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Feb. 23, 1998

Opening Comments.
I thought we really played well the second half of the A&M game. The first half, gave up too many points, had too many turnovers, too many offensive rebounds. A&M really shot the ball well. They got to the free throw line 23 times. We've got to play better defense without fouling. I thought the second half our defense was better. We only gave up 34 points. Stan Bonewitz had a great game, 26 points. Cory had a better second half for us. We hit some big shots. Had some opportunities to make it a little easier on ourselves. Didn't convert a couple of free throws on the technical foul. Then we had a four-point lead once, gave up a three. Had a five-point lead, gave up an offensive rebound.

I was happy to get back on the winning track for our players, gain some momentum going in to Nebraska, which will be difficult. They're outstanding defensively. Had a big win at Colorado. They've won 17 games. They've won all their conference games at home, I believe, except two. The thing that stands out - not only (Tyronn) Lue their outstanding guard - is how good they are defensively. They are very athletic. They are quick and it will be a great challenge for us on Wednesday night.

What kind of things do you have to do to win this game? The big thing is, we are going to have to handle their defensive pressure. That means we are going to have to be patient offensively. So, we are going to have to be patient on the offensive end and execute. Their shooting statistics have not been that good, so if we can play good defense on the first position, we are going to have to continue to work on eliminating second opportunities off the glass. I think that's the biggest two keys in the ball game for us is to be able to be patient on the offensive end and then rebound on the defensive end.

How important are these last two regular-season games? We would like to win both of those ball games and then go up there (Kansas City) and just do the best that you possibly can. Certainly, you always want to end up your home season on a win for your fans and your seniors. We want to get as many wins as we can and hopefully get into the tournament in Kansas City and play well and win as many games as we can there. I know that are hopes for postseason were damaged in those previous games before Saturday, but I don't think they were completely eliminated. Our schedule is ranked fairly high. I think we played a competitive schedule. We've been, with the exception of the Kansas game, in most of the ballgames. We've had some close losses, especially the three critical losses. So, we hope that will help us. The thing we've got to do is win, win, win.

Will Nebraska do anything different since Stan Bonewitz shot so well at Texas A&M?
I don't think so. People have extended their defense. When they extend it, he needs to step a little further and further and shoot it. He shot one at Oklahoma and he was standing on the

 

 

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