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Additionally, every single tournament
champion has finished with an assist-to-
turnover ratio greater than one. Maryland, the
2002 champion, had a ratio that was close to
1.5. The ability to protect the ball should
never be underestimated. Although this seems
fairly obvious, many people choose to ignore
turnovers because they go hand in hand with
an explosive offense that takes chances.
Most of the top teams in the country are
solid in these categories. The challenge is to
use these categories to determine potential
upsets. For example, take a team like Murray
State. This team ranks among the top 10 in
the nation in scoring, has dominated on the
boards with 37.4 per game, has averaged 19
assists per game and holds its opponents
under 70 points. Other low-seeded teams that
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While the Tigers have been forced to play
through this season without Clemons, the
Wolverines are dealing with a recent loss of
Sophomore Lester Abram, who has led
Michigan in scoring throughout the season,
injured his left shoulder during the Wolver-
ines' win in the Big Ten quarterfinals against
Iowa. As of yesterday, Amaker said that
Abram's status for tonight's game is doubtful
have performed well in these areas include
Manhattan (76 percent from the line), East
Tennessee State (ranked among the top teams
in the nation in blocks and steals) and Air
Force (leading the nation in opponent points
per game with 50.1).
Although there are thousands of factors you
can take into account in filling out your
bracket - and I have barely scratched the
surface - I hope that following these statisti-
cal guidelines will give you (and me) a better
shot at winning that pool. And if you're not
into numbers, or think that no statistic could
ever predict the outcome of the tournament,
there's always the "coolest name" approach.
Naweed Sikora actually had fun analyzing statis-
tics for this column. Ifyou would like to see his
spreadsheet, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
due to lingering soreness in the shoulder.
If Michigan wins tonight, it will face the
winner of the Oklahoma-Louisiana State
game tomorrow. The site of second-round
games are determined by the NIT commit-
Michigan is resigned to make the best of
its postseason placement.
"We're one of those teams that still has a
chance to have practice today," Amaker said.
"That's not bad. It's not everything that we
wanted, but it's not bad and we're excited
that we have a chance to be here."
Turco bobbles back to Ann Arbor'
By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Writer
Forget about retiring jerseys. The Michigan
hockey team has its own way of honoring
its legends, and it's a much bigger hit
with the fans: bobblehead dolls.
Friday's game against Nebraska-
Omaha wasn't just the first game
of the CCHA Tournament. It was
also Marty Turco bobblehead,
Turco - who was the netmin-
der for Michigan's Nationale
Championship teams in 1996
and 1998 and set the NCAA
record for wins with 127 -
was in Detroit to play the Red
Wings on Saturday and made
his way to Ann Arbor with
some of his current Dallas
Stars teammates and former
When asked how he
thought the bobblehead doll
looked, Turco didn't get into
specifics, but conceded that it
doesn't look much like him.
"I've had two bobbleheads made down in
Texas," Turco said. "One was really good, and
one wasn't good. This one falls somewhere in
Friday's visit to Ann Arbor was the first for
Turco since last August's Summer Hockey
Showcase alumni game.
Although he's now an NHL star, Turco
fondly remembers his days of donning
maize and blue, particularly the cham-
pionship run in 1996.
"To see Brendan (Morrison) put that
puck in the net in overtime was some-
thing I'll never forget," Turco said. "It
was a monkey off Red's back and
the program's back after so
"To be part of that - to
- "bring the winning tradition
S back to Michigan - is
something I'll always be
Turco, a four-year starter at
Michigan, is also part of a
deep tradition of Wolverine
goaltenders. He came to Michi-
gan after four-year starter Steve
Shields and was followed by
four-year starter Josh Blackburn.
Al Montoya is now the fourth
straight Michigan goaltender to start
as a freshman, and Turco believes he's on his
way to having a career just as good as his
"When I came here, Steve (Shields) had
just completed four of the greatest years ever
for a college goaltender," Turco said. "I was
blessed with a lot of talent in front of me, and
the coaches trusted me. It's the same with Al.
To be that young, to be that mature and to
come here and be one of the best goaltenders
in the country speaks for itself."
When the fans in the student section real-
ized that the real Marty Turco was at Yost Ice
Arena, they made sure to welcome him back.
After they shouted out his name for a
while, they then included him in their regular
Throughout the game they chanted "goalie,
goalie, sieve!" and pointed to Montoya, then
Turco and then Nebraska-Omaha goaltender
And, in the final minutes of the game,
instead of pointing toward Damon Talley, the
Michigan Hockey Band conductor, and
demanding that he dance, they pointed at
Turco and shouted, "dis-co Mar-ty!" and
"dance, Marty, dance!"
The Turco bobblehead is the first in the
"Michigan Hockey Legends" series. Each
season a former Wolverine will be honored.
Last year Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson had his own bobblehead night. For-
mer Michigan football coach Bo Schembech-
ler had a bobblehead made for him in 2001.
Michigan NIT exit
Netters looking to bounce back
By Katie Niemeyer
For the Daily
1st round 1st round
Western Michigan Western Michigan Manhattan
Worst NCAA Tournament team Liberty Monmouth
Florida A&M Alabama State
Ai Foc icmn
The Michigan women's tennis
team hopes to bounce back from its
first loss of the season - suffered
against No. 37 Alabama this week-
end - as it plays Western Michigan
tomorrow and then Marquette on
"Alabama is the best team we've
played on the road so far and there is
somewhat of an advantage to playing
at home," coach Bitsy Ritt said. "So
we know that we're right there and
we'll just bounce back Wednesday
against Western Michigan."
The Wolverines hope to use the
next few games as a stepping-stone
in preparation for their first Big Ten
match with in-state rival Michigan
State on March 23, but they know
these next few games are important.
"Western Michigan is a very com-
petitive program," Ritt said. "They
always do well in the match. They
have a very competitive schedule.
They play a lot of Big Ten teams.
It's an opportunity to play a quality
team at home and Marquette's a
chance, again, to fine tune going
into the Big Ten season."
Michigan plays Western Michi-
gan every year and the Wolverines
know that the Broncos are tough
"There's tradition there," Ritt said.
"We know their players very well.
We know that Western Michigan is
ready to play us. They're well-
coached and their players compete
Ritt is confident in Michigan's
ability to come out on top, especial-
ly considering the contributions of
the new additions to the team this
year - assistant coach Katy Prop-
stra and freshman Elizabeth Exon.
Propstra played at Arizona State
from 1995 to 1999. She came to
Michigan this season after a two-
year tenure as assistant coach for the
men's and women's tennis teams at
Northern Arizona University.
"Katy's done a great job," Ritt
said. "She's been well-received by
the players. She's very perceptive
and very analytical and she commu-
Exon, out of Irvine, Calif., has
made a great start to her college
career. She's gone 16-8 overall and
has a winning percentage of 0.667,
good enough for a No. 67 ranking.
"She had a great fall and had
some really big wins," Ritt said.
"She's doing well in the dual sea-
son. I think she's making the adjust-
ment well. She's a very competitive
player. She's very tough mentally
and has had a lot of success in jun-
iors, so she's a very confident player
and is working hard to make her
Coming off the loss, Michigan is
excited to get back in action.
"We are psyched and we're ready
to get this win at home," Ritt said.
Sleeper NCAA Champion pick Illinois Wisconsin Wake Forest
NCAA Final Four Georgia Tech Kansas Gonzaga Kentucky
(champion in bold) St. Joe's Wake Forest Wake Forest Wisconsin
Duke Duke Duke North Carolina
Maryland Connecticut Stanford Connecticut
2004 POSTSEASON NIT
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Virginia (17-13) 1 11
Boston U. (23-5)
R. Island (19-13)
Kent St. (22-8)
Florida State (18-13)
Wichita St. (21-10)
owa State (17-1
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played in Madison Square
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,eorge Mason (21-9)
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Utah State (25-3)
Louisiana State (18-10)
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