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Women's basketball: IPFW at UNO

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Baxter Arena

Radio: 1180 AM

IPFW (5-18, 1-9)

G Courtney Ogle, 6-0, Sr., 4.5

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks Creighton, Nebraska basketball and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include Maurice Watson's huge night against Xavier, what the rest of the season looks like for Creighton and getting into the tournament, Nebraska playing without Shavon Shields and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Creighton guard Maurice Watson talks about the Xavier win and more

Creighton point guard Maurice Watson joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his monster night against Xavier, the Big East, the remainder of the Jays' season and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Husker staff shuffles roles, names new director of high school football relations

LINCOLN — Nebraska football's new director of high school relations will be Kenny Wilhite, the former Husker defensive back who worked last season as NU's assistant director of player personnel.

Wilhite, who grabbed All-Big Eight honors in 1991 as a cornerback, was one of the few administrators held over in the coaching transition between Bo Pelini and Mike Riley. He replaces Chris Brasfield, who took an associate athletic director job within the department that focuses on recruitment and student-athlete experience across all Husker sports.

Brasfield was hired last year by Ri...

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Big Ten baseball coaches leave Nebraska out of preseason top six

LINCOLN — Nebraska baseball did not land a spot in the top six of the Big Ten preseason rankings, as voted on by the conference coaches and released Wednesday.

Michigan was tabbed as the 2016 favorite. Maryland was No. 2, followed by Indiana, Iowa, 2014 champ Illinois and Michigan State. The league reveals only the six highest vote getters. 

The conference coaches have picked the Huskers to finish second before each of the last three seasons — which they ended up doing in 2013 and 2014. Last year NU finished eighth with a 9-14 league record, losing both of its league tourname...

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Creighton held Xavier to the worst 3-point shooting night of the 2015-16 season

There were a lot of storylines in Creighton's 70-56 win over No. 5 Xavier on Tuesday night. It was the Jays fourth all-time win over a top-five team, and the first since 2014. It was a career night for Maurice Watson. And CU did it while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, including a 7-for-30 — 23.3 percent — from long range.

So how did the Jays — who have been shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc this season — upset the fifth-ranked team in the nation on a sub-par shooting night?

By making the other team shoot worse.

Xavier poste...

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Mad Chatter: Why Omaha feels so close to college basketball's epicenter; Creighton's bracketology; the day Tom Osborne beat Tony Dungy

Before we blast Scottie Pippen and reminisce on Tony Dungy's first meeting with Tom Osborne, I want to know:

Do you feel the connections? Have you noticed how many college basketball teams feel semi-local these days?

Neither Creighton nor Nebraska is having a banner season, but I find myself unusually familiar with college hoops’ best teams. It's crazy. 

Check out the coaches poll: 

1. Villanova — Creighton played them twice (not successfully).

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UNO's Kyler Erickson honored by NABC, will travel to Final Four

Kyler Erickson, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder months after witnessing a school shooting while a senior at Millard South, has shared his story with students from approximately 20 schools.

UNO’s senior guard has also assisted in apartment setup for refugees, helped at an orphanage in Mexico and volunteered for a number of charitable organizations in his hometown while playing for the Mavs.

Tuesday, Erickson was one of five Division I players named to the 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team, joining Shavon Shields of Nebraska and three others. They were selected f...

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Recruiting: Nebraska's next top quarterback target?

Nebraska may have more than just one top quarterback target for the 2017 class. 

The Huskers have shown considerable interest in Calabasas (Calif.) quarterback Tristan Gebbia, but Husker Online reported Tuesday night that Sayville (N.Y.) High School quarterback Jack Coan will be making an unofficial visit to Nebraska for the spring game. 

A four-star quarterback according to 247sports, Coan plays on Long Island — not a football hotbed in the least — and was the subject of a lengthy profile in Sports Illustrated. Like 2016 recruit JD Spielman, Coan is a top lacrosse player and...

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Storm Chasers host Royals' World Series trophy at Omaha Hy-Vee

The Royals’ World Series trophy found a temporary home in the Hy-Vee at 9707 Q St. on Tuesday. Fans got a chance to see the trophy up close, but only after Curt Nelson, director of the Royals Hall of Fame, placed it on a pedestal fit for such a prize.

See video from the event, plus a photo showcase.

Hy-Vee was well-prepared for the event.

Ready at @ApplewoodHyVee for a visit from the #Ro...

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TBL: Adam Carriker gives his thoughts on the Huskers, NFL and more

Former Husker Adam Carriker joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Tuesday to discuss the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning retiring, the Huskers' search for a defensive line coach and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Pick Six Podcast: Husker recruiting, the 500-mile radius, the next D-line coach, hoops programs, Super Bowl 50

World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon tackle the hottest topics in sports, offering their in-depth analysis of the latest headlines.

In the Feb. 9 episode of "The Pick Six Podcast," the guys discuss ways to improve Husker recruiting, the 500-mile radius, replacing NU's D-line coach, Nebraska and Creighton hoops, next year's prospects for the state's basketball programs, Super Bowl 50 and more.

Check out the video podcast below in three segments. Scroll down for the audio-only version.

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Four-star recruit Mitchell Ballock picks Creighton

Creighton picked up a highly ranked recruit on Sunday night.

Mitchell Ballock, a four-star shooting guard from Eudora, Kan., committed to Creighton. He made the announcement on Twitter.

"I realized it was the best situation for me," Ballock told Rivals.com. "I like their style of play. I enjoyed the experience and all of the people are great people.

"Also, everything that coach and I talked about made me decide (Creighton) was the best decision for me."

The 6-foot-4 junior grew up less than 20 minutes from Kansas and turned down an offer from the Jayhawks to pick ...

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Shavon Shields released from hospital after being carted off on stretcher during Rutgers game

Husker forward Shavon Shields was injured while attempting to block a shot during Nebraska's 87-63 win over Rutgers on Saturday, with the senior being knocked unconscious and eventually carried off the floor on a stretcher.

Shields — while jumping to swat a shot — had his feet taken out from under him before hitting the floor hard. He was not immediately moving following the injury, and remained on the floor for a total of nine minutes. It was later revealed that the Husker was knocked out after his upper body slammed into the floor on the play. After regaining consciousness, Shiel...

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Women's basketball: Creighton at Xavier

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati

CREIGHTON (12-11, 6-5)

F Audrey Faber, 6-2, Fr., 13.8

F Bailey Norby, 6-2, So., 4.3

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Women's basketball: South Dakota at UNO

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Baxter Arena

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

SOUTH DAKOTA (18-5, 9-1)

G Tia Hemiller, 5-8, Sr., 11.4

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Women's basketball: Nebraska at Indiana

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana

Radio: 590 AM KXSP

INDIANA (14-9, 6-5)

F Amanda Cahill, 6-2, So, 14.7

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Video: Former Creighton star Ethan Finlay sets up winning USMNT goal

Former Creighton soccer star Ethan Finlay set up the game-winning goal during Friday's U.S. soccer match with Canada.

Jozy Altidore scored on a header off a cross from Finlay in the 89th minute for the only goal in the game.

This is Finlay's first camp with the U.S. national soccer team.

Watch the goal below:

Watch @EthanFinlay13's 👌pass and @JozyAltidore's 👍finish to give the #USMNT a 1-0 win over Canada. #USAvCANhttps://t.co/03iFZli3hv— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) February 6, 2016

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update: 10 leftover thoughts from signing day

Well, we've hit the finish line of one class. We'll start examining in brief what the 2017 class might look like soon.

But first, some lengthy leftover notes from the 2016 class and signing day.

>> Did you sense the undercurrent of urgency in Mike Riley's comments and tone on signing day? It was there. His whole demeanor — the energy level, the even-handed approach to a decent class, his appraisal of winning the Matt Farniok recruiting battle — was a considerable upgrade over last year, when Riley was under the weather and at the tail end of a total career whirlwind. Read more »

Mad Chatter: Another Super Bowl classic? I fear not; Lavonte David vs. Goliath Newton; why do Husker hoops fans give up so easily

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover Peyton Manning’s private investigators and the 1985 Bears, the future of the Big 12 and Cam Newton vs. Lavonte David, why Husker basketball fans leave early and who Nebraska almost hired instead of Bob Devaney.

But first, a Super Bowl history lesson. 

When I was a kid — way back before cell phones and the Internet — the Super Bowl wasn’t much fun. Yes, it was still a spectacle. Yes, it still drew a huge audience. But it was over by halftime just about every year. It was anticlimax to the NFC championship ...

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Husker fans give 2016 recruiting class a B grade

Nebraska's 2016 class offers a potential upgrade to pass coverage, but the Huskers missed on potential pass rushers.

How does Husker Nation feel about the class? 

Seventy-three percent of fans gave coach Riley and the 2016 class a solid B grade in our fan poll. 13 percent voted A, 13 percent for C and only 2 percent for D.

Two players earned top honors for the class.

Lamar Jackson, the Huskers highest rated recruit, ran away with the Instant Impact fan poll. 

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TBL: Tony Boone talks UNO hockey and hoops, Bud Crawford and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined co-hosts Joe Ganz and Scuba Steve Gates on "The Bottom Line" Friday.

Topics discussed included UNO hockey and basketball updates, Bud Crawford training for his next fight and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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By the numbers: A look at the Huskers' 2016 recruiting class

Signing day is a chance for fans to peek into the future and imagine what their team will be like in the years down the road. A national hope holiday, as Tom Shatel writes.

The Huskers are no exception. It’s a day filled with numbers of note — how many players signed (and when), stats about height and weight, class rankings and walk-on counts.

Here’s a list of some of the more fun statistics you may have missed on signing day:

1,000,049: Amount, in dollars, Nebraska has budgeted for recruiting during the 2015-16 fiscal year. That number has doubled in the last five year...

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Huskers' Derrion Grim, Matt Farniok named Parade All-Americans

Husker wide receiver Derrion Grim and offensive tackle signee Matt Farniok were named Parade All-Americans on Friday.

Grim was also one of four candidates for Parade All-America Player of the Year, but that honor went to North Carolina quarterback signee Chazz Surratt.

A group of Parade magazine editors selected the group of four up for Player of the Year status. Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan made the final selection.

Click here for the full list of 2016 Parade All-Americans.

Grim enrolled at Nebraska last month and will go through winter co...

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