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Page 6-The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - January 21, 1991


Deja vu all over
Wisconsin choke

by Phil Green
Naily Basketball Writer

MADISON - They might not
share the fame of Duke's "Cam-
bron Crazies", but "Buckey's
Bleacher Creatures" own a unique
reputation of their own. Even
though Wisconsin's students
weren't back from winter break,
Wisconsin Fieldhouse was sold out
and jumping with excitement.
Throughout the game, the
students rocked with the pep band
songs made famous during
Madison's football "Fifth Quar-
ters." The Budweiser theme song
and "On Wisconsin," among
others, frequently erupted from the
Their excitement also found its
way into jeers of the Wolverines.
The crowd greeted Michigan
forward Chris Seter with the
obligatory cut downs of his hair -
no pun intended.
After Michigan's Eric Riley and
,Freddie Hunter each fouled out,
the creatures helped direct them
toward the bench. "RIGHT, LEFT,
BUM," echoed through the
crowd repeatedly bellowed to the
'standing Wolverine bench during
overtime. However, once Michigan
took the lead, the fouled-out
"scrub" Riley retaliated with a
loud ovation in the fans' direction.
DEJA VU: No, the concluding
moments of Saturday's game did
not remind Michigan coach Steve
Fisher of Rumeal Robinson's free
throws during the 1989 National
Championship in Seattle. Instead,
he thought back to his high school
days in Herrin, IL.
"We got beat by Metropolis,
JL, in the super sectionals in the
same way," Fisher reminisced.
"We were one point ahead and got
beat by one."
At Wisconsin Fieldhouse

earlier in Michigan's National
Championship season, Robinson
faced a situation similar to Larry
Hisle's. Robinson also missed, and
the Badgers defeated Michigan,

GULF: Big Ten commissioner Jim
Delaney issued a press release
announcing the conference's
concern over the situation.
"With respect to this serious
matter, the conference encourages
open communication anr
understanding among and between
the students, faculty and
administration on each of our
campuses," the release read.
The Big Ten plans to continue
its regular schedule.
Seter didn't accompany the team
to Wisconsin Fieldhouse. He
arrived on his own, following the
completion of the GMAT exam-
Mike Griffin, the last Wolve-
rine to attend business school, now
averages 40 points per game in
Japan. Could the 6-9 Brookfield,
Wi. native repeat this transition as
CENTS ALSO?: Recycling buckets
are scattered throughout Wisconsin
Fieldhouse - but not for
aluminum cans. Instead, the
athletic department recycles the
plastic soft drink cups distributed
at athletic events.


Who knows, maybe Hisle will
sink two last second free throws in
Indianapolis to give the Badgers
the national title. Then again ...
February 22 last year, Hisle
experienced a similar game ending
circumstance in Minneapolis
against the Golden Gophers.
The Badgers trailed by two with
no time remaining. He connected
on the first shot, but his second
wouldn't fall.
After that miss, his teammates
rushed the floor in consolation.
Saturday, they went for a different
approach. They gave him some
time to himself.
week in Michigan's 79-78 loss
against Iowa, forward James
Voskuil attempted a three-point
basket during the game's closing
moments only to see it carom
Saturday, he took the
opportunity to redeem himself.
With less than one minute
remaining, and the Wolverines
trailing, 66-64, he hoisted a three-
pointer up from the right side.

Michigan celebrates Saturday's victory as Wisconsin sophomore Larry Hisle Jr. misses two free throws off a
Michael Talley foul that would have given Wisconsin the victory or have sent the game into a second overtime.

Missed practice causes lineup changes

by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
MADISON - The biggest
surprise in Michigan's 69-68,
victory was the starting line-up
coach Steve Fisher used. In
Fisher's sixth different starting
line-up this year, he put in Tony
Tolbert, Freddie Hunter, James
Voskuil, Demetrius Calip, and
Michael Talley.
Tolbert had been used sparingly
as of late, and Hunter played in his
first game only a week ago.
Voskuil was the tallest player for
Michigan at 6-foot-7, the rest of

the squad was 6-5 or less.
This change left regular starters
Eric Riley and Kirk Taylor on the
bench. Neither was hurt, so what
was the problem?
Well, it seems Fisher moved up
a Friday practice time from 3:15 to
2:30. Apparently Sam Mitchell,
Taylor and Riley missed the mes-
sage and subsequently were late.
Fisher decided to use their error to
chew out his team, which had
been playing horribly.
"It wasn't a major issue, but I
made it a big deal," Fisher said. "I
let that lead me into a tirade about

why we were 1-4 (in the Big Ten),
because of them not paying atten-
tion to details. They said they
didn't know practice was early.
Everybody else was there, so I
didn't buy it."
As a result, the trio received lit-
tle playing time in the first half.
But in the second half, both Riley
and Taylor came out strong and
played well.
The starting line-up Fisher went
with certainly wasn't effective, as
Wisconsin dominated the smaller
squad. But the change gave new
life to Tolbert. The struggling

guard scored four quick points, all
on drives to the basket.
The change also showed off the
talent of Hunter. The walk-on
played over 37 minutes in the
game, and it looks like he has the
potential to be the fifth starter
Fisher has been searching for all
"It can't get any better," Hunter
said. "I mean we were down 14 at
the half. We came in determined:
We said we've got to go out and
be aggressive. And I worked, I hus-.
tled. Everyone was playing to-
gether, playing smart."


Continued from page 1
"We're not used to not having success,"
Michigan basketball coach Steve Fisher said. "And
when we opened 0-4 (in the Big Ten), it's hard. It's
hard on you physically. It's hard on you mentally.
And even when you think you're trying as hard as
you can, sometimes you're not."
Over on the Wisconsin side, the team was
searching for excuses to explain the sudden turn-
around in the game.
"I think the biggest disappointment is that we didn't
put two halves together," Badger forward Willie
Simms said. "I don't think we panicked. It was a
situation where they didn't quit. They won a national
championship a couple of years ago... They're a good
Well, this is far from the team that won the na-
tional championship in 1989, but members of this
team were around to pick up what it takes to win.
And although this team doesn't have much talent, it
is knowledgeable enough to put it together to beat
the mediocre schools.
The biggest problem this year has been putting
this knowledge into practice. Michigan couldn't pull
-it, out against Texas earlier in the year. Over a week
ago the Wolverines lost by a point to Iowa. But yes-
terday was the first time several players made the
key shots.
Voskuil airballed a three-pointer against Iowa late
in the game that would have given Michigan a vic-

tory. This time, with 38 seconds left in overtime, the
forward swished it.
For Tony Tolbert, his final basket, which won the
game, was the biggest bucket of his career at Michi-
gan. He was a starter at the beginning of the season,
but after committing numerous turnovers, his playing
time slowly decreased. But Tolbert didn't pout.
"Even when I wasn't playing, it always starts with
yourself," Tolbert said. "You've got to keep your
heart and determination. I'm always going to stay
confident and positive."
That probably is the first rule of winning: never
give up. Case in point - Freddie Hunter. Hunter has
been at college for four years. He has not played on a
varsity team since high school. This fall, he made
the team as a walk-on. Yesterday, he started for the
first time.
The 6-foot-5 forward plays with the heart of Den-
nis Rodman. All day long he defended guys bigger
than him. When Riley fouled out, he was responsible
for guarding 255-pound center Patrick Tompkins. For
the second straight game, Hunter had eight rebounds.
Fisher has been begging for a rebounder all season.
"They're big. I was giving up some pounds and
sometimes I felt myself getting pushed in, but I just
boxed out my men and just went for the ball as
strong as I could," Hunter said.
As I walked into the press room after the game, I
was once again greeted by the Badger Herald writer.
"Don't even say anything," he said. But this time I
had a response, one whose expression needed no
words, because the grin on my face said it all.

Continued from page 1
11,400 in attendance probably
couldn't recognize their rejuve-
nated opponents.
Michigan's defensive intensity
picked up, as did its offensive fire-
power. The Badgers could no
longer drive the ball inside. Their
entry passes got batted away, and
their outside shots just wouldn't
fall. And as the ball bounded away
each time, Riley and Freddie
Hunter consistently swiped the re-
"We were covering their guards
a little better. If you can cover the
guards tight, they're not going to
have as good passing," Wolverine
sophomore forward James Voskuil
In addition, Michigan finally
deciphered Wisconsin's defense.
The guards, led by Michael Talley
(team high 18 points), repeatedly
sliced inside for lay-ups and short
"I thought that Talley showed
some poise and gumption," Fisher
While the Wolverines couldn't

pull even with the Badgers, Wis-
consin couldn't shake free either.
Sloppy play and wasted opportu-
nities haunted both teams as over
a minute went by at times without
a basket. Finally, with :11 re-
maining, Talley went coast-to-
coast for a lay-up to tie the score,
59-59, and send the game into
During the extra session,
Michigan traded field goals with
Badger free throws. All of Wis-
consin's points came from the line,
while the Wolverines stayed even
with clutch three-point shooting by
Taylor and Voskuil.
"That probably was my biggest
shot ever," Voskuil, playing for a
fouled-out Riley, said.
Tony Tolbert's 10-footer from
the middle of the lane put Mich-
igan up by one with :04 left and
apparently gave the Wolverines a
tremendous come from behind vic-
However, their celebration
quickly ceased as Talley was
called for a foul with no time re-
maining - thus setting the stage
for Hisle and a Badger victory that
just wasn't meant to be.



Player TWG FT R A PF T3Z
Tolbert 6-11 0-0 3 1 3 12,
flwer 0.1 3-4 8 2 5 3
Vosua 2.2 0-0 1 0 2 6..
Calip 5-15 1-2 0 5 1 11
Taley 7-12 2-2 0 3 4 1'
Taylor 4-8 1-1 0 2 4 Is
Riey 4-5 0-0 10 0 5 8 "
Pelika 0-2 0-0" 1 0 2 0~.
Mitel 0.1 0-0 2 0 1 O,
McIver 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 0'
Setar 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0
Totals 28-58 7-10 28 13 28 69
3-pt goals: 6-11 (Tolbert 0- 1,Voskuil 2-2, CaiipO0-2, 1
Talley 2.3, Taylz2-3) FG%- .483, 3-pt FG%- .545, FrW'
.700. Blks: 2 (Riley 2). Turnovers: 15. Steals: 6 ( Tolbec
1, Calip 2, Talley2, Riley 1).


SIN (68)



TFG ~r R A PP T~

L xw



0 5 4 18+
4 2 0 -V"
8 1 2 1&
0 2 3 6
2 1 2 ,
2 1 0 0,
7 1 3 1
1 0 1 1"
1 1 1 4*1
28 14 16-68,

Totlas 19-40 28-39

3-pt. goals: 2-7 (Simms 1-1, Ellenson (-3, Locum"
0-1, Ilisle 1-2). FG%-.475. 3-pt %FG-.286. F%,
.718. Blks: 2 (Tompkins 1, Douglass 1). Turn -"
oves: 17. Steals: 7 (Simms 1, Tompkins 2,
Douglass 2, Locum 1, Ilisle 1). ;
Technical Fouls: None
Attendance: 11,400

Continued from page 1
volunteer coach who makes less than
$12,000. This includes graduate assistants
as well.
That is a problem for Fisher. Presently.,
he has two assistant coaches along with a
graduate assistant and a volunteer coach.
Fisher said firmly last Thursday that he
still plans to hire another assistant coach
in the spring. That means two coaches are
out of a position a year from now.
"I'm praying and hoping that they
change that rule where by 1992 we can
still someway have that extra person,"
Fisher said. "If we don't, we're going to
investigate what can be done."
This rule change hurts graduate assis-
tants the most. Often, they either go on to
get their advanced degree, or go into
coaching as a profession. Since they are
usually the least committed staffer, they
will be the first to be dropped.
"It will keep the younger guys from
their chosen profession," Fisher said.
Ice hockey coach Red Berenson is just
as upset. He will only be allowed one as-
sistant coach and one restricted earnings
coach. Right now, Berenson has three as-
sistant coaches.
"It really stretches the coaching staff,"

centage is down to 50 percent. However,
most of the coaches classified as re-
stricted earnings are female. It is often
hard for women to break into the coaching
ranks, and this change only makes it
"I have a little bit of anxiety about the
changes," Bradley-Doppes said. "Wom-
en's athletics has come so far. This might
take us a little bit back. Hopefully, it will
effect women's and men's athletics the
same. Yet, that remains to be seen."
Women's basketball coach Bud Van-
DeWege looked at the coaching cuts from
a financial stand-point. He feels the estab-
lishment of the restricted earnings coach
will prevent some wealthier schools from
hiring more full time coaches than other
universities can afford.
"Maybe this was a rule women's bas-
ketball needed maybe a few years down
the road, but I don't think it's needed right
now," VanDeWege said. "I don't think it's
a problem because the money really
hasn't been there in women's athletics to
abuse that position, although I think it's
capable of being. I think it's unfortunate to
reduce the opportunity."
VanDeWege has only two assistant
coaches, so the rule change will not affect
But women's athletics wasn't alone in

The biggest change that seemed to
bother the coaches the least was the ten
percent cut in scholarships. Many Michi-
gan teams, like the men's basketball
team, don't even use all their scholarships
"I think the scholarship reduction is
fine," VanDeWege said. "I feel I can op-
erate at 13 very well. There's less margin
for error when you're making recruiting
decisions, but I think it is realistic. You
just create more walk-on opportunities."
The reduction of playing time to 20
hours a week was of little concern as well
to coaches. However, to players it was a
different story.
Several swimmers, including Michi-
gan's Mike Barrowman, who has a GPA of
over 3.5, claim the reduction shouldn't in-
clude athletes who are maintaining their
grades. His reasoning is simple. He needs
to train for the Olympics and other meets.
Thus, he needs more attention from his
"It doesn't prevent the student-athlete
from working out," Michigan Athletic Di-
rector Jack Weidenbach countered. "The
intent of this whole movement is to do
something for the student-athlete. What
that does is it allows the student-athlete
more time to be a part of the overall aca-
demic and social climate in the univer-

NCAA reforms could force
Wells to depart Michigan

by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
Results from the NCAA convention two
weeks ago in Nashville Tenn., greatly af-
fected the Michigan wrestling team as
well as the entire state of American
wrestling. Coaching reductions would have
left schools with only one part-time and
one full-time coach, so wrestling coaches
made an amendment to allow for two full-
time and one part-time coaches because
of safety reasons.
The previous amendment was defeated,
190-111, which was one of the closer
votes of the convention.
"People seem to think that because of
the safety factors with 40 kids on a team,
that they will change the rule before it
goes into effect," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "It takes more than two
coaches to work with 40 kids."
Michigan currently has two full-time
and four part-time coaches. Three of the
part-time coaches, Kirk Trost, John Fisher,
and Joe Pantaleo, are bidding for berths in
the 1992 Olympic Games. These three
coaches are paid $5000 a year from the

high school level.
"Our coaches go to the World Champi'
onships and learn the latest techniques in
wrestling," Bahr said. "Then they come
back here and teach our kids, who in turn
teach high school kids in the summer
camps, who in turn, teaca the junior high
kids. If they cut out the graduate assis-
tants, it will destroy the filtering process
of teaching."
Perhaps the man affected most at
Michigan will be 12-yct& assistant coach,
Joe Wells. Bahr considers Wells, one of
the four finalists for the Olympic coaching
job, his equal.
"I want to protect Joe," Bahr said. "I
give him as much credit as I can because
he is instrumental in developing our kids."
Wells is also worried about the upcom-
ing reductions as he may be forced to
leave Michigan and find a new job.
"It's a little disconcerting," Wells said.
"We don't know exactly what the legisla-
tion is. Hopefully they will fine tune it at
future conventions. But there definitely
will be some cuts and dramatic changes in



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