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The Nebraska men's basketball team continues its road trip on Tuesday evening, as the Huskers travel to Columbus for a matchup with No. 21/19 Ohio State . Tipoff from Value City Arena is set for shortly after 5:30 p.m. (central), and Tuesday's matchup will be carried nationally on FS1 with Brandon Gaudin and Jim Jackson on the call. The game can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the Fox Sports app.
  
GAME 17: NEBRASKA @ OHIO STATE
Date:     Tuesday, Jan. 14
Time:     5:30 p.m. (CT)
Location:     Columbus, Ohio
Arena:     Value City Arena

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2019-20 Record: 7-9 (2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 7-9 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 122-65 (6th year)

No. 21/19 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
2019-20 Record: 11-5 (1-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chris Holtmann
    Record at Ohio State: 56-29 (3rd year)
    Career Record: 170-113 (9th year)

BROADCAST INFO
Television: FS1
    Play-by-play: Brandon Gaudin 
    Analyst: Jim Jackson
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports 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.  971        XM: Ch. 381
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.

Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) nearly rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit before falling 62-57 at Northwestern on Saturday. The Huskers shot just 31 percent from the floor, but out-scored Northwestern 30-20 in the second half to climb back into the contest.

NU trailed 60-57, but Dachon Burke's game-tying 3-pointer was off the mark and Miller Kopp hit a pair of free throws for the final margin. Cam Mack had 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Haanif Cheatham added 10 points in the losing effort. 

Mack has been one of the Big Ten's top newcomers, averaging 12.7 points, 6.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game, as the sophomore is third in the conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5-to-1). He has raised his play in Big Ten action, averaging a conference best 9.0 assists per game and posting a 3.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard also has four double-doubles, including the first triple-double in school history, in his first five Big Ten games.

Ohio State (11-5, 1-4 Big Ten) was ranked 11th and 12th respectively in the national polls last week before losses at Maryland and Indiana. Against the Hoosiers, Andre Wesson had 15 points, while Kaleb Wesson finished with 11 points and 10 boards. The Buckeyes shot just 33 percent from the floor and committed 16 turnovers which led to 16 Indiana points. Ohio State has the Big Ten's best defense, averaging 59.4 points per game and holding opponents to 36.5 percent shooting.


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Freshman Kevin Cross averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in Nebraska's two games last week. Cross, who has been the Huskers' first sub off the bench, is averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 points per game while playing 19 minutes per game. 

NUMBERS TO KNOW
.458- Thorir Thorbjarnarson is third in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering Tuesday's game. He is 22-of-48 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years.

+3.0 - Nebraska enters the weekend leading the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.0 per game. NU has committed 12 or fewer turnovers in each of the last eight contests.

4 - Double-figure assist games for Cam Mack, which is the most by a Husker since Brian Carr had five in the 1985-86 season. Mack's four games with 10+ assists rank sixth nationally. 

6.4 - Rebounds per game for freshman Yvan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2004-05.

8 - Nebraska has had eight of its 10 eligible scholarship players reach double figures this season, a total which includes former walk-on Charlie Easley. The Huskers have three players currently averaging double figures.

12 - Double figure scoring runs that Nebraska has had in 2019-20.

50 - Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.

SCOUTING OHIO STATE
Under the direction of third-year coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State has been ranked for most of the season and spent most of the year in the top 10.  Holtmann is looking to guide OSU to its third straight NCAA appearance after OSU went 20-15 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Prior to taking over the OSU program, Holtmann spent the previous three seasons at Butler, guiding the Bulldogs to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017. Last year, the Buckeyes went 25-9 and finished second in the Big Ten before losing to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

This year's Buckeyes opened the year with nine straight wins, including victories over Cincinnati, Villanova, North Carolina and Penn State before falling at Minnesota. OSU rebounded with a win over Kentucky, but has dropped four straight contests, including the loss to Indiana. OSU's strength is on the defensive end, where the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in both field goal defense (.365) and points per game (59.4). OSU also leads the conference in 3-pointers and 3-point percentage (.377). Junior center Kaleb Wesson anchors a balanced Buckeye attack with 14.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Duane Washington Jr. (10.7 ppg) and D.J. Carton (10.0 ppg) also average double figures as OSU has eight players averaging at least 6.5 points per game.
 
SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads the all-time series, 16-4, in a series that dates back to 1936. The Buckeyes are 12-2 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten with Nebraska's wins coming in 2014 (Lincoln) and 2017 (Columbus). Prior to last season's OSU win, the previous four meetings were decided by a total of 10 points. The two teams will meet in Lincoln on Feb. 28.

Last Meeting: Glynn Watson had 14 of his 18 points in the second half, but Nebraska fell to Ohio State, 70-60, on Jan. 26, 2019.  Watson had 18 points, while James Palmer Jr. added 19 for the Huskers. Nebraska could not overcome a cold shooting afternoon, hitting just 36 percent from the field against the Buckeyes. Luther Muhammad had a career-high 24 points to lead three OSU players in double figures, including six points in a crucial 12-2 second half run that stretched the lead to 56-43 after a C.J. Jackson 3-pointer with 8:14 remaining after Nebraska pulled to within 44-41. The Huskers cut the OSU deficit to six on two occasions, the last being 64-58 after a Palmer basket with 44 seconds left, but the Buckeyes hit 6-of-8 free throws to hold the Huskers at bay.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Nebraska nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Northwestern.

Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.

It was a tale of two halves, as Northwestern scored 42 first-half points while shooting 51 percent from the field and knocking down eight 3-pointers. After being outscored by 15 in the first half, Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats by 10 while limiting Northwestern to just 20 points.

Despite the strong second-half defensive effort in which the Huskers held the Wildcats to 2-of-15 from the 3-point line and 26.7 percent shooting overall, Nebraska was not able to overcome its own cold shooting. Nebraska shot 31.3 percent for the game, and the Huskers were just 9-of-30 from the 3-point line.

Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Haanif Cheatham joined Mack in double figures with 10 points. Kevin Cross and Matej Kavas had nine points apiece off the bench. Kopp scored a game-high 15 points for Northwestern, as one of four Wildcats in double figures.
 
STORYLINES
• Nebraska is in a stretch where it will play 16 of its final 18 regular-season 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 50 of the NET as of Jan. 12.

• Despite being held to 57 points by Northwestern, Nebraska is averaging 72.8 points per game, which is on pace to be Nebraska's highest scoring average since the 1996-97 squad averaged 72.9 points per game.

• No. 21 Ohio State is the first ranked team Nebraska has faced this season. The Huskers are 71-265 all-time against ranked teams. Nebraska's last road win against a ranked team was exactly one year ago, when the Huskers knocked off No. 25 Indiana, 66-51, in Bloomington.

• Thorir Thorbjarnarson is the only active Husker to face Northwestern, as he had one rebound in spot duty in last year's loss to Ohio State.

• Tuesday's game will feature two of the Big Ten's most prolific shooting teams from long range, as Ohio State leads the conference with 8.8 3-pointers per game, while Nebraska ranks third with 8.5 3-pointers per contest.

• With three players averaging double figures, Nebraska has relied on its balance during the first half of the season. In its first 16 games, NU has put at least four players in double figures 11 times. The Huskers put five players in double figures three times, most recently against Iowa on Jan. 7.

• Sophomore Cam Mack has made an impact in his first season at Nebraska. He is 12th nationally with 6.8 assists per game, which is on pace to be the most by a Husker since the 1984-85 season, and ranks 32nd nationally with his 2.45-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
 
Best Assist/Turnover Ratios (Since 1979)
No.RatioPlayerAsst.-TOYear
13.05Brian Carr201-661985-86
22.73Jamar Johnson123-451993-94
32.58Brian Carr237-921984-85
42.54Jack Moore109-431981-82
52.52Charles Richardson Jr.179-712006-07
-2.45Cam Mack108-442019-20
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 Mack1510vs. Iowa, 1/7/20
Cam Mack1112vs. Purdue, 12/13/19
Cam Mack1510at Indiana, 12/13/19
Cam Mack1311vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
Glynn Watson Jr.1010vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
Lance Jeter1010vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
Lance Jeter1212at Kansas State, 2/7/10
Sek Henry1111at TCU, 11/21/09
Tom Wald1111vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94
 
• Nebraska enters Tuesday's game leading the Big Ten in turnover margin with +3.0 per game. The Huskers have forced an average of 14.3 turnovers per game to rank third in the Big Ten while averaging 11.3 turnovers per game to rank second in that category. 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, who are fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting, are on pace to average 8.5 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.SchoolGames3-Pointers/Game
1.2001-02289.54
-2019-20168.50
2.2006-07317.87
3.2018-19367.50
 
• One of the biggest points of emphasis for Hoiberg and his staff has been to shoot better from 3-point range, and that work has paid off. Over the last 13 games dating back to Nov. 22, NU is shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and averaging 9.1 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season.
 
Huskers' 3-Point Improvement
CategoryBefore Nov. 22Since Nov. 22
Games313
3 Pt. Pct..231.356
3-Pointers/Gm6.09.1
Att./Gm26.025.4
 
• Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo leads the Huskers in rebounding at 6.4 per game, which would be 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.

• 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 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.SchoolReturning PPGPct. of Scoring
1Nebraska2.0 PPG1.9%
2.Tulane10.8 PPG12.2%
3.South Dakota St.15.8 PPG16.9%
4.Virginia Tech13.3 PPG18.1%
5.Washington13.9 PPG19.8%
Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office
• The Huskers have already 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. 6, Nebraska has played in three of the Big Ten's nine overtime games.

• Freshman guard Charlie Easley was put on scholarship for the spring semester. Easley has played in 12 games as a backup guard, including each of Nebraska's five Big Ten contests. He played a career-high 16 minutes in the win over Iowa on Jan. 7.
  
YearAvg. Poss. LengthNCAA Rank
2010-1115.920th
2011-1216.962nd
2012-1315.812th
2013-1415.28th
2014-1514.62nd
2019-2015.213th
as of Jan. 12  
 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 13th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.2 seconds per possession as of Jan. 12.

• The only power conference school that plays at a faster pace is St. John's, which is ninth nationally. 

• 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.

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 Ohio State contest averaging 12.7 points per game while leading the Huskers in assists (6.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5-to-1). 

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

• Mack has four double-doubles in five Big Ten games and leads the Big Ten in both assists (9.0 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.5-to-1) in conference games only. 

• He ranks 12th nationally in assists per game and is the highest Division I newcomer in the NCAA rankings. In fact, only two newcomers nationally average over 6.0 assists per game.

• Mack is one of three Big Ten players - joining Cassius Winston (Michigan State) and Geo Baker (Rutgers) to rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten in both assists and steals as of Jan. 12. 

• His 6.8 assists per game is on pace to rank second in school history, trailing only Brian Carr, who averaged 7.9 assists per game in 1984-85.

• 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 13 times, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15. 

• 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., is NU's most experienced player, as he played in 80 games between Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast before coming to Nebraska for his final year.

 After a slow start, Cheatham has been on a roll over the last six weeks. Over Nebraska's last 12 games, he's averaging 15.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while typically guarding the opponent's top scoring threat. 

• Cheatham has reached double figures in 11 of the Huskers' last 12 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. 

• 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.

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 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.4 steals per game. He is third in the Big Ten in steals and paces the Huskers in blocked shots (13) and is third in both scoring and 3-pointers (21).

Burke has reached double figures nine times, including a 25-point effort against Indiana on Dec. 13 and a 21-point performance against South Florida on Nov. 27. 

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. 

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 16 games for the Huskers, averaging 5.8 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game in just under 21 minutes per game.

• 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). 

• Ouedraogo has played some of his best basketball recently, averaging 6.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over the Huskers' last seven contests dating back to Dec. 13. He has grabbed seven or more rebounds five times in that stretch.

• 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 record a double-double. 

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

• He enjoyed his 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.

THOR EMERGES AS SCORING THREAT
Over the last six weeks, junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson emerged as a vital part of the Huskers' offensive attack. The 6-foot-6 guard is fifth on the team in scoring at 7.4 ppg, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

• He has been in double figures five times in NU's last eight games after not reaching double figures in his first 41 contests as a Husker. Since Dec. 4, he has tied or set a career high in points four times. 

• Thorbjarnarson is third in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.458) after shooting just 21.4 percent from 3-point range in his first two seasons. 

• 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

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 the first Husker off the bench in all 16 games and is averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. 

• Cross is seventh among Big Ten true freshmen in scoring and fourth in rebounding as of Jan. 12.

• He has improved his rebounding in recent weeks, averaging 5.6 rebounds per game over the Huskers' last seven contests dating back to Dec. 13. He has grabbed five-or-more rebounds 10 times this season.

• Cross has been in double figures five times off the bench, including a season-high 19 points against Southern Utah. He became the first freshman in 73 games to pace the Huskers in scoring, while his 19-point effort was the highest by a Husker rookie since Shavon Shields in 2013.

• 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, scoring 14 points, grabbing a season-high eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 27 minutes 

• Cross played a big role in NU's comeback against Southern, scoring all eight of his points in the second half as the Huskers overcame an eight-point deficit. 



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Former Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Tyler Hildebrand will return to the Huskers as an associate head coach, Head Coach John Cook announced on Monday.
 
Hildebrand, who helped coach the Huskers to an NCAA Championship in his only season at Nebraska in 2017, will replace Kayla Banwarth, who accepted the head coach position at Ole Miss in December.
 
Hildebrand, 35, is currently serving as the Director of Coaching for the USA Volleyball Beach National Team Program and will assume his associate head coach duties at Nebraska in August this year after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo conclude.
 
From January to August, Kelly Hunter will serve as an interim assistant coach on the Husker staff. The Huskers' two-time All-American and national champion setter was a graduate assistant during the 2019 season and will become the Huskers' volunteer coach for the 2020 season once Hildebrand joins the staff this August.
 
Hildebrand will be the first associate head coach in Cook's tenure (2000-present). He had a remarkable season at Nebraska in 2017, helping the Huskers win the NCAA title while coaching Hunter to first-team AVCA All-America honors and outside hitters Annika Albrecht and Mikaela Foecke to second-team All-America honors. Nebraska led all Big Ten teams in opponent hitting percentage (.154) as he coordinated the Huskers' defense and game plans. His wife, former U.S. National Team captain Kristin Hildebrand, was a volunteer for the Huskers in 2017, but will not be this time around as she runs her own interior design business.
 
"We are so excited to be coming back to Nebraska," Hildebrand said. "Nebraska has a special place in our hearts. The 2017 season was a magical year and left a burning impression on us. Kristin and I have been all over the world, played or coached in every gym there is, and we can confidently say that there is no place like Nebraska. Being a part of Husker Nation is like nothing else in collegiate sports, and I can't wait to coach in the Devaney Center again with a full house in matches that matter with our fans behind us. The fans are such a special part of this program.
 
I'm so happy to get to have more time to learn from Coach Cook. One year wasn't nearly enough. He pushes me to be a better coach, and I can't say that about many people. I truly miss the challenge of coaching at Nebraska, and I look forward to learning even more from him and I am incredibly grateful to him for this opportunity. I'm always trying to live up to coach's expectations, always trying to prove to him what I can do. The best I have coached in my career, I believe, was in 2017, and I owe a lot of that to Coach Cook.
 
Lastly, I want to thank the administration, Bill Moos and his staff. It means a lot to Kristin, Rhett and myself to get this opportunity to come back to Nebraska."
 
In the interim, Hunter will join assistant coach Jaylen Reyes in coaching the beach volleyball season and taking a lead role in recruiting and the Huskers' summer camps.
 
"I'm beyond excited and honored to join the coaching staff at my alma mater," Hunter said. "I'm looking forward to being a part of Nebraska volleyball in a new role. Last season was a great taste of the coaching world, and I can't wait to continue on this path with the best program and staff in the nation."

"The 2017 season was one of my most enjoyable seasons as a head coach with Tyler and Kayla," Cook said. "Obviously we had great results, but Tyler made me a better coach that year. I think he has a gift for coaching in how he sees the game. He has a very positive way of challenging people, including me. That's why I reached out to him. Part of my job as head coach is to provide the best staff possible for our team. I really feel like hiring Tyler and having him join our staff gives us the best chance to be successful. I am grateful to our athletic director, Bill Moos, for his trust and confidence in helping us go in this direction. He has shown a great amount of support for Nebraska volleyball, and I am very thankful for that."

Although Hildebrand has been stationed in California directing the U.S. Beach Volleyball program for the past two years, he has served as a consultant for Cook in his spare time, following the program, watching video and offering his thoughts. With Hildebrand's first day on the job scheduled for August 10, Cook asked Hunter to take on a full-time assistant role for the next nine months.

"I'm personally very excited about that, because this will give her an opportunity to find out if coaching is her true passion," Cook said. "Kelly is one of the greatest leaders I've ever been around, so I know that she's a natural coach. Now we have the opportunity to develop her over the next nine months and lay the groundwork for her to continue her coaching career. Because she was with us this year as a grad assistant, this will be a natural transition for her with our team. She developed great relationships with our players and got off to a great start."

Hildebrand first joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. He came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men's volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men's National Team. 

After concluding his collegiate playing career at Long Beach State in 2006, Hildebrand compiled an impressive list of accomplishments both as a player and coach. Professionally, he played on the U.S. Men's National Team from 2006-12 and was a four-time Pan American Cup champion and a World University Games bronze medalist. He later served as the setting consultant for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2015 as they won the FIVB World Cup and earned the bronze medal in the World League. In 2016, Hildebrand coached the U.S. beach volleyball duo of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Hildebrand also played professionally on the beach as part of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) from 2006-07.

While continuing his playing career as a professional, Hildebrand was a volunteer assistant for the Long Beach State men from 2008-10. In his first stint at the Beach, Hildebrand was a volunteer assistant under head coach Alan Knipe from 2008-10. He was part of the staff that led the 49ers to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular-season championship and an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships in 2008. Hildebrand was in charge of blocking and defense his first two seasons and worked primarily with the offense in 2010.

He joined the staff as a full-time assistant in 2013, and in his first year he helped Long Beach State reach the MPSF finals for the first time since his senior campaign in 2006. The Beach registered its best season in five years, finishing with a 24-8 overall record. Hildebrand worked closely with starting setter Connor Olbright, who garnered second-team All-America honors from both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine. Outside hitter Taylor Crabb was also named the AVCA National Player of the Year and was a first-team All-American. In 2016, Hildebrand was named the AVCA Division I-II Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year after leading the 49ers to one of their best seasons in school history.

Outside of Long Beach State, Hildebrand served as the director of The HBC Boys' Volleyball Club from 2010-16. The HBC 18's team finished among the top-five in the Open division of the Boys' Junior National Championships four straight years, including a runner-up showing in 2015.

On the international level, Hildebrand traveled with the U.S. Men's National Team to Tokyo as the squad's setting consultant for the 2015 FIVB World Cup. The U.S. went 10-1 over the two-week round robin tournament to win its first World Cup since 1985 and qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Hildebrand started his coaching career with the Riptides Volleyball Club, where he led his teams to back-to-back gold medals in the 17-Open and 18-Open divisions at the Junior Olympics (2004-05). He saw each of his 11 graduating seniors go on to play for college programs. He also served as an assistant coach for the Golden West College women's volleyball team (2006) and for the Mater Dei High School boys' volleyball team (2007). He helped GWC to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament, while Mater Dei reached the semifinals of the CIF playoffs.

A standout student-athlete at the Beach, Hildebrand was a four-year starting setter from 2003-06. He was a three-time AVCA and Volleyball Magazine first-team All-America selection and three-time first-team All-MPSF pick. He was also tabbed the MPSF Freshman of the Year and the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year in 2003. The 49ers reached the MPSF Tournament championship match three years in a row (2004-06), and Hildebrand was a key member of the 2004 squad that advanced to the NCAA finals. As a sophomore, he garnered NCAA all-tournament honors.

The Huskers begin their beach volleyball season in February, and Hunter will coach the team along with Reyes.

Hunter was named a first-team AVCA All-American, the Big Ten Setter of the Year and an All-Big Ten selection for the second time in her career following her 2017 senior season. She received numerous honors from volleyball publications, including National Player of the Year and All-America first-team honors from PrepVolleyball.com and VolleyMob.com. Hunter was also named co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship with teammate Mikaela Foecke after the Huskers beat Florida in the national title match in 2017.

Hunter earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team accolades and was named a semifinalist for the Senior CLASS Award. She ended her career with 4,125 assists, the second-most in Husker history, and she totaled 699 career postseason assists, the highest total in school history. Hunter finished her career with a 16-1 record in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska's starting setter, posting the most wins and highest postseason winning percentage by a starting setter in Husker history.
 
Two Huskers Enter NCAA Transfer Portal
Also on Monday, Cook confirmed two Huskers – sophomore defensive specialist Chen Abramovich and sophomore opposite hitter Anezka Szabo - entered the NCAA transfer portal following the 2019 fall semester.
 
Abramovich, a native of Kfar Saba, Israel, missed the 2019 season with a foot injury after playing one match as a freshman in 2018. Szabo, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota native who has already announced her intentions to transfer to Kansas, played in 31 matches and had five kills and four blocks in 2019 as a redshirt sophomore. She played in nine matches in 2018 before a season-ending injury and appeared in 14 matches as a freshman on Nebraska's 2017 NCAA Championship team, notching 15 kills and three blocks.
 
"I have enjoyed coaching Chen and Nesh these last few years," Cook said. "Both have worked very hard and been good teammates and student-athletes. We wish Chen and Nesh the best."



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The Nebraska men's basketball team nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
 
Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.
 
It was a tale of two halves, as Northwestern scored 42 first-half points while shooting 51 percent from the field and knocking down eight 3-pointers. After being outscored by 15 in the first half, Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats by 10 while limiting Northwestern to just 20 points.
 
Despite the strong second-half defensive effort in which the Huskers held the Wildcats to 2-of-15 from the 3-point line and 26.7 percent shooting overall, Nebraska was not able to overcome its own cold shooting. Nebraska shot 31.3 percent for the game, and the Huskers were just 9-of-30 from the 3-point line. Northwestern shot nearly 40 percent overall and tied a season high with 10 3-pointers.
 
Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. In his first four career Big Ten Conference games, Mack produced the first triple-double in Nebraska men's basketball history against Purdue and tallied a pair of points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Iowa before producing a points-rebounds double-double against Northwestern. He has a total of five double-doubles in his debut season.
 
Haanif Cheatham joined Mack in double figures with 10 points, while Kevin Cross and Matej Kavas had nine points apiece. Miller Kopp scored a game-high 15 points for Northwestern, as one of four Wildcats in double figures.
 
Northwestern used a hot-shooting first half to take a 42-27 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats shot better than 51 percent in the half – including hitting 10-of-14 shots at one point – while knocking down 8-of-14 from the 3-point line. Nebraska shot only 30.3 percent in the opening half, and the Huskers were just 2-of-6 at the free throw line.

After Northwestern opened the game with a basket, Nebraska responded with seven straight points – five from Dachon Burke Jr.  – to take an early five-point lead. The Huskers remained on top until Pat Spencer hit a pair of 3-pointers during an 8-0 Northwestern run that put the Wildcats on top 14-9 six minutes into the game.
 
The game remained close over the next four minutes before Northwestern went on a 16-1 run that covered more than six minutes. The Wildcats began the run with five quick points to build a seven-point lead, and following a Kavas free throw, Northwestern scored 11 straight points to take a commanding 36-19 lead with 4:26 left in the half. Nebraska missed seven straight shots during the Wildcats' run, going 6:19 without a basket.
 
Nebraska outscored Northwestern over the final four minutes of the half but still trailed by 15 at the break. The Huskers then came out strong in the second half, scoring 12 points in the opening five minutes to trim the lead to eight at 47-39.
 
Following the quick second-half start, Nebraska missed 10 of its next 11 shots, scoring only five points in a seven-minute stretch. Despite the cold spell, the Huskers trailed only 56-47 with seven minutes to play following a Kavas 3-pointer. As Nebraska's defense kept the Huskers in the game, Kavas and Cross hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Nebraska within six at 60-54 with 2:30 remaining, the closest the Huskers had been since the nine-minute mark of the first half.
 
Northwestern then missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-one opportunities before Mack banked in a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that made the score 60-57 with 50.4 seconds remaining. Nebraska forced a miss on the Wildcats' ensuing possession but the Huskers missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer and Kopp knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.
 
Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (Central) and the game will be televised nationally on FS1.




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Piscataway, N.J. - Nebraska tied its season high with 12 three-pointers but Rutgers outscored the Huskers 36-20 on points in the paint, as the Scarlet Knights notched a hard-fought 69-65 women's basketball win over the Big Red at The RAC on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek matched her season high with 14 points by knocking down a career-high four three-pointers to lead the Huskers, who slipped to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa added five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Senior guard Hannah Whitish was the only other Husker to manage double figures with 10 points, including a trio of threes, while adding four rebounds, four assists and a steal, while Leigha BrownNicea Eliely and freshman Isabelle Bourne added nine points apiece. Sam Haiby and freshman Trinity Brady each pitched in seven points.

Rutgers improved to 14-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten by winning the turnover battle, 17-6, and converting NU's turnovers into 21 points. The Scarlet Knights were also more efficient overall on the offensive end, hitting 45.2 percent (28-62) of their shots from the field including 4-of-11 threes (.364).

While Nebraska shot a sizzling 50 percent (12-24) from beyond the arc, the Huskers were just 11-for-34 from two-point range on the day. Nebraska finished at a season-low 39.7 percent (23-58) from the floor. Rutgers hit 24-of-51 two-point attempts and its 36-20 edge on points in the paint came despite Nebraska out-rebounding Rutgers 41-35 and outscoring the Scarlet Knights 15-10 in second-chance points.

Senior point guard Khadaizha Sanders led Rutgers with a game-high 17 points while the Big Ten's leading scorer, Arella Guirantes, added 16 points. Tekia Mack contributed 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Jordan Wallace put four Scarlet Knights in double figures with 10 points.

Nebraska got off to a strong start, jumping to an 11-2 lead on the strength of two three-pointers from Veerbeek and another three from Whitish. But the Scarlet Knights answered with an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 13-11 with 4:32 left in the quarter. Rutgers took its biggest lead of the quarter at 18-15, before Brady buried the Huskers' fourth three of the quarter to send the two teams to the first break tied at 18. Brady's seven points and two three-pointers were both career highs.

The Big Red again set the tone at the start of the second quarter, outscoring Rutgers 8-2 over the first five minutes to carry a 26-20 lead, as Haiby and Eliely hit threes before Brady added her second triple to put NU up 29-23 with 3:45 left in the half.

However, Rutgers outscored Nebraska 12-3 over the final 3:45 to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

Nebraska cut RU's margin to 42-40 with just under five minutes left in the third quarter, before the Scarlet Knights outscored NU 11-2 to close the period and take a 53-42 lead to the fourth. That lead ballooned to 15 at 59-44 after a Wallace layup with just over six minutes left before Nebraska erupted again.

Back-to-back threes by Brown and Veerbeek in a 25-second span opened an 11-0 Nebraska run that slashed the Rutgers' edge to 59-55 with 3:07 left. However, five straight points from Sanders, including a three, and a pair of free throws by Guirantes pushed the margin back to 66-55 with 1:03 left.

Nebraska still refused to quit, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 10-3 in the final minute, including a three from Whitish with 13 seconds left and NU's final bucket of the game from Bourne with 4.1 left to make the final margin. Bourne added a team-high eight rebounds in a strong effort off the bench. Rutgers went just 4-for-10 from the free throw line in the closing minute.

The Huskers return to Lincoln for the start of spring semester classes on Monday before returning to Big Ten road action at No. 17 Maryland on Thursday in College Park. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at the Xfinity Center with live television coverage on BTN.



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Eisa Mondragon, defensive specialist from Washburn Rural High School in Kansas, is the latest volleyball player to commit to McCook Community College. She signed her national letter of intent Thursday.

“She was actually my first commitment for my 2020 class and I just know she will come in and push not only herself, but her teammates as well,” said MCC Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza. “I am so excited to have Eisa be a part of our MCC volleyball family.”

Mondragon’s high school team, the Blues, finished 38-6 and ended this past fall ranked second in the Kansas Class 6A rankings under Coach Kevin Bordewick 

She is a four-time USA Volleyball GJNC-national qualifier. She was named to the first-team All-Centennial League, first-team all-city, first-team Kansas 6A State Tournament team and second-team Kansas Volleyball Association 6A all-state.

“Coach Kobza and the athletic department are in the process of building a winning tradition with good players and great facilities and I want to be a part of that,” she said.

Mondragon said she looks up to her dad because “He is the most hardworking person I know.” She said she will miss her high school teammates because of the close family-like relationships that they enjoyed. Her favorite comes from Henry Ford, “Whether you think can or think you can't you're right."

At MCC she plans to study human anatomy.

“She comes from a great program and knows how to lead a team to succeed. If a freshman can come in and carry herself in that leadership role she is going to do great things,” Kobza said.





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 63, St. Paul 33

Anselmo-Merna 56, St. Mary's 47

Arlington 52, Archbishop Bergan 49

Ashland-Greenwood 62, Fort Calhoun 47

Auburn 54, Nebraska City 29

Axtell 53, Alma 44

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 81, West Point-Beemer 36

Beatrice 49, Seward 34

Bellevue East 80, Omaha Northwest 54

Bertrand 73, South Loup 52

Brady 53, Arthur County 33

Bridgeport 47, Hershey 44

Centennial 51, Raymond Central 34

Chase County 59, Kimball 38

Clarkson/Leigh 78, Tekamah-Herman 48

Cody-Kilgore 50, Sandhills Valley 41

Deshler 46, Thayer Central 37

Dundy County-Stratton 76, Wray, Colo. 69

Elkhorn 60, Aurora 34

Elkhorn Mount Michael 59, Schuyler 35

Elm Creek 61, Wilcox-Hildreth 20

Gering 44, Newcastle, Wyo. 21

Gibbon 47, Broken Bow 36

Gordon/Rushville 55, Bayard 47

Gothenburg 45, Centura 42

Grand Island 70, Lincoln Southwest 57

Harvard 42, Kenesaw 38

Hastings 72, Lexington 58

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Lincoln Christian 45

Heartland 59, Cross County 44

Heartland Lutheran 50, Silver Lake 35

Howells/Dodge 72, Plainview 38

Humphrey St. Francis 74, Burwell 48

Johnson-Brock 50, Weeping Water 33

Kearney Catholic 49, North Platte 36

Lincoln East 83, Fremont 62

Lincoln Pius X 84, Lincoln Northeast 69

Lincoln Southeast 79, Kearney 65

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 48, Stanton 31

Louisville 60, Syracuse 49

Maxwell 56, Overton 46

McCook 79, Sidney 43

McCool Junction 62, Friend 25

Milford 49, David City 29

Minden 56, Valentine 42

Mitchell 54, Chadron 33

Mullen 55, Wallace 38

Norfolk 60, South Sioux City 36

North Platte St. Patrick's 64, Cozad 28

Oakland-Craig 56, Elmwood-Murdock 30

Omaha Christian Academy 61, Lewiston 55

Omaha Creighton Prep 56, Omaha Benson 53

Omaha North 73, Omaha Bryan 62

Omaha Skutt Catholic 51, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 45

Omaha South 58, Gretna 36

Ord 28, CWC 26

Papillion-LaVista 76, Lincoln North Star 72

Papillion-LaVista South 88, Omaha Burke 57

Perkins County 56, Sutherland 54

Plattsmouth 58, Conestoga 39

Red Cloud 48, Elba 12

Santee 61, Spalding Academy 46

Shelby/Rising City 71, Meridian 7

Sioux County 52, Edgemont, S.D. 25

South Platte 44, Potter-Dix 38

Stuart 50, Neligh-Oakdale 40

Superior 48, Fillmore Central 32

Twin River 72, Madison 62

Wahoo 61, Crete 55

Wauneta-Palisade 68, Southwest 39

Wayne 57, Boone Central/Newman Grove 49

West Holt 59, Elkhorn Valley 46

Wilber-Clatonia 45, Southern 44

York 47, Grand Island Northwest 43

Border Battle Shootout=

Bellevue West 59, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 53

Millard South 58, Lewis Central, Iowa 51

Taco John's Invitational=

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 69, Alliance 53

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=

Championship=

Osmond 62, Lutheran High Northeast 52

Consolation=

Niobrara/Verdigre 67, Wausa 47

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alma 48, Axtell 44

Anselmo-Merna 41, St. Mary's 29

Archbishop Bergan 48, Arlington 40

Arthur County 37, Brady 21

Ashland-Greenwood 51, Fort Calhoun 32

Auburn 37, Nebraska City 20

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 67, West Point-Beemer 33

Bayard 51, Gordon/Rushville 39

Beatrice 69, Seward 29

Boone Central/Newman Grove 53, Wayne 36

Bridgeport 42, Hershey 37

Broken Bow 55, Gibbon 13

CWC 24, Ord 10

Centennial 67, Raymond Central 32

Chadron 44, Mitchell 23

Chase County 68, Kimball 39

Clarkson/Leigh 57, Tekamah-Herman 30

Cody-Kilgore 55, Sandhills Valley 44

Columbus Scotus 31, Bishop Neumann 23

Crete 40, Wahoo 37, OT

Elba 33, Red Cloud 29

Elkhorn 60, Aurora 34

Elkhorn Valley 65, West Holt 37

Elm Creek 61, Wilcox-Hildreth 40

Falls City 57, Conestoga 43

Gering 56, Newcastle, Wyo. 44

Gothenburg 45, Centura 42

Gretna 60, Omaha South 26

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Lincoln Christian 45

Howells/Dodge 57, Plainview 49

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Burwell 40

Kearney 43, Lincoln Southeast 33

Kenesaw 38, Harvard 18

Lincoln East 65, Fremont 59

Lincoln Pius X 56, Lincoln Northeast 29

Lincoln Southwest 62, Grand Island 30

Loomis 69, Arapahoe 26

McCool Junction 42, Friend 32

Meridian 36, Shelby/Rising City 21

Milford 54, David City 45

Minatare 41, Creek Valley 27

Mullen 57, Wallace 34

Norfolk 64, South Sioux City 54

North Platte 62, Kearney Catholic 33

North Platte St. Patrick's 49, Cozad 30

Oakland-Craig 58, Elmwood-Murdock 33

Omaha Central 58, Omaha Duchesne Academy 24

Omaha Northwest 52, Bellevue East 50

Omaha Westside 56, Elkhorn South 26

Overton 56, Maxwell 49

Papillion-LaVista 58, Lincoln North Star 48

Papillion-LaVista South 63, Omaha Burke 59

Perkins County 44, Sutherland 35

Pleasanton 63, Twin Loup 15

Ravenna 50, Ansley-Litchfield 28

Santee 61, Spalding Academy 17

Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 50, Omaha Skutt Catholic 41

Sidney 61, McCook 37

Silver Lake 44, Heartland Lutheran 29

Sioux County 43, Edgemont, S.D. 36

South Loup 50, Bertrand 9

South Platte 70, Potter-Dix 4

Southern 39, Wilber-Clatonia 20

Stanton 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49

Stuart 45, Neligh-Oakdale 31

Superior 48, Fillmore Central 32

Syracuse 48, Louisville 31

Thayer Central 38, Deshler 19

Twin River 61, Madison 48

Valentine 37, Minden 26

Wauneta-Palisade 64, Southwest 57

Weeping Water 54, Johnson-Brock 48

Wray, Colo. 53, Dundy County-Stratton 37

York 47, Grand Island Northwest 43

Border Battle Shootout=

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 54, Bellevue West 43

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 49, Plattsmouth 39

Millard South 59, Lewis Central, Iowa 41

CNOS Classic=

Ponca 52, Dakota Valley, S.D. 39

Mustang Seeds/DSU Classic=

Lennox, S.D. 55, Crofton 45

Taco John's Invitational=

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 61, Alliance 9

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=

Championship=

Lutheran High Northeast 66, Niobrara/Verdigre 31

Consolation=

Osmond 37, Wausa 33





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Friday, Jan. 10th 
Girls - McCook 49, Gothenburg 40 
Boys - Gothenburg 66, McCook 61 

Saturday, Jan. 11th 
Girls - Sidney 61, McCook 37 
Boys - McCook 79, Sidney 43 

McCook boys are 6-6 on the season. McCook girls record is 5-8

McCook will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 17th hosting Hastings. Then back on the road Saturday, Jan. 18th at Minden. Listen to all four games on The Zone 93.9 & thezone939.com 






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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team takes a 7-7 record into the post-holiday break half of the schedule. The beginning of the Region IX south slate starts Tuesday in Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska (10-5).

While none of the teams have played within the south division, Otero Junior College leads the division with a 15-1 record. The Rattlers are ranked 11th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association polls. Trinidad State is second at 11-5 followed by Western Nebraska, Northeastern Community College (9-6), Lamar (9-7), MCC, and North Platte (3-7).

Four of MCC’s losses have come to teams that have been ranked in the top 25 nationally this season including 17th ranked Western Wyoming (14-2), 19th ranked Casper College (13-2), and previously ranked New Mexico Junior College (13-4) and Colby Community College (11-2).

The Indians, under first-year coach Kyle Drennan, are averaging 76.6 points a game with opponents averaging 75.8 points per game. MCC is shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from the 3-point line and 61.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Sophomore transfer Rahiem Sullivan (Moberly Area College, Mo.; Toronto, Ontario) leads MCC in scoring, averaging 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from the arc.

Freshman LeTrey Dartard (Denton, Texas) averages 15.2 points and tops the team with 4.9 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with his 50.7 percent shooting from the field and also 42.9 percent from the 3-point line.

Nebraska sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Elkhorn South) is averaging 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and 34.4 percent from distance.

Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) is averaging 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Western takes a six-game win streak into Tuesday’s game and are led by the nation’s leading scorer in Teddy Allen, averaging 31.3 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds. He shoots at 41.5 percent from the 3-point line and has made 100 of his 111 attempts from the free-throw-line. Only two other players in the nation have been to the line more often, and he’s 11th in free-throw shooting at 90.1 percent.

Following the road game to start the second half of the season, the Indians will be home Jan. 17 for a key Region IX South Division game against Northeastern Junior College at 7:30 p.m. followed Saturday with a key Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game against Southeastern Junior College (4 p.m.). MCC has a 1-0 record in NCCAC play.

MCC will be on the road for five games between Jan. 21-Feb. 4: North Platte (Jan. 21), Otero (Jan 24), Trinidad State (Jan. 25), Lamar (Jan. 31), and Northeastern (Feb. 4).

In February MCC will be home six times including key Region IX games Feb. 7 against Western Nebraska, Feb. 15 with Otero and the last game of the season Feb. 25 against North Platte.

For more information on the Lady Indians, including updates statistics, schedules, roster, photos and more check out the official website of McCook Community College Indian Athletics at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball





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After a 37-day layoff over the winter break, the McCook Community College women’s basketball team is back in action Tuesday when they travel to Scottsbluff to take on Western Nebraska, 15-1 and ranked eighth in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll.

The Lady Indians started the season 10-1 but lost back-to-back games Dec. 6-7 to Laramie County Community College and Eastern Wyoming to finish the break at 10-3.

MCC is tied with Otero Junior College for the second best overall record in the Region IX South Division and the game at Scottsbluff will be the first Region IX game for any team. Between now and Feb. Feb. 21, MCC plays the other five Division I teams in Region IX South (Western Nebraska, Otero, Northeastern, Lamar and Trinidad State) in a home-and-home format to determine the conference championship and seeding for the Region IX Tournament. MCC also competes in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Association with Central Community College, Southeast Community College and North Platte.   

Western Nebraska tops the Region IX South division in offense averaging 80.4 points a game, and tops in defense allowing an average of 58.8 points per game. MCC is second in both scoring averaging (79.1 points per game) and points allowed (60.4).

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is leading MCC in scoring averaging 15.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She is shooting 62.2 percent from the floor which ranks 14th in the nation. She is shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line and has blocked 22 blocked shots on the season.

Four other Lady Indians are averaging double-digits as well. Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and is shooting 57.4 percent from the floor.

Sophomore transfer (Miles Community College) Paula Rosello Mateu (Barcelona, Spain) is averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 assists per game, shooting 35.7 percent from the 3-point line and leads MCC from the free throw line making 27 of 31 free throws (87.1 percent), which is 11th best in the nation.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla, Spain) is averaging 11.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and not only leads MCC from the 3-point line, she is third in the nation hitting on 52.5 percent (21 of 40) of her 3-point shots. In addition she is making 70 percent of her free throws.

Freshman guard Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) is averaging 10.8 points and 2.9 assists per game. She is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from the 3-point line.

After the Tuesday game in Scottsbluff, MCC returns to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for two of three January home games. The Lady Indians take on Northeastern Junior College (8-6) at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Southeast Community College (5-10) at 2 p.m. Jan. 18. The final home game in January is a Jan. 29 contest against the Doane University JVs.

After playing five road Region IX south games in January, the schedule turns favorable in February with four home Region IX games and seven home contests overall including Feb. 8 and Feb. 19 games against NCCAC Conference foes, Central Community College and North Platte.

For more information on the Lady Indians, including updates statistics, schedules, roster, photos and more check out the official website of McCook Community College Indian Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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Lincoln -- Nebraska used an 11-0 first-quarter run, and an explosive 14-point run over a 5:25 stretch in the third and fourth quarters on its way to an impressive 65-50 women's basketball victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Sophomore guard Leigha Brown fueled a strong performance by the Big Red bench, leading the Huskers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career bests off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. The Nebraska bench outscored the Badger reserves 29-9 on the night to help the Huskers improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. It is Nebraska's best 15-game start to a season since opening 14-1 in its first year in the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Sophomore guard Sam Haiby led the Nebraska starters with 11 points, seven assists and three steals, while senior guard and Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish added eight points, including back-to-back threes to open the fourth quarter as part of NU's 14-0 run. Her second three, which came in transition off a pass from Haiby, put the Huskers up 54-35 with 8:12 left in the game and forced a timeout. Fifty-two seconds later, Bourne scored in transition to give Nebraska a 56-35 lead and force another Wisconsin timeout. The lead grew as large as 25 at 62-37 on a Nicea Eliely layup with six minutes left in the game.

Wisconsin, which slipped to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, was led by forward Imani Lewis, who notched her fourth straight Big Ten double-double to open league play with 18 points and 10 rebounds. However, she was the only Badger to produce double figures in points or rebounds on the night.

For the game, Nebraska hit 48.2 percent (27-56) of its shots from the field, including 35 percent (7-20) of its three-pointers. The Huskers went 4-for-5 from long range in the first quarter to overcome a fast start by Wisconsin, which held a 10-5 lead just 3:45 into the game. However, the Huskers responded with an 11-0 run to take a 16-10 lead after eight straight points, including a pair of threes from Brown, before a three-pointer by Haiby capped the run with 43 seconds left in the quarter. 

Wisconsin then went without a field goal for nearly the first five minutes of the second quarter as Nebraska took its first double-digit lead of the night at 24-13 off a Whitish bucket with 6:10 left in the half. 

The Huskers took a 30-21 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 10 points from Brown, seven from Haiby and the first five points of the game from sophomore starter Ashtyn Veerbeek. In the half, Nebraska freshmen and sophomores combined for 28 of NU's 30 points. 

Wisconsin came out strong in the second half, getting a three-point play from Lewis, before a three-pointer from Niya Beverley followed by a traditional three-point play from Beverley to cut the Nebraska lead to 35-30 with 7:20 left in the quarter. After that, it was all Nebraska, as the Huskers held Wisconsin to just two field goals over the next 11 minutes to build a 58-35 edge.

Nebraska controlled the boards, 38-28, on the night and outscored Wisconsin 10-6 in second-chance points and 15-7 in points off turnovers, although Wisconsin won the turnover battle, 16-14. The Huskers held the Badgers to just 35.7 percent (20-56) shooting, including just 3-of-10 from three-point range.

Although the Huskers battled foul trouble for much of the night, Wisconsin only converted 7-of-10 free throws in the game, while Nebraska hit 4-of-5 free throws. The Badgers were called for just 11 fouls in the contest.

Nebraska returns to road Big Ten action on Sunday by traveling to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between the Huskers and Scarlet Knights is set for 1 p.m. (CT) with live radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network and a live video stream for BTN+ subscribers.




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