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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Continued from Page 8
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bunch of crap surrounding a really
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a bigger waste of money than Dave
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Horton out to prove
'M' has Wright stuff

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Editor
If Tommy Amaker needs help form-
ing a scouting report on Indiana's super
freshman Bracey
Wright for tomor- BASKETBALL
row night's game Notebook
between Michigan _ _ __
(7-2 Big Ten, 14-8
overall) and the Hoosiers, the Michigan
coach needs to look no further than his
own starting point guard.
That's because freshman Daniel Hor-
ton and Wright have an impressive his-
tory of matchups during their final two
years of high school basketball in Texas.
Wright, along with Illinois freshman
Deron Williams and Rhode Island fresh-
man Bam Harmon, led The Colony High

School over Horton's Cedar Hill High
School in the 2001 state quarterfinals.
Horton and Cedar Hill got revenge
last year when they gave The Colony
some payback in the 2002 playoffs.
"He can shoot lights out, he rebounds
- he's a great player," said Horton of
Wright. "He's made a lot of improve-
ments. He's always been able to shoot,
but what impresses me now is he drives
the ball to the basket and finishes."
As if the game between the co-Big
Ten leading Wolverines and Hoosiers
(4-5, 14-8) doesn't have enough impor-
tance, the head-to-head showdown
between Horton and Wright could go a
long way in determining the Big Ten
Freshman of the Year.
Wright is leading all Big Ten fresh-
men in scoring at 17.4 points per game,
and the Hoosier is also grabbing 5.2
rebounds a game. Horton, meanwhile,
has scored at a clip of 15.7 points per
game while dishing out 1.45 assists a
game in taking the Wolverines to the
top of the Big Ten.
But the Freshman of the Year award
is meaningless in the big picture
according to Horton.
"I really don't care (about the award),
I just want the Big Ten championship,"
Horton said. "If you ask me who
deserves the Big Ten championship, I
think the way this team has worked and
prepared and put in everything we have,
I think we're very deserving of it."
NOT-so-DEEP BLUE: Michigan wit-

Continued from Page 8
preparing for Purdue and Penn State.
Sunday's 29-point loss to Northwest-
ern is the declaration that Guevara has
lost this year's team as well. Northwest-
ern was by far the worst team in the Big
Ten and had lost 52 straight Big Ten
games until it won earlier this season.
For Michigan to score just 12 points in
the first half should have been a signal
to the coaching staff that the players
have lost respect for their authority.
With five freshmen on this year's
team, Guevara needs to help them find
their role in her lineup, as opposed to
changing the lineup every game in
hopes of providing a spark on the court.
It seems that the Big Ten - by far the
toughest conference in the nation right
now - has evolved while her teams are
standing still. She has shown she is very
effective against non-Big Ten schools,
but when the conference season rolls
around, her peers have the savvy to keep
changing gameplans while Guevara
keeps using what has worked for her in
the past. Too often this season her
offense is dictated by opponents'
defenses, when in the Big Ten it needs
to be the other way around. Guevara
can't be intimidated and should force
other teams off their game rather than
play into it. If Guevara wants to be suc-
cessful in the Big Ten, she should take
some chances and mix up the plays on
offense. At this point in the season,
there isn't too much to lose anyway.
She is obviously a great recruiter, but
has had problems keeping players in the
program, including highly-touted fresh-
man point guard Stephanie Douglas,
who transferred to Temple before even
playing a game for Michigan.
Guevara needs to step up in the
remaining weeks by teaching her play-
ers, rather than "wiping the slate clean"
or "returning to basics" to help her
players justify losing. She needs to
work on new gameplans rather than
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nessed first-hand the dangers of being a
team lacking in depth on Saturday,
when Iowa was able to dress just nine
players for the Wolverines' 70-62 win.
The absence of Hawkeyes' center
Jared Reiner's 8.1 points and 8.8
rebounds a game certainly didn't help
Iowa's upset attempt.
Amaker has expressed concern over
the Wolverines' own lack of depth. Cen-
ter Chris Hunter has been the lone play-

er to be relatively consistent off the
Michigan bench, averaging 5.9 points
and four rebounds on the year.
The Wolverines' standard starting
five of LaVell Blanchard, Bernard
Robinson, Lester Abram, Graham
Brown and Horton have put up 58.9
points per game on the year, more than
86 percent of Michigan's 68.3 points
per game total.
"When we come off the bench we try
to bring a lot of intensity on defense and
to the game," guard Sherrod Harrell said.
But can the Wolverines continue to
win with just six players scoring most
of the team's points?
"I believe so,' Harrell said. "We have
a pretty solid team."

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