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grope for cellar's exit
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Steve Erwin . . gains position for rebound
against Colorado last Monday night.
by Dave Sittter
Nebraska's basketball team will try to climb out of
the Big Eight Conference cellar Saturday when they
travel to Lawrence, Kan., for a battle against the
University of Kansas Jayhawks.
Coach Joe Cipriano's Huskers are tied with
Oklahoma State for last place in the conference with
a 1-5 conference record.
Cipriano's squad also will try to break a frustrating
four-game losing streak. The Huskers season record
slipped to 6-12 Monday when they dropped a hard
fought 67-59 decision to league co-leader Colorado.
Coach Ted Owen's Kansas team will be seeking
revenge for a 74-72 loss they suffered at the hands of
Nebraska last December in the Big Eight Tournament
in Kansas City. It was the second in a row for the
Cornhuskers over Kansas, as they blasted the
Jayhawks 99-78 in their final conference game in
Lincoln last season.
Allen Field House, home of the Jayhawks, has not
been a friendly place for Cipriano since he has been at
Nebraska. The last Husker win in the arena was in
1962 when they scored a 69-67 win.
Cipriano is expected to start his "mod squad"
starting line-up which includes only one senior, Tony
The other starting slots will be manned by
freshman Jerry Fort, sophomores Don Jackson and
Steve Erwin, and junior Lee Harris.
Erwin, 6-5, scored six points and grabbed five
rebounds while playing the entire game against the
Cipriano, who decided on Erwin against Colorado
instead of Brendy Lee said he was pleased with
"He (Erwin) gave us the consistency and mobility
we were looking for in the Colorado game, so we plan
to stick with him against Kansas," Cipriano said.
Center Danny Knight 6-10, forwards Mike
Fiddelke, 6-4, and Rick Suttle 6-10, and guard
Marshall Rogers, 6-2, are the sophomores that will
join junior guard Tom Kivisto, 6-2, in the starting
Cipriano will be hoping for another top-notch
performance from Fort who pumped in 27 points
against the Jayhawks in the Big Eight tournament
Fort, who is known as "the stick" by his teammates,
scored 24 against Colorado. He also leads Nebraska
scorers with a 13.1 point average in the first 18
Owens will go with a younger starting line-up than
Nebraska as his team seeks to improve on their 3-2
conference record and 7-10 season record. The K.U.
boss will start four sophomores and a junior.
With all hopes for a conference title lost, the
Huskers must be content to play the role of the
spoiler for the rest of the Big Eight conference
season. They could put a serious damper on Kansas
title hopes with a win over the second-place
Jayhawks. Tipoff time is set for 7:35 p.m.
The UNL gymnastics team will initiate
Henzlik Hall when it entertains Kansas State at
2 p.m. Saturday in its home opener.
According to Francis Allen, UNL gymnastics
coach, this year's team is the strongest that he's
had in his four years at UNL.
"We have better kids this year," Allen said.
"Last year we had kids competing in only one
event. This year we have kids doing three or
Allen, a former Big Eight gymnastics
champion, said the team's three seniors, Hoppy
Batten, Larry Evermann and John Kocourek,
have been instrumental in the team's success.
"More guys are pushing the top guys for
their spots," Batten added. "It's this
competition that makes a good team."
The three gymnasts were place-winners in
the Big Eight Conference Meet at Lawrence,
Kan., last year. Batten won the horizontal bar
and vaulting events. Evermann was third on the
pommel horse and Kocourek tied for fifth in
But the team suffered a blow when Gene
Mackie broke his arm in the East-West All Star
Meet in Tucson, Ariz., over the interim. Mackie
placed fifth in the all-around event at the Big
Eight meet a year ago.
"I believe our team is definitely stronger,
even with Gene being hurt," team captain
Batten said. "We have more depth, more
competition on the team."
So far the Huskers are 1-1, defeating
Colorado and losing to defending Big Eight and
NCAA champion, Iowa State.
In regard to Saturday's meet with Kansas
State, Allen said that except for three events,
Nebraska will be competing among team
members for individual event honors.
The University of Nebraska
Women's Swim Team will be
home for the first time this
Saturday. They will host
Kearney at 12:00 noon in the
Women's P.E. building.
Nebraska's indoor track
team will compete in the
Michigan State Relays this
weekend in East Lansing, Mich.
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