Lexi Sun had 16 kills on .316 hitting to lead the Huskers, who dropped to 23-4 overall and 15-3 in the Big Ten with two matches to go.
The Badgers (21-5, 17-1 Big Ten) won their third match in a row against the Huskers and fifth in the last seven meetings. Wisconsin hit .333 and had a 4-0 edge in aces, 8-4 advantage in blocks and 48-44 edge in digs. It was the first time this year that Nebraska was out-dug by its opponent. The Badgers also had 15 more kills than the Huskers, 54-39.
The Huskers hit .241 with Nicklin Hames providing 32 assists and seven digs. Lauren Stivrins had eight kills and a pair of blocks. Madi Kubik had five kills and a team-high 15 digs, and Jazz Sweet also had five kills.
Molly Haggerty had 16 kills to lead Wisconsin. Dana Rettke added 12 kills and five blocks.
The Huskers finish Big Ten Conference play at home next weekend. Nebraska will host Maryland on Friday at 7 p.m. and Ohio State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the regular-season finale.
Set 1: Both teams flashed great defensive plays early in the set, and Nebraska took a 9-7 lead after kills by Stivrins and Sweet. The Badgers scored four points in a row to go up 12-10 after back-to-back kills by Rettke, and Wisconsin led 15-12 at the media timeout. A UW service error and kill by Callie Schwarzenbach cut it to one, 15-14, but the Badgers pushed their lead to four, 19-15, after a block and kill by Danielle Hart and ace by Lauren Barnes. Wisconsin pulled away to take the set, 25-19.
Set 2: Sun produced three kills for the Huskers as the teams split the first 10 rallies, 5-5. Wisconsin claimed an 11-8 lead, but the Huskers fought back with a kill by Kubik and two Wisconsin errors that tied the score at 11-11. But two Badger kills and a block by Rettke and Haggerty restored a three-point Badger lead, 14-11. A couple kills by Sweet helped the Huskers trim it to 17-16, but Wisconsin went ahead 20-17 after a kill and an ace, and Nebraska could get no closer than two the rest of the way as Wisconsin claimed the 25-22 win.
Set 3: Nebraska rallied from 10-8 down to go up 12-10 after a kill by Stivrins and a stuff block by Stivrins and Hames. But the Huskers' eighth net violation of the match allowed Wisconsin to score three in a row and go back ahead, 13-12. The Badgers made it 16-14 on a solo block by Rettke, but Nebraska drew even at 16-16 after a kill by Sun and a block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. With the match tied 18-18, Wisconsin scored via a kill and a block to go up 20-18, but Sweet terminated for sideout. But the Badgers scored four of the final five points of the set to win 25-21.
Nebraska (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten Conference) won for the first time since Oct. 5, producing its largest margin of victory in a Big Ten game, while Maryland (3-8, 1-7) remained winless since the same date with its sixth consecutive loss.
The 54 points were the most the Huskers have ever scored in a Big Ten road game, and tied for their most in any Big Ten game. In playing at Maryland for the first time in school history, Nebraska collected its first November road victory since 2015, when it won at Rutgers.
Spielman, with his fourth 100-yard receiving game this season, increased his season total to 864 receiving yards, making him the first player in Nebraska history with three 800-yard receiving seasons. He also moved into third place on the school charts in career receptions (167, tied with Jordan Westerkamp) and receiving yards (2,512).
Martinez, 16-of-25 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns, also ran for 94 yards, as Nebraska finished with 531 total yards, including 305 rushing. The Huskers committed only one penalty and gained 31 first downs.
The Nebraska defense, meanwhile, forced and recovered four fumbles, including one on special teams, and held Maryland scoreless until running back Javon Leake's 58-yard touchdown run with 3:13 remaining in the game. Prior to that, the Terrapins had run only two plays in Nebraska territory, none beyond the 48-yard line.
Nebraska collected a season-high six sacks and held Maryland to 206 total yards, the fewest the Huskers have allowed in a game this season, and narrowly missed its first shutout in 10 years.
Nebraska led 34-0 at halftime behind two touchdown passes from Martinez, a pair of 29-yard field goals by walk-on kicker Matt Waldoch and a Blackshirt defense that forced two turnovers and twice stopped Maryland on fourth down in Nebraska territory.
The first forced turnover came on Maryland's first place from scrimmage. Junior cornerback Decaprio Bootle jarred the football loose from Leake, and junior safety Marquel Dismuke caught the ball in the air, giving Nebraska possession at the Maryland 18-yard line.
Junior running back Dedrick Mills scored two plays later on a 6-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 11:50 remaining in the first quarter. Mills rushed 12 times for 65 yards, all in the first half.
On their next possession, the Huskers drove 77 yards in 11 plays and scored on a quarterback sneak by Martinez from the 1-yard line for a 14-0 lead. Martinez completed a 30-yard pass to tight end Austin Allen for a key play in the series.
Isaac Armstrong delivered a pooch kick on the ensuing kickoff that Leake fumbled and lost, and sophomore cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt recovered, giving the Huskers the ball at the Maryland 22-yard line. Nebraska settled for Waldoch's first field goal for a 17-0 lead with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter.
The Blackshirts forced a three-and-out, and Nebraska began its next drive at its 27-yard line. The Huskers needed only seven plays to score again, with Spielman making a highlight-reel touchdown catch that deflected off two Maryland defenders in the end zone. The 25-yard pass from Martinez on a third-and-11 play pushed the lead to 24-0.
A third-down sack by blitzing junior linebacker JoJo Domann forced another three-and-out, and on Nebraska's next series, freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey, playing wide receiver on the play, connected with Spielman on a reverse pass for a 28-yard gain to the Maryland 24. Martinez gained 20 yards on an option keeper to the 4-yard line, but on the next play, Martinez underthrew his receiver, and Maryland intercepted the pass in the end zone.
The Blackshirts responded by forcing Maryland's third fumble of the game, a ball senior cornerback Lamar Jackson forced loose and senior linebacker Mohamed Barry recovered at the Nebraska 31-yard line.
Nebraska punted, but senior defensive lineman Khalil Davis and junior defensive end Ben Stille teamed for a fourth-down sack that gave Nebraska possession at the Maryland 36-yard line with 5:42 remaining. That led to a 16-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Spielman for a 31-0 lead.
Senior defensive lineman Darrion Daniels and Stille teamed for a fourth-down stop on fourth-and-1 that gave Nebraska the ball at the Maryland 40 with 2:03 remaining, and it led to Waldoch's second field goal that ended the half.
The 34-0 halftime lead tied Nebraska's largest halftime lead in a Big Ten Conference game, matching a 34-0 lead at Minnesota in 2011. The last time Nebraska had a bigger halftime lead in a conference game was a 41-0 lead over Iowa State in Lincoln in 2001.
Waldoch added yet another 29-yard field goal in the third quarter, and another walk-on, Harrison Martin, kicked an 18-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Huskers scored two second-half touchdowns. Freshman running back Rahmir Johnson capped a 10-play, 60-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and McCaffery led a 10-play, 50-yard series that he ended with a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
McCaffrey, who also caught a pass, rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries.
Nebraska concludes the regular season Friday with a 1:30 p.m. game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Senior Day.
Kate Cain led three Huskers in double figures with 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while Sam Haiby added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Leigha Brown pitched in 14 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Big Red, which slipped to 5-1 on the season. Creighton got game highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds from Jaylyn Agnew to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Nebraska led 18-17 after one quarter despite four first-quarter threes by the Jays. CU added three more threes in the second quarter and the two teams went to halftime tied at 32. Creighton finished the first half 7-for-20 from the long range, and got hotter in the second half.
The Jays opened the third quarter with back-to-back threes from Tatum Rembao and Temi Carda to push their lead to 38-32 after trailing by as many as six points in the second quarter. Rembao finished with 11 points and two threes, while Carda poured in 18 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting for the game. Olivia Elger carried CU for much of the third quarter scoring 10 points including back-to-back to keep the Jays up by six at 50-44 with 2:50 left.
The Huskers trimmed the lead to 52-51 on Ashtyn Veerbeek's traditional three-point play with 36 seconds left, but Carda closed the quarter with CU's fifth three of the period to head to the fourth with a 55-51 edge. Veerbeek finished with nine points and six rebounds.
Elger, who finished with 18 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting and 7-of-10 free throws, then buried a triple to start the fourth before a three-point play from Agnew extended Creighton's margin to 10 at 61-51 with 8:50 left. Nebraska refused to quick cutting Creighton's margin to five on multiple occasions in the final minute, but the Jays ultimately prevailed, while hitting 7-of-12 threes and 20-of-25 free throws in the second half.
The Huskers out-shot the Jays, hitting 44.1 percent (30-68), but went just 3-for-16 from three-point range. CU (.368) hit just seven two-point baskets (7-25) but went 14-of-32 (.438) from three-point range. The Jays also connected on 23-of-29 free throws, compared to 11-for-18 shooting at the stripe for Nebraska. Both teams managed 41 rebounds, and the Huskers won the turnover battle, 9-6.
Seniors Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely each had four points, while freshman Isabelle Bourne finished with seven points on the day, including NU's only three pointer in the first half.
Nebraska returns to action on Friday, Nov. 29, when the Huskers take on USC at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas. Tip-off against the Trojans (3-2) is set for 7:45 p.m. (CT).
Ouedraogo got the Huskers (2-2) going with two early baskets in the extra session, including a dunk which ignited a 10-0 spurt in the extra period, while Green hit a pair of 3-pointers to help the Huskers build a 10-point cushion and hold on. Nebraska went 4-of-5 from the floor in overtime.
Green finished with a season-high 22 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and six assists to lead four Huskers in double figures. Ouedraogo finished with a season-high 11 points for Nebraska, which shot 58 percent from the field, but went just 19-of-37 from the foul line.
Cam Mack totaled 16 points and eight assists, while Matej Kavas came off the bench with 10 points, including a trio of 3-pointers for the winners, as NU set season highs in both 3-pointers (12) and 3-point percentage (57.1),
The win overshadowed an outstanding performance from Southern's Micah Bradford, who led all scorers with 31 points, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, before fouling out in overtime. Darius Williams also had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors.
Southern erased a 70-65 deficit and led 80-79 after a Williams basket with 33.9 seconds left and had two chances in the final seconds of regulation after Jervay Green's free throw tied it at 80 with 15.6 seconds left.
Bradford missed on a contested jumper, but the rebound was tipped and went out of bounds with 2.1 seconds left. Montese Blake's 3-point attempt was contested by Cam Mack and missed to force overtime where NU finally put the Jaguars away.
In the first half, the Huskers used their best 3-point shooting of the season to take a 40-38 lead into the break. The Huskers went 7-of-12 from 3-point range, as Kavas and Green combined for five 3-pointers for the Big Red.
Leading 20-17, the Huskers went on a 13-4 spurt behind the shooting of Kavas, who hit a trio of 3-pointer in the spurt, the last giving the Huskers its largest lead of the half at 33-20.
Southern came roaring back, using a 18-2 run behind the play of Bradford, who scored 10 of his 13 first-half points in the spurt, as the Jaguars led 38-35 after a trio of Ashante Shivers free throws with 1:13 left in the half. The lead would be short-lived, as Nebraska closed the half with five straight points.
Southern, which shot just 34 percent in the first half, hit its first five shots from the field, turning a 42-38 deficit into a 51-46 lead after a Lamarcus Lee basket with 15:23 left in regulation. The Jaguars eventually stretched the lead to eight points twice, the last being at 59-51 before the Husker bench keyed the comeback.
Thorir Thorbjarnarson came off the bench and drilled two straight 3-pointers as part of seven straight points, as the Huskers sliced the lead back to one. NU would eventually regain the lead at 62-61 on a Green free throw with 8:25 left.
The Huskers seemingly regained control with six unanswered points, turning a one-point deficit into a 70-65 lead after a Mack basket with 5:30 left, but the visitors responded with seven straight points of their own to take a 72-70 lead after Burns' basket with 4:08 remaining.
The Huskers return to action on Monday when they take on Washington State in the first round of the Cayman Islands Classic. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and available online at FloHoops.com.
The Lopers (33-0) win this event for a fourth straight season and for the fifth time since joining the league in 2012. UNK will undoubtedly host the NCAA Tournament Central Regional December 5-7 (Thurs.-Sat.) at the Health & Sports Center. The 64-team NCAA field will be announced Monday night at 6:30 p.m. Central at www.ncaa.com.
"Hats off to Central Missouri. They have a heck of a team and belong in the tournament. I hope they get in," UNK head coach Rick Squiers siad. "Early on we took quite a shot from them. You watch that team warm up and you wonder how you're going to stop them. And early on we didn't stop them very well and then we struggled ourselves."
To beat UCM (23-9) for a 10th straight time, the Lopers had to dig deep as they dropped the first set by six points and then trailed in the second by deficits of 4-0, 8-3, 17-12 and 23-20. As they have all fall a gritty UNK team found away, getting three straight kills to knot things up for sixth and final time in the set. Freshman outside Kamryn Schuler (Gretna) had the last two kills with another one by junior middle Anna Squiers (Kearney Catholic) allowing Kearney to reach an unlikely set point. A Jennie timeout followed but didn't help as Schuler and Squiers combined for a block, a set win and a huge momentum change.
"it really wasn't looking good but we just kept fighting. That's what we are … we do it with ball control, defense, and scrappiness. And our players are smart," Squiers said. "The first set and a half Maddie (Squiers) was everywhere. We didn't win the first set but she dug nine balls. She was just trying to do everything and I thought between her and Julianne (Jackson) they just wouldn't let us come apart."
The pivotal third set featured seven ties and four lead changes and was a series of runs. UCM broke an eight all knot with a 3-1 spurt and then UNK countered with a 5-1 run capped by a kill from senior outside Julianne Jackson (Bonner Springs, Kan.). That resulted in a UCM timeout but the break again didn't help as the Lopers tacked on three more points to open up a 17-12 cushion. Jackson had a kill in that stretch with junior right side Mary Katherine Wolfe (Omaha Marian) having one of the team's five aces on the evening.
While UCM cut the deficit to 21-19 on an unforced Loper attack error, Kearney closed things out thanks to three Jennie unforced errors and a kill by redshirt freshman outside Sami Mauch (North Platte). She came off the bench to have five and they all seemingly came at the right time.
"We got a contribution from a lot of people like Sami coming off the bench. Even Emma (Benton) bothers them with the deep float serve," Squiers said. "Once we got it rolling we're a good finishing team. As you start playing teams like this where everybody has firepower, it's just hard to look down the bench and see Sami. Her learning curve is going to happen right into the postseason because you got to have that swing out there."
Central Missouri went five sets to upset No. 3 Washburn Friday night and eventually seemed to wear out in the fourth. UNK hit .351 (14-1-37) in the set with Squiers having two aces as part of a six-point run from the service line. That made the score 18-9 and the celebration was about to begin.
"Just couldn't be prouder of our kids. It's been a special group, a special year. I hope it keeps going for a long time but there's no guarantee in this region. You're going to be playing someone really good so all the NCAA matches will be like this," Squiers said.
UNK had three more kills, 57-54, than UCM but hit 39 points higher, .200-.161. The Lopers had no blocks in the opening set but 10 over the final three while being plus three in the serve game.
Individually Jackson (17) and Schuler (13) combined for 30 of the kills with Squiers adding eight and Wolfe and Bennington freshman Michaela Bartels joining Mauch with five apiece. Jackson, the MIAA Co-Player of the Year, came alive late to the tune of eight third-set kills and five more in the fourth.
Next, Lincoln sophomore libero Lindsay Nottlemann had a match-high 27 digs with four others reaching a double digit total as well. That included Wolfe (14), Jackson (12) and junior setter Madison Squiers (16). She also had 45 assists, three blocks, three kills and an ace. Finally Anna Squiers had a team-best four stuffs with Jackson and Bartels at three apiece.
UCM got 25 digs and 14 kills from Aubree Bell and 12 kills from Hannah VanBuskirk who was very strong in the early going.
Live radio coverage (beginning at 1:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on 1400 AM-KLIN and in Omaha on CD 105.9 FM. Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com and the Huskers App.
A live video stream will be provided by BTN+ as part of Nebraska's BTN Student U telecasts.
It will be the 45th all-time meeting between the Huskers and Jays, with Nebraska owning a 30-14 edge in the series, but Creighton has earned wins in the last three games.
Nebraska is coming off its most complete all-around game of the young season with a 73-39 win over defending SWAC champion and 2019 NCAA Tournament qualifier Southern on Wednesday.
Leigha Brown (16) led three Husker sophomores in double figures, including Ashtyn Veerbeek (12) and Sam Haiby (10). Brown (15.6 ppg), Haiby (12.4 ppg) and Veerbeek (10.8 ppg) are also Nebraska's three leading scorers on the season.
Senior Hannah Whitish became the 33rd Husker to join the 1,000-point club, when she hit a mid-range jumper midway through the first quarter against the Jaguars. She finished the game with eight points, five rebounds and five assists.
All 10 Huskers who played in the game against Southern scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound, while Nebraska held an opponent to fewer than 40 points for just the third time in 102 games inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The first time the Huskers held an opponent to less than 40 at Pinnacle Bank Arena came on Dec. 14, 2013, in Nebraska's 63-38 win over Creighton.
Through five games this season, Nebraska has held four opponents to 55 points or less. Last season, the Huskers held only two opponents to 55 points the entire 30-game season.
Nebraska is holding opponents to 54.8 points per game, while limiting the opposition to 30.9 percent shooting from the field and 21.2 percent from three-point range. Those same opponents are shooting 72.6 percent at the free throw line.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-0) vs. Creighton Bluejays (3-1)
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 2 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln
Live Video: BTN+ (Student U)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (1:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-1400 AM KLIN; CD 105.9 FM; Huskers.com; Huskers App
Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 10.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 7.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 12.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 15.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 3.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 3.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (47-49); 13th Season Overall (240-158)
Creighton Bluejays (3-1, 0-0 Big East)
5 - Jaylyn Agnew - 5-11 - Sr. - F - 16.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg
12 - Gracey Griglione - 6-1 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
2 - Tatum Rembao - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
4 - Temi Carda - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 12.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg
21 - Olivia Elger - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 6.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Payton Brotzki - 5-11 - So. - G - 5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
24 - Chloe Dworak - 5-6 - So. - G - 5.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg
34 - Mykel Parham - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 3.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
22 - Carly Bachelor - 6-0 - Fr. - G/F - 3.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
3 - Dee Dee Pryor - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Jim Flanery (Creighton, 1987)
18th Season at Creighton (330-221); 18th Season Overall: (330-221)
• Creighton comes to Lincoln with a 3-1 record after a 70-59 win over North Dakota State in Omaha on Monday night. The Bluejays own three double-digit wins, including a 61-48 victory over South Dakota State and a 67-54 win at Omaha.
• CU's lone loss came in a 63-53 setback at Drake on Nov. 16. The Jays hit 11 three-pointers against the Bulldogs, but 36 of their 68 shots from the field came from beyond the arc. CU was outscored at the free throw line, 11-2.
• Senior Jaylyn Agnew led the Jays with 16.3 points per game while ranking second on the squad with 6.0 rebounds. The 5-11 forward from Andover, Kan., has hit a team-best 10 threes and is a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line. Agnew also leads CU with 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals. She did not play in last season's game with the Huskers because of injury.
• Junior Temi Carda is the only other Jay averaging in double figures (12.0 ppg). The 5-7 guard is leading the Jays on the boards (6.8 rpg). Carda has hit 14-of-17 free throws. Carda and Agnew have averaged nearly 38 minutes per game through the first four contests this season. Carda produced eight points on 2-of-9 shooting last season against the Huskers.
• Junior guard Tatum Rembao has pitched in 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Jays. Last year, she led CU with 18 points and six assists against NU, hitting 2-of-3 threes.
• Senior guard Olivia Elger has contributed 6.8 points and 2.5 boards. Elger scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench last season against the Huskers. She knocked down 3-of-5 three-point attempts.
• Rembao and Elger, who combined to hit all five of CU's threes in the win over Nebraska last season, have both averaged about 26 minutes per game this year.
• Gracey Griglione rounds out the CU starting five by providing size inside. The 6-1 forward is averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in just 12 minutes per game. She had two points and two boards in seven minutes as a starter against the Big Red last season.
• Sophomores Payton Brotzki (5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Chloe Dworak (5.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg) have been consistent contributors off the bench for the Jays. Both players were scoreless against the Huskers last season.
• Mykel Parham (6-2) and Carly Bachelor (6-0) are freshmen who give CU more size off the bench. The duo has combined to average 6.3 points and 6.8 rebounds through four games.
• As a team, Creighton is averaging 62.8 points per game while shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 31.6 percent (36-114) from three-point range. The Jays are a solid 75 percent at the free throw line but have averaged just 11 trips to the line per game compared to 14 by their opponents. CU has been out-rebounded, 39.0-35.0, but owns a plus-7.8 turnover margin per game.
Nebraska vs. Creighton Series History
• The Cornhuskers own a commanding 30-14 lead in the series, but the Bluejays have won the last three meetings, including a 74-65 win at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha on Dec. 2, 2018.
• The Jays also won the last meeting at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 64-49, on Nov. 19, 2017. Creighton and Nebraska both advanced to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
• Prior to Creighton's recent success, Nebraska had won 10 of the 11 previous meetings.
• The Huskers are 20-2 all-time against CU in Lincoln.
• Last season, Nebraska went just 2-for-22 from three-point range in Omaha. The Jays managed 5-for-21 shooting from long range.
• In the 2017-18 contest at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Jays went 11-for-27 from long range, including a 6-for-9 shooting night from Jaylyn Agnew, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. Agnew did not play in last season's game in Omaha because of injury.
• In the last three meetings between Nebraska and Creighton, the Huskers have hit just 9-of-50 three-pointers (.180), while the Jays have knocked down 31-of-86 threes (.360). Creighton's 15 threes on Dec. 18, 2016 tied the opponent record against the Huskers.
• Since 2002-03, Nebraska owns an 11-6 edge in the series with the Bluejays despite hitting more than five three-pointers only once (9-for-21, Nov. 17, 2008) in the 17 games. Nebraska has hit just 54-of-203 attempts (.266) against the Jays.
• On the flip side, Creighton has hit at least five threes in each of the previous 17 meetings, going 129-of-382 (.338). The Jays are 6-11 against NU during the stretch despite scoring 225 more combined points behind the arc (22.8-9.5 ppg from 3FG).
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (66).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (61).
• 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 39 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, 67 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• Leigha Brown has scored in double figures in all five games to open the season. She has scored in double figures in six consecutive games overall - the longest active streak by a Husker.
• Nebraska's current five-game winning streak is its longest since a pair of five-game winning streaks in 2017-18. The Huskers have not had a six-game winning streak since 2015-16 (Jan. 10-27).
• Nebraska will be shooting to open the season with six straight wins for the first time since 2014-15, when the Huskers opened the season 7-0.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 347 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 226 consecutive games.
Numbers to Watch
(1) Sam Haiby is one rebound away from 100 in her career.
(4) Junior Kate Cain is four blocks away from 200 in her career. Only three other Huskers in history have achieved 200 career blocks.
(5) Ashtyn Veerbeek is five rebounds away from 200 in her career.
(6) Nicea Eliely is six assists away from 200 in her career.
(7) Kristian Hudson needs eight assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(9) Hannah Whitish is nine assists away from tying fellow Wisconsin native and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (392, 1995-98) in eighth place on the Nebraska career assist list.
(11) Kristian Hudson needs 13 rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(17) Hannah Whitish is 17 assists away from becoming just the eighth Husker in history with 400 career assists.
• Nebraska will try to open the season 6-0 for the first time under Coach Amy Williams in her fourth season at Nebraska. The last Husker team to open 6-0 was the 2014-15 Nebraska team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament after opening the year 7-0.
• Through five games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 54.8 points per game while holding opponents to 30.9 percent shooting from the field and 21.2 percent success from three-point range.
• Last season, Nebraska allowed an average of 70.1 points per game, while opponents shot 41.1 percent from the field and 33.4 percent from long range.
• Nebraska has held four opponents to 55 points or less in five games this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less.
• In 2017-18, Nebraska held 11 of 32 opponents to 55 points or less.
• Nebraska's bench has outscored the opposing bench in all five games this season. The Huskers have outscored the opponent bench in 33 of the last 35 games.
• The Husker bench has outscored the opponent bench by double digits 24 times in the last 35 games, including a 30-1 edge in a loss to 2019 NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Iowa (Feb. 25, 2019).
• Overall, Nebraska's bench outscored opposition benches 950-492 (31.7-16.4 ppg) for a plus-15.3 margin in 2018-19.
• Nebraska's bench scored 40 or more points seven times last season, including a season-high 45 in a loss at Arkansas.
• Nebraska has hit 10 or more threes 15 times in the last three seasons (including 2019-20, 67 games). Through the first 20 seasons with the three-point shot in women's basketball (1988-2007), Nebraska hit 10 threes in a game only six times (311 games).
Lincoln – A potential old conference matchup could be on the horizon, as ESPN announced the field for the 2020 Myrtle Beach Invitational Thursday morning.
The third-annual event is held in the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina and takes place Nov. 19, 20 and 22, 2020. The eight-team field for the event includes Charlotte (Conference USA), Dayton (Atlantic 10), Loyola (Missouri Valley), Missouri (Southeastern), Penn (Ivy), Pittsburgh (Atlantic Coast) and Utah State (Mountain West).
In all, four of the eight teams reached postseason play last season, including Utah State, which is ranked 15th nationally and coached by former NU assistant Craig Smith. Other postseason qualifiers besides the Huskers include Dayton and Loyola (Chicago), who NU could also face next week in the Cayman Islands Classic.
The Huskers and Missouri have a long history that dates back to 1908. The teams have squared off 219 times over the years, but have not met since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. NU topped Dayton in the 2016 Wooden Legacy, while a potential matchup with Penn could be the first since the Quakers upset the Huskers in the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
NU has played Pitt just four times, but not since 2000, while the Huskers and Utah State have not played since 1978. Charlotte is the only team in the field the Huskers have not played.
The appearances by Charlotte and Pittsburgh mark the third straight year schools from Conference USA and the ACC have competed in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The Big Ten, Ivy League and Mountain West will be represented in the event for the first time with Nebraska, Penn and Utah State participating next year. The Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley and SEC will have a school competing for the second time.
UCF captured the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational title in 2018 by defeating Western Kentucky 78-62 in the championship game. The Knights eventually reached the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament before falling 77-76 to Duke.
For more information on the Myrtle Beach Invitational, visit myrtlebeachinvite.com
The Huskers improved to 5-0 with their second win of the year over a 2019 NCAA Tournament team, while the Jaguars slipped to 2-3 on the young season.
Nebraska started fast, jumping to a quick 6-0 lead, before Southern cut the margin to 8-5 at the first media timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Whitish knocked down a 15-foot jumper near the elbow to become the 33rd Husker in history to reach 1,000 points. The 5-9 senior guard from Barneveld, Wis., finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists in a solid all-around effort.
Nebraska's lead continued to grow, as Whitish buried a pair of threes early in the second quarter to help the Husker margin balloon to 30-14 with 3:48 left in the half, before the Big Red headed to the locker room with a 35-19 edge.
The Huskers focused on playing four strong quarters and erupted from the locker room on a 13-0 run that featured eight straight points including a pair of threes from sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa finished with 12 points and eight rebounds on the night. Nebraska closed the quarter by outscoring the Jaguars 20-5 to take a 55-24 lead to the fourth quarter.
Leigha Brown produced her fifth straight game in double figures to open the season with a game-high 16 points, while adding four rebounds. Fellow sophomore Sam Haiby gave Nebraska three players in double figures with 10 points, four assists and two steals.
Senior forward Grace Mitchell added one of the best nights of her career with nine points and five rebounds off the bench while burying 2-of-3 three-pointers.
Overall, Nebraska knocked down 8-of-20 threes (.400) and hit 27-of-57 field goals (.474) on the night. The Huskers also hit 11-of-17 free throws (.647). The Big Red out-rebounded the Jags, 43-32, and the won the turnover battle, 13-8, while committing just one turnover in the second half.
The Huskers held Southern to just 26.4 percent (14-53) shooting from the field, including 20 percent (4-20) from three-point range. The Jags did hit 7-of-10 free throws. Amani McWain was the only Jaguar to manage double figures with 15 points, while Brittany Rose contributed eight points.
All 10 Huskers who played in the game scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound, while eight Huskers had at least one assist.
Nebraska completes its four-game home stand by taking on in-state rival Creighton on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off with the Bluejays is set for 2 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
GAME 4: VS. SOUTHERN
Date: Fri., Nov. 22
Time: 7:01 p.m. (CT)
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Tickets: Sold Out
TOYS FOR TOTS NIGHT
Friday's game is the U.S. Marines Corps' annual Toys for Tots drive, as fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the game. Cash donations for the cause will also be accepted, as collection spots will be located at Pinnacle Bank Arena entrances beginning at 5:30 p.m.
2019-20 Record: 1-2
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
Record at Nebraska: 1-2 (1st year)
Career NCAA Record: 116-58 (6th year)
2019-20 Record: 2-2
Head coach: Sean Woods
Record at Southern: 9-27 (2nd year)
Career Record: 147-186 (11th year)
Online Broadcast: BTN+
Play-by-play: Dustyn Stortzum
Analyst: Buzzy Caruthers
Radio: Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App.
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch. 372
XM: Ch. 372
Husker Return to Action vs. Southern Friday Night
The Nebraska men's basketball team looks for its second straight win on Friday night, as the Huskers host the Southern Jaguars. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is slated for 7 p.m., and a very limited number of tickets are available for Friday's game. They can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, by calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office during business hours or at the PBA Ticket Office 90 minutes before tipoff.
Friday's game is the U.S. Marines Corps' annual Toys for Tots drive, as fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the game. Cash donations for the cause will also be accepted, as collection spots will be located at Pinnacle Bank Arena entrances.
The NU-Southern will not be televised, but carried online on BTN+ (subscription required) with Dustyn Stortzum and Buzzy Caruthers on the call. Friday's game is one of three regular-season BTN+ broadcasts in 2019-20 and information on how to subscribe is at btnplus.com.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Nebraska (1-2) got off the schneid in its last performance, posting a 90-73 win over South Dakota State on Nov. 15. Sophomore Cam Mack's 24-point effort paced four Huskers in double figures, as the Huskers shot 57 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes to build a 24-point halftime lead. Dachon Burke Jr. and Haanif Cheatham had 17 points apiece for NU, while Kevin Cross had 10 points off the bench as Nebraska scored 90 or more points in regulation for the first time since last December.
Mack has been the catalyst to the Huskers' attack in the early going, as the junior college transfer leads the Huskers in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (6.0 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). NU has enjoyed a balanced attack with three players averaging double figures while three others have at least 5.0 points per game. NU has been solid on the defensive end, holding opponents to 41 percent shooting and forcing over 18 turnovers per game in the early going.
Southern comes in with a 2-2 mark following a 121-55 victory over Ecclesia College on Monday night. The Jaguars' two losses have come at Murray State and at New Mexico State.
Southern comes to Lincoln with a 2-2 record after a 121-55 win over Ecclesia on Monday night. Damiree Burns had 33 points on 14-of-19 shooting off the bench to pace four players in double figures. The Jaguars' two losses have come at Murray State and at WAC favorite New Mexico State. In that game, Southern was within six with 3:09 left before NMSU closed the game on a 15-5 spurt for the win.
Head Coach Sean Woods is in his second year at Southern after previously serving as the head coach at Morehead State (2012-16) and Mississippi Valley State (2008-12). He guided each of those schools to postseason bids, including an NCAA bid at Mississippi Valley State in 2012. Woods played collegiately at Kentucky, where he started three seasons, including the 1991-92 team that lost to Duke in the Elite Eight, and had his No. 11 retired by the school.
The Jaguars returned just one starter and four players from last season's team. Siena transfer Ashanta Shivers averages 10.5 points per game and is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, while Cal State Bakersfield transfer Darius Williams is averaging 8.0 points and 7.0 boards per game. Damiree Burns leads SU in scoring at 11.8 points per game but did not take a shot in the Jaguars' first two games. Cal State Fullerton transfer Amel Kuljuhovic is averaging 8.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Series Record: Nebraska has won both of the all-time meetings between the two schools, including 81-76 victory in the most recent meeting on Dec. 20, 2016. In that game, Jeriah Horne led four Huskers with 18 points, as he hit 7-of-9 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers. Nebraska is 23-1 all-time against current members of the SWAC.
LAST TIME OUT
Cam Mack poured in a career-best 24 points and was one of four Huskers in double figures, helping Nebraska defeat South Dakota State, 90-73, on Nov. 15.
NU used a strong first-half performance to take control, shooting 57 percent in leading by as many as 31 in the opening half minutes to take a 51-27 lead into the locker room.
The Huskers raced off to a 12-2 start, as Dachon Burke Jr. and Hannif Cheatham combined for nine early points for the Big Red, as both players finished with 17 markers. Kevin Cross was the fourth Husker to post double figures with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench.
SDSU was within 26-14 before the Huskers blitzed the Jackrabbits with a 19-2 spurt. NU held the visitors to one field goal in a five-minute span, as the Huskers took their largest lead of the half at 45-14 on a Yvan Ouedraogo putback.
Nebraska held the Jackrabbits to 27 percent shooting, including 1-of-13 from 3-point range, in the first half and never led by fewer than 17 the rest of the evening.
DID YOU KNOW
• Fred Hoiberg and Southern Coach Sean Woods faced off one time as college players, as Kentucky beat Iowa State 106-98 in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Woods had 18 points and nine assists in that game, while Hoiberg, a freshman on that ISU team, had two points, but led the Cyclones with eight rebounds.
• Hoiberg's 2011-12 team at Iowa State played a Woods-coached team at Mississippi Valley State, escaping with a 67-65 win on Dec. 31, 2011 at Hilton Coliseum.
• Through Tuesday's action, Cam Mack and Michigan State's Cassius Winston are the only Big Ten players in the top 10 in both scoring and assists.
• Cam Mack is one of only four power conference players - and the only one in the Big Ten - averaging at least 15.0 points, five rebounds and five assists per game as of Nov. 19.
Power Conference Players Averaging 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.0 apg.
Kira Lewis Jr.
Courtesy: CBB at Sports Reference
• Matej Kavas enters the Southern game needing just six points to reach 1,000 for his collegiate career. Kavas could break out on Friday, as he has only had one other stretch in his collegiate career when healthy where he went two games without a 3-pointer. As a freshman at Seattle, he went two straight games without a 3-pointer, but then proceeded to go 9-of-14 over the next three contests from beyond the arc. Last season, Kavas had a three-game stretch when he returned from his shin injury, but played a combined 10 minutes in those games.
• Through the first three games, 77.2 percent of the Huskers' offense has come from players who were added in the offseason, including six of Nebraska's top seven scorers.
• Nebraska enters Friday's game leading the Big Ten in turnover margin at +4.7 per game, as the Huskers have committed an averaged of 11.7 turnovers per game in the first three contests while playing at one of the fastest paces in the Big Ten.
• Beginning with next Monday's Cayman Islands Classic opener against Washington State, the Huskers will play their next five non-conference games away from home (3 in Cayman Islands Classic, at Georgia Tech and at Creighton), the longest stretch of non-conference games away from home since the 2000-01 season. The Huskers' next home game is Dec. 15 against Purdue.
• Mack's 13-point, 11-assist performance vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 9 marked just the sixth time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assist double-double.
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)
vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
at Kansas State, 2/7/10
at TCU, 11/21/09
vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94
• Nebraska is 103-14 (.880) in non-conference home games since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 40-9 (.814) since Pinnacle Bank Arena opened in 2013.
• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season.
Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19
Pct. of Scoring
South Dakota St.
Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office
SETTING A FAST PACE
Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 84th nationally in adjusted tempo, averaging more than 72 possessions in a 40-minute game. NU is currently fourth in the Big Ten in tempo after ranking eighth in the Big Ten and 238th nationally in 2018-19.
• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 93rd to 34th nationally in tempo and ranked in the top 40 nationally in tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.
• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee.
JUCO ADDITIONS AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Two of the cornerstones of the Huskers' recruiting class were junior college transfers Cam Mack and Jervay Green. Mack (third) and Green (eighth) were both ranked in the top 10 nationally by JUCORecruiting.com in the 2019 recruiting class and have played a crucial role for the Huskers early in 2019-20.
Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard recruit in the country, enters the Southern game leading the Huskers in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (6.0 apg) and steals (1.7 spg), while posting a nearly 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is fourth in the Big Ten in assists and also ranks in the top 12 in scoring and steals.
• Mack has been the only Husker in double figures in all three games, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State. He had 11 points and nine rebounds in the opener before nearly pulling a triple-double against Southern Utah on Nov. 9 with 13 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. His 11 assists against the Thunderbirds were the most by a Husker since the 2009-10 campaign.
• Last season at Salt Lake CC, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth nationally in assists per game. He totaled nine double-doubles and three triple doubles as a freshman and dished out 10-or-more assists nine times.
Green was rated as the No. 2 combo guard after a stint at Western Nebraska CC, has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Big Red, averaging 9.7 points per game along with 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.7 steals and 3.7 rebounds per game, ranking in the top three on the team in assists, blocks, steals and rebounds.
• Green dished out a season-high five assists and added six points and four rebounds in the win over South Dakota State.
• He nearly had a double-double against Southern Utah with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds, as he sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
• Green garnered NJCAA All-America honors at WNCC, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was eighth nationally in scoring and had six 30-point games, including a school-record 51-point outburst.
CHEATHAM MAKES IMPACT ON BOTH ENDS
Fifth-year senior Haanif Cheatham has been one of the leaders for a young Husker team. The guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is NU's most experienced player, as he played in 80 games between Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast before transferring to Nebraska for his final year.
Cheatham got off to a slow start in the first two games, but enjoyed a breakout performance against South Dakota State, finishing with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. Cheatham's biggest impact has been on the defensive end, where he has the ability to guard multiple spots. A former top-100 recruit, Cheatham was named Marquette's top defensive performer in each of his two full seasons at Marquette.
BURKE SHOWS SCORING TOUCH
The other returnee from the 2018-19 season, Dachon Burke Jr. waited in the wings after transferring from Robert Morris. A 6-foot-4 guard, Burke has quickly shown the skills to flourish in Fred Hoiberg's attack, averaging 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Burke has reached double figures twice, including a 17-point, seven-rebound effort against South Dakota State on Nov. 15. Two years ago, Burke was one of the best players in the Northeast Conference, averaging 17.6 points per game while adding 5.8 rebounds and a conference-best 2.1 steals per contest.
CROSS LIFTS BENCH PRODUCTION
Freshman Kevin Cross has been an early contributor for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Little Rock, Ark., has been the first Husker off the bench in all three games and ranks third on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
• Cross was efficient against South Dakota State, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and two blocked shots.
• Against Southern Utah, he had a team-high 19 points, becoming the first freshman in 73 games to pace the Huskers in scoring. His 19 point effort was the highest by a Husker rookie since Shavon Shields in 2013.
• Cross has lost nearly 20 pounds since arriving on campus this summer, and showed glimpses of his potential during NU's trip to Italy, reaching double figures twice in four contests.
• He has helped the NU reserves combine for nearly 21 points per game during the first three contests.
OUEDRAOGO ADDS NAME TO SHORT LIST OF TRUE FROSH
Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Nebraska since 2013 when he started against UC Riverside on Nov. 5.
• Ouedraogo, who became the first true freshman to start in the frontcourt since Brandon Ubel in 2009, had nine points, three rebounds and a pair of steals and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action.
• He is just the 11th true freshman and 13th freshman overall to start a season opener in the last 25 years at Nebraska, joining a group which includes 1,000-point scorers Tai Webster, Ryan Anderson, Cookie Belcher and Tyronn Lue.
• He has started all three games for the Huskers, averaging 5.7 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. Ouedraogo snared a team-high 12 rebounds against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.
Ouedraogo, who doesn't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, played for the French U-18 squad at the 2019 European Championships in July, averaging 4.0 points, 3.6 rebounds per game as France went 6-1 and finished fifth in the competition.
KAVAS IS ONE OF NATION'S TOP SHOOTERS
Senior transfer Matej Kavas comes to Nebraska with a reputation as one of the nation's top 3-point shooters. The 6-foot-8 guard is a career 44 percent shooter from 3-point range, and has shot 40 percent or better in all three of his seasons at Seattle. Kavas' .442 career percentage ranks fifth among active Division I players. As a sophomore at Seattle, Kavas led the WAC in both 3-point percentage (.464) and 3-pointers per game (2.8).
• To put Kavas' shooting in perspective, Nebraska's career mark for career 3-point percentage is .432 by Brian Conklin (2001-04) and only five players in school history have shot 40 percent in their Husker career with a minimum of 100 3-pointers.
• Kavas' 179 career 3-pointers would ranks sixth on NU's career list while his 91 3-pointers as a sophomore would top NU's single-season mark (Cary Cochran, 89, 2001-02).
Top Active 3-Point Shooters in Division I (as of Nov. 20)
Luke Avdalovic, Northern Ariz.
Justin Jaworski, Lafayette
Tyrell Gumbs-Frater, Coastal Carolina
Nate Darling, Delaware
Matej Kavas, Nebraska
WHAT'S BACK FOR THE HUSKERS
Nebraska returns one letterwinner and one other player from last year's team that went 19-17 and reached the second round of the NIT. Junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson was the only player who has seen regular-season action for the Huskers entering the 2019-20 campaign. He averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game last year.
• According to research by noted basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy, the 50 returning points on Nebraska's 2019-20 roster is the lowest total for a power conference team since 2009, when Indiana returned just 28 points from the previous season.
• Since 2000, it is only the fourth time where the Huskers have returned less than 40 percent of the team's scoring output from the previous year (also 2012-13, 2009-10 and 2001-02). In that stretch, the lowest was 24 percent in 2012-13.
• The seven returning starts are the lowest in the last 20 years (41 entering 2001-02).
What's Returning (Last Five Seasons)
Pct. of scoring
Pct. of rebounding
Pct. of assists
Pct. of blocked shots
Pct. of steals
Pct. of minutes
RETOOLING A ROSTER IN SIX WEEKS
Fred Hoiberg and his staff retooled the Nebraska roster following his introduction in early April. The Huskers signed a recruiting class that was in the top 50 nationally in just six weeks. The 14-member class includes 11 scholarship players and three walk-ons and is a mixture of grad transfers, transfers, JUCOs and freshmen.
2019 Recruiting Class Highlights
• Ranked No. 41 nationally by 247Sports, the program's second-highest class ranking since joining the Big Ten.
• Features two of the top-10 recruits nationally by JUCORecruiting.com, the highest two JC signees NU has signed this decade.
• Includes five Division I transfers who have combined for more than 2,300 points, 1,000 rebounds and 350 assists at their previous schools.
• Has two Division I transfers (Dalano Banton and Haanif Cheatham) who were top-100 recruits in high school and two freshmen who were both top-150 recruits in 2019 by 247Sports (Kevin Cross and Ivan Ouedraogo).
• Contains two high school state players of the year (Akol Arop and Samai Curtis) and two others who were first-team all-state in 2019 (Cross and Charlie Easley).
• Includes players from seven states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Texas) and three countries (Canada, France and Slovenia).
FROM COLLEGE TO THE NBA AND BACK AGAIN
Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg is in an exclusive club, as he is one of just 10 current Division I coaches to coach in Division I and in the NBA. He spent three-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls, guiding the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs in 2016. Hoiberg's 270 regular-season NBA games are the most of the 10 former NBA coaches in the collegiate ranks. Hoiberg also brings five years of NBA front office experience, as he worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005 to 2010.
NBA Head Coach, Years
Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska
Larry Krystkowiak, Utah
Terry Porter, Portland
Milwaukee, 2003-05; Phoenix 2008-09
Lon Kruger, Oklahoma
Eric Musselman, Arkansas
Golden State, 2002-04; Sacramento, 2006-07
Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount
Darrell Walker, Ark. Little Rock
Toronto, 1996-98; Washington, 1999-2000
John Calipari, Kentucky
New Jersey, 1996-99
Leonard Hamilton, Miami
Lindsey Hunter, Miss. Valley State