Back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013, the Creighton women’s basketball opens the BIG DANCE against No. 10 Toledo on Friday, March 17 at approximately 6:30 pm in Corvallis, Ore.
University of Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles announced Wednesday that freshman Jeriah Horne has decided to transfer from the Husker program following the spring semester.
“Jeriah informed me earlier this week that he intends to transfer,” Miles said. “Though I’m disappointed and hoped he’d stay at Nebraska, I fully support him as he considers his future plans.”
Horne, a 6-foot-7 forward from Overland Park, Kan., played in 29 games as a freshman, averaging 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Horne had a season-high 18 points in a win over Southern, one of five double-figure performances for Horne during the 2016-17 season.
“I want to take a moment and thank the University of Nebraska, Coach Miles, my teammates, my fellow students and all the fans of Husker basketball for welcoming me into their community. I am so thankful for the support I have received here at Nebraska,” Horne said.
“However, I have decided to transfer at the end of the year. This wasn’t an easy decision, but I feel it is best that I explore other educational and athletic opportunities that may be available to me. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I was given and wish everybody at the University of Nebraska nothing but success.”
The Huskers return four starters and eight of the team’s top 10 scorers from the 2016-17 team, while welcoming a trio of newcomers, including Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland and Miami transfer James Palmer Jr., and incoming freshman Nana Akenten.
The Creighton women’s basketball team is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the third time under head coach Jim Flanery and the sixth time in program history. The seventh-seeded Bluejays will face No. 10 Toledo in Corvallis, Ore. Creighton is 1-0 all-time against Toledo, defeating the Rockets on Nov. 30, 1997 by a 72-59 score in Jamaica, NY.
Creighton and Toledo will play the second game on Friday, March 17 at approximately 6:30 pm (CT). The No. 2 seed and host Oregon State will battle No. 15 Long Beach State at 4:00 pm (CT), the Bluejays and Rockets game will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
The bracket was unveiled on Monday evening on ESPN, with the team gathering at D.J. Sokol Arena to watch the Selection Show with their fans.
The Co-Champions of the BIG EAST, Creighton enters the NCAA Tournament with a 23-7 record. The Bluejays tied for first place in the BIG EAST Conference at 16-2, then advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. Each of the Bluejays’ top six players received post-season recognition, led by the teams leading scorer sophomore forward Audrey Faber (13.2 ppg.). Faber was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, while senior Marissa Janning (11.5 ppg) earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Senior Lauren Works (7.4 ppg) earned the BIG EAST Sportsmanship honor, while senior Brianna Rollerson (9.9 ppg & 7.1 rpg) shared the BIG EAST Most Improved awards. Freshman Jaylyn Agnew (7.1 ppg) nabbed the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honor, while junior Sydney Lamberty earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament team with 17.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg over Creighton’s two games.
In his 15th season at the held for the Bluejays, Flanery owns a 292-190 record. He has guided the Bluejays to 20+ wins nine times, while that plateau was reached eight times in the previous 29 seasons.
Following a complete-game shutout against Western Carolina on Sunday, Nebraska junior left-handed pitcher Jake Meyers was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
In the first complete-game shutout of his career, Meyers was dominant on the mound for the second straight week. The Omaha native went a career-high 9.0 innings and allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out four. Meyers was efficient, needing 104 pitches for the complete game, and needed 10 pitches or less in an inning four times. Last week against previously unbeaten Arizona Meyers tossed 5.0 innings in a 1-0 shutout of the 2016 national runners up.
Following a leadoff double in the fourth, Meyers retired 18 of the final 20 Catamounts he faced. Meyers sat WCU down in order in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, and needed just six pitches to get through the eighth.
The Catamounts never had more than one runner on base all afternoon and had a runner in scoring position just twice.
Meyers is the first Husker to record a complete-game shutout since May of last season when Matt Waldron did it against Penn State. Monday marks the first time Meyers has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the week and is the first Husker pitcher to earn the award since Waldron did last season.
The Creighton men’s basketball team is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six seasons, and 20th time in program history. The sixth-seeded Bluejays earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will meet 11th-seeded Rhode Island on Friday, March 17 in games played in Sacramento, Calif.
The game will be played approximately 30 minutes after the 1 p.m. Central tip between Oregon and Iona, and be contested at Golden 1 Center (15,745 capacity). It will be televised by TBS.
The bracket was unveiled on Sunday afternoon on CBS, with the team gathering at D.J. Sokol Arena to watch the Selection Show with their fans.
Creighton enters the NCAA Tournament with a 25-9 record. The Bluejays tied for third place in the BIG EAST Conference, then beat Providence and Xavier to reach the finals of the BIG EAST Tournament. Junior guard Marcus Foster (18.3 ppg.) leads the team in scoring and was named a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection. He was also named to the All-BIG EAST Tournament Team on Saturday night. Center Justin Patton (13.1 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 1.5 bpg.) owns 71 dunks and ranks second in the country in field goal percentage (.694), which helped him earn BIG EAST Freshman of the Year accolades. Sophomore guard Khyri Thomas was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and leads the team with 51 steals.
Creighton is coached by Greg McDermott, who owns a 166-81 record in seventh year with the Bluejays. This year marks his seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level, including trips to the third-round in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Among McDermott’s assistant coaches is Preston Murphy, an assistant and associate head coach at Rhode Island from 2010-14 and a standout with the Rams from 1995-99, where he helped URI to the Elite Eight.
This year marks Creighton’s 19th postseason bid in the last 20 seasons, which includes 11 NCAA Tournament bids in that span. The Bluejays have won at least one game in each of its last eight postseason appearances.
Rhode Island (24-9) earned its spot in the NCAA Tournament with Sunday’s victory in the Atlantic-10 Conference title game. The Rams are coached by Dan Hurley and are 4-1 on neutral floors this season. E.C. Matthews averages 14.9 points per game, while Hassan Martin is close behind with 14.1 ppg. URI enters the NCAA’s on an eight-game win streak.
The teams have met once previously, a 74-73 Creighton victory in the 2008 National Invitation Tournament. That game featured the Bluejays overcoming a 12-point deficit in the final 3:10, winning the game on a Cavel Witter three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left.
The winner of Friday’s Creighton/Rhode Island game will meet the winner of the game between third-seeded Oregon and 14th-seeded Iona. The winner of that second-round contest advances to the Midwest Regionals, held March 23 and 25 in Kansas City, Mo. Teams that advance out of the Regionals will head to the Final Four, contested on April 1 and 3 in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Nebraska football team practiced for a little over two hours Saturday in the Hawks Championship Center in full pads.
Head Coach Mike Riley spoke to the media after practice about the overall progression of the team.
“We have already seen quite a bit of variety from the defense which is good certainly at this point with any added rushers to this picture. We aren’t ever probably close to what you would say is game ready. The one on one parts are good work and a mixed bag right now I would say as far as success ratio of offense and defense.”
Coach Riley also noted the progress of the offensive line and the improved depth in that position group.
“I would say we are on our way to having more depth on the offensive line of guys that can play in the game. My goal as has always been at least, if you can get 10, but I’ve never been there before in my life so we are pushing that. We have all the makings of being able to protect the quarterback and then the other fact of the matter is that you have to protect the line with your scheme. You really have to be thoughtful about that.”
Riley addressed the media on the situation regarding the breakdown of special teams coaching and the progress of the special teams units.
“I think that to this point right now today, it’s been pretty smooth. I think that having a veteran kicker is a good thing for us in that fashion. We are going to add more and more to what we do on the punt team as we go but the foundation of what we wanted to do has gone in fairly well. I feel okay about it at this time.” Coach Riley mentioned. “Just about everybody on our staff. Everybody has a part and so we divided it. A lead person for that team will be Coach Bray and will be assisted by Coach Elliott and Coach Thompson.”
Riley mentioned what his goal was to get out of two practices next week before the Huskers take some time off for Spring Break.
“I guess the first part of it has more to do with what to do to with the introduction of the basic situation of what we are going to do. First and 10, we are going to get a little 3rd down and a little red zone in. It’s kind of short version of all the instillations, the bigger picture.”
The Huskers will be back in action for spring practice on Tuesday.
Junior Jake Meyers recorded the first complete-game shutout of his career and the Husker offense exploded for 10 runs on 12 hits on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field. With four runs on 15 hits through the first two games of the series, the Nebraska baseball team (6-8, 0-0 Big Ten) avoided a sweep by the Western Carolina Catamounts (7-8, 0-0 SoCon) with a 10-0 victory.
For the second straight Sunday Meyers was dominant on the mound. The lefty went a career-high 9.0 innings and allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out four. Meyers was efficient, needing 104 pitches for the complete game, and needed 10 pitches or less in an inning four times on the afternoon. Last week against previously unbeaten Arizona Meyers tossed 5.0 innings in a 1-0 shutout of the 2016 national runners up.
Following a leadoff double by Caleb Robinson in the fourth, Meyers retired 18 of the final 20 Catamounts he faced. Meyers sat WCU down in order in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, and needed just six pitches to get through the eighth.
The Catamounts never had more than one runner on base all afternoon and had a runner in scoring position just twice.
Meyers is the first Husker to record a complete-game shutout since May of last season when Matt Waldron did it against Penn State.
All nine Huskers notched a hit on the day, including three from Scott Schreiber and two from Alex Rabun. Schreiber was also one of four Huskers with a pair of RBIs on the afternoon, he was joined by Mojo Hagge, Angelo Altavilla and Jake Schleppenbach.
Western Carolina got a pair of 7.0-inning outings from its starters in the first two games of the series, but had to go to its bullpen early on Sunday. Junior Brendan Nail was unable to get out of the third inning, as he gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks over 2.2 innings.
After Meyers hung a zero on the board in the top of the first the Husker offense gave him a 2-0 lead. Hagge led off with a single and Altavilla was hit-by-pitch to put two runners on and no out. The Catamounts caught a break when Meyers hit into a 5-3 double play, but the Huskers still had Altavilla at second with two down. Schreiber stepped in and picked up his 10th RBI of the season with a single to right field. Without an RBI on the season, Ben Miller belted a two-out RBI double to left field that plated Schreiber and gave Miller his 100th career RBI.
Meyers made quick work of the Catamounts in the second and NU’s offense went back to work, scoring three times in the second for a 5-0 lead. Raburn and Brady Childs started the frame with back-to-back singles and Schleppenbach drove both in with his first career triple. Hagge then picked up his fifth RBI of the season with a RBI groundout. Later in the inning Meyers notched a two-out single and Schreiber followed with a single, but was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
All nine Huskers came to the plate in the third and the Huskers added three more runs to take a 8-0 lead. After not allowing a walk in the first two innings, Nail issued four in the third. With two outs and the bases full following a two-out walk to Schleppenbach, Nail issued his fourth walk of the inning to Hagge and the freshman picked up his second RBI of the game. WCU went to reliever Chad Mabini, who gave up a two-RBI single to Altavilla and then walked Meyers to reload the bases. Mabini finally put an end to the bleeding with a groundout off the bat of Schreiber.
The Huskers picked up another two-out run in the fifth, increasing their lead to 9-0. Meyers worked a two-out walk and then scored all the way from first on double by Schreiber, his third hit of the game. Meyers scored again with two outs in the eighth when he was hit-by-pitch to open the frame before later scoring on a double by Luis Alvarado.
The Huskers will be back on the field next weekend at Hawks Field when they host the College of Charleston Cougars for a three-game series. The series opener is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4:05 p.m.
Another fast start spurred Arizona State past the Nebraska softball team on Sunday, as the Sun Devils completed a three-game sweep of the Huskers with a 6-0 victory at Farrington Stadium.
ASU sprinted out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, continuing the theme of the weekend. In the three-game series, the Sun Devils (19-5) scored 27 of their 28 runs in the first two innings. Nebraska rebounded from the poor start and avoided the run-rule but fell to 4-16 on the season with the loss. Fourteen of the Huskers’ 16 losses have come to opponents who have spent at least one week ranked in the top 25 this season.
Freshman left-hander Sydney McLeod fought hard in the circle, but was saddled with her third loss to a ranked opponent this season. McLeod (0-3), a Goodyear, Ariz., native, settled in after a rough start. McLeod allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits but did not allow an earned run after the second inning.
Nebraska was retired on just six pitches in the top of the first inning before Arizona State grabbed a 3-0 lead four batters into the bottom of the frame following a three-run homer from Chelsea Gonzales.
The Sun Devils added two more runs in the second inning on a two-run single from Gonzales. Leading 5-0, ASU had a chance for more with the bases loaded and one out before McLeod fought back and escaped further damage following a pair of popups.
ASU struck again in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a Husker error to take a 6-0 lead on a bloop RBI single from Taylor Becerra.
Offensively, Nebraska was never able to get much going against Arizona State’s Dale Ryndak. The Huskers failed to get a runner past first base in the game, as Ryndak allowed only two hits and faced just two batters over the minimum in her 6.0 innings. Senior Cassie McClure had both of the Huskers’ hits, singling in the second and fourth innings while finishing 2-for-3. McClure also pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Big Red.
After playing its first 20 games of the season on the road, the Huskers return home to host their first home games next weekend, welcoming New Mexico State to Bowlin Stadium for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday.
Sixth-seeded Creighton opened the second half on a 17-4 run and never looked back in a 70-58 victory on Friday night in quarterfinal round action of the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament, presented by Jeep.
The win improves Creighton to 24-8 on the year, while Providence is now 20-12. With the win, Creighton advances to Friday’s 8 p.m. Central semifinal against seventh-seeded Xavier. The Musketeers eliminated second-seeded Butler by a 62-57 score earlier on Thursday.
Both teams battled through foul trouble in the first half. Creighton’s starting point guard Davion Mintz picked up two fouls in the first 2:30 and played just six minutes in the first half. CU’s leading scorer, Marcus Foster, had nine of CU’s first 17 points, only to be relegated to a spectator’s role after two fouls in a 46-second span and be forced to sit the rest of the half.
PC led 30-27 at the break, led by six points from Jalen Lindsey. CU was led by nine points by Foster and eight from Khyri Thomas at the break. CU shot 37.9 percent in the first 20 minutes despite 1-of-11 long-range marksmanship. Creighton led the rebound battle 22-18.
Creighton opened the second half on a 7-0 run, taking its largest lead to that point at 35-30. Free throws from Mintz and Thomas preceded a Cole Huff trey and a Thomas hoop to force a timeout. Justin Patton then threw down a dunk after the break as CU went up by seven.
Mintz continued to push the pace, extending the run to 17-4 to open the half as Creighton went up 44-34 with 11:41 to play. The Bluejays would not see their lead dip below four (44-40) the rest of the evening.
Thomas led Creighton with 19 points, while Foster had 15 and Huff contributed 10 points. Foster’s 15 points give him 589 on the year, breaking Doug McDermott’s mark (581) for points by a newcomer. The Bluejays shot 42.6 percent from the floor, including 4-of-20 from three-point range, and were also 20-of-33 at the line. Creighton picked up 10 steals, including three each by Mintz and Thomas.
Kyron Cartwright, who buried a three-pointer in the final seconds of Providence’s win in Omaha on Feb. 22nd, led the Friars with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists before fouling out in the final minute. Emmitt Holt added 14 points and Alpha Diallo scored 10 points. The Friars were 20-of-50 from the field and 4-of-21 from long-range, sinking 14-of-26 foul shots. PC won the rebound battle 39-38, but committed 22 turnovers.
The quarterfinal culminated a wild day at the World’s Most Famous Arena that saw the No. 5 (Marquette), No. 6 (Creighton) and No. 7 (Xavier) seeds advance, in addition to No. 1 seed Villanova.
Michigan used a blistering shooting night in spoiling Nebraska’s senior night with a 93-57 win over the Huskers Sunday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Wolverines (20-11, 10-8 Big Ten) put five players in double figures, led by Derrick Walton Jr., who finished with 18 points and a school-record 16 assists. Walton’s effort helped Michigan shot 63 percent, including 14-of-27 from 3-point range.
Nebraska, which shot 56 percent in the first half, shot just 29 percent in the second half and committed 16 turnovers, which led to 24 Michigan points.
With the loss, the Huskers will play No. 13 seed Penn State Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C.
Freshman Isaiah Roby tied for team-high honors with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while Ed Morrow Jr. added 10 points and four rebounds. Tai Webster, who had reached double figures in 30 straight games, was held to a season-low eight points, but led NU with five assists.
Michigan used a blistering shooting effort in the first half, shooting 59.3 percent from the field, including 8-of-15 from 3-point range, in building a 45-29 halftime advantage. Walton keyed the performance for the visitors, dishing out nine first-half assists and adding seven points and three steals in the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan silenced a near sellout crowd in the opening minutes, hitting four of its first five 3-pointers as part of a 14-0 run to build a 12-point lead five minutes into the game. The Huskers, behind the play of Jordy Tshimanga, cut the deficit to eight after two straight baskets for the freshman, who had nine first-half points. Tshimanga had all nine of his points in the first half and added four rebounds. The Huskers trailed 26-17 after a Michael Jacobson layup, but Michigan used a 13-2 spurt to extend the lead to 20 after 3-pointers from Zak Irvin and Mortiz Wagner, and led by 16 at the break. Nebraska shot 56 percent in the first, but committed 10 turnovers, which led to 14 Michigan first-half points.
The Huskers cut the deficit to 14 in the opening minutes of the second half on a Roby basket, but Michigan ran off seven straight points to build a 21-point margin and cruised the rest of the way.
Wednesday’s Big Ten Tournament opener is set for 3:30 p.m.