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Lincoln - In a back-and-forth battle between 2018 NCAA Tournament teams, two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake made the plays down the stretch to steal an 83-77 win over the Nebraska women's basketball team on Wednesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
In a game that featured huge runs by both teams in the first half, the game settled into a classic possession-for-possession battle in the final 15 minutes. The Huskers (0-1) used a 14-0 run to start the game to build a 16-point first-quarter lead, before Drake responded with a 16-0 second-quarter run on its way to building a 13-point edge two minutes into the second half. 

The Huskers completely wiped out Drake's double-digit lead with five minutes left in the game, as freshman Sam Haiby scored four straight points to give Nebraska a 67-65 lead. But that margin was short-lived and the experienced Bulldogs, who feature 11 combined seniors and juniors on their roster, made enough plays down the stretch to open their season with a road win.

Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., led Nebraska with 13 points off the bench, while juniors Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely each added double figures with 10 points. Sophomore Taylor Kissinger and freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek both pitched in eight points, while graduate transfer Kristian Hudson contributed seven points and three assists off the bench. Freshmen Leigha Brown and Kayla Mershon each managed six points off the bench, as Nebraska's five newcomers combined for 40 of NU's 77 points on the night.

As a team, Nebraska hit 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots from the field, including 10-of-28 three-pointers (.357). The Huskers also knocked down 13-of-17 free throws (.765). But the Big Red was out-rebounded 44-40 by the Bulldogs, who also won the turnover battle, 20-17. Drake converted Nebraska's turnovers to 24 points, while the Huskers managed just 14 points off Drake's 17 miscues. The Bulldogs also outscored the Huskers 15-8 in second-chance points.

Nebraska erupted on a 14-0 run to open the game and built its biggest lead at 24-8 with just over three minutes left in the period. The Huskers continued to play well to close the quarter with a 29-15 lead thanks to a last-second shot from Hudson.

Kissinger led the Big Red with eight first-quarter points, while Brown added six points as eight Huskers scored in the first quarter.

Drake used a huge second quarter to answer a big first quarter by Nebraska, outscoring the Huskers 30-7. The Bulldogs were led by 11 points from Sammie Bachrodt, including a 27-footer at the buzzer to close the half. Last year in Des Moines, Bachrodt hit four buzzer-beating shots in a double-overtime loss to Nebraska.

Becca Hittner opened the second quarter with nine straight points in the first two minutes to cut Nebraska's lead to 32-24. Her second three-pointer in the spurt started a 16-0 Drake run that ended with five straight points from Bachrodt to give the Bulldogs a 37-32 lead with four minutes left in the first half.

In the half, Bachrodt led the Bulldogs with 12 points, while Hittner had 11. Nicole Miller pitched in eight points among the eight Drake players who found the scoring column in the half. Overall, Drake hit 15-of-35 shots (.429), including 9-of-19 threes (.474) while going 7-for-8 from long range in the second quarter. Drake also hit 6-of-8 free throws and out-rebounded the Huskers, 24-22.

The Huskers got eight first-half points from Kissinger and six apiece from Brown and Whitish, as nine Nebraska players found the scoring column in the half. The Big Red hit just 34.3 percent (12-35) of its first-half shots, after opening 10-for-18 (.556) in the first period. In the second quarter, NU went just 2-for-17 from the floor and just 1-for-8 from three-point range after starting 6-for-10 in the opening quarter. Drake won the first-half turnover battle, 8-7.

Drake hit Nebraska early in the second half, scoring four straight points to open the half and take its biggest lead at 49-36, before the Huskers rallied. Eliely and Haiby hit three-pointers and Hudson scored on a traditional three-point play as part of 16-6 surge to cut the Bulldog lead to 55-49 with five minutes left in third quarter.

The Huskers were able to cut the margin to 56-55 with 2:45 left in the quarter, before going to the fourth quarter down 60-57.

Nebraska made it all the way back in the fourth quarter, taking a brief 67-65 lead with five minutes left in the game.

But Drake responded to make the plays down the stretch, including eight points from Maddy Dean in the final five minutes. Dean completed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists for the Bulldogs. Sara Rhine, who did not play in last year's game with Nebraska, added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 10 boards, including five of Drake's 19 offensive rebounds on the night.

Reigning Missouri Valley Conference Player-of-the-Year Becca Hittner finished with a game-high 19 points, while Bachrodt pitched in 15 points. Miller gave the Bulldogs five players in double figures with 11 points.

Drake finished the night at 40 percent (26-65) from the field, including 39.3 percent (11-28) from three-point range, while connecting on 20-of-29 free throws (.690).

Nebraska returns to home action on Sunday by taking on USC Upstate at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Trojans out of the Big South Conference is set for 11 a.m.


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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team began its stretch of four straight road matches with a sweep of Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday night. The Huskers improved to 29-0 all-time against Iowa with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-13 win.

Nebraska (19-6, 10-5 Big Ten) posted its third straight win behind 12 kills from Lexi Sun, who hit .400 for the match and also added 11 digs. Sun was particularly huge for the Big Red in set two, terminating four straight kills to help the Huskers rally from down 19-14 to win the set. Mikaela Foecke added 13 kills on .344 hitting with eight digs and three blocks playing in her home state. Foecke became the eighth Husker in school history to reach 1,500 career kills with her first kill of the match. 

The Huskers were sharp offensively for the second straight match, hitting .333 after hitting .427 against Rutgers on Saturday. Nebraska had just eight attacking errors for the match, its fewest in a Big Ten match this season. NU held Iowa to a .070 hitting percentage, its lowest mark of the season.

Lauren Stivrins had seven kills and four blocks, and Jazz Sweet had five kills with three blocks. NU had a 6-1 advantage in blocks, a 53-45 edge in digs and 6-4 advantage in aces. Sun served two aces, while Nicklin Hames led the team with 17 digs to go with 30 assists for her 11th straight double-double. Kenzie Maloney chipped in eight digs and five set assists. 

Reghan Coyle had 11 kills for Iowa (13-13, 5-10 Big Ten).

Set 1: Sun had a kill and an ace to help the Huskers take a 5-2 lead. But Iowa responded with a 7-3 run to go up 9-8. Sweet and Schwarzenbach put the Huskers back in front briefly, 11-10, with a block, but Iowa went back up 12-11 with an ace. Sweet and Schwarzenbach teamed up again for a block and denied a number of Iowa attacks on the next rally to spark the Huskers to a 14-12 lead. Foecke added three more kills and Stivrins combined on two blocks before Maloney served an ace to put the Huskers up 20-13 with a 9-1 run. Sun, Foecke and Stivrins added kills down the stretch, and Megan Miller tacked on an ace as the Huskers won 25-15. NU hit .315 and held Iowa to .022. 

Set 2: Back-to-back kills by Foecke and Sun got NU off to a 7-5 start. Iowa ran off four straight points, including two aces, to take an 11-9 lead. The Hawkeyes led 17-12 via a 5-0 run after Nebraska had tied it 12-12. Foecke ended the run with a kill and an Iowa hitting error cut the deficit to three, 17-14. A pair of Iowa hitting errors and an ace by Foecke pulled NU within one at 19-18. After an Iowa kill, Sun terminated four straight rallies as part of a 5-0 run that put the Huskers ahead 23-20. NU earned set point at 24-21 after an Iowa service error, and the Huskers won 25-22 after Sun's seventh kill of the set. The Huskers closed out the set win on an 11-3 run after trailing 19-14.

Set 3: Schwarzenbach tallied a kill and Stivrins blocked two shots, one with Foecke and one with Sweet, as the Huskers went up 5-2. Foecke, Hames and Stivrins killed three straight rallies to boost the Huskers to a 9-4 lead, and NU extended the lead to 15-7 with two more kills by Sun and an ace by Hames. Foecke and Schwarzenbach teamed up for a block, and Sweet pounded a kill for a 19-8 Husker advantage. The Huskers closed out their 19th sweep in the last 20 matches against the Hawkeyes with a 25-13 win. Iowa hit -.100 in the final set. 

Up Next: The Huskers are back on the road at No. 15 Michigan on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT).

Coach Cook post-match Iowa

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team moved up two spots to number one in the third edition of the NCAA Regional Rankings.

These rankings determine the 64-teams (eight teams from Division II's eight regions) that make up the NCAA Tournament field. That field will be released this Sunday at 9 p.m. at  

These region rankings do not include results from last night’s conference tournament first round matches. Results from all three league tournaments will be factored in this weekend.  

The MIAA, along with the GAC (Great American Conference) and NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference), make up the Central Region. Conference tournament winners receive an automatic bid to the NCAA's with the top seed hosting the Central Regional November 15-17 or November 16-18. UNK would host Nov. 15-17. 
Below are the complete region rankings. Matches against NAIA competition don't count in a team's overall record. UNK faces Central Missouri Friday at 7 p.m. in an MIAA Tourney semifinals match.

Lincoln, NE - First round action will take place Thursday in Lincoln with the first matches of the day starting at 1:30pm, followed by 3:30pm and then the second session at 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Class A & B will be at Pinnacle Bank Arena. C1 will take place at Northstar, C2 will be at Lincoln Southwest, D1 at Lincoln East High School, and D2 first round match ups will be at Lincoln Southeast. View all the match ups below. 

State Tournament BRACKET 


LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)

TV - BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason, Elise Menaker)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 99, XM 201
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

Record: 2-7, 1-5 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Ohio State, 36-31
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 21-14 (3rd Year)/2-7 (1st Year) 
vs. Illinois: 0-0

Record: 4-5, 2-4 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Minnesota, 55-31
Rankings: NR
Coach: Lovie Smith
Career/ILL Record: 98-111 (14th Year)/9-24 (3rd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-2

The Matchup
Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a Big Ten West Division matchup with Illinois. The game will be televised on BTN with kickoff set for 11 a.m. The contest can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska enters the game at 2-7 overall and 1-5 in Big Ten play, following a 36-31 loss at No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday. The Huskers held a 21-16 halftime advantage, before the Buckeyes rallied in the second half for a victory. Nebraska continued to make strides in the matchup at Ohio State, putting up 450 yards of total offense, while the defense had three takeaways for the second straight week.

Illinois comes to Lincoln with a 4-5 record, including a 2-4 conference mark. The Fighting Illini are coming off an impressive 55-31 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Illinois has built its offensive attack in 2018 around a strong rushing attack. Illinois averages 249.4 rushing yards per game and rolled up 430 rushing yards in last week's win against Minnesota.

Nebraska has won four of five meetings with Illinois since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2011. Nebraska is a perfect 3-0 against the Illini in Lincoln.

This Week's Numbers
100 -
 Saturday's game will mark Nebraska's annual Veterans Day/Military Salute at Memorial Stadium. In conjunction with the game, Nebraska will be recognizing the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on Saturday and at a Sunday morning Armistice Day Display Dedication. .

1,2 - Illinois and Nebraska are the nation's first and second-most improved rushing teams in 2018. The Illini average 143.8 yards per game more than in 2017, while NU rushes for 216.6 yards per game, an improvement of 109 yards per contest over 2017.

2500 - Stanley Morgan Jr. needs just 32 receiving yards to hit 2,500 career receiving yards. He would be the second Husker to reach that milestone. Morgan Jr. needs just 12 receiving yards to move into second place on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list.

Nebraska-Illinois Series
• As members of the Big Ten West Division, Nebraska and Illinois meet each season.

• Nebraska has captured four of the five meetings since joining the Big Ten, with each of its four victories by 15 or more points. 

• Nebraska has won the three meetings at Memorial Stadium since 2013 by an average score of 38.3-16.3.

• One of Nebraska's memorable victories in the series occurred on Oct. 3, 1925, a 14-0 Nebraska win in Champaign. It was the only time in Red Grange's Illinois career that he was held scoreless in a home game. 

NU to Wear 'Memorial Tribue' Alternate Uniforms Saturday
Nebraska will wear new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms Saturday when the Huskers take on Illinois.

2018 marks 100 years since the culmination of World War I (WWI). The new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, while also celebrating Memorial Stadium. The venue was originally named Memorial Stadium to honor the more than 700 Nebraskans who died in WWI and those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American wars. Memorial Stadium also honors Nebraskans who have served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more.

In collaboration with University of Nebraska Athletics, the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform was specifically inspired by the first team to play in Memorial Stadium and continues the school’s age-old tradition of honoring Nebraska’s veterans. The field hosted its first football game on October 20, 1923 and this will be the Huskers’ 96th season at the stadium. 
Similar to the 1923 Huskers’ jerseys, the 2018 Nebraska ‘Memorial Tribute’ uniform features a throwback tonal, paneled front. The buff-colored pant is designed to resemble the first façade of Memorial Stadium, which was also a characteristic of the 1923 uniform. Additionally, the new alternate uniform showcases key aspects of the 85,000-seat stadium, including the numbers and fonts which were inspired by the original clock in Memorial Stadium.

To complete the head-to-toe look, the team will wear a replica contemporary form 1923 helmet, complete with cream-white stitched strapping details, along with traditional black adizero 5-Star and FREAK cleats.

Offense Hopes to Sustian Strong Momentum
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. In the past six games, Frost's Nebraska offense has posted numbers among the nation's best units.

Nebraska has gained at least 450 yards in each of the past six games, tying a school record for the longest such 450-yard streak in NU history. NU also topped 450 yards in sixth straight games in 1972, 1982, 1994 and 1995.

Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado, and has since posted three more games with better than 500 yards. NU had a season-high 659 yards against Minnesota, after posting 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin. 

• Nebraska averages 468.9 yards of total offense to rank third in the Big Ten and 19th nationally.

• Nebraska's 659 yards of offense against Minnesota was its highest total since gaining 787 yards against FAU in the 2014 season opener.

• The total offense output against Minnesota was Nebraska's largest in a Big Ten Conference game (since 2011). It was NU's highest total offense in a conference game since having 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007. 

• Nebraska has four 500-yard offensive games this season. NU has not had five 500-yard total offense games in a season since 2000. 

• Nebraska has gained better than 450 yards in each of the past six games and has never had seven straight 450-yard games. 

• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marked the first time NU had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It was the first time NU had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016. 

• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015. 

• Nebraska is one of only six Power Five Conference schools averaging 200 rushing yards and 250 passing yards per game. The other teams in that group include Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Syracuse.

Frost and Staff Guiding Another Offensive Revival
After helping turn Central Florida into the nation’s most improved offense in 2017, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost and his five offensive assistants - all of whom were on Frost’s UCF staff last season - are producing an encore performance this season in Lincoln.

• Nebraska is averaging 83.9 more total yards this season than it did last year, helping the Huskers climb 68 spots in the national rankings from 87th in 2017 to 19th this season.

• NU is averaging 109.1 more rushing yards in 2018 than it did in 2017, helping the Huskers climb 87 spots in the national rankings from 119th in 2017 to 32nd this season.

• Nebraska’s offensive turnaround is led largely by underclassmen, who have produced 80.2 percent of the Huskers’ total offensive yards. In fact, NU’s freshmen and sophomores have combined to average 361.4 yards of total offense per game.

• In its second season at UCF in 2017, the staff helped the Knights increase their offense by 179.7 yards per game from the 2016 season, as the Knights climbed from 113th nationally in total offense in 2016 to fifth in 2017.

Nation's Most Improved Rushing Games to Battle
The naton's two most improved rushing teams will square off on Saturday in Lincoln. Illinois is averaging 249.4 rushing yards per game, a 143.8-yard improvement over last season. Nebraska averages 216.6 yards per game, 109.1 yards better than 2017.

• Leading the improved rushing attacks, are two of the naton's top runners in yards per attempt. Illinois' Reggie Corbin leads the Big Ten averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Nebraska's Devine Ozigbo averages 6.9 yards per rush, including 7.3 ypc in conference games. 

• Nebraska has a history of success in the running game against Illinois. In the last four games vs. the Illini in Lincoln (1985, 2013, 2014, 2016), Nebraska has averaged 363 rushing yards per game, including more than 450 yards in both 1985 and 2014. 

• In five meetings as Big Ten opponents, Nebraska has had five 100-yard rushers, including a pair of 200-yard rushing games by Ameer Abdullah. Most recently, Ozigbo rushed 18 times for 106 yards and a touchdown at Illinois last season. 

Record Duo Continues to Shine
In 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman combined for 1,816 receiving yards, the highest two-player total in Husker history.

Morgan set an NU record with 986 receiving yards in 2017. Spielman added 830 receiving yards, a total that ranked seventh in school history and was the most ever by a Husker freshman.

The duo is once again helping provide an explosive offense for Nebraska in 2018, and is on track to produce bigger numbers this fall.

• In nine games in 2018, the duo has combined for 110 receptions for 1,472 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those totals put them ahead of their combined pace in the 2017 season.

• Spielman and Morgan are one of four pass-catching duos in the nation to each have more than 700 receiving yards in 2018. The other schools with a pair of 700-yard receivers are Hawaii, Oklahoma and Old Dominion.

Martinez Brings Dual Threat to Nebraska Offense
Martinez has shown the ability to be a perfect fit in Coach Scott Frost's high-powered offense. Martinez has excelled in the past six weeks, leading the Nebraska offense to at least 450 yards each game.

Martinez has topped 400 yards of total offense three times in 2018, and has thrown for better than 250 yards in five straight Big Ten games.

Against Purdue on Sept. 29, Martinez threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 91 rushing yards. His 414 yards of total offense set a then-record for true freshman passing and total yards.

Martinez set a higher bar at Wisconsin. He threw for a Nebraska freshman record 384 yards and two touchdowns and accounted for a freshman record 441 yards of total offense.

He added his third career 400-yard total offense game with a complete effort against Minnesota. Martinez completed 25-of-29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. He added a career-high 125 rushing yards and a touchdown and had a career-long 53-yard run.

• Martinez's 86.2 percent accuracy against Minnesota set a Nebraska record for best completion percentage with a minimum of 20 attempts. Martinez broke a record held by Dave Humm that stood for 44 years. The 86.2 completion rate was also the best in the FBS ranks this season for a player with more than 25 pass attempts.

• Martinez's three 400-yard career total offense games has already tied a Nebraska career record, matching Joe Ganz's career mark. He has five 300-yard total offense games this season, one shy of the NU season record.

• The 441 yards of total offense against Wisconsin not only set a school freshman record, it also ranked fourth on the overall single-game chart. His 414 yards of total offense against Purdue ranked 11th in school history.

• Martinez ranks third nationally among FBS freshmen in passing yards per game (240.3). He threw for more than 250 yards in a four-game stretch from Purdue to Minnesota, becoming the first NU quarterback to do that since 2015, and has topped 250 yards in five of six conference games.


Nebraska sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. It marks the first defensive weekly honor for the Scottsdale, Arizona native, but the second career individual honor as she was named the Big Ten Player of the Week in October. 

Stivrins had a career-high 10 blocks in a five-set win over No. 7 Penn State on Friday and followed with eight blocks in a sweep of Rutgers on Saturday. She averaged 2.25 blocks per set to go with 2.25 kills per set on a .516 hitting percentage. Stivrins helped the Huskers hold Penn State to a season-low .114 hitting percentage and Rutgers to .024.

The Huskers have now collected six Big Ten weekly awards this season. Nebraska plays at Iowa on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


The Nebraska basketball team opens the 2018-19 season Tuesday evening, as the Huskers take on Mississippi Valley State at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:01 p.m., and a limited number of tickets are available beginning at $7 by visiting or calling 800-8-BIGRED.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on SiriusXM radio.

The matchup between the Huskers and Delta Devils will be streamed online on BTN Plus with Brad Hilligoss and Allie Snow on the call. The game is available on BTN2Go and online and on A subscription is required for both BTN Plus and Flohoops.

Tuesday's opener, as well as Sunday's game against Southeastern Louisiana, are the two Lincoln Regional round games of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. The championship rounds will be at the Sprint Center in Kanas City on Nov. 19-20 with NU, Texas Tech, Missouri State and USC comprising the four-team field in Kansas City.

The Huskers, who are ranked 25th in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, used a balanced attack in putting away Wayne State, 75-40, in an exhibition game last Thursday. Isiaah Roby had 12 points and 10 boards in 21 minutes, as six Huskers had between eight and 12 points while no one played more than 20 mintues against the Wildcats. The Huskers also held Wayne State to 24 percent shooting, including just 5-of-22 from 3-point range.

The Huskers are led by Palmer, as the All-Big Ten performer led the Huskers at 17.2 points per game as a junior. The 6-foot-6 guard was fifth in the Big Ten in scoring and also chipped in 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He is joined by fellow seniors Isaac Copeland and Glynn Watson Jr. in the Huskers' starting lineup. Copeland, who garnered honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors, was second on the squad in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg) as a junior. Watson, a three-year starter, averaged 10.5 points and paced the Big Red in assists (3.2 apg) and steals (1.4 spg).

Mississippi Valley State looks to bounce back after a disappointing 2017-18 campaign. The Delta Devils lost to Delta State, 70-67, in their second exhibition game Saturday afternoon. MVSU returns three starters, including seniors Dante Scott (14.9 ppg) and Jordan Evans (14.7 ppg), as the duo combined for 100 3-pointers a year ago.


2 - Nebraska features two returning 1,000-point scorers in seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr.

10-2 - Assist-to-turnover ratio by guards Thomas Allen and Glynn Watson Jr. against Wayne State.

NUMBERS TO KNOW10 - Number of times since WWII that Nebraska has returned a first-team all-conference performer. James Palmer Jr. became NU's first returning All-Big Ten player since Terran Petteway in 2014-15.

160 - Number of starts at Nebraska from its 2018-19 roster, including a team-high 77 by Glynn Watson Jr. In all, the eligible players at Nebraska have started 214 Division I games, as Isaac Copeland (49 starts at Georgetown) and James Palmer (five starts at Miami) both cracked the starting lineups at their previous schools before coming to Nebraska.

FOR OPENERSNebraska begins its 123rd season of basketball on Tuesday evening against Mississippi Valley State. Here are some facts and figures about season openers for the Husker basketball program.

  • The Nov. 6 opening date is the earliest in school history. The previous earliest start came in the 2013-14 season when Nebraska faced Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 8, 2013.
  • Nebraska is 83-39 (.680) all-time in season openers and has won 17 straight season openers dating back to an 87-83 setback at Oral Roberts to begin the 2000 season.
  • Nebraska is 26-2 in its past 28 season openers dating back to the 1990-91 campaign.
  • The last time Nebraska lost a season opener at home was 1980 when NU fell to Wyoming, 62-59, in overtime. The Huskers have won 28 straight season openers at home since that loss.
  • Under Tim Miles, the Huskers have won all six of their openers by an average of 21.0 points. The 46-point win over Mississippi Valley State in 2015 was the 12th-largest margin in school history.

EXHIBITION RECAPBehind 12 points and 10 rebounds from Isaiah Roby and a solid defensive effort, Nebraska cruised to a 75-40 win over Wayne State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Nov. 1.

Roby, who nearly had a double-double in the first half with eight points and eight boards, led a balanced attack that saw James Palmer Jr. reach double figures with 10 points. In addition, four other players had at least eight points while all 12 players who saw action broke into the scoring column. The Huskers limited Wayne State to just 23.5 percent shooting, including 5-of-22 from 3-point range, and enjoyed a 56-35 advantage on the glass.

Wayne State was within 14-9 midway through the first half before Glynn Watson Jr. sparked a 7-0 spurt with a 3-pointer to give NU a 21-9 cushion after a basket from Amir Harris. The Wildcats pulled to within 30-19 after a basket from Nate Thayer, but Nebraska closed the half on a 9-2 run to build an 18-point halftime cushion.

In the second half, the Huskers quickly pushed the lead to 22 after baskets from Palmer and Roby before the Wildcats trimmed the lead back to 19, the last time at 45-26 after a Kendall Jacks basket. NU took over, using a 9-1 run capped by consecutive baskets from Watson, the last of which doubled up the Husker lead at 54-27 with 13:05 left.

Under fifth-year Head Coach Andre Payne, Mississippi Valley State looks to rebound after going 4-28 last season. The Delta Devils return eight letterwinners, including four players who made at least 13 starts last year.

Before taking over the MVSU program, Payne spent seven seasons at Wiley College, an NAIA program in Texas. He guided the school to three 20-win seasons, including a 25-7 mark in his final year at the school. Payne's squad returns a pair of high scoring guards in Dante Scott and Jordan Evans. Scott, a first-team All-SWAC pick, paced MVSU in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg) and shot 37 percent from 3-point range last year. Evans was second in scoring at 14.7 ppg while topping the Delta Devils in both assists (64) and steals (33). In all, four of the top five scorers return for MVSU this season.

Nebraska won the only previous matchup, a 97-51 victory to open the 2015-16 season. Glynn Watson Jr., Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood are the only Huskers who played in that matchup.

The Huskers enter the 2018-19 season welcoming back three starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. The group includes All-Big Ten performers James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland and three-year starter Glynn Watson Jr., all of whom averaged double figures in 2017-18. NU also returns junior forward Isaiah Roby, who started 13 of NU’s final 14 games and led NU in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg). Nebraska returns 73.4 percent of its scoring, 61.4 percent of its rebounding, 71.5 percent of its assists and 67.2 percent of its blocked shots from last year. Last year, NU averaged 72.3 points per game, its highest average since the 1996-97 season (72.9 ppg). It is only the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous season.

HUSKERS LOOK TO CONTINUE BLOCK PARTYNebraska's looks to continue a trend from last season when the Huskers were second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in blocked shots at 5.5 per game. It is the highest total since the 1996-97 team blocked a school-record 6.1 shots per game. Nebraska totaled 183 blocked shots last season, which was third on NU’s single-season list.

Nebraska returns a pair of players who averaged at least one block per game last year in Isaiah Roby (2.0 bpg) and Isaac Copeland (1.0 bpg). Roby’s 63 blocked shots were the most by a Husker since 2001, while Copeland had 33 blocked shots after recording just 39 in two-plus seasons at Georgetown. NU blocked six shots in the exhibition win over Wayne State.

IT (DOUBLE) FIGURESNebraska returns three double-figure scorers (James Palmer Jr., 17.2, Isaac Copeland Jr., 12.9 and Glynn Watson Jr. 10.5) for the first time since the 1992-93 season (Eric Piatkowski, 14.3; Derrick Chandler, 12.3; Jamar Johnson, 11.2). In Tim Miles' first six seasons, the Huskers returned a total of six double-figure scorers. During the 1992-93 season, the Huskers won 20 games and finished tied for second in the Big Eight Conference. With the return of junior Isaiah Roby, Nebraska brings back its top-four scorers for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign.

50-50 CLUBJunior forward Isaiah Roby is one of only two returning power conference players to total 50 blocks and 50 assists last season, joining Missouri’s Jontay Porter, who will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. Roby led the Huskers in blocked shots and was fourth in assists despite starting just 13 contests. Roby is also one of four Huskers to ever have 50 blocks and 50 assists in a season, joining Aleks Maric, Venson Hamilton and Rich King.

WATSON RETURNS AS 1,000-POINT SCORERFor just the second time this decade, Nebraska returns a 1,000-point scorer to the lineup, as Glynn Watson Jr. enters his senior year with 1,041 career points. It is the 10th time in program history that the Huskers had a returning 1,000-point scorer and the first since Shavon Shields in the 2015-16 campaign. Watson is one of two Huskers with 1,000 career points, as Isaac Copeland enters his senior year with 1,053 career points between his time at Georgetown and Nebraska. James Palmer Jr. is just 174 points away from joining the 1,000-point club

  • Nebraska 3,432 returning points ranks 13th nationally entering the 2018-19 season. Among Big Ten programs, only Iowa, which 4,246 returning points has more points returning that the Big Red.
  • Watson is one of three alumni of St. Joseph to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Carl Hayes (1,136, 1990-92) and Clifford Scales (1,136, 1988-91).
  • Watson is also ninth on NU’s career steals list with 137 and needs 74 assists to crack the Huskers’ career top-10 list in that category.

PALMER RECEIVES PRESEASON HONORSNebraska guard James Palmer Jr. has been lauded as one of the top returning players in college basketball. The 6-foot-6 guard comes off a junior season where he averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth.

Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games in his first season at Nebraska, including eight 20-point efforts. Palmer’s junior year was highlighted by a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. He is one of only five returning power conference players who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season.

COPELAND RETURNS TO ANCHOR FRONTCOURTIsaac Copeland Jr. made a successful return to action following back surgery and put together a strong junior season. The 6-foot-9 forward was second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg), setting personal bests in all three areas. In all, he reached double figures 23 times, including five 20-point performances.

A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, Copeland earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors by averaging 13.5 points on 51 percent shooting, including 43 percent from 3-point range, and was in double figures in eight of his final nine Big Ten contests. Copeland graduated from Nebraska in May and is working on his Masters Degree.

HUSKERS RECEIVE FIRST RANKING SINCE 2014For the first time since 2014, the Nebraska men’s basketball team is nationally ranked, as the Huskers are ranked No. 25 in the preseason USA TODAY Sports coaches poll released Oct. 25.

The Huskers return three starters, including All-Big Ten selections James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr, and their top four scorers from a team that went 22-11 and reached the NIT last season. In 2014-15, the Huskers were ranked in the first two coaches polls and were ranked 21st on Nov. 17, 2014.

Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the preseason coaches poll, joining Michigan State (10), Michigan (18) and Purdue (22). In addition, the Huskers’ ACC/Big Ten Challenge opponent is also ranked as Clemson enters the poll at No. 23. The Huskers were receiving votes in the AP poll released earlier this month.

FILLING UP PINNACLE BANK ARENAPinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced on September 25 that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season. It is the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold for the 2018-19 season, including the Red Zone student section.

Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.

A limited number of single-game tickets went on sale on Oct. 25, and to purchase tickets, visit or call the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED during business hours.

PROTECTING THE VAULTThe Huskers have been strong at protecting its home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013-14.

  • NU begins the 2018-19 season with the longest home winning streak among power conference schools and the ninth-longest home win streak in Division I.
  • With a win over Mississippi Valley State, Nebraska would tie its longest winning streak since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena. NU won 12 straight between Jan. 20-Nov. 18, 2014.
  • NU has posted a 59-24 (.711) record in Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in August of 2013, including a 16-1 mark in 2017-18. Against non-conference foes, NU is 31-7 in PBA (.816). Since the start of the 2006-07 season, NU is 94-12 against non-conference foes (.887)
  • Nebraska went 16-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18 with the only loss coming in a one-point setback against then-No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 16. NU's .941 home winning percentage is the best since the 1982-83 campaign, while the 16 home wins was one shy of the school record.
  • Nebraska went a perfect 9-0 at home in Big Ten play and won its two Big Ten home games against ranked teams by an average of 15.0 points per game. NU's 9-0 mark - the only unbeaten mark in the Big Ten - marked the first time the Huskers went unbeaten in conference play at home since the 1965-66 season. All of the other eight seasons with a perfect conference home record were between 1908 and 1921.

GATES JOINS HUSKER STAFFThe only new face on the Husker bench is a familiar one to Big Ten fans, as Armon Gates joined the Husker coaching staff this past May. Gates, a native of Chicago, returns to the Big Ten after recently serving as associate head coach at the University of Florida under Mike White. Gates has coached and developed all-conference performers at three schools during his coaching career.

For the past five seasons (2013-18), Gates was at Northwestern under Chris Collins, helping the Wildcats to a pair of 20-win seasons, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. He also helped bring a top-30 recruiting class to Northwestern in 2014, while the 2018 class is listed as high as 24th nationally by 247Sports.

THORBJARNARSON REPRESENTS ICELAND AT EUROPEAN U-20 CHAMPIONSHIPSHusker sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson spent part of the summer representing his native Iceland for the U-20 National Team. At the FIBA U-20 European Championships, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, ranking second on the team in scoring and first in assists. He closed tournament action with three straight double figure efforts and averaged 18.5 points on 67 percent shooting, including 55 percent from 3-point range, in Iceland’s final two contests.

MILES CHASES WIN NO. 100Nebraska Coach Tim Miles is poised to become just the fourth Husker coach to win 100-or-more games at Nebraska in the coming weeks. Miles enters his seventh season needing only 10 wins to pass both Doc Sadler and Moe Iba for third place on NU’s career wins chart.

DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTSNebraska’s biggest improvements came on the defensive end in 2017-18, going from 13th to 6th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense and from 14th to 2nd in 3-point percentage defense. NU ranked in the top-75 nationally in both field goal defense (74th) and 3-point percentage defense (32nd) last season.

ALLEN MAKES IMPACT FOR KIDSSophomore guard Thomas Allen coordinated a back-to-school drive for the kids of Everett Elementary School in Lincoln. Allen spearheaded the efforts, using traditional and social media to get the word out on the event, which took place on Aug. 4. In all, more than five vans of materials were donated that day with other Husker team and university staffers making contributions for the event.

NOTING THE 2018-19 SCHEDULEWith Tuesday marking the 2018-19 season opener, here are some quick notes on the Huskers' 2018-19 schedule.

  • The Huskers’ non-conference schedule features only two first-time opponents. NU will take on Seton Hall at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Nov. 14, and will face Southwest Minnesota State on Dec. 29. The NU-Seton Hall game is the first Gavitt Games matchup in Lincoln, as the Huskers travelled to Villanova (2015) and St. John’s (2017).
  • Nebraska will play six of its 10 Division I non-conference games against teams which made either the NCAA Tournament or NIT last season. The list includes NCAA Tournament qualifiers Seton Hall, Clemson, Creighton and Cal State Fullerton, as well as NIT participants Oklahoma State and Southeastern Louisiana. NU will also face either Elite Eight finisher Texas Tech or NIT qualifier USC in Kansas City.
  • The Huskers will play a trio of neutral-site games during non-conference play. NU will travel to the Sprint Center in Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker and play Missouri State in the opening round and either Texas Tech or USC the following evening. On Dec. 16, the Huskers will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., for a matchup with former conference rival Oklahoma State at the Sanford Pentagon. It is the first matchup between the Huskers and Cowboys since 2011.
  • The 2018-19 schedule features 20 Big Ten games, the most conference games that NU has ever played in a season. NU will have seven double-play opponents (Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue). The Huskers’ home single plays are Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin, while the Huskers will travel to Indiana, Michigan and Rutgers.

District final volleyball matches took place on Saturday throughout the state of Nebraska on Saturday. GICC, GINW, and St Paul all qualified for state winning their respected matches. GICC swept Minden, GINW had a 2-0 lead before Sidney roared back to take the 3rd and the 4th set, but Northwest prevailed in the 5th. St Paul dropped the first set to Omaha Concordia but would come back tot claim the next three to advance to Lincoln. 

State Tournament BRACKET 

GICC 27  25  25
Minden    25  22  15

GINW 25  25  19  22  15   
Sidney  21  23  25  25  13

St Paul                    16  25  25  25
Omaha Concordia   25  20  22  21

Sharon Zavala Post Match Minden

Lindsey Harders Post Match Sidney

Aurora 54, Gothenburg 20
Bellevue West 38, Elkhorn South 31
Bishop Neumann 23, Pierce 21
Centennial 33, BRLD 28
Grand Island 27, Millard South 24
Harvard 70, Cody-Kilgore 37
Hay Springs 51, Spalding Academy 8
Millard West 28, Omaha Westside 21
Minatare 58, Hyannis 18
Norfolk Catholic 56, St. Paul 12
Oakland-Craig 35, Wilber-Clatonia 21
Omaha Burke 35, Lincoln Southeast 13
Omaha Skutt Catholic 61, Blair 6
Ord 42, Ashland-Greenwood 7
Scottsbluff 60, Omaha Roncalli Catholic 38
Sutton 46, Aquinas Catholic 21
Wahoo 45, Adams Central 7
Waverly 36, McCook 30
Wilcox-Hildreth 70, McCool Junction 58
York 23, Seward 20

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