July 29, 2014

NU basketball’s Webster heading to his native New Zealand in hopes of making FIBA World Cup team

Nebraska basketball sophomore Tai Webster is heading to his native New Zealand this weekend as he tries out for senior team’s roster for the FIBA World Cup. Webster, is one of 17 players selected to the camp. Competition begins for Webster next week, as New Zealand hosts Korea in a three-game series beginning prior to the FIBA World Cup in late August.

Creighton to host Oklahoma in mid-November, travel to play the Huskers. Download the Bluejays basketball schedule here

Creighton released their non-conference schedule for the 2014-15 season that features eight home games, two games at the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida and road games at Tulsa, Nebraska and North Texas.  Six of the teams played in the postseason a year ago, including five NCAA Tournament qualifiers.

The regular-season begins  on Friday, Nov. 14 when Central Arkansas visits CenturyLink Center Omaha. The contest against the Bears starts CU’s five-game homestand to open the regular-season, matching CU’s longest streak of home games to open a season in the last 30 years.  Two days later Chicago State travels to Omaha. It will be the third trip to Omaha in the last four years for the Cougars.  Big 12 Conference title contender Oklahoma makes its first trip to Omaha since 1973 on Nov. 19 to start a home-and-home series between the schools. Creighton wraps up the homestand with games on Nov. 23 vs. North Carolina Central and Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Illinois. Both contests are part of the Emerald Coast Classic.

The Bluejays face their first games away from home on Nov. 28-29 as play in the Emerald Coast Classic resumes in Niceville, Fla., on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. CU will play against Ole Miss on Nov. 28 before concluding the event with a game the following day against either Middle Tennessee or Cincinnati.

Creighton will open December with its first two true road games of the season. CU closes a four-year series with Tulsa on Dec. 3 with a game at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Oklahoma.  The Bluejays will get their first look inside Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 7 with a trip to Lincoln to face Nebraska. The Bluejays have won 12 of the last 15 regular-season match-ups with the Cornhuskers, including three straight double-digit wins.

CU returns from Lincoln with a three-game homestand that begins on Dec. 9 against South Dakota, which is coached by former Nebraska assistant coach Craig Smith.  Saint Mary’s plays at Creighton for the first time in 35 years on Dec. 13.  CU’s final two non-conference games are against teams from Texas. Texas-Pan American visits Omaha on Dec. 19 before the Jays close out non-conference play on Dec. 21 with a game in Denton, Texas, against North Texas.

After the Christmas break Creighton will begin its second season of double round-robin play in the BIG EAST Conference before heading to Madison Square Garden for the BIG EAST Tournament, which will be March 11-14.

CU’s league schedule won’t come out at least for another 6-8 weeks.   Creighton went 27-8 in 2013-14 while finishing second in the BIG EAST.

Creighton basketball schedule

Story courtesy of GoCreighton.com

Husker hoops reserve suffers torn ACL

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced that senior forward Leslee Smith has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. The injury was discovered during an MRI examination on Tuesday in Lincoln.  Smith suffered the injury last Thursday playing for the British Virgin Islands at the FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The injury occurred in the first half of an 89-60 loss to the Virgin Islands.

Smith will be out indefinitely, as Miles, men’s basketball athletic trainer R.J. Pietig and the Husker medical staff are currently in the process of developing a timeframe for his surgery and rehabilitation. This is the second time that Smith as torn an ACL, as he tore the ACL in his right knee in March of 2011 when he played at SMU.

As a junior, Smith played in all 32 games for the Huskers, averaging 5.4 points on 52 percent shooting and 4.8 rebounds per game as the Huskers’ first post player off the bench. He was third on the team in rebounding and second in both steals (29) and blocked shots (20).

NU basketball forward Leslee Smith injured at FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championships

Leslie Smith (14) tries to defend the basket in a game against the U.S. Virgin Island (photo/VirginIslandsNewsOnline.com)

Leslie Smith (14) tries to defend the basket in a game against the U.S. Virgin Island (photo/VirginIslandsNewsOnline.com)

Nebraska senior forward Leslee Smith is returning to Lincoln to have his left knee further evaluated after he suffered an injury while playing for the British Virgin Islands, in the FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championships.  The injury happened during a game this past Thursday.

Smith helped the British Virgin Islands to a 3-0 start, Smith was averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Smith spent his first two seasons of college ball at SMU, including a redshirt year.  He tore the ACL in his right knee in March of 2011.  He spent the 2012-13 season at Seward County (Kan.) Community College, then transferred to Nebraska, where he averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season over 32 games, with one start.

Perone leaves Omaha Benson’s basketball program for assistant coaches job at Hastings

Omaha Benson girls basketball coach Jon Perone was hired as an assistant women’s coach at Hastings College, leaving the Bunnies after leading them to their first Class A state championship in March. Perone led Benson to its first state tournament berth in 16 years back in 2013 and last season, his seventh with the program, he coached the Bunnies to a 26-2 record, which included a 19-game win streak.

Big turnover for the final four teams in Class A from last season.  Only one coach remains with his team and that’s fourth place finisher, Lincoln Northeast with Steve Bartek. Kip Colony of Millard West, took an assistant principal’s job at Millard South. Marc Kruger, who coached Bellevue West to state runner-up finishes the past two seasons, replaced Colony at Millard West, which finished third.

“Coach Perone has been diligent in building Benson High’s girls basketball into a championship level program,” said Hastings Head Coach Carrie Hofstetter, whose team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2014. “His ability to teach the game, his desire to perfect his craft, and his competitive drive are all attributes that will be extremely valuable to our program moving forward. Having coached the Pinnacle Bank AAU team with Jon last summer, I am already familiar with and aware of his strengths and am confident he will hit the ground running. I am absolutely thrilled to have him join our staff.”