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    Ref clarifies rules on fouls, ball possession
Q: Team B, losing by 10 points
with three minutes left, is using a
pressure defense in an effort to gain
control of the ball. What guidelines
should an official use to judge
whether a foul is intentional?
A: The severity of the contact is
not the basis for an intentional foul
call - the call must be based on whether
the contact is designed or premedi
Intentional fouls usually occur when
contact is made away from the ball or
when contact occurs with no attempt
to steal the ball.
Q: Team A, winning by two points
with 14 seconds left, throws the ball
in after a time out. Team B applies
full-court pressure in an attempt to
gain control of the ball for a game
winning shot. A-l, who has used up
his/her dribble, has the ball at the
opposite free-throw lane in Team
A’s backcourt. After holding the
bail for three seconds A-l throws
the ball against Team B’s back
board to avoid a Five-second count.
After hitting the backboard A>1
catches the ball and immediately
throws it across the division line to
A-2 in order to avoid a 10-second
call. Is this legal?
A: No - this act by A-l would be
a double-dribble violation.
By throwing and catching the ball
off the opponent’s backboard, A-l
would be subject to a double-dribble
call. The ball would go to Team B
underneath Team A’s basket.
Q: A-l is shooting a free throw
with one second remaining and his/
her team down by one point. B-l, in
an attempt to distract the free-throw
shooter, steps directly BACK away
from the lane. How far, if at all, can
B-l step back?
A: It depends.
If the free-throw try is successful,
no violation is called. If the attempt
misses the mark, a lane violation would
be called against B-l and A-l would
receive a retry.
It does not matter if a player falls
into the lane or steps away from the
lane — any movement from either
team is subject to a violation.
Q: Team A is winning by three
points with two minutes to go in the
game. A-l is holding the ball in the
front court near the division line.
B-l is approximately eight feet away
from A-l waiting for Team A to
start its offense. A-l continues to
hold the ball for six seconds when
Team B asks the official to call a
five-second count on A-l. Why
shouldn't the official make this call?
A: The five-second count does not
apply because B-l is not within six
feet of A-l.
In fact, Team B has the responsi
bility to cause the action. The official
should warn Team B to get within six
feet of A-l or be subject to a delay of
game violation.
Questions or comments should
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advertising major who has worked
as an official for the Office of Campus
Recreation for the last three years.
Vranicar may be reached at the
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Nebraska Union, Lincoln, NE 68588
Continued from Page 6
Beni/ and Huppcrt said they would
be willing to implement the regula
tions on meet limits because both
Nebraska teams have never competed
in 20 meets during a season. They
said they also could live with having
to give their athletes one day off a
“Those things are not that dras
tic,” Huppcrt said. “We never have
thai many meets, and I don’t think
cither Cal or I train seven days a
But Bent/ and Huppert said they
questioned the commission’s proposal
to reduce training because they have
never had athletes confront them about
being overburdened by their athletic
and academic schedules. They said
they also question the proposal be
cause none of their athletes were
included in the survey.
“I never gave a survey,” Huppert
said, ‘‘so I guess I’m wondering if it
was a true representation.”
Bent/ said he has another reason
to doubt the validity of the survey.
‘‘It might be real easy for them to
say, ‘I’m working toohard,’ if they’re
answering a survey,” he said, “but
the bottom line is they might respond
differently if they are asked in per
Bentzand Huppertsaid swimming
does not need new restrictions be
cause it always has maintained a high
team grade point average and a high
graduation rate. Bentz pointed out
that the Com husker men have had
four academic All-America selections
in the past 16 years, a feat which he
said proves swimmers are serious
The Nebraska men who earned
academic All-America honors include
Chuck Rea in 1984, Wes Zimmer
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man in 1986and ’87, Kollin Kostboth
in 1987 and Tom Stus in 1988. No
Husker women have earned the honor.
In order to be named an academic
All-America selection, an athlete must
qualify for the NCAA championships,
have a cumulative grade point aver
age of at least 3.5 and have completed
24 semester hours at the representing
institution during the current academic
Bentz said Nebraska’s accomplish
ments in the classroom prove that
sweeping changes in regards to aca
demics don’t need to be made.
“My feeling is that if you have a
problem -- an academic problem —
maybe you need to do that, Bentz
said. “In our sport, we have a good
graduation rate,and we’ve had sev
eral academic All-Americans.
“You can always do better -- that’s
characteristic of swimming. But you
need to really look at what you’re
doing before you institute changes.’’
Huppert said the Presidents Com
mission needs to be sure that its pro
posed change will not do more harm
than good.
“Let’s not do anything that will
take things away from the kids,’’ he
said. “Let’s realize that we’re deal
ing with international and national
athletes who train year round.’’
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A learn wins intramural crown
in overtime championship game
By Jeff Apel
Senior Editor
Chris Hopfensperger
Staff Reporter
The Beta Theta Pi A-l intramural
basketball team lived by the three
point shot during the first half of
Tuesday night’s all-university cham
pionships, and died by it in the sec
After the A Team’s 61-55 over
time victory before 48 fans, A Team
captain Reggie McGaugh said the
Belas hurt themselves in the second
half by missing several three-point
shots. The Betas nailed six three point
ers in the first half but were held to
four in the second and overtime peri
“In the first half they were firing
the three’s freely,’’ McGaugh said.
“They were falling out of the sky.
“But in the second half, they started
missing. That’s what I meant by liv
ing and dying by the three — they used
it to stay in the game in the first half,
then died by it in the second.’’
The Betas didn ’ t die easily, as they
battled the A Team to a 55-55 tie at
the end of regulation. But in the game’s
three-minute overtime period, the A
Team shut out the Betas to claim this
year’s all-university title.
McGaugh said his team’s win was
a big one.
“It’s definitely a satisfying way to
end the season,’’ he said.
Bela captain Brian Sauem was less
pleased with his team’s performance,
as he joined a large contingent of fans
from his fraternity who made a quick
exit from the NU Coliseum following
the loss. During a walking interview,
Sauem did say he thought the Bela’s
should have won.
“We were on a roll in the second
half,” Sauem said. ‘ ‘We should have
probably come out ahead.”
Saltern said he was surprised the
game went into overtime. The extra
period was forced when the Beta’s
Todd Baird watched in agony while
his two-foot shot rolled off the back
of the rim as the second half expired.
”1 didn’t think there would be
overtime,” Sauem said. “I thought
someone would come out on top at
the end.”
McGaugh said the overtime worked
to the A Team’s advantage because it
guaranteed them control of the game’s
“With these clocks, you really can’t
tell how much time is left,” he said.
“Plus, you don’t know what the offi
cials are going to call.
“We just wanted to make sure we
were in control.”
The A Team’s Devin Williams
definitely was in control, as he scored
four of his eight points in overtime.
Jessie Johnson, a 6-foot-5 senior who
has a pet turtle named Wolf, led the
A Team with 15 points, while Scott
Sislo had 14 and Lamoni White 12.
The Beta’s Scott Jackson led all
scorers with 30 points, as he nailed
seven three-point shots. Doug Hen
ningson added 12 points for the Be
tas, while Mike Jorgenson had seven.
McGaugh praised the performance
of Sislo, who tallied 12 of his points
in the second half. The 6-6 senior also
contributed a block in overtime that
prevented the Betas from tying the
score at 57-57.
“That was a big block,” Saltern
McGaugh said Sislo picked things
up in the second half.
“When the game is going, he just
kind of goes with the flow,” McGaugh
said. “I told him in the second half
that he had to pick things up --1 said
he was going to have to play.”
Sislo’s antics helped the A Team
overcome an eight-point deficit, after
the Betas used two free throws by
Baird to take a 28-20 lead midway
through the first half. The two teams
then battled on even terms through
out the second half, as the lead changed
hands nine limes.
But in the game’sovertime period,
the A Team used Williams’ four points
and two from Johnson to post the
McGaugh said the win was hard
“They were a good team,” he
said. “They played us tough.”
Fans wishing to see the game can
view it on the Office of Campus
Recreation Network on Thursday. The
game begins at 10 p.m. on channel 5.
McDermott views tournament losses
as preparation for Big Eight opener
uy Haul Domeier
Senior Reporter
Nebraska men’s tennis coach Kerry
McDermott isn’t looking at three losses
in a Spring Break tournament as a
missed opportunity for national rec
He’s looking at them as prepara
tion for this weekend’s Big Eight
The Comhuskers lost to two ranked
teams at the Blue-Gray Tournament
in Birmingham, Ala., but McDermott
said his team needs to look toward
duals against lesser teams Missouri
and Kansas on Saturday and Sunday.
“If we show ourselves nationally,
it will be in the Big Eight,’’ he said.
A Big Eight title, McDermott said,
would ensure the Huskers a top-25
ranking. The title also would give
Nebraska another shot at those top
teams in the NCAA tournament.
Nebraska found out where it stands
in the first round of the tournament
Thursday. Fourth-ranked Miami
crushed the Huskers, 5-1.
“We didn’t expect to really beat
Miami,” McDermott said, “but we
wanted to be competitive with them.”
Troy Larsen took a 7-6, 6-1 vic
tory at No. 6 singles for the only
Nebraska win.
On Friday, Nebraska fell behind 4
2 in the singles against No. 18 Arkan
sas. The Huskers won at No. 1 and
No. 2 doubles, and were up 3-2 in the
first set at No. 3 doubles. But Arkan
sas rallied to take that set from David
Moyer and Anthony Kotarac in a
“After that, they just steam-rolled
us,’ ’ McDermott said, and the Razor
backs took a 5-4 victory.
The Huskers lost 5-4 to Michigan
on Saturday,and McDermott said that
loss was disappointing. The Wolver
ines, he said, weren’t as good as Miami
or Arkansas. In that match Nebraska
held a 4-2 advantage after the singles,
but lost all three doubles, including
one match in a third-set tiebreaker.
Kotarac missed that match with an
injury, McDermott said.
He said the narrow loss to Arkan
sas gave him more confidence for the
conference season. The Razorbacks
beat Kansas earlier this semester, he
said, showing the Huskers and Jay
hawks almost arc even.
Now, Nebraska must stay steady
lor the last six duals, McDermott said.
“One bad day and we’ll be shot,”
he said. “If we play consistently, we
should be right up there at the confer
ence tournament.”