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Big Eight basketball race
may clear up Saturday
The outcome of the Big 8 basketball race, in doubt since
the beginning of the season, may become a little clearer after
th ree key ga me s Satu rday .
That's the opinion of Husker Basketball Coach Joe
Cipriano, whose team travels to Boulder to meet Colorado
Saturday night in one of those games. 'They're going to have a
lot to say about the winner," Cipriano said of Saturday's
games. "After the weekend you can pretty much tell where
everybody's going to finish. If we win the rest of our games,
there's no way that we can't at least tie for the title.
Nebraska's task will not be easy since three out of the
Huskers' last four games are on the road, including one against
Kansas State, a team that is currently tied with Missouri for
the conference lead. The Huskers remaining home game is
against Missouri on March 4.
Besides the Nebraska-Colorado game, Kansas hosts Missouri
and Kansas State visits Oklahoma in two regionally televised
games Saturday afternoon. Missouri and Kansas State have 8-2
conference records, while Nebraska is third with a 7-3 record
and Oklahoma is fourth with a 6-3 record.
Cipriano predicted that Missouri and Kansas State would
win Saturday, but he said Kansas, with their home advantage,
might surprise the Tigers.
"I think Missouri will probably beat Kansas, but KU has the
type of team that can give Missouri trouble," he remarked.
"Right now, I'd also have to say that Kansas State is the most
improved team in the league."
Colorado enters Saturday night's game against the Huskers
in seventh place with a 2-8 record. However, the Huskers have
always had a difficult time winning in Boulder. "We're not
going into the game overlooking them," Cipriano said.
The Husker coach said Colorado has shown it likes to rig a
defense to stop the foe's leading scorer. Cipriano expects the
Buffs to do the same against the Huskers in an attempt to stop
center Chuck Jura, the league's No. 2 scorer with a 23-point
average in conference games.
Looking back at the Huskers' 99-78 victory over Kansas last
Saturday. Cipriano singled out two seniors, guard Al Nissan
and forward Mike Peterson, for outstanding performances.
"Nissen has been a superb player all year he's getting
the outside shot, he's providing leadership and he's always had
to defend against one of the better players." Cipriano said.
The Husker coach summed up his evaluation of Nissen by
saying the senior guard is probably an All-Big 8 player.
Peterson, who scored 18 points against Kansas, was praised
by Cipriano for his improved rebounding and shooting. The
Husker coach said Peterson will get the assignment to cover
Colorado's leading scorer Jim Crekjhton, who is averaging 19.6
points in conference play.
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Bill (Thunder) Thornton. . .moving from the Big Red to the Cardinals.
Thornton resigns for NFL post
Bill Thornton resigned Thursday from the
Nebraska football coaching staff to accept a
position with the St. Louis Cardinals of the
National Football League (NFL).
Thornton, who coached the defensive
ends, had been a coach at Nebraska for three
years and was the only black on the Husker
The announcement of Thornton's
retirement was made jointly by Nebraska
Coach Bob Devaney and St. Louis Coach
"I really want to offer thanks to Bob
Devaney for the opportunity he gave me,"
Thornton said. "He has taught me a lot
about football and coaching and I'll always
be grateful. This is a great opportunity with
a good football team and it will be great to
get back in the NFL."
Thornton was a running back with the
Cardinals for five years before becoming a
"We feel Bill will be an asset to our
team," Holliway said. "He has had
outstanding training with a fine football
coach and staff. From all I've been able to
determine he really knows the game and has
outstanding references - as a coach and
Devaney said, "Bill has contributed a
great deal to our program. Not only as a
coach, but as an outstanding individual. We
are all sorry he's leaving, but this is
something he's looked forward -to and we
wish him the best for the future."
Thornton graduated from Nebraska,
where he was a star running back and
co-captain on Devaney's first Nebraska team
Scuba classes will begin at 7
P.m. March 6 at the
Abel-Sandoz pool. The classes
will run for eight weeks and
will cost $35 including all
equipment. For further
information contact the
Recreation and Intramural
- - -
department (R&l) at
The R&l Department is
sponsoring a basketball golf
tournament for any interested
students. Qualifying rounds
are scheduled for Wednesday
and Thursday. March 1 and 2
at 6:30 - 9.30 p.m. and final
matches are scheduled for
March 6 and 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Entries for the men's
tournament are due Thursday,
March 2 at the R&l
will field teams from
fraternities, residence halls and
independents. Matches are
scheduled to begin Monday,
March 6 at the Men's P.E.
2201 'O' ST.
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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1972
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