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The format for the men’s Big l2
Conference basketball tournament
has been announced.
The winners of the North and
South Divisions will be the top two
seeds of Big 12 Men’s Basketball
Tournament and receive first-round
byes. The next two teams, regardless
of what division, also receive first
round byes in the tournament After
that the remaining five through 12
positions will be determined by a
team’s conference record.
Currently Kansas would be the
No. 1 seed representing the North,
while Texas would get the No. 2
seed from the South Division.
The tournament format is the
same for the women.
The rugged play of Missouri
guard Jason Sutherland has caused
some controversy. Sutherland has
developed a reputation around the
league for his hard fouling but
Texas A&M Coach Tony Barone
insists that Sutherland’s rough play
has been blown out of proportion.
“He has stepped over the line at
times, but he just plays hard all the
time,” Barone said. “When he fouls
you, you know you’ve been fouled.”
Nebraska’s FetK * ro basketball
game at Kansas State has had a time
change. Tipoff was originally slated
for 8:30 p.m. as part of ESPN’s Big
Monday package, but the start time
has been moved up to 8. The game
will be televised on ESPN2.
The Big 12 Player of the Week
is Kansas forward Raef LaFrentz.
LaFrentz joins Texas Tech’s Cory
Carr as the only players to win the
award twice this season.
LaFrentz averaged 19.5 points
per game in wins over Colorado
and Texas A&M. His 21-point, 14
rebound performance against CU
was his 10th double-double of th£
season and 25th of his career. Texas
A&M’s Jerald Brown was named
the Rookie of the Week. Brown is
averaging 11 points per game.
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The women’s Big 12 Player of
the Week is Kansas guard Tamecka
Dixon. In two wins, Dixon aver
aged 27.5 points and 5.5 rebounds
per game. Against Texas A&M she
scored 29 points and in a win over
Colorado she scored 26 points, 20
of which came in the second half.
Kansas swimmer Seth
Dunscomb died last Wednesday
after collapsing during a Jayhawk
practice at Robinson Nataorium in
Coaches and athletic trainers
tried to resuscitate Dunscomb, who
was taken to Lawrence Memorial
Hospital, where he was pronounced
dead at 5 p.m. Dunscomb, a 21
year-old senior from Sullivan, 111.,
was the teams co-captain.
Big 12 Notebook compiled by
staff reporter Patrick Wyman. i
By Vince D*Adamo
A year ago Nebraska long
jumper Angee Henry leaped her
way to NCAA indoor and outdoor
national championships. Now she
looks to make a jump into the his
Henry won the indoor long
jump title with a jump of 20 feet,
11 Vi inches. In the outdoor cham
pionship, she followed with a ca
reer-best leap of 21-1IV2. And this
season, the Bellevue West gradu
ate could become the first long
jumper in NCAA history to repeat
as the outdoor champion. -
me last ana omy long jumper
to defend her indoor title was Loui
siana State’s Daphine Saunders.
Saunders won the indoor title in
1993 and repeated in 1994.
Henry also has a chance to tie
Carl Lewis for the most long jump
titles in NCAA history. Lewis won
four long colliegate long jump
But Henry is not leaping ahead
of herself. •• .
“Just because I did it last year,
doesn’t mean I’m going to do it
this year,” Henry said. “I thought
a lot about my goals because it’s
my senior year. I hope to win na
tionals but that’s not my goal right
In addition, the senior is also
NU’s top returner in the 55-, 100
and 200-meter dashes. Henry also
figures to be a vital member of the
Comhuskers’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 400
meter relay teams. Her develop
ment as a sprinter figures to ease
the departure of Kathy Travis
In last year’s Big Eight indoor
championship meet, she placed
second in both the 55- and 200
ANGEE HENRY attempts a long jump in the Nebraska Open Saturday.
Henry is the defending NCAA Indoor and outdoor long jmnp champion.
J Henry said her daily practice
regimentconsists of jumping, then
sprinting, followed with more
jumping. That routine enables her
to stay fundamentally sound, she
- “Being both a sprinter and
jumper keeps me in shape to do a
lot of jumps,” Henry said. “Doing
both helps me because a lot of the
technique work ties over and keeps
me in good shape.”
*' Nt| Coach Gary Pepin said
Henry has great size and speed —
the combination that makes agreat
“One of the prerequisites to
being a good long jumper is being
a good sprinter,” Pepin said. “You
look at the world level, the best
men long jumpers like Carl Lewis
are also good sprinters.”
Pepin, who also is the NU
jumpers’ primary coach, said those
Please see HENRY on 11
NU gets four days of
rest before facing four
By Mitch Sherman
Stung by a pair of losses and con
fronted with the ominous memory of
last season, the Nebr*olro KocWtkaii
team must now re
group quickly or
shi^' h Belcher
chance to shine comes Wednesday
night at the Bob Devaney Sports Cen
ter against No. 14 Iowa State, the first
of four straight opponents ranked in
The Associated Press Top 25.
With a win over ISU, 11-7 Ne
braskacanregain momentum heading
into a crucial stretch of league games
likely to define the 1996-97 season.
“Each team that we play is a dif
ferent team, and each team is ready to
be beat,” Belcher said.
Saturday in Norman, Okla., Ne
braska fell 84-77 to Oklahoma, three
days after losing 75-74 at Missouri.
One year ago, NU faced a similar
situation heading into its Feb. 3 home
game with the Cyclones. Following
losses to Missouri and Kansas, the
Huskers lost 75-65 to ISU, the third of
nine straight defeats. Belcher, a senior
at Mexico (Mo.) High School at the
time, said this team will not allow it
self to fall into a funk.
“The big thing we’ve got to do is
work on it mentally,” he said. “We’ve
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bring Nil’s list of
commitments to 22.
By David Wilson
Two high school football players
who were not heavily recruited by
Nebraska have given verbal commit
ments to play few the Comhuskers next
Running back Dan White, from
Ashwaubenon High School in Green
Bay, Wis., and linebacker Chris
Gustafson, from Gallup (N.M.) High
School, became the 21st and 22nd
players to say they will accept schol
arships to play for NU.
White, the Wisconsin high school
player of the year, was on a recruiting
trip to University of Nebraska at
Omaha when he called home and
learned that NU Coach Tom Osborne
was looking for him.
After contacting Osborne, White
ended his UNO visit and was picked
up at Eppley Airfield by NU, graduate
assistant Mike Grant
White, who had sent Ms tapes 1E>
Lincoln months ago, said he was im
pressed with Nebraska from die start
~ “Right when I got there,” WMte
said, “(Osborne) showed me his na
tional championsMp rings, all of Ms
watches and the national champion
ship trophy. I was real impressed.”
The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder also
considered Minnesota, Iowa and
Northern Illinois. But those schools
didn’t want him to play running back.
“When I found out that Nebraska
was recruiting me as a running back,
my eyes really opened up,” WMte said.
WMte helped Ms team to a state
championsMp rushing for 183 yards,
scoring three touchdowns and also
throwing for one in the tide game.
Ashwaubenon Coach Ken
Golomski said WMte was the main
reason they won die championsMp.
“He’s always had the speed,”
Golomski said, “and he’s the total
package now. You can’t bring him
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The following players have verbally committed to play football at
Nebraska next fall.
Name Pos. HL WL Hometown
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•Glen Matthews __:
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Jon Rutherford OL 6-4 265 Midwest City, Okia.
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J.P, Wichmann ^RE^^5215Shaw5eMission(Kan!)NW^
• Walker and Matthews have already signed letters of intent and enrolled at
NU. They will begin workouts with the team this spring.
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