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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | December 12, 1994
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell dismisses the notion of moral victories. But as his team finished a draining week under the bright lights of Big Eight Conference competition -- a three-tour stop that left the Eagles still winless after five games -- Mitchell put a positive spin on the trip.Mitchell said when he scheduled Oklahoma, St. John's, Kansas, Missouri and Kansas State to start the season, he figured the Eagles could go 2-3, maybe even 3-2."We also recognized there was a strong possibility that, since we were on the road, we could be 0-5 going home," Mitchell said.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1996
COLLEGE PARK -- Disguised in the artificial atmosphere of a nonconference game, the moment of truth arrives this afternoon at Cole Field House for Maryland's beleaguered basketball team.The Terps will greet it -- and the Missouri Tigers -- at something less than 100 percent.They will play without senior co-captain Duane Simpkins, who is serving a three-game NCAA suspension for an improper loan payment. He will be replaced at point guard for the second straight game by two freshmen.They will play with their biggest inside force -- freshman Obinna Ekezie -- nursing a pulled groin muscle that limits lateral movement.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | January 4, 1995
Reading Time: Two Minutes.It's interesting how the present-day Big Eight came into existence, now that we're hailing Nebraska as national champ. It was formerly known as the Missouri Valley Conference, but Nebraska athletic director Herb Gish wanted to schedule big teams and make some dough, so he devised a plan to jettison the likes of Drake, Grinnell, Washington of St. Louis and Oklahoma A&M.Gish didn't even invite Kansas to the first meeting, keeping secret...
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1996
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Big 12 has yet to start its operation, but Nebraska coach Tom Osborne already seems to be regretting the merger between the Big Eight and four former Southwest Conference schools in at least one regard.What has rankled Osborne is the Big 12's position on Prop 48 -- or, as of next year, Prop 16 -- players. The Big Eight allowed its members to take players who fell short of the NCAA's prescribed standards, but the SWC didn't.And therein lies the problem."What we're saying is that players who qualified last year [under Prop 48]
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | December 9, 1994
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Three nights after getting slammed by a national championship contender in the Kansas Jayhawks, Coppin State came to Missouri last night looking for its first victory on its weeklong trip through the Big Eight, and the Eagles felt pretty good about their chances.After all, the Eagles came within a last-second shot of upsetting Missouri last year, when Missouri rolled through the Big Eight unbeaten before losing in the West Regional final of the NCAA tournament. What's more, four starters were gone from that team, along with Big Eight Freshman of the Year Kelly Thames, lost for the season to a knee injury.
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By Newsday | February 6, 1992
NEW YORK -- How nice of No. 1 Duke and No. 9 North Carolina to get together last night at the Dean Dome and provide a warm-up act for the really big game of the week:No. 3 Kansas at No. 2 Oklahoma State Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.Yup, it's finally time to yield to the incessant breast-beating from the Plains States -- or is it Plain States? -- and admit the Big Eight has long since arrived, and made itself comfortable, among the elite of college hoops."We're the best league in the country," said Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs, who can point to the Big Eight's .882 (97-13)
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1995
Bryant Reeves might get the last laugh on Byron Houston.Three seasons ago, Houston was the star at Oklahoma State and Reeves was a rookie, albeit a very large man on campus. Houston, who now plays for the Seattle SuperSonics, took a look at a soft 7-footer with a flattop, learned he was from the metropolis of Gans and a legend was born: Big Country.Give him a normal half against Drexel tonight, and Reeves will pass Houston and become Oklahoma State's all-time leading scorer in the NCAA tournament.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1996
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Big 12 has yet to start its operation, but Nebraska coach Tom Osborne already seems to be regretting the merger between the Big Eight and four former Southwest Conference schools in at least one regard.What has rankled Osborne is the Big 12's position on Prop 48 -- or, as of next year, Prop 16 -- players. The Big Eight allowed its members to take players who fell short of the NCAA's prescribed standards, but the SWC didn't.And therein lies the problem."What we're saying is that players who qualified last year [under Prop 48]
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | March 15, 1994
What Fang Mitchell remembers most about Missouri is its desire."That was a team that absolutely didn't want to lose," the Coppin State coach said of Navy's first-round opponent in Thursday's NCAA West Regional. "They out-willed us, and this Coppin team had a pretty strong will."The Eagles visited Missouri Dec. 19 during their preseason tour of nonconference powers and almost pulled off a major upset before a 12-foot jumper by Lamont Frazier beat them at the buzzer, 64-63.For Navy to equal that effort against the West's top seed, Mitchell says the Midshipmen will have to be resilient inside and hope the Tigers do not enjoy a hot night of jump shooting.
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March 16, 1995
Seed: No. 4.Record: 23-9Conference: Big Eight (10-4, second)Last NCAA Appearance: 1994, lost in 2nd round to Tulsa, 82-80.NCAA history: 21-12Rank: No. 14Highest rank: No. 14Players to watchBryant ReevesPosition: CenterHeight: 7-0Weight: 292Strengths: Big Country has worked to expand his repertoire of inside moves. He's one of the nation's premier low-post players (a 61.7 percent shooter from the field for his career) and a fierce rebounder.Randy RutherfordPosition: GuardHeight: 6-3Weight: 188Strengths: The Big Eight's all-time three-point shooter, Rutherford has taken the bigger role the Cowboys needed of him this season.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | March 30, 1995
Randy Rutherford shrugged and smiled when asked how it felt to be discovered by a nation.For three prolific seasons, Rutherford has been known primarily by his heartland rivals in the Big Eight Conference. These days, Oklahoma State's senior sharp-shooting guard is relishing his coming-out party in the glare of network television.The celebration occurred at the Byrne Meadowlands Arena, where Rutherford hung 23 points and 11 rebounds on top-seeded Wake Forest in an East Regional semifinal victory.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1995
Bryant Reeves might get the last laugh on Byron Houston.Three seasons ago, Houston was the star at Oklahoma State and Reeves was a rookie, albeit a very large man on campus. Houston, who now plays for the Seattle SuperSonics, took a look at a soft 7-footer with a flattop, learned he was from the metropolis of Gans and a legend was born: Big Country.Give him a normal half against Drexel tonight, and Reeves will pass Houston and become Oklahoma State's all-time leading scorer in the NCAA tournament.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | January 4, 1995
Reading Time: Two Minutes.It's interesting how the present-day Big Eight came into existence, now that we're hailing Nebraska as national champ. It was formerly known as the Missouri Valley Conference, but Nebraska athletic director Herb Gish wanted to schedule big teams and make some dough, so he devised a plan to jettison the likes of Drake, Grinnell, Washington of St. Louis and Oklahoma A&M.Gish didn't even invite Kansas to the first meeting, keeping secret...
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | December 12, 1994
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell dismisses the notion of moral victories. But as his team finished a draining week under the bright lights of Big Eight Conference competition -- a three-tour stop that left the Eagles still winless after five games -- Mitchell put a positive spin on the trip.Mitchell said when he scheduled Oklahoma, St. John's, Kansas, Missouri and Kansas State to start the season, he figured the Eagles could go 2-3, maybe even 3-2."We also recognized there was a strong possibility that, since we were on the road, we could be 0-5 going home," Mitchell said.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | December 9, 1994
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Three nights after getting slammed by a national championship contender in the Kansas Jayhawks, Coppin State came to Missouri last night looking for its first victory on its weeklong trip through the Big Eight, and the Eagles felt pretty good about their chances.After all, the Eagles came within a last-second shot of upsetting Missouri last year, when Missouri rolled through the Big Eight unbeaten before losing in the West Regional final of the NCAA tournament. What's more, four starters were gone from that team, along with Big Eight Freshman of the Year Kelly Thames, lost for the season to a knee injury.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | November 16, 1994
Everything you need to know about the college basketball season that begins tonight:A is for the Arkansas Razorbacks, defending champs, everyone back, and they won't repeat. You watch. Something always happens to the lock teams.B is for Bubba Bill Clinton, your No. 1 Hog-callin' hoopologist. It isn't his year, if you hadn't noticed.C is for Coppin State. With Stephen Stewart, Sidney Goodman and Keith Carmichael back for a third season together, this could be the year for Baltimore's best team to make it to the NCAA tournament and beat someone.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | March 25, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- If the scriptwriters here had their way, Adrian Autry would be playing in the NCAA West Regional final tomorrow.Autry, the Syracuse point guard, had zero points, three fouls and five turnovers in the first half of the Orangemen's Sweet 16 encounter with top-seeded Missouri last night. He scored 26 points in the second half to bring Syracuse back from a 12-point deficit with eight minutes to play, but Missouri regrouped for a 98-88, overtime victory that brought Autry and the Orangemen back to reality.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- Even though Missouri rates the edge in experience and depth, the Tigers see themselves when they look at Arizona.The two meet today in the West Regional championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with the winner moving on to the Final Four in Charlotte, N.C. They're here because of defense and three-guard rotations that begin with their respective senior stars, the second-team All-American backcourt of Arizona's Khalid Reeves and Missouri's...
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- Even though Missouri rates the edge in experience and depth, the Tigers see themselves when they look at Arizona.The two meet today in the West Regional championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with the winner moving on to the Final Four in Charlotte, N.C. They're here because of defense and three-guard rotations that begin with their respective senior stars, the second-team All-American backcourt of Arizona's Khalid Reeves and Missouri's...
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