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NU to face N.D. State
By Antone Oseka
The Nebraska wrestlers travel to
Bismarck, N.D., to take on North Da
kota State in a 7:30 dual tonight.
It’s a homecoming for Comhuskers
Darin Giese, Jeramie Welder and Ryan
Bauer, all standouts at Bismarck High
“I have no idea what North Dakota
State has,” NU Coach Tim Neumann
said. “I hope we have enough left in
our gas tanks to compete with them.”
The 13th-ranked Cornhuskers
scored 75.5 team points to finish in
eighth place at the Las Vegas Invita
tional last weekend in Las Vegas. Big
12 Conference rival Iowa State won the
meet with 134.5 points.
“They won it last year, too,” he said.
“I seem to remember we still beat them
last year, in the dual and at Big Eights.”
Nebraska finished without a cham
pion in Las Vegas. The highest finisher
was third-ranked heavyweight Tolly
Thompson, who finished second to
fourth-ranked Stephen Neal of Cal
State-Bakersfield. Thompson lost 4-2
in the finals.
Three Huskers turned in fifth-place
finishes. Welder (126 pounds), Brad
Canoyer (134) and lOth-ranked Jason
Kraft (158) all placed fifth. Giese, a
118-pounder, rounded out the medal
ists by coming in eighth.
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By David Wilson
In six games this season, the Ne
braska men's basketballTeam Jjas
committed an average of 20.6 turn
overs per game.
That’s too many, Coach Danny
Nee said, and while the Huskers
have slipped past five of six foes
this season, the tough portion of
their schedule has not yet begun.
“The turnover factor is really a
problem,” Nee said Saturday after
the Comhuskers’ 73-68 victory over
Bowling Green. “We have to settle
down and improve our passing.”
After Wednesday night's game
at Missouri-Kansas City, NU will
play No. 17 Minnesota in Lincoln
before heading to the San Juan Clas
sic, a tournament in which the Husk
ers could face No. 7 Cincinnati,
Mississippi State or 16th-ranked
All that before the Big 12 sea
The Huskers, who have outshot
their opponents 49.3 percent to 38.4
percent this season, have commit
ted 124 turnovers to their oppo
But Nee remained optimistic
about the slippery fingers of NU’s
young players, four of whom had
never played college basketball be
fore this season.
“We have to learn to take care
of the ball,” Nee said. “But I think
we can improve the turnovers. I
know we have to. That could be our
True freshmen guard Cookie
Belcher, who has played 187 min
utes, third most on the team, has
committed 17 turnovers, tying him
for second on the team behind
We have to stay
focused, or getting
a lead doesn't
Tyronn Luc’s 23.
“I just think it’s a lack of con
centration,” Belcher said. “A lot of
times we see a man open, but the
next second, there’s a man on him.
I think we just kind of force things
too much. Once we get our turn
overs down, we’ll be a good team.”
Lue said he admits that he needs
to improve. The flu that hindered
him in the Ameritas Classic last
weekend may have played a part in
his 11 turnovers.
“I’ve been careless with the
ball,” Lue said. “Mentally, I’m
thinking about too much, but I’ve
got to leam to play through this.”
After NU’s 88-72 win last Fri
day over Coppin State, senior Mikki
Moore said he discussed the prob
lem with his teammates. Nebraska
turned the ball over 27 times in the
“That’s too many,” Moore said.
“I got on them about that. I’ve got a
right to talk now. We have to stay
focused, or getting a lead doesn’t
But so far this season, Lue said,
the positives have outweighed the
problems for the 5-1 Huskers.
“We still find a way to win,” he
said. “That’s the important thing. I
think we’ll be OK.”
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Cmich said, the Huskers will need a
top defensive performance.
In the win over Arkansas, the Husk
ers played inspired offense but turned
in one of their weakest defensive per
formances of the year.
The Huskers, who have held oppos
ing teams to just .130 hitting this sea
son, allowed Arkansas to post a .270
percentage. The Razorbacks’ total was
the highest allowed by NU this season
and marked only the fourth time that a
team has hit higher than .200 against
“I was really disappointed in our
blocking and in myself, and the team
as far as defense went,” Reitsma said.
Pettit attributed some of NU’s prob
lems to a lack of focus and mental
The Huskers, who have nine fresh
men and sophomores dn their roster,
lack NCAA Tournament experience,
Pettit said. Only four players on the
team—Reitsma, Cmich, senior Maria
Hedbcck, and sophomore transfer
Megan Korver—have seen extensive
postseason playing time.
“On the bench before the match, I
said that I didn’t think we were ready
to play,” Pettit said. “I think some
people were. Kate was. Reitsma was.
Some of our more experienced people
were ready. But I think some of our
other people just figured it was just
another match, and that one way or the
other we’d win it.
“But that’s not the way it goes in
the NCAA Tournament, because teams
know that if they lose, they’re done.”
Cmich, who hammered 25 kills in
the national championship match last
season, recorded 12 kills and a team
high 10 digs Saturday against the Ra
“We had players who had moments
that they were playing really well,”
Cmich said, “but it wasn’t consistent.
Ilf you have one person on the court
who’s not as excited as the rest of us,
then you can forget about playing a
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