100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

November 16, 1995 - Image 31

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Michigan Daily, 1995-11-16
Note:
This is a tabloid page

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

Oh

r.- kY a I

A~ __Thy Nlihisan gly u-- TI" flC!S4 - Thursday; November -16.-1995

lfl - IIIC vI1G1116011 va11y

Michigan faces tough slate

:.

Wolverines hope to improve
nonconference record . By

on last season's disappointing 6-6
Paul Barger

One of Steve Fisher's greatest fears
was realized last season when his young
team struggled through its nonconference
schedule. A 6-6 record with embarassing
losses to Pennsylvania, Washington and
St. John's almost kept the Wolverines
out of the NCAA Tournament.
This year's nonconference slate is
not quite as difficult, but it still provides
a great deal of challenges.
Michigan opens the season in the
Preseason NIT. If the Wolverines can
win two games at home, they will head
to Madison Square Garden in New York
for the semifinals, where they will likely
meet one of the nation's most talented
squads. Arkansas, Arizona and
Georgetown are all potential opponents.
"If we can get to New York it would
be terrific," Fisher said. "It would give
our young kids some great experience."
The NIT championship game falls on

the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Michigan then has what should be an
easy game at home against St. Francis (Pa.)
Nov. 27. The Wolverines than embark on
a three-game road trip, which features a
nationally televised clash with LSU.
LSU features one of the top
backcourts in the country - Ronnie
Henderson and Randy Livingston.
Livingston was the No. 1-rated high

BEST WISHES TO
MICHIGAN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS
FOR GREAT '95 SEASONS

school player in America, but his career
has been plagued by injuries.
The Wolverines will also take on
Ball State and Detroit on the road.
Duke comes calling Dec. 9 in a game
that always seems to bring the best out of
the Blue Devils. Michigan has lost six
straight to Duke and Mike Krzyzewski.
Last season in Durham, the Wolverines
had an incredible moment of brilliance
going on a 24-0 run, only to lose 69-59.
Michigan seeks revenge against
Washington Dec. 16 and then rounds out
the nonconference schedule with Cleve-
land State, UNLV and Davidson. The
second two games are in Las Vegas Dec.
28 and 30.
The Wolverines usually play a
nonconference game in the middle of the
Big Ten season, but none is scheduled
this year.
This is probably a good decision,
considering Michigan's loss to St. John's
on Super Bowl Sunday last year.
The Big Ten schedule has added
difficulty for Michigan this season.
Fisher's squad begins a seven-game
stretch Jan. 23 that includes two games
at Indiana, Iowa and Purdue. Along
with the Wolverines, those three teams
are likely to be the Big Ten front run-
ners.
Michigan travels to East Lansing
Jan. 13 and gets a return visit from the
Spartans Feb. 27. The Wolverines have
only one game against Ohio State and
Minnesota.
"Everybody plays just a little bit
harder during the conference games,"
sophomore Travis Conlan said. "It is a
tough league. We found out last year
how hard it is to play in the Big Ten."
The Wolverines do catch a break,
beginning and ending the conference
slate with back-to-back games with Wis-
consin and Northwestern. Those teams
are expected to finish in the Big Ten's
second division.

GUARDS
Continued from Page 6
ners. It's called the CBA.
That's the quandary for Fisher's
guards this season. He doesn't need them
to score a ton - this team has enough
other weapons to do that. Fisher needs
them to be smart, to control the ball,
make heady decisions and drain enough
jumpers to keep the defense honest.
Michigan's guards may posess all those
qualities. Then again, they may possess
none.
Fife is the only one who has played a
lot for a full season. At times, he looks
like he is the best shooter on the team.
Problem is, he has to actually shoot if
that is to matter. Fife has often been ten-
tative when he has anopen shot.
Fife will likely be the starter early in
the season, but if he doesn't score
enough for Fisher's tastes, the coach may
turn to the younger, quicker Conlan. The
sophomore didn't see much playing time
early in his freshman campaign, but that
all changed when Iowa visited Crisler
Arena. Conlan played 38 minutes, mak-
ing several key defensive plays and lead-
ing Michigan to a stunning double-over-
time victory over the Hawkeyes, keeping
the Wolverines' conference title hopes
alive.
If Conlan is going to overtake Fife as
the team's point guard, he will need to
put in more performances like that.
As for Bullock, all Michigan fans ex-
pect of him is that he come in and shoot
60 percent from the yellow seats in
Crisler. But the Wolverines' recent his-
tory with long-distance shooting is poor.
Michigan has not had a consistent 3-
point shooter since Glen Rice was a
Wolverine from 1985-89. Bullock will
need to be quick enough and strong
enough to create shooting opportunities.
If none of the three emerges as a
scorer, Fisher will have to turn to one of
his bigger players to switch to guard.
Jerod Ward is the most likely candidate.
Ward is 6-9 but prefers playing on the
perimeter. He could provide a scoring
lift.
If Ward settles in at another position,
Willie Mitchell could emerge as a shoot-
ing guard. But while Mitchell would
present matchup problems for oppo-
nents, he may not have the ballhandling
skillsdor the outside shot to play shooting
guard.
Fisher knows Bullock, Fife and
Conlan may not win many games for
him this season. All he can really ask is
that they don't lose too many, either.

SWINGMI
Continued from Page 5
offense? White played es
guard to center at Inkster o
ing named McDonald's A
ranked consistently among
10 recruits.
"I have confidence ins
White said after his Michi
coaches have confidence i
And they should. Wb
points, 15.9 rebounds,
steals, and 3.0 blocks per
-numbers that outshon
U.S. Junior National Teal
fellow Wolverine frosh)
ithough Traylor's numbe
Detroit's Public School L
t the nation'sbest high scl
White, Traylor, and
Louis Bullock - in no pai
may be the best three fre5
Ten; they are certainly the

Duke BLUE DEVILS
Last year: 2-14 ACC, 13-18 overall

Postseason: None
Returning starters:
Ricky Price (8.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Jeff Capel (12.5 ppg, 4.1 apg)
Trajan Langdon (11.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
Key losses:
Cherokee Parks (19.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
Erik Meek (10.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Career Record: 431-186 (20 years)
Record at Duke: 358-127 (15 years)

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Willie Mitchell is one of three Michigan swingmen who will see significant
playing time. Mitchell scored 5.5 points per game as a freshman last season.
EYE EXAIVIS & EYE G LASSES
-Fbw RAPiH LA N GIORGIO ARMANI
CALVIN KLEIN
e y e w e a r V

- . -
Ex erience the Tradition
Two Great Locations

KRZYZEWSKI

I

Krzyzewski's status: After nearly a year off to recover from back problems,
Krzyzewski is back at the helm for the Blue Devils. Despite losing key
players, Duke should benefit from having Coach K on the bench.

CENTRAL CAMPUS'

..fi

711 N. University
668-6915
FAX 668-1823

902 S. State
668-7296
(Corner of State & Packard)

Featuring cITL 4,2.wAthletic Apparel
Introducing the BIG HEAVYTM
NEW BASKETBALL UNIFORM REPLICA SHORTS
* HEAVYWEIGHT T-SHIRTS * MESH AND COT-
TON SHORTS * SOCKS * OUTERWEAR * APPLI-
QUED AND EMBROIDERED SWEATSHIRTS "
POLAR FLEECE * YOUTH CLOTHING * TURTLE-
NECKS * COMPRESSION SHORTS
cos Moe's Legendary Selection of
Michigan Souvenirs and Accessories
Our new catalog is out!
Pick one up or let us mail one out for you.
* NEW TOLL-FREE ORDER NUMBER *
1-800-319-6246

AOF

/4
7<
ri

J.994-95 records
of nonconference
opponents
Ball State: 19-11
Cleveland State: 10-17
Davidson: 14-13
Detroit: 13-15
DePaul: 17-11
Louisiana State: 12-15
St. Francis (PA): 12-16
UNLV: 12-16
Washington: 9-18

FULL SERVICE
GROCERY

r'ull line of Groceries
Fresh Produce
Fresh Meat
Bottled Waters & Pop
Wine; Spirits; Beer; Cigars
Serving Ann Arbor Since 1970
VILLAGE CORNER
Corner of S. University & S. Forest
phone: 995-1818
Daily 8am-1am; Fri/Satg8am-2am

Espresso " Cappuccino
e Gourmet Teas " Fresh French Pastries
* Yerba Mate " Haagen Dazs Ice Cream
Mediterranean Salads . Spinach & Cheese Pies
Fresh Juice Bar Deli Sandwiches
-- - -. - - ~~~- VIWFYW .JTa

**1i k n S ih Invrt An rb MI4I U4 jrdl -DOW

1I IV %'VUULH W"lVWfaf1Y! 041111 i{FiwNI n11 -vvrv-i v.-vvvv

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan