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Lincoln - Leigha Brown scored 12 of her season-high 25 points in the second quarter to help Nebraska roll to a 71-51 win over visiting Manhattan on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Brown, who tied a career high with four three-pointers including three in the second quarter, helped Nebraska close non-conference play with a 10-1 record. Brown pitched in five rebounds and four assists, while fellow sophomore Sam Haiby added 10 points and six assists. Junior center Kate Cain contributed 13 points and a season-high-tying eight rebounds to help Nebraska produce a commanding 47-32 edge on the boards against the Jaspers..

Nebraska led 21-19 after one quarter despite five three-pointers from Manhattan. Freshman Emily LaPointe led the Jaspers with 11 points in the opening period for Manhattan, which slipped to 3-7 on the season.

Haiby opened the second quarter with a basket, before Brown hit back-to-back threes and added a free throw to cap a 9-0 run and give Nebraska its first double-digit lead at 30-19 with 6:34 left in the half. Brown added another three and a jumper with two minutes left in the half to give the Big Red its biggest lead at 37-23.

Nebraska took a 37-25 lead to the locker room at the half, after hitting 51.7 percent (15-29) of its shots, including 5-of-11 (.455) of its three-pointers.

The Huskers started the second half strong with a 7-0 run to push their margin to 19 points at 44-25  less than four minutes into the third quarter, but Manhattan responded with three straight three-pointers, including LaPointe's fourth triple of the game and two threes from Sydney Watkins to trim the margin back to 12 at 48-36. The Huskers still won the quarter and took a 50-37 lead to the final period.

Again, Nebraska opened the period with a run, using a 9-0 burst in the first 2:37 to take a 59-37 lead. The Huskers built their biggest margin of the day at 25 (67-42) on a three-pointer from senior forward Grace Mitchell with 3:48 left. Mitchell finished with five points.

Nebraska, which was without the services of sophomore starting forward Ashtyn Veerbeek who sat out with an ankle sprain suffered in the second half of a win over Oral Roberts (Dec. 14), got strong inside contributions from Kayla Mershon and Isabelle Bourne. Mershon had four points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in her first start of the season, while Bourne pitched in six points and seven rebounds off the bench.

The Huskers also got significant contributions from freshman Trinity Brady, who made her first career regular-season appearance. Brady, who missed Nebraska's first 10 games this season as part of the concussion protocol, had two points, four rebounds, an assist and a block in 16 minutes in her debut.

As a team, Nebraska hit 47.4 percent (27-57) of its shots from the field, including 6-of-20 threes (.300), while going 11-for-16 (.688) at the free throw line.  The Huskers held Manhattan to 30.2 percent (19-63) from the field, including 9-of-29 (.310) from three-point range. The Jaspers went just 4-for-6 at the free throw line as Nebraska committed a season-low six personal fouls in the game. Manhattan did win the turnover battle, 14-12.

LaPointe finished with 17 points on the game to lead Manhattan, while Gabby Cajou pitched in 14 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.

Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 28, when the Huskers take on defending Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa. Tip-off between the Hawkeyes (9-2) and Huskers (10-1) is set for 1 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com.



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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 65, Fillmore Central 41

Ainsworth 68, Cozad 62

Alliance 63, Sidney 34

Alma 61, Red Cloud 42

Arlington 56, Tekamah-Herman 38

Battle Creek 59, West Holt 39

Beatrice 69, Omaha Roncalli 58

Bellevue West 58, Kearney 56

Bennington 79, Omaha Northwest 55

Burke, S.D. 40, Stuart 30

Burwell 60, Twin Loup 27

Centura 41, Ord 32

Colome, S.D. 58, Cody-Kilgore 47

Columbus Lakeview 60, David City 40

Crete 39, Columbus Scotus 31

Cross County 66, Hampton 21

Doniphan-Trumbull 72, Central City 45

Douglas County West 74, Omaha Christian Academy 30

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Perkins County 35

Elgin Public/Pope John 51, Boyd County 42

Elkhorn Valley 45, Plainview 44

Elmwood-Murdock 61, Weeping Water 38

Gering 63, Chadron 47

Gibbon 56, Wood River 35

Gordon/Rushville 45, Mullen 41

Gregory, S.D. 78, North Central 63

Harvard 54, Heartland Lutheran 33

Hastings 72, York 56

Hemingford 78, Leyton 37

Howells/Dodge 77, Clarkson/Leigh 61

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 51, Southern 35

Humphrey St. Francis 67, Fullerton 66

Kimball 59, Bayard 44

Lexington 49, North Platte 34

Lincoln Christian 64, Archbishop Bergan 39

Lincoln Lutheran 50, Aquinas 41

Lincoln Pius X 66, Omaha Westside 54

Lincoln Southeast 65, Bellevue East 60

Lincoln Southwest 62, Millard South 53

Loomis 86, Brady 47

Malcolm 54, Raymond Central 51

McCook 70, Holdrege 55

Mead 55, East Butler 45

Meskwaki Settlement School, Iowa 77, Walthill 58

Milford 48, Ashland-Greenwood 44, OT

Millard North 78, Lincoln East 36

Millard West 57, Gretna 53

Mitchell 70, Morrill 28

Oakland-Craig 91, Madison 58

Ogallala 56, Hershey 49

Omaha Benson 100, Fremont 66

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 55, Louisville 39

Omaha Bryan 64, Elkhorn South 63

Omaha Burke 65, Omaha North 64

Omaha Central 67, Grand Island 58

Omaha Creighton Prep 83, Lincoln North Star 76

Omaha Skutt Catholic 47, Elkhorn 32

Omaha South 78, Lincoln Northeast 45

Papillion-LaVista 83, Lincoln High 57

Papillion-LaVista South 58, Norfolk 46

Pender 27, Stanton 24

Pleasanton 62, Wilcox-Hildreth 26

Potter-Dix 69, Arthur County 52

Ralston 67, Omaha Concordia 63

Randolph 40, Wynot 31

Scottsbluff 54, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 45

St. Paul 63, Broken Bow 26

Waverly 66, Nebraska City 23

Wayne 66, O'Neill 38

Wilber-Clatonia 42, Sandy Creek 29

Cougar Classic=

Third Place=

Blair 57, Omaha Gross Catholic 22

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 50, Fillmore Central 41

Ainsworth 50, Cozad 36

Alma 58, Red Cloud 27

Arlington 39, Tekamah-Herman 35

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 75, Boys Town 18

Battle Creek 53, West Holt 31

Beatrice 59, Omaha Roncalli 40

Bellevue East 48, Lincoln Southeast 30

Bellevue West 48, Kearney 41

Bennington 78, Ralston 34

Boyd County 54, Elgin Public/Pope John 38

Burwell 44, Twin Loup 27

Casper Natrona, Wyo. 59, Scottsbluff 52

Chadron 65, Gering 32

Clarkson/Leigh 53, Howells/Dodge 36

Cody-Kilgore 47, Colome, S.D. 44

Columbus Lakeview 29, David City 24

Crete 53, Columbus Scotus 35

Cross County 56, Hampton 32

Doniphan-Trumbull 55, Central City 37

Douglas County West 56, Omaha Christian Academy 15

Dundy County-Stratton 45, Perkins County 25

Elkhorn 59, Omaha Skutt Catholic 28

Elkhorn South 67, Omaha Bryan 24

Elkhorn Valley 56, Plainview 25

Falls City Sacred Heart 56, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 30

Guardian Angels 50, Norfolk Catholic 44

Harvard 40, Heartland Lutheran 35

Humphrey St. Francis 70, Fullerton 41

Kimball 51, Bayard 46

Leyton 56, Hemingford 34

Lincoln Christian 47, Archbishop Bergan 40

Lincoln East 55, Millard North 48

Lincoln Lutheran 42, Aquinas 25

Lincoln Northeast 78, Omaha South 23

Loomis 39, Brady 35

Malcolm 64, Raymond Central 33

McCook 43, Holdrege 39

Mead 45, East Butler 38

Meskwaki Settlement School, Iowa 70, Walthill 39

Millard South 64, Lincoln Southwest 36

Millard West 56, Gretna 47

Mitchell 39, Morrill 22

Mullen 57, Gordon/Rushville 21

Niobrara/Verdigre 38, Creighton 35

Norfolk 52, Papillion-LaVista South 40

North Platte 69, Lexington 39

O'Neill 58, Wayne 51

Oakland-Craig 66, Madison 21

Ogallala 50, Hershey 49

Omaha Burke 82, Omaha North 40

Omaha Central 67, Grand Island 36

Omaha Marian 64, Lincoln North Star 56

Omaha Mercy 46, Yutan 44

Ord 47, Centura 42

Papillion-LaVista 75, Lincoln High 54

Pender 46, Stanton 14

Pleasanton 67, Wilcox-Hildreth 20

Sidney 54, Alliance 26

Siouxland Christian, Iowa 59, Cornerstone Christian 21

Southern 38, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 32

St. Paul 57, Broken Bow 34

Stuart 52, Burke, S.D. 36

Wauneta-Palisade 59, Hyannis 42

Waverly 55, Nebraska City 31

Weeping Water 63, Elmwood-Murdock 43

Wilber-Clatonia 46, Sandy Creek 29

Wood River 48, Gibbon 33

York 51, Hastings 21

Cougar Classic=

Championship=

Omaha Gross Catholic 51, Platteview 40

Third Place=

Blair 73, Omaha Duchesne Academy 39

Nike Tournament=

Dan Wiley=

Omaha Westside 53, Columbine, Colo. 43

Kirk Pointer=

Omaha Northwest 49, Morgan, Utah 39

Mike Desper=

Cathedral Catholic, Calif. 60, Fremont 53

SEM Pre-Holiday Tournament=

Championship=

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 39, Hi-Line 25





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Lincoln -- De'Sean Allen Eikens' free throw with 7.3 seconds broke a 74-all tie, as North Dakota withstood Nebraska's final attempt to hold on for a 75-74 victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Eikens hit the first free throw, but missed the second attempt, and Dachon Burke Jr. grabbed the rebound and raced down the court for Nebraska, but his baseline jumper was off the mark, giving UND the upset.

Nebraska (5-7), which trailed by as many as eight points with just over eight minutes remaining, rallied behind the shooting of Matej Kavas, who had nine of his season-high 12 points in the final eight minutes. His 3-pointer started an 8-0 run that tied the score at 61 with 5:49 left.

UND (6-7) would regain the lead at 64-61 on a 3-point play from Marlon Stewart, who finished with a game-high 23 points to lead four Fighting Hawks in double figures.
Nebraska trailed 69-66 before a Burke basket and Kavas' fourth 3-pointer of the night with 1:42 left gave Nebraska its first lead since the opening minutes at 71-69, but Allen-Eikens' conventional 3-point play with 1:25 left put the visitors up one. The Huskers trailed 74-71 before Mack tied the game at 74 with 34.3 seconds remaining in regulation, setting up the final sequence.

Allen-Eikens and Filip Rebraca added 15 points reach for the winners, while Rebraca also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Mack led Nebraska with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Kavas added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Burke and Cheatham also finished in double figures with 10 points apiece, as Nebraska saw its three-game home win streak snapped.

Early on, North Dakota used the combo of Stewart and Rebraca to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room. The pair accounted for 24 of the Fighting Hawks' 35 first-half points.

Nebraska built an early 6-2 lead, but North Dakota regrouped and used a 12-2 run of their own to build a 17-10 lead following a Stewart basket with 12:51 left in the stanza.

The Huskers started chipping away, as a 3-point play from Kevin Cross started an 11-4 spurt that pulled Nebraska within 21-19 with 8:44 left after a pair of baskets by Burke.  Nebraska got to within 26-25 after a Kavas 3-pointer, but baskets by Strewart and Allen-Eikens quickly pushed the margin back to five points, as the Fighting Hawks shot 48 percent in the first half and took a five-point lead into the locker room.

Trailing 35-30, the Huskers used a 9-4 spurt to pull within one after an Yvan Ouedraogo basket with 16 minutes left, but UND answered with 3-pointers from Kienan Walter and Davids Atelbauers stretched the lead back to seven. On the day, UND went 11-of-31 from long range and kept the Huskers at bay until the final minutes.  

The Huskers return from the holiday break next Sunday, Dec. 29, when Nebraska takes on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The start time will be either 1 or 3 p.m. but won't be determined by BTN until Monday.



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Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Kayla Banwarth has been named the head coach at the University of Mississippi, becoming the third Nebraska assistant coach in the last four years to land a Division I head coaching job. 

Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff under head coach John Cook as an assistant in January 2017 and served as the Huskers' recruiting coordinator and libero coach for three seasons. She will take over an Ole Miss program that went 14-15 (6-12 SEC) in 2019. Banwarth replaces Steve McRoberts, who was the Ole Miss head coach from 2014-19. 

"I'm honored to be chosen as the next head coach for the Ole Miss volleyball program," Banwarth said. "I'd like to thank (Athletics Director) Keith (Carter), (Deputy A.D. for Sports and Administration) Lynnette (Johnson) and the rest of the administration for their hospitality and support. I look forward to being a part of the Rebel family and am excited to lead the volleyball team as we work to build a tradition of success. I also want to thank Coach Cook, the administration at Nebraska and the whole state and fan base for their support. I wouldn't have this amazing opportunity if it weren't for a lot of people who have been there for me throughout my career."

Banwarth joins Dani Busboom Kelly (Louisville) and Chris Tamas (Illinois) as Husker assistants who have recently taken over Division I programs. Nebraska's video coordinator Beau Lawler will likely join her staff as an assistant coach at Ole Miss.  

"I am pumped for Kayla and this opportunity for her to lead the Ole Miss program," Cook said. "In her three years as a coach here, Kayla helped us win a Big Ten Championship and an NCAA Championship, and she played a huge role in coaching our liberos and helping our six-rotation hitters become great passers. She also did a tremendous job on the recruiting trail. Her story of going from a walk-on to a U.S. Olympic Team libero is an incredible one, and she will get to build on that legacy at Ole Miss. They are fortunate to land a talented up-and-coming coach like Kayla. We will work quickly to fill her position with the best candidate we can find for Husker volleyball." 

In her first season as a Husker assistant, Nebraska won the 2017 NCAA Championship and repeated as Big Ten champions with a 32-4 overall record and 19-1 mark in conference play. Under her guidance, setter Kelly Hunter was named the NCAA Championship co-most outstanding player, an AVCA first-team All-American and the Big Ten Setter of the Year. She was also the PrepVolleyball.com Player of the Year, while libero Kenzie Maloney was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American and an NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection.

In 2018, the Huskers reached the NCAA Championship match once again, and Maloney was an NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection. Nebraska's defense was one of the best in the nation, in large part thanks to the Huskers' back-row passers. Nebraska finished the season with a .144 opponent hitting percentage, which ranked third in the nation, first in the Big Ten, and was the Huskers' best mark since 2005. Maloney was an AVCA third-team All-American and an All-Big Ten selection.

The Huskers were one of the top defensive units in the nation once in again 2019, holding opponents to a .153 opponent hitting percentage, which ranked eighth in the nation and first in the Big Ten. Nebraska reached the Elite Eight for the eighth straight year, and freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team member.

Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship.

Banwarth finished her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's volleyball team prior to joining the Huskers. 

After walking on at Nebraska in 2007, Banwarth became the starting libero midway through her freshman season and remained in that role through 2010, receiving All-Big 12 honorable mention as a junior and senior. She led the Huskers to the NCAA semifinals in 2008 and to three Big 12 titles. She was Nebraska's all-time career leader in digs with 1,706 until 2016. Banwarth was also a two-time academic All-Big 12 selection and a three-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Banwarth played professionally overseas in Azerbaijan but focused strictly on the U.S. National Team and coaching at Pepperdine in 2015 and 2016. She was named the Best Receiver at the 2015 NORCECA Championship and helped Team USA win gold there and at the FIVB World Grand Prix in 2016. In 2014 she aided Team USA to the FIVB World Championship, the first gold medal for the U.S. at a major tournament. In 2016 Banwarth anchored the squad at the Olympic Games in Rio, helping the U.S. to the bronze medal.

In 2013 Banwarth was named USA Volleyball's Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year, and in 2012 and 2013 she led the team to gold medals in consecutive Pan American Cups. Also in 2013, she was the runner-up in the Best Digger category at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup after posting 3.19 digs per set. In her first international competition in 2011, Banwarth helped USA to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games.

Banwarth joined the Pepperdine men's volleyball staff as a volunteer assistant coach in December 2015 and coached for two seasons. In her first season, Pepperdine went 13-11, and she helped lead the Waves' back line to rank 36th nationally with 7.69 digs per set.

A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Banwarth attended Wahlert Catholic High School before her Husker career. She graduated from UNL in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.



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Grand Island Senior High hosts the annual Flatwater Fracas at the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center. The Islanders, Northwest, Kearney and Hastings are among the 25 teams taking part in the two day event. 

GICC takes part in the Alma quadrangular today. 




GISH Wrestling Coach Joey Morrison

GICC Wrestling Coach Zach Schroder

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Each year the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association recognize students who have been nominated by their schools, based on their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions made to their NSAA activity.

The NSAA and the NCPA are proud to recognize all of the 2,554 award winners of the 2019 Fall NCPA Academic All-State Award.

This brings the total number of NCPA Academic All-State Award winners to over 75,000 spanning the 14 years of this awards program.

View list here: All-State Awards





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Arapahoe 54, Wilcox-Hildreth 51

Arcadia-Loup City 64, Amherst 46

Axtell 51, Ansley-Litchfield 45

Bishop Neumann 66, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 27

Brady 68, Maywood-Hayes Center 66

Cozad 69, Cambridge 51

Crofton 66, Niobrara/Verdigre 56

Elm Creek 64, Minden 51

Emerson-Hubbard 50, Winside 36

Exeter/Milligan 54, Nebraska Lutheran 45

Gibbon 39, Ravenna 38

Hitchcock County 65, Medicine Valley 17

Homer 58, Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 47

Humphrey St. Francis 70, Summerland 7

Hyannis 43, Crawford 28

Logan View 69, Tekamah-Herman 43

North Platte St. Patrick's 72, Gothenburg 49

Oakland-Craig 55, Wisner-Pilger 44

Omaha Christian Academy 70, Cedar Bluffs 24

Omaha Westside 64, Gretna 41

Osceola 52, Dorchester 33

Palmyra 56, Weeping Water 37

Paxton 72, South Platte 48

Perkins County 67, Garden County 63

Randolph 45, Bloomfield 36

Riverside 48, CWC 36

Sutherland 53, Wallace 46

Tri County 53, Johnson-Brock 44

Lakota Nation Invitational=

Makosica Bracket=

Quarterfinal=

Crow Creek, S.D. 64, Omaha Nation 61

Red Cloud 58, Todd County, S.D. 48

Paha Sapa Bracket=

Consolation Quarterfinal=

Lower Brule, S.D. 83, Santee 33

Lusk Jamboree=

Lusk, Wyo. 71, Sioux County 47

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Arcadia-Loup City 47, Amherst 25

Axtell 38, Ansley-Litchfield 31

Bloomfield 49, Randolph 21

CWC 75, Riverside 11

Cambridge 42, Cozad 27

Crawford 67, Hyannis 31

Crofton 61, Niobrara/Verdigre 20

Dorchester 50, Osceola 20

Exeter/Milligan 62, Nebraska Lutheran 33

Garden County 47, Perkins County 30

Gibbon 43, Ravenna 42

Gothenburg 53, North Platte St. Patrick's 43

Guardian Angels 68, Winnebago 40

Hitchcock County 62, Medicine Valley 26

Homer 67, Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 63

Johnson-Brock 66, Tri County 42

Maywood-Hayes Center 76, Brady 30

Minden 54, Elm Creek 44

Norfolk Catholic 52, Lutheran High Northeast 34

Norris 61, Bishop Neumann 42

Oakland-Craig 54, Wisner-Pilger 18

Ponca 53, Vermillion, S.D. 44

South Platte 54, Paxton 13

South Sioux City 64, Omaha Mercy 44

Summerland 60, Humphrey St. Francis 54

Tekamah-Herman 53, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 30

Wallace 36, Sutherland 32

Weeping Water 64, Palmyra 18

Wilcox-Hildreth 48, Arapahoe 22

Cougar Classic Tournament=

Omaha Gross Catholic 48, Blair 40

Platteview 49, Omaha Duchesne Academy 37

Lakota Nation Invitational=

Makosica Bracket=

Quarterfinal=

Red Cloud 51, Custer, S.D. 16

Paha Sapa Bracket=

Consolation Quarterfinal=

Lower Brule, S.D. 68, Santee 51

Omaha Nation 55, Tiospa Zina Tribal, S.D. 46

Lusk Jamboree=

Lusk, Wyo. 42, Sioux County 31

Nike Tournament=

Dan Wiley=

Christian, Calif. 60, Omaha Westside 58

Kirk Pointer=

Omaha Northwest 83, Tempe, Ariz. 32

Mike Desper=

Fremont 72, Chandler, Ariz. 56





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The Nebraska women's basketball team wraps up its regular-season non-conference schedule by playing host to Manhattan on Sunday in Lincoln. Tip-off between the Huskers (9-1) and Jaspers (3-6) is set for Noon (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena, with tickets available now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com.

A live video stream will be provided to subscribers of BTN+ as a BTN Student U production.

Live radio coverage for Sunday's game with Manhattan can be heard on B107.3 FM in Lincoln and ESPN 590 AM in Omaha beginning at 11:45 a.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.

A limited quantity of Husker holiday ornaments will be available to the first fans inside Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday.

Sophomore Sam Haiby earned her second appearance on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Dec. 16) after producing her second 20-point performance of the season in a 77-67 win over Oral Roberts (Dec. 14). Haiby went 8-for-14 from the field and 3-for-3 at the free throw line while adding five rebounds and snagging a career-high four steals for the Big Red. The 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., ranks second among the Huskers with 10.8 points per game.

Junior Kate Cain had a big game in the win over ORU, pumping in 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go along with a season-high eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Cain needs five blocks on Sunday to catch Catheryn Redmon (216, 2008-11) at No. 2 on Nebraska's career block list.

Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., has a special connection with the Manhattan program. Her father, Tim, graduated as Manhattan's all-time leading scorer (1,872 points) and was a two-time honorable-mention All-American by The Sporting News. Nebraska is scheduled to play a game at Manhattan next season.

A Lisa Leslie Award candidate, Kate Cain is averaging 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while shooting nearly 61 percent from the field over the last five games. For the season, Cain is averaging 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks while shooting a team-best 56.3 percent. She ranks among the top 10 shot-blockers in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten, trailing only Purdue senior Ae'Rianna Harris (33, 3.3 bpg).

Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-1) vs. Manhattan Jaspers (3-6)
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, Noon (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Promotion: 
Husker Holiday Ornament
Live Video: BTN+
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (11:45 a.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM; Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.5 ppg, 0.5 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 (51-50); 13th Season Overall (244-159)

Manhattan Jaspers (3-6, 0-1 MAAC)
12 - Julie Høier - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 6.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg    
22 - Courtney Warley - 6-3 - Jr. - C - 9.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg
2 - Gabby Cajou - 5-4 - Sr. - G - 9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
11 - Emily LaPointe - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 9.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg
15 - Sydney Watkins - 5-8 - So. - G - 6.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg
Off the Bench
5 - Lynette Taitt - 5-5 - Jr. - G - 6.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg
13 - Lizahya Morgan - 5-3 - Jr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
25 - Pamela Miceus - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 4.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg
00 - Kania Pollock - 5-8 - So. - G - 2.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg
10 - Sini Mäkelä - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 2.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg
20 - Nyala Pendergrass - 5-9 - Jr. - G/F - 0.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg
21 - Christina Katsamouri - 6-0 - Fr. - G/F - 0.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg
Head Coach: Heather Vulin (Minnesota, 1999)
Fourth Season at Manhattan (36-65); Fourth Season Overall: (36-65)

Scouting Manhattan
• Manhattan brings a 3-6 record on the season to Lincoln for its first-ever meeting with the Huskers.
• While the Jaspers' record is not glossy, they have been extremely competitive, with four of their losses by eight or fewer points, including two in overtime.
• Manhattan is a coming off a 62-60 overtime loss in its MAAC opener at Monmouth on Tuesday - its fourth road loss of the season. The Jaspers are just 1-4 away from Draddy Gymnasium this season.
• Coach Heather Vulin is in her fourth season leading the Jaspers, who finished with a 12-19 overall record last season that included a 9-9 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
• Junior Courtney Warley, a 6-3 center, is Manhattan's leading scorer and rebounder at 9.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Warley was the 2019 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and was a third-team All-MAAC selection. She was also a member of the MAAC All-Rookie Team in 2018. Last season she led the MAAC with 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, while ranking fourth in the conference with 2.1 steals per game. She had 16 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and three steals in 44 minutes against Monmouth.
• Junior guard Lynette Taitt joined Warley in the starting five for each of the first seven games to open the season. She is averaging 6.2 points and a team-best 2.1 steals per game. Taitt also ranks second on the team with 2.3 assists, but has not hit a three-pointer on the season. Taitt had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in Manhattan's win over Army (Dec. 13), her first game coming off the bench. She came off the bench again at Monmouth (Dec. 17) but suffered a leg injury.
• Freshman Emily LaPointe, a 5-10 guard, has added a scoring spark for the offense by averaging 9.6 points per game. She is also tied for second on the team with 13 three-pointers. LaPointe had eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 40 minutes at Monmouth.
• Sophomore Sydney Watkins leads Manhattan with 18 threes while shooting 38.3 percent from long range. The 5-8 guard has managed 6.8 points per game, but was shut out by Monmouth on 0-for-5 shooting from long range.
• Senior Julie Høier rounds out Manhattan's projected starting five with 6.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The 6-2 forward from Aabyhoej, Denmark, is one of four international players on the Jasper roster, joining Sini Mäkelä and Tuuli Menna (Finland) and Christina Katsamouri (Greece).
• Coach Vulin and the Jaspers have experimented with five starting lineup combinations early in the season, as senior Pamela Miceus (4.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg) owns five starts and senior Gabby Cajou (9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 spg) has made six. Cajou erupted for 20 points, six assists and four steals in 42 minutes at Monmouth. Cajou and Miceus were teammates at North Rockland High School in New York.
• Lizahya Morgan also provides consistent contributions for Manhattan off the bench, averaging 5.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. Morgan ranks third on the team with 10 threes on the season.
• As a team, Manhattan is shooting 36.3 percent from the field field, including 30.5 percent (51-167) from three-point range. The Jaspers have hit 69.1 percent of their free throws. Manhattan owns a plus-3.8 team turnover margin, but a minus-6.2 team rebounding margin.

Huskers Announce Kissinger Out for Season
• Nebraska women's basketball coach Amy Williams announced on Dec. 14 that junior guard Taylor Kissinger would undergo hip surgery in early January and be out for the rest of the season.
• Kissinger, who has been bothered by the nagging injury for several months, averaged 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds off the bench in five games this season. She missed four games in the concussion protocol after playing in the season-opening win over Alabama A&M (Nov. 6). 
• In Nebraska's win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Dec. 4), Kissinger led the Huskers with 19 points, including a career-high-matching six three-pointers. She also dished out four assists.
• Last season, Kissinger led the Big Ten and ranked No. 4 nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.456, 62-136).
• In her first two season, Kissinger averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while competing in 55 games with 31 starts.
• Because she only played in five games this season, Kissinger is expected to regain her junior season of eligibility in 2020-21.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (71).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (66).
• Nebraska has used the same starting lineup in all 10 games this season.
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all 10 games this season, and has blocked a shot in 12 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 79 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has produced double figures points in back-to-back games, the longest active double-digit scoring streak among the Huskers. Cain has produced double figures in four of the last five games.
• Nicea ElielyLeigha Brown, Kate Cain, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first 10 games this season.
• Nicea Eliely, Kate Cain, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all 10 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 44 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 352 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 231 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
(1) Ashtyn Veerbeek needs one point to reach 300 in her career.
(2) Kate Cain needs two blocks to match Husker legend Maurtice Ivy (34, 1986-87) at No. 5 at the Nebraska junior single-season blocks list.
(4) Kristian Hudson needs four assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(5) Kate Cain needs five blocks to match Catheryn Redmon (216, 2008-11) at No. 2 on Nebraska's career blocked shot list. Cain would also match Casey Leonhardt (37, 1999-00) at No. 4 on the Husker junior single-season block list.
(9) Kristian Hudson needs nine rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(11) Nicea Eliely needs 11 rebounds to reach 400 in her career.
(17) Eliely is 17 points away from 800 in her career.
(99) Eliely is expected to play in her 99th career game in a Nebraska uniform on Sunday.

Husker Nuggets
• A Nebraska victory over Manhattan would give the Huskers their first 10-win non-conference campaign under Coach Amy Williams and their best 11-game start since also opening 10-1 in 2014-15.
• Entering the week, Nebraska was one of just 27 teams nationally with nine or more wins. The Huskers were one of 44 teams with one loss or less, and six of those teams were from the Big Ten.
• Through games Dec. 17, Nebraska was No. 35 in the Massey Ratings. Other Big Ten teams in the top 45 included: Indiana (8), Maryland (16), Northwestern (18), Minnesota (21), Rutgers (28), Michigan (29), Iowa (30), Michigan State (31),  Ohio State (39) and Purdue (45).
• Through 10 games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 60.2 points per game, after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 34.8 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from three-point range  this season against NU. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent, including 33.4 percent from long range. 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 six opponents to 55 points or less through 10 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.
• NU's bench has outscored opponent reserves in all 10 games in 2019-20, and 38 of the last 40 games overall. The Husker bench has outscored opponent benches by double digits in 29 of the last 40 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 278-132 (27.8-13.2 ppg).




District Pairings have now been announced for the next two years.  View assignments below.

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Game 12: Nebraska vs. North Dakota
Date: Sat, Dec. 21
Time: 5:01 p.m. (CT)  
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2019-20 Record: 5-6 (1-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 5-6 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 120-62 (6th year)

NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING HAWKS
2019-20 Record: 5-7
Head coach: Paul Sather 
    Record at North Dakota: 5-7 (1st year)
    Career Record: 293-158 (15th year)

BROADCAST INFO
Television: None
Online Broadcast: BTN+ (subscription required) 
    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): 974

 

Huskers Host North Dakota on Saturday

Following final exams, the Nebraska men's basketball team is back in action Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers welcome North Dakota to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available for purchase by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, calling 800-8-BIGRED during business hours or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff.

The Kids Zone on the North Concourse will open 90 minutes prior to tipoff and kids will be able to get their picture taken with Santa Claus until 4:45 p.m.

The NU-UND game will not be televised, but carried online on BTN+ (subscription required) with Dustyn Stortzum and Buzzy Caruthers on the call. This is the final BTN+ broadcast for the 2019-20 season and information and sign up info is available at btnplus.com.

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 (5-6) comes off its best performance of the season, a 70-56 win over Purdue last Sunday. The Huskers  were led by Cam Mack's triple-double (11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists), the first in Nebraska men's basketball history, as

Nebraska's 70 points were the most Purdue allowed this season. Dachon Burke Jr. led NU with a game-high 18 point and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds while Thorir Throbjarnarson added 13 points in the win. Mack's performance overshadowed an outstanding defensive effort, as NU held Purdue to season lows in both points (54) and field goal percentage (.304).

North Dakota (5-7) snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 109-50 victory over Northland.  In that game, Billy Brown's 17 points led six players in double figures, as UND shot 64 percent from the field and made 13-of-33 3-pointers. The Fighting Hawks, under the direction of first-year coach Paul Sather, has been challenged by a non-conference schedule which included games at Gonzaga and at Minnesota. Former Creighton guard Marlon Stewart leads four UND players in double figures at 14.5 ppg.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Cam Mack is one of nine players in Division I - and two in the Big Ten -  with three double-figure assists performances in 2019-20. Mack is 13th nationally with 6.6 assists per game through the Huskers' first 11 contests.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
2.05-to-1 - Nebraska's assist-to-turnover ratio in the last two games, as the Huskers tied or set season bests in assists in each of the last two games. Against Purdue, NU had 22 assists on 26 baskets.
 
.500 - Thorir Thorbjarnarson is tied for third in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering the weekend. He is 15-of-30 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years. 

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

21.5 - Points per game by Dachon Burke Jr. over the last two games, as he is connecting on 55 percent from the field and averaging 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in that span.
 
5.5 - Rebounds per game for freshman Ivan 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.

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 NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota comes to Lincoln with a 5-7 mark after posting a 59-point win over Northland on Tuesday evening. First-year coach Paul Sather is no stranger to the region, as he spent the past nine seasons at Northern State, guiding that program to a trio of NCAA Division II Tournaments and a runner-up finish in 2018. His teams won the Northern Sun Conference title in each of the past two seasons. In his final two seasons at NSU, the team was a combined 62-11.

He inherited a roster which returned three starters and 11 letterwinners from last season. The group is led by senior guard Marlon Stewart, who began his collegiate career at Creighton. He averaged 14.3 points per game as a junior and is one of four double-figure scorers at 14.5 points per game. Sophomore forward Filip Rebraca has been a force inside, as he averages 14.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He had 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 13 rebounds against Gonzaga and reached double-figured in UND's first 11 games, including six double-doubles. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 77.3 points per game, including 8.2 3-pointers per contest.

Series History: Nebraska leads the all-time series, 3-1, in a series that dates back to 1933. NU is 3-0 against UND in Lincoln, including a 92-70 win on Nov. 19, 2017. In that game, Isaac Copeland had a career-high 30 points, going 12-of-14 from the field, as Nebraska shot 53 percent from the field and put four players in double figures.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Cam Mack made Husker history with a triple-double and helped propel Nebraska past Purdue, 70-56, at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 15

Mack had 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with a career-high 12 assists to become the first Husker in history to net a triple-double and help three Huskers (5-6, 1-1 Big Ten) in double figures and snap Purdue's two-game win streak.
Dachon Burke Jr. was the leading scorer for Nebraska, netting 18 points to go with a season-high seven boards. Thorir Thorbjarnarson also hit double figures with 13 points. Haanif Cheatham just missed double-digits scoring, throwing in nine points, as Nebraska's 70 points matched most points Purdue has given up this season.

The Huskers also limited Purdue (6-4, 1-1 Big Ten) to 30 percent shooting, including 6-of-35 from 3-point range. More importantly, the Huskers were out-rebounded only 49-45 against a team that was among the Big Ten leaders in rebounding margin. Purdue cut Nebraska's 15-point lead to 52-50 with 8:13 left, but Nebraska ran off six straight points to extended the lead back to eight, as the Husker defense limited Purdue to just 3-of-16 shooting over the final eight minutes.
 
DID YOU KNOW
• Thorir Thorbjarnarson is the only Husker who has faced North Dakota, as he played the final two minutes and missed his only shot in the Huskers' 2017 win over the Fighting Hawks.

• In its last two games, Nebraska has put up the most points allowed by both Indiana (90) and Purdue (70).

• The Huskers have already played three overtime games in the first 11 games of 2018-19, posting a 1-2 record. NU's single-season record is four, set five times, most recently in 2007-08. As of Dec. 17, Nebraska has played in three of the Big Ten's seven overtime games, while the Huskers' three overtime games is third nationally and leads all power conference teams.

• Despite the longer 3-point line this season, Nebraska's two returnees are shooting significantly better from beyond the arc than at any point of their career. Burke is 14th in the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game, while Thorbjarnarson is third in the conference in 3-point percentage as of Dec. 18.
 
Huskers' 3-Point Improvement

Player

Career 3-Pct.
Entering 2019-20

3/GM

19-20 3Pt Pct.

3/GM

Burke

.333

0.89

.396

1.72

Thorbjarnarson

.214

0.17

.500

1.36

 
• 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 past month. Over the last eight games dating back to Nov. 22, NU is shooting 38 percent from 3-point range and averaging 9.4 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

8

3 Pt. Pct.

.231

.379

3-Pointers/Gm

6.0

9.4

Att./Gm

26.0

24.8

 
• With four players averaging double figures, Nebraska has relied on its balance. In its first 12 games, NU has put at least four players in double figures nine times. The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State on Nov. 25 and at Creighton on Dec. 7.

• It is not surprising that Nebraska has relied on its 3-point shooting early on, 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 8.2 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

11

8.45

2.

2006-07

31

7.87

3.

2018-19

36

7.50

 
• Nebraska has 10 double-figure scoring runs this season following a pair of 12-0 runs against Purdue last Sunday. NU has had at least one double-digit run in four of the last five games. Purdue had allowed only one double-figure run all season before last Sunday.

• Nebraska enters Saturday's game fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +2.4 per game. The Huskers have forced an average of 14.5 turnovers per game to rank third in the Big Ten while averaging 12.1 turnovers per game. 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.

• The Huskers have averaged 77 points per game since the opening night loss to UC Riverside, including three games of at least 90 points. NU had 90+ points in consecutive games against South Dakota State (90) and Southern (93), the first time the Huskers have scored 90 or more points in consecutive games since the 1999-2000 season.

• 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
 
• 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 fact, it is only the seventh time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assists double-double.
 
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 CHASE FOR 1,000
Despite having only 50 points returning from last season, a pair of Huskers are quickly closing in on 1,000 career points at the collegiate level.

Senior Haanif Cheatham enters the North Dakota contest with 985 points during his career and is 15 points away from 1,000 for his career. Cheatham, who previously played at Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast, is averaging 13.0 points and setting personal bests in both rebounding (4.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (.535).

Junior guard Dachon Burke Jr. comes into Saturday's game with 964 points following his 18-point effort against Purdue. Counting his two seasons at Robert Morris, he needs 36 points to reach that plateau. Burke averaged 21.5 ppg over the last two games, including a 25-point night at Indiana on Dec. 13. He is averaging a team-best 13.7 points per game and shooing 43 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

They will join Matej Kavas, who went over 1,000 career points on Nov. 22. Kavas now has 1,033 career points between his time at Seattle and Nebraska.
 
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 18th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.2 seconds per possession through the Purdue game.

• In his five seasons as a college coach, Hoiberg's teams have ranked in the top 20 in offensive tempo four times, including top-10 rankings in both 2014 and 2015.
 
• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 67th to 20th nationally in offensive pace and ranked in the top 40 nationally in adjusted tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.

• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in adjusted tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee. The Huskers' quickest offensive tempo in the last decade was in 2017-18 when the Huskers were 140th in offensive tempo.
 
JUCO STANDOUTS MACK AND GREEN STEP INTO LINEUP
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 North Dakota game averaging 12.5 points per game while leading the Huskers in assists (6.6), steals (1.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4-to-1). 

No.

Name

School

10+ Asst.

1.

Cameron Parker

Sacred Heart

4

 

Jason Preston

Ohio

4

 

Josh Sharkey

Samford

4

 

Zavier Simpson

Michigan

4

5.

Cam Mack

Nebraska

3

 

Javon Levi

UT-RGV

3

 

Kyle Lofton

St. Bonaventure

3

 

Nico Mannion

Arizona

3

 

Charlie Moore

DePaul

3


• Mack is the only Big Ten player ranking in the top five in both assists (third) and steals (second). In fact, only three players - Mack, Maryland's Anthony Cowan and Ohio State's CJ Walker - rank in the top-10 in both categories.

• His 6.6 assists per game is on pace to rank third in school history, trailing only Brian Carr, who averaged 7.9 assists per game in 1984-85 and 6.7 assists per game in 1985-86.

• He recorded the first triple-double in program history against Purdue on Dec. 15 with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, setting season bests in both rebounds and assists in NU's 70-54 win.

• Mack is one of only 14 players nationally - and two in the Big Ten -  to have multiple points-assists double-doubles this season. He is tied with Zavier Simpson of Michigan for second nationally.  He also had 13 points and 11 assists against Southern Utah on Nov. 9 and 15 points and 10 assists at Indiana on Dec. 13.

• He's reached double figures nine times, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.

• Last season at Salt Lake CC, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth nationally in assists per game. He totaled nine double-doubles and three triple doubles as a freshman and dished out 10-or-more assists nine times.

Green was rated as the No. 2 combo guard nationally after a stint at Western Nebraska CC, has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Big Red, averaging 10.3 points along with 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He ranks on the top three on the squad in rebounding, assists, steals (1.1 spg), blocks (0.6 bpg) and 3-pointers (15). Green was suspended indefinitely on Dec. 13, and has not played in Nebraska's last two games.

• He has been in double figure five times, including 10 points and six rebounds at Creighton on Dec. 7.

• He nearly posted a double-double against Washington State with 16 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes.

• Green turned in his best performance of the year against Southern on Nov. 22, scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists in the win overtime win. His two 3-pointers helped key a 10-0 spurt in overtime to seal the win.

• 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 in 2019, 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 coming to Nebraska for his final year. Cheatham has played some of the best basketball of his career over the last month. Over Nebraska's last seven games, he's averaging 16.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while typically guarding the opponent's top scoring threat.

• Cheatham had 21 points and six rebounds at Indiana on Dec. 13, marking his sixth straight double-figure effort. It matches the second-longest streak of double-figure efforts in his career, as he had an eight-game stretch spanning his freshman and sophomore seasons at Marquette. He saw the string end against Purdue on Sunday, finishing with six points and a season-high four assists.

• Cheatham posted his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4.

• He was in double figures all three games of the Cayman Islands Classic, averaging 19.0 ppg including a career-best 26-point effort against South Florida to garner all-tournament honors.

A former top-100 recruit out of high school, he was named Marquette's top defensive performer in each of his two full seasons at Marquette.
 
BURKE SHOWS SCORING TOUCH
The other returnee from the 2018-19 season, Dachon Burke Jr. waited in the wings after transferring from Robert Morris. A 6-foot-4 guard, Burke has quickly shown the skills to flourish in Fred Hoiberg's attack, averaging 13.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Burke has reached double figures seven times, including a 25-point effort against Indiana on Dec. 13 and a 21-point performance against South Florida on Nov. 27. Burke leads the Huskers in 3-pointers (19) and is shooting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range.  He comes off a strong performance with 17 points and a season-high seven rebounds against Purdue.

Two years ago, Burke was one of the best players in the Northeast Conference, averaging 17.6 points per game while adding 5.8 rebounds and a conference-best 2.1 steals per contest.
 
OUEDRAOGO ADDS NAME TO SHORT LIST OF TRUE FROSH
Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Nebraska since 2013 when he started against UC Riverside on Nov. 5.

• He is one of the youngest players in the country, as he won't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament.

• He is just the 11th true freshman and 13th freshman overall to start a season opener in the last 25 years at Nebraska, joining a group which includes 1,000-point scorers Tai Webster, Ryan Anderson, Cookie Belcher and Tyronn Lue.

• Ouedraogo has started all 11 games for the Huskers, averaging 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in just under 20 minutes per game.

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

• He could become just the third freshman to lead NU in rebounding in a season, joining Aleks Maric (2005-06) and John Turek (2001-02).

• Ouedraogo has grabbed five or more rebounds in four of the Huskers' last five games dating back to Nov. 27.

 • He enjoyed his offensive effort of the season with 11 points, including six in overtime, and four rebounds against Southern on Nov. 22. He snared a team-high 12 rebounds against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.
Ouedraogo 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.
 
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 11 games and ranks sixth on the team in scoring at 7.1 points per game while chipping in 4.1 rebounds per game.

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

• He grabbed seven rebounds in both of Nebraska's first two Big Ten games, the fifth and sixth time he grabbed at least five rebounds in a game.

• He played a complete game in the win over Washington State, scoring 14 points, grabbing a season-high eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 27 minutes

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

• He was efficient against South Dakota State, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and two blocked shots.





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