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Michigan wary of
'desperate' Indiana

Hoosier no Moore:'M
coach faces mentor

By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer
As coach at Michigan, Tommy
Amaker has never beaten Indiana in
three attempts. Indiana coach Mike
Davis has led his team to
four straight wins over "
the Wolverines. But both
of these streaks may be
in jeopardy on Sunday
when the Hoosiers come
to Crisler Arena. Tn: 4
Davis' Hoosier squad Ciser
has struggled so far this Cl
season. Indiana holds a
meager .500 record (0-1
Big Ten, 6-6 overall) and was thumped
Tuesday 79-45 by Wisconsin on nation-
al television.
The game before that, Temple
knocked off the Hoosiers 59-50 in
Bloomington.
Even with Indiana's early struggles,
Amaker refuses to take the Hoosiers
lightly.
"(Indiana's) going to be a very des-
perate team coming in here," Amaker
said. "(They have) one of the more
storied programs in the history of col-
lege basketball, so that tradition
speaks for itself. We're gonna have
our hands full - we know that."
Michigan (1-0, 10-2) comes off a
win in its Big Ten opener, breezing
past Northwestern 78-54 on Wednes-
day night. Although Northwestern car-
ries the status of perennial Big Ten
doormat, Michigan was truly impres-

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sive, as it came out and played one of
its most complete games of the season.
The Wolverines clicked on offense,
draining open shots all over the floor.
They shot well at the free-throw line
for the first time this year, connecting
on 17 of their 19 attempts.
And their smothering
lAY defense forced the Wild-
cats into bad shots all
night.
"We've gotta come in
D pl with the same intensity we
x< came in here (on Tuesday)
>v ' with - play hard, play
- smart and just try and get
another victory," Michigan
sophomore Chris Hunter said. "I think
(Indiana's struggle) makes it even
tougher. They're a very desperate team.
They need a win, and they'll be hungry
for a win."
Michigan and Indiana's respective
previous games were like night and
day. While Michigan shot an astound-
ing 65 percent from the floor (28-for-
43) against Northwestern, the Hoosiers
struggled against Wisconsin, hitting
for less than 30 percent (16-for-55). In
Ann Arbor, Bernard Robinson (9-for-
11, 18 points) and Lester Abram (7-
for-8, 27 points) shot the lights out for
Michigan, but in Madison, Indiana's
leading scorer, Bracey Wright, could-
n't hit the broad side of a barn, finish-
ing 2-for-15 for seven points.
Wright, who averages 20 points per
game on the season, grew up in North
Texas playing high school basketball

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Michigan senior Bernard Robinson will once again be matched up against his
opponent's top scorer, this time indiana's Bracey Wright.

against Michigan point guard Daniel
Horton. The Michigan sophomore
knows that his longtime friend will be
ready to go on Sunday, and that the
Wolverines will need solid team
defense to stop him.
"We have to contain Bracey," Hor-
ton said. "I think Bernard is the only
guy who has the ability to shut him
down (one-on-one), but we can't rely
just on him. We have to play good
solid (team) defense, box out and
rebound."
In addition to Wright, Indiana (6-6)

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer

will look for offense from sophomores
Sean Kline and Marshall Strickland,
who both average more than eight
points per game.
Freshman Pat Ewing, Jr., son of for-
mer New York Knick Patrick Ewing,
averages three points and four boards
per game.
Amaker is 0-4 against Indiana all-
time, with one loss coming while he
coached at Seton Hall. Most recently,
the seventh-seeded Hoosiers knocked
the third-seeded Wolverines out of the
Big Ten Tournament last March.

About eight years ago, Michigan
assistant women's basketball coach
Janine Moore became a player in
Kathi Bennett's program
at the University of
Evansville. Bennett TOM
became a mentor to
Moore, and a year after
her graduation from
Bennett's program and T?'
Evansville, the aspiring Crish
coach followed her men- FOX Sp
tor to Indiana. Moore
served as assistant coach
to Bennett until 2003. Then, Michi-
gan offered Moore an opportunity to
help rebuild a struggling program.
Moore couldn't resist.
This week, Bennett will see if lend-
ing her expertise might put her
Hoosiers in a tight spot when they
line up against the Wolverines
Tomorrow, Bennett and Moore will
both be looking for a wirt, but for the
first time, they'll be sitting on oppos-
ing benches.
"This really isn't a game that I've
been looking forward to," Moore
said. "Of course I want both teams to
play well, but I don't like to lose."
Moore and Bennett remain close
and have chosen to largely avoid the
touchy subject of their upcoming
matchup. Michigan coach Cheryl
Burnett empathizes with the some-
what awkward situation between the
player-turned-coach and the woman
who helped her excel.
"It's a unique position," Burnett
said. "I had to play against the Uni-
versity of Kansas, who I played for
(1977-1980), and it was a very emo-
tional time. You don't want to put
your personal emotions at all into
your players."
Burnett has made it clear that she
has no desire to take an unfair

ry of coaching against them before."
This knowledge, however, has
made Burnett quite aware of what
type of performance Michigan can
expect from Indiana. She recalls Ben-
nett's large role in rocketing Evans-
ville from obscurity to one of the top
teams in the Missouri Valley Confer-
ence and in leading the Hoosiers to
the NCAA Tournament in the 2002
season, with somewhat apprehensive
admiration.
"Am I excited to play against a
Kathi Bennett team?" Burnett asked.
"No."
Although this game will likely be-
uncomfortable for Moore, she is con-
fident that both coaches will be able
to treat it as just that: another game
on the schedule.
"There are no secrets in basket-
ball," Moore said. "You come out,
you play, you work hard, you exe-
cute your game plan, and that's how
you win."
And Burnett certainly does not
have any questions about Moore's
fidelity to Michigan.
"Her loyalty is definitely to Michi-
gan, but you just don't want to put a
staff member in that position because
you're gaining an insight that isn't
really fair," Burnett said.

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advantage by tapping into Moore's
thorough knowledge of Bennett's
coaching style. She will instead have
other coaches scout the Hoosiers and-
recall game situations that occurred
when Burnett led Southwest Mis-'
souri State against Ben-"
nett's Evansville squad'
;RW to help prepare the
Wolverines.
n lVs. "There is a level of
comfort in preparation
because you know how,
they coach," Burnett
IDtnoj said. "You know what
tendencies they have just.
because we have a histo-

Blue hopes to shut out, shut up Buckeyes

By Michael Nisson
Daily Sports Writer
After the Michigan hockey team's 4-0 victory
over Ohio State on Nov. 14 - a game that was

just want to go out there and play the way I can
play, and whatever (other people) think, just let it
be and just play the way I can play and let that take
care of itself."
Even with Montoya's relaxed response to Bittner's

arguably goalie Al Montoya's best per-
formance this season - the Buckeyes'
junior captain J.B. Bittner had some
choice words when asked about Mon-
toya's play.
"I don't think he made any spectacu-
lar saves," Bittner said at the time. "I
don't think he did anything out of the
ordinary. I think he just did his job."
Bittner also noted that Ohio State
(8-5 CCHA, 13-8 overall) had lots of

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comments, there is no doubt that the
atmosphere at Yost Ice Arena tonight
will be intense.
The Buckeyes have not won at
Michigan's home rink since February
1999, having been outscored 17-5 in
the four contests they have played in
Ann Arbor.
Despite this seemingly discouraging
statistic for the Buckeyes, Ohio State
coach John Markell said it means noth-

2.24 goals against average. At one point the Buck-
eyes sat atop the CCHA standings (currently third,
one point behind co-leaders Miami and Michigan
State).
They also beat Maine, which was ranked No. 3 at
the time, just before the New Year. Markell said he is
pleased with the way the team has picked up its
intensity after it fell out of first place in the CCHA.
"I think (the team) understood the magnitude of
having a good second half," Markell said. "I thought
they paid attention to what they had to get done -
their conditioning and their focus - and also
relaxed a little bit."
What makes this weekend's series even more
interesting is that either of the two teams, if they're
able to sweep the weekend series, could jump to the
top of the league standings. For Michigan, this
would mean jumping from sixth place to first.
"Every game now is like a four-point game,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "You're either
two points ahead of a team or you're two points
behind them, and that's a four-point swing. This is a
team in our cluster. They're a top team ... their goals
against is so good, their penalty killing is so good.
"These are huge games."

opportunities, and he commented that the Buck-
eyes' inability to score was the reason the game
was a blowout - not the play of Montoya.
The Michigan goalie, who returned this week from
minding the net for the U.S. gold-medal winning
squad at the World Junior Championships, said com-
ments like Bittner's don't faze him.
"That's the way (Bittner sees) the game, so you
can't really do much about that," Montoya said. "I

ing. Markell noted that those teams were completely
different, and that this year's team could have better
results.
"We live in the present, not the past or the future,"
Markell said. "We have to go up there and beat a
very good hockey club in a hostile atmosphere."
Ohio State has played solidly since its series in
November against Michigan (7-4-1, 12-7-1). The
team's defense is ranked No. 1 in the CCHA with a

BRETT MOUNTAIN/Daily:
Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett looks over some strategy with her assistants.

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