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Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7A

Michigan's win at Iowa
marked by milestones

Blue strives to use
home-ice advantage

By GJON JUNCAJ ling, Virginia native did not appear
Daily Sports Editor in a contest. Wright wore a head-
band Tuesday, over a white gauze
IOWA CITY - It's never too late which covered an injury on the
for firsts. . right side of his forehead.
And after 25 games spanning Beilein said he held Wright
three months, the Michigan men's out of full-contact drills Monday
basketball team made recent his- and that the forehead injury lim-
tory with Tuesday night's victory ited him Tuesday enough that
over Iowa - twice. the coaching staff decided to sit
The Wolverines' 80-78 overtime Wright on the bench. Beilein
win at Carver- declined to say what led to the
Hawkeye Arena NOTEBOOK injury.
provided Michi- "The facts are that - over the
gan coach John Beilein with two last day - I believe Anthony had
miniature milestones, one that done nothing wrong to what the
halted a streak of futility and the facts that were presented to me,"
other topping a benchmark that's Beilein said Tuesday. "If the facts
been three years in the making. have changed, then I will take
Tuesday night marked the Wol- appropriate action. For now, the
verines' second consecutive road facts are the facts that we dis-
victory, something the program cussed."
had not accomplished in four years Wright said Tuesday that he did
- when Beilein was on his way to not believe the injury limited him
leading West Virginia to an even- on the court.
tual Sweet 16 berth in the 2006 "Coach's decision," Wright said
NCAA Tournament. when asked why he did not play.
"We saved our timeouts and "If I play 40 and we win, or if I
were able to use them at differ- play zero and we win, it's the same
ent times to make sure they got thing."
enough rest," Beilein said of his MAKING HIM LOOK GOOD:
current players during Tuesday's Michigan's biggest weakness
postgame radio show. "To win on throughout this season arguably
the road is very difficult, and they has been its interior defense. The
showed a lot of resiliency tonight." Wolverines are next-to-last in the
Michigan (6-7 Big Ten, 13-12 Big Ten in defensive field goal per-
overall) topped another plateau centage. More important, Michi-
Tuesday on its way to its third true gan's undersized frontcourt is
road win in nine tries this season. allowing opponents to hit 50 per-
The Wolverines' 14-for-27 three- cent of their two-point shots this
point shooting performance sig- year.
nified the only time Michigan has Tuesday night reiterated just
shot over 50 percent from behind how much room the Wolver-
the are during the Beilein era. ines' interior defense still has for
That's two-plus seasons, span- improvement. Iowa sophomore
* ning 92 contests - a stretch during forward Aaron Fuller tallied 30
which the Wolverines have led the points and grabbed 13 rebounds,
conference in triples attempted. both career highs.
Michigan is third in the Big Ten in Fuller - who was averaging just
3-pointers attempted this season. eight points and six rebounds per
WRIGHT BACK IN THE FOLD: contest entering Tuesday - hit 11
Redshirt junior forward Anthony of 13 field goals, knocking down an
Wright was expected to practice array of short turnaround jumpers
yesterday after sitting out Tuesday over whomever Michigan threw
with a right forehead injury. It was at him in the post. Fuller also
the first time in 11 games the Ster- wreaked havoc on the offensive

By RYAN KARTJE
Daily Sports Editor
Every year before hockey season
starts, like any other coach, Michi-
gan's Red Berenson closely exam-
ines the upcoming schedule.
And like any other coach, Beren-
son insists that the games within
the confines of Yost Ice Arena, in
front of a home crowd, are chalked
up as must-wins.
"You probably say, 'We've got to
be at least .500 on the road, and we
have to win all our home games,'"
Berenson said. "How many teams
win all their home games? Not very
many. But the odd team does."
But through four games at home
this season, Michigan (12-11-1
CCHA, 17-15-1 overall) was operat-
ing in an odd fashion, but not in the
way Berenson would have hoped for.
The Wolverines opened their
home slate this season with a 3-2
win over Niagara. But they dropped
the next four at Yost, with two losses
at the hands of No. 1 Miami (Ohio),
one loss to intrastate rival Michigan
State and even a loss to CCHA base-
ment dweller Bowling Green.
For junior forward Louie Capo-
russo, the losses at home to Miami
were two of the most heartbreaking
this season.
"We've went into (Miami's) rink
and have always given them trouble
in their rink, and they've always
had trouble coming here and getting
wins," Caporusso said. "I don't think
freshmen on the team really under-
stood how desperate they were toget
a win against us like that."
It was a sense of urgency that the
Wolverines weren't familiar with at
the time, but now understand com-
pletely.
* The 1-4 record at home was the
worst Michigan has ever experienced
through five home games in Beren-
son's 26-year tenure. And despite the
rough start, Berenson contends that
the team's performance wasn't due to
a lackofconfidence.
"Michigan's never been a team
that's had trouble with confidence at
home,'.' Berenson said. "You look at
our home record the last two years,

10 years, 20 years, we're as good as
anybody. We have a great environ-
ment here, and I think our team has
really thrived on playing at home in
the past."
But as two of the nation's elite
programs - now-No. 2 Wisconsin
and Minnesota - came to Yost for
the annual College Hockey Show-
case on Nov. 27 and 28, Michigan
showed a different kind of fervor
that had been missing in front of the
home crowd all season.
The Wolverines outscored the
Badgers and Gophers 7-2 in what
Berenson calls the team's "most
complete effort" of the season.
"It got us playing at the level at
home we wanted," Berenson said.
"And it gave us results."
Michigan took those results,
against the country's elite talent,
and has turned it into a 6-0-1 run at
home since then. After dropping the
contest to Bowling Green on Nov.
20, the Wolverines have only given
up four goals at Yost Ice Arena.
And though they may not have
had the same positive results on
the road - the Wolverines have
lost their last five away games -
the ability to win at home will be
imperative if they plan on securing
a bye in the first round of the CCHA
Tournament.
Michigan takes on fourth-place
Northern Michigan this weekend
with 10th-place Notre Dame waiting
in the wings for a home-and-home
series next weekend. If the Wolver-
ines have any hope of securing the
fourth and final bye in the confer-
ence tournament, they have to win
out, and that means three games in
front of a home crowd at Yost.
It's a position of urgency. But for
Caporusso, it's all he could ask for.
"Desperation ishuge whenyou're
playing, and these teams coming in
are desperate too," Caporusso said.
"Notre Dame and Northern Michi-
gan are desperate. This is desperate
hockey. It's playoff hockey, and this
is where everyone needs'to come
and play, especially at home.
"And when you're playing in
front of a crowd like Yost, there's no
excuse not to win every game."

5A D ALSALAH/Daly
Michigan coach John Beilein experienced two milestones in Tuesday's win at Iowa.
glass, nabbing six boards and con- his body to spin and draw fouls....
verting several putbacks, thanks to Iowa's going to love watching him
hard cuts to the rim and aggressive over the next two and a half years."
boxingout. SOME LONG-OVERDUE HELP:
As frustrated as the Wolver- Redshirt sophomore guard Laval
ines became with each of Fuller's Lucas-Perry's 11-point effort Tues-
baskets, he did earn at least one day was his first double-digit scor-
admirer on Michigan's sideline. ing output since Jan. 7. Michigan
"He's got a unique ability for a had gone seven games without
guy who's not a classic four-man a third player in double figures
because he's six-(feet)-six," Beilein entering Tuesday, dropping five of
said. "He plays much bigger than those contests. The Wolverines are
that. A lot of four-guys can't create 7-1 this season when three players
off the dribble like he does, and use reach double-digit points.

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