September 16, 2014

Big Ten announces basketball schedules. Download the schedule here

Weekend matchups against Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa and Maryland at Pinnacle Bank Arena highlight the Huskers’ 2014-15 Big Ten schedule, as the Big Ten Conference unveiled its complete conference schedule.  Nebraska, which finished fourth in the Big Ten with an 11-7 mark in 2013-14, will face 12 of its 18 Big Ten contests against teams which reached postseason last year, including a pair of matchups with Final Four qualifier Wisconsin.

Men’s basketball schedule

The Nebraska women’s basketball team will face a loaded 18-game Big Ten Conference regular season, including marquee home matchups with 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Maryland, Penn State, Purdue and Iowa.

Women’s basketball schedule

McDermott returning to Omaha to sign autographs

Doug McDermott will return to the Creighton University campus on Tuesday (Aug. 26) to sign autographs while raising money for several Omaha charities. Presented by Creighton University and the Omaha World-Herald, the autograph session will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the school’s new Championship Center in the 600 block of 19th Street.

Doug McDermott memorabilia is available for purchase on his official website,, and will also be available for purchase at this event. McDermott will sign up to three autographs per person, at $10 per autograph. Items purchased at the event will be marked and will not be subject to the $10 per autograph fee.

McDermott won 14 National Player of the Year accolades during a senior season that saw him lead the Bluejays to a third straight Round of 32 NCAA Tournament appearance, as he topped the nation in scoring with 26.7 points and added a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. The Heider College of Business graduate also won an ESPY in 2014 as the “Best Male College Athlete”.

McDermott finished his career fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and was the first male to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press since 1985.

Nebraska to tip-off ACC/Big Ten Challenge with the first of 14 matchups on ESPN’s network of channels

The tip-off times and television information for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge we announced and Nebraska’s game at Florida State on Monday, Dec. 1, will tip off at 6 p.m. (central) and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The Huskers’ game with the Seminoles is one of two games  that evening, as Rutgers will take on Clemson on ESPNU with a 6 p.m. tip. The remainder of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will feature six games on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 3, with doubleheaders on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

Tuesday’s announcement is the second announcement in the past week about non-conference television and start times. The Huskers’ Diamondhead Classic opener against Hawaii will be on ESPNU while other tournament games will also be on ESPN2, ESPNU or online on

Monday, Dec. 1
Nebraska at Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Rutgers at Clemson, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Pittsburgh at Indiana (6 p.m., ESPN2)
Minnesota at Wake Forest (6 p.m., ESPNU)
Syracuse at Michigan (6:30 p.m., ESPN)
NC State at Purdue (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Illinois at Miami (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Ohio State at Louisville (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Michigan State at Notre Dame (6:15 p.m., ESPN2)
Virginia Tech at Penn State (6:15 p.m., ESPNU)
Iowa at North Carolina (6:30 p.m., ESPN)
Virginia at Maryland (8:15 p.m., ESPN2)
Georgia Tech at Northwestern (8:15 p.m., ESPNU)
Duke at Wisconsin (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Nebraska men’s basketball freezes season ticket prices

The University of Nebraska athletic department is not raising the prices for season ticket holders.  Nebraska, which sold out season tickets some six months before its debut in Pinnacle Bank Arena, averaged a school-record 15,149 fans last season, ranking No. 13 in the nation. The per-game average increase of 5,067 fans from the previous season was the largest by a Division I men’s program since 2006-07.

Nebraska executive associate athletic director Marc Boehm said they aren’t raising prices because it wants to ensure a full arena.

“That’s our No. 1 goal,” Boehm said. “We didn’t want to disrupt any of that.”

Ticket holders will be responsible for a $1 surcharge per ticket, per game, a charge the athletic department picked up last season.  Season-ticket packages in the 300 level will remain less than $100.  Nebraska is lowering that price from $5 to $4.75 per game to help offset the $17 surcharge. That’s $97.75 per season ticket.

Nebraska will have a 17-game home schedule, including one exhibition game. Boehm said Nebraska is “on the verge” of releasing its non-conference schedule, but that it’s still trying to fill one last opponent — the regular-season opener, likely to be either Nov. 15 or Nov. 16.  Known home nonconference dates include Nov. 25 vs. Nebraska-Omaha; Dec. 7 against Creighton; Dec. 10 vs. Incarnate Word; and Dec. 13 against Cincinnati.

NU basketball to face Hawaii in Diamond Head Classic opener

The Nebraska basketball team will face a tough challenge in the opening round of the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, when the Huskers face homestanding Hawaii in its tournament opener. The Huskers and Rainbow Warriors will tip off at Midnight (central) on Dec. 23, in a game televised nationally on ESPNU from the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Huskers, who return all five starters from a team that went 19-13 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, face a Rainbow Warrior squad that returns eight letterwinners from a team that won 20 games, its highest win total in a decade, in 2013-14. Hawaii is led by junior forward Isaac Fotu, who earned first-team All-Big West honors by averaging 14.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Fotu is a teammate of Husker sophomore guard Tai Webster on New Zealand’s national team this summer. Hawaii was 14-5 at the Stan Sheriff Center in 2013-14.

Other first-round matchups on Monday, Dec. 22, include Ohio University vs. George Washington (1:30 p.m.), DePaul vs. Colorado (3:30 p.m.) and Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State (10 p.m.). Fans in Lincoln will see the Huskers play twice on television on Dec. 23, as Nebraska will face either defending Missouri Valley Champion Wichita State or Loyola Marymount in the second round on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Nebraska is 2-6 against Hawaii all-time with all eight previous meetings taking place in the state of Hawaii. While the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is in its sixth year of existence, Nebraska has squared off with Hawaii three other times in holiday tournaments (1979, 1997 and 2006) when the Huskers played in the Rainbow Classic. The Huskers will be looking for their first win over Hawaii since 1976.

Nebraska is 6-5 all-time against Wichita State, but the teams have not met in the regular season since 1993. The last meeting between the Huskers and Shockers, who went 35-1 and finished the 2013-14 regular season ranked second in the country, was a WSU win in the first round of the 2011 NIT. The Huskers have faced Loyola Marymount only once, a 67-66 win on Dec. 12, 1980.

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Times in Central)

Mon., Dec 22
1:30 p.m. Ohio vs. George Washington ESPNU
3:30 p.m. DePaul vs. Colorado ESPNU
10 p.m. Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State ESPNU

Tues., Dec 23
Midnight Nebraska vs. Hawaii ESPNU
1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNU
8 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
10:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU

Thurs., Dec 25
12:30 or 3 p.m. 7th-place Game ESPNU or ESPN3
12:30 or 3 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPNU or ESPN3
5:30 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2