The Husker men's basketball team looks to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Illinois, as Nebraska travels to No. 3 Purdue this Friday for a matchup with the Big Ten-leading Boilermakers. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (central) and Friday's game will be televised nationally on BTN and carried on the Huskers Radio Network. It will also be available on the Fox Sports app.
  

Game 18: at No. 3/3 Purdue
Date: Friday., Jan. 13
Tipoff:  6 p.m. (CT)
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Arena: Mackey Arena

Nebraska (9-8, 2-4 Big Ten) looks to bounce back following a 76-50 setback to Illinois Tuesday evening. The Huskers were within 34-29 early in the second half before Illinois used a 21-6 surge to take control of the contest. NU, which lost for just the second time at home this year, got 12 points and six rebounds from Sam Griesel while Wilhelm Breidenbach had 11 points off the bench in a losing effort. Terrance Shannon Jr. led all scorers with 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals to pace five Illini in double figures.

Griesel has now been in double figures in each of the past five games for the Huskers, and is averaging 13.4 points per game in that span. The senior guard is second on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) while also pacing NU in assists (4.2 apg) and ranking third on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg). Griesel joins senior Derrick Walker (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) in double figures for Nebraska, which has six players averaging at least 8.8 points per game. 

Friday's game will be the Huskers' third game in six nights, while Purdue (15-1, 4-1 Big Ten) has been off since a 76-63 win over Penn State in Philadelphia on Sunday evening. Zach Edey led Purdue with 30 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks while Fletcher Loyer (17) and Braden Smith (15) also finished in double figures. Purdue shot 67 percent in the second half to erase a 37-31 halftime deficit. Edey is the frontrunner for National Player of the Year, as he leads the Big Ten in both scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (13.2) and is second in blocked shots (2.1 bpg)

Following Friday's game, the Huskers return home to host Ohio State on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling 800-8-BIGRED. 

About Purdue
Purdue comes into Friday's matchup with a 15-1 record and is ranked third in this week's AP and Coaches polls. The Boilermakers have been off since a 73-63 win over Penn State at the Palestra in Philadelphia on Sunday night.

The Boilermakers, who were unranked at the start of the year, posted marquee wins over Marquette, West Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke, Florida State and Davidson in non-conference action. Purdue moved to No. 1 following its three-point OT win in Lincoln and stayed their until Monday following a 2-1 week which included a 65-64 home loss to Rutgers. Purdue bounced back with a 71-69 win at Ohio State before completing the week with a 13-point road win over Penn State. Matt Painter is in his 18th season at Purdue and has guided the Boilermakers to NCAA appearances in seven of the last eight seasons (no NCAA Tournament in 2019-20 because of COVID), including a Sweet 16 appearance last season. 

Purdue's attack starts with Zach Edey, as the 7-foot-4 center is an early-season frontrunner for National Player of the Year. Edey averages 21.9 points on 63 percent shooting and 13.2 rebounds per game to lead the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding. Edey has 10 games of at least 20 points and is coming off a 30-point, 13, rebound effort against Penn State. Freshman guard Fletcher Loyer is the only other Boilermaker averaging double figures at 12.4 points per game. In all, seven players average at least 5.7 points per game.

Series History: Friday's game between the Huskers and Purdue will be the 26th all-time meeting between the two programs in a series that dates back to 1947. Purdue holds a 19-6 lead in the all-time series, including a 13-4 mark (12-3 in regular season; 1-1 in Big Ten Tournament) since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011-12. Nebraska's last win over Purdue in 2019 featured the first triple-double in school history by Cam Mack. NU is winless in 10 tries in West Lafayette.

Last meeting: Nebraska overcame a 14-point second-half deficit against No. 4 Purdue, but the Boilermakers held off the Huskers in overtime for a 65-62 victory on Dec. 10, 2022. Purdue led 45-31 with 15 minutes left, before Nebraska sprinted out to a 10-0 run, including seven points from Keisei Tominaga to trim the lead to four at 45-41. NU kept chipping away, tying the score at 56 on a 3-pointer from Tominaga with nine seconds left. NU, which held Purdue to one field goal over the last eight-plus minutes of regulation, got one final stop to send the game to an extra period.

Nebraska took a pair of leads in overtime, the last at 60-59 on a Derrick Walker basket with 1:49 remaining. Purdue would respond as Fletcher Loyer hit a jumper to put Purdue ahead 61-60 with 1:30 left. Loyer led all scorers with 22 points, while NU limited Zach Edey to 11 points, snapping a streak of eight straight 20-point efforts for the 7-foot-4 center. Edey made his presence felt with 17 rebounds and seven blocks. 

Nebraska was within 63-62 after Tominaga's layup with 14 seconds left and looked like it had forced a turnover when Braden Smith lost the ball near midcourt, but the official on the baseline called a foul on C.J. Wilcher with 12 seconds left. Smith then made both free throws to stretch the lead to three. The Huskers had one final chance, but Sam Griesel's 3-pointer was off the mark, and Purdue escaped with a three-point win.

Numbers to Know
2 - Nebraska has won its last two road games against top-10 teams with victories at No. 10 Wisconsin (3/6/22) and No. 7 Creighton (12/4/2022). 

.642 - Derrick Walker's career field goal percentage at Nebraska. He is on track to set NU's career record in that category. Larry Cox (.625, 1974-76) and Dave Hoppen (.600, 1983-86) are the only two Huskers with career field
goal percentages above .600.

10 - Derrick Walker leads Nebraska with 10 double-figure games, including a trio of 20-point contests. Prior to this season, Walker's career scoring high was 16 points.

11.5 - Nebraska is allowing its opponents only 11.5 free throw attempts per game. Illinois went to the line 18 times on Tuesday. In NU's previous three games, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota got to the foul line a combined 24
times. 

2 - Nebraska's Sam Griesel is one of only two Big Ten players - and 21 players across all of Division I - averaging at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, joining Penn State's Jalen Pickett as of Jan. 11.

50 - Nebraska allowed 50 points in the Dec. 29 win over Iowa, its lowest total in four seasons under Fred Hoiberg. It was the fewest points allowed by Nebraska since the 2018-19 season.

Worth Noting
•  The Huskers will be looking for their sixth top-10 road win in school history when they take on No. 3 Purdue on Friday. Two of the Huskers' wins have come under Fred Hoiberg with wins at No. 10 Wisconsin last year and No. 7 Creighton in December. 

Nebraska Top-10 Road Wins

Date Opponent Score
2/6/1982 at No. 1 Missouri 67-51
2/22/1997 at No. 7 Iowa State 74-69 (OT)
12/4/2022 at No. 7 Creighton 63-53
2/16/2014 at No. 9 Michigan State 60-51
3/6/2022 at No. 10 Wisconsin 74-73


• The last time Nebraska beat a top-five opponent was a 70-67 win over No. 3 Texas at the Devaney Center on Feb, 19, 2011. Nebraska is 4-17 all-time against teams ranked third in the AP poll, posting wins against Kansas in 1992 and 1993, Missouri in the 1994 Big Eight Tournament semifinals in Kansas City and the victory over the Longhorns in 2011. 

• Nebraska has faced one of the nation's toughest schedules in 2022-23. As of Jan. 12, Nebraska's NET strength of schedule was 13th nationally. Purdue will be NU's eighth Quad 1 game of the season and 11th game in the top two quads. 

• The Huskers will look to bounce back after shooting just 37 percent against Illinois on Tuesday. Prior to that effort, NU had shot 47 percent from the field in its previous four games.  In the Huskers' last road game, NU shot 51 percent in a win at Minnesota, its best road shooting performance since hitting 54 percent in the 2021-22 regular-season finale at No. 10 Wisconsin.

• Derrick Walker is one of only two Big Ten players this year to have a game of at least 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as he did against Minnesota on Saturday.  Jalen Pickett has done it twice (vs. Quinnipiac on Dec. 22 and Sunday vs. Purdue). Over the last three seasons (2020-21 to 2022-23), it has happened just six times, including twice by Huskers.

• Derrick Walker enters Friday's game as one of just 12 players nationally averaging at least 13 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker was held to a season-low five points in Tuesday's loss to Illinois. 

• The Huskers broke a couple of overtime losing streaks in the win at Minnesota on Jan. 7. The win snapped a six-game losing streak in overtime games dating back to the 2019-20 season and marked NU's first road OT win in
conference play since Feb. 17, 2001. 

• The biggest strides Nebraska has made has been in rebounding. NU is currently ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin at +2.5 per game and has been out-rebounded just six times in 17 contests.  NU is 150th nationally in rebounding margin after ranking 344th last year. Last month against Iowa, Nebraska grabbed 54 rebounds - its highest total in a conference game since 2000. 
 

Improved Rebounding Margin

Season Reb Margin (B1G Rk.)
2022-23 +2.5 (9th)
2021-22 -7.0 (14th)
2020-21 -3.0 (14th)
2019-20 -9.6 (14th)
2018-19 -2.3 (t12th)


• With more of an emphasis on positional size compared to previous Hoiberg-coached Husker teams, Nebraska has made significant improvement on the defensive end despite breaking in an entirely new starting lineup. The Huskers have held 11 of their 17 opponents to 70 points or less and have climbed nearly 130 spots in adjusted defense in KenPom compared to last season. 

• Nebraska had done an excellent job of not fouling until Tuesday's loss to Illinois. NU committed 17 fouls - including 12 in the first half. NU is 10th nationally in fewest fouls per game (13.4) while only four opponents have gotten to the line more than Nebraska in the first 16 contests.

• In the first 17 games, Nebraska has totaled seven double-doubles (Derrick Walker-3; Sam Griesel-2; Juwan Gary-1; Blaise Keita-1) and all seven have been points/rebounds double-doubles. Last year, NU totaled 10 double-doubles in 32 games (6 pts./reb. and 4 pts./asst.). 

• Nebraska comes into the Purdue game with a 1-2 record against ranked opponents this year, while Purdue will be the third top-10 team NU has faced in 2022-23.  Nebraska saw its three-game win streak against ranked opponents snapped in a loss at No. 14 Indiana on Dec. 7. It matched the second-longest streak in school history and what made it more impressive was that all three games were on the road. It marked the first time in school
history that Nebraska had a three-game road win streak vs. ranked teams. 

• Sophomore Wilhelm Breidenbach has found an increased role in recent weeks as he is now a year out from having season-ending surgery in December of 2021. Over the last six games, he is averaging 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field, more than doubling his production from his first 10 appearances in 2022-23. He has been in double figures three times, including 11 points against Illinois on Tuesday. 

Last Time Out
Sam Griesel and Wilhelm Breidenbach combined for 23 points, but Illinois used a pair of big second-half runs to post a 76-50 victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena Tuesday night.
Terrence Shannon Jr. led five Illinois players in double figures as he finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. The Fighting Illini shot 45.9 percent from the field and held Nebraska to 37 percent shooting to improve to 11-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten.

The Huskers (9-8, 2-4 Big Ten) pulled within 34-29 after opening the second half with a 6-0 run before Illinois took control. The Illini (11-5, 2-4) used a 21-5 spurt to seize control and take a 55-35 lead.

Nebraska made one last run behind Breidenbach, who scored eight straight points to get NU with 55-45 with 9:09 left. The Huskers eventually pulled to within 59-49 as Derrick Walker's 3-point play with 6:20 remaining capped NU's 14-4 run and got the Pinnacle Bank Arena crowd back into the game. Illinois answered as a RJ Melendez putback and a steal and dunk from Shannon pushed the margin back to 14, and NU was unable to slice into the deficit.

Postgame Notes vs. Illinois

  • Sam Griesel's 12 points tonight marked his fifth consecutive game scoring in double figures and his ninth time in double figures this season.
  • Wilhelm Breidenbach scored all of his 11 points in the second half, including eight straight at one point. It was his third game in double figures this season. 
  • Behind Breidenbach's 11 points, Nebraska's bench scored 20 points, its highest output in five games.
  • Before being injured late in the first half, Juwan Gary tied his season-high with two blocks (also at Michigan State on Jan 3).
  • Jamarques Lawrence knocked down a 3-pointer in the first half. It marked his fourth 3-pointer of the season but his first made three at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Derrick Walker was held to just five points – all in the second half – as he was held to single digits for just the second time this season. 
  • Nebraska outscored Illinois 32-30 in the paint, marking the Huskers' third straight game with more than 30 points in the paint.
  • Nebraska fell to 6-2 at home with Tuesday's loss. 

Hometown Kid Making Good
Senior Sam Griesel has enjoyed quite the homecoming, averaging 11.1 points, 4.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game from his point guard spot in replacing Alonzo Verge Jr., who led the Big Ten in assists per game last season. Griesel spent the last four seasons at North Dakota State, earning All-Summit League honors in 2021 and 2022 before returning to Lincoln for his senior year. 

  • He is seventh in the Big Ten in assists per game as of Jan. 11. 
  • Griesel has reached double figures in each of the last five games, and he is averaging 13.4 ppg in that span. 
  • He came up big in the win at Minnesota with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, while going 6-of-6 from the foul line.
  • Griesel collected his second double-double in the win over Iowa with 12 points and team highs in rebounds (10) and assists (five).
  • Griesel led NU with 16 points and added three assists and three rebounds in the win over Queens.
  • The Huskers' first scholarship recruit from Lincoln since Jake Muhleisen in the early 2000s, Griesel keyed NU's win at No. 7 Creighton with 18 points, a season-high 12 rebounds and seven assists. 
  • Against Maine, Griesel scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while also chipping in 18 points in the win over Omaha. 
  • Griesel's 22-point effort against Maine in the season opener was one of the highest-scoring debuts by a Husker in the last 50 seasons. 

Walker Looks to Continue Efficient Shooting
Super senior Derrick Walker has made a significant impact on the Huskers since returning to action on Nov. 25. Walker, who missed NU's first five games, has been a force, averaging 13.7 points on 60 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-9 forward was NU's only returning starter entering 2021-22 and has 10 double-figure efforts in 12 contests. 

  • Walker is also one of three players nationally averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game while shooting 64 percent from the field as of Jan. 8.
  • He is one of just 12 players nationally averaging at least 13 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
  • Walker has a team-high three double-doubles (Memphis, Florida State and No. 4 Purdue) and six for his career. 
  • Walker had one of the finest games of his career in NU's OT win at Minnesota on Jan. 7 with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He set or tied personal bests in both points and assists.
  • He led NU with 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists at Michigan State on Jan. 3.
  • His most recent double-double was a 14-point, 10-rebound effort against No. 4 Purdue on Dec. 10.  He also helped limit Zach Edey to a season-low 11 points, snapping his streak of eight straight 20-point games. 
  • He keyed NU's win over No. 7 Creighton with a career-high 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting and eight rebounds against Ryan Kalkbrenner, the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Walker's efforts helped NU enjoy a 46-16 advantage in points in the paint. 
  • Walker posted his first career 20-point game in a win over Florida State on Nov. 27, with 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting and matched his career high with 13 rebounds. 
  • He made his 2022-23 debut against Memphis and had 15 points and 12 boards in a loss to the Tigers. 
  • Walker averaged 9.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg in 2022, breaking NU's single-season field goal percentage mark by shooting 68.3 percent from the field.  

Walker vs. the Bigs 
Over a three-game stretch in December, Nebraska's Derrick Walker battled three of the nation's top centers in Creighton's Ryan Kalkbrenner, Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis and Purdue's Zach Edey. Kalkbrenner was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2022, while Jackson-Davis and Edey are both on the Wooden Award mid-season watch list. In the three-game stretch, Walker matched the trio's performance as Nebraska squared off against a trio of teams in the top 15 of the Associated Press poll. 

Centers of Attention

Name PPG FG Pct. RPG APG
Walker (NEB) 15.7 .639 7.7 3.0
Kalkbrenner (CREI) Edey (PUR), Jackson-Davis (IND) 11.0 .727 12.7 4.0

 
Bandoumel Provides Steady Production for Big Red
Senior grad transfer Emmanuel Bandoumel has been a steadying force on both ends of the court for the Huskers this season. He averages 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while also spearheading NU's defensive attack. Before joining the Husker program, the Quebec City, Quebec, native was a three-year starter at SMU, averaging double figures in both 2020-21 and 2021-22.

  • Bandoumel, who played off the ball for most of his time at SMU, matched his career best with six assists against Boston College on Nov. 30. 
  • He has reached double figures eight times, most recently a 10-point effort against Iowa on Dec. 29.
  • Bandoumel tallied 18 points and five assists in the loss against Memphis on Nov. 15 and had 13 points and five dimes against Oklahoma on Nov. 24. 
  • Bandoumel enjoyed his best game against Omaha with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in NU's game-opening 11-0 run.

Gary is Huskers' Junkyard Dog
Nebraska's improvement in defense and rebounding is directly attributable to the arrival of Alabama transfer Juwan Gary. The 6-foot-6 forward is utilized in a number of ways, even playing center when the Huskers go a to a small-ball lineup. On the season, he is averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and a team-best 1.4 steals per game, ranking ninth in the Big Ten in that category as of Jan, 11

  • He has nine double-figure scoring efforts this season, already bettering his 2021-22 total of eight in 29 games at Alabama. Nebraska is 8-1 in games where Gary scores double figures. 
  • Gary had a season-high 18 points, including the go-ahead basket to break a 74-all tie in OT, and six boards at Minnesota.
  • Gary led NU with 14 points and nine rebounds in the win over Iowa on Dec. 29
  • His three double-figure rebound games (Maine, St. John's and K-State) ties for 10th in the Big Ten.
  • Gary nearly posted his second double-double of the year with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and nine rebounds in the win at No. 7 Creighton on Dec. 4. 
  • He also had 16 points and seven boards against Oklahoma on Nov. 24.
  • Gary has more steals (24) than in either of his two seasons at Alabama.
  • He posted a double-double in his Husker debut with 14 points and 11 boards against Maine on Nov. 7

Tominaga Continues Strong Play
After a summer with the Japanese National Team, junior Keisei Tominaga continued his strong play this season.  Tominaga, a 6-foot-2 guard, has been a spark off the bench, ranking third on the team in scoring at 9.5 points per game while averaging less than 20 minutes per contest. 

  • Tominaga is second on the team in 3-pointers (24) and leads NU in 3-point percentage (.369).
  • He has eight double figure games, including seven off the bench. 
  • He enjoyed one of his best efforts of the year against No. 4 Purdue on Dec. 10 with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, Dec. 10. He sent the game to OT with a 3-pointer with 9.1 seconds left in regulation. 
  • Of Tominaga's 15 career double-figure games at Nebraska, 11 have come off the bench, including 23-point efforts against Boston College on Nov. 29 and against South Dakota last season.
  • Tominaga shined in NU's win over Boston College on Nov. 30. He tied his career high of 23 points on just eight field goal attempts (7-8 FG, 4-5 3PT; 5-5 FT) for his second career 20-point game. He had 17 of his 23 markers in the first half, including 11 straight NU points.
  • Tominaga also had a team-high 15 points at St. John's and a 19-point effort against Maine. In that game, he connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field, including a trio of 3-pointers, and added two rebounds and a blocked shot in 20 minutes. 
  • Over the summer, Tominaga was with the Japanese National Team, making his debut in the FIBA World Cup Asia qualifier in early July and then starred for Japan in the 2022 Asia Cup. In seven games with the Senior National Team, Tominaga averaged 15.9 points per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the 3-point line. His best performance came against Australia in the Asia Cup quarterfinals, when he poured in 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 8-of-15 from 3-point range. 

Wilcher Breaks Out
C.J. Wilcher was one of the Big Ten's top scoring sixth men last year and has moved into the starting lineup in 2022-23. The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 9.1 points per game and has a team-leading 26 3-pointers.

  • He has six double-figure games, including a 13-point effort in NU's win over Iowa on Dec. 29.
  • Wilcher had a career-high 22-point effort at No. 14 Indiana on Dec. 7, scoring 17 second-half points to keep the Huskers in the game. 
  • He scored all 14 of his points in the second half in the win over Boston College on Nov. 30, including a quartet of 3-pointers. 
  • Wilcher was efficient in NU's win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 15 points and three assists on just nine shots. Wilcher was 3-of-3 from 3-point range, the second time this season he had at least three 3-pointers. 
  • He posted a then-career-high 21 points against Omaha on 8-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers. It marked the first 20-point game of his career. 
  • Last season, he closed the season playing some of his best basketball, shooting 60 percent from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range, over NU's final five games. In Big Ten play last season, he shot a team-best 43.0 percent from beyond the arc. 

Making Strides On Defense
Nebraska has been much improved on the defensive end this season, jumping nearly 130 spots in defensive efficiency despite facing seven opponents who rank in the top 50 nationally in offensive efficiency as of Jan. 11. 

  • Nebraska has held 10 opponents to 1.0 point per possession or less. 
  • In the overtime loss to No. 4 Purdue on Dec. 10, Nebraska held the Boilermakers to a season-low 0.99 points per possession. Purdue came into the contest leading in the nation in offensive efficiency (118.0).
  • Nebraska held Iowa, which was 10th nationally in offensive efficiency, to 0.76 per possession and just 26 percent shooting on Dec. 29.
  • In NU's win at No. 7 Creighton on Dec. 4, the Huskers limited the Bluejays to 0.73 points per possession, the Huskers' best performance in a road game in over a decade. 

Huskers Debut at West Point Open

Ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll, the Nebraska Huskers return back to competition for the 2023 season this Friday, January 13 & Saturday, January 14 in West Point, N.Y. to battle against Army, Navy, Penn State, and Springfield. Competition is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT at the Holleder Center.

Last Time Out
Nebraska enters the 2023 season after taking a fourthplace finish for the second consecutive year in the NCAA Championship Finals and second-place at the Big Ten Championships. The Huskers return 12 gymnasts from the previous season, including two returning All-Americans, Taylor Christopulos and Donte McKinney. NU introduces five newcomers to the roster for 2023.

Scouting the Competition
The Big Red is set to face four collegiate teams for the upcoming competition in their season debut at the West Point Open including Army, Navy, Penn State, and Springfield College. Penn State, a Big Ten Conference competitor, is ranked No. 4 in the preseason poll looking ahead to competition this weekend. Ranked No. 2 behind Michigan, Nebraska looks to make a big impact this weekend after earning a total of 22 individual titles last season and seek to gain momentum for the upcoming 2023 season.

Huskers Begin Season with Graduate Classic

The Nebraska track and field team begins a new era under interim head coach Justin St. Clair this weekend with the Graduate Classic at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track. Competition gets underway on Friday at 4 p.m. and on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. 

Graduate Classic Meet Information
Host: Nebraska
Date: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 13-14
Participating Teams: Nebraska, Arkansas Tech, Barton County CC, Central Methodist, Cloud County CC, Colby CC, Concordia, Cowley College, Creighton, Doane, Drake, Fort Hays State, Friends, Hawkeye CC, Iowa State, Iowa Western CC, Kansas City, MidAmerica Nazarene, Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska-Kearney, Northwestern Oklahoma, Northwest Missouri State, Omaha, Pratt CC, Universite Laval 
Venue: Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track
Start Times: Friday – Field Events: 4 p.m. / Running Events: 4:15 p.m.; Saturday – Field Events: 11:30 a.m. / Running Events: 11:30 a.m.
Meet Schedule (PDF)
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2023 Season Preview
The Graduate Classic will be the Huskers' first meet as a full team under interim head coach Justin St. Clair, who took over after legendary coach Gary Pepin retired in August after 42 years leading the Husker program. St. Clair came to Nebraska in 2021-22 as an associate head coach and coached 10 NCAA qualifiers, including a pair of NCAA medalists, in his debut season on the Husker coaching staff to earn his 10th USTFCCCA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor since 2016.

Overall, the Huskers claimed eight first-team All-Americans and eight second-team All-Americans in 2022. The Huskers also crowned 12 Big Ten champions, and nine of the 12 are back to defend titles this year. Maddie Harris brought home the NCAA silver medal in the javelin last year, while Axelina Johansson was the NCAA bronze medalist in the outdoor shot put and was the Big Ten Women's Outdoor Freshman of the Year. 

The Nebraska men were third at last year's Big Ten Indoor Championships and fourth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. They tied for 24th at the NCAA Indoor Championships, their best finish since 2015, and 59th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

The Husker women tied for seventh at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and were fifth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. They tied for 47th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and were 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, their best finish since 2006. 

Nebraska's Returning 2022 All-Americans and Big Ten Champions
Mayson Conner won the Big Ten indoor and outdoor high jump titles in 2022, giving him four career Big Ten gold medals. Conner, a senior, is a five-time All-American in the high jump, including second-team honors both indoors and outdoors last year. The McCool Junction, Neb., native enters the season at No. 9 on Nebraska's all-time indoor chart (7-3 3/4, 2.23m) and No. 5 outdoors (7-3 3/4, 2.23m). 

Maddie Harris was the silver medalist in the javelin at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships and won her second straight Big Ten javelin title with a school-record throw of 189-11 (57.90m). The first-team All-American from Lee's Summit, Mo., is the first Husker woman to repeat as a conference javelin champion since Kayla Wilkinson in the Big 12 in 2005 and 2006. 

Axelina Johansson took home the bronze medal in the shot put at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a true freshman, and she was named the Big Ten Women's Outdoor Freshman of the Year. She was the Big Ten outdoor runner-up and indoor bronze medalist and collected All-America honors at both NCAA meets. Following the outdoor season, the Hok, Sweden native finished 12th in the shot put at the World Athletics Championships with a new personal best of 60-11 1/4 (18.57m), the No. 2 throw in Nebraska outdoor history. Johansson was the only collegiate student-athlete to reach the final 12 in the shot put at the World Championships. She also enters the season ranked No. 2 in school history in the indoor shot put (59-9 3/4, 18.23m).

Mirta Kulisic finished 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin to earn second-team All-America honors. The junior from Split, Croatia was the runner-up in the javelin at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and ranks No. 8 in school history with a PR of 175-1 (53.37m).  

Darius Luff earned first-team All-America honors in the 60m hurdles by finishing seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year. Luff's PR of 7.67 ranks No. 3 in school history. The junior Lincoln High grad also finished 17th in the 110m hurdles at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships and ranks No. 7 all-time at NU (13.59). 

Maxwell Otterdahl won both the shot put and discus gold medals at the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and was named the Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Championships. The junior from Rosemount, Minn., became the first Husker male to win both the shot put and discus titles at the same conference meet since 2004. Otterdahl went on to finish 18th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put and earn USTFCCCA Honorable Mention. He enters the season ranked fifth in school history in the outdoor shot put (65-6 3/4, 19.98m) and seventh in the indoor weight throw (68-5 1/4, 20.86m). 

Jenna Rogers won the Big Ten indoor and outdoor high jump titles as a true freshman last year, becoming the first Husker woman to sweep the conference indoor and outdoor high jump titles since 2004. She was also a two-time first-team All-American by finishing seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships and tying for sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Rutherford, N.J., native enters the season tied for eighth in NU indoor history (6-0 3/4, 1.85m) and fourth in outdoor history (6-1 1/4, 1.86m). 

LaQwasia Stepney placed 13th in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year to earn second-team All-America honors. The junior from Belleville, Ill., was the runner-up in the long jump at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. 

Darby Thomas won the Big Ten indoor long jump crown last year and earned second-team All-America honors after a 12th place finish at nationals. Thomas' breakout season included a PR of 21-5 1/2 (6.54m), the No. 3 indoor mark in school history. 

Jacob HydeCory Berg and Nick Bryant were part of the Nebraska men's 4x400m relay team that pulled off an upset win at the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Racing in the first of two sections with the ninth-fastest seed time entering the meet, the Huskers got a strong anchor leg from Bryant to win section one in 3:09.51. That time held up against section two, despite Iowa and Ohio State possessing two of the fastest 4x400-meter squads in the country. It was the Huskers' first 4x400-meter relay conference title since 2016. 

New Transfers to Watch in 2023
Kavian Kerr (Kansas State) finished fourth in the long jump and 200m at the 2022 Big 12 Indoor Championships. His 200m PR of 20.99 would be the fourth-fastest time in Nebraska school history. 

Tanessa Morris (Montana) was a two-time Big Sky champion in the hammer throw and her PR of 210-4 (64.14m) at Montana would rank as the second-best throw in Husker history. 

Rhema Otabor (Florida International) placed fourth in the javelin at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn first-team All-America honors. Her personal best of 184-6 (56.25m) would rank second in Nebraska school history. 

Arthur Petersen (UT Arlington) was a two-time All-American and Sun Belt champion in the javelin. Petersen was sixth at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships and 11th in 2021. His personal best of 262-2 (79.90m) would be a Nebraska school record. 

Rhianna Phipps (Kansas State) finished 12th in the triple jump at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships and 17th at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her PR of 44-4 1/4 (13.52m) would rank fifth on the all-time top-10 chart at NU. 

Omar Rodgers (Southern Illinois) was the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles champion at the 2022 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. 

Brithton Senior (South Dakota) was an All-American in the 60m hurdles in 2021 after finishing 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships. His personal best of 7.74 would be tied for sixth in school history. 

Velecia Williams (Kansas State) finished 17th in the long jump at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman. Her outdoor long jump personal best of 21-0 3/4 (6.42m) would put her on Nebraska's all-time top-10 chart at No. 10. 

Jonah Wilson (Washington) was a three-time All-American in the shot put for the Huskies. Wilson was eighth at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships, ninth at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships and 16th at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships. His indoor (64-2 1/4, 19.56m) and outdoor (64-7 1/4, 19.69m) personal bests would both rank No. 7 all-time at Nebraska. 

2023 Nebraska Track & Field Captains
Mayson Conner, Senior, High Jump
Michael Hoffer, Senior, Jumps
Lishanna Ilves, Junior, Jumps
Johanna Ilves, Junior, Sprints/Hurdles
Micaylon Moore, Junior, Jumps
Jenna Rogers, Sophomore, High Jump
Bailey Timmons, Senior, Distance
Madison Yerigan, Senior, High Jump

Huskers Aim for Upset of No. 3 Buckeyes

Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-6, 3-3 Big Ten)
vs. 3/3 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Tickets:
 Huskers.com / 1-800-8-BIG-RED

Huskers Shoot for Upset of No. 3 Ohio State
The Nebraska women's basketball team takes aim at an upset when the Huskers battle unbeaten and No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln.

Tip-off between the Huskers (11-6, 3-3 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten) is set for 1:30 p.m. (CT) with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com. A live telecast will be provided by the Big Ten Network with Sloane Martin and Brenda VanLengen on the call. The game also can be heard across the Huskers Radio Network with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 590 AM in Omaha, Huskers.com and the Huskers App.

Saturday's game will be Red Cross Day at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Members of the Red Cross and volunteers will be located at the North and South entrances of the arena and throughout the concourse collecting donations on game day.

The game marks the second straight trip for Ohio State to Lincoln as a nationally ranked and unbeaten team. Nebraska knocked off undefeated (7-0) and then-No. 15 Ohio State, 63-55, at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 16, 2021, as Kate Cain (22 points, 12 rebounds, 9 blocks) and Sam Haiby (11 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds) both nearly notched triple-doubles for the Huskers.

Nebraska already owns a pair of top-20 wins this season, most recently an 85-79 3OT victory over No. 20 Kansas at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Dec. 21, 2022). The Huskers also defeated No. 20 Maryland (90-67) in College Park (Dec. 4, 2022).

Last season, the Huskers posted three wins over top-10 teams, including a 72-55 victory over then-No. 5 Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Feb. 14, 2022). The Big Red also claimed a home win over then-No. 8 Michigan (79-58, Jan. 4, 2022) and against then-No. 10 Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in Indianapolis (March 4, 2022) for NU's most recent win over a top-10 team.

The highest ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was eventual national champion Baylor when the Bears were ranked No. 2 on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers outlasted Baylor 103-99 in 3OT at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Nebraska owns 13 wins over top-10 foes in school history, including three over top-five opponents. Two weeks ago, the Huskers pushed No. 4 Indiana to overtime at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, before falling 74-62.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-6, 3-3 Big Ten)
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 11.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg
40 - Alexis Markowski - 6-3 - So. - C/F - 12.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg
1 - Jaz Shelley - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
42 - Maddie Krull - 5-9 - So. - G - 4.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Off the Bench
21 - Annika Stewart - 6-3 - So. - F - 6.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg
44 - Maggie Mendelson - 6-5 - Fr. - F/C - 5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
14 - Callin Hake - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg
15 - Kendall Moriarty - 6-1 - So. - G - 3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg
32 - Kendall Coley - 6-2 - So. - F/G - 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 2.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg
3 - Allison Weidner (Out) - 5-10 - So. - G - 10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Seventh Season at Nebraska (107-90); 16th Season Overall (300-199)

3/3 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten)
32 - Cotie McMahon - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 12.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg
23 - Rebeka Mikulasikova - 6-4 - Sr. - F - 13.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg
1 - Rikki Harris - 5-10 - RJr. - G - 7.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
2 - Taylor Thierry - 6-0 - So. - G/F - 12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
24    Taylor Mikesell - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 18.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Jacy Sheldon - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 16.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg
0 - Madison Greene - 5-8 - RJr. - G - 10.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
3 - Hevynne Bristow - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 4.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
22 - Eboni Walker - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
5 - Emma Shumate - 6-1 - So. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg
11 - Kaia Henderson - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 1.1 ppg, 0.4 rpg
12 - Mya Perry - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 1.0 ppg, 0.2 rpg
20 - Kaitlyn Costner - 5-8 - So. - G - 0.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg
Head Coach: Kevin McGuff (St. Joseph's, Ind., 1992)
10th Season at Ohio State (161-95); 21st Season Overall (416-191)

Nebraska Notables
Nebraska is coming off an 80-51 win Wednesday over Penn State to improve to 8-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season. Freshman Callin Hake led five Huskers in double figures with a career-high 16 points - her third double-figure scoring effort off the bench in Big Ten play.

Alexis Markowski notched her seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, while Jaz Shelley added her first double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 assists. Shelley just missed her second career triple-double by adding a season-high nine rebounds.

Isabelle Bourne pitched in 10 points and became the 36th 1,000-point scorer in Husker history with her layup in the fourth quarter. Bourne also became just the 22nd player in NU history to achieve the combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,001) and 500 rebounds (545) joining teammate Sam Haiby (1,430 points, 560 rebounds) in that prestigious group.

Maddie Krull contributed 14 points for her second straight game in double figures. 

Nebraska hit 13-of-28 threes in the win over Penn State, the ninth time this season NU has connected on double-digit threes. The Huskers also dominated the glass, 52-33, against PSU.

Kendall Moriarty put the exclamation point on Wednesday's win with a running, half-a-hook three from beyond halfcourt in the closing seconds to beat the shot clock. Moriarty's improbable shot was Scott Van Pelt's "The Best Thing I Saw Today" Wednesday night on ESPN.

Jaz Shelley (Moe, Australia - pronounced MO-ee) has been Nebraska's most potent and reliable weapon throughout the season. The 5-9 guard is averaging 14.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and team-bests of 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals on the season. 

Shelley opened Big Ten play with 29 points in a road upset at No. 20 Maryland (Dec. 4), before pumping in 31 points in a win over Wisconsin (Dec. 7). She added 21 points and five assists in a loss to No. 14 Michigan (Dec. 28).

Preseason All-Big Ten center and 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Alexis Markowski (Lincoln, Neb.) is one of the Big Ten's top rebounders, averaging 9.4 boards to go along with her 12.2 points per contest. The 6-3 center owns seven double-doubles on the season and leads the Huskers with 19 blocks while ranking second on the team with 19 steals.

Last season, Markowski had 23 points and 15 rebounds in an 80-70 loss at then-No. 21 Ohio State (Feb. 10, 2022). 

Nebraska has recently lost starters Allison Weidner (10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Trinity Brady (2.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg) to injuries. Weidner (leg) was injured in the fourth quarter of Nebraska's 85-79 3OT win over No. 20 Kansas (Dec. 21) and is out for the season. Brady (concussion) was injured in the first half of NU's loss at No. 9 Virginia Tech (Dec. 1) and has missed the past nine games.

The injuries to Weidner and Brady have helped hasten the return of three-year starter Sam Haiby to Nebraska's lineup. Haiby, who has more than 1,400 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in her Husker career, produced double figures off the bench in the win over Kansas, and in a starting role at No. 4 Indiana and Rutgers. She is averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 19 minutes per game since returning from her own leg injury suffered in the preseason (Sept. 12).  

In five career games against Ohio State, Sam Haiby has averaged 8.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists. 

In three career games against Ohio State, Isabelle Bourne has averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. She did not play in Nebraska's win over the unbeaten Buckeyes two seasons ago in Lincoln because of COVID-19 protocols.

Scouting the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes
Coach Kevin McGuff brings his unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes to Lincoln with a 17-0 record that includes a 6-0 Big Ten mark following an 87-81 come-from-behind overtime win over current-No. 24 Illinois last Sunday at Value City Arena in Columbus.

The Buckeyes trailed 47-37 at the half to Illinois before rallying to send the game to overtime. The road loss to the Buckeyes propelled Illinois into the top 25 for the first time in 22 years.

Ohio State is one of just three remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I women's basketball, joining defending national champion South Carolina and LSU.

Ohio State has been led throughout the season by fifth-year senior and two-time transfer Taylor Mikesell, who is averaging 18.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. One of the nation's top three-point shooters throughout her career, Mikesell led OSU with 31 points on 7-of-14 three-point shooting in the win over Illinois. She owns 55 threes on the year and 393 in her career. Both those totals rank No. 2 in the nation in Division I. She is also just 46 points away from 2,000 in her career, as her 1,954 career points rank No. 10 among active players. Her career has spanned 139 games, including two seasons at Maryland (2018-20), one at Oregon (2020-21) and two at Ohio State (2021-23).

Mikesell was a first-team All-Big Ten choice last season when she led the conference in three-point percentage (.475), threes made (114) and seventh in scoring (18.6 ppg).

Mikesell is far from a one-woman show for an Ohio State team that has six players averaging in double figures, including a pair of starters (Jacy Sheldon, 16.0 ppg; Madison Greene, 10.9 ppg) currently out of the lineup with injuries. Sheldon was a first-team All-Big Ten pick and a member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team for the Buckeyes last season, when she ranked sixth in the league in scoring (19.7 ppg), fourth in steals (1.9 spg) and eighth in assists (4.2 apg).

Senior Rebeka Mikulasikova adds 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. The 6-4 forward ranks second among the Buckeyes with 28 made three-pointers.

Taylor Thierry, a 6-0 sophomore, has added 12.3 points and team bests of 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. She is hitting 66.7 percent of her field goal attempts, which ranks No. 3 nationally.

True freshman Cotie McMahon has contributed 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals, while joining Mikesell, Mikulasikova and Thierry in the starting five for all 17 games.

Hevynne Bristow (4.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Eboni Walker (3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg) and Emma Shumate (1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg) round out Ohio State's current eight-player rotation.

As a team, Ohio State has created offense from its defense. The Buckeyes own a nation-leading plus-10.4 turnover margin, forcing 23.9 turnovers while committing just 13.6 miscues per game. OSU ranks No. 4 nationally in steals (13.8 spg).

OSU is averaging 87.0 points per game, which ranks No. 5 nationally, while hitting 48.5 percent of its shots (9th nationally), including 35.1 percent of its three-point attempts.

Ohio State has held opponents to 63.2 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting from the field, including just 27.1 percent from three-point range. The opposition has out-rebounded OSU by a narrow margin (37.2-36.8), and the Buckeyes are shooting just 69.5 percent from the free throw line. However, OSU has outscored the opposition, 251-154, at the stripe.

Nebraska vs. Ohio State Series History
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 12-9, but the Huskers defeated the Buckeyes 63-55 in the most recent meeting at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 16, 2021. 

Nebraska's Kate Cain nearly notched a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocked shots, while going 10-for-14 from the field, as the Huskers knocked off then-No. 15 and unbeaten Ohio State (7-0). 

Sam Haiby also threatened a triple-double with 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds despite going 2-for-11 from the field.

Ohio State won the turnover battle 19-6 in the game and attempted 81 field goals, compared to just 58 for Nebraska. But the Big Red out-rebounded the Buckeyes 54-44 and held OSU to just 27.2 percent (22-81) shooting, including 5-for-27 (.185) from three-point range.

Ohio State avenged that loss with an 80-70 win over the Huskers in Columbus, Ohio last season (Feb. 10, 2022). Taylor Mikesell led the then-No. 21 Buckeyes with 21 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting, while Rebeka Mikulasikova added 15 points on a trio of threes. As a team, Ohio State connected on 9-of-21 threes, while Huskers went just 6-for-23 from long range.

Alexis Markowski led the Big Red with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Jaz Shelley contributed 14 points and five assists. Isabelle Bourne put three Huskers in double figures with 12 points and six boards, as NU won the rebounding battle, 48-34.

Nebraska and Ohio State have split the past four meetings, including a 78-69 Husker win in Columbus on Dec. 31, 2018. Sam Haiby (8 points) is the only current player on either roster to play in that game.

Nebraska reeled off a five-game winning streak in the series from 2012 to 2014, but Ohio State answered with five straight wins from 2015 to 2017. The series dates back to a 63-54 Nebraska win in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 2, 1990. OSU won the first meeting between the teams as Big Ten foes, 82-68, in Columbus on Jan. 19, 2012.

Williams Claims 300th Career Win
Amy Williams claimed career head coaching victory No. 300 when the Huskers defeated Penn State, 80-51, on Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. She owns 107 wins at Nebraska, 96 at South Dakota and 97 at Rogers State.

Williams has collected a trio of century club victories this season. She notched her 200th career NCAA Division I victory against Samford (Dec. 10). The milestone win followed closely behind claiming her 100th victory as Nebraska's head coach with a 73-44 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Puerto Rico Clasico (Nov. 25).

Husker Numbers to Watch
Isabelle Bourne is expected to compete in her 100th career game as a Husker on Saturday against Ohio State. Bourne recently became Nebraska's 36th career 1,000-point scorer and will move into sole possession of No. 35 on NU's scoring list with her next point. Issie's older sister, Callie, recently reached the 1,000-point mark in her fifth season at Idaho State, achieving the milestone at San Diego (Nov. 25) in career game No. 118.

Jaz Shelley is eight three-pointers away from 129 in her Husker career, which would move her into the top 10 on Nebraska's career three-point list. Shelley has 121 made threes in just 49 games (2.5 pg) as a Husker. The only player in NU's top 10 to hit threes at a faster clip in her career is Natalie Romeo, who connected on 155 threes in 55 games (2.8 pg) as a Husker (2014-15, 2015-16). Amy Stephens, one of the greatest shooters and scorers in Nebraska history, hit 129 threes in 57 games (2.3 pg) in the first two seasons of the three-point shot in women's college basketball (1987-88, 1988-89). Nebraska's all-time three-point leader, All-American and 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year Jordan Hooper, hit 295 threes in 131 career games (2.3 pg).

Jaz Shelley is 48 points away from 1,000 in her college career (656-Nebraska; 296-Oregon).

Sam Haiby is three points away (1,430) from matching Diane DelVigna for No. 14 on Nebraska's all-time scoring list (1,433 points, 1978-79, 1979-80).

Kendall Moriarty has already surpassed her season point total (66-45) from a year ago while more than tripling her three-point total (11-3) and nearly tripling her season rebound total (35-12). She also has more than tripled her steals total (11-3), more than quadrupled her made free throws (9-2) and matched her season block total (3) from a year ago.

Huskers Travel to Morehead State to Open Spring Portion of Season

The No. 4 Nebraska Rifle team (5-4) will travel to Morehead, Ky., this Saturday, Jan. 14, to open up the spring portion of the 2022-23 season against the Morehead State Eagles. The match is set to start at 7 a.m. (central) at the Button Rifle Range.

Results can be found at https://results.megalink.no/

The Huskers' match against Morehead State on Saturday marks the first of three regular-season matches during the spring portion of the season, along with the Patriot Rifle Conference (PRC) Championships, NCAA Qualifiers and NCAA Championships.

"We are excited to welcome the team back to campus this week," said Head Coach Mindy Miles. "The team will have two matches in the books before the semester officially starts. This week, we had time to really focus in on practice and getting back into the groove. The team has had a great refresh before our first match this spring with Morehead. We are excited to have the opportunity to compete and add another good score."

NU has faced the Eagles five times and is 4-1 in those matchups. The last time the two teams met was in 2018, and the Huskers won 4,654-4,634.

Morehead State is 6-1 on the season and is tied for No. 15 in the CRCA Top 20 poll. The Eagles have collected wins against No. 15 Georgia Southern, No. 18 North Georgia and No. 20 UT Martin, while their loss came at the hands of No. 10 Akron.

During the fall portion of the 2022-23 season, Nebraska went 5-4, with wins against No. 9 Air Force, No. 15 Georgia Southern, No. 19 The Citadel and UTEP. The Huskers' losses came against No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks, No. 6 TCU and No. 12 Ohio State.

The Huskers' last match was a 4,712-4,613 rout of UTEP on Nov. 20. The team swept the top four spots, as junior All-American Cecelia Ossi placed first (1,185), fellow All-American Madelynn Erickson was second (1,180), and freshmen Emma Rhode (1,178) and Camilla Johannessen (1,167) completed the top-four sweep.

The team broke numerous records during the first half of its season. Freshmen Emma Rhode and Vittoria Watts set a new NU air rifle record of 598. The Huskers set team records in all three events – 4,726 in the aggregate against Alaska-Fairbanks, 2,381 in the air rifle against Alaska-Fairbanks and 2,345 in the smallbore against Air Force. Nebraska also shot the top five aggregate scores in program history this season.

Following the Huskers' match on Saturday, they will return home for a match against No. 6 TCU at the Nebraska Rifle Range on Jan. 21.

NIL Update from Nebraska Athletics

On Thursday, January 12, Nebraska Vice Chancellor, Director of Athletics Trev Alberts sent the following message to fans regarding Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) updates related to Nebraska Athletics:

Happy New Year Huskers!

The New Year has brought many new faces to Husker Athletics, most notably in our football program. This week we welcomed several new football coaches and staff members to the Husker family as Coach Rhule continues to build his program. He and his staff have brought a new energy to our building, and we are excited for what is ahead and the start of spring practice.

I want to congratulate Coach Rhule and his staff for putting together an excellent recruiting class in a short amount of time. Our newest Huskers join our program amidst a new era of college football. Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) and the Transfer Portal have changed the recruiting and roster retention process and we must embrace these changes to compete in this new environment.

Nebraska has been on the forefront of NIL since its introduction in July 2021. Shortly thereafter, third-party entities known as collectives were formed to expand and organize NIL offerings for our student-athletes since institutions were prohibited from involvement in NIL activities. Athlete Branding and Marketing (ABM) was formed in 2021 and established a strong foundation for NIL opportunities at Nebraska. In December 2022, ABM fulfilled their NIL obligations and shut down operation. Recently, three new collectives were created to provide NIL opportunities for student-athletes.

•    The 1890 Initiative – Led by Matt Davison
•    Big Red Collaborative – Led by Kris Brown
•    Athlete Impact Management – Led by Ralph Castner

Recent changes to the NCAA policy allow institutions to promote collectives. This allows the Athletic Department more opportunities to educate donors on the programs and benefits of these third-party collectives. This was a welcome change, as each week I receive questions from fans confused about the role of collectives and searching for clarity on how to support our athletes through NIL.

Nebraska Athletics fully supports The 1890 Initiative, Big Red Collaborative and Athlete Impact Management. Since July 1, 2021, Husker student-athletes have participated in over 2,500 NIL activities. These new NIL opportunities give our student athletes a chance to connect with our great fans through appearances, camps or a social media shoutout. Nebraska has emerged as a national leader in NIL activity because of our great fan support and these opportunities are helping our coaches recruit the best talent to Nebraska.

Another way you can support Husker student-athletes is through donations to the Huskers Athletic Fund and specifically the N-Vest Nebraska program. Our fan support has always differentiated our programs. I would like to encourage our fans to support these organizations who in turn support our student-athletes with opportunities. NIL rules and policy interpretations will continue to evolve, and our staff has made it a priority to continue to be a national leader in this space and we are committed to continuing to educate our generous fans and donors on this topic.

GO BIG RED!

Trev Alberts
Vice Chancellor, Director of Athletics