New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Big 12 has five teams in latest AP hoops poll
By Steve BRISENDINE
Associated Press Writer
Every year during the preseason, college basketball coaches like to talk about how tough their respective conferences are.
This year, the Big 12 coaches just might be right. Headed into February, the conference has five teams in The Associated Press Top 25.
The latest rankings, released Monday, have those five teams in a tight grouping: Oklahoma State at No. 13, Kansas at No. 15, Texas at No. 16, Oklahoma at No. 18 and Iowa State jumping into the poll at No. 20 after beating Kansas 74-66 on Saturday.
Some coaches thought Missouri, eighth on the “others receiving votes” list, should also have been ranked.
“I think we ought to have six teams in the poll,” Baylor’s Dave Bliss said Monday, during the coach
es’ weekly conference call. “I think most of the coaches will feel that way.
“This is just a banner year for our league,” said Bliss, whose team picked up its first Big 12 victory last week against Texas Tech. “Right now it’s too tough for us sometimes, but it speaks volumes about the power in this league.”
It’s also a welcome change from last year, when the Big 12 struggled for respect in the polls.
“We talked about not being a great league a year ago, but we’ve grown up,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “There’s no league in the country that can expect more teams in the (NCAA) tournament than the Big 12.”
Barnes even gives Colorado, the team his Longhorns beat 75-65 on Saturday, a shot at making the tournament.
“I was really impressed with Colorado the other night,” he said. “They’ve just had an unbelievably brutal schedule.”
Mavs still waiting on Rodman
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks would probably have a better chance of getting an answer out of Dennis Rodman if they were inviting him to a party Tuesday night rather than asking him to play in a game.
As of Monday afternoon, the Mavericks were still waiting to hear whether Rodman was ready to return to the NBA or if he planned to continue celebrating being Dennis Rodman.
Neither Rodman’s agent, Steve Chasman, nor his publicist immediately returned phone calls to The Associated Press.
The king of self-promotion put his hometown team on hold this past week so he could join his friends, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, at Super Bowl parties in Atlanta.
Super Bowl scores with 43.2 rating
NEW YORK (AP) — Small markets don’t hurt Super Bowl ratings — especially when the game goes down to the final play.
St. Louis’ stirring 23-16 victory over Tennessee on Sunday night drew a 43.2 rating and a 62 share on ABC, up 7 percent from last year. That makes it the 19th-high-est rated among the 34 Super Bowls.
Last year’s game, Denver’s 34-19 win over Atlanta, received a 40.2 rating and 61 share, the lowest rating since the 1990 game registered a 39.0 rating.
ABC estimated 130,745,000 people watched the game, making it the fifth most-watched telecast in U.S. history, trailing four other Super Bowls. Last year’s game, broadcast by Fox, was watched by 127.5 million.
OSU’s Crow Big 12 player of week
DALLAS (AP) — Oklahoma State senior guard Jennifer Crow was named Monday as the Big 12 Conference women’s basketball player of the week by a media panel.
Crow averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists with one block and four steals in Oklahoma State’s two games last week. She scored a career-high 34 points in a 75-72 win over Colorado, including 11 during a 21 -0 run that put the Cowgirls ahead. She also had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Crow is just five rebounds from becoming the third player in school history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists and 150 steals in a career. She will be the first player to post 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists and 150 steals.Monday Scores Top 25 Poll
COLLEGE BASKETBALL No. 4 Syracuse 63 St. John’s 57
SYRACUSE, N Y. (AP)
The streak lives.
Jason Hart hit a clutch 3-pointer to forge a late tie, then set up Damone Brown for a three-point play as No. 4 Syracuse rallied past St. John’s 63-57 Monday night to remain unbeaten.
Hart, plagued by foul trouble, came off the bench with 8:30 left to spark the Orangemen to their 18th straight victory and keep them the only undefeated team in Division I It seemed like St. John’s would end the winning streak when Anthony Glover converted a three-point play to put the Red Storm up 54-49 with 5:23 left. They double-teamed Syracuse center Etan I homas all night.
But Syracuse, which went nearly eight minutes in the second half without a basket, came back behind I lart. who had four fouls, as St. John’s fizzled down the stretch for a third time in four games.
Albany, N Y. 77, Yale 69, OT Cent. Connecticut St. 76, Monmouth, N.J. 58 Fairleigh Dickinson 60,
Quinnipiac 49 Hartford 75, Harvard 48 Long Island U. 78, Sacred Heart 74, OT Navy 80, William & Mary 72 Penn 68, St. Joseph’s 65 Siena 90, Niagara 69
St. Francis, NY 93, Wagner 90 St. Francis, Pa. 84, Mount St. Mary’s, Md. 66 Syracuse 63, St. John’s 57 UMBC 58, Robert Morris 54 SOUTH Appalachian St. 77, Davidson 72
Chattanooga 70, Coll. of Charleston 68 Coppin St. 76, N. Carolina A&T64 East Carolina 62, American U. 59
Georgia Southern 69, VMI 67 Georgia St. 68, Mercer 53 Jacksonville 75, Florida Atlantic 60 Md.-Eastern Shore 94, Howard
South Alabama 66, Flu. International 62 Southern Miss. 61, Centenary 46
Southern U. 79, Jackson St. 72 Stetson 75, Cent. Florida 61 Troy St. 69, Campbell 64 UNC-Greensboro 79, Furman 69
Wofford 81, The Citadel 68 MIDWEST No major team scores reported from the MIDWEST.
Women’s Basketball EAST
Loyola, Md. 75, Rider 62 Yale 58, Navy 50
SOUTH Chattanooga 92, Appalachian St. 72
Clemson 72, Georgia Tech 43 Coppin St. 63, N. Carolina
A&T 56 Furman 78, Coll. of Charleston 53
George Mason 83, Richmond 72
Georgia Southern 97. Wofford 57
Grambling St. 83, Alcorn St. ll
Hampton 84, Florida A&M 85 Jackson St. 29, Southern U. 27 Louisiana Tech 90, Denver 45 Morgan St. 84, S. Carolina St. 59
N.C. State 86, Wake Forest 56 Norfolk St. 67, Bethune-Cookman 63
MIDWEST E. Michigan 81, Ball St. 68 Ohio 94, Marshall 69
NBA Heat 104 Pistons 82
MIAMI (AP) —With their 11-week stay in first place at stake, the Miami Heat responded by routing the slumping Detroit Pistons 104-82 Monday night.
Jamal Mashburn had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Heat, whose starters enjoyed a short night. Miami shot 56 percent.
The Heat took a half-game lead over the New York Knicks.
Detroit’s Grant Hill sat out with a bruised hip that has forced him to miss three games. His status remains day-to-day.
Miami’s Alonzo Mourning scored 20 points, leaching the milestone for the 10th consecu
tive game to break the team record he shared with Glen Rice.
Jerry Stackhouse had 17 points for Detroit but only seven after the first quarter. He sliced through the Miami defense for four dunks to help give Detroit a 20-16 lead before the Heat went ahead to stay early in the second period.
NHL Mighty Ducks 4 Bruins 2
BOSTON (AP) — Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya each scored two goals — the fifth straight game they’ve both scored as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night.
Selanne and Kariya, who also had two assists each, are the first teammates to score in five consecutive games since Erie Lindros and Josef Beranek of Philadelphia in October 1993.
On Saturday night, Kariya had two goals and an assist and Selanne added a goal as the Mighty Ducks beat Pittsburgh 7-1 to snap a three-game winless streak.
Joe Thornton and Anson Carter scored for Boston.
Anaheim broke a 1-1 tie on Selanne’s power-play goal 9:34 into the opening period. Kariya fired a perfectly placed cross-ice pass from the right w ing to Selanne, who one-timed a shot past Byron Dafoe from the bottom of the left circle.
The Top Twenty Five teams in the USA Today/ESPN college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:
1. Cincinnati (29)
2. Stanford (1)
4. Syracuse (1)
6. Michigan State 15-5
8. Ohio State
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For two years the Portland Trail Blazers have known the secret to beating the San Antonio Spurs is to stop Tim Duncan and David Robinson.
Now the Blazers are finally putting the strategy into action.
“We know where their bread and butter is. It’s those two guys in the post,” Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said after Portland shut down the Spurs’ big men in an 81-67 victory Saturday. “They’re virtually impossible one-on-one to guard. We battled them and kept them from getting great low-post position.”
Duncan, who scored a season-low nine points in Portland’s 105-95 victory in San Antonio on Jan. 19, got into early foul trouble and finished with 12 points.
“They got me out of my rhythm,” Duncan said. “They did a great job double-teaming me.
22. N.C. State
24. Iowa State
Also receiving votes: UCLA 47, Dayton 45, Southern California 38, St. John’s 34, Gonzaga 21, DePaul 16, Oregon 14, Purdue 13, Seton Hall 12, Illinois 9, Kent 6, North Carolina 5, St. Bonaventure 5, Southeast Missouri St 5, Virginia 4, Bowling Green 3, Indiana State 3, Pepperdine 3, Louisville 2, Notre Dame 2, Tulane 2, Appalachian State 1, Long Beach State 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Saint Louis 1.
They do a great job of being all over the place. You rarely get an open look at the basket.”
Steve Smith scored 15 points, Scottie Pippen had 14 and Rasheed Wallace had 11 in a typically balanced scoring attack for the Blazers, who have won five straight and nine of 11.
Portland is 2-0 against the Spurs this season and appears on the way to figuring out the world champions, who swept the Blazers in the Western Conference finals last season.
Avery Johnson had 15 points and Robinson had 12 points and IO rebounds to lead the Spurs, who shot just 36 percent and were 0-for-9 from 3-point range.
“All of our big guys were key to holding down Duncan and Robinson,” Wallace said. “That was a complete defensive effort to shut them down, and their outside guys were off.”
Jackson: Lakers’ Sunday performance embarrassing
HOUSTON (AP) — Regardless of the outcome, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson Wasn’t going to be happy.
Cuttino Mobley hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left and Kelvin Cato led a late charge in the fourth quarter — including a block on a shot by Shaquille O’Neal — as the Houston Rockets beat the Lakers 89-83 Sunday.
“That was an embarrassing performance by
our basketball team,” Jackson said. “I was surprised that we didn’t perform better than that on national TV I was very disappointed.
“As bad as we played, even if we would have won, it would have been embarrassing.” O’Neal led the Lakers with 27 points and 19 rebounds, but he couldn’t pull his team through in the closing minutes.
“We didn’t shoot the ball or defend very
well,” O’Neal said. “At the end, we missed a lot of shots. We would get the ball inside and I’d missed a couple of chippies or we’d go outside and just miss the shots.”
With the score tied 79-79 with 3:32 to play, C ato blocked a shot by O’Neal.
“Cato timed that shot pretty well,” O’Neal
said. “He’s did it there
known for blocking shots and he
Trail Blazers put stop on Duncan, Robinson
Big Buck banquet
Left: “The Texas Angler” Keith Warren addresses a crowd of about 250 Saturday night at the Comal County Fairgrounds where awards were presented for the 1999-2000 Comal County Big Buck Contest. Right: Clinton Moeller (right) won the Kid’s Hill Country Division. David Graham of Comal Taxidermy, left, presents the award. Sponsors for the contest were the Herald-Zeitung, Granzin’s Meat Market, Doc’s Guns, Schwab’s Sausage Haus, Comal Taxidermy and The Hunting Camp.
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung