Lincoln – A minimum of 28 Husker basketball games will be televised nationally during the 2018-19 season, as the Big Ten announced television information and start times Thursday afternoon.
All 20 of NU’s Big Ten Conference games will be televised nationally, as the Huskers will make three appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU), four appearances on FS1 and 13 appearances on Big Ten Network.
Nebraska’s games against Penn State (Jan. 12), at Michigan (Feb. 28) and at Michigan State (March 5) will be carried on the ESPN family of networks. NU will make at four non-conference appearances on ESPN networks, including the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Clemson on Nov. 26, the two games in Kansas City as part of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker and a non-conference game against Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 11)
The Huskers will make at least four national appearances on FS1 in 2018-19, as NU’s Big Ten games at Indiana (Jan. 14), Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and at Penn State (Feb. 19) will be carried on the network.
In all, the Huskers will make at least 16 appearances on BTN in 2018-19, including 13 conference games and non-conference matchups against Creighton (Dec. 8), Oklahoma State (Dec. 16) and Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 22.)
In addition, BTN will also air the first three days of the Big Ten Tournament from the United Center in Chicago with CBS broadcasting the semifinals and finals.
Four games will be streamed on BTN Plus, beginning with the exhibition game against Wayne State on Thursday, Nov. 1. Other games on BTN Plus include matchups against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 6), Western Illinois (Nov. 24) and Southwest Minnesota State (Dec. 29).
The Start times and TV information for NU’s Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup against Seton Hall will be announced at a later date.
The Huskers return their top four scorers, including All-Big Ten selections James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr., from team that finished 22-11 and tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. A very limited number of season tickets remain and can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling the Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing Office at 800-8-BIGRED.
Lincoln – Five weekend Big Ten home games, including the conference opener against Illinois, highlight Nebraska’s 2018-19 men’s basketball conference schedule released Tuesday afternoon. The five home games include a trio of Saturday matchups at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as the Huskers will host conference games against Ohio State (Jan. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 16) and Purdue (Feb. 23). Nebraska’s two Sunday games bookend the Big Ten slate with a tilt against Illinois on Sunday, December 2, and a Senior Day matchup against Iowa on Sunday, March 10. The 20-game slate begins with a pair of conference matchups the first week of December, the game against Illinois and a trip to Minnesota on Wednesday Dec. 5.
Following non-conference action, the Huskers open 2019 on the road, traveling to Maryland (Jan. 2) and Iowa (Jan. 6) before returning home to host Penn State on Jan. 10. The rest of the January slate features home matchups against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and Wisconsin (Jan. 29) along with road trips to both Indiana (Jan. 14) and Rutgers (Jan. 21). The second half of the Big Ten schedule opens with a rematch at Illinois on Feb. 2 before returning home for three of their next four contests, including games with Maryland (Feb. 6), Minnesota (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 16). The only road game in that run is a matchup at Purdue on Feb. 9, the first of two matchups with the Boilermakers in a 15-day span. The homestretch features four straight games against postseason qualifiers, including road trips to NIT champion Penn State (Feb. 19), NCAA runner-up Michigan (Feb. 28) and a rematch with Michigan State (March 5) along with hosting Purdue on Feb. 23. NU’s game with Iowa on March 10 is on the final day of the regular season before the Big Ten Tournament returns to the United Center in Chicago from March 13-17. Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers’ Big Ten games, as well as the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised by one of the conference television partners, as the Big Ten has contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ESPN and ESPN2), CBS as well as BTN. Season tickets for the 2018-19 season, if any remain after the seat yourself process currently underway, will go on sale next Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The 18-game home slate includes 10 Big Ten games, as well as non-conference matchups with Seton Hall and Creighton.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City Community College, the fifth-ranked woman’s team in NJCCA Division 2, rolled to a 98-72 win over McCook Saturday.
The Lady Indians stayed with the Blue Devils early on and trailed by a point after the first period 21-20, but the Kansas City defense clamped down during the second quarter, to fuel a 28-10 advantage on the way to a 49-30 halftime lead.
“They really guarded us very well today and because of that defense we were out of sorts,” McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We turned the ball over more than normal and it forced us into some tough plays.”
MCC turned the ball over 24 times.
The Lady Indians came back in the third period to compete on nearly-even terms, 27-26, but were not able to overcome the second-quarter defensive stand by the Blue Devils.
“They limited our threes and made us shoot tough twos,” Fernetti said.
The Lady Indians shot 43.1 percent from the field, but just four of 18 (22 percent) from the 3-point line and 64.3 percent from the line on 28 free throws. MCC had 42 rebounds and 15 assists.
Kansas City CC shot 46.3 percent from the field, 25.7 percent on 35 3-pointers, and 59.1 percent from the line. The Blue Devils had 44 rebounds and 17 assists.
Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC in scoring with 15 points. Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) had 12 points.
Freshmen Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) both scored 10 points. Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) led MCC with seven rebounds to go along with seven points and four assists.
“This will be a good learning experience moving forward as we prepare for a tough Region IX schedule next week,” Fernetti said. “We just have to keep our heads held high and still believe in what we are doing.
The Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the season.
MCC closes out the “pre-conference” portion of the schedule at 11-5 with only Region IX or Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference games remaining on the schedule.
Region IX South Division play begins Friday as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights, then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25. MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.
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Nebraska defenders Dicaprio Bootle and Mohamed Barry led a group of Husker defensive and special teams standout honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.
A sophomore cornerback, Bootle was a third-team all-conference selection by both the Coaches and the Big Ten Media. Bootle registered 15 pass breakups on the season, tying for the second-most PBU in Nebraska history and the most since 2004. He ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 17th nationally in passes defended per game.
Barry had a standout junior season at linebacker and earned third-team recognition by the Big Ten Media and honorable-mention accolades from the coaches. Barry led Nebraska with 112 tackles, the most by a Husker since Lavonte David had 133 tackles in 2011. Barry had seven double-figure tackles games, becoming the fifth Husker to have seven games with 10 or more tackles in a season.
Three other Husker defensive players received honorable-mention all-conference recognition. Senior linebacker Luke Gifford was honored by both the media and coaches panel. Gifford had 62 tackles and led Nebraska with 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Gifford was also recognized on Tuesday as Nebraska’s winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Junior defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis were chosen as honorable-mention players by the coaches and media, respectively. The twins from Blue Springs, Mo., anchored the Blackshirt defensive front. Carlos Davis had 27 tackles, three TFL and a sack, while his five breakups were the most by a Nebraska defensive lineman in nine seasons. Khalil Davis finished with 41 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and three sacks.
Junior punter Isaac Armstrong was an honorable-mention choice by both the media and coaches. Armstrong took over the punting duties at mid-season and averaged 43.6 yards per punt to rank second in the Big Ten. The average ranks as the ninth-best season average in Nebraska history.
The Big Ten will announce all-conference offensive teams on Wednesday.
Nebraska All-Big Ten Defense and Special Teams Honorees
Big Ten Coaches
3rd Team: Dicaprio Bootle, CB
Honorable Mention: Carlos Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Mohamed Barry, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P
Big Ten Media
3rd Team: Dicaprio Bootle, CB; Mohamed Barry, LB
Honorable Mention: Khalil Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner: Luke Gifford, Sr., LB
The McCook Softball Team will participate at the Holdrege Tournament starting August 25th. McCook will take on Minden in the first game at 10:30am. This is a double elimination format. View the bracket on the link below.
The McCook Bison Softball Team will host a Softball Tournament on Saturday September 1st at the Jaycee Sports Complex. View the bracket.
Garden City Community College downed the McCook Community College baseball team 19-7 in action Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex.
The Broncbusters opened the game up with six runs in the second inning to take an 8-1 lead. MCC came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 8-4. Garden City added a pair of runs in the fourth and put the game away with four in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Kaden Sitzman (McCook) started on the mound for MCC and gave up six earned runs in two innings and struck out four. Braydon Peif (Greeley, Colo.) followed with two innings of work and two earned runs surrendered. Shaun Hickey (Summersville, New Brunswick) worked 1.2 innings and allowed four earned runs. Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.) allowed five earned runs in one inning and Casey Quagilano (Colby, Kan.) pitched the final one-third of an inning.
Trailing 8-1 in the second, the Indians got a leadoff home run by Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.) and a two-run single by Jacob Reid (Mississauga, Ontario) to make it an 8-4 game.
Garden City added two runs in the fourth inning to make it 10-4.
Chris Bellemare (Grande-Carriere, Quebec) led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run to make it a 10-5 game.
Garden City’s Russell Cruz smashed a two-out grand slam home run in the sixth to stretch the Broncbuster lead to 14-5 and added five in the seventh.
MCC came back with a pair of two-out runs in the seventh on a Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.) single.
The Indians had 11 hits on the afternoon. Kretzel had a home run and a single, Hawley a double and single with two RBIs. Reid had two singles and two RBIs, Michael Sookdeo (Brampton, Ontario) doubled and singled.
With the win Garden City improves to 19-18.
MCC falls to 10-21 and will travel to Hastings College Thursday for a pair of games against the Hastings College JVs.
MCC’s next home game will be April 11 at 1 p.m. against Western Nebraska then the Indians close out the home schedule against Northeastern Junior College April 14 and 15 and April 17against Southeast Community College.
Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.
Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.
The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.
The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.
On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.
Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.