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Men's Lacrosse
vs. Albion
Tonight, 8:30 p.m.
Tartan Turf

SPORT s

Ice Hockey
NCAA First Round vs. Cornell
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Arena

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 13, 1991

Page 9

NIT kicks off tonight at
Calip finds magic
*with Fisher's help

Colorado

by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
Last January, an hour after suf-
fering a tough loss to Ohio State,
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
grabbed the coat tail of Demetrius
Calip as he was exiting Crisler
,rena.
"Come here for a second,"
Fisher said, as he directed the
senior guard through the crowd of
media, fans, and relatives
mingling about, into a quiet corner.
"Don't worry about it. I want you
to go back home and relax. You'll
do better next time."
All Calip did was look back,
and that was enough. No one
*understands Fisher better than
Calip and vice-versa. It was just
two years ago that Calip was an
unknown back-up guard and Fisher
was an unknown assistant coach.
All of a sudden, Michigan
coach Bill Frieder flees for a job
at Arizona State, Fisher is thrown
into the top spot, and the first
major move he makes is giving
Calip the ball. The 6-foot-1 Flint
*native came up big in the first two
rounds of the NCAA tournament
when the rest of the Wolverines
were struggling. Calip's play
helped enable Michigan to go on
and take the 1989 title.
As most of that team headed for
the NBA this year, Fisher was
forced to put much of the weight of
this year's season on the shoulders
*of Calip, his only senior.
And Calip has delivered. He is
one of only two players to start
every game. He is the leading the
team in assists and scoring,
averaging over 20 points per game.
During crunch time Calip has
home through with three-pointers
for overtime victories against
Wisconsin and Minnesota on the
toad.
" But more importantly to Calip
than numbers is how the team has
done. Although some had predicted
the Wolverines to finish as low as
eighth in the Big Ten, Calip envis-
ioned his team atop the conference
at the beginning of the year.
"Sometimes people say if you
believe in magic, you'll live a
magical life," Calip said.
In the Big Ten, however, one
needs talent as well as magic to
win. Michigan finished at 14-14, 7-
11 in the Big Ten. Nothing
outstanding, but it was respectable.
For Calip, though, there is no
reason not to have lofty goals. He
has obtained the impossible many
times by overcoming adversity.
The first problem he struggled
with was asthma. But his mother
had a simple solution: "Keep play-

ing until you overcome it."
And while he was out trying to
beat his asthma, he became a
good basketball player.
In high school, Calip was Mr.
Everything: the star basketball
player, a 4.0 GPA student, class
president, chairperson of the home-
coming committee, etc. But Mich-
igan was a little bit tougher.
Calip found himself playing
behind the likes of Gary Grant and
Rumeal Robinson (both now in the
NBA). He also found the academic
world a bit overwhelming. After
one semester he was declared
academ-ically ineligible for the
winter term.
"I got up here at Michigan and
I had to work twice as hard to get
a C, whereas it was an A in high
school," Calip said. "I also was
giving a lot on the basketball court
and still not getting a chance to
play - that became frustrating. I
think that combination was the
problem. It's something I can look
back on, and I can appreciate it
because it made me take books a
little more serious."
The following summer, Calip
worked hard so that he might see
action his sophomore year. But
when he returned, Frieder showed
little interest in him.
"Do you see me playing here,"
Calip asked his coach one day.
"Well, I really don't see you
playing, so you might want to
consider going somewhere else,"
Frieder answered.
Calip was devastated, and he
almost left for Eastern Michigan.
But there was still Fisher. He knew
the assistant coach still believed
in him. Plus, leaving the team
meant he would give up a
Michigan education. So Calip
stayed and let the magic happen.
Academically, things turned
around during his sophomore year
as well. The communications and
psychology major never has
obtained his goal of getting a 4.0
at Michigan, but he has made a
3.8. And who knows, there's still a
semester left.
The next lofty goal on the
horizon for Calip is the NBA. Most
scouts say he will not be drafted,
but he will get offers to try out.
"I'll give the NBA a try and see
what happens there," Calip said.
"Right now, I just want to keep my
options open."
But first things first, and that
means an NIT title.
"I'm going to go out and have
some fun, but I'm definitely going
to try and get the players
motivated to go out and try to win
this thing."

'M' goes west
to open NIT
by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan men's basketball team begins its
quest to become No. 65 tonight in Boulder. The
Wolverines (7-11 in the Big Ten, 14-14 overall) face
Colorado University in NIT first round action. It will
be Michigan's first trip to the NIT since the Wolver-
ines won it in 1984.
"To be playing in a post-season tournament, at
any level, it's kind of a consolation for playing all
the tough games and losing," Michigan captain
Demetrius Calip said. "Hopefully, we can go out
there and make some noise."
The Buffaloes (5-9,15-13) finished in a sixth-
place tie with Oklahoma in the Big Eight, their first
finish above eighth since 1985.
"We're really excited. It's the first time in 22
years that the school's been in post-season action,"
first-year Colorado coach Joe Harrington said.
"Michigan's really strong, and the Big Ten's great
basketball."
Senior 6-foot-10 center Shaun Vandiver paced
Colorado with 20.6 points and a league-leading 10.5
rebounds per game during the season. Last year, he
became the first player since Oklahoma's Wayman
Tisdale to lead the conference in both categories.
Tough interior players like Iowa State's Victor
Alexander, Illinois' Deon Thomas, and Purdue's
Craig Riley have given Michigan problems this sea-
son. And at 240 lbs., Vandiver outweighs the Wolver-
ines' Eric Riley by close to 30 lbs.
"Shaun's been very consistent. It's what I ex-
pected. He's an NBA prospect, probably going in the
first round," Harrington said. "But Riley's a lot big-
ger than Shaun in terms of height."
Iowa State is the only opponent the teams have in
common, and Cyclone coach Johnny Orr offered
some unique insight to the match-up.
"Colorado's got a good team, they started out hot
and kind of faded out," he said. "Playing in Boulder,
I would say they have a definite advantage. If the
game were being played in Ann Arbor, Michigan
would definitely win.
"They're strong rebounders and they press all over
the floor. Michigan's got to take advantage of their
quickness because I think they're a lot quicker than
Colorado."
The Wolverines should be able to run on the Buf-
faloes, who only go seven deep. Michigan's strength
is the backcourt, while Colorado's guards, except for
Wise, haven't done much this season. And Wise, an
excellent pure shooter, can be exploited on the de-
fensive end.
If the Wolverines win, they won't know their next
opponent or location until tomorrow evening. The
NIT doesn't have brackets; it hand-picks each con-
test once the winners of each round are known.

Senior Demetrius Calip hopes tonight's game at Colorado will not be his last. Fans may get
another chance to see Calip play at Crisler if the Wolverines are able to defeat the Buffaloes.

WOLVERINE ADDS WEIGHT TO A FAMILY TRADITION:
Rawls wrestles on his own terms

Hopeful 'M' stickers
search for first victory

by Mitch Rubenstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's lacrosse
team is taking a deep roster and a
positive attitude into tonight's home
opener versus the Albion College
Lacrosse Club.
The Wolverines (0-1) are
looking for the season's first win.
Michigan is not short on talent or
confidence in its quest to get into the
win column. The team boasts a mix
of 40 players that combines senior
leadership with rookie firepower.
4 According to senior captain Marc
Silbergeld, "The majority of the
players on the lacrosse team used to
Tome from out east, but now the
sport of lacrosse has become more
popular in the state of Michigan."
The top players .in the state do
not consider going to the University
of Michigan with the intention of
playing lacrosse because the sport is
not played at the varsity level

difference," team president and coach
Dave Fitzpatrick said. "We would
not have enough quality personnel to
put up against other teams without
them."
The Michigan team plans to use
all of its depth against Albion. The
coach intends to use all of his 6 mid-
field lines to secure what he thinks
will be a sure victory.
field lines to.secure what he thinks
will be a sure victory.
"We are expecting to beat them
hard," said Fitzpatrick "We are plan-
ning to use a lot of players."
The team must keep working in
order to perfect its chemistry. If the
senior leaders of this team take
charge and the rookies play as ex-
pected, then good things should
happen to the Wolverine team..
Michigan's increased depth
should mean increased wins for this
confident team.

by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer
In 1969, Michigan wrestler
Jesse Rawls won the Big Ten
Championship. He was also a two-
time All-American. Now, Jesse's
son, James, is following in his
father's footsteps as a Wolverine
wrestler.
However, James Rawls feels no
pressure to duplicate his father's
accomplishments.
"My father is his own self," he
said. "As far as what he did, he did
a lot of great things."
And Jesse Rawls puts no pres-
sure on his son.
"Being a former wrestler, with
my kids wrestling, I always say to
them, 'If you want to be a wrestler,
you can be one, but don't try to be
as good as I was or try to compare
with what I did,"' the elder Rawls
said.
"I think the pressure is probably
self-induced, because he wants to
do well," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "I think most of the
pressure that James puts on him-
self is the high expectations he
wants and places on himself, just
as an individual."
"Pressure," the younger Rawls

said, "is not being adequately pre-
pared.
"I set my own goals," he said.
"The Big Tens, the NCAAs. As
long as I set goals and try to
achieve them, that's the only thing
that I would try to do."
When Rawls sets his own
goals, he aims high. This year, he
strove to win a Big Ten Champion-
ship and to place in the top eight
at the NCAA's.
Last week, at the Big Ten
Championships, Rawls fell short of
his first objective, finishing fourth
in the tournament. But, as he pre-
pares for the NCAA Champion-
ships this weekend, his second
goal is not yet out of reach.
"I think that he has the poten-
tial to be a Big Ten champion and
an All-American," Bahr said. "In
fact, I would expect that."
Rawls feels that by the time
he's a senior, he could establish
himself as one of the top wrestlers
in his weight class in the country.
"I've got to concentrate now,"
Rawls said. "I just want to steadily
get better and impr6ve. Just keep
getting stronger, tougher, meaner,
and if I can do those things, every-
thing will fall into place."

Last season, Rawls was thrown
onto the mat unexpectedly when
the starting spot at the 142-pound
weight class became vacant. The
coaches' decision to start Rawls
took him by surprise..

"I think that's the biggest thing
from last year to this year," he
said. "I knew that I would be in a
position to start and I knew the
team would be counting on me, so
I prepared myself that way all
summer."
As his record attests, his
change in attitude this year has
been beneficial to his wrestling.
But attitude alone doesn't make a
good wrestler, and a great deal of
Rawls' success this year has come
from actual practice on the mat.
Rawls also has benefitted from his
wrestling partner, former Wolver-
ine John Fisher, a four-time All-
American and three-time Big Ten
champion.
"I wrestle with him the most,"
Rawls said. "They (the coaches)
all help me, and tell me what I'm
doing wrong, but then I really get
to work it with Fisher."
┬░Rawls' wrestling has also im-
proved by competing with his
teammates.
"Just wrestling everybody on
the team (helps)," he said.
"There's so many people around
my weight, like Joey (Gilbert),
Sean (Bormet), and Brian Harper.
"And everyone is intense."

"Last year, I didn't expect to
wrestle," he said, "I expected to
redshirt. So, during the summer, I
didn't even think about wrestling. I
wasn't thinking about the season
coming up, I was thinking about
relaxing."
But this year, the starting spot
was his to lose, and Rawls was
well aware of this. He went home
last summer and began to work out
and focus on his wrestling.

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