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Coaches agree: Lue is ‘the man’
guard gains respect
By Mike Kluck
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyronn
Lue hasn’t been listed or even men
tioned as a possible member of any of
the Big 12’s preseason all-conference
But that didn’t stop the league’s
coaches from bringing up his name
often Thursday at the Big 12 Preseason
Media Day in Kansas City.
“I know that Tyronn Lue, Chauncey
(Billups) and (Jacque) Vaughn have to
be three of the top point guards in this
league,” Iowa State Coach Tun Floyd
said. “Lue had caught our attention a
year ago, and I am a big believer in
having good backcourt play.”
Both Colorado’s Billups and Kan
sas’ Vaughn are preseason first-team
All-Big 12 selections.
Lue brings a
sense of stability
to the Comhusker
said. The 6-foot
who started all
but one game last
season, said he is
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thing is something special,” Peter said.
“With Nebraska and Colorado, it’s
more of a hatred rivalry. But with Okla
homa and Nebraska, I think both teams
respect each others’ programs.
“It’s going to be a war no matter
Oklahoma has hit the skids recently,
taking some of the luster off the rivalry.
The Sooner football program has its
third coach in as many years and has
won only seven of its last 20 games.
“Certainly the first four games
weren’t very good for them,” NU
Coach Tom Osborne said, “but re
cently, they have been playing pretty
The Sooners opened the season
with losses to Texas Christian, San
Diego State, Tulsa and Kansas before
beating Texas in overtime and down
ing Baylor. OU enters the game hav
ing rallied from a 42-14 deficit to lose
42-35 last week at Kansas State.
" “A program like Oklahoma has so
much tradition behind it that even when
they are down, they are not a bad foot
ball team,” Husker rush end Grant
Wistrom said. “Knowing that this is an
OU-Nebraska game, they are going to
come out and give us their best effort.”
No. 2 left comerback Mike Fullman
will not make the trip to Norman be
cause of a pulled hamstring. In
Fullman’s absence, Eric Stokes and
Eric Warfield will split time between
free safety and comerback.
“He’s the man,” Nebraska Coach
Danny Nee said. “He earned that start
ing position as a freshman. He’s some
one that the players respect and they
like. He’s very good.”
The Huskers, who finished 21-14
last season, open their season Nov. 23
with a non-conference matchup against
Texas in Austin, Texas. The two teams
meet again in conference play on Feb.
16 in Lincoln.
Although Texas Coach Tom
Penders doesn’t remember much about
Nebraska after losing to the Huskers
last year in Lincoln, he did remember
“They got a great little point guard
back,” Penders said. “I thought that
Lue kid was one of the best guards we
played last year, even though he was a
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Missouri Coach Norm Stewart
thinks Nebraska will be successful —
not just because of Lue, but because
of true freshman Cookie Belcher, who
is also from Mexico, Mo.
“They’ll be good because they’re
using my players,” Stewart said.
Along with Vaughn, a senior and
Billups, a sophomore, Texas senior
guard Reggie Freeman, Iowa State se
nior forward Dedric Willoughby and
Kansas junior forward Raef LaFrentz
were named to the preseason All-Big
12 first team.
No Nebraska players earned first
team, second-team or honorable-men
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Huskers vie for Big 12 title
By Gregg Madsen
After a two-week break from com
petition, the Nebraska men’s and
women’s cross country teams will com
pete Saturday at the Big 12 Champi
onships in Ames, Iowa.
Nebraska Coach Jay Dirksen said
die 26th-ranked women’s team and the
No. 11 men’s team are both ready for
a higher level of conq>etition.
“It’s really like all this has been pre
season games ana now we re getting
into the meat of the season,” Dirksen
The women’s competition will in
clude four top 20 teams in Iowa State,
Colorado, Baylor and Missouri. The
men will be challenged by No. 3 Colo
rado and No. 14 Oklahoma State.
If the Huskers run to their poten
tial, Dirksen said, both teams could
compete for the conference title.
“Every person in our team is com
ing around at die right time,” he said.
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