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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 27, 1995 - 7B

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other, one didn't. The Yellow Jacket
freshman abused the Wolverines, scor-
ing 26-pints, including 4 3-pointers,
pullinig down five rebounds and dishing
out seven assists. Oh, and one more
thing - he didn't turn the bail over
once i n his 37 minutes at point guard. In
flact, Georgia Tech had nine fewer turn-
overs than Michigan.
K Against Arizona, the Wolverines ei-
ther played very well or very poorly -
depending on the Wolveripe. Forward
Maurice Taylor scored 18 points and
grabbedeightrebounds.Bullock scored
22. Albert White scored 14.
Then there was Jerod Ward. And
Willie Mitchell. And Travis Conlan.
Those three sophomores shot a com-
bined 4-for-22 against the Wildcats.
Michigan shot an anemic 31 percent

Aksson m New York: TheseJWolvennes need

defense

EW YORK -- You just got
back to Ann Arbor from your
Thanksgiving biak, and
things aren't quite as you left them.
You are further behind in your
classes. Your laundry needs cleaning.
And your men's basketball team,
undefeated when you left it, has lost
two straight games.
And you are wondering why.
What it,
comes down to,
basically, is two
things.
No. I:
Michigan is a
bad defensive
team right now.
No. 2: As
talented as the MICAML
Wolverines are, SN,
they don't know Roses
how to win on :
the collegiate
level.
The problems are one and the
same, of course. The way you win on
the collegiate level is by playing
defense.
Michigan's defensive play in the
second half against Georgia Tech
Friday was awful. It may have been
the worst defensive collapse ever by a
Steve Fisher-coached team. How bad
was it? Let Fisher explain.
"We didn't make a stop in the"
second half, it didn't seem like,"
Fisher said. "It seemed like every
time down the floor they either scored
or got the rebound and scored."
Michigan didn't go to a full-court
press until the outcome was already
inevitable. Fisher said he didn't think

that pressing for the whole game
would have made a difference. He's_
probably right. The problem wasn't
the scheme.
The problem was the effort.
The Wolverines didn't contest
enough shots, they didn't box out
well, and they didn't play smart team
defense.
The team defense should be the
biggest concern for Fisher. His teams
have always been known for their
defense. If this year's team is known
for its defense, the reason will be the
lack of it. Michigan has lost its top.
three defensive players from last
season - Jimmy King, Ray Jackson,
and Makhtar Ndiaye. King and
Jackson were both capable of
guarding the opposition's best scorer
alone, without the need for a consis-
tent double-team.
None of the current Wolverines are
capable of that. For that reason,
Michigazi has to be superior at team
defense -helping out, double-
teaming in the post, pressuring the
ball into comers, running guys into
other defendets, fighting through
picks. Right now, the Wolverines are
not even close.
"You can play great individually
and still let them score," Maurice
Taylor said.
Dugan Fife is the only Wolverine
who has won an NCAA tournament
game. Not surprisingly, Fife was the
only player other than Maceo Baston
who looked like he was part of some
kind of defensive scheme. Everybody
else was on their own. Travis Conlan,
who is taller and more athletic than
Fife, should be a better defender as

well. Against Arizona Wednesday,
Conlan was routinely beaten by the
Wildcat guards. And when he was,
there was nobody rushing to help.
At times, some Michigan players
looked like they didn't even know
whom they were guarding.
The Wolverines' next three games
are against St. Francis (Pa.), Ball
State and Detroit Mercy. They should
win all three simply on talent. After
that, the Wolverines play at Louisiana
State, which is not a legitimate test
because while the Tigers are good
enough to beat Michigan, they are not
the most disciplined team in the
world.

Duke, however, is. The Blue Devils
visit Crisler Arena on Dec. 9. and
they bear little resemblance to the
dominant teams of the past. Their
Cherokee Parks-less, Christian
Laettner-less, Danny Ferry-less
frontcourt is well below usual Duke
standards.
Michigan can show in that game
that it is a serious contender for the ^
Big Ten title. If the Wolverines are
serious contenders, they will have to
learn to play defense. If they don't,
they will be back in Madison Square
Garden in March, for another NIT.
- Michael Rosenberg can be reached
over e-mail at mcr d umich.edu

from the field in the second half, com-
pared to 51 percent for Arizona.
"I'm mad, and I told the team they
should be mad," said Fisher after the
loss.
The Wolverines can improve to 3-2
tonight against St. Francis (Pa.)
Maceo Baston provided the game's-
most impressive highlight, blocking two
consecutive Arizona shots and then
dunking at the other end of the floor.
Unfortunately for Baston, that sequence
was one of the few plays he made. He
played only 13 minutes because of foul
trouble and eventually fouled out.
"The ref called a lot of weak stuff
toward us," Baston said. "About two,
maybe three of my fouls were legit. My
fourth foul, I just bumped the guy."
Baston also added that the fouls were
"not an excuse for losing."
For Michigan last week, there were
no excuses - only losses.

AP PHOTO
Georgetown's Allen Iverson lays up two of the 40 points he scored against Arizona'
In the championship game of the Preseason NIT. Iverson was the tourney's MVP.
or Michigan Preseason NIT box

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Continued from page 1B
even stole it six times from the Hoyas.
"The pressure he is under is like me
having to coach a winning game every
game, and that's no fun," said Georgia
Tech coach Bobby Cremins.
Notghat Cremins thinks Marbury is
overrated.
"He could be agreatplayer," Cremins
said. "He could be special. No doubt
about it."
Howoon could he be special? Some
obser7Vfs think Marbury wants to turn
pro after this season. Even Anderson
play spo years of college ball before
enterithe NBA draft.
T i estion with Marbury is his
shootn He was 1-for- II from 3-point
range :o the season before playing
Michigan Friday night. As if to answer
the question, he shot 4-11 from long

range against the Wolverines.
"Today I had my mind set on what I
wanted to do," Marbury said after the
game. "I was shooting with confidence.
I felt that I had to
look for my shot."
Michigan came
equipped with a
promising young
guard of its own:
Louis Bullock.
Bullock doesn't ;..
have Iverson's
speed or
Marbury's court
sense, but he has a
better natural Bullock
shooting touch
than either of them. Free throws?
Bullock shot 80 percent from the
womb.
Bullock scored 22 against Arizona
Wednesday on 9-for-16 shooting.

"I thought Bullockhad agreat game,"
said Michigan coach Steve Fisher. "He's
smart and he can shoot.,J'm not sur-
prised by how he played."
What he needed was to do the same
thingtwostraighttimes. Whatheneeded
was to do the same thing two straight
times. Bullockshot just 3-for-14 against
Georgia Tech.
Bullock's performance against Ari-
zona was all the more impressive be-
cause it came against Geary and Simon,
two fine defensive players. Arizona is
supposed to be adjusting to life without
Damon Stoudamire, an NBA lottery
pick last June. The transition seems to
be going pretty smoothly. Simon is a
heady player who can shoot and drive
to the basket with equal aplomb. Geary
is a wisecracking defensive wizard
whose idea of a practical joke is stick-
ing a 2-for-13 in another guy's box
score.

Whatthey lack in publicitythey make
up for in smarts.
"Reggie is a very unselfish player,
and it affects everybody else," Arizona
coach LuteOlson said. "He will have an
outstanding year. He knows how to get
it to the guys in the paint."
Besides having the ability to stay in a
guy's face, Geary also has an uncanny
ability to get under people's skin. His
trash-talking and celebrating are diffi-
cult to ignore.,
After theWildcats beat Georgetown.
a phot rapher asked Geary if-he and
Iverson would pose together. Geary
laughed.
"I don't think that's gonna happen,
man," he said. "I don't think that's
gonna happen."
Geary and Simon emerged from this
tournament with the title. Iverson,
Marbury and Bullock merely emerged
with sterling reputations.

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