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NU looks to get needed victory
Huskers seniors vow that game against Texas A&M will be spirited effort
By Darren Ivy
Senior staff writer
Going from an almost shoe-in team for
the NCAA Tournament two weeks ago to a
team on the bubble, the Nebraska men's bas
ketball team knows it can't have any more
Saturday's 12:45 p.m. game at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center with Texas A&M is
the last regular-season chance for the
Comhuskers to impress NCAA committee
members and inch closer to the magical 20
Coming into the game with three straight
losses, NU (17-11 and 9-6 in the Big 12
Conference) clearly is disappointed, but it
surprisingly hasn't lost its positive attitude.
Written on the board in the NU locker
room is a list of reasons “Why to be posi
The list includes: 15-6 in last 21 games,
beat four-straight ranked teams, swept
Kansas, beat Oklahoma on the road and last
10 games, you are 7-3.
The list concludes with the words “Do
you want this all to go to waste 2-25-99?”
Senior Troy Piatkowski isn't ready for
“For the four seniors, Andy
(Markowski), Larry (Florence), Venson
Hamilton and me, we're going to try to bring
everybody together,” he said. “Everybody
knows how important this is, with the losing
streak right now. I think we have what it takes
to come out and wm.
“We showed that earlier in the year.
Everybody has their ups and downs. We are
just having our down part toward the end of
the season. For sure, we will be back to where
we want to be.”
Florence said maintaining a positive atti
tude is the key to .starting another winning
“We know that if we can stay positive,
there is always the chance for us to pick it up
and start playing better,” Florence said. “If
we start getting down on ourselves and
counting ourselves out, there is no way we
are gomg to win.”
Texas A&M, 12-13 and 5-10, broke its
three-game losing streak with a 74-72 victo
ry over Oklahoma on Wednesday. Coach
Danny Nee hopes NU does the same.
“1 didn't want (Texas A&M) coming in
here on a four-game losmg streak,” Nee said.
“They got their wm. Now we need ours.”
Markowski is questionable for the game
after suffering a severe ankle sprain in the
Kansas State loss.
But his teammates are confident he will
be in the lmeup.
“The way Andy is, he would play with a
broken leg,” Piatkowski said.
Added Florence: “He’ll be there.”
Nebraska needs Markowski in the line
up. It also needs to cut down turnovers and
shoot better, Nee said. Those problems were
“We tried a new offense (Thursday),”
Piatkowski said. “I'm not going to tell you
what it is. We have something up our sleeve.
We will see how it works Saturday.”
COOKIE BELCHER goes in for a dunk in a game earlier this season. Belcher and the rest of the
Nebraska men’s basketball team are looking for a key win this Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports
Center against Texas A&M.
Husker women continue NCAA quest
Ijust want to win
and let the damn
about it. That .500
is a magic figure.”
By Jay Saunders
Four seniors on the Nebraska women s basketball
team said good-bye to the Bob Devaney Sports Center
crowd with a 74-63 win over Kansas State on
The win moved the Comhuskers closer to their
goal of making the NCAA tournament.
But, the seniors and the rest of the team are not
NU (18-10 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12
Conference) plays its last regular season game when
the Huskers travel to Stillwater for a game tomorrow
night against Oklahoma State. Tip-off against the
Cowgirls is 7:05 p.m.
“It’s huge,” NU Coach Paul Sanderford said. “I
told the kids one down, one to go.”
The importance of the Oklahoma State game sky
rocketed with Wednesday s win.
In that game, the Huskers did something they
weren't able to do since beating Oklahoma on Jan. 3:
score more than 70 points.
Junior Nicole Kubik, who had a game-high 20
points against Kansas State, said the team played a
good overall game, especially on defense.
“Tough defense is the main thing,” Kubik said.
“We are just continuing to improve.”
It is that kind of an attitude that hasn’t been heard
from the players in a long time. There is talk of
increased confidence and peaking at the right time.
Validating those statements would involve a con
ference road win, something that has happened only
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■ The Nebraska baseball team
scoops snow to face off against
By David Wilson
When nearly a half foot of snow was dumped
on Lincoln earlier this week, Nebraska Baseball
Coach Dave Van Horn was a little worried about
the status of the Comhuskers'
home opener this weekend.
Thank goodness for shov
With the help of some 50
degree weather and a lot of
scooping, NU will take to
Buck Beltzer Field Saturday
in a doubleheader against
ning at 1 p.m.
“We can’t afford to lose
these games to weather,” Van Horn said. “You have
to fight to get them in.”
The Huskers (5-5) opened their season with 10
consecutive road games, spanning over three
weekends in southern states.
But this weekend, the players won’t have to
worry about travel schedules and they’ll be able to
sleep in their familiar beds the night before the
game. For true freshman second baseman Will
Bolt, that’s /✓
enough to make
all the shoveling
worth the effort. We Can’t afford
“I’ll do what- J
ever it takes to get fQ lose these
these games in,”
said Bolt, a Texas- games to
native who is a
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shoveling rookie. - 7
Bolt, who has have to Jlght to
posted a .289 7 . ,,
average while g^t them IH.
starting in all but
one of NU’s con- DAVE VAN HORN
tests this year, has NU baseball player
established him- _________
self in the NU
Van Horn said most of the players are begin
ning to develop into more consistent roles as the
season goes on.
“Most of the positions are set - just as long as
they keep doing a good job,” Van Horn said. “I real
ly like our batting order. We’re set for now, but it
Nebraska will use the same pitching rotation as
it did last weekend. True freshman right-hander
Shane Komine (1-0, 5.19) and junior left-hander
Scott Fries (2-1, 2.33) will throw on Saturday, and
Steve Hale (1-2, 1.93), also a right-handed true
freshman, will get the nod on Sunday.
The tno helped the Huskers to a 2-1 record at
the Marriott West Loop Inv ite last weekend allow
ing six earned runs in 22 2/3 innings (2.38).
NU's one loss came to now-second-ranked
Rice, who downed the Huskers 5-3. But that didn’t
stop the momentum from rolling on as Nebraska
pounded Jacksonv ille State 15-2 the following day.
“Last year, if we would have played good
against Rice, the team would have had the attitude,
‘Hey, we played good against a top-ranked team,’”
Van Horn said. “This year’s team, after the game
was over, they were very upset. It’s just a little
change of attitude around here. The expectations
Wisconsin-Mihvaukee (0-2) opened its season
Feb. 13-14 with consecutive losses to now-13th
ranked Oklahoma State. The Huskers swept a
three-game series against the Panthers last season,
but Van Horn said NU won’t take them lightly.
“We never take anybody lightly,” Van Horn
said, “but for sure not these guys. We have a lot of
respect for them. They have a good offensive team
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