By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Editor
*ith Michigan State winning a
title while the Wolverines missed the
CAA tournament for the second
traight year, the pressure is on for
Michigan basketball coach Brian
llerbe to succeed.
One area where Michigan hasn't
escended under Ellerbe is it recruit-
Here are some of the hottest targets
hat Michigan seems to be recruiting
he hardest early in the game:
Height: 6-11, Weight: 285
Lowdown: Averaged 24 points,
11.8 rebounds, and four blocked shot
per game as a junior
Michigan's chances: Most likely,
he'll go straight to the NBA.
" Desagana Diop
Height: 7-0 Weight: 285
Lowdown: Averaged II points,
10.2 rebounds, 4 blocks as a senior
Michigan's chances: Blue is
among the leaders, but slight Miami
(Fla.) lean early.
Height: 5-0 Weight: 165
Lowdown: Hot prospect out of
enn, but does Michigan need anoth-
er miniscule point guard?
Michigan's chances: One of five
favorites along with Duke,
Pittsburgh, Providence and Syracuse.
Height: 5-9 Weight: 160
Lowdown: Gary, Indiana native
hopes to play three years of Division
191 after attending community col-
lege last year.
Michigan's chances: Wide open
early. Lists Michigan as one of eight
Height: 6-7 Weight: 210
Lowdown: Played at Barton
ounty C.C. with Carter after spend-
ing less than a full season with
Miichigan's chances: Lists
Michigan as a favorite along ith
Fresno State, Kansas State, UNC-
Charlotte and Nebraska.
Height: 6-7 Weight: 190
Lowdown: One of Michigan's
most sought prospects will likely
gn somewhere during the early
Michigan's chances: Lists
Michigan as his leader, followed by
The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 24. 2000 - 15
65-team Big Dance?
It could happen _<.:'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The field
fCr the NCAA men's basketball tourna-
ment might be expanded by one next
season with an "opening-round" game
the Tuesday before the first round
The NCAA, sv-ich confirmed the
possible 65-team field last Tuesday,
said the winner of the game between
two of the lower-ranked conferences
would move into the brackets as a No.
16 seed if the plan is adopted:
The tournament field is expanding
because 31 conferences will receive
automatic bids next sear, two more
than last season. The committee always
selects 34 at-large teams.
The additional automatic bids will
go to the year-old Mountain West
Conference and the Western Athletic
Conference, which didn't have one last
season after eight members left to form
the Mountain West.
The Division I Men's Basketball
Committee is recommending the open-
itg-round game be played on Tuesday,
March 13, at the University of Dayton
Arena, which is a host site for first and
second round games. Then again, that
team might have to play somewhere
"They could play at Dayton," NCAA
spokesman Bill Hancock said. "They
will be seeded into line No. 16 and if,
on selection Sunday, the committee
believes that the No. I seed should be
assigned to Dayton to play No. 16, then
that team could stay in Dayton."
The NCAA's Division I
will decide Aug. 3 ,shether toadopt the
The 65-team field will be a first, but
it won't be the first time the NCAA has
given more than 64 teams a shot at the
championship. In 1991, 33 conference
champions received automatic bids and
six of the teams competed in three
play-in games. Those three winners
joined 61 other teams in the tourna-
Craig Thompson, the Mountain West
commissioner, chaired the basketball
"We want to do everything we can to
ensure that the student-athletes who
compete in the opening-round game
get the full flavor of participation in
this great championship. The
University of Dayton has a strong his-
tory of drawing tremendous crowds to
said in a statement.
The NCAA said the teams playing
the Tuesday game will be determined
on Sunday, March I1, with the remain-
der of the tournament field. The
NCAA will try to assign the Tuesday
winner to a site playing host to first-
round games Friday, rather than
Thursday. Dayton's first-round games
will be played Friday.
"They could stay in Dayton, but they
could also move, and that won't be
known until selection Sunday,"
Both opening-round participants
will get a full share of revenue for play-
ing in the tournament, Hancock said.
The NCAA rewarded the Mountain West and WAC with automatic NCAA tourna-
ment bids next year. The result may be an attention unworthy play-in game.
Continued from Page 12
guaranteed revenue that comes from
having a team in the NCAA
Tournament every year."
Then Rick Majerus could dish out
the following accompanying bit: "We
want to thank Craig and the NCAA
for the automatic bid. And since
teams like Air Force and Wyoming
have absolutely no chance of ever
winning our conference, we at Utah
will be proud to represent the
Mountain West every year."
At least they'd be honest.
None of this is official yet. The
proposal, which is a "rec6mmenda-
tion" at this stage, must still be
approved at a cabinet meeting on
A formality, at best.
Thompson's ethical standards have
now been compromised. Remember
this when he smiles at you one future
Sunday evening in March and says,
"We were impressed with the season
Wyoming had, and we fully support
our decision to seed them No. I in the
Don't fret too much, though. At
least you'll have a nationally televised
Rider-Austin Peay play-in game to
drown your sorrows in.
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