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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

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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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Girls Game 
Broken Bow 68, McCook 32 
Bison girls now 4-7 on the season

Boys Game 
McCook 67, Broken Bow 57
Bison boys are now 5-5 on the season 

NEXT ACTION 
McCook will be on the road Friday Jan. 10th at Gothenburg. Girls game at 5:30pm boys game to follow at 7:15pm. Then on Saturday Jan. 11th McCook will host Sidney. Girls game at 4:30pm boys game to follow at 6:15pm. Listen live on The Zone 93.9 & thezone939.com 






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The Nebraska women's basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night hunting for another Big Ten Conference home win when the Huskers take on Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Huskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten) is set for 7:05 p.m. (CT) with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office beginning 90 minutes before tip-off.

Live statewide television coverage will be provided by NET with Thor Tripp and Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn on the call. The NET production also will be used for the BTN+ video stream.

Live radio coverage for Thursday's game can be heard on B107.3 FM and 1400 AM KLIN in Lincoln along with ESPN 590 AM in Omaha beginning at 6:45 p.m. (CT). Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and TuneIn.

Nebraska notched its second Big Ten home win with a 72-58 victory over then-No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Cain, a Lisa Leslie Award candidate, continued her strong open to Big Ten play with season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds to go along with six blocked shots. In league play, Cain is averaging 15.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. She leads the Big Ten in blocks per game while matching Wisconsin's Imani Lewis for the conference lead in rebounding during league play. 

Cain claimed her first spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 6) by averaging 14.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks last week. She hit 70 percent (14-20) of her shots from the field.

Hannah Whitish played big for the Huskers in the win over Minnesota with a season-high 17 points while matching her season high with five three-pointers. The senior from Barneveld was the 2016 Wisconsin High School Player of the Year. She is the first Husker in history to reach the combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,084), 400 assists (416) and 200 three-pointers (223).

Sophomore guard Sam Haiby (Moorhead, Minn.) added 17 points against her home state school and leads Nebraska in scoring in Big Ten play (15.3 ppg). 

Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown leads Nebraska overall in scoring this season at 13.7 points per game off the bench. She is a leading contender for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors, and is the only Big Ten player to rank among the top 30 in the league in scoring without making a start.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
vs. Wisconsin Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Tickets:
 Huskers.com
Live TV: NET (Thor Tripp, Jami Hagedorn)
Live Video Stream: BTN+ (NET production)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM & 1400 AM KLIN; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM 
Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 11.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg
Out for Season
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (54-51); 13th Season Overall (247-160)

Wisconsin Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
14 - Abby Laszewski - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
34 - Imani Lewis - 6-1 - So. - F - 14.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg
10 - Kendra Van Leeuwen - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
22 - Niya Beverley - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
30 - Sydney Hilliard - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Suzanne Gilreath - 5-4 - Sr. - G - 6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
5 - Julie Pospisilova - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
40 - Tara Stauffacher - 5-11 - Fr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
41 - Sara Stapleton - 6-3 - Fr. - F/C - 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
44 - Alex Luehring - 6-2 - So. - G - 1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg
20 - Diamond Bragg - 5-7 - So. - G - 1.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Jonathan Tsipis (North Carolina, 1996)
Fourth Season at Wisconsin (42-66); Eighth Season Overall (134-104)

Scouting The Wisconsin Badgers
• Head coach Jonathan Tsipis brings his fourth Wisconsin team into Thursday's game at Nebraska following a 71-65 win over Penn State at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Badgers are 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. 
• Last season, Wisconsin finished with a 15-18 overall record that included a 4-14 Big Ten mark. The 15 wins for the Badgers were their most since 2010-11 (18-15), which was also their last winning season in women's basketball.
• Tsipis, who is 42-66 in his four seasons at Wisconsin, has his Badgers taking pride in their defense. Wisconsin is allowing just 60.9 points per game and has not allowed an opponent to score 75 in any game this season. Colorado (74) and Purdue (72) are the only two Badger foes to hit 70.
• Last season, the Badgers defeated Nebraska, 70-69, on a Kelly Karliss buzzer-beating three-pointer in the corner in Madison (Jan. 27, 2019).
• Wisconsin is led by outstanding sophomore Imani Lewis. The 6-1 forward is averaging team bests of 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, including 20.0 points and 13.7 boards in Big Ten play. She has taken more than 25 percent of UW's shots in league play. She had 23 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday's win over Penn State. She had 17 points and seven boards in last season's win over Nebraska.
• Senior Abby Laszewski, a 6-3 forward, has added 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds on the season, including 13.3 points and 7.7 boards in Big Ten play.  Neither Lewis nor Laszewski have attempted a three-pointer for the Badgers this season.
• Freshman Sydney Hilliard has made an immediate impact. The 5-11 guard is averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds on the season and has started all three Big Ten contests. She has also matched senior point guard Kendra Van Leeuwen for the team lead with 16 steals.
• Van Leeuwen has averaged 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-best 4.4 assists. 
• Junior Niya Beverley rounds out Wisconsin's starting five with 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Beverley erupted for 19 points in the win over Penn State after managing just 10 points combined in UW's Big Ten losses to Rutgers (64-61) and at Purdue (72-61). Beverley ranks third among the Badgers with 11 made three-pointers. Beverley played a huge role in Wisconsin's win over Nebraska last season with 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals.
• Senior Suzanne Gilreath leads Wisconsin from long range with 23 three-pointers on the year, but she is 0-for-6 from three-point range in Big Ten play early this season. Gilreath is averaging 6.2 points per game off the bench, but has not scored in Big Ten play.
• Freshman Julie Pospisilova has added more pop from long range with 14 threes on the season. Pospisilova started nine non-conference games and is averaging 5.9 points per game on the season. However she has opened Big Ten play just 2-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-9 from three.
• Freshman Tara Stauffacher is the only other Badger to find the scoring column so far in Big Ten play. Stauffacher, a 5-11 forward, is averaging 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds on the season and has scored four total points in three Big Ten games.
• As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 66.1 points per game on the season while shooting 41 percent from the field, including 29.8 percent from three-point range. UW is averaging just 4.9 threes per game. In last season's win over Nebraska went just 2-for-10 including the game-winner at the buzzer.        • In Big Ten play, Wisconsin is shooting just 36.9 percent from the field, including 22.5 percent (9-40) from three-point range. UW owns a plus-3.5 rebound margin on the season but a minus-0.4 turnover margin. However, the Badgers own a plus-3.0 turnover margin in Big Ten play after forcing 26 turnovers by Penn State (+8) on Saturday.
• For the season, Wisconsin is holding opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting from the field, including 30.2 percent from long range.

Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 9-7, including a 51-48 win over the Badgers at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 11, 2018. All nine of Nebraska's victories over the Badgers have come as Big Ten foes. 
• The Badgers have won back-to-back games against the Huskers in Madison, including the 70-69 win over the Huskers at the Kohl Center on Jan. 27, 2019. Nicea Eliely hit a driving layup with 0.7 seconds left to give the Huskers a 69-67 lead, before Kelly Karliss answered with a three-pointer in front of the Wisconsin bench as time expired. Taylor Kissinger led Nebraska with 15 points, while Kate Cain added 14 points and seven rebounds. Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely each had 12 points. Marsha Howard led Wisconsin with 18 points and seven boards.
• Wisconsin rolled to an 82-56 win over the Huskers in Madison on Feb. 9, 2017, for the largest margin of victory in the series. Despite the back-to-back wins for the Badgers in Madison, the Huskers have won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.
• Nebraska meets Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. (CT) in a game televised by BTN.
• The Huskers are 9-2 against the Badgers as Big Ten Conference opponents, including 5-0 in Lincoln and 3-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska is 4-2 against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Nebraska's first three wins at the Kohl Center were by a combined nine points, including a 71-70 OT win on Feb. 5, 2014, a 55-53 win on Feb. 28, 2013, and a 75-69 win on Jan. 12, 2012 - the first meeting between the schools as Big Ten foes.
• Wisconsin won the first five meetings between the two school as non-conference opponents, including a pair of overtime victories at the Devaney Center in Lincoln and three wins in Madison. All five of the non-conference meetings between the schools were decided by 10 or fewer points.
• Overall, 12 of the 16 all-time meetings have been decided by 10 or fewer points, including three overtime contests.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (75).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (70).
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all 14 games this season, and has blocked a shot in 16 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 83 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has produced double-figure points in six consecutive games, the longest active double-digit scoring streak among the Huskers. Cain has produced double figures in eight of the last nine games.
• Kate Cain has produced a double-double in three consecutive games.
• Kate CainNicea Eliely and Leigha Brown are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first 14 games this season.
• Kate CainNicea Eliely and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all 14 games this season.
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 48 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 71 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 356 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 235 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
(2) Kate Cain needs two points to reach 700 in her career.
(3) Kristian Hudson needs three assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(7) Kristian Hudson needs seven rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(15) Kate Cain is 15 blocked shots away from matching the Nebraska career block record held by Janet Smith (238, 1979-82).
(16) Hannah Whitish is 16 points away from 1,100 in her career.
(21) Leigha Brown is 21 points away from 500 in her career.
(100) Nicea Eliely is expected to make her team-leading 100th career start on Thursday.

Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska's 12-2 start is its best 14-game start under Coach Amy Williams and NU's best start since also opening 15-1, including 3-0 in the Big Ten during a 16-game conference season in 2011-12 - Nebraska's first season in the league.
• Nebraska ranks No. 13 nationally in total home attendance (42,647).
• Entering games Jan. 6, Nebraska was one of just 27 teams nationally (4 Big Ten) with 12 or more wins.
• Nebraska is No. 34 in the Massey Ratings (Jan. 7). Other Big Ten teams in the top 55 included: Indiana (10), Maryland (18), Northwestern (21), Iowa (23), Rutgers (24), Michigan (30), Purdue (38), Minnesota (41), Ohio State (45) and Michigan State (54).
• Through 14 games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 61.3 points per game (including 59.3 ppg in regulation), after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from three-point range against NU. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent, including 33.4 percent from three. In 2017-18, Nebraska led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.299).
• Nebraska has held seven opponents to 55 points or less this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less. NU held 11 opponents to 55 or less in 2017-18.
• NU's bench has outscored opponent reserves in 13 of the first 14 games (not Michigan State) in 2019-20. The Husker bench has outscored opposing benches in 41 of the last 44 games overall, including double-digit edges in 30 of the last 44 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 364-204 (26.0-14.6 ppg).



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Lincoln, Neb. - Cam Mack had his fourth double-double of the season, while Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied his career high with 17 points to lead Nebraska to a 76-70 victory over Iowa Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Mack poured in 15 points and dished out 10 assists for Nebraska (7-8, 2-2 Big Ten), as the Huskers put five players in double figures in posting their fourth straight win over the Hawkeyes in Lincoln. Mack has produced three of his double-doubles in conference play and had 10 assists and just one turnover in 39 minutes on Tuesday. 

In addition to Mack and Thorbjarnarson, who grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, Haanif Cheatham added 14 while Dachon Burke Jr. and Kevin Cross also netted double figures with 13 points and 11 points, respectively.

Nebraska led by as many as 12 in the first half, only to see Iowa (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten) take a 51-50 lead with 12:41 remaining. The Hawkeyes' lead would last just 38 seconds, as Cross keyed a significant run with six points in an 8-2 run as Nebraska took a 58-53 lead with 7:25 left. 

Iowa chipped away, pulling even at 59-all after a Joe Wieskamp basket with 5:20 remaining, but Thorbjarnarson's two 3-pointers keyed another 8-2 run to push the lead to back to 67-61, and the Huskers held on down the stretch. 

Wieskamp finished with a game-high 21 points, while Luka Garza added 16 points and 18 rebounds, but Nebraska held the All-America candidate below his Big Ten leading scoring average. The Huskers also limited Iowa to just 4-of-33 from 3-point range, while hitting 10 3-pointers. 

Nebraska opened the game on a 7-0 run and Iowa responded with a 7-0 run of their own to knot the game up at 7-7. The teams traded buckets before the Huskers went on another 8-0 run, featuring triples by Mack and Cheatham and a jumper from Thorbjarnarson to give Nebraska the 17-9 edge midway through the first half. Iowa was able to cut the Nebraska lead down to seven (38-31) by intermission, despite missing 12 consecutive three-pointers in the first half.

Iowa began pounding the ball down low in the opening minutes of the second half and brought the Husker lead down to two at the 15-minute mark. Mack then buried back-to-back jumpers to push the margin back to six and give the Huskers a 47-41 advantage at the first media timeout of the period. The teams continued battling ,and the Hawkeyes claimed a 51-50 lead after a Luka Garza layup and a Joe Wieskamp basket from beyond the arc with 12:41 remaining in the contest.

The Huskers continue Big Ten play Saturday afternoon when they take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. at 3:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN and carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.



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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Allen 57, St. Mary's 44

Ansley-Litchfield 61, Overton 44

Aquinas 49, Clarkson/Leigh 47

Bertrand 53, Wilcox-Hildreth 33

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 66, South Sioux City 42

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 48, Nebraska Lutheran 30

Burwell 90, Ainsworth 79

CWC 56, Twin Loup 16

Chase County 71, Dundy County-Stratton 38

College View Academy 50, Dorchester 24

Columbus 56, Seward 42

Cross County 67, Osceola 28

Elgin Public/Pope John 74, Spalding Academy 16

Exeter/Milligan 47, Diller-Odell 37

Falls City Sacred Heart 48, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Gordon/Rushville 67, Cody-Kilgore 39

Grand Island Central Catholic 66, Grand Island Northwest 48

Hi-Line 80, Maywood-Hayes Center 61

Hitchcock County 65, Southwest 30

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 54, Columbus Scotus 39

Johnson-Brock 40, Nebraska City Lourdes 30

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 71, Bloomfield 46

Lewiston 53, Meridian 32

Lincoln North Star 74, Lincoln Southeast 60

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Douglas County West 33

McCook 67, Broken Bow 57

McCool Junction 51, Lawrence-Nelson 42

Mead 52, Cedar Bluffs 11

Millard North 67, Elkhorn South 46

Mitchell 83, Southeast, Wyo. 60

Nebraska City 51, Falls City 48, OT

North Platte St. Patrick's 58, Anselmo-Merna 48

Norton, Kan. 53, Cambridge 42

O'Neill 58, Winnebago 56

Omaha Benson 67, Lincoln High 65

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 67, Tekamah-Herman 49

Omaha Christian Academy 42, Heartland Christian, Iowa 41

Omaha Roncalli 55, Platteview 45

Ord 65, Cozad 38

Palmyra 67, Sterling 22

Papillion-LaVista South 70, Elkhorn 52

Parkview Christian 96, Whiting, Iowa 27

Plainview 46, Summerland 45

Plattsmouth 37, Louisville 30

Ponca 70, Crofton 58

Randolph 60, Homer 50

Riverside 44, Heartland Lutheran 26

Rock Hills, Kan. 60, Red Cloud 26

Shelton 54, Gibbon 35

South Loup 52, Hershey 38

Southern Valley 63, Franklin 37

St. Edward 56, Elba 22

Sutton 54, Centura 37

Tri County 66, Friend 41

Twin River 62, Central City 41

Wahoo 72, Lincoln Lutheran 60

Wakefield 61, Madison 57

Wallace 57, Medicine Valley 43

Wayne 66, Boys Town 61

West Point-Beemer 45, Fort Calhoun 44

Wisner-Pilger 62, Arlington 49

York 60, Schuyler 45

Yutan 64, Omaha Concordia 42

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 49, Burwell 39

Arlington 48, Wisner-Pilger 36

Ashland-Greenwood 44, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 28

Bertrand 43, Wilcox-Hildreth 35

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 66, South Sioux City 42

Boyd County 63, Santee 60

Broken Bow 68, McCook 32

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 56, Nebraska Lutheran 32

CWC 63, Twin Loup 36

Central City 72, Twin River 58

Clarkson/Leigh 39, Aquinas 36

Cody-Kilgore 48, Gordon/Rushville 43

Crofton 44, Ponca 33

Cross County 61, Osceola 8

Diller-Odell 57, Exeter/Milligan 50

Dorchester 42, College View Academy 18

Douglas County West 51, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 25

Dundy County-Stratton 60, Chase County 43

Elgin Public/Pope John 74, Spalding Academy 16

Fairbury 33, Beatrice 31

Falls City 45, Nebraska City 35

Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Elmwood-Murdock 40

Grand Island Northwest 48, Grand Island Central Catholic 31

Heartland Christian, Iowa 60, Omaha Christian Academy 33

Heartland Lutheran 44, Riverside 26

Hitchcock County 51, Southwest 32

Homer 72, Randolph 27

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 40, Columbus Scotus 32

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Bloomfield 29

Lawrence-Nelson 57, McCool Junction 13

Lincoln High 50, Omaha Benson 31

Lincoln Lutheran 47, Wahoo 36

Lincoln North Star 55, Lincoln Southeast 48

Maywood-Hayes Center 52, Hi-Line 39

Mead 63, Cedar Bluffs 31

Medicine Valley 39, Wallace 38

Meridian 55, Lewiston 18

Millard North 56, Elkhorn South 28

Nebraska City Lourdes 47, Johnson-Brock 32

Norfolk Catholic 57, Humphrey St. Francis 54

North Platte St. Patrick's 44, Anselmo-Merna 29

Norton, Kan. 53, Cambridge 42

Omaha Central 48, Omaha Mercy 39

Ord 65, Cozad 38

Overton 51, Ansley-Litchfield 28

Platteview 45, Omaha Roncalli 42

Plattsmouth 49, Louisville 45

Rock Hills, Kan. 34, Red Cloud 13

Seward 49, Columbus 36

Shelton 54, Gibbon 35

Sioux City, North, Iowa 65, Omaha Bryan 32

South Loup 44, Hershey 29

South Platte 52, Kimball 48

Southeast, Wyo. 50, Mitchell 48

Southern Valley 38, Franklin 33

St. Edward 54, Elba 33

Sterling 67, Palmyra 30

Summerland 60, Plainview 25

Sutton 46, Centura 36

Tri County 47, Friend 23

Wakefield-Allen 60, Madison 45

West Point-Beemer 52, Fort Calhoun 19

Whiting, Iowa 39, Parkview Christian 21

Winnebago 64, O'Neill 57

York 72, Schuyler 14

Yutan 47, Omaha Concordia 29





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GAME 15: NEBRASKA VS. IOWA
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 7
Time:  8:07 p.m. 
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Tickets: Huskers.com/Tickets

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2019-20 Record: 6-8 (1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 6-8 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 121-64 (6th year)

IOWA HAWKEYES
2019-20 Record: 10-4 (1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fran McCaffery
    Record at Iowa: 184-136 (10th year)
    Career Record: 435-313 (23rd year)

BROADCAST INFO
Television: BTN
    Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler  
    Analyst: Stephen Bardo    
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.  372        XM: Ch. 372

 

 

Huskers Host Hawkeyes Tuesday Night at PBA

The Nebraska men's basketball team finishes a five-game homestand when the Iowa Hawkeyes visit Pinnacle Bank Arena Tuesday evening.

Tipoff is set for shortly after 8 p.m. and a limited number of 100 Level tickets are available for purchase by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
  

Tuesday's matchup will be carried nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the Fox Sports app.

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 (6-8, 1-2 Big Ten) looks to bounce back following a 79-62 loss to Rutgers on Friday night. The Huskers shot just 31.7 percent while Rutgers shot 54 percent and out-rebounded the Huskers 48-31. Senior guard Haanif Cheatham had 16 points, while sophomore guard Cam Mack added 11 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Huskers.
Cheatham has been steady in his first season as a Huskers, scoring a team-high 13.3 points per game while shooting a career-best 52.3 percent from the field. He has reached double figures in nine of the Huskers' last 10 contests, including a pair of 20-point performances.  

Iowa (10-4, 1-2) comes off a tough 89-86 loss at No. 21 Penn State Saturday afternoon snapping a four-game win streak. Junior Luka Garza had 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting and 12 rebounds, while Joe Weiskamp added 23 points and 10 boards in a losing effort. Iowa shot 47 percent, but had 15 turnovers which led to 20 Nittany Lion points. 

Garza has been one of the best big men in the country during the first half of the season, leading the Big Ten in scoring (22.5 ppg) and ranking second in rebounding (10.1 rpg).  In conference play, Garza is averaging 33.0 points per game. 

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Cam Mack leads the Big Ten with 9.3 assists per game in conference games. Mack is also sixth in Big Ten games with a 3.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
.462 - Thorir Thorbjarnarson is fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering Tuesday's game. He is 18-of-39 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years.

+3.1 - Nebraska enters the week tied for the Big Ten lead in turnover margin at +3.1 per game. NU has committed 12 or fewer turnovers in each of the last six contests, including a season-low seven turnovers against Rutgers.

3 - Double-figure assist games for Cam Mack, which is the most by a Husker since Brian Carr had five in the 1985-86 season. 

6.2 - 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 2005-06.

8 - Nebraska has had eight of its nine eligible scholarship players reach double figures this season. The Huskers have three players currently averaging double figures.  

15.1 -  Nebraska is 11th nationally and second among power conference schools in average possession length.

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 IOWA
Iowa, which was ranked 23rd in last week's AP poll, is 10-4 on the year following an 89-86 loss to No. 21 Penn State in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. The Hawkeyes were led by junior Luka Garza's 34-point effort while Joe Wieskamp added 23 points, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range in the loss which featured 24 lead changes before Penn State pulled ahead late. 

On the year, the Hawkeyes have been steady since an early-season loss to DePaul, as Iowa's only losses since Nov. 11 have been against unbeaten San Diego State, at Michigan and at Penn State. Iowa has neutral-site wins over Texas Tech and Cincinnati as well as wins at Iowa State and Syracuse. Tuesday's game ends a stretch where Iowa has played just one home game since Dec. 9. 

Iowa is an explosive offensive team, as the Hawkeyes averaged 81.1 points to rank among the Big Ten leaders.  Iowa is among the Big Ten leaders in 3-point percentage (.367), 3-pointers per game (8.4) and assists per game (17.9) despite battling injures during the first two months of the year. 

Garza is one of the Big Ten's premier players, leading the conference in scoring at 22.5 points per game while grabbing 10.1 rebounds per game to rank second in the Big Ten. Sophomore Joe Wieskamp (13.5 ppg) and redshirt freshman CJ Frederick (10.3 ppg) also average double figures and both shoot over 40 percent from 3-point range. 

SERIES HISTORY
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series, 20-12 in a series that dates back to 1907. It is NU's third-oldest series against a Big Ten foe, as only NU's series with Minnesota and Wisconsin have been around longer.  The teams had not met since 1976 before NU joined the Big Ten in 2011-12. Nebraska is 5-8 against the Hawkeyes since joining the Big Ten and the home team has won the last six meetings dating back to 2016. NU is 10-5 in Lincoln against the Hawkeyes, including 3-1 in Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Last Meeting: Nebraska erased a 16-point second-half deficit and scored 16 points in the final 47 seconds of regulation to force overtime in an eventual 93-91 victory over Iowa in the regular-season finale. Nebraska trailed 74-65 with 50 seconds remaining, but James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. hit four 3-pointers over the next 38 seconds to pull within 80-79 with 23 seconds left. After Iowa connected on 1-of-2 free throws, Palmer tied the game with a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining. In overtime, Amir Harris' layup with 10 seconds left gave NU the lead before Thorir Thorbjarnarson blocked Ryan Bohannon's potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

STORYLINES
• Tuesday's game features two of the highest tempo teams in the Big Ten, as Nebraska ranks 11th nationally and leads the Big Ten while Iowa is fourth in the Big Ten and in the top 50 nationally in average offensive possession.

• Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg and Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery squared off five times when Hoiberg coached at Iowa State. ISU went 4-1 against Iowa in that stretch, including a pair of games decided by three points.

• Two of the past three contrests in Lincoln between the Huskers and Hawkeyes have gone into overtime, including last year's 93-91 Husker victory.

• Nebraska is in a stretch where it will play 15 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. 6.

• With three players averaging double figures, Nebraska has relied on its balance. In its first 14 games, NU has put at least four players in double figures 10 times. The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State on Nov. 25 and at Creighton on Dec. 7.

• Nebraska enters Tuesday's game tied for first in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.1 per game. The Huskers have forced an average of 14.7 turnovers per game to rank fourth in the Big Ten while averaging 11.6 turnovers per game to rank third 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 are on pace to average 8.4 3-pointers per game, a total which would rank second in school history and be the most since the 2001-02 campaign.
 
Most 3-Pointers/Game in School History

No.

School

Games

3-Pointers/Game

1.

2001-02

28

9.54

-

2019-20

14

8.40

2.

2006-07

31

7.87

3.

2018-19

36

7.50

 
• 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 11 games dating back to Nov. 22, NU is shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and averaging 9.0 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season.
 
Huskers' 3-Point Improvement

Category

Before Nov. 22

Since Nov. 22

Games

3

11

3 Pt. Pct.

.231

.360

3-Pointers/Gm

6.0

9.0

Att./Gm

26.0

25.0

 
• Sophomore Cam Mack has made an impact early in his Husker career. He is 13th nationally with 6.5 assists per game, which is on pace to be the most since the 1985-86 season, but also ranks 51st nationally in assist to turnover ratio. His 2.28-to-1 ratio is on pace to be the best by a Husker guard in move than a decade.
 
Best Assist/Turnover Ratios (Since 1979)

No.

Ratio

Player

Asst.-TO's

Year

1

3.05

Brian Carr

201-66

1985-86

2

2.73

Jamar Johnson

123-45

1993-94

3

2.58

Brian Carr

237-92

1984-85

4

2.54

Jack Moore

109-43

1981-82

5

2.52

Charles Richadson Jr.

179-71

2006-07

-

2.28

Cam Mack

91-40

2018-19

minimum 3.0 assists/gm
 
• Yvan Ouedraogo's 14 rebounds vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29 were the most by a Husker freshman since 2004 (15, Aleks Maric vs. UAB) and tied for the third-highest total in the last 20 years. Ouedraogo is the third Husker to have a double-double this season.

• Cam Mack's triple-double against Purdue on Dec. 15 was the first by a Husker in school history and the only one by a Big Ten player this season. As of Jan. 6, only 15 players have had a triple-double this season.

• Cam Mack is the only Husker in the last 30 years to have multiple points-assist double-doubles in the same season as he had one against Southern Utah on Nov. 9 and at Indiana on Dec. 13 in addition to his triple double against Purdue.  In fact, it is only the seventh time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assists double-double. His consecutive points-assists double-double was the first since Brian Carr in December of 1985 (vs. UC-Irvine and Creighton).
 
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)

No.

Pts.

Asst.

Opponent

Cam Mack

11

12

vs. Purdue, 12/13/19

Cam Mack

15

10

at Indiana, 12/13/19

Cam Mack

13

11

vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19

Glynn Watson Jr.

10

10

vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18

Lance Jeter

10

10

vs. Kansas, 2/5/11

Lance Jeter

12

12

at Kansas State, 2/7/10

Sek Henry

11

11

at TCU, 11/21/09

Tom Wald

11

11

vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94

 
• 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 eight overtime games, while the Huskers' three overtime games is third nationally and leads all power conference teams.

• Nebraska has 12 double-figure scoring runs this season, including a pair of double-figure runs against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

• 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.

School

Returning PPG

Pct. of Scoring

1

Nebraska

2.0 PPG

1.9%

2.

Tulane

10.8 PPG

12.2%

3.

South Dakota St.

15.8 PPG

16.9%

4.

Virginia Tech

13.3 PPG

18.1%

5.

Washington

13.9 PPG

19.8%

Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office

• Dachon Burke Jr. enters the Iowa game with 983 career points, including his two seasons at Robert Morris. He needs 17 points to become the third Husker to reach the 1,000-point mark this season, joining Matej Kavas (Nov. 22) and Haanif Cheatham (Dec. 29).





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