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The Nebraska volleyball team will play its lone 2019 spring match against Colorado State at the McCook Community College Graff Events Center in McCook, Nebraska on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Doors to the match will open at 11:30 a.m., and the match will air on select Husker Sports Network radio affiliates online at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs following the match. The trip to McCook continues Nebraska’s tradition of touring the state for spring volleyball matches. The Huskers played Colorado State in Kearney in 2017 and have also made recent visits to Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala.


About Nebraska
• Nebraska is coming off a 2018 season in which it reached the NCAA Final Four for the fourth straight year, a first in program history. The Huskers were the NCAA Runner-Up after dropping a five-set match to Stanford in Minneapolis.
• NU returns five starters from last year’s team, including first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins. The 6-4 middle blocker averaged 2.36 kills and 1.17 blocks per set while hitting .421 last season, the third-highest mark in school history.
• Setter Nicklin Hames earned All-America honorable mention as a freshman and was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection along with middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach.

About Colorado State
• Colorado State went 23-8 last season and won the Mountain West Conference title with a 15-3 record. The Rams qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Tennessee, 3-2, in the first round.
• Colorado State had no seniors on its roster last season and returns every starter, including All-America honorable-mention selections Katie Oleksak and Kirstie Hillyer. Oleksak, a 5-10 setter, is a two-time Mountain West Player of the Year. Hillyer, a 6-6 middle blocker, averaged 3.04 kills, 1.23 blocks and hit .363 last season.

150 years of Husker history headed to McCook
You’re invited to get one of the first looks at an exhibition highlighting historic University of Nebraska–Lincoln achievements as the N150 sesquicentennial celebration comes to McCook April 20-27. The exhibition will be available for viewing at the two locations below. Those with a ticket to the Nebraska Volleyball match this Saturday will have the first look – and then the exhibit will move to the historic Keystone building.

McCook Community College
Peter & Dolores Graff Events Center
Auxiliary Gym
401 East M Street
 
McCook, Neb.April 20: Nebraska vs. Colorado State Volleyball Match (Ticket required – sold out)
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., through the conclusion of the post-match autograph session
 
Keystone Events Center
402 Norris Avenue
McCook, Neb.
 
April 22-26: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 27: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The N150 traveling exhibition features key moments in the university’s 150-year history since its charter on February 15, 1869 — from influential alumni, legendary athletic programs and cultural contributions to agricultural, technological and science innovation and environmental stewardship. McCook will be the exhibition’s third stop outside Lincoln in a year-long tour throughout Nebraska, engaging every corner of the state to celebrate our University’s 150-year history and legacy.
To learn more about the celebration of 150 years of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, visit: n150.unl.edu.




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Omaha, Neb. – Trailing 3-0 after the first inning, Nebraska (21-11) came from behind to storm past Omaha, 8-5, at Werner Park on Wednesday night.

Luke Roskam led the Husker offense with a 4-for-4 performance, as NU churned out 12 hits as a team. Spencer Schwellenbach, Aaron Palensky and Joe Acker also registered multi-hit nights, as Schwellenbach smacked his first career home run.

In the opening frame, the Huskers were retired 1-2-3 with a strikeout, groundout and flyout. Omaha pounced early with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Starter Kyle Perry allowed four walks and one hit during the frame.

Nebraska plated one run in the top of the second to cut the score to 3-1. Acker laced a leadoff single before Roskam’s ground-rule double put runners on second and third. After a strikeout, Mojo Hagge’s sacrifice fly to center field drove in Acker for NU’s first run of the game. In the bottom of the second, Mike Waldron retired all three Maverick hitters.

NU scored three runs in the top of the third to take its first lead of the game at 4-3. Schwellenbach smashed his first career home run before Palensky singled and Angelo Altavilla walked. After a fielder’s choice, Roskam smoked a two-RBI double to drive in both runners. Omaha tied the game at 4-4 with one run in the bottom of the third. Despite not recording a hit, the Mavericks drew four walks, leaving three runners stranded.

Colby Gomes hit a leadoff single in the top of the fourth, but was left stranded in a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Omaha went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, as reliever Jaxon Hallmark recorded all three outs.

Roskam recorded his third hit of the game in the top of the fifth, but each of the other three Husker hitters failed to get on base. Omaha’s leadoff hitter in the fifth singled, but a lineout double play and foul-out ended a scoreless inning to keep the score tied at 4-4.

NU managed runners at the corners with two outs when Alex Henwood and Schwellenbach each singled in the top of the sixth, but a fielder’s choice kept them from scoring. The Mavericks managed two hits in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn’t take the lead as the score remained 4-4.

In the top of the seventh, NU managed back-to-back two-out walks, but a fielder’s choice ended the frame. Omaha managed one baserunner in a scoreless bottom of the seventh.

NU plated four runs in the top of the eighth to take an 8-4 lead. Henwood drew a one-out walk before Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch. Palensky drove in one run with an RBI single. Acker smashed a two-RBI double and later scored when Roskam picked up his fourth hit of the night. In the bottom of the eighth, Thomas Debonville homered to cut the Husker lead to 8-5 before three consecutive groundouts.

In the top of the ninth, the Huskers went down in order. Gomes struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn his team-high seventh save of the season.

The Huskers travel to Iowa this weekend for a three-game series with the Hawkeyes. The games are scheduled for Friday at 6:05 p.m. (CT), Saturday at 2:05 p.m., and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Saturday’s game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.





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The Big Ten announced its layout of the 2019-20 conference season on Wednesday, including the home-and-road plays for the Nebraska women's basketball team's 18-game league season.

The Huskers, who are set to return 10 players from their 2018-19 squad including 2020 seniors Hannah Whitish, Nicea Eliely, Grace Mitchell and Kristian Hudson, will have Big Ten double-plays against defending conference champion Iowa, 2018 conference champion Ohio State, 2019 NCAA qualifier Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Eight of those 10 games for the Huskers will come against 2019 postseason qualifiers.

In addition to Nebraska's home games against the Hawkeyes, Buckeyes, Hoosiers, Golden Gophers and Badgers, the Huskers will play 2019 NCAA Tournament qualifier Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena along with Purdue, Penn State and Illinois in their nine-game home Big Ten schedule.

Nebraska will complete its road conference schedule against NCAA Tournament qualifiers Maryland, Michigan and Rutgers along with 2019 WNIT runner-up Northwestern. Overall, eight of the Huskers' nine Big Ten Conference road games next season will come against 2019 postseason tournament teams.

The Big Ten Conference will release dates for is 2019-20 league season in late-August or early-September. Non-conference schedule information will be announced by Nebraska as it becomes available.

2020 Nebraska Big Ten Opponents
(18-Game Conference Schedule)

Home (9)

  • Iowa+
  • Michigan
  • Indiana+
  • Minnesota+
  • Ohio State+
  • Purdue
  • Penn State
  • Wisconsin+
  • Illinois

Road (9)

  • Iowa+
  • Maryland
  • Indiana+
  • Michigan State
  • Rutgers
  • Minnesota+
  • Ohio State+
  • Northwestern
  • Wisconsin+

(+) indicates conference double-plays against Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin





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Lincoln – Visits by Big Ten co-champions Michigan State and Purdue to Pinnacle Bank Arena highlight the Big Ten Conference basketball opponent breakdown for the 2019-20 season released Wednesday afternoon.

 

The Huskers’ 20-game Big Ten schedule will feature 12 games against NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including a Spartan squad that reached the Final Four and a Purdue team that went to the Elite Eight before losing in overtime to national champion Virginia.

This is the second year that the Big Ten used a 20-game schedule with every team playing seven opponents both home and away while facing the other six one time. Last year, the Big Ten had 10 teams reach postseason play, including a conference record eight NCAA Tournament teams which was the most of any conference nationally.

 

The home schedule will include matchups with NCAA qualifiers Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin along with games with NIT qualifier Indiana as well as tilts with Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers. The matchups with Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue are NU’s single-play road contests.

 

On the road, the Huskers will make trips to Illinois, Maryland and Minnesota, along with games at Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The matchups with the Fighting Illini, Terrapins and Golden Gophers will be NU’s single-play road contests.

 

Fans who want information on signing up for season tickets for Fred Hoiberg’s first season at Nebraska can join the 2019-20 Ticket Request List by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets.

 

2019-20 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Opponents 

NEBRASKA

Home: Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue

Away: Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

 

 

ILLINOIS

Home: Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska

Away: Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

 

INDIANA

Home: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern

Away: Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers

Home/Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

 

IOWA

Home: Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue

 

MARYLAND

Home: Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

Away: Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

 

MICHIGAN

Home: Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin

Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern

Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

 

MICHIGAN STATE

Home: Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers

Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin

 

MINNESOTA

Home: Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska

Away: Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

 

 

NORTHWESTERN

Home: Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State

Away: Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue

 

OHIO STATE

Home: Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers

Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern

Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin

 

PENN STATE

Home: Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin

Away: Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

 

PURDUE

Home: Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State

Away: Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

 

RUTGERS

Home: Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern

Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

 

WISCONSIN

Home: Illinois, Maryland, Northwestern

Away: Iowa, Michigan, Penn State

Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers





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Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (20-11) saw its three-game winning streak snapped in a 5-0 loss to Kansas State at Hawks Field on Tuesday night.

The Huskers were held to five hits and left 10 runners on base against the Wildcats, who improve to 17-21 this season. It marks NU’s second consecutive home loss after starting 8-0 at Haymarket Park in 2019. In the month of April, Nebraska is 7-2 overall with both losses coming during midweek games.

Joe Acker led the Husker offense against K-State with a 2-for-3 performance. Aaron Palensky, Angelo Altavilla and Jaxon Hallmark each registered one hit apiece.

Nebraska saw outings from five different pitchers on Tuesday night. Chad Luensmann, making his first start since Feb. 22, went 2.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, while recording one strikeout. Tyler Martin (2.0 innings), Ben Klenke (2.0), Max Schreiber (2.0) and Paul Tillotson (1.0) also appeared on the mound for the Big Red against K-State.

The Wildcats pounced early with two runs in the top of the first and never looked back. During the opening frame, KSU managed three hits, scoring both of its runs with two outs. The Wildcats plated one run in the top of the third when Cameron Thompson hit a home run to right field.

Kansas State added one run in the top of the eighth and one run in the top of the ninth inning. In all, the Wildcats recorded 10 hits.

The former conference foes split the season series for 2019. On April 2 in Manhattan, Kan., the Huskers won by a 7-0 margin.

The Huskers visit Werner Park in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday night to face the Omaha Mavericks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. (CT).





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Lincoln – James Palmer Jr. will continue his pre-draft preparations this week, as the senior was invited to play in this week’s Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The four-day event features 64 of the top seniors in the country and scouts from both the NBA and overseas.

 

Palmer is the third Husker in the last four years to play in the event, joining Tai Webster (2017) and Shavon Shields (2016) in the invitation-only event. Competition begins Wednesday night and live streaming is available on https://www.portsmouthinvitational.com/. Palmer will play at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and he will play Thursday or Friday depending on Wednesday’s result.

Palmer finished his senior year setting school records in points (708), free throws attempted (282), free throws made (215) and minutes played (1,269).

 

This past season, he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, ranking third in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in steals. A third-team All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-District pick by the USBWA, Palmer had 18 20-point games as a senior, including a 34-point effort against Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament. He is also one of just five Big Ten players in the last 50 years to have 200 field goals and 200 free throws in a season.

 

In his two-year career at Nebraska, Palmer finished with the second-highest career scoring average in Husker history (18.5 points per game) as he started all 69 games in that span.





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In front of a crowd of 85,946 fans on a beautiful sunny day at Memorial Stadium, the Nebraska football team hosted its annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday and the Red Team prevailed with a 24-13 win.

Saturday marked the second straight year that Nebraska has had over 85,000 fans for its Spring Game after a record 86,818 fans attend last year’s event.

Offensively, five quarterbacks saw the field and with sophomores Adrian Martinez (110) and Noah Vedral (144) each throwing for over 100 yards. Jaylin Bradley led all rushers with 57 yards on 12 carries while Brody Belt was close behind with 53 yards on 13 carries. Miles Jones, Todd Honas, Wyatt Mazour and Bradley each caught three passes, while Kade Warner led all receivers with 58 yards.

The Red squad opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, marching 75 yards over eight plays. A 3rd-and-10 conversion covered most of the yards with Martinez finding Warner for a 57-yard completion. Three plays later Martinez ran up the middle six yards for a touchdown.

The teams traded possessions before the White team got on the board with a 27-yard field goal from Barret Pickering. The kick came after six plays covered 43 yards, including a 22-yard pass to Miles Jones and an 11-yard pass to Katerian LeGrone, both from Andrew Bunch.

With 1:20 left in the first quarter the White defense posted a fourth-down stop on its own eight-yard line, but then quickly gave the ball back to the Red squad with the game’s first turnover. Marquel Dismuke stepped in front of a pass from Bunch and returned it to the 18-yard line. Two plays later Martinez found Jaron Woodyard streaking across the back of the endzone for 21 yards and the Red took a 14-3 lead.

Two drives later freshman Luke McCaffrey took over at quarterback for the White team and led a 11-play drive that covered 50 yards. They entered the red zone, but were unable to get into the endzone, instead settling for a 33-yard field goal from Pickering.

With its lead cut to 14-6, the Red squad posted its third touchdown of the first half. Vedral methodically marched the offense down the field and Mazour capped a 14-play, 75-yard drive, with a one-yard touchdown.

The Red defense forced a quick 3-and-out and got the ball back for its offense at its own 33-yard line with 55 second left in the half. Vedral moved the team across midfield and Pickering buried a 45-yard field goal as time expired to put the Red up 24-6 into halftime.

With a running clock in the second half, redshirt freshman Matt Masker took over late in the third quarter and led the White team to its first touchdown of the game. On 3rd-and-5 at his own 45, Masker hit Wyatt Liewer for a 55-yard touchdown and after a PAT from Pickering the White cut the Red lead to 24-13.

The White team notched its second turnover of the second half when Chad Alioth Jr. picked off a McCaffrey pass with 6:03 left in the game, while earlier in the half Jordan Paul intercepted Vedral. Unfortunately neither time the White offense was able to covert the turnover into point.

The White team touchdown was the lone score in the quick second half and the Red team held on for a 24-13 win.

The Huskers open the 2019 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, when they host South Alabama at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska will hit the road for week two with a visit to Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 7, before wrapping up non-conference play at home on Saturday, Sept. 14, against Northern Illinois. The Huskers open Big Ten play on the road at Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 21.





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University Park, Pa. – Nebraska (20-10, 10-2 Big Ten) held Penn State to two hits in a 3-1 win during the second game of a doubleheader at Medlar Field on Saturday night.

With the win, the Huskers complete a three-game sweep of the Nittany Lions. It marks Nebraska’s first three-game road conference series sweep since March 25-27, 2016 at Purdue.

Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his eighth start of the season, tossed 5.0 innings and allowed only one run on two hits and earned six strikeouts. Mike Waldron threw 3.0 scoreless innings and earned the win, while Shay Schanaman notched a save by pitching the final inning.

In the opening frame, Spencer Schwellenbach and Aaron Palensky strung together back-to-back singles before three consecutive outs left them stranded at first and third. Fisher retired all three Nittany Lion hitters in the bottom of the first with one strikeout.

NU went down in order in the top of the second. The Nittany Lions also went down in order as all three batters flied out to center field.

In the top of the third, Nebraska’s hitters went down 1-2-3 with a strikeout and two flyouts. Penn State plated one run in the bottom of the third to take the early 1-0 lead. The Nittany Lions drew two walks during the inning and managed one hit.

The Huskers scored one run in the top of the fourth to tie the score at 1-1. Mojo Hagge and Keegan Watson drew back-to-back walks before Luke Roskam pounded an RBI double. With runners on second and third, each of the next three Husker batters produced outs to leave them stranded. Fisher recorded two strikeouts in the bottom of the fourth to keep the score tied at 1-1.

NU left two runners on in the top of the fifth, but couldn’t take the lead. Palensky managed his second hit of the game during the inning. One Nittany Lion reached on a walk in the bottom of the fifth, but he was left stranded.

NU went down in order in the top of the sixth with two flyouts and a strikeout. Penn State’s leadoff hitter singled, but a flyout and double play kept the score tied at 1-1.

Schwellenbach recorded a base hit in the top of the seventh, but NU couldn’t bring him in. Waldron retired all three Nittany Lion batters in the bottom of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Nebraska scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Joe Acker and Roskam drew back-to-back one-out walks before Angelo Altavilla singled to load the bases. A passed ball scored one run before Cam Chick’s sacrifice fly scored NU’s second run of the inning. In the bottom of the eighth, PSU went down in order with two flyouts and a strikeout.

Alex Henwood singled in the top of the ninth, but three consecutive outs left him stranded on third base. Schanaman retired all three Nittany Lions in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers return home to host Kansas State at Hawks Field on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. (CT).





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University Park, Pa. – Trailing 2-0 after five innings, Nebraska (18-10, 8-2 Big Ten) scored three runs in the sixth en route to a 3-2 win over Penn State at Medlar Field on Friday afternoon.

Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron, making his sixth start of the season, threw 7.0 innings and allowed two runs, while recording two strikeouts. Waldron, who has gone 7.0 or more innings in each of his last five starts, improves to 5-0 this season. It marks Waldron’s 20th career victory, which puts him in a tie for 10th on Nebraska’s career wins list with Zach Kroenke and Jim Sandstedt. Waldron has 210 career strikeouts, the eighth-most in program history.

Robbie Palkert came on for 1.0 inning of scoreless relief before freshman Colby Gomes earned his team-high fifth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

In the opening frame, Nebraska left two runners on base in a scoreless inning. Spencer Schwellenbach drew a leadoff walk before Gunner Hellstrom managed a one-out single, but a pop-out and strikeout ended the frame for the Big Red. Penn State plated two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first to take the early 2-0 lead.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the second with one groundout and two flyouts. One Nittany Lion reached on an error in the bottom of the second, but he was left on base as the score remained 2-0.

Schwellenbach and Aaron Palensky each drew one-out walks in the third, but a pair of groundouts left them stranded at second and third without scoring. The Nittany Lions went down in order in the bottom of the third with two flyouts and a strikeout.

NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth with two strikeouts and a flyout. PSU also went down in order in the bottom of the fourth.

Jaxon Hallmark and Schwellenbach each walked in the fifth, but NU couldn’t manufacture any runs as the score stayed at 2-0. Penn State managed one hit in the bottom of the fifth, but failed to extend its lead.

In the top of the sixth, Keegan Watson smacked a two-run home run, his third of the season, after Joe Acker drew a leadoff walk. Pinch hitter Mojo Hagge singled before advancing to third on Angelo Altavilla’s single. Hagge scored when Gomes reached on a fielder’s choice to give NU a 3-2 lead. Penn State managed a leadoff single in the sixth, but left the runner stranded.

Both teams went down in order in the seventh inning.

NU’s three hitters sat down in the top of the eighth with a strikeout, groundout and flyout. PSU’s leadoff batter singled, but a fielder’s choice and double play ended a scoreless frame as the score remained 3-2.

In the ninth, NU went down in order with two strikeouts before Gomes recorded two strikeouts and a groundout to preserve the victory for the Big Red.

The Huskers and Nittany Lions will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET).





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LincolnFred Hoiberg’s first Nebraska coaching staff will feature people familiar with his system as well as Nebraska basketball, as Hoiberg announced four members of his 2019-20 staff Friday afternoon.

 

The coaching staff will feature a pair of new hires in assistant coaches Matt Abdelmassih (pronounced Abdel-massey) and Doc Sadler, while Armon Gates will stay on the coaching staff after joining the Husker program prior to last season. Hoiberg also announced that longtime college basketball coach Bobby Lutz (pronounced LOOTS) will join the program and serve as special assistant to the head coach. Abdelmassih, Sadler and Lutz all worked with Hoiberg at Iowa State, playing significant roles in helping the Cyclones make four NCAA Tournament appearances from 2012 to 2015.

 

“I am excited with the staff we have put together,” Hoiberg said. “I wanted to put together an experienced staff and saw how important that was in our past success. We wanted to get the right mix of coaches who can go out and recruit the players we need to be successful and also do a good job of teaching on the floor.”

 

Abdelmassih comes to Nebraska after spending the past four seasons at St. John’s, culminating with the Red Storm winning 21 games and reaching the NCAA Tournament last month. He recruited most of the 2018-19 Red Storm roster, led by two-time, first-team All-BIG EAST selection Shamorie Ponds. All five starters on the 2018-19 team were recruited by Abdelmassih, as he brought in talented transfers such as Mustapha Heron (Auburn), Justin Simon (Arizona) and Marvin Clark Jr. (Michigan State) along with junior college transfer LJ Figueroa. He also helped St. John’s land a consensus top-25 recruiting class in 2016, featuring Ponds and junior college transfer Bashir Ahmed.

 

Prior to joining the Red Storm staff, Abdelmassih was at Iowa State from 2010-15, spending his last four seasons as an assistant. Abdelmassih was instrumental in making Iowa State one of the primary destinations for some of the top transfers in the country, including All-Big 12 performers DeAndre Kane and Royce White, the No. 16 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft.

 

A 2007 graduate of St. John’s, Abdelmassih spent two seasons with Hoiberg on the Minnesota Timberwolves staff. Abdelmassih joined the Timberwolves staff in 2008 as a basketball operations intern and worked directly with the coaching staff. Abdelmassih moved to the front office in 2009-10 with a promotion to basketball operations assistant, a role in which he handled salary cap issues, draft preparation, scouting and free agent analysis.

 

“Matt is a guy that I hired when I was in the front office with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Matt came in and I could tell right away how good he was,” Hoiberg said. “The most impressive thing about Matt is his ability to build relationships and that is important at any level of basketball. He’s as good as I’ve ever seen in connecting with people, not only with kids, but with coaches and families and that’s what makes him a great recruiter. I think Matt is as good of a recruiter as there is in the country.”

 

Sadler returns to Nebraska after spending the last five seasons at Southern Miss, where he helped the Golden Eagles improve their win total in each season since 2014-15, becoming one of three teams in the nation to hold that distinction. Despite two years of postseason bans, scholarship reductions and other inherited sanctions, Sadler guided Southern Miss to back-to-back Conference USA semifinal appearances in 2018 and 2019. Last season, he led Southern Miss to 20 wins and a runner-up finish in Conference USA.

 

He teamed up with Hoiberg at Iowa State in 2013-14, helping the Cyclones to a 28-8 record, a Sweet 16 appearance and the school’s first Big 12 Tournament title since 2000. He coached a pair of All-Americans in Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane, while Ejim was named the Big 12 Player of the Year in 2014.

 

“In talking with Doc, you see that Nebraska is a special place for him, and I am excited to bring him back on staff.” Hoiberg said. “Doc was an instrumental part of our staff at Iowa State when we won our first Big 12 Tournament title in 2014. Not only does he bring a wealth of experience and an extensive recruiting background, but he is a highly respected coach on the floor who will be valuable on our staff.”

 

Sadler served as the head coach of the Nebraska program from 2006 to 2012, leading the Huskers to three NIT appearances (2008, 2009 and 2011) and posting a 101-89 record. Sadler’s Huskers led the Big 12 in scoring defense three times in six seasons and posted nine wins over ranked opponents in his tenure.

 

Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Sadler had a phenomenal two-year run as the head coach at UTEP (2004-06), producing a record of 48-18. The Miners won 27 games and advanced to the 2005 NCAA Tournament in his rookie season, the ninth-best win total by a first-year head coach in NCAA history. UTEP won 21 games and advanced to the NIT in his last season in El Paso. He also coached for five seasons at Arkansas-Fort Smith (1999-2003), leading the program to a 120-39 mark and three postseason appearances.

 

Sadler, who graduated from Arkansas in 1982, has previously worked as an assistant coach at eight current Division I schools, including Arkansas (1982-85, under Eddie Sutton), Lamar (1985-86, under Pat Foster), Houston (1986, under Pat Foster), Chicago State (1987-88, under Tommy Suitts), Texas Tech (1991-94, under James Dickey), Arizona State (1994-97, under Bill Frieder), UTEP (2003-04, under Billy Gillispie) and Iowa State (2013-14, under Fred Hoiberg). He also was Director of Basketball Operations at Kansas in 2012-13 working for Bill Self.

 

Gates will begin his second year on the Nebraska staff after joining the program in May of 2018. Gates worked with the Husker backcourt, and helped the development of Glynn Watson Jr., who posted a career-high 13.6 points along with 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 2018-19.

 

“I’ve been impressed with Armon as I’ve gotten to work with him over the past week,” Hoiberg said. “He’s been good on the floor with our players during workouts and gives our staff someone who has experience with both our current players and of the Big Ten.”

 

Gates has worked in the Big Ten for the last six years, serving as an assistant to Chris Collins at Northwestern from 2013 to 2018. He helped the Wildcats to a pair of 20-win seasons and the school’s first-ever NCAA berth in 2017. Gates also helped the Wildcats bring in a pair of top-30 recruiting classes during his tenure at the school. A 2006 graduate of Kent State, Gates served as an assistant at his alma mater from 2008-10, as well as stints at TCU (2010-11) and Loyola Chicago (2011-13).

 

Lutz brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to Nebraska, and teams up with Hoiberg for the third time in his career. Lutz has won nearly 400 games as a college head coach and reached the postseason 22 times as either a head coach or an assistant. Lutz reunites with Hoiberg as the pair worked together at Iowa State during the 2010-11 campaign, building the foundation for the Cyclone program. Lutz most recently worked with Hoiberg in the Chicago Bulls organization, serving as an assistant with the Windy City Bulls of the NBA G League in 2016-17.

 

“Bobby was my first hire when I got to Ames, and I relied on him during my first year of coaching,” Hoiberg said. “He has an unbelievable basketball mind and is a great sounding board for me with his experience as a head coach. Bobby’s basketball knowledge and expertise will be a great resource for our staff.”

 

Prior to coaching in the professional ranks, Lutz spent five seasons at North Carolina State, and was instrumental in helping the Wolfpack make four straight NCAA Tournaments, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. Lutz is most known for his successful tenure at Charlotte from 1999 to 2010, where he guided his alma mater to eight postseason appearances (five NCAA, three NIT) in 12 seasons. He is the winningest coach in 49er history, posting a record of 218-158 and winning three Conference USA titles (1999, 2001 and 2004). He had four top-20 national recruiting classes and tutored 10 players who earned first-team all-conference honors.

 

Lutz also served as the head coach at Pfeiffer, an NAIA school in Misenheimer, N.C., from 1986 to 1995, posting a 181-91 record and qualifying for six straight NAIA Tournament berths, including three Final Four appearances. A 1980 graduate of UNC Charlotte, he also was as an assistant coach at Clemson (1984-86) and Charlotte (1996-98).





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