The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and soon families will be coming together for a time of celebration and thankfulness. In addition to the turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all the other fixings, the Grand Island Fire Department encourages residents to put fire safety on their Thanksgiving menu.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. In 2017, more than three times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving as on a typical day with U.S. fire departments responding to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on the holiday.
Along with NFPA, the Grand Island Fire Department offers the following tips to keep families safe this holiday season:
Be sure to remove previous food and grease buildup from burners, stove top, and oven before starting Thanksgiving cooking.
Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If leaving the kitchen, turn off the stove.
When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while the food is cooking.
Keep children at least three feet away from the stove as steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy, and other dishes can cause serious burns.
Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing while cooking and if wearing long sleeves roll them up.
Keep the number of people in the kitchen to a minimum, including children and pets, to avoid injuries from hot spills or causing tripping hazards. Crowded kitchens can cause confusion and result in burns.
Be sure electrical cords from appliances such as electric knives, coffeemakers, plate warmers, and mixers are not dangling off the counter or within easy reach of children.
Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, and wrappers away from stoves and ovens.
Never leave children alone near lit candles. Furthermore, matches and utility lighters should be kept in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.
Test smoke alarms to ensure alarms are working properly.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.
As noted above, many safety tips involve kids. The Fire Department suggests having activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during the busy food preparation time. Games, puzzles, or books centered on Thanksgiving will keep kids busy, but still allows them to be included in the holiday celebration.
Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says, “The GIFD wants you have a safe Thanksgiving that is free from fire or accidents. Remember to stand by your pan and keep a close watch on your cooking and baking this holiday season.”
For more information about the Grand Island Fire Department visit us atwww.facebook.com/GI.FireDepartment.
Two people already charged with kidnapping two people have been accused of killing one, whose body was found in a drainage pipe in southwest Nebraska.
Chase County Court records say 24-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes.
The two were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Court records say they’re suspected leaving 22-year-old Annika Swanson, of Imperial, in a drainage pipe in a Chase County pasture on Nov. 14. The records say Carter told investigators that German beat up Swanson and, accompanied by Carter, forced Swanson down into the pipe on Nov. 14. Using Carter’s information, authorities found and recovered Swanson’s body in the pipe on Sunday. Her father had reported her missing three days earlier.
German, Carter and a third person are also suspected of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman. Authorities have said she’s safe now.
Lincoln – A potential old conference matchup could be on the horizon, as ESPN announced the field for the 2020 Myrtle Beach Invitational Thursday morning.
The third-annual event is held in the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina and takes place Nov. 19, 20 and 22, 2020. The eight-team field for the event includes Charlotte (Conference USA), Dayton (Atlantic 10), Loyola (Missouri Valley), Missouri (Southeastern), Penn (Ivy), Pittsburgh (Atlantic Coast) and Utah State (Mountain West).
In all, four of the eight teams reached postseason play last season, including Utah State, which is ranked 15th nationally and coached by former NU assistant Craig Smith. Other postseason qualifiers besides the Huskers include Dayton and Loyola (Chicago), who NU could also face next week in the Cayman Islands Classic.
The Huskers and Missouri have a long history that dates back to 1908. The teams have squared off 219 times over the years, but have not met since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. NU topped Dayton in the 2016 Wooden Legacy, while a potential matchup with Penn could be the first since the Quakers upset the Huskers in the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
NU has played Pitt just four times, but not since 2000, while the Huskers and Utah State have not played since 1978. Charlotte is the only team in the field the Huskers have not played.
The appearances by Charlotte and Pittsburgh mark the third straight year schools from Conference USA and the ACC have competed in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The Big Ten, Ivy League and Mountain West will be represented in the event for the first time with Nebraska, Penn and Utah State participating next year. The Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley and SEC will have a school competing for the second time.
UCF captured the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational title in 2018 by defeating Western Kentucky 78-62 in the championship game. The Knights eventually reached the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament before falling 77-76 to Duke.
For more information on the Myrtle Beach Invitational, visit myrtlebeachinvite.com
The Huskers improved to 5-0 with their second win of the year over a 2019 NCAA Tournament team, while the Jaguars slipped to 2-3 on the young season.
Nebraska started fast, jumping to a quick 6-0 lead, before Southern cut the margin to 8-5 at the first media timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Whitish knocked down a 15-foot jumper near the elbow to become the 33rd Husker in history to reach 1,000 points. The 5-9 senior guard from Barneveld, Wis., finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists in a solid all-around effort.
Nebraska's lead continued to grow, as Whitish buried a pair of threes early in the second quarter to help the Husker margin balloon to 30-14 with 3:48 left in the half, before the Big Red headed to the locker room with a 35-19 edge.
The Huskers focused on playing four strong quarters and erupted from the locker room on a 13-0 run that featured eight straight points including a pair of threes from sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa finished with 12 points and eight rebounds on the night. Nebraska closed the quarter by outscoring the Jaguars 20-5 to take a 55-24 lead to the fourth quarter.
Leigha Brown produced her fifth straight game in double figures to open the season with a game-high 16 points, while adding four rebounds. Fellow sophomore Sam Haiby gave Nebraska three players in double figures with 10 points, four assists and two steals.
Senior forward Grace Mitchell added one of the best nights of her career with nine points and five rebounds off the bench while burying 2-of-3 three-pointers.
Overall, Nebraska knocked down 8-of-20 threes (.400) and hit 27-of-57 field goals (.474) on the night. The Huskers also hit 11-of-17 free throws (.647). The Big Red out-rebounded the Jags, 43-32, and the won the turnover battle, 13-8, while committing just one turnover in the second half.
The Huskers held Southern to just 26.4 percent (14-53) shooting from the field, including 20 percent (4-20) from three-point range. The Jags did hit 7-of-10 free throws. Amani McWain was the only Jaguar to manage double figures with 15 points, while Brittany Rose contributed eight points.
All 10 Huskers who played in the game scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound, while eight Huskers had at least one assist.
Nebraska completes its four-game home stand by taking on in-state rival Creighton on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off with the Bluejays is set for 2 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
GAME 4: VS. SOUTHERN
Date: Fri., Nov. 22
Time: 7:01 p.m. (CT)
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Tickets: Sold Out
TOYS FOR TOTS NIGHT
Friday's game is the U.S. Marines Corps' annual Toys for Tots drive, as fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the game. Cash donations for the cause will also be accepted, as collection spots will be located at Pinnacle Bank Arena entrances beginning at 5:30 p.m.
2019-20 Record: 1-2
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
Record at Nebraska: 1-2 (1st year)
Career NCAA Record: 116-58 (6th year)
2019-20 Record: 2-2
Head coach: Sean Woods
Record at Southern: 9-27 (2nd year)
Career Record: 147-186 (11th year)
Online Broadcast: BTN+
Play-by-play: Dustyn Stortzum
Analyst: Buzzy Caruthers
Radio: Learfield-IMG 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. 372
XM: Ch. 372
Husker Return to Action vs. Southern Friday Night
The Nebraska men's basketball team looks for its second straight win on Friday night, as the Huskers host the Southern Jaguars. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is slated for 7 p.m., and a very limited number of tickets are available for Friday's game. They can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, by calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office during business hours or at the PBA Ticket Office 90 minutes before tipoff.
Friday's game is the U.S. Marines Corps' annual Toys for Tots drive, as fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the game. Cash donations for the cause will also be accepted, as collection spots will be located at Pinnacle Bank Arena entrances.
The NU-Southern will not be televised, but carried online on BTN+ (subscription required) with Dustyn Stortzum and Buzzy Caruthers on the call. Friday's game is one of three regular-season BTN+ broadcasts in 2019-20 and information on how to subscribe is at btnplus.com.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield-IMG 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.
Nebraska (1-2) got off the schneid in its last performance, posting a 90-73 win over South Dakota State on Nov. 15. Sophomore Cam Mack's 24-point effort paced four Huskers in double figures, as the Huskers shot 57 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes to build a 24-point halftime lead. Dachon Burke Jr. and Haanif Cheatham had 17 points apiece for NU, while Kevin Cross had 10 points off the bench as Nebraska scored 90 or more points in regulation for the first time since last December.
Mack has been the catalyst to the Huskers' attack in the early going, as the junior college transfer leads the Huskers in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (6.0 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). NU has enjoyed a balanced attack with three players averaging double figures while three others have at least 5.0 points per game. NU has been solid on the defensive end, holding opponents to 41 percent shooting and forcing over 18 turnovers per game in the early going.
Southern comes in with a 2-2 mark following a 121-55 victory over Ecclesia College on Monday night. The Jaguars' two losses have come at Murray State and at New Mexico State.
Southern comes to Lincoln with a 2-2 record after a 121-55 win over Ecclesia on Monday night. Damiree Burns had 33 points on 14-of-19 shooting off the bench to pace four players in double figures. The Jaguars' two losses have come at Murray State and at WAC favorite New Mexico State. In that game, Southern was within six with 3:09 left before NMSU closed the game on a 15-5 spurt for the win.
Head Coach Sean Woods is in his second year at Southern after previously serving as the head coach at Morehead State (2012-16) and Mississippi Valley State (2008-12). He guided each of those schools to postseason bids, including an NCAA bid at Mississippi Valley State in 2012. Woods played collegiately at Kentucky, where he started three seasons, including the 1991-92 team that lost to Duke in the Elite Eight, and had his No. 11 retired by the school.
The Jaguars returned just one starter and four players from last season's team. Siena transfer Ashanta Shivers averages 10.5 points per game and is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, while Cal State Bakersfield transfer Darius Williams is averaging 8.0 points and 7.0 boards per game. Damiree Burns leads SU in scoring at 11.8 points per game but did not take a shot in the Jaguars' first two games. Cal State Fullerton transfer Amel Kuljuhovic is averaging 8.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Series Record: Nebraska has won both of the all-time meetings between the two schools, including 81-76 victory in the most recent meeting on Dec. 20, 2016. In that game, Jeriah Horne led four Huskers with 18 points, as he hit 7-of-9 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers. Nebraska is 23-1 all-time against current members of the SWAC.
LAST TIME OUT
Cam Mack poured in a career-best 24 points and was one of four Huskers in double figures, helping Nebraska defeat South Dakota State, 90-73, on Nov. 15.
NU used a strong first-half performance to take control, shooting 57 percent in leading by as many as 31 in the opening half minutes to take a 51-27 lead into the locker room.
The Huskers raced off to a 12-2 start, as Dachon Burke Jr. and Hannif Cheatham combined for nine early points for the Big Red, as both players finished with 17 markers. Kevin Cross was the fourth Husker to post double figures with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench.
SDSU was within 26-14 before the Huskers blitzed the Jackrabbits with a 19-2 spurt. NU held the visitors to one field goal in a five-minute span, as the Huskers took their largest lead of the half at 45-14 on a Yvan Ouedraogo putback.
Nebraska held the Jackrabbits to 27 percent shooting, including 1-of-13 from 3-point range, in the first half and never led by fewer than 17 the rest of the evening.
DID YOU KNOW
• Fred Hoiberg and Southern Coach Sean Woods faced off one time as college players, as Kentucky beat Iowa State 106-98 in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Woods had 18 points and nine assists in that game, while Hoiberg, a freshman on that ISU team, had two points, but led the Cyclones with eight rebounds.
• Hoiberg's 2011-12 team at Iowa State played a Woods-coached team at Mississippi Valley State, escaping with a 67-65 win on Dec. 31, 2011 at Hilton Coliseum.
• Through Tuesday's action, Cam Mack and Michigan State's Cassius Winston are the only Big Ten players in the top 10 in both scoring and assists.
• Cam Mack is one of only four power conference players - and the only one in the Big Ten - averaging at least 15.0 points, five rebounds and five assists per game as of Nov. 19.
Power Conference Players Averaging 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.0 apg.
Kira Lewis Jr.
Courtesy: CBB at Sports Reference
• Matej Kavas enters the Southern game needing just six points to reach 1,000 for his collegiate career. Kavas could break out on Friday, as he has only had one other stretch in his collegiate career when healthy where he went two games without a 3-pointer. As a freshman at Seattle, he went two straight games without a 3-pointer, but then proceeded to go 9-of-14 over the next three contests from beyond the arc. Last season, Kavas had a three-game stretch when he returned from his shin injury, but played a combined 10 minutes in those games.
• Through the first three games, 77.2 percent of the Huskers' offense has come from players who were added in the offseason, including six of Nebraska's top seven scorers.
• Nebraska enters Friday's game leading the Big Ten in turnover margin at +4.7 per game, as the Huskers have committed an averaged of 11.7 turnovers per game in the first three contests while playing at one of the fastest paces in the Big Ten.
• Beginning with next Monday's Cayman Islands Classic opener against Washington State, the Huskers will play their next five non-conference games away from home (3 in Cayman Islands Classic, at Georgia Tech and at Creighton), the longest stretch of non-conference games away from home since the 2000-01 season. The Huskers' next home game is Dec. 15 against Purdue.
• Mack's 13-point, 11-assist performance vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 9 marked just the sixth time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assist double-double.
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)
vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
at Kansas State, 2/7/10
at TCU, 11/21/09
vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94
• Nebraska is 103-14 (.880) in non-conference home games since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 40-9 (.814) since Pinnacle Bank Arena opened in 2013.
• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season.
Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19
Pct. of Scoring
South Dakota St.
Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office
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 84th nationally in adjusted tempo, averaging more than 72 possessions in a 40-minute game. NU is currently fourth in the Big Ten in tempo after ranking eighth in the Big Ten and 238th nationally in 2018-19.
• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 93rd to 34th nationally in tempo and ranked in the top 40 nationally in 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 tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee.
JUCO ADDITIONS AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Two of the cornerstones of the Huskers' recruiting class were junior college transfers Cam Mack and Jervay Green. Mack (third) and Green (eighth) were both ranked in the top 10 nationally by JUCORecruiting.com in the 2019 recruiting class and have played a crucial role for the Huskers early in 2019-20.
Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard recruit in the country, enters the Southern game leading the Huskers in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (6.0 apg) and steals (1.7 spg), while posting a nearly 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is fourth in the Big Ten in assists and also ranks in the top 12 in scoring and steals.
• Mack has been the only Husker in double figures in all three games, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State. He had 11 points and nine rebounds in the opener before nearly pulling a triple-double against Southern Utah on Nov. 9 with 13 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. His 11 assists against the Thunderbirds were the most by a Husker since the 2009-10 campaign.
• 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.
Green was rated as the No. 2 combo guard after a stint at Western Nebraska CC, has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Big Red, averaging 9.7 points per game along with 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.7 steals and 3.7 rebounds per game, ranking in the top three on the team in assists, blocks, steals and rebounds.
• Green dished out a season-high five assists and added six points and four rebounds in the win over South Dakota State.
• He nearly had a double-double against Southern Utah with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds, as he sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
• Green garnered NJCAA All-America honors at WNCC, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was eighth nationally in scoring and had six 30-point games, including a school-record 51-point outburst.
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., is NU's most experienced player, as he played in 80 games between Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast before transferring to Nebraska for his final year.
Cheatham got off to a slow start in the first two games, but enjoyed a breakout performance against South Dakota State, finishing with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. Cheatham's biggest impact has been on the defensive end, where he has the ability to guard multiple spots. A former top-100 recruit, Cheatham was named Marquette's top defensive performer in each of his two full seasons at Marquette.
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 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Burke has reached double figures twice, including a 17-point, seven-rebound effort against South Dakota State on Nov. 15. 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.
CROSS LIFTS BENCH PRODUCTION
Freshman Kevin Cross has been an early contributor for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Little Rock, Ark., has been the first Husker off the bench in all three games and ranks third on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
• Cross was efficient against South Dakota State, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and two blocked shots.
• Against Southern Utah, he had a team-high 19 points, becoming the first freshman in 73 games to pace the Huskers in scoring. His 19 point effort was the highest by a Husker rookie since Shavon Shields in 2013.
• Cross has lost nearly 20 pounds since arriving on campus this summer, and showed glimpses of his potential during NU's trip to Italy, reaching double figures twice in four contests.
• He has helped the NU reserves combine for nearly 21 points per game during the first three contests.
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 when he started against UC Riverside on Nov. 5.
• Ouedraogo, who became the first true freshman to start in the frontcourt since Brandon Ubel in 2009, had nine points, three rebounds and a pair of steals and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action.
• 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.
• He has started all three games for the Huskers, averaging 5.7 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. Ouedraogo snared a team-high 12 rebounds against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.
Ouedraogo, who doesn't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, played for the French U-18 squad at the 2019 European Championships in July, averaging 4.0 points, 3.6 rebounds per game as France went 6-1 and finished fifth in the competition.
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 44 percent shooter from 3-point range, and has shot 40 percent or better in all three of his seasons at Seattle. Kavas' .442 career percentage ranks fifth among active Division I players. As a sophomore at Seattle, Kavas led the WAC in both 3-point percentage (.464) and 3-pointers per game (2.8).
• 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' 179 career 3-pointers would ranks sixth 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).
Top Active 3-Point Shooters in Division I (as of Nov. 20)
Luke Avdalovic, Northern Ariz.
Justin Jaworski, Lafayette
Tyrell Gumbs-Frater, Coastal Carolina
Nate Darling, Delaware
Matej Kavas, Nebraska
WHAT'S BACK FOR THE HUSKERS
Nebraska returns one letterwinner and one other player from last year's team that went 19-17 and reached the second round of the NIT. Junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson was the only player who has seen regular-season action for the Huskers entering the 2019-20 campaign. He averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game last year.
• According to research by noted basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy, the 50 returning points on Nebraska's 2019-20 roster is the lowest total for a power conference team since 2009, when Indiana returned just 28 points from the previous season.
• Since 2000, it is only the fourth time where the Huskers have returned less than 40 percent of the team's scoring output from the previous year (also 2012-13, 2009-10 and 2001-02). In that stretch, the lowest was 24 percent in 2012-13.
• The seven returning starts are the lowest in the last 20 years (41 entering 2001-02).
What's Returning (Last Five Seasons)
Pct. of scoring
Pct. of rebounding
Pct. of assists
Pct. of blocked shots
Pct. of steals
Pct. of minutes
RETOOLING A ROSTER IN SIX WEEKS
Fred Hoiberg and his staff retooled the Nebraska roster following his introduction in early April. The Huskers signed a recruiting class that was in the top 50 nationally in just six weeks. The 14-member class includes 11 scholarship players and three walk-ons and is a mixture of grad transfers, transfers, JUCOs and freshmen.
2019 Recruiting Class Highlights
• Ranked No. 41 nationally by 247Sports, the program's second-highest class ranking since joining the Big Ten.
• Features two of the top-10 recruits nationally by JUCORecruiting.com, the highest two JC signees NU has signed this decade.
• Includes five Division I transfers who have combined for more than 2,300 points, 1,000 rebounds and 350 assists at their previous schools.
• Has two Division I transfers (Dalano Banton and Haanif Cheatham) who were top-100 recruits in high school and two freshmen who were both top-150 recruits in 2019 by 247Sports (Kevin Cross and Ivan Ouedraogo).
• Contains two high school state players of the year (Akol Arop and Samai Curtis) and two others who were first-team all-state in 2019 (Cross and Charlie Easley).
• Includes players from seven states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Texas) and three countries (Canada, France and Slovenia).
FROM COLLEGE TO THE NBA AND BACK AGAIN
Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg is in an exclusive club, as he is one of just 10 current Division I coaches to coach in Division I and in the NBA. He spent three-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls, guiding the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs in 2016. Hoiberg's 270 regular-season NBA games are the most of the 10 former NBA coaches in the collegiate ranks. Hoiberg also brings five years of NBA front office experience, as he worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005 to 2010.
NBA Head Coach, Years
Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska
Larry Krystkowiak, Utah
Terry Porter, Portland
Milwaukee, 2003-05; Phoenix 2008-09
Lon Kruger, Oklahoma
Eric Musselman, Arkansas
Golden State, 2002-04; Sacramento, 2006-07
Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount
Darrell Walker, Ark. Little Rock
Toronto, 1996-98; Washington, 1999-2000
John Calipari, Kentucky
New Jersey, 1996-99
Leonard Hamilton, Miami
Lindsey Hunter, Miss. Valley State
COLBY, Kan. – The Colby Community College basketball team overcame a slow start to the second half but came back to hand McCook Community College an 81-71 loss Tuesday at the Colby Community Building.
Down 40-35 at halftime, MCC came out 9-0 in the first two and a half minutes of the second half to take a 44-40 lead. Colby hit a free-throw at the 16:07 mark to close within 44-41 but the Indians responded with five straight points to take an eight-point lead 49-41 at the 15:00 minute mark. The Trojans responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead 51-49 and with 12:08 left.
“We didn’t play hard for 40 minutes, maybe 20 combined,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.
MCC tied the game at 56-56 at the 8:24 mark. Colby stretched the lead to 66-60 with 5:48 left and kept the Indians at arm’s length for the remainder of the game.
“It’s a game that we should have won but didn’t and we must learn and move on,” Drennan said.
Eddie Davis of Colby led all scorers with 27 points.
Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC with 13 points each.
Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 12 points and sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Omaha) scored nine points, all coming from the 3-point line. Petterson and Costello topped MCC in rebounds with six each.
“We didn’t have a good week of practice and it showed,” Drennan said. “There is no switch you can flip to play harder. It has to be an every day thing. That’s the beautiful part of basketball, what you put into it you will get back. It never lies to you.”
The Indians out-rebounded Colby 41-38. MCC turned the ball over 18 times to 14 for the Trojans.
After making 11 of its first 12 free throws on the night (91.7 percent), MCC fell off to 46.7 percent in the second half to finish 18 of 27 (66.7 percent).
MCC shot 43.6 percent from the field for the game and made five of 15 shots from the 3-point line.
Colby shot 44.6 percent from the field, made 4 of 15 shots from the arc (26.7 percent) and made 19 of 27 free throws (70.4 percent).
MCC outscored Colby in the paint 18-12 and the MCC bench outscored the Trojans 30-9.
Colby improves to 4-1 on the season.
MCC falls to 3-3 and the Indians will play their final home game of the calendar year Friday. MCC will take on Western Wyoming Community College in a women’s/men’s doubleheader. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game to follow. The Mustang men are 4-1 having split a pair of games with Western Nebraska. Western Wyoming and is among a group of teams receiving votes in this week’s top 20 Division I poll.
“The response for tomorrow’s practice will tell me a lot about this team,” Drennan said. “We are really good when we play hard and with a purpose. Let’s get that back for Friday night and put on a show.”
Next week the Indians will head to Garden City for a 6 p.m. game Monday against the Broncbusters, currently 3-2 before heading to Casper, Wyo. for three tournament games in the Foss Motors Thanksgiving Classic, Thanksgiving Day, Friday and Saturday.
For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.
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Tip-off between the Huskers (4-0) and the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Jaguars (2-2) is set for 7 p.m., with tickets on sale now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com.
Wednesday night's game includes a Veterans Day/Military Salute with two complimentary tickets for all Veterans and Active Military through print-at-home or mobile PDF delivery. The U.S. Marines will also be collecting for their Toys 4 Tots drive, beginning when the gates open 90 minutes prior to tip-off, and concluding at the start of the game. Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys or cash donations inside each main entrance at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Live radio coverage (beginning at 6:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM and in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM. Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com and the Huskers App.
A live video stream will be provided by BTN+ as part of Nebraska's BTN Student U telecasts.
Nebraska is coming off a 63-49 win over SIUE in Lincoln on Sunday. Senior wing Nicea Eliely notched her second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with game highs of four steals and two blocks. Eliely is averaging 9.8 points and 7.8 rebounds.
Leigha Brown recorded double-figure points for the fourth straight game with 12 points against the Cougars. The 6-1 sophomore from Auburn, Ind., is averaging a team-best 15.5 points while adding 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists. She is the only Husker to score in double digits in all four games.
Ashtyn Veerbeek continued her strong play as a starter with 10 points and six boards in the win over SIUE. The 6-2 sophomore is averaging 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard Sam Haiby ranks second among the Huskers with 13.0 points per game, including a career-high 28 in a win at Missouri (Nov. 10).
Senior guard Hannah Whitish needs just two points to become the 33rd Husker to score 1,000 points in a career. Whitish had eight points and a career-high nine rebounds to go along with five assists in Sunday's win over SIUE. Whitish is just 22 assists away from becoming the eighth Husker in history to dish out 400 assists.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0) vs. Southern Jaguars (2-2)
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln
Veterans/Military Salute (Toys 4 Tots)
Live Video: BTN+ (Student U)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-CD 105.9 FM; Huskers.com; Huskers App
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 10.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 7.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 13.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 9.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 15.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 3.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (46-49); 13th Season Overall (239-158)
Southern Jaguars (2-2, 0-0 SWAC)
2 - Alyric Scott - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 9.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
24 - Jaden Towner - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 4.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg
44 - Raven White - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 6.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
0 - Caitlin Davis - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 4.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
11 - Brittany Rose - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 14.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Off the Bench
25 - Genovea Johnson - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
20 - Amani McWain - 5-8 - So. - G - 6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
5 - Nakia Kincey - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 5.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg
22 - Taneara Moore - 6-0 - So. - F - 4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg
32 - Ceundra McGhee - 6-3 - So. - P - 2.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
4 - Chloe Fleming - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Head Coach: Carlos Funchess (ULM, 1992)
Second Season at Southern (22-15); Second Season Overall: (22-15)
• Nebraska will try to open the season 5-0 for the first time under Coach Amy Williams in her fourth season at Nebraska. The last Husker team to open 5-0 was the 2014-15 Nebraska team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament after opening the year 7-0.
• Through four games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 58.8 points per game while holding opponents to 31.7 percent shooting from the field and 21.5 percent success from three-point range.
• Last season, Nebraska allowed an average of 70.1 points per game, while opponents shot 41.1 percent from the field and 33.4 percent from long range.
• Nebraska has held three opponents to 55 points or less in four games this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less.
• Nebraska's bench has outscored the opposing bench in all four games this season. The Huskers have outscored the opponent bench in 32 of the last 34 games.
Scouting The Southern Jaguars
• Southern University comes to Lincoln with a 2-2 record after a narrow 69-63 loss at Wichita State on Sunday afternoon. The Jaguars own wins over Wiley and Tougaloo, and a loss at Iowa State to open the season at Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Nov. 7.
• The defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions, Southern went 20-13 overall and 14-4 in the SWAC last season to advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament to play Mississippi State. Southern's losses last year included road games at Baylor, Kentucky, Arizona State, Texas Tech, TCU and Michigan.
• Southern, which is the preseason pick to win the SWAC, returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad.
• Carlos Funchess is in his second season as the head coach of the Jaguars. A long-time assistant under Sandy Pugh at Southern U before taking the top job at the Baton Rouge, La., school, Funchess was not only the 2019 SWAC Coach of the Year, he also claimed the 2019 Spalding Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach-of-the-Year award from the WBCA.
• An outstanding college player, Funchess was the winner of the ESPN College Slam Dunk Contest in 1991 following his career at Northeast Louisiana (now University of Louisiana Monroe). He was the Southland Conference Co-Player of the Year in 1991.
• Brittany Rose has been a starter for the Jaguars early this season. The 5-9 senior guard from Jackson, Miss., is averaging 14.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She has scored in double figures in all four games, including a season-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 16 minutes in the win over Tougaloo (Nov. 14). In her first season at Southern, Rose averaged 7.4 points while primarily coming off the bench. She ranked second among the Jags a year ago with 38 threes. The transfer played at the same junior college (Copiah-Lincoln CC) as Southern Head Coach Carlos Funchess.
• Alyric Scott, a 5-10 junior guard, returns to the Southern starting five after averaging 9.0 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds a year ago. She also ranked fourth among the Jags with 21 made three-pointers. Scott, who was a preseason first-team All-SWAC selection, is averaging 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds through four games this season. As a high school player in Richton, Miss., Scott scored 3,000 career points.
• Another returning starter in the backcourt, Jaden Towner is averaging 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds through four games this season. The 5-10 Towner started 19 games last season and averaged 6.2 points and 2.7 boards per contest while ranking third on the team with 22 three-pointers made.
• Caitlin Davis, a 5-6 junior guard has stepped into the lineup in place of graduated senior star Skylar O'Bear (9.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg). Davis, who spent her first two seasons as a starting guard at McNeese State before sitting out as a transfer last season at Southern, is averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds through four games. As a sophomore at McNeese State in 2017-18, Davis was the team MVP, averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 assists. She averaged 8.9 points and 3.3 assists as a true freshman for the Cowgirls.
• Raven White (6.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg), a 6-1 freshman forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gives the Jaguars talent and size inside as a starter. She was a member of the South Florida Sun's Fab Five at Dillard High School the last two years, averaging a double-double both seasons. She is the daughter of former Michigan State and eight-year NFL running back Lorenzo White (Houston Oilers, 7 seasons, Cleveland Browns, 1). Lorenzo White, who was also a graduate of Dillard High School, spent two seasons in the backfield with former Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier with the Oilers (1988, 1989).
• Raven White's high school teammate Genovea Johnson is Southern's second-leading scorer (9.8 ppg) through four games while coming off the bench. The 5-8 Johnson and White led Dillard High School to a Florida Class 7A state championship together in 2019. Johnson also averaged a double-double (10.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg) last season while adding 4.8 assists per contest.
• Sophomore Amani McWain (6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and junior Nakia Kincey (5.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.0 apg) have also been reliable contributors off the bench this season, along with sophomore Taneara Moore. A 6-0 forward, Moore started 12 games and averaged 6.2 points and 5.7 rebounds last season.
• Nebraska is 2-0 all-time against Southern, including an 89-38 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Nov. 23, 2015. The Jaguars were the fourth opposing women's basketball team in history to face the Huskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as Nebraska notched an 87-64 win over the Jags on Nov. 24, 2013. Southern star Kendra Coleman scored 30 points in that game, while Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper had 23 points and Emily Cady contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds.
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (65).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (60).
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 38 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 60 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• Leigha Brown has scored in double figures in all four games to open the season. She has scored in double figures in five consecutive games overall - the longest active streak by a Husker.
• Nebraska's current four-game winning streak is its longest since a pair of five-game winning streaks in 2017-18. The Huskers have not had a six-game winning streak since 2015-16 (Jan. 10-27).
• Nebraska will be shooting to open the season with five straight wins for the first time since 2014-15, when the Huskers opened the season 7-0.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 346 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 225 consecutive games.
Numbers to Watch
(2) Hannah Whitish needs two points to become the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women's basketball history.
(3) Sam Haiby is three rebounds away from 100 in her career.
(4) Leigha Brown is four rebounds from 100 in her career.
(6) Junior Kate Cain is six blocks away from 200 in her career. Only three other Huskers in history have achieved 200 career blocks.
(8) Nicea Eliely is eight assists away from 200 in her career.
(8) Kristian Hudson needs eight assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(13) Ashtyn Veerbeek is 13 rebounds away from 200 in her career.
(13) Kristian Hudson needs 13 rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(22) Hannah Whitish is 22 assists away from becoming just the eighth Husker in history with 400 career assists.
Nebraska senior linebacker Mohamed Barry has been named one of six finalists for the Pop Warner National College Football Award. The award was established in 2010, and recognizes a graduating senior who has made a real impact on the field, in the classroom and in his community.
Barry is joined among the group of finalists by USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., Wake Forest running back Cade Carney, Penn State punter Blake Gillikin, Kansas safety Bryce Torneden and Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown.
Barry is leading Nebraska in tackles for the second straight season in 2019. A year ago, he had a team-high 112 tackles and earned third-team All-Big Ten honors and was Nebraska’s Defensive MVP. In the classroom, the Grayson, Ga., native is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned his bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies in May of 2019.
Barry is also one of Nebraska’s most active student-athletes in the community. Barry is a four-time member of both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams.
The Pop Warner College Football Award will be presented to the winner during the 63rd annual Pop Warner Super Bowl in early December at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara was the first winner of the award in 2010.
Steve Stein had an interview with Root on Wednesday.