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How two magical weeks in 1958 made Nebraska a cherished place for Fred Hoiberg's family

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There hadn't been much basketball tradition built in the old Nebraska Coliseum by the late 1950s, but two weeks there in 1958 may have laid the path for Fred Hoiberg to coach the Huskers more than 60 years later.

Fred Hoiberg-Jerry Bush

One family, two coaches. Fred Hoiberg, left, is now Nebraska's basketball coach, a role his grandfather, Jerry Bush, right, held from 1954-63.

1954-55 Team Photo

A team photo for Jerry Bush's first Nebraska basketball team in 1954. Bush is standing in the front row, third from the right.

Nebraska-Kansas preview

The World-Herald's headline writers didn't think Nebraska stood a chance against Kansas after Wilt Chamberlain and the Jayhawks beat the Huskers by 56 points earlier in the season.

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Nebraska vs. Kansas State

The front page of The World-Herald sports section on March 4, 1958, after the Huskers upset No. 1 Kansas State and Omaha native Bob Boozer.

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email:

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