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Men's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Kent State
Friday, 7:30 p.m
Yost Ice Arena

Wednesday, February 20, 1991

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OSU faces Illini without Baker ME..

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
An anniversary of sorts could be
marked tonight when Ohio State
faces Illinois at Assembly Hall.
When the teams met in Cham-
paign last season, Buckeye point
guard Mark Baker was given his
first starting assignment. This
season, his presence in the starting
lineup has helped spark Ohio State

to its No. 2 national ranking.
"We assumed Mark was ready
to assume the responsibility of
starting," Ohio State coach Randy
Ayers said. "I think we were more
aggressive on the offensive end of
the court with him in there."
However, the Buckeyes may
not be able to celebrate Baker's
anniversary this evening. He
sprained his right ankle during

SMaking Crisler Loud
In Sports Monday, we asked for students to mailin suggestions on how
to make Crisler Arena louder and more exciting. First-year LSA student
Shahid Murtuza had a few ideas on how to wake Crisler up:
...The only sure-fire way to wake Crisler up...is to have the student
section all around the bottom of the Blue section and seat the students by
way of general admission... At the least, the students could be seated at
each end of the Blue section instead of half the students way up in the Gold
section...
s..No matter how financially "big-time" college athletics become, no
matter how important alumni donations become, the...team belongs to-
and represents the Michigan students.
While you're at it, Coach Fisher, a stronger preseason schedule
wouldn't hurt, either.
- Shahid Murtuza
Mail your comments or suggestions to:
Making Crisler loud, o The Michigan Daily
420 Maynard, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Sunday's double overtime victory
over Indiana, and probably will not
play; his status remains day-to-day.
The Illini aren't expected to be
at full strength, either. After
missing practice the last two days,
it is unlikely that rookie Deon
Thomas will see action. With only
seven players practicing, either
Tom Michael or Scott Pierce
would get the nod in Thomas'
absence.
MR. OLYMPIA: With Chuck
Daly's recent appointment as
coach of the United States Olym-
pic team, the colleges will play a
more restricted role in the Games.
Yet, most of the Big Ten coaches
are satisfied with the move.
"The door's still open. for some
college players," Michigan State
coach Jud Heathcote said. "Maybe
we're just behind the other teams.
We'll adjust to their rules, and go
over there and beat them to
death."
"We coaches want to win the
gold medal again," Purdue coach
Gene Keady said, "and think it's
great the pros are in it because we
have an advantage. But we're a
little disappointed about the loss of

the amateur status."
Not everyone agreed with the
move, wishing the old standards
were still applied.
"I sort of hoped we would stick
to the amateur concept," North-
western coach Bill Foster said. "I
don't think this guarantees that
we'll win it."
Illinois coach Lou Henson
disagreed with Foster's philosophy:
"If we select five or six of our top
pros, it won't even be a ball
game," he said.
TOURNAMENT WATCH: The
Big Ten's postseason possibilities
change as often as the Florida
weather. Each week a new team
looks ready to break away from the
pack of mediocrity to earn an
NCAA bid.
"I think anything is possible
with any of the teams in this
league," Keady said. "Teams now
in seventh or eighth place could
make the tournament."
As Purdue and Iowa have faded
a little in recent weeks, Wisconsin
(6-6 in the Big Ten, 12-12 overall)
has reemerged as a strong con-
tender for its first tournament berth
since 1947.

FILE PHOTC
Mark Baker, Ohio State's premier point guard, will not be on the court
against the Illini tonight due to an ankle injury during the Indiana game.
Baker, averaged 9.1 points and 3.6 assists per game last season.

CCHA Scorecard

Standings
TEAM (OVERALL) Rec. Pts.

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1. aLake -uperior ZJ-3-4j
2z #Michi an (27-6-3)
3. W. Mici an 19-14-3)
4. Ferris St.120-1-5).
5. Michigan State 16-5-5}
6. Bowlin Gren 0-2
7. Ohio Slate (10- 22-4~
8. Ill-Chic go(1 -20-2)
9. Miami 28-3)
#-Clinched Home Ice @
Friday's Results
Michig an 6, Michigan St 5
Lake Superior 8, Kent St. 3
W. Michigan 5, Ferris St. 3
Bowling Green 6, Miami 2
UIC 9, Ohio St. 6
Saturday's Results
Michigan St. 6, Michigan 2
Lake Superior 5, Kent St. 2
W. Michigan 4, Ferris St. 2
Bowling 6ree n7, Miami 3
Ohio St. 6, UIC 6 (OT)
All games begin at 7:30

24-5-3 51 178 107
16-12-2 34 118 109
14-11-5 33 114 106
13-12-5 31 118 93
12-16-2 26 116 138
8-18-4 20 93 151
8-20-2 18 104 138
2-25-3 7 73 173
-Clinched Regular Season Title
Upcoming Games
Kent t. at Schichi
Lake Superior at UC. Michigan
UCat Michia St.
Ohio St. at Bowling Green
Ferris St. at Miami
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AL-Huntsville at higan
Lake Su erior atW. Michigan
UIC at M~ichi gan St.
Bowling Green at Ohio St.
Ferris St. at Miami
local time, unless noted.

*FULL COURTe
PRZESS__
By David Schechter
Daily Sports Writer
Does LBA stand for the Liberty Basketball Association or for Lycra
Basketball Attire?
Monday, the latest attempt at a professional women's basketball
league made its premier at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The league's
inaugural game featured the Detroit Dazzlers and the LBA All-Stars,
clad in skin-tight unitards. The outfits grabbed almost as much attention
as the game did. If not more.
Why fuss about Spandex when you can finally watch women slam
dunk on the league's lower rims of 9 feet 2 inches? They ran the break,
they filled the hoop, and they committed the hard fouls. If it takes a
tight uniform to get some attention-well, that's a small price to pay for
large-scale local and national recognition.
Traditionally a man's world, the basketball community takes note of
women on the court because it seems so novel. I can guarantee that any
CBA team can have sell-out crowds and gain national exposure if they
do one simple thing-hire a woman. It's not like the best of the women,
like Cheryl Miller who played at USC, can't compete with the players
in the CBA.
The commotion would be heard around the world. Remember the stir
Ann Myers created in 1981 when she tried out for the Indiana Pacers?
Women in basketball spell headlines. Headlines sell tickets. The LBA
needs to sell tickets. Thus they go for the headlines. Following?
There have been other attempts at women's hoop leagues. In the mid-
eighties, Nancy Lieberman, one of the greatest women players ever,
anchored the Long Island Knights of the USBL. At the time, the NBA
was in a big-time slump, and if the male players can't bring in the

Lycra virgin, the LBA
plays for the very first time
money, than neither can the women.
The time is ripe for the LBA. Men's basketball is at an all-time high
as far as crowd attendance, television contracts and marketing rights are
concerned. The advent of cable television insures the LBA more success
than its predecessors simply because people can watch it at home.
ESPN broadcasted Monday's game and plans to show more when the
season officially begins in December. The network owns the television
rights for the league because it's good programming, and it's good
basketball.
Speaking of uniforms. The women's team was visited by Purdue
last weekend, and it seems that the Boilermakers have their own fetise
for uniforms. Of course, theirs' are made of the standard mesh
material-no Spandex. But, unlike most schools with hard pressed
budgets, Purdue has three different uniforms. Black, Gold, and White.
Boilermaker coach Lin Dunn thinks its important to look good.
"It's a real luxury for us," said Dunn. "We have three school colors
so we have three uniforms."
Not only did Purdue look good, they played great basketball. Ranked
sixth nationally, the Boilermakers exhibited strengh, finesse, and shear
ability. Purdue revealed, for those who had not seen it before, that
Michigan is truly a young and inexperienced team.
It's not that the Wolverines didn't play well. They did all they coulo
to hold off a more dominant team, losing by the respectable margin of
69-54. Some of the Wolverines even played with the stomach flu. In the
end, however, it was obvious why the Boilermakers are sixth in the
country and the Wolverines are not.
Players like Joy Holmes and MaChelle Joseph ran the court like they
were born on it. These two Boilermakers don't just play basketball, they
think basketball.
A very important distinction.
Other than team captain Carol Szczechowski, the Wolverines don't
really have players who play and see the court the way Holmes and
Joseph do.
But the most important factor in Michigan's defeat was not the
offense that Holmes and Joseph supplied, but the defense the
Boilermakers implemented. The Wolverines have a habit of suffocating
under the siege of a solid defense. In all of their losses this season,
Michigan compiled an average score of 62.3, and in all of their
victories, it averages 76.8 points - a difference of almost 15 points.
It appears that in low-scoring defensive battles, Michigan comes out
on the wrong side of the win column. When another team buckles down
into their own defensive set against the Wolverines, they dictate the
tempo of a game. Michigan is neither a defensively nor offensively
oriented team. Many times the Wolverines end up playing the style of
game the other team wants.

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