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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 25, 1993)
Thursday, Fsbrtiary 28, 1983
Big Eight indoor titles winnable, coach says
by unns nam
It’s crunch time for the Nebraska
track and field team.
Friday and Saturday, the Huskers
head into Ames, Iowa, for the Big
Eight Indoor Championships.
Both the men’s and women’s teams
are returning champions in what
Coach Gary Pepin calls one of the
most important meets of the year.
“This meet and the national meet
—for the team—are the only ones we
point toward,” Pepin said.
For that reason, Pepin said he hoped
to see a great meet from his whole
“On both sides, to win the meet,
we’re going to have to have a good
jff„5a.\e3.°.od athletes that are capable of scoring In almost every event,
think both teams have a good chance to win the meet.
NU track coach
team effort across the board,” Pepin
He also said the depth on the men ’ s
side and the talent for the women were
key reasons to expect a lot from the
“We have good athletes that are
capable of scoring in almost every
event,"Pepin said. “I think both teams
have a good chance to win the meet.”
The teams that could challenge the
Huskers for the men’s title, according
to Pepin, are Iowa State, Kansas State
Pepin said the better women’s
teams in the conference besides the
Huskers were Kansas State and Kan
But the Huskers certainly have re
cent history on their side.
The men have won four out of the
last six indoor titles, and the women
have won the last 13 indoor and out
And this year’s Husker teams have
a number of athletes poised to take
home individual crowns.
“We’ve got quite a few people on
both sides that have a chance for an
individual victory,” Pepin said.
Men who have the best perfor
mance in the conference going into
the meet are Pat Trainor in the 600
meter run, Isaac Carson in the 55
meter hurdles, Robert Thomas in the
long jump and triple jump, and Kevin
Coleman in the shot put.
•For the women, Shanelle Porter
has the best conference performance
in the 55-,200-, and400-meter dashes.
Chrystall DeNaeyer leads the confer
ence in the 800-meter run; Theresa
Stelling in the 1000-meter run, the
mile and the 3000-meter run; Kwani
Stewart in the 55-meter hurdles ahd
long jump; and Nicola Martial in the
get by Buffaloes
Nebraska cantor Derrick
Chandler caps an undefeated career against an old
teammate. See story on Page 14.
By Jeff Singer
If the Nebraska men’s basketball team plays
to us opponents’ abilities, it couldn’t have been
better proven than on Wednesday night.
The Comhuskers and Colorado combined
for 41 turnovers and 56 fouls, but Nebraska was
able to overcome thesloppy play by beating the
Buffaloes 76-67 at the Bob Devaney Sports
The Husker win, which came in front of
13,626 fans, improved Nebraska’s Big Eight
record to 6-5 and overall mark to 18-8.
And although both teams were mistake
prone throughout the game, several Husker
players were happy just to get the victory, their
sixth in the last eight games.
“It was kind of like a rugby game,” Nebraska
forward Terrance Badgeu said. ‘‘But when it’s
all done and said, you’ve got to realize that we
still won the game.”
Fellow Husker forward Bruce Chubick
“U probably was an ugly game to watch,”
Chubick said. “But when we play pretty well
and we play together, we’re a pretty good
The game started off well for Nebraska, as
the Huskers raced out to a 27-14 first half lead,
capped by a dunk by Husker guard Eric
But turnovers started to plague Nebraska,
and the Buffaloes went on a 13-1 run at the aid
of the first half.
The Huskers did manage a six-point lead at
halftime, but Colorado was again able to capi
talize on Nebraska mistakes to tie the game at
44 midway through the second half.
However, the Huskers were able to turn their
game up a notch as the second half progressed,
and Chubick scored 11 points following the tie
to put the game out of reach.
Nebraska coach Danny Nee was happy to
get his team over the .500 mark in league play
for the first time this season.
“There’s nothing pretty about a game like
that, the bottom line is that we won,” Nee said.
“I was happy with the win — that’s all I can ask
The Buffaloes shot a dismal 30.4 percent
from the field and dropped their records to 2-9
in conference play and 10-13 overall.
Colorado coach Joe Harrington said a sloppy
game like Wednesday’s should have turned out
to be a blessing for the underdogs.
“We could’ve snuck up and won this,” said
Harrington, whose team has now lost 12 straight
games »n Lincoln. "This was a winnable game
for us; I’m not trying to put Nebraska down,
they just weren ’t as fired up as we thought they
would have been.”
The Huskers were paced by Piatkowski’s
team-high 16 points, while Chubick added 14
points and center Derrick Chandler had 12
points and led all players with 14 rebounds.
Chubick said his performance, especially
his 11 second-half points, were crucial for his
He said he was trying to make up for a
turnover he committed in Nebraska’s 76-75
win over Missouri last Sunday that nearly cost
the Huskers in the game’s final seconds.
“I always hear the quote you’re always as
good as your last game, or in my case it’s your
last play, because I traveled down there,”
Chubick said. “I haven’t heard the end of it
since, and I was trying to look to redeem
“I think I was trying a little bit too hard; in
the second half, I finally relaxed a little bit,” he
A lack of enthusiasm might have also worked
against Nebraska, according to Piatkowski.
“I was worried, because before the game, it
didn’t seem like people were very fired up for
the game,” Piatkowski said.
“I can kind of see why it’s hard to get fired
up for a team that’s only won one of their last
70 road games in the Big Eight,” Piatkowski
said. “But that’s one of those things when some
of the older guys have to go up to the younger
guys and help lift them up and tell them ‘Hey,
we’ve got to go.’”
Amos Gregory fights for the rebound against Sands Golgart during Tuesday
night’s 7W7 win over Colorado.
Sense of humor gives anchor the edge over competition
Mix CBS news anchor Dan Rather,
NBC sports broadcaster Bob Costas
and comedian Rodney Dangerfield.
And although most might picture
this mixture as someone who has a
bad toupee, has a boring late-night
television show for insomniacs, and
someone who “doesn’t get any re
spect,” it actually would better repre
sent ESPN’s newest star sports an
chor, Keith Olbermann.
Olbermann, whose professional
ism, sports knowledge and witty hu
mor has helped him become notori
ous in sports broadcasting, is ESPN’s
No. 1 sportscaster on the network’s
Anyone who’s ever seen
Olbermann on ESPN knows what I’ve
seen ever since his days as a sports
anchor on a small TV station in Los
Angeles, and that is simply that
Olbermann is hands-down the top
sportscaster in the business.
Olbermann’s level of popularity
has soared with an aspect of sports
broadcasting that most try: spicing up
his broadcasts with humor.
In California, that’s what drew him
a large following, myself included, at
first at a tiny station called KTL A and
then to Los Angeles’ CBS affiliate
KCBS, before making the move to
Bristol, Conn., and ESPN to the ben
efit of all outside of the Golden State.
All it takes is to see Olbermann on
one episode of SportsCenter to show
how his humorous antics can add a bit
of laughter to the typically humorless
Here are just a few examples of
Olbermannisms from an average
SportsCentcr last Tuesday:
An unexciting fight breaks out in a
Utah Jazz-Houslon Rockets game in
which Olbermann comments:
“(Steven) Howard and Vernon Max
well get into a slap fight, which is
always an exciting thing to see in a
NBA game— ‘hold me back, hold me
After Kansas State upset Oklahoma
67-63, Olbermann said: “One for 21
on three-pointers were the Sooners,
who couldn’t hit one sooner, later or
In Baylor’s 76-75 loss to Houston,
a Bear player ended up losing the
game for his team when he dunked the
ball and celebrated by hanging on the
rim that discarded the two points nec
essary to lead Baylor to victory.
Olbermann joked: ^Baylor loses the
ballgame by virtue of premature jocu
Olbermann adds about the game:
“And the real question has to be is
Baylor’s Willie Subleta low-rent ver
sion of Colorado's Rodell ‘House’
Guest from last year?”
In an interview with Olbermann
earlier this week, he was his usual
He said he enjoyed doing
SportsCenter because its audience was
primarily sports fans.
“You know that everybody watch
ing wants to hear about sports; you
don't have to dress it up and put
chicken feathers on it or put it in a
chicken suit to make it interesting, it* s
there already,” he said. “The only
thing you have to do is keep them
Olbermann said people occasion
ally complained about his humor at
others’ expense, but sometimes he
had to take more blame than he de
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