Adams Central 64, Valentine 0
Aquinas Catholic 27, Shelby-Rising City 0
Arthur County 59, Heartland Lutheran 38
Ashland-Greenwood 53, Cozad 14
Aurora 32, Ogallala 13
BRLD 39, Wilber-Clatonia 21
Battle Creek 34, Archbishop Bergan 14
Bellevue West 42, Lincoln East 0
Bennington 47, Seward 35
Cody-Kilgore 100, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 0
Columbus Scotus 48, Bishop Neumann 28
Creek Valley 58, Wilcox-Hildreth 28
Doniphan-Trumbull 22, Centennial 14
Elkhorn South 23, Kearney 7
Eustis-Farnam 34, Red Cloud 33
Grand Island 35, Lincoln Southwest 14
Harvard 64, Spalding Academy 28
Hastings 42, McCook 7
Lincoln Southeast 35, Omaha North 10
McCool Junction 55, Crawford 40
McPherson County/Stapleton 43, Maywood-Hayes Center 20
Millard South 42, Papillion-LaVista South 21
Millard West 34, Lincoln Pius X 0
Norris 38, Mount Michael Benedictine 10
North Bend Central 34, North Platte St. Patrick's 19
Northwest 34, Lexington 3
Oakland-Craig 28, Hartington Cedar Catholic 26
Omaha Burke 31, Millard North 5
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 56, Plattsmouth 28
Omaha Skutt Catholic 28, Blair 3
Omaha Westside 49, Creighton Preparatory School 13
Ord 26, Gothenburg 20
Pierce 55, Chase County 28
Scottsbluff 48, Alliance 6
Sioux County 48, Sterling 8
St. Paul 36, Centura 0
Sutton 46, Yutan 7
Wahoo 56, Boys Town 0
Waverly 49, Gross Catholic 20
Wayne 28, Kearney Catholic 21
KRGI SN Recaps 11-01-19
The Nebraska women's basketball team plays its only exhibition game of the 2019-20 season when the Huskers take on NCAA Division II Rogers State Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off in Lincoln is set for 4 p.m.
• Single-game, season, "Starting Five Pack" and the new "You Betcha Bundle" tickets are available now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com.
• Live radio coverage (beginning at 3:45 p.m.) can be heard in Omaha on 105.9 FM, and across the state on select Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and on TuneIn.
• Nebraska returns five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 14-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference.
• The Huskers return their top seven scorers from a year ago, including senior starters Hannah Whitish (10.1 ppg) and Nicea Eliely (7.9 ppg). Whitish is a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and Eliely is one of the Big Ten's best defenders.
• Senior Kristian Hudson returns after missing Nebraska's final 23 games last year with an injury. Senior forward Grace Mitchell will add size and experience inside for the Huskers.
• Junior returning starters Taylor Kissinger (8.9 ppg) and Kate Cain (7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg) give Nebraska more size and experience. Kissinger led the Big Ten and ranked fourth nationally in three-point percentage (.456) last season. Cain has earned her second appearance on the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List, and is on track to become Nebraska's all-time leader in blocked shots this season.
• Nebraska's four-player sophomore class of Sam Haiby (10.0 ppg), Leigha Brown (9.6 ppg), Ashtyn Veerbeek (6.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (3.2 ppg) combined for the most points (893) by a Husker freshman class since 1981-82.
• Nebraska's three-player freshman class of Isabelle Bourne, Trinity Brady and Makenzie Helms take the court for the first time at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday. Bourne was a key player in the Australian U19 National Team's run to a silver medal at the FIBA U19 World Championships this summer. Helms was the Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2018-19. Brady finished her prep career at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Tennessee - one of the top women's basketball academy teams in the nation. As a junior, she was one of the top high school players in the state of Indiana at Lawrence North. She was an IBCA Subway Supreme 15 Underclass All-State selection.
Nebraska vs. Rogers State at a Glance
Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m. (CT)
Lincoln, Neb. (Pinnacle Bank Arena, capacity 15,000)
Live Video: Not Available
Live Audio: Leafield-IMG Husker Sports Network (3:45 p.m.)
Huskers.com, Huskers App, 105.9 FM (Omaha), 98.5 FM (North Platte), 101.7 FM (Scottsbluff)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek, 6-2, So., F - 6.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg
31 - Kate Cain, 6-5, Jr., C - 7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish, 5-9, Sr., G - 10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely, 6-1, Sr., G - 7.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown, 6-1, So., F - 9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby, 5-9, So., G - 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger, 6-1, So., G - 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon, 6-3, So., F - 3.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson, 5-5, RSr., G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell, 6-2, Jr., F - 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms, 5-8, Fr., G
2 - Trinity Brady, 5-11, Fr., G
34 - Isabelle Bourne, 6-2, Fr., F
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (42-49); 13th Season Overall (235-158)
Rogers State Hillcats (0-0, 0-0 MIAA)
25 - Bailey Kliewer, 5-10, Fr., F
2 - Samariah Thompson, 5-7, So., G
3 - Katrina Christian, 5-7, Jr., G
10 - Alicia Brown, 5-8, So., G - 6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 - Vanessa Gajdosova, 5-8, So., G
Off the Bench
5 - Azaria Floyd, 5-5, Sr., G - 7.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
11 - Darian Jackson, 5-9, Sr., F - 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg
13 - Lilly Garner, 5-9, Jr., G - 4.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg
4 - Julie Luna, 5-7, So., G
12 - Alyche Brown, 5-7, Fr., G
15 - Rylie Elkin, 6-1, Fr.. F
Head Coach: Kyle Bent (Illinois, 2008)
Second Season at Rogers State (14-14); Sixth Season Overall: (109-52)
Nebraska Connections with Rogers State
• Nebraska's Amy Williams started her collegiate head coaching career at Rogers State in 2007-08, when she led the transition of the Claremore, Okla., school from junior college to NAIA. She guided Rogers State to the 2012 NAIA Elite Eight in her final year at the school.
• Nebraska Assistant Coach Tandem Mays spent four seasons from 2008-09 through 2011-12 as an assistant on Williams' staff at Rogers State. Mays helped the Hillcats to an 84-47 record and a pair of NAIA Tournament trips during those four seasons, before joining Williams' staff in South Dakota. Mays was a four-year letterwinner (2004-07) at Tulsa prior to becoming an assistant at Rogers State.
• Nebraska Assistant Coach Chuck Love was a men's basketball assistant coach at Rogers State in 2011-12. He also helped the Hillcat men to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2012. It was his only season at Rogers State before joining Williams on the women's basketball staff at South Dakota in 2012-13.
• Former Husker Jasmine Cincore is in her first season as an assistant coach at Rogers State. A 5-10 guard at Nebraska, Cincore earned four letters for the Big Red from 2014-15 through 2017-18. Her final season, she helped lead the Huskers to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Cincore spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at the junior college level at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla.
• Cincore played in 112 games during her Husker career with 66 starts. She totaled 555 points, 287 rebounds and 184 assists. As a senior, Cincore averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game as Nebraska's 2018 Defensive Player of the Year. She was Nebraska's Lifter of the Year as a junior in 2017. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Scouting Rogers State
• Rogers State comes to Lincoln to tip its first season in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in NCAA Division II. The Hillcats went 14-14 overall and 7-7 in the Heartland Athletic Conference last season.
• Coach Kyle Bent is in his second season at Rogers State. He spent four seasons at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., where he posted a 95-38 record and coached five NAIA All-Americans. His final season at Martin Methodist in 2017-18, he led the RedHawks to 27 wins and was the 2018 Southern State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He also spent four years as the head coach at Danville Area Community College before leaving for Martin Methodist. He was the NJCAA Region 24 Coach of the Year in 2012.
• Bent graduated from Illinois in 2008 and coached the University of Illinois Women's Club basketball team in 2009-10. He has never been a collegiate assistant coach.
• The Hillcats return just two starters and four letterwinners from a year ago. Azaria Floyd is RSU's top returning scorer (7.4 ppg, 22 starts). Alicia Brown (6.8 ppg, 20 starts) and Darian Jackson (6.3 ppg, 11 starts) give Rogers State three experienced returning seniors. Junior Lilly Garner (4.1 ppg) is the only other returning letterwinner for the Hillcats.
• Some newcomers to watch for Rogers State are junior Katrina Christian, sophomore Samariah Thompson and sophomore Vanessa Gajdosova. Christian started her career at NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois. Thompson is a transfer from Martin Methodist, and Gajdosova is a junior college transfer from Slovakia.
• The Hillcats feature three freshmen in Rylie Elkin, Bailey Kliewer and Alyche Brown, who is the younger sister of senior guard Alicia Brown.
• Last season, Rogers State outscored its opponents by an average of 66.4-65.2, outshot the opposition from the field 41.5%-41.2% and from three-point range 33.7%-33.1% and outrebounded opponents 35.7-34.2.
• Rogers State lost its top three scorers from a year ago, Lauren Schuldt (13.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg), Lindsey Byfield (9.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Desiree Nelson (8.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg).
Huskers to Tip Regular Season with Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally
• The Husker women's basketball team officially tips off the 2019-20 regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 6, with the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally at Pinnacle Bank Arena prior to NU's season opener with Alabama A&M.
• The Sportsmanship Pep Rally, which is being offered in partnership with the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, will take place prior to Nebraska's game with Alabama A&M, which is set for a Noon tip-off. The rally is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., with Husker student-athletes and coaches delivering inspirational and motivational messages to elementary and middle grades students.
• Nebraska women's basketball coach Amy Williams will address the students, along with Alabama A&M Coach Margaret Richards - a former Husker. Students can also expect to be entertained by Steve Max "Master of Simon Sez" who will also entertain the crowd at halftime.
• Each of the nearly 1,800 children scheduled to attend the pep rally will receive a free slice of Valentino's pizza and a beverage provided by Pinnacle Bank Arena.
• Children and sponsors from 27 school districts around the state are scheduled to attend, including Auburn, Aurora, Centennial, Central Valley, Columbus Scotus, DC West, Elba, Elmwood-Murdock, Fillmore Central, Fort Calhoun, Freeman, Heartland Community, Johnson County Central, Logan View, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Malcolm, Nebraska Christian, North Bend Central, Palmyra, Pine Creek, Raymond Central, Southern, Sterling, Umonhon Nation, Wahoo, Weeping Water and Wilcox Hildreth.
Tim Elge Post Game Interview
NEBRASKA at PURDUE
NOV. 2, 2019 | ROSS-ADE STADIUM
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. | 11 A.M. (CT)
TV - FOX (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - XM 195/Sirius 111
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
2019 Record: 4-4, 2-3 Big Ten
Last Game: Indiana (L, 38-31)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 27-19 (4th Year)/8-12 (2nd Year)
vs. Purdue: 0-1
2019 Record: 2-6, 1-4 Big Ten
Last Game: Rutgers (L, 24-6)
Coach: Jeff Brohm
Career/PU Record: 15-19 (3rd Year)/45-29 (7th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 1-1
Nebraska returns to the road on Saturday for a Big Ten West matchup against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. The game is set to kick off shortly after 11 a.m. CT (Noon local in West Lafayette) and will be televised by FOX. The game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.
Nebraska will enter the contest with a 4-4 record and a 2-3 mark in Big Ten Conference action. The Huskers are coming off a 38-31 setback against Indiana last Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Despite the loss, the Nebraska offense got back on track in the game, surpassing 500 yards for the first time in four games, while putting up more than 200 yards both rushing and passing.
Purdue comes into the game with a 2-6 record and a 1-4 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Boilermakers are coming off a 24-6 loss to Illinois on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette. Coach Jeff Brohm's squad has been ravaged by injuries throughout the season, but still boasts one of the Big Ten's most explosive passing attacks. Purdue will come into the game averaging 301.2 passing yards per game, while completing 60 percent of its pass attempts.
Saturday's matchup is a key to the bowl aspirations of both teams. Nebraska must pick up two victories in the month of November, while Purdue must win each of its final four contests to qualify for a bowl game for the second straight season.
Nebraska and Purdue meet each season as members of the Big Ten West Division. Saturday's meeting will be the seventh straight year the teams have met in the regular season.
• Nebraska holds a 4-3 edge in the all-time series between the schools, including a 4-2 advantage since the Huskers joined the Big Ten.
• The schools have split four games in West Lafayette, including a Purdue victory in 1958, which was the only meeting of the schools before Nebraska joined the Big Ten.
• Nebraska has scored at least 25 points in all six meetings since 2013.
Nebraska Joins 900-Win Club
Nebraska reached a major milestone in the history of its program with its win at Illinois on Sept. 21, becoming the fifth program in the country with 900 all-time victories. Nebraska joined Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama in the 900-win club. Oklahoma and Notre Dame joined the 900-win list a week later on Sept. 28.
Rk. School (Wins)
1. Michigan (959)
2. Ohio State (919)
3. Texas (913)
5. Oklahoma (903)
6. Notre Dame (902)
7. Nebraska (901)
Frost Offenses Traditionally Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored points in four of eight games on its opening drive in 2019.
Nebraska received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, NU drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois. Nebraska got back to its fast starts against Indiana, marching five plays and 75 yards on the game's opening drive. The opening-drive success has continued a theme throughout Frost's head coaching tenure.
• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games in 2018, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 11 times in 20 games (10 TD, 1 FG).
• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.
• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.
• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 19 times in 33 games (58 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.
• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 24 times in 46 games, with 22 touchdowns and two field goals. In 86 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 45 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.
• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 52% (45 of 86 drives)
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 45% (39 of 86 drives)
Huskers Offense Showing Versatility
The 2019 Nebraska offense has shown the versatility to both strike quickly and drive the length of the field.
• Against Colorado, Nebraska had two touchdown drives of 95 yards or longer (95 and 96). That marked the first time the Huskers have had two 95-yard scoring drives in the same game since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee (97- and 99-yard touchdown drives).
• Through eight games, Nebraska has 17 scoring drives that have covered 75 yards or more.
• Nebraska had two long scoring plays at Colorado with touchdown passes of 65 (Martinez-Spielman) and 75 yards (Martinez-Washington). That marked the first time the Huskers had multiple 65-yard pass plays in the same game since 2006 against Kansas.
• Nebraska flashed its quick-strike ability and explosiveness against Northern Illinois. Nebraska produced nine plays of 20 yards or more against the Huskies, including eight before halftime. The eight first-half chunk plays matched Nebraska's combined total in its first two games.
• Nebraska had a pair of 60-yard runs against Northern Illinois. That marked the second time since last November that Nebraska produced a pair of 60-yard runs in the same game.
• The Huskers had a season-high 14 plays of 20 yards or more against Illinois. In the process, Nebraska topped 300 yards in both rushing and passing to mark just the second time in school history the Huskers have reached that milestone.
• Nebraska's 674 yards of total offense at Illinois was its most against a conference opponent since posting 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007.
• Nebraska had its best offensive effort in a month against Indiana, totaling 514 yards of offense. The Huskers passed for 294 yards, while rushing for 220, marking the third time this season the Huskers have topped 200 yards both on the ground and through the air.
Husker Offense Among Nation's Top Big-Play Units
Nebraska's offense has numerous big-play weapons that have helped the Huskers stress opposing defenses. Highlighted by 14 plays of 20 yards or more at Illinois, Nebraska ranks as one of the Big Ten and national leaders in producing chunk plays.
• Nebraska has 47 scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards to rank second in the Big Ten.
• The Huskers rank in the top four in the Big Ten in plays of 40+ (15), 50+ (6) and 60+ (4) yards and are among the nation's top 35 teams in each of those categories.
• On the ground, Nebraska ranks among the top three in the Big Ten in rushes of 30+ (7), 40+ (7), 50+ (3) and 60+ (2) yards. Nebraska is in the top 35 in the nation in each of those categories.
Spielman Continues to Climb Husker Charts
Junior wide receiver JD Spielman has made Husker history as the only player in program history to have a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman is also leaving his mark on Nebraska's career record book. He has 150 career catches for 2,214 yards, ranking fifth at Nebraska in career receptions and sixth in career yardage.
• Spielman reached 2,000 and 1,000 career receiving yards faster than any other Husker. He hit 2,000 yards at Illinois on Sept. 21, breaking the 2,000-yard barrier in 25 games. He reached 1,000 career yards in only 15 games, eclipsing Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers (16 games).
• Spielman needs 40 catches and 533 yards to become Nebraska's all-time leader in both categories. He averaged 61 catches and 842 receiving yards per season in his first two years. On a per-game basis in his 29-game career, Spielman averages 5.2 receptions and 76.3 receiving yards.
• Spielman is the only player in school history to record 100 catches prior to his junior season.
• Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history (200 yards vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 209 yards at Wisconsin in 2018).
• Spielman is the only wide receiver in school history to have two career games with double-digit receptions (11 vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 10 vs. Purdue in 2018). Running back Marlon Lucky is the only other Husker to have two career games with double-digit catches.
• Spielman had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only Huskers with two 800-yard receiving seasons. No Husker has ever had three 800-yard receiving seasons. With 566 yards in eight games, Spielman is on pace to reach that plateau again in 2019.
• Spielman had more than 50 catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers, Kenny Bell and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only players in program history with multiple 50-catch seasons. No Husker has ever had three 50-catch seasons.
• Spielman opened the 2019 season with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Alabama, marking his second career punt return score. He had a 77-yard punt return touchdown last season against Bethune-Cookman. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first career touch against Arkansas State in the 2017 season opener. Spielman is one of only eight players in program history to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.
• Spielman had a 65-yard TD reception at Colorado, his sixth career touchdown of at least 65 yards. The 65-yard catch at Colorado was one of five Spielman receptions of at least 40 yards in 2019.
• Spielman had seven catches for 160 yards at Illinois, marking his third-highest receiving total at Nebraska. It was his sixth career 100-yard receiving game.
• After posting five catches for 97 yards against Indiana, Spielman is averaging 19.5 yards per reception, a mark that ranks second in the Big Ten Conference.
Offense Finds Success Behind Three Quarterbacks
Martinez was one of of the nation's top returnees and showed the same ability during the first half of the 2019 season. However, with Martinez injured, sophomore Noah Vedral and true freshman Luke McCaffrey each showed their ability and poise against Indiana. The duo helped Nebraska to 514 yards of total offense, while topping 200 yards both rushing and passing for the third time in 2019.
• Vedral completed 14-of-16 passes for a career-high 201 yards against the Hooisers despite missing much of the game with an injury. He also rushed for 26 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass in the first quarter.
• McCaffrey was playing in just his second career game after playing one snap against Northwestern. He responded by rushing 12 times for 76 yards and completing 5-of-6 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.
• Behind Vedral and McCaffrey, Nebraska completed 20-of-23 passes against Indiana, setting a school record for single-game completion percentage at 86.9 percent.
Robinson Making Big Impact in Freshman Season
Freshman receiver Wan'Dale Robinson provides Nebraska with an explosive receiving, rushing and return threat in 2019.
A true freshman from Frankfort, Ky., Robinson keyed Big Ten wins against Illinois and Northwestern. At Illinois, he was called on as a running back and had 19 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, while also catching eight passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. His play in the 42-38 win earned him Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week Honors.
Against Northwestern, Robinson again won the Big Ten freshman weekly honor. He totaled 186 all-purpose yards, including seven catches for a career-high 123 yards, the most receiving yards ever by a Husker true freshman. He had a career-long 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a career-long 49-yard catch in the third quarter and a key 32-yard catch on Nebraska's game-winning drive.
Robinson's play nearly earned the Huskers another win against Indiana. He rushed a career-high 22 times for 83 hard-fought yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 71 yards for 154 all-purpose yards.
• Robinson ranks second nationally among all freshmen and leads all Power Five Conference freshmen in all-purpose yards per game (111.5 ypg). His all-purpose yardage average is sixth in the Big Ten among all players.
• Robinson's 407 receiving yards and 33 receptions are the most ever by a Nebraska true freshman.
2018-19 Record: 19-17
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
Record at Nebraska: 0-0 (1st year)
Career NCAA Record: 115-56 (6th year)
2018-19 Record: 9-21 (0-3 in 2019-20)
Head coach: Ian McKeithen
Record at Doane: 36-59 (4th year)
Career Record: 71-118 (7th year)
Online Broadcast: BTN+ (subscription required)
Play-by-play: Dustyn Stortzum
Analyst: Buzzy Caruthers
Radio: Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App.
Huskers Host Doane in Exhibition Wednesday Night
The Fred Hoiberg era for the Nebraska basketball program tips off on Wednesday, Oct. 30, as the Huskers take on Doane University in an exhibition contest at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers and Tigers will tip off at 7 p.m., and while the matchup is sold out, a limited amount of tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30. Those tickets can be purchased online at Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED.
The exhibition game will not be televised, but carried online on BTN+ (subscription required) with Dustyn Stortzum and Buzzy Caruthers on the call. The exhibition game is one of four BTN+ broadcasts in 2019-20 and information is available at btnplus.com.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Wednesday's game is the Huskers' only exhibition contest before the season opener against UC Riverside on Nov. 5, and will give the 14 newcomers on the Nebraska roster an opportunity to play in Pinnacle Bank Arena before the season begins.
Of the 16 players on the 2019-20 Husker roster, only junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson has played at PBA prior to Wednesday's exhibition contest, as he played in 25 games, including seven starts, a year ago and averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest. He started the Huskers' Big Ten Tournament and NIT games and closed the year with eight points, three rebounds, three
assists and two steals against TCU.
The new faces on the Husker roster eligible for Wednesday's game against Doane include two graduate transfers (Haanif Cheatham and Matej Kavas), one eligible transfer who sat out last year (Dachon Burke), two junior college transfers (Jervay Green and Cam Mack) and seven freshmen (Akol Arop, Kevin Cross, Samari Curtis, Jace Piatkowski, Yvan Ouedraogo, Charlie Easley and Bret Porter)
Hoiberg will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline as Doane Coach Ian McKeithen was a basketball operations intern with the Timberwolves in 2007-08 while Hoiberg was assistant general manager. McKeithen is beginning his fourth season in charge of the Tiger program, as the teams makes the 30-mile drive from campus to PBA.
Fourth-year coach Ian McKeithen and the Doane Tigers come to Lincoln on Wednesday with an 0-3 record after a 75-67 loss to the University of the Virgin Islands on Sunday. Wednesday's game will be the fourth in nine days to open the season. The Tigers opened with 70-65 loss to York College before going 0-2 in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the weekend.
McKeithen came to Doane after serving as the head coach at Benedictine-Springfield for three years before the school dropped athletics. He guided the program from six wins in his first season to double-figure totals in the next two campaigns, including 10 conference wins in his final season. He also worked at Iowa Wesleyan, Dakota State and Augustana University after his internship under Hoiberg with the Timberwolves.
Doane returns 10 players from a team that went 9-21 a year ago, and was picked 10th in the preseason Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason poll. In all, 13 of the Tigers' 19 players are from Nebraska, including three Lincoln natives.
Junior guard Anthony Laravie is the team's top returning scorer at 12.6 points per game. The Omaha North product was second on the team in 3-pointers with 66 while hitting 38 percent from long range. This season, he leads the team with 24.0 ppg, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range.
The Tigers will be without center Trace Tupper, as he is redshirting following an injury. Tupper, a Lincoln Northeast grad, averaged 11.4 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game in 2018-19 while shooting 74 percent from the field. Zach Witters is the other returning starter for the Tigers, as he averaged 5.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game last season. Witters shot 35 percent from 3-point range a year ago.
NEBRASKA EXHIBITION HISTORY
Nebraska is 58-6 all-time in exhibition games dating back to the 1966-67 season and has won its last 16 exhibition games since a 54-50 loss to SIU-Edwardsville in 2006. In all, NU has won 27 of its last 28 exhibition games dating back to 2001.
• The Huskers are 15-0 against in-state teams in exhibition games dating back to the 2001-02 season, including a 75-54 win over Doane in 2011.
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 is 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).
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-man 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).
TRANSFERS BRING MUCH-NEEDED EXPERIENCE
While Nebraska has only one player who has previously played at Nebraska (Thorir Thorbjarnarson), a good portion of the roster has Division I experience. The Huskers feature six transfers, including five newcomers, who have combined for more than 3,000 points at the Division I level. Dachon Burke Jr. is the only returnee in the group after he began his collegiate career at Robert Morris before sitting out the 2018-19 season at Nebraska.
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 2919 recruiting class. NU is the only school in the country with two of the top 10 junior college transfers in 2019. They are also the two highest rated junior college players signed by the Huskers since 2011, the first year listed in the database. Prior to this year, Dylan Talley was NU's highest junior college recruit by the site, as he was 11th in 2011.
Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard in the country, starred at Salt Lake Community College in 2018-19, averaging 19.1
points and 5.9 rebounds per game while topping the team in assists (7.6 apg), steals (2.4 spg) and blocked shots (0.6 bpg). He was in the top 25 nationally in both assists (fifth) and steals (24th) and boasted a 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Mack totaled five 30-point games, including a 40-point outburst against Casper College and dished out 10 or more assists nine times, including a season-best 14 in one contest.
Green was rated as the No. 2 combo guard, as he spent two years at Western Nebraska Community College. Last season, he garnered second-team NJCAA All-America honors, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He shot 55 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. Green ranked eighth nationally in scoring and was the Region IX Player of the Year. He had six 30-point games as a sophomore, highlighted by a school-record 51-point performance against Iowa Lakes CC. In that game, Green was 10-of-14 from 3-point range.
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.
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.
FAMILIAR FACES FOR HOIBERG ON HUSKER STAFF
One strength of the Husker coaching staff is a familiarity with each other, as three staff members had worked with Hoiberg as assistant coaches during his previous stint at Iowa State from 2010 to 2015. Matt Abdelmassih also worked under Hoiberg in the front office with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Bobby Lutz was an assistant coach with the Windy City Bulls in the G League while Hoiberg coached the Chicago Bulls.
Previous Experience with Fred Hoiberg
Staff Member Coaching Experience with Hoiberg
Matt Abdelmassih, Assistant Coach Iowa State (2010-15)
Doc Sadler, Assistant Coach Iowa State (2013-14)
Bobby Lutz, Special Assistant to the Head Coach Iowa State (2010-11)
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.
HUSKERS TO PLAY FIVE GAMES VS. RANKED TEAMS
Nebraska is currently scheduled to play five regular-season games against teams in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches preseason top-25 polls. The Huskers will have two meetings against No. 18/16 Ohio State (Jan. 11 in Columbus; Feb. 27 in Lincoln) and single matchups against top-ranked Michigan State (Feb. 20 in Lincoln), No. 7/8 Maryland (Feb. 11 in College Park) and No. 23/22 Purdue (Dec. 15 in Lincoln). The Huskers will face four other opponents (Illinois, Creighton, Michigan and Wisconsin) that received votes in the AP or coaches polls. Last year, the Huskers played a school-record 11 games against ranked opponents.
HUSKERS POST PERFECT ITALIAN TRIP
The Huskers got a head start on the 2019-20 season by traveling to Italy for 10 days last August. NU visited Rome, Florence and Como during the trip while also going 4-0 against teams from Italy and Lithuania.
Fans can relive the trip, as the Big Ten Network produced a three-part documentary (The B1G Trip: Nebraska Basketball) which began airing on the network on Monday, Oct. 28. Additional airings can be found at btn.com/shows and can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the Fox Sports app.
TWO HUSKERS REPRESENT HOME 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.
ROBY EARNS SECOND-ROUND SELECTION
Isaiah Roby ended Nebraska's NBA Draft drought, as he was selected in the second round by the Detroit Pistons (No. 45 overall) before his rights were traded to Dallas. It was the highest a Husker basketball player had been picked since Tyronn Lue went with the No. 23 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft.
RULE CHANGES FOR 2019-20
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the following rule changes for the 2019-20 season.
• The 3-point line was moved back to the international basketball distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches in Division I men's basketball.
• The shot clock will reset at 20 seconds after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court.
• Players will be assessed a technical foul should they use derogatory language about an opponent's race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identify, sexual orientation or disability.
• Coaches will be allowed to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and the last two minutes of any overtime periods. Previously, coaches weren't allowed to call any live-ball timeouts during the game.
• In the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of any overtime, instant replay review can be conducted if a basket interference or goaltending call has been made.