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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 6, 2003

Michigan desperate
for conference win

Everyone looking up
to Purdue in Big Ten

By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's basketball
team desperately needs a win tonight,
but there is one problem. So do the
Iowa Hawkeyes.
While Iowa (3-5 Big Ten, 11-8 over-
all) has gone 3-1 in Big Ten play at
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes
are a dismal 0-4 on the road since the
beginning of the conference season.
"It seems like both teams need to win
pretty badly," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder
said. "It sure would be nice to just get
one (road win) and get it over with. The
longer (the streak) goes, I think the
problem grows bigger and bigger."
It's not hard to see why Iowa has been
struggling away from home. The
Hawkeyes are averaging 15 fewer
points, 10 fewer rebounds and five
fewer assists in their road contests. But
Bluder believes that her team's road
woes are not exclusive to her program,
and she's right.
In the Big Ten, home teams are 85-22
(.794), with 14 of those 22 losses com-
CRISLER ARENA
Who: Michigan (2-6 Big Ten, 11-8 overall) vs.
Iowa (3-5,11-8)
When: 7 p.m.
Latest: Michigan looks to snap its three-game
losing streak against a Hawkeye team that is
winless on the road in Big Ten play.

ing from the league's bottom two teams,
Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Michigan (2-6, 11-8) has also strug-
gled on the road in the Big Ten, equal-
ing Iowa's bleak 0-4 mark.
"I'm just happy to be home," Michi-
gan coach Sue Guevara said. "The road
has not been very nice to us."
In fact, no part of the Big Ten season
has been very nice to Michigan.
The Wolverines have lost six of their
eight Big Ten contests - seven of their
last nine overall - after opening the
season 8-1.
"We don't really know what's not
there," center Jennifer Smith said.
"We'll stick with the gameplan for 30
minutes and fall apart at the end."
Following Michigan's embarrassing
68-56 loss at Wisconsin (4-5, 6-14) on
Sunday, Guevara said her team would
make changes, but she did not know
specifically what she needed to change.
On Tuesday, Guevara commented, "I
think so," when asked if she will make
switches with her starting lineup.
"We're struggling scoring. We're
struggling defensively," Guevara said. "I
just think I need to make a few changes,
and I think it could be based on who we
are playing week to week."
Against Iowa, Michigan's defense
will certainly be a factor. After allowing
Wisconsin to shoot 53.5 percent from
the field Sunday, the Wolverines will
need to tighten up if they want to shut
down a Hawkeye team that has.several

TONY DING/Daily
Freshman Niki Reams poured in 15 points and added four assists and three steals
in Michigan's loss to Wisconsin on Sunday, one of her best games as a Wolverine.

scoring options. Leading Iowa are jun-
iors Jennie Lillis and Kristi Faulkner,
carrying the scoring load with 16.4 and
15.3 points, respectively. With Lillis and
Faulkner, the Hawkeyes are one of just
three Big Ten teams to have two players
in the top 10 in scoring.
Iowa knows it will have to overcome
Michigan's presence on the defensive
end of the court.

"I'm impressed with Michigan's
size," Bluder said. "They're very athlet-
ic, (have) long arms. It's going to be
hard for us to run our offense against
them."
Along with a greater defensive inten-
sity, Michigan will also need some
offensive adjustments. The Wolverines
made their way to the free throw line
just 15 times over their last two games
because of their lack of penetration.
Freshman Niki Reams will look to
pick up where she left off against Wis-
consin, when she came off the bench to
play one of the best games of her career
- scoring 15 points, dishing four
assists and snatching three steals, all
without a turnover.
"She's been a real nice spark for us
off the bench," Guevara said of her 6-
foot guard. "She gets to the basket, she
can shoot the three, she forces people to
play her on her dribble drive, and she
also does a nice job for us rebounding
the ball."
Tonight's contest marks the first
game of the second half of Michigan's
Big Ten season.
"I'm disappointed in our play.
(Being) 2-6 is certainly not something I
anticipated for the first half of the Big
Ten," Guevara said. "That's why I'm
really looking forward to the second
half."
With a win tonight over an Iowa team
in a.similar position to itself, Michigan..
can get off on the right foot.

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Editor
Let the Big Ten logjam begin.
It's rare that any one team runs away
with the Big Ten regular season title.
Last year ended with almost half the
conference (four teams) tied for first
place, and this season seems to be
shaping up in a similar way.
With Michigan and No. 25 Purdue
having jumped out to quick starts, the
heat is on as the pack of wolves in the
middle of the conference standings
continue the hunt for first place.
Very few people, if any, predicted
that this sea~bn's standings would
look like this at the halfway point. But
as the Big Ten crosses over its mid-
season hump, there have already been
many surprises.
Michigan State, Indiana and Illi-
nois, who were picked to finish 1-2-3
in the preseason poll, are currently sit-
ting in 7th, 5th and 4th place, respec-
tively. But each team is poised to
make a run.
After handling Ohio State to begin
their season, the Spartans went on a
three-game losing streak before trounc-
ing Penn State, but then came into Ann
Arbor and lost. With his team's tourna-
ment hopes in jeopardy, Michigan State
coach Tom Izzo managed to breathe
some life into the Spartans, as they
came back to knock off Indiana and
Illinois at home in the past week.
"It was a much-needed two games
for us with victories over two of the
better teams in the league," Izzo said.
"We're feeling a hair better about our-
selves, but we realize we have a long
way to go."
The Spartans play three of their next
four games on the road - one each
against the teams they just beat, and
one at Wisconsin. This stretch will
definitely determine Michigan State's
final conference position.
Aside from the Wolverines, the
biggest story in the conference has
been the 25th-ranked Boilermakers.
After several subpar seasons, Purdue
coach Gene Keady finally has his
young team playing with passion and
pride. The team is young, and Keady
says "they are sick of losing.
"I think our new recruits have fit
into the system much better than I
thought they would, and our returning
players are hungry to win," Keady
said. "We've been through a lot over
the years, and we're just playing bas-
ketball now, We've played hard, and
we've stuck together."

BIG TEN STANDINGS

Team
Purdue
Michigan
Illinois
Wisconsin
Iowa
Indiana
Minnesota
Michigan State
Ohio State
Northwestern
Penn State

Conference Overall
W L W L
7 1 15 4
6 2 13 8
5 3 15 4
5 3 15 5
4 3 12 6
4 4 14 7
4 4 12 7
4 4 12 8
4 5 11 9
1 7 9 10
0 8 5 14

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Led by swingman Willie Deane,
who ranks second only to Illinois'
Brian Cook in conference scoring with
20.3 points per game, Purdue has bro-
ken into the top 25 and isn't planning
on going anywhere. But with five of
their remaining eight games away
from home, the Boilermakers will
have to work for it. Their last game of
the season is at Michigan, and the two
teams could potentially be competing
for the Big Ten title if conference posi-
tions hold.
After their night off yesterday, the
Wolverines have eight games remain-
ing (four home, four away) and a shot
at winning the conference title. Last
season, the four teams that tied for
first had 11 wins apiece. If that statis-
tic holds true for this season (which is
highly possible), Michigan needs to
win its remaining home games and
one road game to finish in first.
The Wolverines have Penn State on
the road left - probably their best
shot at a road win - but must deal
with some tough home games first,
beginning Saturday with Iowa.
"I'm hoping the rest this week will
give our team a renewed spirit,"
Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said.
"We're looking to get rested and be at
full health for the rest of the season."
Meanwhile, after dropping its first
two conference games, Wisconsin has
regained its footing and won five
straight as it tries to repeat as confer-
ence champions. Minnesota is also
beginning to heat up with three
straight victories.
As usual, each team has taken a
few licks, but each is"right in the thick
of things as the conference hits its
halfway point. Each team - with the
exception of Northwestern and Penn
State - still has a good shot at mak-
ing a run to the top, and it should be
an exciting finish to the 2002-03 Big
Ten season.

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UNITED NATIONS TERRORISM
UN Secretary-General KOFI ANNAN, speaking at the University of Maryland on November 13, 2002 "denounced Israel . . as an expropriator of Arab land"
and said "the only solution is for Israel to relinquish the land the Arabs lost in the 1967 Mideast War and to live side by side with a Palestinian nation."

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Mr. KOFI ANNAN is violating the United Nations
Constitution and threatens the survival of Israel and
its Jewish people! The League of Nations in 1922
created their Palestine Mandate which recognized
Palestine belongs to the Jewish people. When
the United Nations replaced the League after the
Second World War, included in their UN Charter
is Article 80 to protect "existing international instru-
ments." Thus the UN Constitution recognizes that
Palestine belongs to Jews, their Israel State.
Does Mr. KOFI ANNAN think Arab states did noth-
ing wrong in 1948 when they attacked in their
attempt to exterminate the Jewish State, killing
6,200 Jews, capturing the eastern section of Holy
Jerusalem and leaving the center of Israel along the
coast just nine miles wide --- taking Jewish homes,
possessions and land --- making the area free of
all Jews --- just like the Kingdom of Jordan, Iraq,
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and as Hitler tried to do in
Europe? Does Mr. KOFI ANNAN support the racism
that NO Jews should be allowed in their National
Homeland, the Heart of their religion?
Does Mr. KOFI ANNAN believe Jews had NO right
to defend themselves when Arab armies attacked
them in 1967 and Jews had NO right to defeat the
Arab armies and get their land back? And that
the Arabs did nothing wrong during those 19 years
they occupied that territory --- killing 700 Jews and
wounding over 5,000 with gunfire?
- Mr. KOFI ANNAN calls for Israel to "live side by
side with a Palestinian nation." Doesn't Mr. ANNAN
know that 78 percent of Palestine as legally recog-
nized by the United Nations Charter, has already
been given to Arabs, the Arab Palestine Jordan
state, leaving the 40 miles Jordan River to the Medi-
terranean Sea for the Jewish Palestine Israel?

- Mr. KOFI ANNAN's United Nations provides life-
long welfare for Arabs in their "refugee" camps that
teach hatred of Jews and produce most of the
suicide terrorists murdering Jews and fellow Arabs
accused of being friendly to Jews. Those Arabs
in Gaza camps produce more than 9 children per
couple, the highest in the world. Those Arabs, now
being called "Palestinians," have 22 homelands with
250 million fellow Arabs.
- In 1968, the United Nations put the administration
and schools of their 14 Arab "refugee" camps in
Lebanon over to the Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion (PLO). Education in the camp schools was
slanted to creating a Palestinian identity and indoc-
trinating a vehement hatred of Jews. Those UN
camps that America was financing was responsible
for the PLO destroying the authority of the gov-
ernment of Lebanon. The PLO-UN camps were
responsible for ruining Lebanon where Moslems,
Christians and Jews had lived peacefully. From
those camps, tens of thousands of Lebanese were
tortured and killed and murderous raids across the
border into Israel. UN schools, America helped
finance, taught from PLO textbooks containing such
slogans as "Be a patriot, kill a Jew." The PLO
constructed massive tunnels, miles of them, under
and near those camps, crammed with billions of
dollars of grenades, rockets, artillery shells, explo-
sives and small arms ammunition as well as air raid
shelters, food storage rooms, underground prisons,
and torture chambers, hospitals, printing plants and
radio stations. Arab states paid for that military
build-up. The billions of dollars it cost could have
provided peaceful settlement of all those Arabs in
the UN refugee camps.
- It is utterly disgraceful and a blot on America's
honor that our State Denartment and our Conoress

that America was supporting terrorism in Lebanon.
It was in 1994 that huge crowds of Arabs cheered
wildly as 14,000 PLO terrorists arrived in Gaza.
That was the army that carried out the bloody
rampage in Lebanon from the United Nations "refu-
gee" camps that pillaged and destroyed Lebanese
towns killing thousands of Lebanese and hundreds
of Jews in their attacks on Israel. Now that PLO
army of savage killers is at the outskirts of Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem --- ready to do to the Jews what
they had done to the Lebanese people.
President Bush's "peace" means the 250,000 Jews
who returned to live in their National Homeland
--- Judea-Samaria, Gaza, and holy Jerusalem ---
will be forced to leave, giving up their homes, busi-
nesses and farms to Arabs, leaving Israel just nine
miles wide along the coast. Again, Israel will face
deadly gunfire from the Arab occupied hills. All
aircraft to and from Israel will be in danger from
gunfire. A "peace" that is suicide!!
United States, instead of financing the terrorist PLO
and their terrorist UN "refugee" camps --- should
help sparsely populated Arab Palestine Jordan
develop technical schools, industrial parks, agricul-
ture, housing and tourism --- so fellow Arabs can
move in, out from the United Nations camps and
start earning an honest living and set an example
for all Moslem states. And that will complete the
population exchange when almost a million Jews
were driven out after 1948 from Arab countries,
countries where Jews had lived for centuries, their
homes and all their possessions taken from them.
That will complete the two-state solution when 78
percent of Palestine was given to form Arab Pales-
tine Jordan. That will leave Israel 40 miles wide --
an Israel well able to defend itsenlf

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