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and dinner together - something he'll
never forget.
"Just being with him every day, learn-
ing how he acts, learning his mentality
was huge," Moore said. "That's a big
factor in anything I'm trying to do.
"Waking up and talking to him in the
morning and eating breakfast with him
was an experience because this guy will
be in the record books, this guy will be
in the Hall of Fame, this guy will be
everything I want to be."
Moore said that while he enjoyed the
delicious cooking of O'Neal's personal
chef, Thomas, whom Moore labels, "the
best chef on the west side of the Missis-
sippi," there wasn't much free time.
While Moore didn't attend the Pete
Newell Big Man Camp in August as he
originally planned, he still had an active
summer in order to prepare himself for a
year of "heightened responsibility."
The camp "costs money, and I'm not
rich," Moore said. "I didn't go because
of my injuries but I played in the sum-
mer leagues back in Jersey and here."
Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said
that Moores chronic back problems,
most likely caused by a herniated disk,
have kept him out of about half the drills.
But Moore said he isn't too concerned.
"I'm all right," Moore said. "It's noth-
ing a little Robotussin couldn't cure."
And if Moore sees some action on
Sunday in Michigan's first exhibition of

M) eyes upset
over Buckeyes 1 .
By Rohit Bhave
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan's Josh Moore needs to stay healthy for the Wolverines to be successful.

the season, he may run into a familiar foe
down low. Forner Michigan center Josh
Asselin leads his traveling team, EA
Sports All-Stars, into Crisler Area at 2
p.m. Asselin's graduation this past spring
has left Michigan lacking in depth in the
front court, and the former Wolverine
will look to ruin Amaker's Michigan
coaching debut.
The EA All-Stars, who lost in their
first game on Wednesday, 84-74,to Wis-
consin-Milwaukee, and will be playing
their second game in a challenging 11-
game schedule that will have them visit-
ing Missouri, Notre Dame, Wisconsin
and Texas. But Michigan's primary chal-

lenge will be taking strides in formulat-
ing a starting lineup before its first regu-
lar season game on Nov. 16 against
Oakland. Amaker said there's competi-
tion at point guard, and with the chance
to play against someone other than
themselves, the coaching staff will be
able to find out who's healthy and which
freshmen are ready to step in.
"Any coach, you try to be loyal to
your seniors and give them first
shot," said Michigan assistant coach
Chuck Swenson. "But there's only
two true scholarship players in the
senior class (Leon Jones and Chris

While a Michigan-Ohio State matchup resonates with
bitterness in every sport, the two-year old men's soccer
rivalry has yet to reach the levels of the other sports. With a
third-place tie in the Big Ten on the line tonight against the
14th ranked Buckeyes (1-2-1 Big Ten, 8-3-2), the Wolver-
ines (2-3, 8-6-1 ) hope to fuel the clash with spirited,
aggressive play on the road in Columbus.
On the road this season, Steve Burns' young team has
been prone to gaps in its defense, poor offensive finishing.
and damaging red cards. Much of this can be attributed to
the youth on the squad -- there are only three seniors on
the active roster.
Youth will be served once again tonight, as Burns
said he will be starting a freshman walk-on goalkeeper
Bryan Lau. Lau, who gave up just one goal in Michi-
gan's 2-1 win against Wisconsin, will be called on to
replace first-string goalkeeper Joe Zawacki, who is
serving his suspension for a red card last weekend.
Zawacki will also have to sit out of the Wolverines
first round game. in the conference tournament. If Lau
has one thing going for him, it is motivation to beat his
hometown team - the freshman grew up in Colum-
"My experience tells me that the, kid will play above
himself," Burns said.
As the season draws to a close, both the Buckeyes and
Wolverines know enough about each other's tendencies
that execution of the their basic principles will take prece-
dent over gimmicky schemes.
Ohio State has shown a strong ability to switch the point
of attack swiftly from the left defensive midfield position
to the right midfield. Crisp lateral movement of the ball
can exploit weaknesses on the weak side of the opposing
defense, often allowing for one-on-one opportunities.
In defending the Buckeyes, the Wolverines cannot allow
Ohio State to pressure their young goalkeeper. In Michi-
gan's man-marking approach, Joe Iding and Dave George
must muzzle their offensive assignments, while rangy
sweeper Kevin Taylor needs to clean up loose balls.
Defensive intensity will be crucial, but not at the
expense of another red card. The Wolverines have been
snake-bitten with a bevy of red cards. Thus, Michigan's

Mychal Turpin will be chasing the Buckeyes down today.
Who: Michigan (2-3 Big Ten, 8-6-1 overall) vs. Ohio State (1-2-1, &32)
When: 7 p.m.
latest Freshman walk-on Bryan Lau, a Columbus native, gets his first
road Big Ten start against the No. 14 Buckeyes. Michigan has a
chance to finish .500 in conference play in just its second season as a
varsity program.
defenders and midfielders must intelligently walk the line
between tenacious play and penalties.
"Partly, I think that there is a learning curve that we are
involved with," Burns said. "I also think that we have not
earned enough respect amongst referees, while playing the
top teams, in order to get the benefit of the doubt."
On the other end, Michigan will attack the Buckeyes' net
with a three forward attack. Forwards Robert Turpin,
Mychal Turpin and Jody Keeling each provide a unique set
of attacking skills to the offense. Robert Turpin brings his
excellent speed and strength in warding defenders off the
ball. Mychal Turpin has dazzling ability with the ball, using
his footwork to slice through defenders. Keeling uses his
speed and hustle to position himself for excellent finishing
"Our team has confidence that we can create goal scor-
ing opportunities with the (three) forward system," Burns

Bowl berths, dignity on the line

By Jenifer Scheyer
For the Daily
Most matchups this week have
huge bowl game implications,
whether teams are aiming for a Bowl
Series bowl or AROUND
just trying to
sneak into post the Big Ten
season play. But
. for a few other teams, only dignity is
at stake, and this week is merely a
chance to come up with a win.
No. 18 ILLINOIs (3-1 BiG TEN, 6-
1 OVERALL) AT No. 15 PURDUE (3-1,
5-1), 12 P.M., ESPN: Sole posses-
sion of second place is not the only
motivation in this game as both
teams are looking further ahead.
Illinois and Purdue are competing to
stay in the running for the Big Ten
championship;i and for a shot at a
BCS bowl game. Saturday's game in
West Lafayette will be the first time
in 78 meetings that both teams are
Illinois senior quarterback Kurt

sacks this season - the second best
figure in the league. And Kittner's
partner in crime, wide receiver
Brandon Lloyd, has 710 total'receiv-
ing yards this season, ranking him
second in the conference.
For Purdue, the key to the game
will be attempting to contain an Illi-
nois passing attack that ranks first
in the Big Ten and 25th in the
nation. While the Illinois running
backs are slowly becoming more
involved, 3.6 yards per carry is not
sufficient, and the Illini will need to
utilize both Antoineo Harris and
Rocky Harvey to nullify the pres-
sure on the receivers.
Both teams crawled home from
Michigan Stadium this year with
their first loss, but the only ranked
opponent each team has played is
the Wolverines. With the strength of
both teams' schedules in doubt, how
good can the Illini and Boilermak-
ers claim to be? Saturday's game
will be another test to prove the
strength of the Big Ten, and whoev-
er comes up with the win will be a
team that should be taken seriously.
Illinois 37, Purdue 30

IowA (2-3, 4-3) AT WISCONSIN (2-
3, 4-5), NOON: Desperation is the
theme for Wisconsin this weekend.
To avoid missing a bowl game for
the first time since 1995, the Bad-
gers need to defeat at least two of
their final three opponents. And
with one of those remaining games
against first-place Michigan, tack-
ling Iowa is now a necessity.
Iowa senior quarterback Kyle
McCann will still be starting this
week despite juniortransfer Brad
Banks replacing him for two posses-
sions in the first half against Michi-
gan. McCann returned, and was
sacked three times and threw two
interceptions, helping in Michigan's
comeback victory.
Home-field advantage will be an
important factor, as these two teams
are evenly matched in . many
respects. It's anyone's guess which
Wisconsin team will show up this
week, but look for Wisconsin to step
up to the pressure and stay in the
running for a bowl game.
Wisconsin 33, Iowa 27
OHIO STATE (2-2 , 4-3) AT MIN-
NESOTA (1-3, 3-4), 7:45 P.M.
ESPN: After losing two of its last
three games, Ohio State is suddenly
in jeopardy of not making a bowl
game. With its next three games
against ranked opponents (Purdue,
Illinois, and Michigan), a victory at
Minnesota on national television
becomes essential.
Ohio State has too much on the
line not to go in and make the kill.
But Minnesota cannot be underesti-
mated and will make a tough show-
ing of its own. Ohio State
quarterback Steve Bellisari will
have to overcome his inconsistency
and run'the offense efficiently in
order to earn a victory for the Buck-
Ohio State 24, Minnesota 14

Broncos give Michigan last test

By Allison Topp
Daily Sports Writer

Broncos have last three of their last
four games.
Western will also have to counter
an explosive Michigan offense that

Kittner is
line that1

protected by an offensive
has only allowed seven

In last Sunday's game against
Notre Dame, the Michigan women's
soccer team lost 2-1 in
overtine in its best out-
ing against a ranked VARsiTY:
opponent this season. Who: Michi~
The hard-fought loss Ten, 10-6-1
may have broken some Western Mic
of the Wolverines' spirit, MAC, 8-9 ov
but this weekend will When:1p.r
give them a chance to Latest: This
gain confidence with a home game
win in their final game of Laurie Peter
Shaw and BE
the season.
Tomorrow, the Wolver-
ines will host Western Michigan (6-6
MAC, 8-9 overall) at 1 p.m. The most
dangerous threat to Michigan's
chances is Broncos' forward Kersten
Conklin, who has tallied seven goals
and four assists this season.
But the Wolverines should be up
for the challenge. Michigan's defense
has posted nine shutouts this year,
with six coming at home, and the

continues to
gan (8-2 Big
overall) vs.
chigan (6-6
will be the last
for seniors
son, Alissa
eck Kotz ik.

find the net consistently.
Junior forward Abby
Crumpton has scored
nine goals and has
three assists this sea-
son, but Crumpton
does not have to carry
the team herself. Every
player on the field has
been able to contribute
offensively. Last Friday,
defender Erica Klein-
holz assisted on a goal
lbr her first of the sea-

season, and has notched a school
record eight shutouts. Coach Deb-
bie Rademacher and assistant
coach Scott Forrester declined to
comment which goalie would get
the start this weekend.
Tomorrow will mark the last time
that seniors Laurie Peterson, Alissa
Shaw, and Becky Gozlik step onto
the grass at the Michigan soccer
field. The loss of their presence will
be felt next season.
"They were great role models for
the freshmen and wonderful players
to coach," Rademacher said.
The Wolverines moved up a spot'to
No. 22 in the NSCAA coaches poll
this week - the highest they have
been ranked all season. It gives Michi-
gan hope for a possible at-large bid
into the NCAA Tournament. But
Michigan is not looking that far ahead.
"We are worried about (the) game
against Western first of all,"
Rademacher said. "Then we're looking
toward the Big Ten Tournament, not
only for the title, but also for the bid
into the tournament."

son and fellow defender Amy Sulli-
vant has done her part as well -
scoring four goals and tallying six
assists thus far.
Sophomore Bre Bennett played
a solid game in goal against the
Irish. Bennett has been splitting
time with fellow goalkeeper Suzie
Grech all season. Grech has
played the most throughout the


Illinois' playmaker Brandon Lloyd is expected to have a big game against Purdue.

Spikers expect animated crowd

By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
Playing on the road is never easy, but tor
worse, the Michigan volleyball team (7-5
Big Ten, 11-8 overall) will play this weekend
in what is arguably the toughest venue in
the conference.
The Wolverines will take on No. 24 Min-
nesota (6-6, 12-8) at the -Sports Pavilion to
begin their road trip tonight before taking on
Iowa (3-16, 1-11) tomorrow night. The
Golden Gophers' dominance at home has
fueled student appreciation for volleyball.
As a result, the Sports Pavilion is regularly
packed with a loud and intimidating Gopher
crowd, seated very close to the court.
"At Minnesota, they have a big crowd, and
on top of you," Michigan coach Mark Rosen sa
Michigan has had an up and down season on
year. The Wolverines beat Purdue and Indiana o
the first time in several years, but fell to Illin

Champaig. At one point after a net violation by Michigan's1
Katrina Lehman at Illinois, the crowd chanted as one, "That
was stupid." The hostile atmosphere rattled the Wolverines
make matters and the they did not execute their system well, ultimately los-
ing the match.
More recently, when Michigan traveled to
MINNEAPOLIS, IOWA CITY East Lansing last Wednesday, it was again con-
Who: Michigan (7-5 Big Ten, fronted by a hostile crowd. The Michigan State
11-8 overall) at Minnesota (6- fans disturbed the Wolverines throughout the
6, 12-8) and Iowa (3-16, 1-11). match and again knocked Michigan out of its
When: 7:30 p.m, both nights. offensive system.
Latest: Cray Golden Gophers' But the Wolverines have a psychological
fans will attempt to rattle advantage as they hit the road this weekend.
and takes on owa in aslikely Minnesota was the first ranked team Michigan
emptyarena. beat this season as it downed the Gophers in
four games at Cliff Keen Arena. This win was a
confidence boost for Michigan at the time, but
they are right is also a source of confidence for the Wolverines as they trav-
aid. el this weekend.
n the road this Despite what happens in Minnesota, Michigan will need to
on the road for take whatever momentum it has to Iowa City tomorrow night,
ois Oct. 12 in in the largest but often the emptiest venue in the Big Ten.



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