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Michigan junior Tom Malchow
won the 200-meter butterfly,
capturing the race in 1:58.37.
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Schedule appears familiar to 'M' basketball
By Mark Snyder.
Daily Sports Editor
When the Michigan basketball team
Eruses the schedule for the upcoming
eason, it will look very familiar.
Many of the Wolverines have person-
al ties with their opponents outside of the
conference schedule. The non-confer-
ence season will be Michigan's chance
to renew rivalries and face top competi-
Fisher said that this season should be
no different from Michigan's past sched-
ules with regards to the challenge.
"Michigan has traditionally played
ne of the most difficult overall sched-
Cles of any Big Ten team, and this season
will be no exception, he said in a
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it has bothered him."
Brandstatter joined emcee Mort
Crim, a former WDIV-TV news
anchor, as well as former players Ray
Jackson and Garde Thompson and
event organizer Mike Duggan to lead a
spirited pep rally.
But when Fisher mounted the stage,
he thanked the fans for their support
snd even seemed on the verge of tears.
"I don't relish in these things,"
Fisher said, referring to the rally. "Life
is not always fair. It is not always easy.
But life is life, and you have to live it."
Jackson, a Fab Five member, was
the surprise guest of the evening, hav-
ing flown in from Texas.
"He's a father figure to me - a
father figure away from home,"
Jackson said. "My parents trusted him
*to take care of me, and he did a great
job of looking out for me, making me
the man I am today. I just hate to see
this happen to a good man like him."
For the first time in his career at
Michigan, guard Louis Bullock will get
to play in his home state when the
Wolverines travel to Towson State on
Nov. 24. Bullock starred in Temple Hills,
Md., throughout high school.
Detroit-Mercy, coached by former
Michigan assistant Perry Watson, will
host Michigan on Nov. 30at Cobo Hall.
The first major challenge of the non-
conference season occurs when Nevada-
Las Vegas makes an appearance at
Crisler Arena on Dec. 6.
But, as in most seasons throughout the
Fisher tenure, Michigan will circle the
December date with Duke as its key con-
test. The Blue Devils, whom the
But perhaps the most moving point
in the ceremonies was when patients
from Mott Children's Hospital pre-
sented Fisher with a collage. The mix
of pictures displayed their apprecia-
tion for Fisher's efforts in arranging
team visits to see the children.
Travar Pettway, a Mott patient,
thanked Fisher for the opportunity to
meet Michigan basketball players and
attend games, making him "feel like a
While receiving support from oth-
ers, Fisher also gave back to his
favorite charities. Mott Children's
Hospital and the Special Olympics
both benefited from a silent auction
that raised more than $4,000 for the
Angie Fisher, Steve's wife, said she
was moved by the show of faith exhib-
ited by old friends and new friends
"It turned out to be the kind of
evening we hoped it would be," Angie
Fisher said. "It's just a great feeling to
have such a turnout."
Wolverines defeated in Durham last sea-
son, will attempt to avenge the loss when
they come to Ann Arbor on Dec. 13.
Duke freshman Shane Battier, a
Detroit native who starred at
Birmingham Detroit Country Day for
the last four seasons, should play his first
game in Michigan as a Blue Devil.
Michigan closes the non-conference
season with a holiday vacation when it
participates in the Puerto Rico Classic
from Dec. 24-26.
The eight-team field is highlighted by
such notables as Arkansas, Iowa State
The traditional Big Ten season will
also embark on a new path this season.
After years of playing an 18-game
schedule, the conference will cut the
total games played to 16 to make room
for the the first Big Ten basketball tour-
In the past, each conference team
played every other team both home and
away. That scenario will change this sea-
The Wolverines will not travel to
Northwestern or Purdue this season, and
Illinois and Iowa won't visit Crisler.
But all 11 teams in the conference will
meet March 5-8 at the Big Ten tourna-
ment in Chicago.
The tournament "will be extremely
exciting for everyone involved and espe-
cially the players and the fans," Fisher
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Despite initial reluctance to attend the rally planned In his honor last Thursday,
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