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The Michigan Daily I michigandaily.com I November 26, 2007
MICHIGAN 5,
REfTRI BUTION

Blue gets Golden
(Gopher) revenge

By COURTNEY RATKOWIAK
Daily Sports Writer
1-5.
The seniors' career record in the
College Hockey Showcase, heading
into this weekend.
5-1.
Revenge.
Michigan's biggest victory of the
season, a 5-1win over No. 15 Minne-
sota Saturday, snapped both a six-
game losing streak to the Gophers
and a recent tradition of Showcase

disappointment.
"There's one team that I really
hate, and that'd be Minnesota,"
Michigan goalie Billy Sauer said.
"It was really good to get out there
and geta win."
The second-ranked Wolverines
(8-0 CCHA, 12-1 overall) swept
both games of the College Hockey
Showcase this weekend, knocking
off No.14 Wisconsin 3-2 Friday and
No. 15 Minnesota Saturday in their
first games against ranked teams
See MINNESOTA, Page 4B

Porter and Kolarik
show senior spark

By ANDY REID
Daily Sports Writer
When Kevin Porter and Chad
Kolarik returned for their senior
seasons, they knew it would make
a huge -impact on the Michigan
hockey team.
But no one expected anything
like this.
Porter, the team's captain, and
Kolarik, Michigan's assistant cap-
tain, combined to tally six of the

Wolverines' eight total goals this
weekend. Their lights-out per-
formance helped guide Michigan
to two of its biggest victories so
far this season, as the Wolverines
toppled Wisconsin and Minnesota,
both ranked opponents.
"We're playing at home," Beren-
son said. "We're playing with a
team that is being led by you, the
senior. You're trying to make a dif-
ference, and you've gotta do it out
See SENIORS, Page 4B

ZACHARY MEISNER/Daily
Senior captain Kevin Porter scored two goals and had two assists to help Michigan beat Minnesota Saturday, his first win against the Golden Gophers.

Minnfield's change
of pace keyswin
By CHRIS MESZAROS
Daily Sports Writer
The games couldn't have been more different.
But for the Michigan women's basketball team,
it could've been much worse.
The Wolverines (4-1) finished third this week-
end in Vanderbilt's Thanksgiving Tournament,
with a 67-43 loss to Iowa State Friday and a 80-43
victory over Belmont
yesterday. MICHIGAN 80
Junior Jessica Min- M N 43
nfield led Michigan - - _-43
against Belmont with 18
points, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor. But Min-
nfield had a poor game against the Cyclones, tally-
ing no points and three rebounds. Michigan coach
Kevin Borseth believed her improved play was the
big difference between the two results.
"She got engaged a little bit better in the
offense," Borseth said. "That allowed her to take
some better shots."
Minnfield was not the only Wolverine to
rebound from Michigan's defeat. Junior forward
Carly Benson bounced back from a one-point per-
formance on Friday to score 11 against Belmont.
"We had more rhythm," Borseth said. "We did
screens very well, which was something we spent
a little time on (Saturday). That was the difference
offensively."
The Wolverines began the game slowly, per-
haps because of the Friday loss. But they quickly
See BELMONT, Page 4B

Same old
Wolverines
in Alaska
By DAN FELDMAN
Daily Sports Writer
How good is the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team?_
At this point, W. KENTUCKY 73
the answer is MICHIGAN 69
still up in the - -
air.
Six games into the John Beilein era,
the Wolverines (3-3) haven't done any-
thing unexpected. They've beaten their
weaker opponents and lost to their
stronger ones, most recently a 73-69
defeat at the hands of 1.5-point favor-
ite Western Kentucky in the fifth-place
game of the Great Alaska Shootout on
Saturday.
"We are going to play an awful lot of
teams that are as good as Western Ken-
tucky," Beilein said through the athletic
department. "There isn't a team on our
schedule that isn't as good as Western
Kentucky or better. From here on out, we
are going to have to go in there and play
with the same intensity we had today and
learn from what we just learned."
Michigan showed the same resilien-
cy Saturday it displayed all weekend,
cutting Western Kentucky's 15-point
first-half lead to two in the game's final
minute.
Junior point guard Jerret Smith hit a
pair of 3-pointers between the 10- and
six-minute marks to spark the Wolver-
ines back into the game. Still, Michigan
trailed 71-64 until sophomore forward
DeShawn Sims hit a 3-pointer with 1:11
left.
On the ensuing Western Kentucky
possession, Wolverine junior point
guard C.J. Lee got a steal that led to a
Manny Harris dunk.
With eight seconds between the shot
clock and game clock, the Wolverines
elected not to foul and forced a Hill-
topper miss, but Western Kentucky
forward D.J. Magley tallied the game-
clinching putback.
The Hilltoppers built their big lead
with 16 points off 10 turnovers in the
first half.
"The whole game they pressured us,"
Beilein said through the athletic depart-
ment. "They just rotate 10 guys in there
and just try to wear you down.
"We knew what they were going to do

Effort a
beautiful
sight
This all sounds familiar - a
promising beginning fol-
lowed by a reality check.
The Michigan men's basketball
team had two
convincing
wins over
Radford and
Brown that
could make
anyone, myself
included, excit-
ed for the new
season. But as
quickly asa H. JOSE
12-0 George- BOSCH
town run can -
take (which The Bosch
lasted 5:06 to Watch
be exact), the
John Beilein
honeymoon
ended and the sad realization that
a quality win would be hard to
come by began.
Last season the Michigan men's
basketball team's hopeful 12-2
start lasted much longer, but it
also came to a crashing halt with
losses to North Carolina State,
Georgetown and UCLA.
The effect of both seasons is the
same.
This really isn't news for this
year's squad. Most people, even
Beilein, were expecting a tough
season. The team is young, the
offensive system is new and Mich-
igan's schedule is brutal.
But there's futility, and then
there's hopelessness. Reaching the
postseason may be futile, but the
Wolverines are far from hopeless.
Even with Michigan starting
two freshmen, two sophomores
and a senior, I feel more comfort-
able with this year's squad than
last year's. From more than 3,000
miles away I could tell this Michi-
gan team has more confidence and
mettle.
The Wolverines' youth move-
ment - led by freshmen Manny
Harris and Kelvin Grady and
sophomores DeShawn Sims, Zack
Gibson and Ekpe Udoh - gives
this squad a hop in its step that it
See BOSCH, Page 4B

SAM WOLSON/Daly
Sophomore DeShawn Sims scored 16 points or 7-of-12 shooting in the Wolverines' loss to Bel-
mont Saturday.
against us, but it is almost impossible to from Harris.
prepare for it, especially with a one-day "We will need to now go back and
prep with a young team." find all the little things that we need
Michigan apparently adjusted well to change," Beilein said through the
as the game went on, holding Western athletic department. "A simple box out,
Kentucky to just five points off eight landing on two feet, hit the guy when he
Wolverine second-half turnovers. went backdoor, don't go backdoor too
But it wasn't enough for Michigan, late, don't go backdoor too early ... all
which averaged 13 turnovers per con- the little things that will teach us how to
test in the three-game tournament. getbetter. If we would have gotten a few
Wednesday, the Wolverines lost their of those things we would have walked
opening game of the Shootout 79-65 to away with a win (Saturday). But it didn't
No. 22 Butler, which made a tourna- happen."
ment-record 17 3-pointers. If Beilein is right about the level of
Michigan rebounded with a 61-53 Michigan's upcoming competition, the
over Eastern Washington behind 19 Wolverines better solve their shortcom-
points, five rebounds and five assists ings quickly.

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