*Beat Texas. A rallying cry for most of 2010, the words became pathetic after a disastrous Texas football team beat what we thought was a very good Nebraska squad in Lincoln in October. If you knew where to look, the No Frills on Saddle Creek for instance, you could still find some of those “Beat Texas” T-shirts available for around $2.99, a three-dollar reminder of failure and farewell to the Big 12 Conference. How many Huskers fans would’ve thought they’d come in handy during basketball season? After beating No. 3 Texas 70-67 on Saturday — easily the biggest win of Doc Sadler’s career in Lincoln — Nebraska is suddenly a part of NCAA Tournament talk. As of Sunday, RealTimeRPI.com had the Huskers ranked 63rd in their most recent RPI rankings, so there’s still work to do. The Huskers have two chances to really impress. Jerry Palm, resident bracketologist at CBS Sports, had Kansas State in the tournament as of last week with an 18-9 record overall (6-6 in conference) while Nebraska started the week at 18-8 (6-6). Beat the Wildcats on Feb. 23 and tournament talk can really heat up. Then there’s the last home game of the season against No. 21 Missouri. Win both home games, and the Huskers are 16-1 at home this year. Another victory against either Iowa State or Colorado and we might have to be tracking the NCAA Tournament in addition to spring football during March for the first time since 1998. *If you’re planning on going to Creighton’s home finale against Northern Iowa on Feb. 26 be forewarned that there is a dress code. The athletic department is hoping to color the Qwest in a checkerboard pattern of alternating white and blue sections. It’s a risky move. Nothing ruins a crisp white oxford like a blue ink stain or a once in a lifetime travel photo like a Styrofoam cup floating in the Mediterranean. Don’t want to be the guy who screws up? Visit gocreighton.com for a seating map. *There may be no single better sport to write about than boxing. Try working words like “fistic” or “pugilists” into every day conversation. It isn’t easy but Omaha will get the opportunity next month. The Golden Gloves District Championship hits the Tip Top Ballroom on Mar. 5. Call 895.8959 for more information.


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