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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jeers don’t concern Cookie

Kansas' Mario Little (23) and Nebraska guard Cookie Miller are restrained during a scuffle in the second half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. Both benches cleared to restrain the players.

Kansas' Mario Little (23) and Nebraska guard Cookie Miller are restrained during a scuffle in the second half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. Both benches cleared to restrain the players.

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The Jayhawks will take on Nebraska for the second time this season on Saturday. KU defeated the Cornhuskers 68-62 on January 28.

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Cookie Miller expects to hear some boos and jeers in Allen Fieldhouse today.

“I know it's going to be something. I’m just looking forward to it. It doesn't matter what it is,” Nebraska’s 5-foot-7 sophomore point guard said of the reception he’ll receive from Kansas University fans during today’s 3 p.m. battle between the Jayhawks (21-5 overall, 10-1 Big 12) and Cornhuskers (16-8, 6-5).

“When I go wherever on the road, I always hear, ‘The Cookie’s gonna crumble,’ or something funny toward me. I look forward to that,” he added in a Friday interview with the Lincoln Journal-Star.

Miller and KU’s Mario Little dove on the floor for possession of the basketball during what became a heated moment in KU’s 68-62 victory over NU on Jan. 28 at Devaney Center in Lincoln.

Little had possession of the ball when Miller dove on top of him, reached around and tried to rip the ball free. Little wouldn’t let go of the ball, so Miller kept tugging and tugging and finally wrestled it loose.

The refs went to the monitor and deemed no foul was committed. They also decided there was no reason to tag Miller with a technical foul.

“I was just trying to get the team hyped,” Miller said Friday. “We weren’t really getting anything done. I was just trying to get some emotion out of the team, get the team fired up.”

Miller’s animated behavior on the play did not go unnoticed by ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb, who at the time said Miller “was acting like a punk.”

Gottlieb was taken to task in the media by NU coach Doc Sadler, who said the announcer should apologize to Miller.

Gottlieb has issued no such apology.

“If you look at the replay,” Gottlieb said in an Omaha radio interview, “there are 10 guys on the floor, and nine of them just standing up, dusting themselves off, getting ready for the next play, and Cookie Miller’s trying to rip the basketball out of Mario Little’s hands. ... He wasn’t throwing any punches, and he didn’t deserve to be thrown out of the game, but he was acting like a little punk.”

The rematch is today, and Little exclaimed “no,” when asked if there were any hard feelings toward Miller, who averages 7.3 points and 3.7 assists a game and outscored Little eight to four in the initial meeting.

“I don’t know him as a person. I haven’t thought about that at all,” Little said. “I don’t know him. He doesn’t know me. No hard feelings.”

Little, in fact, said he has spent no time thinking about the play in ensuing games.

KU is 5-1 since that first meeting, NU 4-1.

“I don’t stay mad at anybody,” Little said, acknowledging Miller likely will be booed.

“Yes, probably their whole team. He might get more boos than the rest of the team,” Little added.

The first meeting, coincidentally, is the game in which center Cole Aldrich took an accidental shot to the nose from NU’s Ryan Anderson and was later diagnosed with a broken schnoz.

“I didn’t even know his nose was broken until he came back into the game with stuff in his nose. I went back and watched the film and was like, Oh, that was me,’’’ Anderson told the Journal-Star.

“I didn’t mean to do it, man. If he’s listening, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Freak accident,” Anderson added.

KU coach Bill Self said Aldrich busting his nose is simply something that can happen in the course of an intense league battle. He doesn’t expect KU’s fans to boo the Huskers because of that.

“That didn’t have anything to do with anything,” Self said of Aldrich getting hit in the face. “He got hit ... wrong place wrong time.. There was no dirty play at all with that.

“I hope the crowd is excited because they get a chance to see their team play, not because they are juiced for any other reason,” Self added.

Aldrich — who was doubled team by NU’s undersized players — scored just eight points with eight rebounds in Lincoln.

“It’s tough going against a team like that, small, scrappy, run and gun, get out and pressure you all over the place,” Aldrich said. “It’s definitely a little difficult for myself to do well against those teams. Hopefully we’ll be up to the challenge. We know they’ve got a good team this year.”

Aldrich, who has been wearing a mask the past six games to protect his broken nose and a boot the last week to protect a lower left leg injury, left the fieldhouse early Friday evening with his left front tooth missing.

“Smile for the guys, Cole,” KU coach Self said, grinning at Aldrich, who was headed to the dentist for some repair work.

The tooth that was knocked out Friday was a temporary tooth. He had his front tooth initially knocked out in the first of two meetings with Kansas State. Little had a lower front tooth knocked out in the rematch with the Wildcats.

“I don’t think it got hit or anything. He bit into an apple or something,” Self joked of Aldrich’s losing the temporary tooth before practice Friday.

Comments

jayhawker_97 11 years ago

KU fans will stay classy, regardless of what Cookie has done... NOT! let's hear it, fans.. how about jeering: 'suspension'?

regardless, KU will win easily on this one.

KGphoto 11 years ago

Good Lord! It's gonna be a bloodbath!

Has anybody called Leon Spinks about a possible cameo today?

Nick Krug. Amazing photo above. Although it looks as if you photoshopped it, because there is no way Cookie Crisp is that small. He reminds me of the moles that pop out of that arcade game. Somebody give Mario a mallet!

The great thing about great photos, is that you can examine them and see things you might not ordinarily see. This one unearths a smoldering toughness that is being harnessed by a keen coaching staff, who themselves cannot wait to break the leash in March.

F it! Break the leash today, and send a message to Oklahoma!

ujawoad 11 years ago

How about this...do nothing. This guy obviously thinks he is more important than he is! Seriously Cookie, you play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers...who cares and get a clue.

KGphoto 11 years ago

njjayhawk: Where do you meet these girls and women? I mean, it seems that the name Cookie would surely pigeon-hole you into a specific profession, no?

Dan Pawlowski 11 years ago

njjayhawk, It sounds like KGPhoto wants you to hook him up...

KGphoto 11 years ago

BoulderHawk: Where you watching the game today? Choppers is a great KU bar in Cherry Creek. Or are you going to Harpos in Boulder?

And yes, I'm hoping for a Cookie hook-up. NJJay? Anything?

Martin Rosenblum 11 years ago

"....I was just trying to get the team hyped..." Cookie said. Did he really mean "hyped"? Or is he just one of those ignorant people who uses the wrong word in the wrong context?

If the AFH staff insists on playing more pre-recorded music, etc. today, which most people violently object to, the only thing I would find appropriate would be : Let's get ready to RUUUUMMMMBLLLLLE!!!

Also, somebody MUST be in the student section portraying that infamous "Cornholio" character. But, this should be a tribute to Cookie -"Ass-holio"! Sort of a CORNhusker based reference but personalized and aimed at Cookie.

lance1jhawk 11 years ago

memhawk... I belive its "cornholio"

Lindsey Buscher 11 years ago

"so Miller kept tugging and tugging and finally wrestled it loose."

No he didn't. It should read:

"so Miller kept tugging and tugging and finally had no effect on the ball whatsoever as Little maintained possession."

Marcia Parsons 11 years ago

I expect he's hoping for boos that will make him feel important--and tall.

Dan Pawlowski 11 years ago

KGPhoto, I am on the road for work so I won't be checking out at either place. I love Choppers and I did not know Harpos was a Jayhawk hangout. I wouldn't mind checking that out when I am back in town.

actorman 11 years ago

"Doug Gottlieb is a jackass. Cookie Miller is a jackass."

What's wrong with Gottlieb??? What he said was perfectly legitimate, given the situation. And regardless of what you thought of his comment at the time, you have to give the man credit for not caving in and apologizing. So many times we see people do the "politically correct" thing of apologizing when they've expressed a strong opinion because they're afraid of the ramifications, but Gottlieb stood behind what he said. He deserves some credit for that.

LVDeserthawk 11 years ago

What's up with Nebaska seemingly always having a guy named "Cookie" on the roster?

KGphoto 11 years ago

BoulderHawk: Harpos is not really a KU hangout. But they always have the games and many Hawks do show up. It's the best place in Boulder that I know of. It's not like Choppers though. Choppers rules.

nj: I don't think Cookie would mind a good team hook-up. He's a prag just like Clemente. I wonder if Gottlieb can get away with calling him that?

Jaminrawk 11 years ago

Obviously with a name like "Cookie" you have to have thick skin. Lucky for him he has thick skin to go along with his thick skull.

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