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HOOPS from page 10
first player off the NU bench, said the
inexperienced team will bring a differ
ent attitude to the court this season.
“We have a young team this year,”
Markowski said. “It’s just a different
attitude. We just don’t know how good
we can be.”
Despite a young team—with only
two seniors—Coach Danny Nee said
his returning veterans have improved.
Lue, a 6-foot point guard, has
gained the confidence of his teammates
and emerged as a leader on the defend
ing National Invitation Tournament
Comhusker squad, Nee said.
Nee said he expects Lue, who av
eraged 8.5 points and 4.1 assists per
game last season, to improve his num
“Tim Hardaway (of the NBA’s Mi
ami Heat) averages 10 assists per game
and he averages 22 points,” Nee said.
“That’s what I want Tyronn Lue to do.
But the ball is going to be in his hands
a lot, except when he’s giving it out to
someone else to score.
“I think he’s one of the premier
players in the country, and we are go
ing to groom him to be a great player.”
Gamer and Moore will receive the
majority of Lue’s passes in the paint,
“We are way more inside-oriented,”
Nee said. “Mikki and Gamer will get
more shots than they ever have.
“We’ve got two or three go-to guys:
Mikki, Barnard and Lue. It’s more
clearly defined. Last year, we had go
to guys, but they didn’t make their
Though this year’s Husker team
will take more inside shots, Nee said,
its weakness is perimeter shooting.
“Right now, outside shooting is sus
pect,” Nee said. “We’re not going to
be as efficient as we have been in the
Because of the young roster, NU
will experience growing pains this sea
“Every year, we’ve had pain,” Nee
said. “It’s just inflicted in different
“I expect adversity and I expect
problems. But at least there won’t be a
fight over who thinks they’re better,
because there’s just not enough guys.
They’re all going to play, so there
should be a little more harmony in the
Because of two minor recruiting
violations in connection with Nigerian
basketball player Osita Nwachukwu in
1992, Nee will not be allowed to con
tact recruits off campus during the first
two days of the spring recruiting pe
Allegations against Nee made last
spring by Christopher Pond, a Raleigh,
N.C., man, are unsubstantiated, NU
Athletic Director Bill Byrne said Tues
adjusts well to life in
By Gregg Madsen
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker
room was a busy place last month
after their 17-7 victory over Kansas
City. But in all
sought out one
“We went over
At Nebraska from 1991 through
1994 and now the starting right
guard for Pittsburgh, Stai and his
fellow linemen helped Bettis to a
103-yard performance on 27 rush
Stai said his game has improved
in countless ways since he left Ne
braska after an All-American senior
“From a year ago to now, I
couldn’t draw any certain things that
* have been the biggest changes,” he
said. “There’s things that I work on
every week. And that’s just some
thing you’ve got to do as an offen
Since his rookie season, he said
he has become a complete lineman.
“We had something to prove on
the road,” Stai said of the win over
Kansas City. “I think we did that. I
knew it was going to be a battle —
a war on the line. It was just a mat
ter of time, wearing them down and
having some things go our way.”
The Steelers were able to do the
same thing one week later in their
20-10 win over Cincinnati. Bettis
rambled for 109 yards and Tomczak
threw for 182. But Stai tore liga
ments in his left elbow, requiring
surgery. He is expected to return in
This one in a series
of stories about
former NU players in
“The thing about this team is, it’s
all of us,” Stai said. “It’s like at Ne
braska. We had a lot of unity. On
this team, there’s a lot of team unity.
When teams have that, teams are
successful, not only on the offen
sive line, but the whole team.”
Stai’s football career has in
cluded a national championship at
Nebraska and a Super Bowl appear
ance as a Pittsburgh rookie in 1995.
This season, Stai has helped
pave the way for Bettis, the NFL’s
second-leading rusher with 953
Steeler quarterback Mike
Tomczak has had enough time in the
pocket to throw, for 1,574 yards,
helping the Steelers to a 7-2 start,
placing them atop the AFC’s Cen
“No matter if it’s your second
year or your 10th year, you’ve got
to work on something, because dif
ferent teams show you a lot of dif
Despite his busy schedule, Stai
said he still makes an effort to keep
up with the Huskers.
“I was a little disappointed with
how things went at Arizona State,”
Stai said. “But they rebounded, and
good teams do that.”
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Uppinghouse leads NU
through perfect year
SOCCER from page 10
the week twice this season.
At 5-foot-ll, Uppinghouse pro
vides an imposing presence. Through
out the season, the fifth-ranked Husk
ers (19-0 overall and 9-0 in the Big 12)
have looked to her in crucial situations.
In Nebraska’s 3-2 overtime win over
Vanderbilt, Uppinghouse scored the
game-winning goal with one minute
In the Huskers clash with then
sixth-ranked Texas A&M,
Uppinghouse scored the game’s lone
goal to give Nebraska a 1-0 victory.
“We don’t necessarily designate her
as a go-to player,” Walker said. “Her
position is such that much of the play
goes through her.”
Becoming NU’s first-ever All
American would be a great honor,
Uppinghouse said, but that has not
been her focus this season.
“I guess it has entered my mind,”
she said. “But I haven’t put much em
phasis on it. I just wanted to crane out
and constantly give everything I have.
That’s what John stresses.”
After transferring from George
Mason a year ago, the junior midfielder
from Littleton, Colo., said she feels
comfortable with her teammates, most
of whom are also in their first or sec
ond year in the Nebraska program.
The Husker soccer program, just
three years old, has reached new
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heights this season.
“We’re just focusing one game at a
time,” Uppinghouse said. “It’s a good
opportunity for us.”
NU will play the winner of
Thursday’s Texas Tech-Missouri game
Saturday at 11 a.m. in the semifinals
of the Big 12 Tournament in St. Louis.
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