March 27, 2015

Tim Miles to coach all stars at NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles will coach at the NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles will coach at the NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles of Nebraska will serve as head coach of the East team at the College All-Star Game, which will be played during the NCAA Final Four weekend in Indianapolis.

The game, which features top senior NCAA basketball student-athletes, takes place on Friday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. (CT) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The TV broadcast of the game will air on CBS on Saturday, April 4, at noon (CT).

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) will announce additional game information, including team rosters, during game week.

UNK coaching legend calls it quits after 39 years

Tom Kropp (photo/UNK Athletics)

Tom Kropp (photo/UNK Athletics)

Nebraska-Kearney men’s basketball coach Tom Kropp will retire from coaching. Kropp spent 39 seasons with Loper basketball, the last 25 as head coach with a record of 482-245.

The Aurora native was an All-American basketball and football player at UNK and, after a professional basketball career, served as a graduate assistant and assistant coach under Jerry Hueser for 10 seasons.

“At 62 years old, I am one of the older basketball coaches in the profession, and every year I like to re-evaluate my options. My retirement from coaching is a timely decision, because the basketball program is showing strong potential for continued success under the leadership of Kevin Lofton, whom I fully support. In addition, I always wanted to return to teaching full-time toward the end of my career,” Kropp told Lopers.com.

He won three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season titles and two tournament titles, and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament 11 times. Kropp will teach full-time at the university. Co-head coach Kevin Lofton will become the sole head coach.

One and done for Nebraska women

Brianna Butler scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket with 58.7 seconds left, as 8th seeded Syracuse beat the 9th seeded Huskers 72-69 in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night. Emily Cady led Nebraska with 18 points as the Huskers finish the year 21-11.

Syracuse went ahead 62-57 on Butler’s jumper with 4:49 left. Nebraska tied it at 66 as Cady hit a three-pointer with 1:24 to go. That’s when Butler got free inside for the go-ahead shot and the Orange held on to win. Nebraska had a final chance to tie, but Cady missed the second of two foul shots.

Natalie Romeo had 15 points and Hailie Sample added 14 for Nebraska, which had advanced past the NCAA’s opening game in three of its previous four trips.

Listen to Connie Yori’s press conference

Creighton rallies from down 16 but loses WNIT game

Creighton

Creighton

Down 16 points with 16 minutes remaining, the Creighton women’s basketball team got to within three in the final two minutes but came up short as Creighton fell, 68-58, in the opening round of the WNIT Tournament on Thursday, March 19. The loss ended Creighton’s season at 17-14.

The Bluejays fell behind 30-12 with 6:36 showing on the clock, but closed the half on a 12-6 run to go in at the break down 36-24.  South Dakota opened the second half much like it did the first, scoring five straight to push its lead to 41-24 (18:24). The Coyotes led by as much as 16 on two separate occasions, including 48-32 (14:59).

Creighton pulled within three at 54-51 and again at 56-53, but each time South Dakota had the answer.

Concordia women’s basketball comes up short in national title bid

Bailey Morris, NAIA National Player of the Year (photo/Concordia)

Bailey Morris, NAIA National Player of the Year (photo/Concordia)

Playing for their school’s first national championship, The Concordia women’s basketball team jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the title game against Morninside Iowa and built their biggest lead of the game at 26-14, before taking a 30-24 lead into the locker room.

In a tight game in the second half, the Mustangs made a run and with just over 12 minutes to play, Morningside tied the game on a free throw at 41 all. The Bulldogs went back up 53-49, but couldn’t hold off Morningside as Concordia lost 59-57. A great season for Concordia as they finish 35-3.

This was fourth time Morningside beat Concordia this year.  The first was a 78-70 loss at home in November.  The second came on February 21st, a 77-76 lost in Sioux.  The third came in the GPAC championship game, an 80-72 final on March 3rd

“It was an awesome season,” head coach Drew Olson said. “I have never had this much joy and this much fun coaching a team. It is tough to see it end, but I am just thankful that God allowed me to be with this group for as many games as possible.”

Watch coach Olsen’s postgame courtesy of Concordia