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Sullivan and Brownlee honored
Michigan's Kevin Sullivan and Shannon Brownlee each eamed awards from the
Big Ten yesterday. Sullivan was named Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the
Week following his third straight NCAA District IV individual title November 12.
Brownlee, a senior outside hitter for the volleyball team, became the first
Wolverine to be named to the Big Ten All-Conference first team. On her way to
leading Michigan to a 17-13 record, Brownlee set team season records for kills
(456) and attempts (1,160).

Page 11


Blue faces small

obstacle in Titans

'M' to face
loser of

By Michael Rosenberg
Daily Editor in Chief
When the Michigan men's basket-
ba.I team takes on Detroit tomorrow
night, it will be the continuation of a
good-natured rivalry. It's a rivalry be-
cause, the schools are so close and the
teans know each other very well. It's
- good-natured because, well, the Titans
haven't come close to actually beating
the Wolverines in quite a while.
Michigan has won the last four con-
tests by double-digit margins, includ-
ing.an 87-76 win in 1994-95. Tomor-
row night's game
will take place at
7:30 p.m. at
Detroit's Cobo
tire looking
forA a to playing
Detroit," Michi- Who: Michigan
gan coach Steve Where: Cobo Ar
Fishersaid."There Last year: Michi
should be a lot of Detroit,87-76, at
emotion. Both When: Tomorro
teams are looking
forward to playing
each other. It's good for basketball in
the state of Michigan."
Many of the Wolverines and Titans
know each other from playing with or
against one another in high school and
summer leagues.
The Wolverines have won their last
two games, against St. Francis (Pa.) and
Ball State, by a combined 60 points.
Michigan beat Ball State, 80-52, de-
spite committing 34 turnovers. That's
like baking an award-winning cake de-
spite forgetting two key ingredients.
"We'll have to play a lot better to get
the same result that we got (against Ball
State)," Fisher said.
To get an idea of the talent difference
between the the Wolverines and Titans,
considerthi s: when forward Leon "Seal"
Derricks wasn't happy with his playing
time at Michigan, he transferred to De-
It remains to be seen whether the
Wolverines will greet Seal with a kiss.
The game is the second of Michigan's
unofficial three-game series, "Play Your
Former Assistant Coaches." Titans'

coach Perry Watson was a Michigan
assistant from 1991 to 1993. Ball State
- the Wolverines' victim Wednesday
- is coached by former Michigan as-
sistant Ray McCallum. They take on
Mike Boyd's ClevelandStateteam Dec.
Cynics would argue that Watson was
really an assistant at Michigan during
the 1990-91 season as well. That year
Watson was the coach at Detroit's
Southwestern High School. His star
player was a 6-foot-8 swingman by the
name of Jalen Rose. A year later, Rose
and childhood pal
-J Chris Webber were
at Michigan, and so
was Watson. Critics
accused Fisher of of-
fering Watson an as-
nd Detroit in exchange for de-
-na livering Webber and
,an defeated Rose.
CrislerArena There are no
7:30 p.m. Webbers or Roses on
Watson's current
team, however.
Detroit's top players are Carl Pickett
and Iyapo Montgomery, along with
Derricks. Pickett and Montgomery each
averaged about 12 points and 4 re-
bounds per game last year.
Watson has tried, in his two-plus
years at Detroit, to create a team of the
Wolverines' caliber. He has not just
attempted to recruit Michigan-type play-
ers; he has tried to recruit Michigan's
players. Wolverines Willie Mitchell and
Robert Traylor both had Detroit on their
short lists before deciding to spend their
college years in Ann Arbor.
Michigan point guard Travis Conlan,
who grew up in St. Clair Shores, will
have 200 family members and friends
at the game.
"It's going to be a really lively crowd,"
Conlan said. "It should be really excit-
Conlan also seems pleased with the
way his team is playing after dropping
two straight games in New York in the
Preseason NIT.
"If we keep playing hard we're going
to be tough to beat," he said.



By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
For the second straight week, A C
will have a team tuned in to its college
football coverage.
Last week, the nation watched
Northwestern watch the Michigan-
Ohio State game as the Wildcats
waited to see what bowl they would
go to.
This week, the Wolverines will be
in front of their TVs to find out Who
they will play in the Alamo Bowl
Dec. 28.
Michigan's opponent will be decided
tomorrow when No.9 Texas (6-0 South-
west Conference, 9-1-1 overall) visits
No. 16 Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. The
Wolverines play the loser.
The game's winner will earn a Bowl
Alliance spot. There is one more thing
on the line for the Longhorns: a win
would give them at least a piece of the
final SWC championship.
Next season, four members of the
SWC will join with the Big Eight to
form the Big 12 Conference.
"I think people will remember the
championship and the fact that this'is
the last one means people will remem-
ber this one longer," Texas coach John
Mackovic said. "We will talk about it,
but it's not the focus.
"The focus has to be on Texas Vs.
Texas A&M with everything on the
line, including a spot in the Alliance.
Our conference has always had a repre-
sentative go to the Cotton Bowl, so this
is new and exciting."
Mackovic should also be excited
about the possibility of getting starting
quarterback James Brown back in the
Brown, the conference's total offeise
leader, missed last week's game agail~st
Baylor with a sprained left ankle. This
week, though, he feels good and is
expected to play.
The Aggies (5-1, 8-2) will counter
Brown with an offensive threat of their
own-runningback Leeland McElroy.
McElroy ranks 24th in the nation in
rushing with an average of 108.6 yards
per game. He is fourth overall in scor-
ing, totaling an average of 10.7 points
per contest.
McElroy will be running at a Texas
defense which is allowing 203.5 yards
a game on the ground.
"We know he will get his hands on
the ball, but what we have to do is close
the running lanes as best we can,"
Mackovic said. "He has such great
speed, like Baylor's Jerod Douglas,lhat
you can't give him an open lane."
Like many rivalries, however, the
102nd meeting between Texas and
Texas A&M won't have a lot to do with
"It is always exciting," Mackovic
said of the rivalry. "The Longhorns:and
the Aggies are always at each other,:and
that won't change this week."
And amidst it all, Michigan will be
waiting to see who it plays in San Anto-

Michigan's Travis Conlan looks for someone to pass to before landing out of bounds Wednesday against Ball State.

Hockey looks to halt losing streak at Bowling Green

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
The Bowling Green hockey team has
undergone a change and, in the process,
emerged as a solid hockey program.
The No. 10 Falcons (6-1-1 CCHA, 11-
2-1 overall) have been one of the top
teams in the CCHA and the nation over
the past year. They look to continue play-
ing at that level when they battle Michi-
gan (7-2 CCHA, 10-3 overall) tomorrow
at 7 p.m. at Bowling Green State Univer-
sity Ice Arena. The game is televised on
WTOL (Channel 11).
The Falcons owe a lot to coach Buddy
Powers, who took over the program be-
fore the start of the 1994 season. He
replaced Jerry York, who left for the head
coaching job at Boston College.
Last season, Powers led his squad to a
25-11-2 overall record, the program's

highest win total since the 1989-90 sea-
son. Bowling Green's 18-7-2 conference
record was good enough for second place
in the league, the school's best confer-
ence standing since 1987-88.
"Last year was a turnaround," Powers
said. "There was the coaching change
which I think rejuvenated everyone. It got
the group focused and we made strides."
The only disappointment was that the
Falcons did not receive an invitation to
the NCAA Tournament. This year might
be a different story.
Bowling Green enjoys an experienced
blend of offensive and defensive players
and returns six of their top seven scorers
from a year ago. The Falcons are already
off to a 6-1-1 conference record, good
enough for fourth place in the CCHA.
They have accomplished this despite
losing their top scorer, Brian Holzinger,

to the NHL. Last season's Hobey Baker
Award winnerledthe squad with 35 goals
and 69 points.
"Holzinger stepped up and hada career
year," Powers said. "This year, we're
focused but we don't have a star player.
All the guys play a lot of different roles."
One of the guys is forward Mike Hall,
who leads the team in goals scored (12)
and points (22). Hall was named the
CCHA Offensive Player of the Week for
hisperformance against Alaska-Fairbanks
Nov. 23-25. He had a total of three goals
and eight assists on the weekend. Last
Thursday against the Nanooks, Hall had
eight points, equalling current assistant
coach Brian Hill's mark set in 1982.
Although the Falcons have a solid of-
fensive unit, their defense, led by first-
team All-American Kelly Perrault, may
be the strongest part of the squad. Perrault

also showed his offensive prowess when
he finished last season as the No. 3 scor-
ing defenseman in the country and was
named the league's Best Offensive
"Our defense is playing really well,"
Powers said. "(Junior goalie) Bob Petrie
returned to his form of freshman year. As
a group, they are clearing the zone and
getting the puck to the forwards. They are
doing a heck of a job."
Bowling Green is looking to hand the
No. 4 Wolverines (7-2-0 CCHA, 10-3-0
overall) their third straight loss. Michi-
gan, currently in third place in the league,
has crossed some choppy waters as of
late. The Wolverines lost to Michigan
State, 4-3, this past Tuesday and fell to
Minnesota, 3-2, last Saturday in the Col-
lege Hockey Showcase.
In both games, Michigan was without

left wing Jason Botterill, who was serv-
ing a two-game suspension for fighting.
Botterill skates on the first power-play
unit and is one of the top scorers on the
team. His absence was felt in the losses.
"Botterill needs to skate," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "He's a big part
of our power play."
Forwards Bill Muckalt and Mike Legg
are questionable for tomorrow's contest.
Muckalt suffered a foot injury last week
and did not skate in the Michigan State
game while Legg was injured during that
same game. Even with Michigan's pos-
sible absences, Powers doesn't underesti-
mate the Wolverines.
"(Michigan) has the deepest talent level
in the league," Powers said. "They are a
heck of a hockey team. Both teams are
highly motivated (for tomorrow). It should
be a good game."



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