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Cip faces long December
by Jim Johnston
Joe Cipriano has few, if any, reasons to
be optimistic about the coming Nebraska
basketball season. The Cornhuskers lost four
starters off last year's squad, including
Chuck Jura, the Big Eight's leading
rebounder and No. 3 scorer.
Added to the problems of playing several
inexperienced players is the fact that the
Cornhuskers face one of their toughest
non-conference schedules in several years.
Nebraska opens Nov.- 24 at the UNL
Coliseum against North Texas State, a team
which has bolstered its program with two
junior college all-Americans. The Huskers
must also face top 10 powers Kentucky and
North Carolina on the road.
"It's going to be a year when we can't get
discouraged," Cipriano said. "December
could be a long month for us, but we just
have to realize that it could take some time
for a lot of our inexperienced kids to come
Cipriano hopes to get back to a faster
brand of basketball this season.
"We won't be as conservative this year,"
Cipriano said. "We've got the people who
can run up and down the court and work
with the basketball."
The Cornhuskers, however, will be
missing the inside scoring punch Jura
provided last year. Junior Brendy Lee, who
will replace Jura at the post position, does
not provide the same scoring threat
"Brendy has good speed and quickness,"
Cipriano said, "He'll play a big part in our
offense. Our team will shoot a lot on the go
and do a lot of cutting."
The Cornhuskers are loaded with guards.
Seniors Tom Gregory and Tony Riehl, who
have both been slowed by injuries, are the
leading contenders for starting positions.
Both, however, are being pushed by Lincoln
sophomore Kent Reckeway, who led the
freshman in scoring last year. Freshman
Ricky Marsh from Cambria Heiahts. N.Y..
Junior Tom Novak from
sophomore Jud Martin are
'Tom Gregory will play a big part for
us," Cipriano said. "We can hurt some teams
with a press and Gregory is the type of guard
who can apply defensive pressure."
Junior Lee Harris from Omaha, a Husker
crowd pleaser last year, has assured himself a
starting spot at forward. Harris stands just
6-2, but he could develop as one of the
Huskers' top rebounders.
Junior college transfer Quincy Wallace
(6-4) and sophomore Don Jackson are
battling for the other forward spot.
Sophomore S.teve Erwin and freshman
Jerrell Fort are the remaining forwards.
Senior Cat Christline will play both center
and forward spots.
"It could take a while for us to come
around," Cipriano said. 'This team will have
to take pride in defense. We can beat some
people with the press and fast break."
The Huskers will hold an open scrimmage
at 10:30 a.m. Sautrday before the
Nebraska-Kansas State football game. The
annual intrasquad game will be Monday
night. All-sports tickets, which can be
purchased at the Coliseum, will be honored
at the intrasquad game.
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Devaney checks off ISU game,
injects new blood into secondary
Cipriano . . . 'It's going to be a year when we can't get
Nebraska football coach Bob Devaney, who
was furious after Saturday's 23-23 tie with
Iowa State, has elected to "check it off as just a
'That tie was a greater disappointment to
me than the loss to UCLA," Devaney said. "We
had fought back to a point where we had a
;ood chance to win it all. UCLA beat us on the
fieM more than Iowa State did. The turnovers
were so uneven at Iowa State."
But Devaney isn't ready to toss aside the
possibility of Nebraska winning its third
traifjht national championship.
"We've had good year and we've still got a
chance to win t all," Devaney said. "There had
to be a lot of combinations before we could
have won it this year and there still have to be a
lot of combinations. But we do have a chance."
Nebraska dropped to fifth in both the
Associated Press and United Press International
college football polls this week. Southern
California, Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma
are the top four teams in both polls.
"Our No. 1 objective now is to beat Kansas
State this weekend and do a damn good job of
it," Devaney said. "That tie with Iowa State is
over and forgotton and I don't want to dwell
Devaney said the Huskers may have "some
new blood" in the defensive secondary after
Iowa State marched 74 yards through the air in
the final minute Saturday.
Bob Thorton, a junior from Lomita, Cal.,
worked as the No. 1 safety at Tuesday's
practice. Devaney also said Zaven Yaralian may
see more action.
"After Kansas State views the films of last
week's game you can bet the football may be
flying around quitd a bit Saturday," Devaney
said. "You couldn't blame any team for
throwing against us after our exhibition
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Nebraska flanker Johnny
Rodgm has been named the
fi ig Eight's offensive player of
the week for the third time this
reason. Rodgers, who pulled a
hamstring in the second
quarter against Iowa State,
caught nine passes for 132
yards and two touchdowns.
Nebraska l-back Dave
Goeller, who suffered a hairline
ffucture in his forearm against
Oklahoma State, has practiced
ihi week and is expected to be
leady for Kansas State. .
All-sports tickets, which will
b good for all Nebraska home
batketball games, are on sale at
the . UNL Coliseum ticket
office. Ticket price is $4.75.
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