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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 8, 1995 - 9B

The Matchups
By Michael Rosenberg

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Travis Conlan is the likely starter,
although Dugan Fife will see significant
playing time. At the minimum, they must
keep Michigan from turning the ball over
too much. If they can knock down a few
3-point shots (and keep Duke from
hitting too many of its own) that would
just be a bonus for Michigan.
Louis Bullock has been one of the top
freshmen in the country, and may be too
quick for any Blue Devil to defend. He's
young, but doesn't play like it. He
played his worst game of the year
against LSU, and still managed to hit
the winning shot. National TV and the
Duke mystique aren't likely to faze him.
With Willie Mitchell out with a knee
injury, Jerod Ward is quaranteed to get
plenty of minutes. In the last four
games, he has shown signs of emerging
as a solid all-around player. Albert White
will be the backup; both he and Ward
will be counted on to rebound and stop
Price.
Maurice Taylor will be the best player on
the court, period. Duke's frontcourt is
as weak as it has been in over a
decade, so Taylor should dominate. A
20-point, 10-rebound afternoon should
be the expectation; Taylor just has to be
assertive and receive the ball in the
post.
Maceo Baston has six rebounds in his
last two games. That's just not
acceptable for a center. Baston needs to
stay out of foul trouble and stay around
the ball. The Wolverines probably can't
win without a rebounding advantage, and
Baston and improving freshman Robert
Traylor will have to provide it.
First and foremost, the Wolverines have
to get over their Duke complex; they
must-believe they can beat the Blue
Devils. If they can do that, Michigan
should win this game. The Wolverines
are simply deeper anq more talented
than Duke. So will they finally end their
six-game losing streak against the Blue
Devils? The guess here is yes.

Like the Wolverines, the Blue Devils have
two players sharing the quarterbacking
duties. Chris Collins and Steve
Wojciechowski are not spectacular, but
Wojciechowski is a smart passer and
Collins is a better scorer than Fife or
Conlan. Duke gets the edge here, but it's
not overwhelming.
Jeff Capel is an atypical Duke player -
spectacular one minute, awful the next.
He is shooting .359 from 3-point range,
but only .373 overall. Bullock's constant
defensive pressure and offensive
quickness may get to him. He loses out
here because of inconsistency, but is
still capable of a big scoring streak.
Ricky Price may be the next great Duke
player. But he isn't there yet, and it may
be a while before he is. Price gives up
three inches to Ward, who has been
playing excellent defense as of late. This
is an intriguing matchup. Price and Ward
were both top high school players who
have shown flashes of outstanding play.
Saying this is Duke's weak point is like
saying a bad temper was Ghengis
Khan's weak point; it's obvious. Unless
Tony Moore or Taymon Domzalski
suddenly figures out a way to stop
Taylor, they will be in for a long day.
They may wish they were back in
Durham taking final exams.
Greg Newton had been a disappointment
until this season. No more. He is
shooting 65 percent from the field, is
rebounding well, and is the main reason
(other than his coach) for Duke's
resurgence. Baston may be the best
defender he has faced.
Duke has two major factors in its favor:
recent dominance of Michigan and the
genius of coach Mike Kryzyzewski. But a
look at the talent levels reveals
Michigan to be superior. The Blue Devils
probably don't have enough scoring
options to stay with Michigan down the
stretch.

NOPPORN KICHANANTHA/Daily
The Michigan hockey team renews its rivlary with Lake Superior State tonight at Yost Ice Arena at 7:30.
lCers start breawith Lae Supenor

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Writer
There's good news and bad news
for the Michigan hockey team as the
semester winds down.
Bad news: the Wolverines (8-2
CCHA, 11-3 overall) have only had a
full lineup available for two games
this season. Injuries and suspensions
have left coach Red Berenson to work
with an often-depleted roster.
Only in a Friday game against Mi-
ami (Ohio), who owns the CCHA's
worst record, and a Saturday matchup
with Alaska-Fairbanks, has Michigan
been at full strength.
Unfortunately for Berenson, that
trend will continue at 7:30 tonight
when Michigan entertains Lake Su-
perior State at Yost Ice Arena. Fresh-
man Dale Rominski will serve a one-
game suspension for playing the part
of Peter McNeely in an bout with
Bowling Green defenseman Kelly
Perault last Saturday.
However, there is some good news
as well. Right wing Bill Muckalt is
back at full strength after missing the
matchup with the Falcons with a foot
injury. Center Mike Legg is also 100
percent after suffering a separated
shoulder against Michigan State.
"This year we've had some real
injury problems and trouble with sus-
pensions," said center Brendan
Morrison, who missed the Wolver-
ines' first five games with a knee
injury. "It hurts in practice when lines
are switched up, but our flow and our
chemistry has been a lot better."
And there's more good news. Bar-
ring any freak injuries or another
brawl, Michigan will have a full lineup
when it travels to Western Michigan
tomorrow.
The two teams have already faced
each other twice this season, with the
Broncos taking a 7-2 decision at Yost
and Michigan coming back to win, 3-
2, the next night in Kalamazoo.
"We've seen them before and we
know what they can do," Berenson
said of Western Michigan, who sits
atop the conference with a 10-2 record.
"The two teams we play this week-

Players to watch:
Michigan: C Kevin Hilton (6 goals,
17 assists, 23 points), C Brendan
Morrison (6-9-15), LW Jason Botterill
(10-8-18)
Lake Superior: RW Sean Tallaire (15-
7-22), D Keith Aldridge (6-11-17), C
Brian Felsner (6-11-17)
end are tough," Berenson said. "The
key to winning the conference is hav-
ing a winning record against these
teams."
The Wolverines can expect to see
some serious firepower from Western
Michigan and Lake Superior. The
Broncos rank second in the CCHA in
scoring and goals against and the Lak-
ers sit one spot behind them.
Michigan center Kevin Hilton finds
himself second in the CCHA in scor-

ing race, sandwiched between two
players he'll battle this weekend.
Western Michigan's Jeremy Brown
leads the league in points with. -11
goals and 15 assists through 16 games.,
Bronco forward Justin Cardwell is ir
a three-way tie for third with 12 goals
and ten assists.
Western has outscored it opponents
49-25 in league play and goalie Marr
Magliarditi leads the CCHA in wins
with 10.
Lake Superior forward Sean
Tallaire is tops in the CCHA in goals
and is tied with Cardell for third in
the conference in scoring. Junior
Brian Felsner, the cousin of former
Michigan star Denny Felsner, has
come on strong lately, scoring six
goals and nine assists in 10 CCHA
games.
However, the Lakers will have.tq
play without starting goaltender Joht
Grahame, the only league goalie who
sports a goals-against average undo
2.00 (1.67). Grahame is out with a
knee injury and isn't expected .to pla
tonight.
"We know what we're up against
Berenson said. "There are no secret
on these teams, no gimmicks. We havO
to play well to beat them."
Playing good hockey won't be any
See HOCKEY, page 12

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