call. Then a blueline
slapshot from Mike Komisarek deflect-
ed off a Alaska-Fairbanks player and
slid all the way back into the Wolver-
ines' empty net.

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But this year's Nanooks shouldn't
need fluke goals to keep up with
Michigan. Alaska-Fairbanks is averag-
ing nearly five goals per game this sea-
son and eleven players have already lit
the lamp more than once.
"The key for us has been getting all
four lines involved," Gadowsky said.
"You can't key too much on any of our
guys."
Michigan's offense, on the other
hand, has been led by junior Mike
Cammalleri - the only Wolverine
with more than two scores
this season.
CENTER "He is such a talented
player," Gadowsky said. "I
(11 don't know if the flow of
,ra2l2 vs. the gam e w ill allow us to
m. tonight, shadow him, but he will
night definitely get special
i place in attention."
garrneeds Michigan departed
eekend early on Wednesday
s in Alaska. morning, hoping to adjust
to the four-hour time
change before Friday night's tilt. But
the players will not just forget about
their schoolwork.
"I think I'll be taking my laptop and
most of my history books," freshman
Jason Ryznar said. "You have plenty of
time to read on the plane. It's a long
flight."
When Ryznar arrives, the Alaska
native will have friends and family
waiting for him.
"It will be good to have some home
fans cheering for me in the stands,"
said Ryznar, whose father, Daniel, has
been in Ann Arbor watching him play
the past month.
INJURY UPDATE: Michigan captain Jed
Ortmeyer has recovered from the mild
concussion he suffered last Friday
against Northern. He practiced on
Monday and should be at full strength
against Alaska-Fairbanks. But two
other starters for the Wolverines could
not make the trip - senior forward
Craig Murray (separated shoulder) and
junior defenseman Mike Roemensky
(high ankle sprain).

Throw away the records. Throw
away the rankings. Throw away
Michigan's national title hopes, at
least for one day.
None of that will matter tomorrow
afternoon when Michigan (4-0 Big
Ten, 6-1 overall) squares off against
the Spartans (2-2, 4-2) in East Lans-
ing.
If the past is any indication, it
won't matter that Michigan State is
hampered by injuries to its second-
ary. Michigan's momentum coming
in should be nullified. And Marquise
Walker, Michigan's superstar wide
receiver, will be just another soldier
on the battlefield of Spartan Stadi-
um.
"Emotions are real high right
now," Michigan quarterback John
Navarre said. "I think it is a little bit
higher ,because it is Michigan State
week. Obviously it's a big game and
emotions are high this week."
The intrastate rivalry always pro-
vides for a big game. Michigan

State's surprising win two years ago
in East Lansing was countered by a
shutout last year from Michigan's
notoriously poor defense. Sure, the
Spartans have won three of the last
four matchups in East Lansing. But
as center Kurt Anderson put it, the
past is just that.
"What they did two years ago has
no effect on me because we have a
different team," Anderson said. "One
thing that won't change is that it's
Michigan and Michigan State. Years
past have no bearing on this year's
game."
For three hours tomorrow, the
state's collective eye will be focused
on Spartan Stadium.
It will be watching Jeff Smoker,
the Big Ten's most efficient quarter-
back, who will lead the upset-minded
Spartans into the game. Michigan's
pass rush may be good - far better
than last year - but Smoker has a
security blanket this time around -
Charles Rogers.
"(Charles) Rogers is going to be
one of the all-time great (receivers),"
said Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. The

Saginaw native is averaging just
under 100 yards per game, and has
scored five touchdowns.
While the Michigan defense is
stronger than in recent years, a dis-
tinct weakness still lies in its second-
ary. The only way to stop Rogers is
to make sure that Smoker doesn't
have time to find him.
"We always want to put pressure
on the opposing quarterback," said
Michigan defensive end Shantee Orr.
"We all need to step up and put a
good pass rush on to try and make
the opponent to be one dimensional."
Forcing the Spartans to run,
though, might not be the best thing.
T.J. Duckett is one of the nation's
finest running backs, and has the

MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily
Michigan quarterback John Navarre, whose performance has exceeded all
expectations thus far, will need to continue his consistent play tomorrow.

speed and power to run all over
op onents.
But Michigan counters with the
nation's best rush defense.
Michigan is looking to Walker,
who will be going up against the
Spartans depleted secondary. The
senior, whose name is starting to
draw Heisman Trophy acknowledge-
ment, will need to be huge if Michi-
gan can win the battle.
"Theypresent a lot of problems'-
No. 1, us being able to match up with
their receivers,in the passing game,"
said Michigan State coach Bobby
Williams. "We've lost several defen-
sive backs already this year so we've
been forced to make some personnel
moves."

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STAFF PICKS
WEEK 9 SELEcTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
HOME TEAMS IN CAPS.
Mtehigan (-6) at MICHIGAN STATE
Ohio State (-2) at MINNESOTA
Northwestern (-3) at INDIANA;
PURDUE (-3) vs. Illinois
Iowa (-2) at WISCONSIN
PENN STATE (-2) vs. Southern Mississippi
Tennessee (-8) at NOTRE DAME
ALABAMA (-4.5) vs. Louisiana State
Stanford (-I) at WASHINGTON
Florida State (-8) at CLEMSON
MISSISSIPPI STATE (-7.5) vs. Kentucky
Kansas State (-7) at IOWA STATE
Texas A&M (-4.5) at TEXAS TECH
Virginia Tech (-18.5) at PITTSBURGH
MARYLAND (-22) vs. Troy State
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Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State
Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Louisiana State Alabama Louisiana State Louisiana State
Washingto Washington Washing.n; .tKfr
Florida State Clemson Florida State Florida State
Miss$stpI State Mississippi State KentkyK
Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State
Texas A&M Texas Tech Texas A&M . Texs Tc
Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Troy Start Maryland Tray StateTr a
Virginia Tech Washington Tennessee Penn State
8-7 (1-0) 5-10 (0-1) 7-8 (0-1) 8-7 (1-0)

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Record last week (Best bets)
Record to date (Best bets)

61-44 (5-2)

52-53 (3-4)

51-54 (3-4)

56-49 (5-2)

Shaq helps Moore develop his skills

PROCRASTINATION
STATION

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
When Shaquille O'Neal invited Josh.
Moore to work out at his lavish home in
Los Angeles this summer, Moore.
found out that his resemblance to the
NBA All-Star extended further than just
body and shoe size.
They share the same blood. Moore
knew that they had been delivered by
the same doctor, but discovered that he
and the former NBA Most Valuable
Player are related through cousins. And

CRISLER ARENA
Who: Michigan vs. EA Sports Midwest All-Stars
When: 2 p.m.
Latest: The Amaker era begins in Crisler Arena
against the EA Sports Midwest All-Stars and
former Michigan center Josh Asselin.
after breaking down Moore through
watching tape and individual workouts,
O'Neal told him that the comparisons
don't end there.
"I guess he sees a lot of himself in
me," Moore said. He remembers

O'Neal telling him, "'That was me
when I was younger' and that when he
was a freshman in college, he made a
lot of the same mistakes."
Both big men were forced to grow
into huge frames and size 21 shoes after
late growth spurts, making their foot-
work and style of play very important
in the college game. O'Neal has adapt-
ed to his size in fine fashion, and had
some tips for Moore to do the same.
"He told me to play a little softer,"
Moore said. "He said, 'You don't have
to be aggressive. Make guys want to
step up and play you strongly because
the guys who play you softly, you're
playing too aggressively and you get
fouls every time."'"
Moore and O'Neal worked out three
times a day, and ate breakfast, lunch
See MOORE, Page 9

Seven Blue Stickers
honored by Big Ten
Yesterday, Michigan midfielder/for-
ward Adrienne Hortillosa was named
the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Hor-
tillosa was a welcome force for the
Wolverines, netting three goals and
one assist for seven points in Big Ten
play.
She is the second straight Wolverine
to take home the award, as sophomore
defender Kristi Gannon received the
honor last season. Gannon, sophomore
defender Stephanie Johnson and senior
defender Catherine Foreman were all
named to All-Big Ten first team.
In addition, four Wolverines were
named to the All-Big Ten second team:
Hortillosa, sophomore forward April
Fronzoni, junior midfielder Jessica
Rose and senior defender Maureen
Tasch.

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Before every football game this sea-
son, Daily football writers Jeff Phillips
and Jon Schwartz will take the week-
end's matchup to the Playstation 2.
Play of the game - Late in the first
quarter, the Wolverines stop the Spar-
tans on fourth and one and then turn it
around for a score on the next play.
Player of the game - Michigan's QB
No. 16 killed the Michigan State sec-
ondary all day, racking up eight touch-
downs.
Michigan key stats
Passing: QB No. 16- 17-of-23, 486
yards, 8 touchdowns
Michigan State key stats
Receiving: WR No. 1- 8 receptions,
298 yards, 1 touchdown

For this week's matchup, coach
Schwartz led the home Spartans and
coach Phillips took the helm for the
Wolverines again.
PRESS CONFERENCE
OUOTES:
Michigan head coach Jeff Phillips:
I'm not sure if that was the best perform-
ance from quarterback this season, but it
was damn good. WR No. 4 had his
moments alIso..
I think coach Schwartz has given up hope
about winning another game. I warned
him that this day would come and guess
what - it has ...
The crowd at this game was the largest
ever for Procrastination Station and
think it came away impressed ...
Challengers? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?
Michigan State head coach Jon Schwartz
My god ...

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