Tri-Cities

McCook

North Platte

Tri-Cities

Country 96 AM 1430 KRGI 97-3 The Wolf

McCook

Coyote Country 93.9 The Zone True Country 102.1

North Platte

Rock 100 Country 93.5 TBD
Southwest Conference Basketball Tournament 

Boys Scores 1/27 
Ogallala 73, Broken Bow 39 
Ainsworth 55, Gothenburg 53 
Minden 56, Cozad 38 
McCook 75, Valentine 50 

Girls Scores 1/27 
Broken Bow 62, Cozad 22 
Ainsworth 39, Valentine 33 
Gothenburg 44, McCook 28 
Ogallala 78, Minden 45 

SWC - BRACKET




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MNAC Tournament-Boys

Anselmo-Merna 69, Sandhills Valley 40

Hyannis 54, Brady 52

Mullen 56, Cody-Kilgore 31

South Loup 59, Sandhills/Thedford 45

MNAC - BRACKET





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CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — An accident investigator looking into the helicopter crash that killed former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and eight others says the pilot told air traffic controllers in his last radio message that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer. National Transportation Safety Board Jennifer Homendy says the pilot had asked for and received special clearance to fly in heavy fog just minutes before the crash and was flying at 1400 feet when he went south and then west. The fog was considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA has decided it’s too soon for the Los Angeles Lakers to resume their schedule in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The league has postponed tonight’s game against the Clippers and will reschedule it. The decision came one day after Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others perished in the crash about 30 miles outside Los Angeles.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have added another power bat to their lineup by working out a four-year, $64 package with outfielder Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs). He batted .289 last season with the Tigers and Cubs, who got him in a midseason trade. Castellanos hit 27 homers overall, drove in 73 runs and had a major league-leading 58 doubles while playing mostly in right field for Detroit and Chicago.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') has been acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Pittsburgh Pirates for two prospects. The two-time Gold Glove recipient and 2016 All-Star batted .295 and set career highs with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs for the Bucs in 2019. The Pirates receive Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone for Marte, who has two years left on his current contract.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has overcome seven match points in the Australian Open quarterfinals to turn things around and edge Tennys Sandgren of the United States in five sets. The 100th-ranked Sandgren had three chances at the biggest victory of his career at 5-4 in the fourth set and another four in the ensuing tiebreaker. But he was unable to convert any of those. The 38-year-old Federer somehow pulled out that tiebreaker to extend the match and then was better in the fifth.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Allen 58, Walthill 49

Oelrichs, S.D. 57, Sioux County 48

Randolph 69, Wausa 36

Wakefield 57, Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 46

Wayne 66, Guardian Angels 36

Centennial Conference=

Boys Town 44, Columbus Scotus 41

Hastings St. Cecilia 43, Aquinas 30

Omaha Concordia 58, Archbishop Bergan 49

Central Conference=

Holdrege 50, Schuyler 47

York 68, Columbus Lakeview 51

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Cross County 45, East Butler 40

Shelby/Rising City 78, Nebraska Lutheran 48

MNAC Tournament=

Anselmo-Merna 69, Sandhills Valley 40

Hyannis 54, Brady 52

Mullen 56, Cody-Kilgore 31

South Loup 59, Sandhills/Thedford 45

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Cornerstone Christian 61, Heartland Christian, Iowa 53

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 70, Cedar Bluffs 23

Omaha Christian Academy 64, College View Academy 57

Parkview Christian 75, Whiting, Iowa 28

Nemaha Central Tournament=

Third place=

Falls City 61, Atchison, Kan. 44

Southwest Conference Tournament=

Ainsworth 55, Gothenburg 53

McCook 75, Valentine 50

Ogallala 73, Broken Bow 39

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 39, Valentine 33

Ogallala 78, Minden 45

Omaha Mercy 52, Ralston 42

Pender 45, Madison 21

Randolph 45, Wausa 28

Wakefield-Allen 65, Homer 62

Wynot 56, Viborg-Hurley, S.D. 43

Centennial Conference=

Lincoln Lutheran 53, Bishop Neumann 25

Central Conference=

Columbus Lakeview 59, Schuyler 5

Holdrege 38, Lexington 29

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Exeter/Milligan 63, Hampton 40

Shelby/Rising City 45, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44

Nebraska Capitol Conference Tournament=

Arlington 49, Douglas County West 44

Platteview 51, Ashland-Greenwood 35

Syracuse 48, Fort Calhoun 29

Wahoo 55, Raymond Central 21

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 48, Cornerstone Christian 21

Republican Plains Activity Conference=

East Division=

Cambridge 53, Bertrand 44

Medicine Valley 53, Arapahoe 36

Southern Valley 44, Alma 36

West Division=

Dundy County-Stratton 38, Maxwell 33

Maywood-Hayes Center 52, Hitchcock County 46

Wauneta-Palisade 49, Paxton 32

Southwest Conference Tournament=

Broken Bow 62, Cozad 22

Gothenburg 44, McCook 28





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GAME 21: NEBRASKA vs. MICHIGAN
Date:     Tuesday, Jan. 28
Time:     6:01 p.m. (CT)
Location:     Lincoln, Neb.
Arena:     Pinnacle Bank Arena
Tickets:     Huskers.com/Tickets

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2019-20 Record: 7-13 (2-7 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 7-13 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 122-69 (6th year)

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
2019-20 Record: 11-8 (2-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Juwan Howard
    Record at Michigan: 11-8 (1st year)
    Career Record: same

BROADCAST INFO
Television: BTN
    Play-by-play: Dave Feldman
    Analyst:  Dan Dakich
    Reporter: Molly McGrath 
Online Broadcast: ESPN.com and ESPN app
Radio: Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
    Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
    Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App. 
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch.  976        XM: Ch. 386

 

Huskers Return Home to Face Michigan Tuesday Night

After playing four of its last five games on the road, the Nebraska men's basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena Tuesday evening, as the Huskers welcome the Michigan Wolverines to town. Tipoff is at 6:01 p.m. and any returned tickets will go on sale at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Tuesday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Dave Feldman, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath on the call. The game with the Wolverines will also be available on the ESPN app and on ESPN.com with authentication.

 

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Both Michigan and Nebraska are looking to bounce back after losing games against ranked teams in the final seconds on Saturday.  

Nebraska (7-13, 2-7 Big Ten) comes off a 75-72 loss at No. 24 Rutgers, as Geo Baker hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining. Behind the play of Cam Mack, the Huskers had rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to take a six-point lead before Rutgers ended the game with a 9-0 run. Mack scored all 19 of his points in the second half, including a career-high four 3-pointers, while Thorir Thorbjarnarson had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and eight boards in a losing effort. 

Mack leads the Huskers in both scoring (13.3 ppg) and assists (6.7 apg), while his 32 3-pointers are second on the squad. Mack has five double-doubles this season, including the first triple-double in school history. 

Michigan (11-8, 2-6 Big Ten) fell 64-62 to Illinois in Ann Arbor on Ayo Dosunmu's game winner with 0.5 seconds remaining. The Wolverines were held to 39 percent shooting and were led by Zavier Simpson's 17-point effort. Simpson is one of the best guards in the Big Ten, as he averages 12.8 points and a conference best 8.3 assists per game. Michigan, which averages 76.6 ppg, feature five players who average double figures.  Senior Jon Teske paces the UM attack at 13.9 points per game while chipping in 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
With 133 assists this season, Cam Mack enters Tuesday's game with Michigan needing just three assists to crack Nebraska's single-season top-10 list (Tyronn Lue, 136, 1996-97). Mack's 6.7 assists per game ranks 13th nationally as of Jan. 26.

3.00 - Cam Mack ranks fifth nationally among all power conference players with a 3.00-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference play. As of Jan. 26, only six power conference players have a 3.00-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in league contests.

No.

Name

School

Conf Asst-to-TO

1.

Jordan Goldwire

Duke

4.50

2.

Tyger Campbell

UCLA

4.29

3.

Quincy McKnight

Seton Hall

3.56

4.

Wabissa Bede

Virginia Tech

3.12

5.

Cam Mack

Nebraska

3.00

Connor McCaffery

Iowa

3.00

Min. 3.0 asst/gm

7.4 - Kevin Cross has been one of the Big Ten's top scoring reserves this season. He ranks fifth among players who have exclusively come off the bench in 2019-20, and is the only freshman in the group. Cross ranks sixth among Big Ten true freshmen in scoring this season.

No.

Name

School

PPG

1.

Izaiah Brockington

Penn State

9.6

2.

Jacob Young

Rutgers

8.7

3.

Alan Griffin

Illinois

8.4

4.

David DeJulius

Michigan

7.7

5.

Kevin Cross

Nebraska

7.4

Min 12 games; 0 starts

16 - Double figure scoring runs that Nebraska has had in 2019-20 following an 11-0 run at Rutgers.
 
SCOUTING MICHIGAN
Michigan comes into Tuesday's contest with an 11-8 record (2-6 Big Ten) following a 64-62 setback to Illinois on Saturday. In that game, Ayo Dosunmu's jumper with 0.5 seconds left was the difference, as he led all scorers with 27 points. Zavier Simpson led three Wolverines in double figures with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Michigan is led by first-year head coach Juwan Howard, who took over the Michigan program following John Beilein's departure for the Cleveland Cavaliers in May of 2019. Howard, who starred at Michigan during the Fab 5 era, spent 19 seasons in the NBA playing for eight franchises and won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2012-13. He worked in the Miami Heat organization for six seasons, the final five as an assistant coach before returning to his alma mater.

The Wolverines raced out to a 7-0 start, including wins over Creighton, Iowa State, North Carolina and current No. 2 Gonzaga to move from unranked to No. 4 in the country in early December. Michigan entered 2020 with a 10-3 mark, but have gone just 2-5 since then. Michigan has been without the services of Isaiah Livers for six games until he returned to action on Saturday. Livers is second on the team in scoring at 13.1 ppg and is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range.

Despite the injury, the Wolverines have one of the most talented rosters in the Big Ten with four other players averaging double figures. Senior center Jon Teske leads the Wolverines in scoring (13.9 ppg), rebounding (7.6 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg) while shooting 53 percent from the floor. Senior point guard Zavier Simpson is averaging (12.8) ppg and leads the Big Ten in assists with 8.3 apg, but has been suspended for Tuesday's game. Eli Brooks (10.8 ppg) and freshman Franz Wagner (10.1 ppg) are also averaging double figures.

Series History: Tuesday's meeting is the 20th between the Huskers and Wolverines and the first of two meetings in 2019-20 (also March 5 in Ann Arbor). Michigan leads the all-time series, 16-3, in a series that dates back to 1949, although the Wolverines' win over the Huskers in the 1992 Rainbow Classic was later vacated. Michigan has won 10 of the 11 meetings since Nebraska joined the Big Ten with the only win coming in a 72-52 win during the 2017-18 campaign. One of Nebraska's three wins in the series was a 74-73 win over No. 1 Michigan at the NU Coliseum on Dec. 12, 1964. In that game, Fred Hare's buzzer beater knocked off the Cazzie Russell-led Wolverines. That win is one of three wins over No. 1 ranked teams in Nebraska's history.
 
LAST TIME OUT
The Nebraska men's basketball team erased a 14-point second-half deficit Saturday afternoon at No. 24 Rutgers, but the Scarlet Knights scored the final nine points to rally for a 75-72 victory.
Nebraska led 72-66 with less than three minutes to play, but Geo Baker hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, including the game-winner with 1.1 seconds remaining. Baker, who was 1-of-13 from 3-point range since returning to action after an injury, hit his only two baskets of the game after Nebraska rallied back from a 14-point second-half deficit into a six-point lead.

Nebraska nearly pulled out the come-from-behind win thanks to a big second half from Cam Mack, who was limited in the first half due to foul trouble. Mack scored 16 of his 19 points in the final period, going 6-of-7 from the field with a career-high four 3-pointers. Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied his career highs with five 3-pointers and 17 points, falling just short of a double-double after grabbing eight rebounds. Jervay Green added 11 points off the bench, while Haanif Cheatham chipped in 10 points, as the Huskers had four players in double figures.

NU knocked down 11 3-pointers, and the Huskers' 72 points were the most Rutgers has allowed during its 14-game home winning streak. Nebraska was only out-rebounded by seven after the Scarlet Knights grabbed 17 more boards than the Huskers in the first meeting this season. But Rutgers had 10 offensive rebounds and outscored Nebraska 17-5 in second-chance points, and both the Scarlet Knights' game-tying and game-winning 3-pointers came after offensive rebounds.
 
STORYLINES
• Tuesday's game features the two newest coaches in the Big Ten in Fred Hoiberg and Michigan Juwan Howard. Hoiberg went 1-1 against the Wolverines while coaching at Iowa State, including a 77-70 win over No. 7 Michigan in Ames on Nov. 17, 2013. No. 14 Michigan downed the Cyclones 76-66 on Dec. 3, 2011 in Ann Arbor in the other meeting. In addition, the pair faced off one time in college, a 94-72 Michigan win at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 1992.

• Tuesday's game was going to feature two of the Big Ten's premier point guards in Michigan's Zavier Simpson and Nebraska's Cam Mack. Simpson leads the Big Ten in assists at 8.3 per game, while Mack is third in the conference at 6.7 assists per game. Both players have 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratios to rank second in the conference, but Simpson will not play on Tuesday.

• ESPN's BPI has Nebraska with the sixth-hardest strength of schedule remaining as of Jan. 25. In fact, eight of the top 10 are from the Big Ten, while all 14 conference teams are in the top 25.

• Nebraska is in a stretch where it will play 14 straight games against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the NET. In all, 12 of the 14 Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 46 of the NET as of Jan. 25.

• Nebraska enters the Michigan contest averaging 72.3 points per game, which matches NU's highest average since the 1996-97 season.

• Nebraska has relied on its balance during the 2019-20 season. NU has put at least four players in double figures 15 times in the first 20 contests. The Huskers put five players in double figures three times, most recently against Iowa on Jan. 7. The Huskers currently have three players averaging double figures overall, including four in conference games.

• Despite being undersized and having just one player who had played in a Big Ten game entering the season, Nebraska's play in Big Ten action is starting to resemble the team's that Coach Hoiberg had at Iowa State, especially with ball movement and limiting turnovers. NU is in the top three in five offensive categories entering the weekend, including assist-to-turnover ratio and 3-point shooting.
 
Big Strides in Conference Play

Category

2019-20 (B1G)

2018-19 (B1G)

Times Leading Big 12 during Hoiberg's tenure

3-Pt./GM

9.4 (1st)

6.8 (8th)

(3) 2011-12; 2012-13; 2014-15

Asst/GM

15.9 (3rd)

11.7 (10th)

(2) 2013-14; 2014-15

Asst-to-TO Ratio

1.7-to-1 (2nd)

1.2-to-1 (5th)

(2) 2013-14; 2014-15

Turnover Margin

+2.9 (2nd)

+2.0 (4th)

(0) None

Turnovers/Gm

9.3 (3rd)

9.6 (3rd)

(1) 2014-15

as of Jan. 26
 
• Sophomore Cam Mack has made an impact in his first season at Nebraska. He is 13th nationally with 6.7 assists per game, which is on pace to be the most by a Husker since the 1984-85 season, and ranks 31st nationally with his 2.46-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Mack's assist-to-turnover ratio is on pace to be one of the best in school history.
 
Best Assist/Turnover Ratios (Since 1979)

No.

Ratio

Player

Asst.-TO

Year

1.

3.05

Brian Carr

201-66

1985-86

2.

2.73

Jamar Johnson

123-45

1993-94

3.

2.58

Brian Carr

237-92

1984-85

4.

2.54

Jack Moore

109-43

1981-82

5.

2.52

Charles Richardson Jr.

179-71

2006-07

-

2.46

Cam Mack

129-51

2019-20

min. 3.0 assists/gm
 
• Cam Mack is the only Husker in the last 30 years to have multiple points-assists double-doubles in the same season as he has four this season, including three in Big Ten play. From 1989-90 to the end of the 2018-19 season, it had happened just five times. Mack's consecutive points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Purdue were the first since Brian Carr in December of 1985 (vs. UC-Irvine and Creighton).
 
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)

No.

Pts.

Asst.

Opponent

Cam Mack

15

10

vs. Iowa, 1/7/20

Cam Mack

11

12

vs. Purdue, 12/13/19

Cam Mack

15

10

at Indiana, 12/13/19

Cam Mack

13

11

vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19

Glynn Watson Jr.

10

10

vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18

Lance Jeter

10

10

vs. Kansas, 2/5/11

Lance Jeter

12

12

at Kansas State, 2/7/10

Sek Henry

11

11

at TCU, 11/21/09

Tom Wald

11

11

vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94

 
• Nebraska enters Tuesday's game leading in the Big Ten in turnover margin with +3.0 per game. The Huskers are third in the Big Ten in forcing turnovers (14.0 per game) and taking care of the basketball (11.0 per game). NU is 16th nationally in fewest turnovers per game  During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in the Big 12 in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school.

• It is not surprising that Nebraska has relied on its 3-point shooting, as Hoiberg's Iowa State teams led the Big 12 in 3-pointers in four of his five seasons at the school. The Huskers are on pace to average 8.6 3-pointers per game, a total which would rank second in school history and be the most since the 2001-02 campaign.
 
Most 3-Pointers/Game in School History

No.

School

Games

3-Pointers/Game

1.

2001-02

28

9.54

-

2019-20

20

8.55

2.

2006-07

31

7.87

3.

2018-19

36

7.50

 
• Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo leads the Huskers in rebounding at 6.2 per game, which would be the highest season average by a Husker freshman in 15 years (Aleks Maric, 6.3 rpg in 2004-05). Ouedraogo's 14 rebounds vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29 were the most by a Husker freshman since 2004 (15, Maric vs. UAB) and tied for the third-highest total by a Husker freshman in the last 20 years.

• The Huskers have played three overtime games in 2019-20, posting a 1-2 record. NU's single-season record is four, set five times, most recently in 2007-08. As of Jan. 17, Nebraska has played in three of the Big Ten's nine overtime games in 2019-20, including the first meeting with Indiana.

• Freshman guard Charlie Easley was put on scholarship for the spring semester. Easley has played in 16 games as a backup guard, including each of Nebraska's nine Big Ten contests. Easley has averaged 3.6 ppg during this month after averaging just 1.0 ppg in his first nine contests. He had a career-high eight points against Indiana and seven points in Saturday's loss to No. 25 Rutgers.

• Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season and the 50 returning points is the lowest by any power conference team since 2009 according to noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.
 
Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19

No.

School

Returning PPG

Pct. of Scoring

1

Nebraska

2.0 PPG

1.9%

2.

Tulane

10.8 PPG

12.2%

3.

South Dakota St.

15.8 PPG

16.9%

4.

Virginia Tech

13.3 PPG

18.1%

5.

Washington

13.9 PPG

19.8%

Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office

Pace Under Hoiberg

Year

Avg. Poss. Length

NCAA Rank

2010-11

15.9

20th

2011-12

16.9

62nd

2012-13

15.8

12th

2013-14

15.2

8th

2014-15

14.6

2nd

2019-20

15.3

14th

as of Jan. 26

 
SETTING A FAST PACE
Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 14th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.3 seconds per possession as of Jan. 26.
• The only power conference schools that play at a faster pace are Alabama (seventh) and St. John's (11th).

• Of the top 25 teams in terms of pace nationally, Nebraska is second only to Gonzaga in lowest turnover rate as of Jan. 26.

• In his five full seasons as a college coach, Hoiberg's teams have ranked in the top 20 in offensive tempo four times, including top-10 rankings in both 2014 and 2015.

• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 67th to 20th nationally in offensive pace and ranked in the top 40 nationally in adjusted tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.

• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in adjusted tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee. The Huskers' quickest offensive tempo in the last decade was in 2017-18 when the Huskers were 140th in offensive tempo.

Most Assists/Game 

No.

Name

APG

1.

Brian Carr (1985)

7.90

2.

Brian Carr (1986)

6.70

-

Cam Mack (2020)

6.65

3.

Charles Richardson Jr. (2007)

5.77

4.

Brian Carr (1987)

5.03

MACK DELIVERS AS HUSKERS' LEAD GUARD
Junior college transfer Cam Mack was the cornerstone of the Huskers' recruiting class, and has lived up to the billing during the first half of the year. Mack was the No. 3 JUCO recruit in the country last year at Salt Lake CC and has made an impact in his first season at Nebraska. Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard recruit in the country, enters the Michigan contest averaging 13.3 points per game while leading the Huskers in assists (6.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5-to-1).

• He is third in the Big Ten in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio while ranking 10th in steals.

• Mack is tied for the national lead with four games with at least 10 points and 10 assists. In fact, only 12 players in Division I have at least three double-doubles with points and assists this season as of Jan. 26.

• His 6.7 assists per game is on pace to rank third in school history, trailing only Brian Carr, who averaged 7.9 assists per game in 1984-85 and 6.7 assists per game in 1985-86.

Points/Assists Double-Doubles   

No.

Name

School

10+ Pts/Asst. Games

1.

Cam Mack

Nebraska

4

Charlie Moore

DePaul

4

Cameron Parker

Sacred Heart

4

Jason Preston

Ohio

as of Jan. 26   

• Mack has been even better in Big Ten play, leading the conference in assists (7.8 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0-to-1) in conference games only.  He has four of his five double-doubles in Big Ten action.

• He recorded the first triple-double in program history against Purdue on Dec. 15 with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, setting season bests in both rebounds and assists in NU's 70-54 win.

• He's reached double figures 18 times, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15 and a 20-point, nine-assist effort against Indiana on Jan. 18.

• Mack nearly led the Huskers to a comeback win at No. 24 Rutgers on Jan. 26, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the second half as Nebraska rallied back from 14 points down to take the lead before falling 75-72.

• Mack is three assists away from 10th place on NU's single-season chart and his 133 assists is the most by a Husker in the Big Ten era.

• Last season at Salt Lake CC, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth nationally in assists per game. He totaled nine double-doubles and three triple-doubles as a freshman and dished out 10-or-more assists nine times.
 
CHEATHAM MAKES IMPACT ON BOTH ENDS
Fifth-year senior Haanif Cheatham has been one of the leaders for a young Husker team. The guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has made 100 career appearances, including 92 starts during a career which has seen him play at Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast before coming to Nebraska. After a slow start, Cheatham has been one of NU's most consistent offensive threats. Over the last 15 games, he is averaging 13.4 points per game while typically guarding the opponent's top scoring threat on the wing. He is second on the team in field goal percentage (.478) and third on the team in assists (28).

• Cheatham has reached double figures in 13 of the Huskers' last 16 games, including a 21-point, six-rebound performance at Indiana on Dec. 13. He had six straight double-figure efforts from Nov. 25-Dec. 13, the second-longest streak of his collegiate career. Of the three games he didn't reach double figures, he scored nine points twice.

• He went over 1,000 career points with a 17-point performance against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29.

• Cheatham posted his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4.

• He was in double figures all three games of the Cayman Islands Classic, averaging 19.0 ppg including a career-best 26-point effort against South Florida to garner all-tournament honors.
A former top-100 recruit out of high school, he was named Marquette's top defensive performer in each of his two full seasons at Marquette.
 
THOR EMERGES AS SCORING THREAT
Junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson emerged as a vital part of the Huskers' offensive attack and one of the most improved players in the Big Ten. On the season, the 6-foot-6 guard is fifth on the team in scoring at 8.8 ppg, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

• Thorbjarnarson is second in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.459) after shooting just 21.4 percent from 3-point range in his first two seasons. He is now 14th in the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game (1.7).

• In conference play, he is second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg), rebounding (5.8 rpg) and steals (1.1 spg), while shooting team bests from both the field (.519) and 3-point range (.458).

• He ranks second in 3-pointers per game (2.4) and fourth in 3-point percentage (.458) in conference play.

• His 11.3 ppg increase in conference play from last season is the second-highest jump in the Big Ten, and he is one of four players who have increased their conference scoring average by at least 10 ppg this season.

• He has been on a roll as of late, reaching double figures nine times in NU's last 13 games after not reaching double figures in his first 41 contests at Nebraska. Since Dec. 4, he has tied or set a career high in points five times in that stretch, including 17
points at No. 24 Rutgers on Saturday.

• He nearly had a double-double in the win over Iowa, finishing with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and a season-high nine rebounds. He tied his season high originally set at Indiana on Dec. 13.

•Thorbjarnarson played one of his best all-around games against Indiana on Jan. 18, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three assists in 37 minutes of work.
 
BURKE SHOWS SCORING TOUCH
The other returnee from the 2018-19 season, Dachon Burke Jr. waited in the wings after transferring from Robert Morris. A 6-foot-4 guard, Burke has quickly shown the skills to flourish in Fred Hoiberg's attack, averaging 11.7 points, 4.1 rebounds per game and 1.4 steals per game.

• He leads NU and ranks third in the Big Ten in steals and paces the Huskers in blocked shots (14).

• Burke has three 20-point efforts this year, including a 25-point effort against Indiana on Dec. 13, a 21-point performance against South Florida on Nov. 27 and a 20-point, eight-rebound outing at Wisconsin on Jan. 21.

• He has eight games with at least two steals, including a five-steal effort against George Mason on Nov. 25.
Two years ago, Burke was one of the best players in the Northeast Conference, averaging 17.6 points per game while adding 5.8 rebounds and a conference-best 2.1 steals per contest to earn second-team all-conference recognition.

OUEDRAOGO ADDS NAME TO SHORT LIST OF TRUE FROSH
Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Nebraska since 2013 and has been a mainstay of the Husker lineup.
• He is one of the youngest players in the country, as he won't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament.

• Ouedraogo has started all 20 games for the Huskers, averaging 5.6 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game in just over 21 minutes per game. He is third among Big Ten true freshmen in rebounding as of Jan. 26.

• He is on track to be the third freshman to lead NU in rebounding in a season, joining Aleks Maric (2005-06) and John Turek (2001-02), while Ouedraogo's 6.2 rebounds per game would rank second all-time for a Husker freshman.

• Ouedraogo has averaged 7.2 rebounds per game over the last 11 games dating back to Dec. 13. He grabbed seven or more rebounds eight times in that stretch.

• He reached double figures for the third time this season at Ohio State, finishing with 10 points and five boards.

• He picked up his first career double-double against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29 with 11 points and 14 rebounds. His double-double was the first by a Husker freshman since Shavon Shields in 2013 and Ouedraogo became just the 10th NU freshman to ever record a double-double.

• His 10 rebounds against Indiana on Dec. 13 marked the second-highest rebounding total for a Husker freshman in his first conference game, trailing only Dave Hoppen in 1983.

• He enjoyed his best offensive effort of the season with 11 points, including six in overtime, and four rebounds against Southern on Nov. 22. He snared a team-high 12 rebounds against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.

• He is just the 11th true freshman and 13th freshman overall to start a season opener in the last 25 years at Nebraska, joining a group which includes 1,000-point scorers Tai Webster, Ryan Anderson, Cookie Belcher and Tyronn Lue.
• Ouedraogo played for the French U-18 squad at the 2019 European Championships in July, as France went 6-1 and finished fifth in the competition.
 
CROSS LIFTS BENCH PRODUCTION
Freshman Kevin Cross has been a key contributor for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Little Rock, Ark., has been Nebraska's sixth man, averaging 7.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

• Cross is sixth among Big Ten true freshman in scoring and fifth in rebounding as of Jan. 26.

• He has been in double figures six times off the bench, which is the most by a Husker since the 2015-16 campaign.

• Cross enjoyed one of his best efforts of the season at Wisconsin on Jan. 21, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes. He also had a season-best three steals against the Badgers.

• He has improved his rebounding in recent weeks, averaging 4.5 rebounds per game over the Huskers' last 11 contests dating back to Dec. 13. He has grabbed five-or-more rebounds 11 times this season.

• Cross is fifth on the team with 19 3-pointers and fifth in assists (22) while playing just 18.3 minutes per game.

• Against Iowa, Cross had eight of his 11 points in the second half and added five rebounds.

• Cross hit a season-high three 3-pointers as part of his nine-point, five-rebound effort against Northwestern.

• He played a complete game in the win over Washington State on Nov. 25, scoring 14 points, grabbing a season-high eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 27 minutes.

• Against Southern Utah on Nov. 9, Cross had a season-high 19 points, which is the most by a Husker freshman since the 2016-17 season. It was also the most by a Husker freshman since Shavon Shields also had 19 against Michigan State in 2013.
 
KAVAS IS ONE OF NATION'S TOP SHOOTERS
Senior transfer Matej Kavas comes to Nebraska with a reputation as one of the nation's top 3-point shooters. The 6-foot-8 guard is a career 43 percent shooter from 3-point range, and shot 40 percent or better in all three of his seasons at Seattle. Kavas' .430 career percentage ranks 10th among active Division I players as of Jan. 26.

• To put Kavas' shooting in perspective, Nebraska's career mark for career 3-point percentage is .432 by Brian Conklin (2001-04) and only five players in school history have shot 40 percent in their Husker career with a minimum of 100 3-pointers.

• Kavas had his best performance of the year against North Dakota on Dec. 21, hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers. It was the 18th time in his career he had 4-or-more 3-pointers in a game.  Kavas had nine points off the bench at Northwestern on Jan. 11.

• As a sophomore at Seattle, Kavas led the WAC in both 3-point percentage (.464) and 3-pointers per game (2.8).

• Kavas' 195 career 3-pointers would ranks third on NU's career list while his 91 3-pointers as a sophomore would top NU's single-season mark (Cary Cochran, 89, 2001-02).
 
PINNACLE BANK ARENA SOLD OUT FOR 2019-20 SEASON
Since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top 15 in attendance nationally in each of the past six seasons. The streak will continue into 2019-20, as all available season tickets were sold out in August.

• Last season, Nebraska averaged 15,341 fans per home game to rank 10th nationally in attendance, matching the highest rank in school history. 

• Nebraska is one of nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in each of the last six seasons, joining Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas and Creighton.

• The Big Ten Conference has led NCAA Basketball in attendance for 43 straight years, dating back to the 1976-77 season. Last season, Big Ten schools drew more than a combined three million fans for the fifth straight year. 

Filling Up Pinnacle Bank Arena

Season

Average

NCAA Rank

2013-14 (1st year of PBA)

15,419

13th

2014-15

15,569

10th

2015-16

15,430

11th

2016-17

15,427

11th

2017-18

15,494

11th

2018-19

15,341

10th

2019-20

15,475

11th





CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine people who died after their helicopter went down yesterday morning about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The five-time NBA champion spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers and was the league’s No. 3 all-time scorer and remained there until Lakers forward LeBron James passed him on Saturday. Bryant was the league MVP in 2008, captured two scoring titles and earned 12 selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams.

UNDATED (AP) — Reaction to the death of Kobe Bryant was swift and numerous. Michael Jordan gave a statement commending Bryant for his fierce competitive streak and called him “one of the greats of the game.” Larry Bird issued a statement saying Bryant was not only an icon in the sports arena, he was a man of the world and touched so many lives and communities in the most positive ways. Former President Barack Obama used Twitter to call Bryant “a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act.” President Donald Trump simply tweeted, “That is terrible news!”

UNDATED (AP) — NBA teams paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in several ways. The Nuggets held a moment of silence before tip-off against the visiting Rockets, with fans chanting, "Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!" right after. The Raptors and Spurs each allowed the 24-second clock to run out on purpose during their first possessions, in recognition of Bryant’s No. 24. The Grizzlies won the opening tip against Phoenix and immediately took a 24-second clock violation. When the Suns took possession, they stayed in the backcourt for an 8-second violation — the 24 and 8 representing Bryant’s two numbers during his NBA career.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl turned into a Kobe Bryant tribute. Players got together and faked fadeaway jumpers after big plays in an homage to Bryant. Green Bay receiver Davonte Adams pointed to the sky and flashed the number “24” on his fingers as an ode to Bryant’s jersey after a touchdown catch. The NFL’s annual all-star game also held a moment of silence for Bryant in the first half. The AFC beat the NFC 38-33 for a fourth consecutive victory in Orlando.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIHN’-kah) has advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a five-set victory over fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev. The 2014 Australian Open champion dominated the fourth-set tiebreaker and then broke Medvedev in the opening game of the deciding set. He won 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.




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Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament bracket(s) that have been updated after “Six-Game Saturday” play.  RPAC Tournament action resumes on Monday, 01/27/2020 with Girls Quarterfinal contests and Consolation bracket play.  Boys Quarterfinal and Consolation bracket games are scheduled for Tuesday, 01/28/2020.



BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 77, Wilcox-Hildreth 28

Arcadia-Loup City 35, Ord 33

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, Stanton 30

Battle Creek 40, Pierce 34

Bellevue West 75, Omaha Creighton Prep 56

Bennington 76, Columbus 40

Chadron 44, Gordon/Rushville 28

Elkhorn Valley 44, Boyd County 38

Elm Creek 66, Franklin 36

Elmwood-Murdock 56, Syracuse 38

Grand Island 64, Lincoln North Star 62, OT

Grand Island Central Catholic 54, Adams Central 40

Grand Island Northwest 48, Schuyler 41

Hartington Cedar Catholic 70, Guardian Angels 43

Holdrege 60, Cozad 42

Howells/Dodge 59, Pender 41

Kearney Catholic 76, Aquinas 48

Lincoln Christian 77, Fillmore Central 20

Lincoln East 76, Lincoln High 54

Lincoln Pius X 53, Norfolk 51

Lincoln Southeast 69, Lincoln Northeast 66

Lincoln Southwest 73, Kearney 49

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 46, West Point-Beemer 32

Mead 58, Malcolm 55

Millard South 52, Omaha North 48

Norfolk Catholic 86, Neligh-Oakdale 50

North Platte 64, York 52

Omaha Benson 82, Omaha Northwest 78

Omaha Nation 79, Flandreau Indian, S.D. 66

Omaha South 64, Bellevue East 40

Papillion-LaVista South 83, Elkhorn South 75

Pleasanton 66, Kenesaw 41

Sandy Creek 49, Thayer Central 19

Scottsbluff 84, Gering 65

Weeping Water 51, College View Academy 34

Yuma, Colo. 50, Sidney 43

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Cross County 68, High Plains Community 11

Exeter/Milligan 51, Hampton 31

McCool Junction 70, Meridian 16

Nebraska Lutheran 51, Dorchester 27

Osceola 45, Giltner 26

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Humphrey St. Francis 72, Fullerton 30

Third Place=

Central Valley 53, Riverside 42

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Semifinal=

Bayard 44, South Platte 32

Third Place=

Garden County 48, Leyton 33

MNAC Tournament=

Sandhills/Thedford 55, Arthur County 27

Nebraska Prep Classic=

Bishop Neumann 65, Harlan, Iowa 40

Norris 54, Omaha Bryan 35

Omaha Westside 73, Sioux City, East, Iowa 54

Papillion-LaVista 61, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 39

Treynor, Iowa 69, Oakland-Craig 42

Nemaha Central Tournament=

Marysville, Kan. 43, Falls City 39

Panhandle Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Hemingford 58, Morrill 48

Fifth Place=

Edgemont, S.D. 43, Hay Springs 22

Third Place=

Sioux County 47, Crawford 26

Republican Plains Activity Conference=

East Division=

Alma 55, Arapahoe 30

Cambridge 61, Bertrand 53

Medicine Valley 69, Southwest 29

West Division=

Dundy County-Stratton 77, Maywood-Hayes Center 43

Hitchcock County 66, Maxwell 33

Wauneta-Palisade 50, Wallace 43

River Cities Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Omaha Roncalli 44

SPVA Tournament=

Championship=

Hershey 48, Bridgeport 41

Third Place=

North Platte St. Patrick's 55, Chase County 44

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Aquinas 34, Kearney Catholic 13

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 62, Stanton 29

Battle Creek 59, Pierce 47

Bellevue East 52, Omaha South 11

Bennington 54, Columbus 33

Chadron 56, Gordon/Rushville 19

Elkhorn Valley 54, Boyd County 48

Elm Creek 44, Franklin 24

Elmwood-Murdock 37, Syracuse 31

Falls City Sacred Heart 65, Pawnee City 34

Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Adams Central 37

Grand Island Northwest 56, Schuyler 4

Holdrege 35, Cozad 17

Johnson County Central 69, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 35

Kearney 61, Lincoln Southwest 46

Lincoln Christian 55, Fillmore Central 48

Lincoln East 57, Lincoln High 44

Lincoln North Star 64, Grand Island 43

Lincoln Northeast 52, Lincoln Southeast 39

Lincoln Pius X 58, Norfolk 33

Malcolm 71, Mead 32

Millard South 73, Omaha North 24

Norfolk Catholic 62, Neligh-Oakdale 26

Ogallala 54, Ainsworth 51

Omaha Marian 64, Bellevue West 42

Omaha Northwest 56, Omaha Benson 50

Ord 47, Arcadia-Loup City 46

Papillion-LaVista South 55, Elkhorn South 53

Pender 44, Howells/Dodge 29

Pleasanton 55, Kenesaw 16

Scottsbluff 60, Gering 36

Sidney 51, Yuma, Colo. 21

Thayer Central 49, Sandy Creek 19

Weeping Water 50, Nebraska City Lourdes 31

Wilcox-Hildreth 43, Amherst 32

York 49, North Platte 36

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Cross County 59, McCool Junction 15

Dorchester 36, Nebraska Lutheran 29

East Butler 60, Osceola 26

Hampton 42, High Plains Community 38

Shelby/Rising City 35, Giltner 28

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Humphrey St. Francis 63, Fullerton 37

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Championship=

South Platte 53, Bayard 49

Third Place=

Leyton 44, Garden County 34

MNAC Tournament=

Brady 37, Sandhills/Thedford 33

Sandhills Valley 38, Hyannis 21

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Play-In=

Cornerstone Christian 40, Parkview Christian 25

Quarterfinal=

Boys Town 47, Cedar Bluffs 43

College View Academy 40, Whiting, Iowa 33

Heartland Christian, Iowa 58, Omaha Christian Academy 34

Nebraska Prep Classic=

Harlan, Iowa 49, Bishop Neumann 36

Oakland-Craig 48, Norris 40

Omaha Westside 51, Papillion-LaVista 40

Panhandle Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Sioux County 55, Morrill 51

Fifth Place=

Hay Springs 57, Hemingford 41

Third Place=

Crawford 52, Edgemont, S.D. 37

Republican Plains Activity Conference=

East Division=

Bertrand 42, Arapahoe 29

Cambridge 33, Medicine Valley 22

Southwest 50, Southern Valley 31

West Division=

Hitchcock County 48, Wauneta-Palisade 37

Maxwell 55, Wallace 25

Maywood-Hayes Center 74, Paxton 39

River Cities Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Beatrice 46, Omaha Skutt Catholic 28

SPVA Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Chase County 51, Bridgeport 37

Fifth Place=

Perkins County 41, Kimball 36

Third Place=

North Platte St. Patrick's 51, Hershey 40





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Madison, Wis. - Nebraska fought back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to find a way to earn a 72-71 women's basketball win over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Sam Haiby made the game's biggest defensive play with her fifth steal of the contest in the corner off a Niya Beverley pass with 7.7 seconds, before burying the game's biggest free throws with 5.3 seconds left to seal the win for the Huskers. Haiby, who finished with 11 points and six rebounds, helped Nebraska improve to 15-5 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten, while erasing the memory of a one-point loss on a three-pointer at the buzzer last season in Madison. The Huskers also completed this season's series sweep of the Badgers.

While Haiby made two huge plays in the closing seconds, fellow sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek hit the game's biggest shot with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 59 seconds left to put Nebraska up 70-68. Veerbeek finished with 11 points and five rebounds in a strong effort.

Sophomore Leigha Brown led the Huskers with a team-high 20 points, including eight in the fourth quarter and a pair of huge three-point plays to help the Huskers rally from 10 points down. Junior Kate Cain added 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds to go along with three blocks, as Nebraska notched its first Big Ten road win of the season.

Imani Lewis led all scorers with 21 points, including a three-pointer with 1:20 left to give Wisconsin a brief 68-67 lead. It was the first three-point attempt of the season for Lewis, and it came with three on the shot clock after Nebraska had played solid defense. But Veerbeek answered with her last three-pointer of the game to give the Huskers the lead for good, before Haiby made the game-clinching plays for the Big Red.

Wisconsin, which slipped to 10-10 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten, also got 14 points and nine rebounds from Abby Laszewski, while Suzanne Gilreath added 11 points off the bench, including a trio of second-half threes.

Nebraska won despite hitting a season-low 33.9 percent (20-59) of its shots from the field. But the Huskers hit a sensational 26-of-30 free throws (.867) on the road, and outscored the Badgers by 14 points at the line. Brown led the way by going 9-for-10 at the free throw line, while Haiby added a 5-for-6 effort at the stripe. The Huskers also hit 6-of-18 threes and matched Wisconsin on the glass with 41 rebounds. NU also won the turnover battle, 11-10, in a well-played game by both teams.

The Huskers held Wisconsin to 38.2 percent (26-68) shooting, but the Badgers heated up from long range in the second half, going 6-for-11 from beyond the arc to finish 7-for-19 for the game. The Badgers also hit 12-of-16 free throws.

In a possession game for the entire first half, Nebraska held a lead for most of the half despite being outshot from the field and outrebounded. The Huskers led 38-36 at the half despite hitting just 10-of-28 field goal attempts (.357) and being outrebounded, 26-17, by the Badgers. Nebraska overcame those struggles by hitting 5-of-12 three-points (.417) compared to just 1-of-8 three-point success by Wisconsin. The Huskers also hit 13-of-15 free throws (.867) compared to 5-of-6 shooting at the line for the Badgers.

Brown led the Big Red with 11 first-half points, and Veerbeek contributed six points on a pair of first-quarter three-pointers.

Wisconsin hit 37.5 percent (15-40) of its shots, but lost the first-half turnover battle, 6-5. Lewis led Wisconsin with 12 first-half points, while Laszewski pitched in nine points for the Badgers.

The third quarter belonged to the Badgers, as Wisconsin outscored the Huskers 21-9, including a 12-2 surge to close the quarter with a 57-47 lead.

Trailing 59-49 with nine minutes left, Cain and Brown scored on back-to-back three-point plays to ignite a stagnant Husker offense in the second half. Minutes later, Brown hit two more free throws, before Haiby and Cain scored on back-to-back possessions to tie the score at 61 with 5:26 left, capping a 12-2 surge for the Big Red.

After UW's Laszewski hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Badgers the lead back with 4:10 left, Brown finished another traditional three-point play to put the Big Red up 64-62 with 3:56 left.

Julie Pospisilova buried a long three for the Badgers on the ensuing possession before Nebraska freshman Isabelle Bourne hit a free throw, then ran the floor on a the next offensive possession for the Huskers to get a layup off a great delivery from Haiby to give the Huskers a 67-65 edge with 2:30 left.

The defenses controlled the next minute before Lewis hit her unexpected three with 1:20 left. Veerbeek produced the biggest answer of the game with her final three of day 21 seconds later to put the Big Red back up 70-68.

Nebraska got a stop on its next defensive possession before the Badgers forced a shot-clock violation on the Huskers with 12.6 seconds left to give Wisconsin the ball back with a chance to tie or win. Then Haiby made the play of the game with a deflection and a steal of a Niya Beverley pass intended for Sydney Hilliard. Haiby immediately called timeout so Nebraska could advance to the front court with 7.7 seconds left. Haiby received the inbounds pass in the backcourt and was fouled, then calmly stepped to the line with 5.3 seconds left to make both free throws to put Nebraska up 72-68 and seal the win.

Both free throws were made even more crucial as UW's Gilreath buried her third three-pointer of the half at the buzzer to make the final margin, 72-71 Nebraska. Gilreath and Beverley played major roles in the Badgers pushing to a 57-47 lead at the end of three quarters. Beverley's three with 4:47 left in the third gave Wisconsin its first lead since the opening moments of the game at 48-45, before Gilreath buried back-to-back threes in a 40-second span to put UW up 54-45. 

The Huskers return to Big Ten road action on Thursday when they travel to Minnesota. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Golden Gophers at Williams Arena in Minneapolis is set for 7 p.m. (CT). A live video stream will be available from BTN+ and live radio coverage will be provided by the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.



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RINIDAD, Colo. – It took two overtimes Saturday, but the McCook Community College men are in the win column in the Region IX South standings. MCC’s win came over Trinidad State 91-89 after starting south division play with four disappointing losses.

“Finally! This was a great team win,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “We got punched and fought back.”

Down 68-65 with 14 seconds left in regulation, freshman Boaz Quinlan (Beavertown, Ore.) launched a 3-point-shot to tie the game and send it to overtime.

The Indians trailed 79-74 with 54.4 seconds left in the first overtime and with 5.2 seconds left, were down 81-78 when Quinlan was fouled taking a three-point shot. He was sent to the free-throw line, where he hit all three, to help send the game into the second overtime.

“We had guys who don’t play a lot take full advantage of their opportunities when they presented themselves,” Drennan said.

In the third minute of the second overtime period, a Quinlan 3-pointer and a break-away layup put MCC up 86-82 and a basket by sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) with 2:00 left in the first overtime gave the Indians an 88-82 lead, but a Trinidad 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left closed the Trojans to 90-89. Sullivan hit one of two free throws left with 5.1 seconds left and Trinidad State wasn’t able to get a shot off as time expired.

“We had guys diving on the floor and giving everything they had. I put ‘get a win by any means necessary’ on the board before the game and we did,” Drennan said. “It was the most connected we have been all year.”

Quinlan led MCC with 22 points, making seven of eight shots from the field, including five-for-six from the 3-point line and the critical three-for-three from the free-throw line at the end of the first overtime.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) had 19 points. Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 14 points. Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Community College) had 11 points and sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School) added 10 points.

MCC shot 38 percent from the field, made nine of 35 3-pointers (25.7 percent) and made 22 of 29 free throws (75.9 percent).

Trinidad State shot 44.1 percent from the field, made nine of 30 3-pointers (30 percent) and was 20 of 31 from the line (64.5 percent). The Trojans out-rebounded MCC 57-25.

The Trojans fall to 12-8 overall and 1-2 in south sub-region play.

MCC improves to 9-11 and 1-4 in the Region IX South standings.

The Indians get a slight break in the schedule before the February push. MCC travels to Lamar Community College Friday, then go to Sterling, Colo. Feb. 4 to take on Northeastern Junior College.

The next home game for MCC is Feb. 7 when Western Nebraska comes to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

FRIDAY: Otero Junior College 95, McCook CC 75 -- LA JUNTA, Colo. – The McCook Community College men’s basketball team went on the road Friday and fell to No. 10 ranked Otero Junior College 95-75. The Rattlers led at the half 36-30.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC with 23 points. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Community College) had 14 points. Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 15 points.

The Indians shot 44.8 percent from the field, made seven of 26 3-pointers (26.9 percent) and was 19 of 28 from the free-throw line (67.9 percent). Otero shot 62.5 percent from the field, made 11 of 26 shots (42.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and was 14 of 23 percent from the free-throw line. The Rattlers held a 36-29 rebound edge.

Otero improved to 18-1 and 2-0 in the south sub region.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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The Nebraska men's basketball team erased a 14-point second-half deficit Saturday afternoon at No. 24 Rutgers, but the Scarlet Knights scored the final nine points to rally for a 75-72 victory at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
 
Nebraska led 72-66 with less than three minutes to play, but Geo Baker hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, including the game-winner with 1.1 seconds remaining. Baker's clutch threes – his only two baskets of the game – came after Nebraska turned a 14-point second-half deficit into a six-point lead. But the Scarlet Knights prevailed thanks to strong finishes to both halves, as Rutgers outscored Nebraska 8-2 over the final two minutes of the first half and 9-0 over the final two minutes of the game.
 
With the win, Rutgers remained perfect at home this season, improving to 14-0 at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights improved to 15-5 overall and moved to 6-3 in the Big Ten Conference, while Nebraska fell to 7-13 on the season and 2-7 in conference play.
 
Nebraska nearly pulled out the come-from-behind win thanks to a big second half from Cam Mack, who was limited in the first half due to foul trouble. Mack scored 16 of his 19 points in the final period, as he went 5-of-5 from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers, after halftime. In all, Mack went 6-of-7 from the field with a career-high four 3-pointers. Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied his career highs with five 3-pointers and 17 points, falling just short of a double-double after grabbing eight rebounds. Jervay Green added 11 points and Haanif Cheatham chipped in 10 points, as the Huskers had four players in double figures.
 
NU knocked down 11 3-pointers, and the Huskers' 72 points were the most Rutgers has allowed during its 14-game home winning streak. Nebraska was only out-rebounded by seven after the Scarlet Knights grabbed 17 more boards than the Huskers in the first meeting this season. But Rutgers had 10 offense rebounds and outscored Nebraska 17-5 in second-chance points, and both the Scarlet Knights' game-tying and game-winning 3-pointers came after offensive rebounds.

In a competitive first half, it was a one-possession game for 15 of the opening 20 minutes. Rutgers led 38-33 at the break after scoring eight of the final 10 points of the half. The Scarlet Knights shot 44 percent from the field in the period compared to 36 percent for Nebraska, but the Huskers knocked down five 3-pointers to stay close. Thorbjarnarson made three of those five three pointers, as he led Nebraska with nine first-half points. With Mack limited due to foul trouble, but Dachon Burke Jr. stepped up and dished out five first-half assists, one shy of his career high.
 
The opening six minutes featured runs for both teams. After Rutgers scored the first basket of the game, Nebraska hit three consecutive 3-pointers – two from Thorbjarnarson – in a 9-0 run that put the Huskers up seven. Rutgers responded with an 11-2 run over the next two minutes to regain its two-point lead.
 
Trailing 13-11, Nebraska stayed within four over the next six minutes before Rutgers used a 7-2 run to build a 30-23 advantage at the 4:42 mark. NU answered with eight straight points over the next two minutes to regain the lead at 31-30 before Rutgers scored eight of the final 10 points of the half to take a five-point lead into the locker room.
 
Mack, who was limited to nine minutes in the first half, knocked down a 3-pointer to open the second half. But Rutgers responded with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes, building a 51-38 lead and forcing a Husker timeout with 15:57 remaining.
 
Thorbjarnarson momentarily stopped the Scarlet Knights' momentum with a 3-pointer before Rutgers answered with five points in 10 seconds to stretch the lead to 14. Rutgers continued to lead by double digits until the Huskers made a huge run.
 
Trailing 60-49 with 12 minutes to play, Nebraska went on an 18-2 run to take a 67-62 lead with 6:46 remaining. Green and Mack combined for 14 of Nebraska's 18 points during the five-minute run, which culminated with the Huskers scoring 11 straight points in a three-minute stretch.
 
Rutgers ended the Husker run with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two, but Mack answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Another Mack basket stretched the lead to 72-66 with less than three minutes remaining but that would prove to be the Huskers' final points. Rutgers tied the game with two minutes left on back-to-back 3-pointers just 38 seconds apart and neither team scored again until Baker's game-winner.
 
After playing four of its last five games on the road, Nebraska returns home to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday to take on the Michigan Wolverines. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPNU with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network.

Postgame Notes
*-Today marked the sixth time that Nebraska has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game this season, as the Huskers hit 11 3-pointers today.
*-Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied his career high in both points (17) and 3-pointers (five), as he had 17 points on two other occasions, most recently against Indiana on Jan. 18. His five 3-pointers matches NU's best this season, as he had five 3-pointers at Ohio State.
*-It is the eighth time this season that Thorir Thorbjarnarson has connected on multiple 3-pointers in game.
*-Nebraska matched Rutgers with 30 points in the paint today after being outscored 52-24 in the paint in the first meeting on Jan. 3
*-Cam Mack's four 3-pointers were a season high (previous high of three on five previous occasions).
*-Dachon Burke Jr. had a season-high five assists. His previous high was two on seven occasions, most recently at Ohio State on Jan. 14.
*-Charlie Easley played a career high 23 minutes on Saturday and finished with seven points, one off his career high.
*-Nebraska falls to 0-2 vs. ranked teams this year.
*-Nebraska had an 11-0 run in the second half, the 16th time NU has had a double-digit run this season.
*-Today is the first time in 20 games where Kevin Cross wasn't the Huskers' first sub off the bench, as Charlie Easley was NU's first sub at the 16:07 mark of the first half.



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TRINIDAD, Colo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team picked up an 87-78 win Saturday against Trinidad State Junior College.

With both teams coming off overtime losses on Friday (MCC to Otero and Trinidad to North Platte), the Lady Indians were able to overcome a 12-point second quarter output, endured a lengthy third-quarter clock malfunction, then fought off a pesky Trojan squad in the late stages of the fourth quarter.

“There was a lot of adversity in this game and this group came out with a lot of energy,” said MCC Coach Brrandon Pritchett. “I'm so proud of how they played today in the second half and the resilience they showed this weekend.”

MCC led 23-17 at the end of the first half but were outscored 23-12 in the second quarter to trail at the half 40-35. After a twenty-plus-minute clock malfunction delay. early in the third period, the Lady Indians went on a spurt to lead 65-54 at the end of three quarters.

“We had a terrible second quarter and didn't execute. We had the clock trouble in the third quarter, but I think we really refocused at that point and started to execute,” Pritchett said.

All five MCC starters and one bench player scored in double-figures.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Miles Community College, Mont.) both scored 15 points. Bodette led MCC with 12 rebounds.

“I thought Makenna really helped us in the second half. I challenged her at the half to rebound the ball and she stepped up for us in a big way,” Pritchett said.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) scored 14 points and picked up six boards.

Starting freshmen Niamh Kelshaw (Manchester, England) and Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) both chipped in 10 points each and frosh Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) came off the bench with 10 points and nine rebounds.

MCC shot 48.4 percent from the field, made four of 12 shots from the 3-point line (33.3 percent) and made 23 of 34 free throws (67.6 percent)

Trinidad State shot 45.5 percent from the field, made seven of 17 long distance shots (41.2 percent) and was 11 of 18 from the free-throw line.

The Lady Indians out-rebounded Trinidad 39-31, outscored the Trojans 48-38 in the paint and topped the home team in second-chance points 16-5.

The Trojans fall to 3-19 on the season and 0-3 in the south division of Region IX.

The Lady Indians go to 14-5, and 2-2 in south sub-region play.

MCC returns home Wednesday for a home game against the Doane University JVs at 6 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can not make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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LA JUNTA, Colo. – The Otero Junior College Rattlers took charge in the late stages of overtime Friday to pull out a 99-93 win over the McCook Community College women.

“I thought we battled all the way through,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We needed a few more shots to fall for us down the stretch.”

Tied at 87, at the end of regulation, MCC scored the first three points, before OJC responded with a 6-0 run. The Lady Indians tied the game at midway through the extra period but the Rattlers secured the win scoring the final six points of the game. Otero went six-for-six from the line in overtime after going 10 of 12 in the fourth period.

“Our execution has to be on-point to end games and we had an opportunity to win in regulation and we didn't get the shot we wanted,” Pritchett said.

The teams battled from the beginning with Otero leading 24-21 after the first quarter and 43-40 at the half. MCC tied it after three quarters 63-63.

The Lady Indians were led offensively by sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain/ Miles Community College) with 26 points including a five-for-10 night from the 3-point line.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) had 21 and six rebounds. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 18 points with six rebounds and freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) scored 13 points to go along with six boards.

MCC shot 57.9 percent from the floor for the game, made eight of 21 shots from distance (38.1 percent) and was 19 of 23 from the charity stripe (82.6 percent).

“We shot the ball better on the road than we had in a while,” said Pritchett.

Otero shot 47.4 percent from the floor, made five of 22 3-pointers (22.7 percent) and made 20 of 24 free throws (83.3 percent). The Rattlers out-rebounded MCC 35-31 including 14 on the offensive end, outscored MCC 25-9 on points off turnovers, and held a 48-30 scoring edge in the paint.

The Rattlers improve to 13-3 and 3-0 in the Region IX south division.

The Lady Indians fall to 13-5, and 1-2 in south sub-region play. MCC travels to Trinidad State Saturday (2-11, 0-2) for a 3 p.m. (MT) game.

MCC returns home Wednesday for a home game against the Doane University JVs at 6 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can not make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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The Aurora basketball teams dropped a double header at Kearney Catholic. The Stars won the girls game 42-32. After trailing by 16 at the half, the Huskies got to within 8 in the second half.  Cassidy Knust and Kassidy Hudson each scored 10 for the 2-10 Huskies. 

The Aurora boys rallied from 13 down in the second half to tie, but lost 47-43. Nate Boerkircher put in 18. Tate Nachtigal added 12 for the 4-10 Huskies. Assistant Rick Bell talked on the post game on 97.3 the Wolf.




Rick Bell

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1/23 Girls Semi Final Scores 
Bridgeport 39, Hershey 35 
Chase County 53, North Platte St Pats 51 (Overtime) 

SPVA BRACKET 




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 47, North Central 36

Allen 55, Wausa 29

Amherst 55, Gibbon 53

Ansley-Litchfield 56, South Loup 54

Bertrand 61, Maywood-Hayes Center 29

Bloomfield 52, Plainview 36

Cambridge 71, Dundy County-Stratton 64

College View Academy 61, Nebraska Lutheran 58

Columbus Scotus 48, Boone Central/Newman Grove 41

Cross County 55, Giltner 32

East Butler 62, Meridian 27

Elkhorn South 71, Omaha North 48

Exeter/Milligan 52, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50

Freeman 33, Wilber-Clatonia 28

Gothenburg 65, Broken Bow 51

Hi-Line 85, Medicine Valley 72

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 87, Madison 56

Hyannis 50, Sandhills/Thedford 42

Kearney Catholic 47, Aurora 43

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 63, Battle Creek 43

Lexington 65, Cozad 24

Lincoln Christian 59, Omaha Concordia 41

Lincoln Northeast 68, Lincoln Southwest 53

Loomis 58, Alma 37

McCool Junction 73, Osceola 48

Mullen 61, Cody-Kilgore 24

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 48, Weeping Water 35

Omaha Burke 54, Millard South 42

Omaha Nation 90, Homer 44

Osmond 85, Emerson-Hubbard 27

Paxton 52, Wauneta-Palisade 44

Sandhills Valley 64, Arthur County 53

Shelby/Rising City 72, Dorchester 26

Southern Valley 70, Arapahoe 28

Sutton 55, Fairbury 42

Twin River 58, Clarkson/Leigh 50

West Holt 45, Boyd County 42

Wisner-Pilger 64, Pender 18

Wood River 46, Shelton 44

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Bayard 64, Leyton 28

South Platte 65, Garden County 58

River Cities Conference Tournament=

Consolation=

South Sioux City 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 54

Semifinal=

Omaha Roncalli 52, Elkhorn Mount Michael 51

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Beatrice 52

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Crete vs. Nebraska City, ppd.

Johnson County Central vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

Lincoln Lutheran vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd.

Yutan vs. Louisville, ppd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 80, Central City 49

Arthur County 30, Sandhills Valley 29

Battle Creek 47, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 37

Boone Central/Newman Grove 45, Columbus Scotus 33

Boyd County 39, West Holt 29

Boys Town 41, Omaha Christian Academy 36

Broken Bow 51, Gothenburg 45

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 49, Exeter/Milligan 25

Cambridge 53, Dundy County-Stratton 43

Clarkson/Leigh 58, Twin River 25

Cozad 34, Lexington 32, OT

Cross County 54, Giltner 31

Elkhorn South 61, Omaha North 31

Fort Calhoun 46, Tekamah-Herman 38

Freeman 41, Wilber-Clatonia 22

Gibbon 54, Amherst 41

Grand Island Central Catholic 56, Centura 26

Hi-Line 59, Medicine Valley 37

Homer 52, Omaha Nation 33

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 60, Madison 40

Kearney Catholic 42, Aurora 32

Lincoln Christian 67, Omaha Concordia 36

Loomis 56, Alma 35

Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Bertrand 31

McCool Junction 36, Osceola 32

Meridian 43, East Butler 31

Millard South 77, Omaha Burke 45

Millard West 55, Omaha Marian 37

Mullen 54, Cody-Kilgore 30

Nebraska Lutheran 39, College View Academy 34

North Central 53, Ainsworth 24

Pender 50, Wisner-Pilger 39

Sandhills/Thedford 42, Hyannis 27

Shelby/Rising City 36, Dorchester 24

South Loup 52, Ansley-Litchfield 11

South Platte 55, Garden County 31

Southern Valley 43, Arapahoe 21

Stuart 40, Valentine 37

Sutton 31, Fairbury 23

Wauneta-Palisade 53, Paxton 40

Weeping Water 56, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 47

Wood River 46, Shelton 32

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Semifinal=

Fullerton 54, Palmer 35

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Burwell 22

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Bayard 58, Leyton 48

River Cities Conference Tournament=

Consolation Semifinal=

Omaha Mercy 40, Omaha Duchesne Academy 33

Omaha Roncalli 46, Ralston 34

Semifinal=

Beatrice 62, South Sioux City 42

Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, Omaha Gross Catholic 63, OT

SPVA Conference Tournament=

Consolation=

Perkins County 38, Sutherland 30

Semifinal=

Bridgeport 39, Hershey 35

Chase County 55, North Platte St. Patrick's 53, OT

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Crete vs. Nebraska City, ppd.

Johnson County Central vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

Lincoln Lutheran vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd.

Walthill vs. Ponca, ppd.

Wynot vs. Pierce, ppd.

Yutan vs. Louisville, ppd.





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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff has pulled off a big upset at the Australian Open by eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the third round. This is only the third Grand Slam tournament of Gauff's career but already her second time reaching the fourth round. Osaka is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion. Gauff already beat another former No. 1 in the first round this week when she got past Venus Williams.

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his 10th triple-double of the season and the Los Angeles Lakers made a season-high 19 3-pointers to pull away and beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113. James closed within 17 points of Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list. He can pass Bryant on Saturday at Philadelphia. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. Beltran departed without managing a game last week as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Rojas, who had been the Mets’ quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. Rojas became New York's fourth manager in the past 2 1/2 years — and third in four months.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown has turned himself in at a Florida jail on charges related to accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man. Brown arrived at Broward County Jail Thursday night. His lawyer says Brown is innocent of the charges, which include burglary with battery. The wide receiver played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded to the Oakland Raiders last year. He was released by the Raiders and subsequently signed and released by the New England Patriots.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under-par 69 at Torrey North to start the new year in contention at the Farmers Open. Woods is coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan. Sebastian Cappelen (KAP’-lihn) and Keegan Bradley had the low scores of the opening round.




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Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that Nebraska home men’s basketball game against Michigan next Tuesday, Jan. 28 will be on ESPNU. 

Tipoff from Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6 p.m. with the broadcast team of Dave Feldman, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath on the call. The TV network had been listed as TBA until today announcement. In addition, the game will also be available via streaming on ESPN.com (authentication required).

A limited number of tickets for the matchup are available on Huskers.com/Tickets or calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIG Red during business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

The game will also be carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on available on Huskers.com and the Huskers app.




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SPVA Girls & Boys Bracket 



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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will formally announce his retirement tomorrow after a 16-year career played entirely with the New York Giants. The 39-year-old quarterback owns virtually every team passing record, but his future had been in doubt since the end of 4-12 season that saw him lose the starting job to rookie Daniel Jones. Team president and CEO John Mara called Manning one of the best players in franchise history and says the organization looks forward to inducting him in the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen (WAG’-eh-nen) says the team is finalizing a multiyear contract that would make Luis Rojas their new manager, replacing Carlos Beltrán. The son of former big league manager Felipe Alou spent last year as the Mets’ quality control coach and has already received raves from first baseman Pete Alonso and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman on social media. Beltrán left the Mets last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 has suspended four players for their roles in a brawl in the waning moments of Tuesday’s Kansas-Kansas State game at Allen Fieldhouse. Jayhawks forward Silvio DeSouza received a 12-game ban after being suspended indefinitely by coach Bill Self. Kansas forward David McCormack got a two-game suspension, Kansas State forward James Love received an eight-game ban and Wildcats forward Antonio Gordon was ordered to sit out three games.

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The 28-year-old Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter. The six-year NBA veteran started 39 of his 40 games this season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wimbledon champion Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) has beaten British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. Halep ended 2019 ranked fourth, her sixth consecutive year-end top five finish. She will next play either Danielle Collins or Yulia Putintseva. Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem (teem) broke local wild-card entry Alex Boult's serve in the third game of the fifth set and advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 win. Seventh-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced about the same time with a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 win over Egor Gerasimov.




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