The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 4, 1986 · Page 13
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Briefly The Salina Journal Saturday, January 4,1986 Page 13 KU faces No. 9 Memphis State MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Kansas Jayhawks, who have already played one of the toughest major college schedules in the country, face another rugged foe this afternoon when they meet the unbeaten Memphis State Tigers. The game is set to begin at 12 noon in sold-out Mid-South Coliseum (11,200). KMBC-TV (Salina channel 9) will broadcast the game live while KSNW-TV (channel 3) will show the game on a tape-delayed basis after the NFL playoff s. The Jayhawks, 12-1 and ranked fifth in the latest Associated Press poll, have faced the likes of Washington, Louisville, Duke, Kentucky and Arkansas this season, losing only to third-ranked Duke. Memphis State, however, may be the Jayhawks' toughest opponent to date. The ninth-ranked Tigers are 11-0 after returning three starters from last year's 314 team which reached the Final Four. Kansas won a nationally-televised game between the two teams last year in Lawrence as KU's Ron Kellogg poured in 34 points in the 7&-71 victory. KU leads the series, 2-1. The Jayhawks have won their last nine games and recently claimed the title in the first-annual BMA Holiday Classic. Kellogg continues to lead KU in scoring with a 16.7 points per game average. Danny Manning (15.5), Calvin Thompson (15.4) and Greg Dreiling (11.5) are also scoring in double figures. Memphis State is paced by 7-0 junior William Bedford's 17.2 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. Senior point-guard Andre Turner is averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 assists a game and Baskerville Holmes is scoring 12.5 points a game. K-State seeks 10th win tonight DENTON, Texas — Kansas State goes after its fourth straight victory and 10th of the season tonight when it tangles with the North Texas State Eagles in an 8:05 tipof f at the Super Pit. The Wildcats enter tonight's game with a 9-3 record after squeezing out a 56-55 victory Thursday at home against Marquette. It's the best start (after 12 games) by a Wildcat team since the 1981-62 season. K- State has won five its last six games. North Texas State is 4-6 and hasn't played since dropping an 89-75 decision to Mississippi on Dec. 28. The Eagles have dropped four of their last five games. Norris Coleman continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring with an average of 19.5 points per game. Joe Wright follows at 18.8. North Texas State is paced by 6-7 sophomore Tony Worrell's 12 points a game. No one else is averaging in double figures for the Eagles. Kansas State leads the series, 3-1, after winning a 72-50 decision in Manhattan last year. Wichita State opens MVCplay OMAHA, Neb. — Wichita State plays Game 1 of its 16-game Missouri Valley Conference slate tonight when the Shockers take on the CreightonBluejays. Game time at Omaha's Civic Auditorium is 7:35 p.m. The Shockers bring a 7-3 record into the game following a 78-50 victory over Abilene Christian on Thursday. Creighton, an 80-54 loser on Monday to Notre Dame, is 4-5 under first-year coach Tony Barone, a former Bradley assistant. "Obviously, we have to tighten the screws against Creighton and buckle down," said WSU head coach Gene Smithson. "Starting the conference season, there's a lot more at stake. It's a completely different season." Smithson's biggest concern is his team's poor field-goal shooting. On the season, the Shockers are hitting only 43 percent of their shots. "Offensively, I wish we were further along," Smithson said. "Defensively, we can hang with anybody. I'm certainly not pleased with everything I've seen." Creighton is in a rebuilding year. Barone replaced Willis Reed as head coach and has had to work from scratch, especially trying to replace center Benoit Benjamin, the third overall pick in last summer's NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Kenny Evans, a 6-4 senior forward, leads Creighton is scoring and rebounding with averages of 18.9 points and 11.1 rebounds. Junior guard Gary Swain averages 14.7 points a game and backcourt mate Reggie Morris 12 a game. MC women meet tough Falcons Marymount ends a two-week layoff tonight when the Spartan women entertain Friends University in a battle of NAIA District 10 powers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 at Smoot Gymnasium. The Spartans, 10-3, have been idle since posting a 7748 victory over Bethel College on Dec. 20. Marymount has won five straight outings and 10 of its last 11 games since opening the season with consecutive losses to Phillips (Okla.) and Kearney State. Friends already owns wins this season over St. Mary of the Plains and Emporia State — the 1-2 finishers in last year's District 10 tournament. "That tells you something about the caliber of basketball team they have," said Marymount coach Daryl Hoelting. Marymount has been led this season by junior center Andre Schmidt, who has team-best averages of 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. Schmidt became the Spartans' career scoring leader earlier this season. Junior guard Angela Hyde and junior forward Debbie Sanders also are scoring in double figures for the Spartans with averages of 11.5 and 10.6, respectively. Marymount may be a bit short-handed tonight as two starters — Sanders and senior point guard Lisa Walthall—have been hit hard by a flu bug. Hoelting listed freshmen Michelle Kobza and Tracy Anderson as probable starters in their place. Hoelting also announced Friday that another freshman — point- guard Mona Singley—has left the Marymount squad. "We lost her to homesickness," Hoelting said. DeBusschere fired as Knicks' GM NEW YORK (AP) — Dave DeBusschere, a key member of two New York championship teams during the 1970s who saw the Knicks sink into the doldrums in the 1980s, was fired Friday as general manager of the team and replaced by Scotty Stirling. Jack Krumpe, president of Madison Square Garden Corp., said he made the decision to replace DeBusschere three weeks ago and that his No. 1 choice for the job was Stirling, who quit his job as vice president in charge of operations for the National Basketball Association. The Knicks, who took the eventual-champion Boston Celtics to seven games in the Eastern Conference playoffs in 1984, fell to 24-58 and missed the playoffs last season, and are 11-22 in 1985-86. DeBusschere has been criticized for not making any trades this season, for signing Cartwright to a six-year, $5 million contract after he missed all of last season and just before he was reinsured in training camp this season, for his handling of negotiations leading to the signing of Patrick Ewing and for inaccessibility to the media. -25 Years In Salina- A. G. Edwards The Conservative Company For Conservative Investors A.G.Edwards & Sons, Inc. Investments Since 1887 101 United Building Salina, KS 67401 1-800-332-0347 or 825-4636 Cowboys, Rams square off again ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams play it again Saturday when they renew the National Football League's most oft-repeated postseason rivalry. The meeting at Anaheim Stadium will be the ninth playoff contest between the Cowboys and Rams dating back to the 1970 Playoff Bowl, the NFL's now-defunct championship consolation game. The contest is a sellout — with Ranis' owner Georgia Frontiere guaranteeing she'll buy up any unsold tickets — and will be televised nationally on CBS at 3 p.m. The postseason series is tied 44 heading into this year's playoff opener for both teams, and they appear well-matched this tune. The Cowboys, champions of the National Conference East, have a 106 record, and the Rams, champions of the NFC West, are 11-5. Both teams had similar 1985 campaigns, characterized by fine performances some weeks and dismal outings others. Each club features a solid defense and an outstanding running back — the Cowboys' Tony Dorsett and the Rams' Eric Dickerson. Dorsett gained 1,307 yards on 305 carries this season and caught 46 passes for 449 yards. Dickerson, who set the league single-season rushing mark in 1984 with 2,105 yards, gained 1,234 yards on 292 carries-this season. He was a contract holdout the first two games, then was slowed by several minor ailments during the season. Dickerson said the Rams need to play error-free football to beat the Cowboys. "The key is no turnovers and not making mistakes," he said. "Mistakes have been hurting us quite a bit — a lot of little things, missed assignments and so on. "If the game is close in the fourth quarter, we feel we'll win." Dallas coach Tom Landry said of Dorsett's role: "He needs a good game, something in the 70- to 80-yard range. If he gets over 100 yards it would really be a good day for us." Rams coach John Robinson said: "We must stop their big play, the screen to Dorsett or the long pass to Tony Hill." The Cowboys would seem to have the edge at quarterback, where they have playoff-seasoned Danny White. The Rams, who figure to stick with their conservative, run-oriented offense, have an NFL rookie in Dieter Brock, a 34-year-old veteran of the Canadian Football League. White, who missed the final regular-season game because of a bruised left shoulder, is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the game. He completed 267 of 450 throws for 3,157 yards this season, with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Brock connected on 218 of 365 passes for 2,658 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Brock, who seems anxious to throw the ball more, said of the game: "We've got to go in there with the idea of winning and not sitting back and hoping the other team loses. "Dallas has been together a while; they come up with the big plays. We just have to be ready to take advantage of some of the things they do on defense." If the game is close, the Rams' special teams could make the difference. The Rams have the NFL's top kickoff returner, Ron Brown, and the leading punt returner, Henry Ellard. Los Angeles also has an outstanding punter in Dale Hatcher, who averaged 43 yards per kick this season and was deadly in pinning the opposition deep in its territory. The game will be the Cowboys' first playoff visit to Southern California since the Rams shifted from the Los Angeles Coliseum to Anaheim Stadium. In previous playoffs, the Cowboys defeated the Rams in both games at the LA Coliseum, and the Rams won three of five at Texas Stadium. Los Angeles beat the Cowboys 24-17 in Texas in 1983, their most recent playoff meeting. Kosar, Marino in spotlight today MIAMI (AP) — For two years, football experts compared Bernie Kosar and Dan Marino, two talented, young quarterbacks playing in the same town. The comparisons began again this week as Kosar prepared to return to Miami with the Cleveland Browns. The AFC Central champion Browns, 8-8, play the AFC Eastern champion Dolphins, 124, in a National Football League playoff game at 12 p.m. CST (NBC-TV) Saturday in the Orange Bowl. In 1983, Kosar led the University of Miami to the national championship as a freshman and Marino took the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs as a rookie. They appeared together later that year on the cover of Sports Illustrated, with a story that suggested Marino might have been the second best quarterback in Miami. Such talk is sacrilege now. Marino rewrote the NFL passing records in 1984, and rebounded from a slow start this season to complete 336 of 567 passes for 4,137 yards and 30 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Kosar struggled through an up-and-down rookie season with the Browns. Playing about half of the year while alternating with oft-injured starter Gary Danielson, Kosar hit 124 of 248 passes for 1,578 yards and eight touchdowns. Just as Marino had done in 1983, however, Kosar took over the team late in his rookie season and led it to the division championship. His performances —only three 200-plus yard games and a high of 18 completions — haven't been spectacular, but Kosar got the team into the playoffs. "We didn't win the division despite Bernie," said Browns Coach Marty Schottenheimer. "We won it with him. He was an important part of our success." The Dolphins are just as worried about Kosar as they are about Cleveland's two standout running backs, Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner. Mack ran for 1,104 yards this year, and Byner got 1,002 to give the Browns only the third pair of 1,000- yard runners on the same team in NFL history. They have been consistent, however, while Kosar re- mains unpredictable. "We know he's going to be a great quarterback," said Dolphins defe- nisive end Doug Betters. "He's like a giant looming in the distance. You know he's ready to get hot. We just can't afford to let him get hot against us." Kosar played one of the best games in one of his biggest at the 1984 Orange Bowl, leading the Hurricanes to a national championship-clinching 31-30 victory over Nebraska two years ago. He isn't predicting a re- peat performance. "The Miami defense is very consistent," he said. "They don't give up the big play, and that's what makes them so good." Kosar said he isn't nervous heading into his first NFL playoff start. "I think anxious is a better word for it," he said. Marino and Kosar never had time to strike up a friendship while they were living in the same city. They talked only when they ended up at the same banquet or photo session.. Michigan, Alabama may meet in Classic TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama and Michigan might play in the Kickoff Classic to open the 1986 football season. The New Jersey Sports Authority, which sponsors the late-August game hi the Meadowlands, has not settled on teams, but sources close to Alabama and the NJSA were quoted by The Birmingham News Friday as saying an Alabama-Michigan matchup would be attractive be- cause both schools finished the 1985 season on positive notes. Alabama defeated Southern California, 24-3, in the Aloha Bowl to finish 9-2-1, while Michigan turned back Nebraska, 27-23, in the Fiesta Bowl for a 10-1-1 record. Alabama coach Ray Perkins, according to the source, favors playing if Alabama meets an opponent such as Michigan, UCLA or Oklahoma. Kickoff Classic teams could be selected as early as next weekend. Murray (Continued from Page 11) where. Practicing indoors is smart only if you're going to play indoors. And something other than football. But Hayden Fry didn't lose the game, a guy named Eric Ball won it. The history of the Rose Bowl is fecund with tales of second-stringers who came in and turned the game around and on its ear. Doyle Nave comes to mind with last-second heroics in the 1939 game, but nobody ever took over a Rose Bowl game any more thoroughly than Eric Ball did Wednesday. All he did was rush for 227 yards and four touchdowns. He put the ball in position for the fifth touchdown, which was inches away from the goal line on third down, when the coaches let the quarterback sneak it over, for reasons best known to themselves. Five TDs would have been a record. The extraordinary thing about Eric Ball is not what he does, it's where he's from. He was raised in Ypsilanti, Mich., and for those of you unfamiliar with the geography there, that's about a two-mile walk from the University of Michigan Stadium and a local call from Coach Bo Schem- bechler's office. Eric probably saw something in Big Ten football before the rest of us, because he didn't stop going till he got 2,000 miles from it. "He came in with his father to visit — it wasn't a tough recruit at all," UCLA coach Terry Donahue revealed. Eric was a candidate for a rubber room on the last day of the season when, with the ball on the USC goal line and the winning touchdown and Rose Bowl in full view, Eric tried to dive across the line. He made it. The ball didn't. The ball popped so high in the air it came down with snow on it. It came down in the arms of USC's Marcus Cotton and, if Arizona State hadn't lost that night, Eric Ball might have spent New Year's in hiding instead of in spotlights. Coach Fry seemed in a complete state of shock after the game. "We were completely annihilated," he whispered. "That (UCLA) is the finest group of athletes we have ever played against. We couldn't stop them. Nobody could stop them. Obviously, if they played all season like they played tonight they'd be the national champions. We held Michigan to nine first downs. UCLA made, what, 29 first downs? Michigan was supposed to be No. 3, but Michigan couldn't hold a light to this bunch." What of Eric Ball? he was asked. "Ball?! Hell, I couldn't tell him from the rest of them. What'd they have — a hundred? They all ran by us." Should he have let his team visit the sin palaces of Disneyland and the berry patches? "Do your realize what the score would have been if I let them go honky-tonking around?" demanded Fry, indignantly. Actually, he probably should have brought his players out hi August and let them have the run of Sunset Boulevard and the Playboy Mansion and wear a neckf ul of gold chains and shoes without socks and smoked glasses and eat quiche. Down Home America ain't what it's cracked up to be anymore. River City better wise up. RALPH WEIGEL Bonds • Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron THE JEAN STATION iiiifiii iiiiiiii Regular Priced Merchandise ENTIRE STOCK INCLUDED ALL SALES FINAL NOEXCHANGES «NO REFUNDS «NO LAY AW AYS MID STATE MALL, SALINA January 4th & 5th Saturday 10 am-3 pm — Sunday 1 -4 pm 2216Leland Way The fireplace insert for fireplace lovers: Furnish your fireplace with the elegant beauty of four_ glass bay windows reflecting the cheery warmth of a winter fire into every corner of your room. Achieve energy independence by converting wasted heat from your chimney into whole house comfort. Free standing models also available. CC300 by Country Comfort' THE FIRE PLACE 111 E. 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