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Nebraska Track Coach Gary
Pepin was named the Big 12
Conference’s men’s and women’s
indoor track and field coach of the
year. Pepin’s Comhuskers each
won the first-ever indoor confer
ence crown last month.
Also, NU’s Dahila Ingram was
named the Big 12 women’s out
standing freshman. Ingram fin
ished as the runner-up in the triple
jump at the conference meet.
The World League of American
Football held its annual draft last
week and 28 former players from
Big 12 teams were selected.
Former Husker Barron Miles
was selected by the Frankfurt Gal
axy. Miles was previously drafted
by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the
NFL in 1995.
Other Big 12 players selected
were former Kansas State quarter
back Chad May, who also went to
Frankfurt, and Colorado linebacker
Ronnie Woolfolk who went to
All standing-room-only tickets
for this week’s men’s Big 12 tour
nament in Kansas City, Mo., have
been sold. Tickets for the women’s
tournament, which starts today,
still remain and can be purchased
at the Municipal Auditorium ticket
If Oklahoma State (15-13 over
all and 7-9 in the Big 12) does not
win die conference tournament to
earn an automatic berth in the
NCAA Tournament, Coach Eddie
Sutton will leave the decision of
accepting a National Invitation
Tournament bid up to his three se
niors — Maurice Robinson, Chi
anti Roberts and Marlon Dorsey.
Last season the Cowboys fin
ished the year with a 17-10 overall
record and 7-7 conference mark,
but after losing to Kansas State in
the Big Eight Tournament they
were not an at-large selection and
declined a bid to the tournament.
“We play to get into the
NCAA’s,” Sutton said of turning
down last year’s offer.
Baylor, OSU and Nebraska may
represent the league in the NIT if
neither wins the tournament title
Colorado Men’s Coach Ricardo
Patton is apparently asking for a
$50,000 contract to remain as the
Buffaloes’ leader for next season.
Patton, who has most likely led CU
to its first NCAA Tournament berth
since 1969, is the leading candi
date to replace Larry Finch at
Memphis. Patton’s name has also
been linked to moving just south
to coach the Denver Nuggets.
Another hang-up in his re-sign
ing with Colorado is a state law that
says all state employees cannot be
given a contract for more than a
year. Patton wants a long-term deal
to stay in Boulder.
Big 12 Notebook was com
piled by staff reporter Pete
nu hopes resoory repeats
Huskers bring 15
game win streak over
Tigers into tournament.
By Mike Kluck
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Ne
braska women’s basketball team is not
using its first-round game against
Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament
as a history lesson.
Instead, the Comhuskers (18-8
overall and 8-8 in the Big 12 Confer
ence) are looking to make a little his
tory of their own when the two teams
square off tonight at 6 at the Munici
“We don’t look in the history bodes
when we play Missouri,” NU Coach
Angela Beck said. “We really look at
the present and I would say Missouri
is probably playing better than we are
right now. So they scare me.”
The history books show that the
Huskers have won 15 consecutive
games over the Tigers (10-19 and 3
13), including two wins this season
— an 84-46 victory on Jan. 22 at the
Bob Devaney Sports Center and an 82
66 win in Columbia, Mo., four days
The Huskers also ended the Tigers’
season last year with a 70-64 victory
in the first round of the Big Eight
Tournament at Salina, Kan.
However, the books also show a
Missouri team that entered the league
tournament in 1994 as a seventh seed
and won three games to earn a spot in
the NCAA Tournament.
This year, the Tigers enter the tour
nament as the No. 10 seed while NU
is the seventh. The winner of tonight’s
game will face second-seeded Texas
(20-6, 12-4) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Beck’s fears stem from the way NU
has played down the stretch. Nebraska
finished the season with a 2-7 mark
in its last nine games, losing three
Those three final games were
played without senior point guard
LaToya Doage who is still nursing a
sore right knee.
Doage practiced Sunday and Mon
day, but Beck said Doage will not start
“She’s questionable to play,” Beck
said. “I would like to see what she has
but it will depend on the flow of the
Please see TIGERS on 10
By Gregg Madsen
If cloning human life became
a reality in the near future, Ne
braska Men’s Gymnastics Coach
Francis Allen would probably be
one of the first users.
Allen wouid be turning out
copies of the prototype men’s gym
nast with sophomore Marshall
Nelson as the model.
“I tell you what,” Allen said,
“if I had 12 more like him, I’d just
go get my national championship
trophy right now. I wouldn’t even
go to the meet.”
In his second year as a
Comhusker, Nelson has emerged
as one of the top gymnasts in the
Allen said Nelson’s success has
been a direct result of his competi
tive nature, which comes as a sur
prise to most people.
“He’s so easy going and laid
back. But boy, when you turn the
lights on he’s a tough sucker,”
Nelson, a native of Greeley,
Colo., has sprained both ankles in
practice this season. But he hasn’t
allowed the injuries to hinder his
Against lourth-ranked Iowa on
Saturday, Nelson led the Huskers
to a season high 231.7-229.7 vic
tory. He walked away with the
high bar title (9.875) and also won
the floor exercise (9.825).
With athletic tape wrapped up
to his shins to provide extra sup
port for his weakened ankles, he
still managed his best performance
of the year against the Hawkeyes.
* “I started oiTon floor and was
concentrating on all my landings
, and just doing what I could do and
■ letting the judges decide where I
stood,” Nelson said. “I just had an
'on’ day. It was great.”
Against Iowa, Nelson was fifth
on the vault (9.5) and the parallel
bars (9.75) and second on the pom
mel horse (9.85).
The meet was more of a team
triumph than an individual one,
“I knew we had the potential
since the beginning of the season
to score well,” he said. “We finally
came out here and relaxed and did
Nelson said just being able to
compete this season was a change
fronfijast year. As a freshman, his
performances were hampered by
a knee injury for the first half of
He still managed to finish third
on the pommel horse at the NCAA
Please see NELSON on 10
MARSHALL NELSON competes on the vaelt Satarday. Nelson has
eaier«ed as see of HU* best fyimasts this season.
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Big 12 Tournament ^^^B
Today, 6 p.m. |W|
Nebraska 18-8 (8-8)
Pos Name HL Yr.
G 32 Nicole Kubik 5-10 Fr.
F 22 Tina McClain 5-10 Sr.
Pos Name Hi Yr.
G 21 Debra Williams 5-8 Jr.
From Staff Reports
Nebraska point guard Tyronn Lue
earned second-team All-Big VI2 hon
ors from The Associated PresS and the
league’s basketball coaches Monday.
Lue, a 6-foot sophomore from
Mexico, Mo., who pleads the
Comhuskers and ranks seventh in the
conference with an 18.9 points-per
game average, is one of only two
sophomores on the first or second
Lue ranks sixth in the league in
shooting percentage (46.2 percent),
fourth in assists (4.4 per game), 15th
in steals (1.3 per game) and fifth in
free-throw percentage (82.3 percent).
Entering the Big 12 Tournament
Thursday, Lue ranks eighth on NU’s
single-season scoring charts with 529
points this year.
Junior Raef LaFrentz of Kansas
earned the league’s player-of-the-year
award from the coaches, and KU
Coach Roy Williams was named the
Big 12 coach of the year. LaFrentz, a
6-11 forward, averages 19 points and
9.0 rebounds per game and led Kan
sas to the Big 12 championship with
a 15-1 league record.
Colorado guard Chauncey Billups,
Iowa State guard Dedric Willoughby,
Texas guard Reggie Freeman and
Texas Tech center Tony Battie also
earned first-team recognition from the
coaches and the news media.
Joining Lue on the second team
are: Baylor center Brian Skinner and
guards Jacque Vaughn of Kansas, Nate
Erdmann of Oklahoma and Cory Carr
of Texas Tech.
The AP’s third team consists of
Iowa State center Kelvin Cato and for
ward Kenny Pratt, Kansas forward
Paul Pierce and guard Jerod Haase and
Oklahoma guard Corey Brewer.
Missouri forward Kelly Thames
and Oklahoma State swingman Chi
anti Roberts also earned third-team
recognition from the coaches, along
with Cato, Pratt and Pierce. Nebraska
center Mikki Moore was one of 14
players named honorable mention by
The Big 12 also announced its spe
cialty .teams Monday, selected by a
panel of sportswriters.
Lue was named to the all-improved
team; Nebraska forward Bernard Gar
ner was named to the all-bench team
and Husker guard Cookie Belcher
earned all-freshman honors.
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