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As Avery Queen drives to the left baseline, the referee calls a blocking fowl on the Boston College point guard. Although he only started nine games, Queen averaged 25.3 minutes per game, photo by Ben Hayes Knocking a free throw down, true freshman Chuck Bailey makes a contribution off the bench. Bailey quietly produced off the bench for the Wolverines throughout the first part of the season, photo by Mike Cutri keepingSCOre s Me future.! ofanext hadfbu legeoda Amal appeara They dins ' ' -;: Voting K :: ' 81 Oakland 73 ||| 88 Fair-field 59 ||| 73 Western Michigan 79 || 59 Bowling Green 65 ||| 74 Boston College 83 ||| 91 IUPU (Fort Wayne] 62 172 | Men ' s Basketball
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After pulling down a rebound, sophomore Bernard Robinson, Jr. pushes the ball up the floor. Robinson, Jr. recorded his first career double - double against Minnesota, photo by Mike Cutri men ' s basketball tit tingfrom. , wayOUtSlde 1 The Michigan Men ' s Basketball team entered the 2001-2002 season with a new coach and high hopes for a bright, progressive future. Tommy Amaker began his first season at the reins of the varsity squad, succeeding Brian Ellerbe. Amaker was the end result of an extensive search, eventually being pulled away from his talented Seton Hall program. A young coach at age 36, Amaker already had four years of executive experience under his belt, as well as nine seasons as an assistant coach at Duke University under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, for whom he also played. Amaker ' s four seasons all concluded with postseason appearances, which had been an elusive place of late for the Wolverines. The University definitely anticipated benefits from Amaker ' s lively, tough coaching style and superlative recruiting abilities. His appearance revitalized student support at home court Crisler Arena, as the Maize Rage teemed out of the student section with electric enthusiasm. Michigan fans were hungry for the success not seen since the Fab Five era of 1 992, and the coaching change renewed promise of a competitive, respectable performance. The Wolverines returned a healthy mix of experience and youth. The team was led by returning stars LaVell Blanchard and Bernard Robinson, Jr. The pair enjoyed a series of preseason awards: Blanchard was elected to the Playboy All-America team T and Robinson was voted the Big Ten Conference ' s best dunker by the Sporting News, who also voted Blanchard the conference ' s best NBA prospect. Blanchard, in his third season, consistently led the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding. Robinson had approached matching numbers as a sophomore and began to mirror Blanchard ' s reliability for big numbers. Both played a similar, versatile small forward position. Chris Young, a powerful 6 foot 9 inch center, provided Michigan ' s clearly most threatening post threat. A four- year letterman, Young also spearheaded the team ' s motivation with noble clubhouse leadership and tougher-than-leather work ethic in practice. Young reaped obvious benefits from the Big Man ' s Camp in Hawaii, attended in the summer off-season. He continuously bested his career highs for points and rebounds in his final season, and during periods of poor team shooting, he appeared the team ' s lone bright spot, cleaning up on the boards and playing virtually turnover-free ball. Young ' s efforts led to more open shots for Michigan ' s perimeter shooters, as his presence often necessitated double-team attention. story continued on page 1 75 HI 83 Duke 104 ||| SB Eastern Michigan 58 ||| 47 San Francisco 55 ||| 67 Penn State 63 ||| 79 Purdue 75 || 82 Minnesota 90 Sports | 173
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