The Nebraska men's basketball team built a double-digit lead late in the first half, and the Huskers never trailed again in a 69-61 upset of No. 21 Maryland Thursday afternoon in a second-round Big Ten Tournament matchup at the United Center.
Nebraska (18-15) led for more than 33 minutes and trailed for just 2:19, advancing to Friday's quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 seed and 19th-ranked Wisconsin. Tipoff for Friday's game is set for approximately 2 p.m. (Central), or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan State-Ohio State quarterfinal, which begins at 11:30 a.m. (Central).
The Huskers held Maryland to 36 percent shooting and just 18 field goals, marking the Terrapins' fourth-worst shooting percentage of the season and second-fewest field goals. Nebraska also limited a talented Maryland frontcourt to just 22 points in the paint, and the Huskers recorded eight steals. Offensively, Nebraska got 58 points from its big three of James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaiah Roby. Palmer hit 8-of-13 shots en route to a game-high 24 points, while Watson scored 19 points and Roby added 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. But the victory was a true team effort, as the Huskers got two points and a game-high nine rebounds from Tanner Borchardt, a career-high five points and four rebounds from Johnny Trueblood and four points, four rebounds and a career-high five steals from Thorir Thorbjarnarson.
Anthony Cowan led Maryland (22-10) with 18 points, while Darryl Morsell chipped in 14 points and Eric Ayala scored 12 points. Nebraska held first-team All-Big Ten pick Bruno Fernando to a season-low three points in 35 minutes.
Nebraska overcame a slow shooting start to put together a strong first half on both ends on its way to a 32-20 halftime lead. After missing its first six shots of the game, the Huskers went 11-of-18 the rest of the half, including hitting seven of their final nine shots. Defensively, Nebraska limited Maryland to 29 percent shooting in the first half and allowed just two field goals over the final nine minutes.
The Huskers went more than four minutes without a basket to open the game, but led 7-5 at the 14-minute mark after Watson scored five straight points. The lead then changed hands four times over the next two minutes before a 5-0 run put Nebraska ahead by four and Maryland responded with four straight points to tie the game at 14. After Maryland pulled even, Nebraska used a 13-2 run over the next six mix minutes to build a double-digit lead. The run began with six straight points and after a Maryland basket, the Huskers rattled off seven consecutive points. Nebraska pushed the lead to as many as 13, before a Watson jumper with 14 seconds left sent the Huskers into the locker room with a 12-point advantage.
Nebraska stretched the lead to 14 when Roby hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half. But the Huskers missed their next 10 shots while going more than five minutes without scoring, and Maryland took advantage with nine straight points to pull within five at 35-30. That would be as close as the Terrapins would get the rest of the game, as Nebraska made 12 of its final 19 shots from that point. Nebraska immediately answered Maryland's 9-0 run with nine straight points of its own over the next two minutes to push the lead back to 14 with 11:50 remaining.
The Huskers had chances to extend their lead as Maryland had a six-minute stretch without a field goal, but Nebraska could not push the lead above 14. The Terrapins then scored five straight points in 14 seconds to cut the lead to nine, but the Huskers came back with five straight points of their own to build a 51-37 advantage with eight minutes remaining. Nebraska maintained at least a 10-point advantage until Maryland scored five straight points to cut the lead to 58-50 with four minutes to play. The lead was down to six until Trueblood grabbed an offensive rebound to keep a Husker possession alive, and Palmer drilled a 3-pointer to push the lead back to nine with 1:29 remaining. Nebraska had another three-point possession its next trip down the court to stretch the lead to 10 and put the game away. The Huskers hit six of their final eight shots to seal the win.
The McCook Community College baseball team is moving its scheduled three-game series in Beatrice against Southeast Community College this weekend to Enid, Okla. That series will start with a double-header Saturday at 1 p.m., then a single nine-inning game Sunday at 1 p.m.
MCC Coach Jon Olsen said his team is scheduled to play at Colby Wednesday in a 3 p.m. game and while the weather looks favorable, he and other coaches are looking to add a second team to the date so three teams might each get in a pair of games. If that happens the game times would be moved up. The Indians’ three-game series at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colo., March 23 and 24 have been moved up a day. MCC will now start that series Friday, March 22 with a 1 p.m. (MT) doubleheader and finish the series with a nine-inning-game Saturday, March 23.
Also the March 25 game with Garden City Community College has been cancelled and instead MCC will travel to Alva. Okla. to play Northeastern Oklahoma in a doubleheader. You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska football team practiced for a little over two hours on Wednesday morning in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Center. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media after practice about how he thought his defense has looked during the second week of spring ball. "Today's workout, I thought the offense got up a little bit early and then we made a nice comeback," Chinander said. "The guys kind of huddled themselves together and got the energy up, and we started flying around. We finished practice really, really strong, and I think we're moving in the right direction." He went on to discuss the strides the defense has made and how far the unit has come since last spring.
"Even talking to some of the parents down there today, they noticed it," Chinander said. "It's faster-paced, it's cleaner. The guys know how to practice, they know how to transition from drill to drill, and we almost don't have to tell them. The stamina, maybe, is better. It was hard at first for these kids to get through practice the way we wanted them to and at the tempo we wanted...this year they are easily doing it. I think the strength and conditioning has a huge part in that with Coach [Zach] Duval. I think the tempo of practice is the most impressive thing right now." Chinander also talked about what has stood out to him about the defensive line. "It's a deep group right now," he said. "With the Davis brothers [Carlos and Khalil] and [Ben] Stille coming back, and now the two Daniels brothers [Damion and Darrion] and the addition of [Darrion]. There's just a ton of guys, but I really like the violence they're playing with up front, and they're really running to the football right now." Chinander sang the praises of Darrion Daniels, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, and explained what he brings to the defensive line. "I think he's brought some experience, he's brought some leadership," Chinander said. "He's not afraid to speak his mind and he does it in a proper manner. He's not trying to be the guy that comes in here [and says] 'I'm going to run this team right away.' By the way that he works, the way that he drills and the way he runs to the ball in practice, those guys are naturally starting to listen and follow along with him." The Huskers will continue their spring season with a morning practice on Friday. The annual Red-White Spring Game will be played on Saturday, April 13 at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.
LINCOLN –The Nebraska softball team (10-9) continues competition on the road this weekend when it travels back to the state of Kansas for the Rock Chalk Challenge, hosted by KU.Nebraska will play Tulsa and Kansas twice for a total of four games. On Saturday, Nebraska plays Tulsa at 11 a.m. followed by a game against Kansas at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, Nebraska’s schedule is the same.
Last Time Out
Nebraska looks to bounce back this weekend after being swept by Wichita State March 9-10 in Kansas. The Shockers outscored the Huskers, 23-8, over the three-game series and also pitched a no-hitter in game two of the series. Tristen Edwards led Nebraska over the weekend at the plate going 3-for-8 (.375) with one run, one homer and four RBIs.
Tulsa enters the weekend with a 14-8 record. The Hurricane are coming off its best win of the season, after knocking off No. 14 Arkansas on Wednesday in its mid-week game. Tulsa topped the Razorbacks 2-1 in Arkansas. The Hurricane have won four of their last five games dating back to March 2. Tulsa is hitting .264 as a team. Julia Hollingsworth leads the team with a .468 average through 19 starts. She has a team high 29 hits and three triples. She also has 14 runs, which rank second on the team, one double and nine RBIs. Josie Muffley is also hitting above .400, with a .434 average. Muffley has made 20 starts and played in 21 games. She has a team-best 18 runs and also has 23 hits, six doubles, one homer and 12 RBIs. In the circle, Chenise Delce leads the Hurricane with an ERA of 1.84 through nine starts. She has a 5-3 record and has pitched a team-high 53.1 innings. She also has 44 strikeouts. Kassidy Scott (4-1) has an ERA of 2.86 and has pitched 44.0 innings, which ranks second on the team. She’s made five starts and 13 appearances and has a team-high three saves. She also has 28 strikeouts. Samantha Pochop (4-4) has pitched 37.2 innings, which ranks third on the team. However, Pochop has a team-high 46 strikeouts. She also has a two solo shutouts and a team-high four complete games. Pochop has an ERA of 2.97. As a team, Tulsa is fielding .945, averaging 1.6 errors a game. The Hurricane have given up 24 unearned runs this season.
Kansas enters the Rock Chalk Challenge with a 5-17 record. The Jayhawks are getting a full week off after their mid-week game against Omaha on Tuesday was rescheduled for next week due to weather. Most recently, KU hosted the Jayhawk Invitational March 8-10. Kansas went 1-3 over the weekend and had one game canceled. The Jayhawks defeated Maine but lost to Southeastern Missouri twice and UMKC. As a team, Kansas is hitting .251. Shelby Gayre, Madison Kykes and Brynn Minor are all hitting above .300. Gayre leads the way with a .383 average. She also has six runs, three doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs. Sykes leads the starters with a .368 average. She has a team-high 25 hits and 12 RBIs. She also has eight runs, four doubles and two home runs. Minor is hitting .321. She has nine hits, one run and five RBIs. A double threat, Minor also leads the KU pitching staff. She’s carried most of the load this season, pitching 71.0 innings - nearly half of the team’s total (142.2 innings). She’s made 15 appearances, including 10 starts and four complete games. She also has the team’s only shutout. Minor has a record of 2-9 and an ERA of 3.85. She also has 33 strikeouts and has KU’s two saves this season. Lexy Mills has seen the second-most action in the circle for the Jayhawks. However, she leads the team with 41 strikeouts. Mills has a 2-4 record and a 5.67 ERA. She’s pitched 33.1 innings, made 12 appearances and seven starts. She’s also pitched one complete game.
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A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com and the official Huskers App for all of Nebraska’s games this season. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter (@HuskerSoftball).
Wallace Making Moves
Tickets for the Nebraska vs. Colorado State spring volleyball match will go on sale Saturday in McCook. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the McCook Community College Graff Events Center, 401 E. M St. Tickets are $10 each, are limited to four per person and must be paid for with cash. They will only be sold to those ages 16 and up who provide identification. Anyone 2 or older must have a ticket to watch the game. Seating is general admission only. Tickets will be sold from the southeast ticket booth in the lobby of the Graff Events Center. The southeast doors to the building will open at 11 a.m. Due to the large amount of people expected, the ticket line will begin on the northeast corner of the Graff Events Center parking lot. Barricades will be set up along the east side of the building to help with organization, and MCC event staff will be on site to facilitate an orderly system for entry. In order to promote fairness and equal opportunity to all ticket buyers, saving places in line for large groups or cutting in line will not be allowed and will be monitored by college staff. There will be absolutely no entry to the Graff Events Center before ticket sales begin. Restrooms will be available across the street in McMillen Hall from 6 a.m. to 1p.m. Attached is a map of the lineup for Saturday morning.
The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 20.
Former Cambridge Boys Basketball and Boys Track Head Coach Jimmy Blex is leaving Cambridge after the conclusion of the school year. Coach Jimmy Blex will head east where he will be the New Head Track and Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Shelby-Rising City. Blex has been at Cambridge for the past nine years.
The Nebraska Athletic Department on Wednesday announced that the three-game series against New Mexico State has been canceled due to field conditions. The series was originally scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hawks Field. The athletic department will issue refunds to the ticket holder on record for all tickets purchased through the Ticket Office to the New Mexico State games.
Senior left-handed pitcher Nate Fisher earned Big Ten Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades on Monday after his performance against No. 21 Baylor on Saturday. Fisher, making his fourth start of the season, threw a career-high 8.0 no-hit innings against the Bears. He recorded six strikeouts and only one walk to help NU knock off Baylor, 2-0. Fisher was perfect through 5.1 innings before allowing his lone walk of the game. Baylor didn’t record its first hit of the game until two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning after Fisher was taken out. It marked Nebraska’s first combined one-hit game since March 6, 2013 when six pitchers contributed to the one-hit effort against Northern Colorado. During Saturday’s outing, Fisher surpassed 100.0 career innings pitched at Nebraska. He shares this week’s award with Indiana’s Pauly Milto.