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North Platte is moving to add vaping and e-cigarettes to its public no-smoking ban. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give first-round approval to ban alternative nicotine products and electronic nicotine delivery systems to its tobacco regulations. 

The measure also would raise the minimum age from 18 to 19 for using, buying or possessing such products. Minors could possess them in their home under “direct supervision” of a parent or guardian, as they now can with tobacco products. 

The proposed ordinance must be approved twice more to be enacted.

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  The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and soon families will be coming together for a time of celebration and thankfulness. In addition to the turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all the other fixings, the Grand Island Fire Department encourages residents to put fire safety on their Thanksgiving menu.


   According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. In 2017, more than three times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving as on a typical day with U.S. fire departments responding to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on the holiday. 


   Along with NFPA, the Grand Island Fire Department offers the following tips to keep families safe this holiday season:


  • Be sure to remove previous food and grease buildup from burners, stove top, and oven before starting Thanksgiving cooking.

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If leaving the kitchen, turn off the stove.  

  • When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while the food is cooking. 

  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove as steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy, and other dishes can cause serious burns.

  • Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing while cooking and if wearing long sleeves roll them up. 

  • Keep the number of people in the kitchen to a minimum, including children and pets, to avoid injuries from hot spills or causing tripping hazards. Crowded kitchens can cause confusion and result in burns.

  • Be sure electrical cords from appliances such as electric knives, coffeemakers, plate warmers, and mixers are not dangling off the counter or within easy reach of children. 

  • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, and wrappers away from stoves and ovens.

  • Never leave children alone near lit candles. Furthermore, matches and utility lighters should be kept in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.

  • Test smoke alarms to ensure alarms are working properly.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.


   As noted above, many safety tips involve kids. The Fire Department suggests having activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during the busy food preparation time.  Games, puzzles, or books centered on Thanksgiving will keep kids busy, but still allows them to be included in the holiday celebration.


   Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says, “The GIFD wants you have a safe Thanksgiving that is free from fire or accidents.  Remember to stand by your pan and keep a close watch on your cooking and baking this holiday season.”       


   For more information about the Grand Island Fire Department visit us atwww.facebook.com/GI.FireDepartment.   



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Two people already charged with kidnapping two people have been accused of killing one, whose body was found in a drainage pipe in southwest Nebraska.

Chase County Court records say 24-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes. 

The two were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Court records say they’re suspected leaving 22-year-old Annika Swanson, of Imperial, in a drainage pipe in a Chase County pasture on Nov. 14. The records say Carter told investigators that German beat up Swanson and, accompanied by Carter, forced Swanson down into the pipe on Nov. 14. Using Carter’s information, authorities found and recovered Swanson’s body in the pipe on Sunday. Her father had reported her missing three days earlier.

German, Carter and a third person are also suspected of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman. Authorities have said she’s safe now.


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Stuhr Museum

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McCook Wrestling squad starts the season this Saturday, December 7th at Cozad for a 9:00am invite.  Head Coach Nick Umscheid talks about his key returners and previews the upcoming season for the Bison.



Nick Umscheid

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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball got 16 rebounds and 12 points from sophomore guard Klaire Kirsch and closed on a 28-8 run to stun No. 3/5 Fort Hays State, 73-65, Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the MIAA opener for both teams and the 93rd all-time meeting between the Lopers (7-0) and rival Tigers (6-1). UNK doesn't have time to celebrate as it visits longtime MIAA power Emporia State (5-2) on Thursday night.

To record its first win over a top five team since an 82-76 decision at Missouri Western State in January 2016, UNK had to overcome a 57-45 deficit with just 7:48 to play. The Lopers held the lead for nearly 17 minutes in the first half but the Tigers, coming off a 32-2 campaign, came out strong in the third quarter to the tune of a 24-11 run. They were also strong in the opening moments of the fourth before a barrage of Loper threes.

"When we were down 12 it was one of those moments where we had to make a move. Hays isn't easy to score on … I thought our team kept its composure and kind of played one possession at a time instead of trying to get it back all at once," Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey said. "We had some kids step up and make some big plays. Maegan (Holt) hit a couple of key threes in that late stretch, Aspen (Jansa) hit a big three, and Madison (Dreckman) as a freshman did some nice things."

Against one of Division II's top defensive teams, UNK finished 11 of 24 from behind the arc and hit three straight bombs to trim the deficit to three, 57-54, by the six minute mark. Hays managed to its lead back to four but UNK finally tied things at 60 thanks to a jumper in the paint by Iowa sophomore Maegan Holt.

While the Lopers shot an even 50% (8 of 16) from the field over the final 10 minutes, Hays cooled off to 31% (6 of 19). That included a 0 of 5 effort from downtown with Kearney fittingly taking the lead for good on a top of the key triple by Kansas sophomore forward Elisa Backes. That made it 63-60 with 2:27 left.

Overall UNK was just 14 of 22 at the line (64%) but was plus seven on the glass, got 20 bench points and held Hays to an overall 3 of 16 effort from the arc. Finally nine different played scored.

"This is a great way to kick it off and have a good start to the conference season," Eighmey said. "I think our balance helps us. We have a lot of kids that can score in a lot of different ways. It makes it a little bit easier when the defense can't key in on just one or two players."

Kirsch's second career double double featured 13 defensive caroms and a 3 of 3 effort from triple land in the first half. The rebound total is just two shy of the school record and the most rebounds by a Loper in the MIAA era (2012-present).

Next grad transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) had 11 of her 15 points in the second half with Holt also strong over the final minutes (12 points, two assists & two rebounds). Finally Backes had eight points, five boards and two dimes with Iowa freshman reserve post Madison Dreckman at six points and three rebounds.

"It's an excited team. I think after what happened last year against Hays at home (ahead 20 late third quarter and lose in overtime) … it was a game where our kids felt like they let it slip away. So it's a big win in that regard," Eighmey said. "It's a good win but at the same time it's a long season."

Hays got 20 points from Oklahoma State transfer Jaden Hobbs and a combined 26 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks from forward Lanie Page and Belle Barbieri.




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Kearney, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures and Nebraska-Kearney used a big second half to roar past rival Fort Hays State, 74-60, Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the MIAA opener for both and the 132nd all-time meeting between the Lopers (4-3) and Tigers (4-3). UNK has a quick turnaround as they visit Emporia State (5-3, 0-0) on Thursday. The Hornets were off tonight. 

Things didn't look good early as Hays, not known for its perimeter shooting, drilled three early triples to lead 12-2 four minutes in. That advantage was quickly whittled down to three but then ballooned back up to double digits, 29-17, by the 5:50 mark.

That's when the Lopers made a huge move, closing the half on a 12-3 run and then starting the second on a 16-9 spurt to grab the lead for good. UNK seemingly couldn't miss, whether it be a three or a backdoor layup. At one point Kearney was shooting 75% (12 of 16) from the field in the second half. Later, Bellevue senior forward AJ Jackson beat the shot clock with a step back three from the top of the arc that banked in for a 60-45 lead.

"In the second half we were more active on the boards, we got some mileage out of our three quarter court press and we did a good job defensively of taking them out of things they wanted to do," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. "We also shot the ball well from the line (12 of 15) and guys were able to put it in the basket."

Senior guard Devin Davis got close to a triple double for the Tigers (15 points, 10 rebounds & six assists) and his play helped his team get the deficit down to eight, 64-56, by the four minute mark. However, he missed a shot in the lane and then the Tigers missed a one-and-one opportunity. UNK put then nail in the coffin when Texas senior lefty Chase Winchester nailed a three from the left wing, sending the lead back into double digits.

"From an adversity standpoint I was really proud of how our guys came through. First half we're down and it looks like they may run away with it. But we fought our way back into it and then they stretched it again," Lofton said. "In the second half we stuck together. It wasn't one guy going nuts … we moved the ball well and got good shots. Guys that score it well for us we got them the ball in the right places."

Getting 25 bench points and shooting 53% (27 of 51) on the night, UNK was paced by Kansas senior forward Morgan Soucie. Including a fast-break dunk in the second half, he was 7 of 12 from the field and tallied all of his points in the second half. Next, Utah junior guard Jake Walker went 4 of 9 from downtown to score a team-high 20 with Jackson at 11 points, seven boards, three blocks and three dimes.

"The second half was probably our best half of the year and also could be one of our best efforts of the year," Lofton said.

Finally for UNK Spalding sophomore Noah Valasek came off the bench to have 11 points and two steals with Winchester at five points and three assists. Besides Davis Hays got 14 points and seven rebounds from forward Jared Vitzum. 
 




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COLUMBUS – The McCook Community College men’s basketball team continues its offensive improvement and took down Central Community College 95-83 Tuesday night in Raider Fieldhouse.

The Indians lit up the scoreboard from the 3-point line making 12 of 15 attempts (80 percent), shot 53 percent from the field and made 13 of 19 free throw (68.4 percent).

Sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Elkhorn South) went five-for-five from the 3-point line to lead MCC with 22 points. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) added 21 to go along with a team-high eight rebounds and five assists. Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) had 10 points.

“We are skilled offensively and can score with anyone in the country,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “But we as a team have a choice to make. Do we want to be average to good or do we want to be great?”

MCC held the Raiders to 42 percent from the floor but gave up 17 offensive rebounds which led to 23 second-chance points.

“Winning and being great come from the little things like rebounding and playing defense,” said Drennan, pointing out that allowing the 17 offensive rebounds kept Central in the game. “We guarded for 25 seconds and then don’t finish the position.”

The Indians did finish with a 42-38 edge in rebounds and the MCC bench out-scored Central 29-12.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) scored 16 points and Freshman Boaz Quinlan (Beavertown, Ore.) scored nine points. Freshman Catthadious Moore (Memphis, Tenn.) went three-for-three from the field and had five boards.

“We will get after it tomorrow to set the tone for our last two games of the semester,” Drennan said.

Central falls to 6-8 on the season.

The 6-6 Indians close out the 2019 portion of the schedule with two final games this weekend starting Friday at 8:30 p.m. (CT) in Cheyenne, Wyo. against Laramie County College (1-7) and then Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT) in Torrington against Eastern Wyoming (6-3).

MCC swept the two schools Nov. 8-9 at home besting LCCC 82-66 and Eastern 76-48.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball




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COLUMBUS – The McCook Community College women’s basketball team picked up its tenth win of the season in convincing fashion with an 89-55 win Tuesday against Central Community College in Raider Fieldhouse.

MCC stretched a 22-17 first-quarter lead to a 40-27 advantage at the half thanks to an improving offense.

“I thought we shot the ball really well today,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “Amiya (Dartest) made some big 3’s in the first half that set the tone for us offensively.”

Amiya Dartest, the freshman from Jennings, La., led MCC with 20 points including a six-for-eight night from the 3-point line.

The Lady Indians made good on five of 12 shots (41.7 percent) from the 3-point line in the first half and improved to five of nine (55.6 percent) in the second half. Overall, MCC shot 58.3 percent from the field for the game.

“We need to be better defensively moving forward. We allowed Central to do what they wanted on the offensive end and they made some plays,” Pritchett said.

After the Raiders shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, MCC stepped up the defensive pressure and limited CCC to just seven of 21 shots (33.3 percent) in the second 20 minutes.

MCC held a 32-27 edge in rebounds, scored 24 points off 20 Central turnovers and out-scored the Raider bench 27-8. The Lady Indians also made nine of 11 free throws (81.1 percent) and turned the ball over 14 times.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) scored 13 points and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) chipped in 11 points.

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) scored eight points and had four assists and redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) Western New Mexico University came off the bench to score eight points.

“Jessika was a bright spot for us on the defensive end, I thought she guarded well and she took two big charges for us,” Pritchett said.

Columbus falls to 6-6 on the season.

The 10-1 Lady Indians wrap up the semester with two more road games this weekend.

On Friday MCC is in Cheyenne to take on Laramie County (5-3). The Lady Indians picked up a 62-59 win over the Golden Eagles at home Nov. 8

On Saturday, MCC looks to avenge its lone loss on the season when the Lady Indians travel to Torrington Wyo., to take on the 4-5 Lady Lancers. The Lady Indians dropped a 73-61 to Eastern Wyoming on Nov. 9.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball




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Nebraska senior cornerback Lamar Jackson was one of seven Husker defensive players to be honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, as the league office announced its all-conference defensive teams.

 

Jackson earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the Big Ten Coaches and Big Ten Media.  The 6-3, 215-pound Jackson ranked among the Big Ten and national leaders with 12 pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.  Jackson also tallied 40 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack, while forcing two fumbles and recovering another.

 

Defensive lineman Khalil Davis earned third-team all-conference honors from the league coaches after his standout senior season. The 6-2, 315-pound Davis led Nebraska with 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks. His sack total was the highest by a Husker player since 2015, while his TFL total was the best by a Blackshirt since the 2014 campaign.  Davis was also recognized as an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick by the media panel.

 

Four other Huskers earned honorable-mention recognition on Tuesday.  Nose tackle Darrion Daniels was recognized by the league coaches. Daniels anchored the defensive line and tallied 34 tackles and four tackles for loss. Linebacker Mohamed Barry was an honorable-mention choice by the league’s media panel.  He led Nebraska with 89 tackles, including four tackles for loss. This marked the second straight year Barry received conference honors, after being a third-team pick in 2018.

 

A pair of versatile defensive backs also earned honorable-mention accolades from the Big Ten Media. Junior Dicaprio Bootle started the first eight games at cornerback before moving to safety and finished the season with 31 tackles and six breakups.  It marked the second straight year Bootle has received league honors after being a third-team choice in 2018. 

 

Sophomore Cam Taylor-Britt also divided time between cornerback and safety in 2019. Taylor-Britt finished the year with 49 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions and one fumble recovered. He also forced four fumbles, tying the most by a Husker since 1999.

 

Junior defensive end Ben Stille was also recognized on Tuesday as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. Earlier this season, Stille was named an Academic All-District VII selection.

 

The Big Ten Conference will announce offensive honorees and award winners on Wednesday.

 

All-Big Ten Defensive Honorees

Lamar Jackson, Sr., CB—Second Team (Media and Coaches)

Khalil Davis, Sr., DL—Third Team (Coaches), Honorable Mention (Media)

Darrion Daniels, Sr. NT—Honorable Mention (Coaches)

Dicaprio Bootle, Jr., DB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Mohamed Barry, Sr., LB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Cam Taylor-Britt, Soph., DB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Ben Stille-Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree





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The Nebraska women's basketball team returns home to play host to Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night. Tip-off between the Huskers (7-1) and Blue Devils (6-2) is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena, with tickets available now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com.

Live television coverage will be provided by the Big Ten Network with Larry Punteney and Brenda VanLengen on the call.

Live radio coverage for Wednesday's game with Duke can be heard on B107.3 FM in Lincoln and CD 105.9 FM in Omaha beginning at 5:45 p.m. (CT). Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com and the Huskers App.

Nebraska is coming off a pair of double-digit wins over USC and Sacred Heart at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

Senior guard Hannah Whitish earned a spot on the all-tournament team following her season-high 15 points in Saturday's win over Sacred Heart. Whitish, a two-time All-Big Ten guard, needs just three assists to become the first Husker in history to reach combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,032), 400 assists (397) and 200 three-point field goals made (211).

Nebraska continued to show strong defense in the wins in Las Vegas. In fact, during a 25-minute stretch covering the entire fourth quarter against USC, the entire first quarter against Sacred Heart, and the first five minutes of the second quarter against the Pioneers, the Huskers surrendered just one field goal.

Over eight games to open the season, Nebraska has held six opponents to 55 points or less. Last season, the Huskers held just two opponents to 55 or less the entire season (30 games).

Offensively, a trio of sophomores (Leigha BrownSam HaibyAshtyn Veerbeek) continue to lead the Huskers. 

Brown leads Nebraska in scoring (14.3 ppg) producing double figures in each of NU's first seven games this season. Haiby (10.4 ppg) owns the Huskers' biggest scoring effort of the season (28 at Missouri) and Veerbeek ranks third on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg) while leading the Big Red in rebounding (6.5 rpg).

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-1) vs. Duke Blue Devils (6-2)
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, 6 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Live TV:
 BTN (Larry Punteney, Brenda VanLengen)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (5:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha-CD105.9 FM; Huskers.com, Huskers App

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (49-50); 13th Season Overall (242-159)

Duke Blue Devils (6-2, 0-0 ACC)
5 - Leaonna Odom - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 14.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg
24 - Onome Akinbode-James - 6-3 - So. - F/C - 6.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg
25 - Jade Williams - 6-5 - Jr. - F/C - 7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
2 - Haley Gorecki - 6-0 - Gr. - G - 18.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
3 - Miela Goodchild - 5-10 - So. - G - 11.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Off the Bench
11 - Azana Baines - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 6.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
4 - Jada Claude - 6-0 - Fr. - G/F - 4.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
15 - Kyra Lambert - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
0 - Jaida Patrick - 5-10 - Fr. - G/F - 2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
13 - Uchenna Nwoke - 6-6 - So. - C - 0.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg    
30 - Emily Schubert - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, 1987)
13th Season at Duke (323-97); 28th Season Overall: (634-245)

Scouting Duke
• Duke comes to Lincoln riding a four-game winning streak to improve to 6-2 overall on the young season.
• All six of Duke's wins this season have been by double digits, including weekend wins over Davidson (82-52) and Penn (66-50) in Durham.
• Duke's losses have come at the hands of No. 6 Texas A&M (79-58) on the road (Nov. 10) and to Northwestern at Cameron Indoor Stadium (63-42, Nov. 17).
• The Blue Devils are led by Ann Meyers Drysdale Award candidate Haley Gorecki, who is averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. The 6-0 guard has also knocked down a team-best 17 threes on the season and is shooting nearly 90 percent from the free throw line. Gorecki, who owns three 20-plus scoring efforts this season including a season-high 30 in a win over Idaho State, needs 24 points to join Duke's 1,000-point club. The Parade High School All-American was the Illinois Player of the Year in 2015. 
• Leaonna Odom, a 6-2 senior forward, has added 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Odom, who owns 1,104 points and 601 rebounds in her career, is in her fourth year as a starter for the Blue Devils and is a Katrina McClain Award candidate this season. Odom is coming off a 23-point, 16-rebound performance in Friday's win over Penn.
• Sophomore Miela Goodchild gives Duke four starters averaging in double figures with 11.3 points per game. Goodchild, a 5-10 guard from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, also leads Duke with 2.1 steals per game, while adding 3.9 rebounds. She was a teammate of Nebraska freshman Isabelle Bourne on Australia's silver medal winning team at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand this summer. Last season, Goodchild started 22 games for the Blue Devils and averaged 10.9 points per game while knocking down 73 threes (.445). She also hit 87 percent of her free throws.
• Fellow sophomore Onome Akinbode-James also returns to the Duke starting five. The 6-3 forward/center is averaging 6.3 points and 5.1 rebounds, after averaging 4.0 points and 5.4 boards while making 22 starts a year ago. Akinbode-James is a native of Abeokuta, Nigeria. She had 12 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks off the bench in last Wednesday's win over Davidson, before moving back into the starting lineup for the win over Penn.
• Junior Jade Williams rounds out Duke's probable starting five by averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The 6-5 forward/center from Texas was a McDonald's All-American and ranked among the top 25 prospects in the nation by every recruiting service coming out of The Colony High School. A Lisa Leslie Award candidate, she scored a season-high 12 points, including two threes, against Davidson. She opened the year with 12 points and two threes in a win over High Point.
• A trio of freshmen have provided Duke with talented depth this season. Jada Claude, a 6-0 wing from Fayetteville, Ga., has split time in the starting lineup with Onome Akinbode-James. Claude has made three starts and is averaging 4.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.
• Azana Baines, a 6-1 freshman forward, was a top-100 recruit nationally and is averaging 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds off the bench early in her career.
• Jaida Patrick, a 5-10 wing, has managed 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds. She was a top-100 prospect out of Saddle River Day School.
• Graduate student Kyra Lambert is one of seven Blue Devils to play in all eight games this season. The 2015 WBCA and McDonald's High School All-American out of Cibolo, Texas, was a top-10 high school recruit but suffered a torn ACL in her left knee during the 2017 NCAA Tournament. That injury kept her out for the entire 2017-18 season. She then suffered another torn ACL during preseason in 2018-19, undergoing surgery in November of 2018 before missing another entire season. She is averaging 2.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 13 minutes per game this year. She started 56 games in her first two seasons at Duke.
• Another top-25 national recruit, Mikayla Boykin has not played this season and has missed a majority of her first two college seasons with major knee injuries. As a true freshman in 2017-18, Boykin started eight times in Duke's first 10 games before tearing the ACL in her left knee on Dec. 10, 2017. She returned to play eight games last season, after missing the first seven games, only to reinjure her knee against Miami (Jan. 17, 2019).
• As a team, Duke is averaging 72.8 points per game while allowing 62.1 points per contest. The Blue Devils have hit 43.3 percent of their field goals and 35 percent (42-120) of their threes, while knocking down 71.2 percent of their free throws. They have held opponents to 35.8 percent shooting, including 28.6 percent (64-224) from three. Duke owns a plus 5.4 edge on the glass but a minus-0.5 turnover margin.

Nebraska vs. Duke Series History
• Nebraska and Duke have split the two previous meetings in series history and both involved high level basketball teams.
• In the last meeting between the Big Red and the Blue Devils (also in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge), the No. 12 Huskers defeated No. 9 Duke 60-54 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 3, 2014. All-America point guard Rachel Theriot led Nebraska with a game-high 17 points, while Hailie Sample added 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field. Emily Cady added a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
• The 2015 Huskers advanced to the NCAA Tournament, while Duke went to the Sweet Sixteen.
• In the first meeting between the two schools, No. 5 Duke worked its way to a 53-45 win over the No. 24 Huskers in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Norfolk, Va., on March 31, 2013. All-American and first-round WNBA draft pick Lindsey Moore led the Huskers with 11 points and six assists in her final game. All-American Jordan Hooper added six points and 11 rebounds before leaving the game midway through the second half with an ankle injury. Duke All-American Elizabeth Williams produced 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks, while Alexis Jones had 14 points and nine rebounds. Tricia Liston led Duke with 17 points while contributing eight boards. In a defensive struggle, the two teams went a combined 7-for-40 from three-point range.
• The 2013 Duke team went on to lose to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (69).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (64).
• 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 42 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, 69 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• Leigha Brown had her streak of eight straight games scoring in double figures snapped when she managed six points in a win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 30). 
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 350 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 229 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
• (2) Sam Haiby is two assists away from 100 in her career.
• (3) Hannah Whitish is three assists away from 400 in her career.  
• (5) Kate Cain is five blocks from No. 3 on the Nebraska career list (207, Danielle Page, 2005-08). Page earned a bronze medal with the Serbian National Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
• (5) Hannah Whitish is five assists away from tying Stacy Imming (1984-87) at No. 7 (402) on the Nebraska career assist list.
• (7) Kristian Hudson needs seven assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
• (9) Kristian Hudson needs 11 rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
• (100) Hannah Whitish is expected to be playing in her 100th career game, Wednesday against Duke.

Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska Coach Amy Williams shoots for her 50th win at the helm of the Huskers.
• Senior guard Hannah Whitish is set to appear in her 100th game in a Husker uniform.
• Through eight games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 57.0 points per game, after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. Nebraska's 2018 NCAA Tournament team surrendered 63.6 points per game.
• Opponents are shooting just 31.9 percent from the field and 26.5 percent from three-point range early this season against the Huskers. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent of their shots, 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 eight 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 eight games this season. The Huskers have outscored the opponent bench in 36 of the last 38 games.
• The Husker bench has outscored the opponent bench by double digits 27 times in the last 38 games, including a 30-1 edge in a loss to 2019 NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Iowa (Feb. 25, 2019).



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The Husker basketball team returns to action after one of its longest breaks of the season, as Nebraska travels to Georgia Tech for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by Continental Tire Wednesday evening. 

Tipoff at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus is set for 6:15 p.m. (central) and the matchup between the Huskers and Yellow Jackets will be televised on ESPNU with Mike Monaco and Malcolm Huckaby on the call. The game will also be available on the ESPN app and on ESPN.com with authentication. 

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. 
  
GAME 8: vs. GEORGIA TECH
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Date: Wed., Dec. 4
Time:  6:15 p.m. (CT) 
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Arena: McCamish Pavilion 

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2019-20 Record: 4-3
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 4-3 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 119-59 (6th year)

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS
2019-20 Record: 3-2 
Head coach: Josh Pastner
    Record at Georgia Tech: 29-54 (4th year)
    Career Record: 195-127 (11th year)

BROADCAST INFO
Television: ESPNU
    Play-by-play: Mike Monaco          
    Analyst: Malcolm Huckaby
Online Broadcast: ESPN app
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.
Nebraska (4-3) put together a gutsy effort in its last outing, rallying from seven points down in the final 12:39 in posting a 74-67 win over South Florida in the third-place game in the Cayman Islands Classic on Nov. 27. Haanif Cheatham capped a strong tournament performance with a career-high 26 points, while Dachon Burke Jr. added 21 points, including a pair of 3-pointers after the Bulls cut Nebraska's eight-point lead to one.  The Huskers also turned in a strong defensive effort, holding USF to just 36 percent shooting in the second half.

Cheatham, who played in just 10 games last year at Florida Gulf Coast before shoulder surgery, has rebounded nicely after a slow start in his final collegiate season. He is averaging 16.0 points per game on 67 percent shooting over the Huskers' last five contests. He has four double-figure performances in that stretch, culminating with the performance against South Florida. 

The Huskers have performed well in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, going 5-3 all-time, including a 3-1 mark in road games since joining the Big Ten prior to the 2011-12 campaign. 

Georgia Tech is 3-2 on the season following a 68-65 win over Bethune-Cookman on Sunday. In that game, Michael Davoe had a game-high 27 points, while James Banks III (12 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks) and Moses Wright (12 points, 12 rebounds) both put up double-doubles for the winners. The Yellow Jackets have played their share of close games, as four of their five contests have been decided by four points or less.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Dachon Burke Jr. is among the Big Ten leaders with steals at 1.3 per game. He has averaged 1.8 steals per game during his collegiate career including his two seasons at Robert Morris. Burke's five steals against George Mason marked the fourth time in his career he has had five-or-more steals in a game.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
4 - Double-digit performances from Kevin Cross, which is the most by a Husker freshman since 2016-17 (5-Jeriah Horne and 4-Jordy Tshimanga). Cross is fourth among Big Ten freshmen in scoring at 9.4 ppg entering this week's action.

5 - Three-pointers this season for Thorir Thorbjarnarson, as he is 5-of-12 from long range. In his first two seasons, he went a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe.

6.0 - Assists per game for sophomore Cam Mack, which is on pace to be the highest average since Brian Carr averaged 6.7 assists per game in 1986-87. 

7 - Nebraska has had seven players reach double-figures in the first seven games of the season. Nebraska has five players averaging at least nine points per game, including four in double figures. 

 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.

80.5 - Nebraska's scoring average since the opening-night loss to UC Riverside. The Huskers have scored 70-or-more points in five of their last six contests.

SCOUTING GEORGIA TECH
Georgia Tech comes into Wednesday's game with a 3-2 mark after holding off Bethune-Cookman, 68-65 on Sunday. In that game, Michael Devoe's three-point play with seven seconds left broke a 65-all tie and capped a 27-point performance, only earning the win after Leon Redd's 3-point try at the buzzer bounced off the rim for Bethune-Cookman.

Josh Pastner is in his fourth season at the helm of the Georgia Tech program and guided the Yellow Jackets to an NIT finals appearance in his first season at the school, but the 22 wins that season were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The Yellow Jackets went 14-18 in 2018-19 and finished 10th in the ACC with a 6-12 mark. Prior to taking over at Georgia Tech, Pastner led Memphis to five postseason appearances in seven years at the school, including a pair of appearances in the round of 32.

Georgia Tech returns its top three scorers from last season and its starting lineup from its final two games of the 2018-19 season. In all, 11 letterwinners returned and the program added a pair of transfers to the lineup. The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish 12th in the preseason ACC poll. In the first month of the season, Georgia Tech been in its share of close games, as the two losses are by a combined five points, while GT also has a one-point overtime win over North Carolina State.

For Georgia Tech, it starts with a pair of guards and one of the ACC's top defensive players. Devoe has been one of the ACC's most prolific scorers in the first month of the year, averaging a conference-best 23.4 points per game, including a national-best 62 percent from 3-point range. He has four 20-point games already, including a season-high 34-point performance against Georgia. Junior point guard Jose Alvarado led Georgia Tech in scoring (12.5 ppg), assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.8 spg) last season, but was averaging just 6.0 ppg in the first two games while playing through an ankle injury. His status for Wednesday's game is unknown.  Senior forward James Banks III is a force in the middle, averaging 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game to lead the nation in that category. Banks already has three double-doubles in Georgia Tech's first five games.

Series History: The teams have met only once previously, a 66-49 Georgia Tech win in the first round of the Cotton States Classic in Atlanta. Dave Hoppen led NU with 19 points, but was the only Husker to finish in double figures.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Haanif Cheatham scored a career-high 26 points while Dachon Burke Jr. hit two crucial 3-pointers in the final 3:34, as Nebraska took third place in the Cayman Islands Classic with a 74-67 win over South Florida on Nov. 27.

Cheatham hit 8-of-11 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line as he eclipsed his previous career best of 24 set as a freshman at Marquette. Cheatham, who averaged 19.3 ppg on 70 percent shooting in three games, earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

While Cheatham enjoyed a career night, Burke stepped up after South Florida ran off seven straight points to trim an eight-point Husker lead to 63-62. The junior guard hit a long 3-pointer from the wing to snap the run and stretch the lead to four.  South Florida was within 66-63 before Burke's second 3-pointer with 1:59 left made it a six-point cushion, capping a season-high 21-point performance for the junior guard.

USF made one last charge and was within 71-67 before the Huskers sealed the win by going 3-of-4 from the line with Cheatham icing the game with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left. In all, the Huskers were 14-of-19 from the foul line in moving to 4-3 on the season.

Nebraska shot 55 percent from the floor, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range, while holding South Florida (3-4) to 39 percent, including 36 percent in the second half.
 
NEBRASKA BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE PRIMER
The 2019-20 season marks the 21st edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by Continental Tire. The Big Ten is 5-12-3 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but 5-2-3 over the last decade. In case of a tie, the Cup remains with the conference that won the event most recently (in this case the ACC in 2017). The two conferences went 7-7 last season. 

• Nebraska is 5-3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge since joining the Big Ten in the 2011-12 season and joins Purdue (10-8) as the only two Big Ten programs with winning records.

• Nebraska has won five of its last seven challenge games, including road wins at Wake Forest (2012), at Florida State (2015) and Clemson (2018) along with the home wins over Miami (2013) and Boston College (2017).

• Of Nebraska's three losses, two have been by two points (55-53 to Wake Forest in 2011; 60-58 at Clemson in 2016) while the other one was a 77-72 overtime loss to Miami in 2015.

• Nebraska's current two-game win streak is the longest of any Big Ten program.

• NU's three road wins ranks second among Big Ten programs, despite not joining the conference until 2011.
 
Big Ten/ACC Challenge History
YearOpponentResult
2017at ClemsonW, 68-66
2017Boston CollegeW, 71-62
2016at ClemsonL, 58-60
2015No. 21 MiamiL, 72-77 (ot)
2014at Florida StateW, 70-65
2013MiamiW, 60-49
2012at Wake ForestW, 79-63
2011Wake ForestL, 53-55
 
DID YOU KNOW
• Wednesday's game begins a stretch of three straight road games, as the Huskers travel to Omaha for the annual in-state matchup with Creighton on Saturday before opening Big Ten play at Indiana on Friday, Nov. 13. Including last week's Cayman Islands Classic, Nebraska will go 24 days between home games. The six-game stretch is the longest since the 1997-98 season.
• Through the first seven games, 76.9 percent of the Huskers' offense has come from players who were added in the offseason, including six of Nebraska's top seven scorers.
• Only one player on Nebraska's roster has played in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and that is sit-out transfer Shamiel Stevenson. He played 13 minutes against Penn State in 2017 when he was at Pittsburgh, recording two points and dishing out three assists against the Nittany Lions.
 
• 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 in the last two weeks. Over the last four games, NU is shooting nearly 45 percent from 3-point range and averaging 9.3 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season.
 
Huskers' 3-Point Improvement
CategoryFirst 3 GamesLast 4 Games
3 Pt. Pct..231.446
3-Pointers/Gm6.09.3
Att./Gm26.020.8
 
• As a team, the Huskers have shot 49 percent or better from the floor in four of their last five contests after shooting 34 percent in the first two games of the year.

• Wednesday's win over South Florida marked the first time since the season opener where the Huskers didn't have four players in double figures, but also was the first time that NU had multiple 20-point scorers in a game under Fred Hoiberg. The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State, the first time Huskers accomplished the feat since a win over Creighton last December.

• The Huskers have averaged more than 80 points per game since the opening night loss to UC Riverside, including 90+ points in consecutive games against South Dakota State (90) and Southern (93). That marked the first time that the Huskers have scored 90 or more points in consecutive games since the 1999-2000 season.

• Senior guard Haanif Cheatham earned a spot on the Cayman Islands Classic All-Tournament team, as he averaged 19.0 ppg on 70 percent shooting, inclding 5-of-8 from 3-point range, in helping the Huskers to a 2-1 mark. Cheatham had 19 points and seven boards in the win over Washington State and a career-high 26 point night against South Florida. He needs just 73 to reach 1,000 points for his career.

• Nebraska enters Wednesday's game second in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.0 per game as Nebraska's 11.9 turnovers per game ranks second to Michigan State. During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school.

• 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.
 
Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19
No.SchoolReturning PPGPct. of Scoring
1Nebraska2.0 PPG1.9%
2.Tulane10.8 PPG12.2%
3.South Dakota St.15.8 PPG16.9%
4.Virginia Tech13.3 PPG18.1%
5.Washington13.9 PPG19.8%
Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office
 
• Nebraska has already played two overtime games in the first month of the season. The school record for OT games is four, set most recently during the 2007-08 campaign.

• Cam 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. Mack is third in the Big Ten with 6.0 assists per game and has three games with at least seven assists.
 
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)
No.Pts.Asst.Opponent
Cam Mack1311vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
Glynn Watson Jr.1010vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
Lance Jeter1010vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
Lance Jeter1212at Kansas State, 2/7/10
Sek Henry1111at TCU, 11/21/09
Tom Wald1111vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94
 
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 57th nationally in adjusted tempo, averaging 72.6 possessions per 40 minutes. NU is third 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.

• While playing at a fast pace, the Huskers are also second in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game at 11.9.
 
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 Georgia Tech averaging 12.6 points per game while leading the Huskers in assists (6.0),  steals (1.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2-to-1). He is also second in rebounding at 4.9 caroms per game.

• Mack is the only Big Ten player who ranks in the top five in both assists (third) and steals (fifth)

• He has reached double figures five times, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15. 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 on Nov. 9. His 11 assists against the Thunderbirds were the most by a Husker since the 2009-10 campaign. Green had 16 points and eight assists in the win over Southern.

• 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 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He ranks on the top three on the squad in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and 3-pointers.

• 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, 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's biggest impact has been on the defensive end, where he has the ability to guard multiple spots.

Cheatham got off to a slow start in the first two games, but enjoyed a breakout performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15, finishing with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. Since that performance, Cheatham has been averaging 16.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while also shooting nearly 50 percent from 3-point range. 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.

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 a team-high 13.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Burke has reached double figures five times, including a 17-point, seven-rebound effort against South Dakota State on Nov. 15 and a 21-point performance against South Florida on Nov. 27. 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.

• 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.

• Ouedraogo has started all seven games for the Huskers, averaging 5.7 points and a team-high 5.0 rebounds per game in just under 20 minutes per game.

 • 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, 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.
 
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 seven games and ranks fifth on the team in scoring at 9.4 points per game while chipping in 3.6 rebounds per game.

• Cross has found his shooting touch in recent games, shooting 55 percent (26-of-47) in his last six contests. He had shot 50 percent or better from the field in five straight games before being held scoreless against South Florida.

• 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.

• 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.
 
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' .440 career percentage ranks seventh 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' 183 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).

• He is shooting just 30 percent so far this season from 3-point range, but has enjoyed three double-figure efforts, most recently against George Mason on Nov. 26.
 
Top Active 3-Point Shooters in Division I (as of Dec. 1)
No.Player, SchoolsYr.GP3pt.AttPct.
1.Luke Avdalovic, Northern Ariz.So.3489178.500
2.Ladan Ricketts, Montana St.Sr.3887185.470
3.Tyrell Gumbs-Frater, Coastal CarolinaSr.56119254.469
4.Justin Jaworski, LafayetteJr.65162352.460
5.Storm Murphy, WoffordJr.75111250.444
6.Jordan Dartis, OhioSr.100258586.440
7.Matej Kavas, NebraskaSr.91183416.440
 
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)
Category2019-202018-192017-182016-172015-16
Pct. of scoring1.973.450.045.840.0
Pct. of rebounding4.261.444.951.933.3
Pct. of assists6.271.5 48.952.651.1
Pct. of blocked shots3.367.247.464.315.6
Pct. of steals5.468.061.151.652.6
Pct. of minutes4.274.555.452.442.4
 
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.
 
Coach, SchoolNBA Head Coach, Years
Fred Hoiberg, NebraskaChicago, 2015-18
Larry Krystkowiak, UtahMilwaukee, 2007-08
Terry Porter, PortlandMilwaukee, 2003-05; Phoenix 2008-09
Lon Kruger, OklahomaAtlanta, 2000-03
Eric Musselman, ArkansasGolden State, 2002-04; Sacramento, 2006-07
Mike Dunlap, Loyola MarymountCharlotte, 2012-13
Darrell Walker, Ark. Little RockToronto, 1996-98; Washington, 1999-2000
John Calipari, KentuckyNew Jersey, 1996-99
Leonard Hamilton, MiamiWashington, 2000-01
Lindsey Hunter, Miss. Valley StatePhoenix, 2013
 
HUSKER FAMILY TIES RUN DEEP FOR HOIBERG
While Fred Hoiberg grew up in Ames and played his high school (Ames High School) and college basketball (Iowa State) there, he was born in Lincoln and has numerous ties to the city and to the University of Nebraska.

• Fred's father (Eric) and mother (Karen) both earned their undergraduate degrees from Nebraska in 1966. In fact, Eric earned his undergraduate degree, Master's degree, and Ph.D. in sociology from the university. His 1973 dissertation was "Socio-economic status, residential location, and intrametropolitan mobility: a longitudinal analysis".

• His maternal grandfather was former Husker basketball coach Jerry Bush. Known as the "Big Bear of the Coliseum," Bush guided NU from 1955 to 1963, and directed two of the greatest upsets ever – a 43-
41 victory over top-ranked Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain, and a 55-48 victory over No. 4 Kansas State and Olympian Bob Boozer during the 1957-58 campaign.

• His paternal grandfather (Otto) received his Master's Degree and Ph.D from Nebraska. He joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska in 1948, where he taught sociology and served as director of the community development program in the University of Nebraska Extension Division.
 
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: PART 2
Assistant Coach Doc Sadler brings a unique perspective to the Husker basketball staff, as he returns to Lincoln after serving as the head coach at Southern Miss for the last five seasons. Sadler helped Southern Miss improve its win total in each of the last four seasons, including a 20-13 mark and Conference USA semifinal appearance in 2018-19. Sadler returns to a program that he served as head coach
for six seasons, guiding the Huskers to 101 wins and three postseason appearances in his six-year tenure.

It is rare for a coach to return to a program as an assistant coach, as the only other known example is Marty Wilson, who was the interim head coach at Pepperdine in 1996 before returning to the school as an assistant coach in 2008.
 
PINNACLE BANK ARENA SOLD OUT FOR 2019-20 SEASON
Since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013, the Huskers have ranked in the top 15 in attendance nationally in each of the past six seasons. The streak will likely continue into 2019-20, as all available season tickets were sold out in August.

• Last season, Nebraska averaged 15,341 fans per home game to rank 10th nationally in attendance, matching the highest rank in school history.

• Nebraska is one of nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in each of the last six seasons, joining Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas and Creighton.

• The Big Ten Conference has led NCAA Basketball in attendance for 43 straight years, dating back to the 1976-77 season. Last season, Big Ten schools drew more than a combined three million fans for the fifth straight year.
 
Filling Up Pinnacle Bank Arena
SeasonAverageNCAA Rank
2013-14 (1st year of PBA)15,41913th
2014-1515,56910th
2015-1615,43011th
2016-1715,42711th
2017-1815,49411th
2018-1915,34110th
2019-2015,8639th
 
TWO HUSKERS REPRESENT THEIR COUNTRIES
Thorir Thorbjarnarson and Yvan Ouedraogo spent part of the summer representing their home nations. Thorbjarnarson played in three games for Iceland's Senior National Team during the Games of the Small States of Europe, averaging 10 points per game. Ouedraogo played for France's U-18 team at the FIBA European Championships, as the team went 6-1 and earned a fifth-place finish. He averaged 4.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game as the second-youngest member of the team.

In addition, former Huskers Tai Webster (New Zealand) and Jorge Brian Diaz (Puerto Rico) represented their nations in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Diaz started all five games in helping Puerto Rico reach the second round, while Webster averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 assists as New Zealand's starting point guard.
 
STEVENSON DENIED NCAA WAIVER
Nebraska Athletics announced Nov. 26 that men's basketball player Shamiel Stevenson was denied a waiver and will not be eligible to compete until the start of the 2020-21 season. 
Stevenson, a junior guard/forward from Toronto, Canada, will have two full years of eligibility remaining. He joins fellow transfers Dalano Banton and Derrick Walker as being eligible for the start of the 2020-21 season. 

Stevenson transferred to Nebraska in May of 2019 from Nevada after Head Coach Eric Musselman took the Arkansas head coaching position. Stevenson began his career at Pittsburgh, where he played as a freshman, as well as four games as a sophomore before transferring at the end of the 2018 fall semester. Stevenson averaged 8.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 36 games at Pittsburgh, and did not play at Nevada.



McCook Community College sophomore Madison Kleewein (North Platte) has signed a national letter of intent to continue playing volleyball next year at Division II University of Arkansas-Monticello.

“Arkansas-Monticello really likes the kids out of McCook and they were real interested in Maddie and she still has three years of eligibility left, and she’s graduating early,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “She still has a lot of volleyball left ahead of her and they are excited to get her on the court in January.”

Kleewein becomes the third former Lady Indian to play in Monticello. Jessica Mahan, a defensive specialist (Colorado Springs) was a senior this season and was joined last season by outside hitter Megan Orth (Peyton, Colo.).

Playing middle blocker and right-side hitter this season, Kleewein played in 29 matches and compiled 75 kills in 251 total attacks, averaging 1.09 kills per set. She also had 20 total blocks and 29 digs. She expects she will be a right-side hitter at UAM.

Her favorite moments from this past season -- where the Lady Indians went 25-12 and won the school’s second straight Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship – included a season high 11-kill (.409 hitting), match against Central Community College and also the Halloween-night win in Scottsbluff over No. 17 Western Nebraska, which snapped a 58-match losing stream to the Cougars dating back to 1994.

UAM competes within the Great American Conference (GAC) for ten sports. This past season the Cotton Blossoms went 11-18.

“Their coach reminds me of Coach Kobza plus they have a great nursing program,” said Kleewein. “Their campus and people were so welcoming, it reminded me a lot of McCook.”

She said her favorite memories from MCC include dancing on the bus trips and just hanging out with teammates in Brooks Hall.

“I’m real excited that Maddie found this opportunity right away – especially since she will be finished up here in two weeks,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

“Maddie’s been a great leader and a phenomenal sophomore to have,” Kobza said. The coach expects her other three sophomores to find four-year schools as well. Those players include Kiera Barr, Mallory Brown and Bailey Honn.

“That’s the ultimate goal for me and my program is to get my sophomores on to the next level,” Kobza said




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The Hastings College Men's Soccer team is in California for the Round of 16 in the NAIA National Tourney. The Broncos (17-2-3) play #3 Westmont, CA (13-2-1), the host team Tuesday night at 6:30 PT. 

Here's an interview with the head coach




Tim Bohnenkamp Interview

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