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    Friday, November 18, 1966
The Dally Nebraskan
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Tiglit Race Possible
In Big 8 Basketball
With the Big Eight football championship safely
tucked away once again by Nebraska and only one grid
game ramining this season for most conference teams, a
tight Big Eight basketball race is starting to come into
The first chance conference teams will have to test
each other will be the Big Eight Pre-Season Basketball
Tournament in Kansas City which begins December 27th.
However, the season starts on or around December 1st
for all Big Eight teams.
Husker Coach Joe Cipriano, in his fourth year at
Nebraska sees the Big Eight race this way: "This is the
first year since I've been here that I feel there are six
teams able to win the conference, and Missouri is an
unknown because of so many junior college transfers.
Perhaps Oklahoma State is a year away from being a
challenger, but they will be improved."
"I do think it is going to be tough to tumble the
champ out of there." said Cipriano, "Kansas has a lot
of good returning players and they are going to surprise
some people. Iowa State, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kan
sas State are all going to be better."
Ten Big Eight basketball games will be televised live
this year by T.V. Sports, Inc., Patterson, New Jersey.
Nebraska games will be televised January 14, February
18, March 4 and March 11.
Fred Casotti, Sports Information Director at Colora
do, has expressed the coming basketball season in "An
Ominous Ode":
Hark, I hear a distant drumming,
Canneth be that something's coming,
At first, a muffled clump-clump-clumping,
Then, a louder thump-thump-thumping.
Hark, I heareth the clarion call,
The bounce-bounce-bounce of basketball.
Football season's soon forgotten,
Cram your ears with wads of cotton,
Teams leave home and take their lumps,
Hail to B-Ball's thump-thump-thumps.
NU Varsity Meets Frosh Saturday
. With football experiencing an uncommon weekend
lull on the University of Nebraska Campus, the sports
spotlight will fall on the freshmen-varsity basketball game
scheduled, for Saturday night at 7:30 in the Coliseum.
Husker coach Joe Cipriano will have four starters
on parade Saturday from his 20-5 team last year that
copped runner-up honors in the Big Eight conference.
They are Nate Branch, Palo Alto, Calif.; Stuart Lantz,
Uniontown, Penn.; Tom Baack, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and
Willie Campbell, Seattle, Wash.
Lack of a tall center and the replacement of gradu
ated court general Grant Simmons are two major prob
lems that Cipriano faces as he heads toward the home
Court season opener against Oregon, December 2nd.
The Husker coach indicated he might call on either
Ron Simmons, Sumner, or Jim Damm, Bellflower, Calif.,
to fill Simmon's spot and team with Lantz at the other
guard position.
If this combination doesn't work out, Cipriano has
mentioned the possibility of moving Willie Campbell to a
forward position to team with Baack and starting Charlie
Stone, Oakland, Calif., at the center spot. This would
allow Branch and Lantz to team at the guard positions.
This experimenting is expected to be one of the high
lights of the varsity's encounter with the freshmen. The
Husker frosh, coached by Glenn Potter, have been calle
by Cipirano, "possibly the greatest group of freshmen
basketball players we have ever assembled at the Uni
versity of Nebraska." Cipriano noted speed and overall
balance of the freshmen as contributing to their poten
tial. The abundance of freshman talent is reflected by the
fact that Potter has narrowed his starters "down to nine"
for Saturday's scrimmage. Possible starters for the frosh
at guard positions are Sam Martin, Pawnee City; Tom
Line, Los Angeles, Calif., and Tom Scantlebury, Oak
land, Calif.
Ken Cauble, Kidland, Tex.; Larry Collings, Englewood,
Calif., and Bob Gratopp, Grafton, have been mentioned
for the forward spots. Battling it out for the starting
center spot are Ken Peden, Aliquippa, Penn., and Ed
McPherron, Ten Sleep, Wyo.
Jayhawks To Start Four Veterans
The annual Kansas State varsity-freshman basketball
game will usher in the 1966-67 season Monday. Tip-off in
Ahearn Fieldhouse is set for 8 p.m.
Coach Tex Winter is expected to start four veterans
in the varsity starting lineup, including three seniors.
Sophomore Steve Honeycutt, a 6-1 guard, is the only new
comer. Roy Smith, a 6-10, 230-pound senior, will open at cen
ter and be joined on the frontline by Galen Frick, a 6-4
senior, and Earl Seyfert, a 6-7 forward. Dennis Berkholtz,
another senior, and Honeycutt will start at guard.
Bill Guthridge's freshman starters will be able to
match the varsity in head height. Ray Lavender, a 7-1
St. Louis prep product, will start at center. Lavender
appears to be a good ball-handler, with better-than-aver-age
movement and adequate scoring potential.
Three forwards are in the running for starting nods.
Kent Litton (6-4) is slated to open at one spot, with either.
Doug Dodge (6-4) or Dennis Weinhold (6-7) to start op
posite Litton.
Jeff Webb, a quick backcourt player who also can
operate at forward, will team with Greg Dickerson at
Guthridge said Wheeler Hughes, an outstanding guard
prospect, will see some action.
"Wheeler has fine potential," said Guthridge, "and
as soon as his shoulder comes around from an early
September operation, he will move into the starting lineup."
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Basketball Results
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Gunners 38, Dirty Old Men
35 Aggies 33, A.I.A. 26
Bachelors 43, Syndicates
Phi Delts, Glenn
Win IM Trophies
Two intramural football
champions were crowned
Wednesday in the IM foot
ball tournament.
Phi Delta Theta and Tri
angle batled for the frater
nity A-team championship
with the Phi Delts emerg
ing victorious, 18-6.
Glenn was the other win
n e r, beating Kiesselbach
14-2 for the University dorm
Glenn will take on the
Mousers tonight at east
campus to decide the Uni
versity independent title.
The winner will battle Phi
Delta Theta Monday to de
termine the All-University
Hidden Grid Statistics
Change Offense Table
Coaches maintain that the tions, is now third with a
hidden statistics of football 201 mark,
are too often overlooked, Defensively, using the
pointing specifically to lost same method for ranking,
fumbles and passes inter- the alertness of the stopping
cepted. Big Eight coaches unit provides just as great a
are vocal in this respect, juggling act. Nebraska is
too. still the total-defense leader,
Figuring that these errors but even more pronounced,
cost a team at least 40 yards showing a sterling 87-yard
the distance of an average allowance,
punt this year a new to- This figure comes because
tal-off ense table for the Big the C o r n h u s k e r s have
Eight Conference; while it pounced on 12 loose fumbles
doesn't change Nebraska as and pilfered 18 passes, clip-
the leader, both offensively ping a whopping 1,200 yards
and defensively does shake off their allowance,
up the standings. , f?0, "ntehs
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Best example, offensively, Pad"reOT '""V,- a .s
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might be Oklahoma State, Dick Anderson (Colorado) 14 42.4
loser of the fewest yards & gSZrS&S$ .:." S &l
under the revised computa- IMnToa. sui,)':: S
tion. The Cowpokes have leading pint returners
v j Li 4 Player and School No. Yda. Av.
had fumbles stop eight Larry wacnnoitz weto .. 29 299 10.3
Hrivps and nass intprrpn. Eddie Hinton (Oklahoma) . 8 233 29.1
. . .7. . UHCItep Don Shanklin (Kansas) .. 16 211 13.2
tlOnS kill SIX more a lOSS Roger Wehrli (Missouri) .. 19 194 10.2
r . ran i Charles Gree (Colorado) .. 12 13 11.3
Of Only 560 tOtal yards, a Danny Lawson (Okla. St.) IB 123 7.7
figiue which moves them Larry CarweU (lowa su 12 109 9 1
from eighth to fifth with a
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clipped off," still has the For Home Games
best average, 218 a game,
followed by Colorado's 207 Nebraska Ticket Manager
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By Ed Icenogle
Sports Assistant
Nebraska's Bob Devaney
has never coached his Husk
ers to a win over Oklahoma
in Norman's Snake Pit.
But the third time could
be the charm. And the most
charming part of this third
time is that it could earn the
Cornhuskers their second
undefeated season in suc
cession. With this year's Big
Eight title stashed away al
ready, Nebraska's squad
would like to give the N o r
man crowd a better show
than the 1962 and 1964 pre
sentations. The Sooners walked away
in '62 at a 34-6 pace and
then won again in '64, 17-7.
Does all this worry Bob?
"Not any more than any
other game," said Devaney.
In '62 Oklahoma was sim
ply a better team and in
'64 they played like a better
team, the coach reasons.
If the Huskers can play
the Thanksgiving Day con
test just like "any other
game" this season, the 5-3
Sooners, with a 3-2 confer
ence mark should be no
great trouble.
That the Sooners are upset-minded
is no big secret
and injuries may yet take
their toll on the Huskers.
Tom Smith, a reserve end
behind Dennis Richnafsky
and Tom Penney, will be
out of the season's finale.
Richnafsky, who is fourth
in NU pass receiving with
121 yards on 12 receptions,
is not as far along as De
vaney would like. That goes
for halfback Ron Kirkland,
too, who saw limited action
with Richnafsky against Ok
lahoma State last week.
"Kirkland is not running
well yet," noted Devaney.
He also included Richnafsky
in the same category.
The NU coach had hoped
to take some of the duty off
injured Richnafsky with the
help of Smith.
"With Smith hurt," De
vaney said, "we're probab
ly going to be forced to use
him (Richnafsky)." Smith's
injury came in this week's
practice when a fall dislo
cated his shoulder.
Starting left end Dennis
Morrison is the front-running
catcher, catching 21
aerials .for 262 yards and
two touchdowns. Penney is
second in the statistics with
244 yards gained on 20
Most of those passes are
coming from quarterback
Bob Churchich, who has
completed 89 of 159 for a
.560 mark, 1,060 yards and
four touchdowns.
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to Harry Wilson who has
gained 578 yards for a 4.6
yard per carry average.
Pete Tatman ranks next
with a 4.0-yard average and
394 net yards.
Ben Gregory took over
the scoring lead for the
Huskers, leaving Larry
Wachholtz on top of two
statistical areas. Gregory
has J 42 points on seven
touchdowns, while Wach
holtz has one TD, 21 extra
points and four field goals
for a total of 39.
Wachholtz 299 yards on
29 punt returns commands
that category, as do his
seven interceptions in the
theft department.
Carel Stith and Wayne
Me j lan dominate the tack
ling in the interior line
men. Stith has 40 unas
sisted and 33 assisted tack
les, and Meylan has 35 un
assisted and 36 assisted.
Jim McCord has 17 un
aided and 26 aided tackles
for the third spot.
Langston Coleman has 21
unassisted takedowns and
26 with help, plus two fum
ble recoveries. Jerry Pat
ton has 21-19 on the tackles,
one recovered fumble and
seven passes broken up.
Lynn Senkbeil has 34-42
tackles at linebacker. He
also has a recovered fum
ble, a pass interception and
three passes broken up to
Oklahoma Linebacker Earns Position
Through Student Manager's Mistake
Because of a student
manager's misake, Harry
Daniel Hettmannsperger Jr
will start the Nebraska
game here Thanksgiving.
When the Sooners
changed coaching staffs
last winter, Swede Lee, one
of the new assistants, was
studying movies of last
year's Nebraska game. He
noticed that No. 56, a Soon
er linebacker, was cutting
down Cornhuskers all over
the field.
Lee hunted up a roster
and discovered that No. 56
was an obscure sophomore
named Hettmannsperger.
"I thought I'd found me
a gem," Lee chuckles to
day. "I didn't know that a
manager had forgotten to
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Marv Mueller has 34 un
assisted tackles and 21 as
sisted to lead the backs in
Husker right end Tom
pack Carl McAdams' jer
sey and that McAdams was
wearing Hettmannsperger's
When spring practice be
gan, Lee started Hettmann
sperger at linebacker. "He
did terrible," Lee remem
bers. "After two days,
I switched him to nose
guard. Later, I found out
about the manager's mis
take and everything
dropped into focus."
This fall, when the Soon
ers lost starting lineback
ers Thurman Pitchlynn and
Richard Goodwin with
knee injuries, Lee was des
perate. Then he remem
b e r e d Hettmannsperger
and the jersey mixup.
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statistics. He has broken up
seven passes, intercepted
one and recovered a fum
ble. Smith ... out for season.
"We moved him back and
tried him at McAdams' old
job. Although it was new to
him, he worked hard and
began to a p p 1 y 'himself
mentally. It's hard to be a
linebacker and ours has the
extra burden of callirig
our defensive signals. But
he's improving. He's just a
sophomore. He just needs to
play more."
Hettmannsperger may
yet become a gem. As Ok
lahoma meets Nebraska,
he's leading the Sooners in
unassisted tackles with 33.
in assisted tackles with 50
and in pass interceptions
with 3. He has deflected
three enemy passes.
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