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November 14, 2003
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Varsity looks to avoid repeating history

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer
The last time the Wolverines played at Ryan Field,
they came into the game with one road loss against a
Pac-10 team (UCLA) and one Big Ten road loss
(against Purdue), and were knocked off by the Wild-
cats in 2000, 54-51. That ultimately cost them the
outright Big Ten title. Michigan should avoid repeat-
ing history this weekend, when it plays a Northwest-
ern team that's just .500 in conference play.
PASSING DEFENSE: John Navarre and his terrific
receivers should have their way with the Wildcats,
who give up an average of 233 passing yards per
game. But Navarre will have to watch out for defen-
sive end Loren Howard, who leads the Wildcats with
seven sacks.
Advantage: Michigan
RUSHING DEFENSE: Thanks to Michigan's bye last
weekend, running back Chris Perry should have had
plenty of time to recover after carrying the ball a
ridiculous 51 times against Michigan State. He'll
face a rushing defense that has improved significant-

ly since last year. Northwestern gives up 170.6 yards
on the ground this season, after surrendering more
than 300 in 2002.
Advantage: Michigan
PASSING DEFENSE: Northwestern quarterback Brett
Basanez has thrown more than twice as many inter-
ceptions (10) than touchdowns (4) this season. But a
big part of the problem may be on the receiving end
- three of the Wildcats' receivers have suffered
injuries during the season.
Advantage: Michigan
RUSHING DEFENSE: The Wildcats boast one of the con-
ference's best backs in Jason Wright. The senior is
fourth in the Big Ten with 866 rushing yards, and his
16 touchdowns rank third nationally.
But Wright was hurt in the Oct. 25 game against
Wisconsin and has just 13 carries in Northwestern's
last two games.
Michigan has held its opponents under 100 rush-
ing yards in half of its games this season.

Advantage: Michigan
SPECIAL TEAMS: Northwestern has blocked three
kicks in 10 games this season, and opponents have
returned kickoffs just 17 times in 39 attempts. Michi-
gan's special teams can be summed up in one word:
The Wolverines had another shaky game against
Michigan State, missing an extra point and giving up
some big kick returns.
Advantage: Push
INTANGIBLES: There's always a danger of coming out
sluggish following a week off, and Michigan could get
caught looking ahead to Ohio State next weekend. But
with two road losses already, the Wolverines should
know not to take any team for granted. .
Advantage: Push
d i
Prediction: Michigan 35, Northwestern 17

Michigan guard Daniel Horton makes a pass against Michigan Tech last week. The
Wolverines host the Fayetteville Patriots tonight in their exhi6ition finale.
Cagers set for final
tuneup efreseason

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer

Surprise! Buckeyes atop CCHA

forward to that type of experience."
A few of the Patriots have made a
name for themselves recently on the
college stage. Forward Sam Clancy is
the third-highest scorer in Southern
Cal. history. Guard Kueth Duany start-

By Michael Nisson
Daily Sports Writer

One might expect that any college
hockey team that loses its top two scor-
ers to the NHL and three defensemen to
graduation will have adjustment prob-
lems the next season. No one would
expect that team to be leading the
CCHA eight games into conference
Ohio State - Michigan's opponent
this weekend - has done just that. The
Buckeyes (6-2 CCHA, 7-4 overall) have
utilized the experience of nine seniors
this season to jump to the top of the con-
ference standings. With eight goals, sen-
ior forward Paul Caponigri has helped
ease the loss of wingers R.J. Umberger
and Ryan Kesler, who departed to the
professional ranks. The Buckeyes also
return senior goalie Mike Betz, who is
among the conference leaders with a
1.90 goals against average.
"They're a good team, and this will

be a good test for us," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "We'll be focused
on Friday's game. That'll be the game
that sets the tone."
Last year, the Friday night game set
the tone for the two games that Michi-
gan played against the Buckeyes.
Michigan forward Abdrew Ebbett sent
the game into overtime when he scored
a goal with one second remaining in
regulation. The game ended in a 4-4 tie.
The teams also tied in another overtime
game on Saturday, 3-3.
This year, the intensity will be high
once again as the Wolverines will look
to unseat the Buckeyes from their posi-
tion atop the CCHA standings. To add
fuel to the fire, Michigan has struggled
when it has had to play outside of Yost
Ice Arena. The Wolverines have
dropped two of their three road contests
this year and have been outscored 17-12
in those games.
Last week's 6-5 loss at Ferris State
was particularly costly to the Wolver-

ines. Andy Burnes, the Wolverines' cap-
tain and top defender, separated his col-
larbone from his sternum during the
overtime period and will not travel with
the team this weekend.
Burnes' absence, combined with the
return of forward Jason Ryznar (who
had been out for much of the season
because of injury), has caused Beren-
son to shift the lines around on the
team. Ryznar will now team with soph-
omore winger Jeff Tambellini and
freshman forward T.J. Hensick. Nys-
trom will now team up with junior for-
ward Dwight Helminen.
"This isn't a wholesale change,"
Berenson noted. "It's so we can have
two (playmakers) on each line."
Regardless of who wins this week-
end, Berenson noted that Ohio State has
his respect.
"They weren't a strong hockey rival
10 years ago, but in the last five years
they've had much better teams;' Beren-
son said.

Michigan is getting ready for life in
the D-League.
The Fayetteville Patriots of the
National Development
Basketball League -
the NBA's minor league
- will be coming into s
Crisler Arena tonight as " n <
part of the league's y
"Going Back to School" 'Thn
Tour. The exhibition Criskt
will be the last tune up
for the Wolverines
before their season opener next Friday
against Oakland.
The game will give Michigan a rare
opportunity to go against players that
have starred in college and/or have
played professionally.
"It's something new," sophomore
guard Daniel Horton said. "It's different
than going to the rec, or going to a local
high school and go against all the pro
players from your area."
After watching the Harlem Globe-
trotters take on Syracuse on Tuesday
night, coach Tommy Amaker realized
that playing professional players will be
a challenge.
"They're older guys;' Amaker said.
"They're crafty, they're stronger, they're
savvy basketball players. We're looking

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ed every game on Syra-
cuse's national
championship team last
season. Former Georgia
Tech star center Jason Col-
lier has played for the
Houston Rockets the last
three seasons. Guard Omar
Cook was a McDonalds
All-American and played

for St. John's.
"We can't come out slow like we did
against Michigan Tech," sophomore
forward Lester Abram said. "We know
they aren't going to lay down for us."
Senior forward Bernard Robinson
should return to the lineup, and high-fly-
ing freshman Brent Petway should make
his Michigan debut after dressing but not
playing against Michigan Tech. Both sat
out last weekend with nagging injuries.
One player who still hasn't gotten
back to practice is center Graham
Brown. The sophomore sprained his
ankle in practice early last week.
"We're just taking it day by day,"
Brown said. "It's not progressing very
fast, so we're just working really hard to
get it ready."

MichIgan forward Brandon Kaleniecki gets
checked last year against Ohio State.

Jackson guarantees Big Ten tennis title for Blue

By Gabriela D'Jaen
Daily Sports Writer
The Wolverines are hoping to
capitalize on their home court
advantage this weekend during the
Big Ten Singles Championships
(Nov. 15-17). As the Michigan
nen's tennis team heads into the
final to'irnament of the season,
players are also already focusing on
how they can dominate the Big Ten
n the outdoor season next semester.
"Since we are playing on our own
ground, we are going to put the hurt

on the other Big Ten teams this
weekend," senior co-captain Antho-

ny Jackson predicted.
"Michigan is going to
win the Big Ten this
The feat to win the
Big Ten will require
persistence, devotion
and optimism.
The lofty expecta-
tions and idealism of

Michigan at
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UCLA (Tobias Clemens, currently
ranked No. 3 nationally) combined
with the addition of
three freshmen players.
EKEND However, last year
gTeu Michigan finished 9-13
pionship in conference, while Big
Saturay Ten champion Illinois
yay, .}finished 23-0. Other
players are awed by the
difficulty of their con-
"Last year, Illinois was the
NCAA champion, so the Big Ten
will be tough," freshman Brian

Hung said. "One of our goals is to
be one of the top 25 teams in the
Both Jackson and Hung played
doubles in the ITA tournament this
past weekend. Rubin, a co-captain,
also played in the singles bracket.
The event featured the top 32 sin-
gles players and the top 16 doubles
teams in the United States.
"There were absolutely no free
matches played," said coach Mark
Mees of the competition. "It was
good for our guys to be exposed on
See BIG TENS, Page 10

Jackson can be attributed to
Michael Rubin's win in mid-Octo-
ber over the No. 1 player from

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