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The downward spiral j
An analysis of NU’s scoring trend in the
1990s under Danny Nee.
■ NU’s offense has picked itself
up from a slow start offensively to
wm four straight games.
Huskers juice up scoring, fun
Editor's note: This the first in a three-part in
depth look at the status of the Nebraska men's
basketball team, both w here it has improved and
current problems surrounding the team. Today,
the focus is on NU’s recent seating explosion.
By Adam Klinker
Senior staff writer
The little sign on the way out of the Nebraska
men's basketball team locker room reads
“Unfinished Business ”
But early in the season, it seemed as if maybe
the sign ought to have read “Unfulfilled Promise.”
That’s because up until a Jan. 13
win over Kansas State and the onset
of a four game winning streak. NU
had struggled to develop a consistent
style of play.
The Huskers were struggling inordinately
with all styles of teams, from near misses like the
one against Tulsa, when NU lost 52-49, to near
deflations such as the 63-54 win over Southwest
But the Huskers are having a little more fun
these days on the court.
Smiles are coming easier, the locker room
sounds less like a morgue and more like a carni
val, and even NU Coach Danny Nee is getting a
good laugh every
now and then.
‘'Listen to it in
there.” Andv Mar
kowski said, coming out of the iocker room fol
lowing NU’s 72-55 w in over Colorado on
Saturday. “It feels good to win.
“Now we’re rolling. Instead of shooting and
thinking, ‘Gosh, I gotta make it,’ it’s no big deal.
Everybody's just relaxed and playing. We have
that ‘I don't really care’ attitude and w'e’rejust
going out and having fun.”
Credit it all to a four game win-streak. Or
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NU defense key to 4th
straight win in Big 12
By Adam Klinker
Senior staff writer
By his own estimation. Nebraska men's
basketball Coach Danny Nee knew that
Saturday's 72-55 win over Colorado at the
Devaney Center wasn’t pretty.
But it was enough.
it was enough for die Comhuskers to sus
tain life for the next three days as they prepare
for Wednesday's showdown with No. 19
Kansas, which lost 71 -63 at home to Missouri
It was also enough tor NU (12
7 overall. 4-1 in the Big 12) to
extend its winning streak for yet
another game, upping the string to
four in a row.
“It was an ugh' win."' Nee said.
“But we found a way to win."
Most disconcerting to Nee was
the season-high 26 turnovers the
Buskers committed against CU
(10-9. l->). Still, NU continues to
discover ways to wan, and perhaps
most importantly, the means to win
in the Big 12.
“Winning a couple in a row in
the conference is a real positive,”
Nee said. “But we can't be a good
basketball team and turn the ball over 26
Turnovers aside, the Huskers maintained
their ritual of total game dominanc e as they
suppressed yet another Big 12 foe by control
ling the lead for all but 30 seconds of the
In the first half, the largest margin the NU
lead reached was 12. But 30 seconds into the
second half, the Huskers turned up the heat on
CU with an 11-0 run highlighted by two Andy
Markowski dunks and a Cookie Beicher
At the 10:34 mark of the second half. NU
began its longest and largest run of the game,
outscoring the Bulls 15-3 and building the
lead to 28 at 68-40.
Once again, a Belcher dunk put the fin
ishing touches on the 6! 2-minute streak.
Eight of Belcher’s 10 points and five of
his game-high seven assists came in the sec
As Markov, ski said everything got better
in the second half.
“We played pretty sluggish in the first
half." said manman
Mark.™ski, Nebraska 72
ZfJlZ Colorado 55
had 10 points. “I said ‘Geez, we played bad
and we're still up 9.' So we came in at halftime
and said Hey, lets go out and have fun.”'
For the second-straight game, senior for
ward Larry Florence led NU in scoring, post
_ ing 17 points
seven of 12
from the floor
io Ins point
also dished out
while also key
ing the Husker
out die game.
playing real well.” Florence said. “We have to
cut down on the turnovers and execute our
offense, but our confidence is there."
And a great deal of that confidence is
rooted in NU senior center Venson Hamilton.
“Hamilton is the factor," Nee said.
"Venson s a key to this whole thing. He con
sistently gets his rebounds and he's putting up
numbers. We'll keep trying to go to him and
everything else falls into place.”
Against the Buffs. Hamilton racked up vet
another double-double, his ninth on the sea
son with 15 points and 16 rebounds. 11 of his
boards coming in the first half Iiamiiton also
added three blocked shots
“It's all hard work, preparation and con
sistency.” Hamilton said as to what have been
the benchmarks for the Huskers in the last
four games. “We had consistency today with
shot selection and defense, but still, we had a
lot of turnovers. We can't do that with
lens on s a key to this
whole thing. He
consistently gets his
rebounds and Is
NU basketball coach
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NEBRASKA’S COOKIE BELCHER goes to the basket for a iayup against Colorado forward Will Smith on
Saturday in the first half at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Road woes continue for Husker women in loss to Buffs
■ Sanderford says NU
was 'sleepwalking’ in
By John Gaskins
BOULDER, Colo. - The No. 23
Nebraska women’s basketball team
once again grew homesick Saturday,
and Coach Paul Sanderford grew tired.
Tired of losing on the road. Tired of
having to answer questions about it.
“It would be nice to get a couple of
road wins just to get some people off
my back," Sanderford calmly chuckled
before NU’s game agamst Colorado.
But just like a bulldog who won’t
give up its bone, the Buffs refused to
yield to the Huskers, beating NU 70
Longing for the same dominating
performance that willed them to a 41
point thrashing of the Buffs just 17
days earlier in Lincoln, the Huskers
(14-5, 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference)
were rudely awakened by a raucous
Coors Events Center crowd of 4,731
and a fired up CU team (10-7, 3-4)
fueled for revenge.
The result was a beating that left
Sanderford fatigued and searching for
reasons NU’s 0-3 Big 12 road record.
“The home-road thing, I’ll let you
guys figure out,” Sanderford said to
reporters outside the locker room after
“You saw the difference in
Colorado at home and on the road
But the answer to the 58-point turn
around between games one and two
may have been a sign in the tunnel that
leads to the court, hanging 20 feet from
where Sanderford was standing.
The sign read, “Defense Wins,” and
the Buffs obviously took heed.
Behind a 20-steal, 10-block, 26
takeaway performance, Colorado held
the Big 12’s highest-scoring offense,
the same offense that racked up 90
points on them two weeks ago, to just
53 points on 34 percent shooting. NU
was an icy 9-for-38 (24 percent) from
the field in the second half.
“We were sleepwalking out there,”
Sanderford said. “I think we panicked a
bit. That’s the mark of a team that strug
gles on the road.”
CU was sparked by 18 points from
forward Chaquita Dilworth. The
sophomore ran off eight points in a
two-minute span early in the second
half that gave CU a comfortable lead
“Their press was really giving us
trouble,” Sanderford said. “Colorado
out-hustled us. played harder, got every
loose ball and battled for every
with Colorado 53
bat.nng Nebraska 70
turnover trouble - she fouled out with
six minutes left and committed seven
turnovers - and Schwartz struggling to
find her shot, no other Huskers stepped
up to the menacing Colorado defense.
“We just didn't come out and play
with the fire and emotion we needed
to,” Kubik said. “We didn't do a good
job of feeding the post players.”
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