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
GAME 15: NEBRASKA VS. IOWA
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 7
Time: 8:07 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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
• 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
Before Nov. 22
Since Nov. 22
3 Pt. Pct.
• 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)
Charles Richadson Jr.
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)
vs. Purdue, 12/13/19
at Indiana, 12/13/19
vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
at Kansas State, 2/7/10
at TCU, 11/21/09
vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94
• 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
Pct. of Scoring
South Dakota St.
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).
Nebraska's Kate Cain claimed a spot on the Big Ten Women's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll for her performance last week for the Huskers, the conference office announced on Monday.
Cain, a 6-5 junior center from Middletown, N.Y., notched her third consecutive double-double to open Big Ten play with season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds in Nebraska's 72-58 win over No. 24 Minnesota at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Saturday. Cain, who hit 9-of-13 shots from the field, also recorded six blocked shots against the Golden Gophers.
She opened the week with 10 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks at Michigan State. She went 5-for-7 from the field against the Spartans in East Lansing.
Through three Big Ten games, the Lisa Leslie Award candidate is leading the conference in blocked shots (3.7 bpg) while tying Wisconsin's Imani Lewis for the league lead in rebounding at 13.7 boards per game. She is also tied for 15th in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game, while ranking fifth in the league with her 64.5 field goal percentage.
Last week, Cain averaged 14.5 points on 14-of-20 shooting (.700), 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks for Nebraska, which improved to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. She did not commit a turnover in more than 68 minutes of action during the week.
For the season, Cain leads Nebraska in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (3.1 bpg) while ranking third among the Huskers in scoring (11.1 ppg). Her 58.2 field goal percentage leads the team.
Iowa's Kathleen Doyle was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week, while Ohio State's Kierstan Bell was the Freshman of the Week. Cain was joined on the weekly honor roll by Michigan sophomore guard Amy Dilk and Wisconsin sophomore forward Imani Lewis.
Cain and the Huskers return to home Big Ten action on Thursday night when they play host to Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Badgers is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com. The game also will be available on statewide television from NET, which will provide the BTN+ production of the game. Thor Tripp and Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn will be on the call.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 67, O'Neill 36
Alliance 64, Bayard 16
Auburn 51, Mound City, Mo. 40
Benton, Mo. 65, Falls City 30
Bishop Neumann 56, Nebraska City Lourdes 24
Centennial 54, Heartland 35
Central (St. Joseph), Mo. 70, Boys Town 54
Centura 52, Sandy Creek 48
Conestoga 74, East Mills, Iowa 63
Dorchester 39, Cedar Bluffs 38
Dundy County-Stratton 70, Wauneta-Palisade 46
East Butler 58, David City 45
Elgin Public/Pope John 42, Bloomfield 39
Elkhorn Mount Michael 75, Savannah, Mo. 53
Falls City Sacred Heart 68, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 40
Freeman 45, Southern 19
Grand Island Northwest 50, Aurora 28
Guardian Angels 67, Aquinas 57
Hanover, Kan. 68, Diller-Odell 64
Hemingford 38, Lusk, Wyo. 31
Hershey 47, Southern Valley 34
High Plains Community 37, St. Edward 35
Holdrege 64, Sidney 51
Humphrey St. Francis 82, Nebraska Christian 38
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 57, Stanton 32
Kearney 86, Fremont 38
Lincoln Southwest 56, Norfolk 46
Maxwell 50, Arapahoe 42
North Bend Central 65, Raymond Central 22
Omaha Skutt Catholic 84, Sioux City, West, Iowa 52
Pawnee City 59, Friend 26
Plattsmouth 48, Platteview 45
Siouxland Christian, Iowa 76, Wakefield 67
St. Paul 68, Boone Central/Newman Grove 41
Tri County 62, Johnson County Central 51
Twin Loup 61, Palmer 19
Waverly 48, Omaha Gross Catholic 24
Pleasanton 53, Hitchcock County 41
Anselmo-Merna 56, Brady 49
Hastings 60, Scottsbluff 52
North Platte 50, Gering 43
Columbus 57, McCook 38
Morrill 55, Sioux County 32
Knight Holiday Classic=
Hartington Cedar Catholic 54, Pierce 50
Archbishop Bergan 72, South Sioux City 52
Omaha Concordia 59, Lutheran High Northeast 41
Lincoln Lutheran 45, Heartland Lutheran 26
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Arthur County 58, Hyannis 29
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 52, Pender 43
Bayard 36, Alliance 32
Bennington 71, South Sioux City 63
Centennial 61, Heartland 32
Centura 62, Sandy Creek 42
Crofton 70, Battle Creek 49
Dorchester 43, Cedar Bluffs 34
Dundy County-Stratton 68, Wauneta-Palisade 40
East Butler 49, David City 46
Elgin Public/Pope John 44, Bloomfield 32
Elkhorn 56, Omaha Roncalli 35
Freeman 48, Southern 18
Fremont 46, Kearney 37
Grand Island Northwest 47, Aurora 34
Guardian Angels 58, Aquinas 29
Hanover, Kan. 56, Diller-Odell 46
Hershey 48, Southern Valley 32
High Plains Community 38, St. Edward 29
Humphrey St. Francis 68, Nebraska Christian 34
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 70, Stanton 27
Johnson County Central 56, Tri County 35
Kearney Catholic 47, Minden 32
Lincoln Southwest 50, Norfolk 34
Lusk, Wyo. 35, Hemingford 32
Maxwell 43, Arapahoe 25
Nebraska City Lourdes 41, Bishop Neumann 32
North Bend Central 77, Raymond Central 34
O'Neill 69, Adams Central 53
Omaha Gross Catholic 42, Waverly 34
Palmer 41, Twin Loup 35
Pawnee City 40, Friend 17
Platteview 52, Plattsmouth 42
Ralston 45, Omaha South 34
River Valley, Correctionville, Iowa 39, Emerson-Hubbard 16
Sidney 44, Holdrege 31
Sioux City, West, Iowa 62, Omaha Skutt Catholic 47
Siouxland Christian, Iowa 68, Wakefield-Allen 62
St. Paul 44, Boone Central/Newman Grove 41
Valentine 72, Cody-Kilgore 48
Brady Holiday Tournament=
Pleasanton 61, Hitchcock County 33
Anselmo-Merna 65, Brady 37
North Platte 64, Scottsbluff 54
McCook 67, Gering 51
Hastings 45, Columbus 40
Sioux County 47, Crawford 42
Morrill 47, Hay Springs 27
Lincoln Lutheran 43, Lutheran High Northeast 27
Omaha Concordia 45, Heartland Lutheran 25
Live television coverage will be provided by the Big Ten Network with Larry Punteney and Brenda VanLengen on the call.
Live radio coverage for Saturday's game can be heard on B107.3 FM in Lincoln and ESPN 590 AM in Omaha beginning at 4:45 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 opened Big Ten play with a solid 78-69 win over defending Big Ten Tournament champion and NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Iowa on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Junior Kate Cain led the Big Red with her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cain added her second straight double-double with 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds to go with four blocks in 78-70 overtime loss at Michigan State (Dec. 31).
Cain, a Lisa Leslie Award candidate, is averaging 13.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks to open Big Ten play, increasing her season averages to 10.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. Cain moved into second place on Nebraska's career block list (217) at Michigan State.
Despite Cain setting a season high with 14 rebounds, the Huskers were outrebounded 53-35 at Michigan State. NU was minus-16 on the glass in the second half of regulation, allowing the Spartans to rally from a six-point halftime deficit.
Sophomore Sam Haiby led four Huskers in double figures with 19 points at Michigan State, including 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half. Haiby leads Nebraska's starters in scoring at 11.3 points per game, including a team-best 14.5 points per game in Big Ten play.
Sophomore Leigha Brown added 10 points at Michigan State and is Nebraska's leading scorer on the season with 14.0 points per game. Brown is the highest scoring non-starter in the Big Ten and a leading candidate for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year.
Senior Nicea Eliely had 14 points at Michigan State and is averaging 13.0 points in Big Ten play.
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. No. 24 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, 5 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Live TV: BTN (Larry Punteney, Brenda VanLengen)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (4:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM; Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn
Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 10.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.9 ppg, 2.5 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 (53-51); 13th Season Overall (246-160)
No. 24 Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten)
5 - Taiye Bello - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 12.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg
3 - Destiny Pitts - 5-10 - Jr. - G/F - 17.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
14 - Sara Scalia - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 10.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
21 - Jasmine Brunson - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
24 - Gadiva Hubbard - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Jasmine Powell - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 9.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg
23 - Masha Adashchyk - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 3.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg
20 - Kehinde Bello - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
25 - Klarke Sconiers - 6-2 - Fr. - C - 3.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
2 - Barbora Tomancova - 6-2 - So. - F/C - 0.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Head Coach: Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota, 2004)
Second Season at Minnesota (32-13); Second Season Overall (32-13)
Scouting The Minnesota Golden Gophers
• Head coach Lindsay Whalen brings her second Minnesota team to Lincoln ranked in the top 25 for the second straight year. Last season, the No. 23/25 Golden Gophers suffered a 63-57 loss at the hands of the Huskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Jan. 20, 2019) in the only meeting between the schools.
• The Gophers come to Lincoln with identical records to Nebraska at 11-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, after dropping a 66-63 decision to Ohio State at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on New Year's Eve. Minnesota hit just 33.3 percent (13-39) of its two-point field goal attempts in the loss to the Buckeyes.
• Junior guard Destiny Pitts led Minnesota with 26 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting while adding seven rebounds. Pitts ranks among Big Ten leaders with 17.1 points per game and has hit a blistering 46.7 percent (42-90) of her three-point shots this season. She also leads Minnesota with 3.5 assists per game. She is averaging 23.5 points and 6.0 rebounds through two Big Ten games while going 8-for-15 from three-point range. Pitts was a first-team preseason All-Big Ten choice this year after earning second-team All-Big Ten honors a year ago (16.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg). She was the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Pitts managed 10 points but attempted just six shots last season in Lincoln.
• Pitts leads the Big Ten in threes made (42) and free throw percentage (.846).
• Senior Taiye Bello is the focus inside for Minnesota. The athletic 6-2 forward is averaging a double-double with 12.8 points and 10.4 rebounds, including 10.0 points and 12.0 boards in Big Ten play. Bello also ranks among Big Ten leaders with 30 blocks. She was honorable-mention All-Big Ten last year (9.7 ppg, 11.9 rpg). Last season, Bello had seven points and 13 rebounds in Lincoln.
• Bello leads the Big Ten in double-doubles (7), total rebounds (135), rebounds per game (10.4) and offensive rebounds per game (4.5).
• Junior Gadiva Hubbard returns to the Minnesota lineup this year after missing 2018-19 with an injury. Hubbard is averaging 11.8 points and a team-leading 2.0 steals per contest. The 5-9 guard gives the Gophers another dangerous long-range threat, connecting on 40.6 percent (28-69) of her threes. In 2017-18 in Nebraska's 79-74 win at Minnesota, Hubbard had 15 points and knocked down a trio of threes while adding eight assists. In two Big Ten games this season, Hubbard has been held to 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds and has hit just 3-of-15 shots, including 2-of-8 threes.
• Freshman Sara Scalia has made major contributions early in her career. The 5-10 guard is averaging 10.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 45.1 percent (23-51) from three-point range and 86.7 percent (13-15) from the free throw line. In two Big Ten starts, Scalia is averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while hitting 6-of-9 three-pointers.
• Senior guard Jasmine Brunson rounds out the Minnesota starting five by averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals. Brunson is just 4-of-15 from long range and has not attempted a three in two Big Ten games. She has 12 points in three career games against Nebraska.
• Whalen has kept Minnesota in a tight eight-player rotation in the first two Big Ten games with only freshman Jasmine Powell, senior Kehinde Bello and junior Masha Adashchyk seeing action off the bench.
• Powell, a 5-6 guard is averaging 9.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals on the season. She is averaging 5.0 points while going 3-for-13 in two Big Ten games.
• Bello, a 6-2 forward and twin sister of Gopher starter Taiye Bello, has managed 1.6 points and 2.1 rebounds on the year.
• Adashchyk, a 5-11 guard, has played in nine games on the season and is averaging 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. She is 4-for-9 from long range but 0-for-2 to start Big Ten play.
• Minnesota opened Big Ten play with an 81-74 win at Penn State. The Gophers led the Lady Lions 54-21 at the half, before getting outscored 53-27 in the second half. Pitts and Scalia combined for 43 points on 8-of-12 three-point shooting at Penn State.
• For the season, Minnesota is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 40.2 percent (109-271) from three-point range while averaging 8.4 made threes per game. Minnesota is the Big Ten's best free throw shooting team (.767). The Gophers own a plus-5.6 turnover margin on the season, but are minus-3.0 in turnover margin through two Big Ten games. In two Big Ten games, opponents have hit just 7-of-41 threes (.171) against Minnesota.
Nebraska vs. Minnesota Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Minnesota 13-9, including a 63-57 Husker win in Lincoln (Jan. 20, 2019) in the lone meeting between the two schools last season.
• Minnesotan Sam Haiby led Nebraska with 16 points, while Hannah Whitish added 12 points for the Huskers, who outscored the Gophers 25-11 in the fourth quarter last season. Haiby, Whitish and Kissinger combined for all 25 of Nebraska's points in the quarter, as the Huskers overcame a 46-38 deficit at the end of three quarters.
• Nebraska and Minnesota have met just once in each of the last four seasons, with the Huskers winning the last two meetings including a 79-74 victory in Minneapolis on Dec. 31, 2017.
• Minnesota's last win was a 79-69 overtime victory on Feb. 4, 2017 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Taiye Bello and Jasmine Brunson both started for the Gophers in that game, while Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely were both starters for the Huskers.
• Nebraska owns an 8-4 edge as Big Ten foes.
• Nebraska is 10-3 all-time against Minnesota in Lincoln.The Huskers are 2-6 against Minnesota in Minneapolis and 1-0 against the Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament (March 7, 2014).
• Although women's basketball was not a full varsity sport at Nebraska until 1975-76, a women's team from Nebraska suffered its first defeat at Minnesota in 1904 after going unbeaten between 1897 and 1903. Two weeks after the first meeting with Minnesota, Nebraska beat the same team in Lincoln.
• Minnesota's Laura Coenen scored 42 points for the Gophers in a 90-79 win over the Huskers on Nov. 30, 1984. That effort is tied for the most points by any opponent in a game against the Huskers.
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (74).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (69).
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all 13 games this season, and has blocked a shot in 15 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 82 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has produced double-figure points in five consecutive games, the longest active double-digit scoring streak among the Huskers. Cain has produced double figures in seven of the last eight games.
• Kate Cain has produced a double-double in back-to-back games.
• Kate Cain, Nicea Eliely and Leigha Brown are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first 13 games this season.
• Kate Cain, Nicea Eliely and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all 13 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 47 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 355 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 234 consecutive games.
Numbers to Watch
(3) Nicea Eliely needs three rebounds to reach 400 in her career. When she achieves that milestone she will become just the 12th player in Nebraska history to reach the combined career milestones of 800 points, 400 rebounds and 200 assists.
(3) Kristian Hudson needs three assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(5) Kate Cain needs five rebounds to reach 500 in her career.
(7) Kristian Hudson needs seven rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(21) Kate Cain needs 21 points to reach 700 in her career.
(29) Leigha Brown is 29 points away from 500 in her career.
(99) Nicea Eliely is expected to make her team-leading 99th career start on Saturday.
• Nebraska's 11-2 start is its best 13-game start under Coach Amy Williams and NU's best start since also opening 11-2 in in the Big Ten in 2013-14. The Huskers opened 15-1, including 3-0 in the Big Ten during a 16-game conference season in 2011-12.
• Entering games Jan. 2, Nebraska and Minnesota were two of just 29 teams nationally (6 Big Ten) with 11 or more wins. Only nine unbeatens remain among the 344 NCAA Division I teams.
• Nebraska is No. 50 in the Massey Ratings (Jan. 2). Other Big Ten teams in the top 40 included: Indiana (9), Northwestern (15), Maryland (20), Rutgers (27), Purdue (29), Minnesota (31), Iowa (33), Michigan (39), Ohio State (42) and Michigan State (49).
• Through 13 games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 61.5 points per game (including 59.4 ppg in regulation), after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 28.6 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 had outscored opponent reserves in the first 12 games in 2019-20, before being outscored 30-15 at Michigan State. The Husker bench has outscored opposing benches in 40 of the last 43 games overall, including double-digit edges in 30 of the last 43 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 355-196 (27.3-15.1 ppg).