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North Platte is moving to add vaping and e-cigarettes to its public no-smoking ban. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give first-round approval to ban alternative nicotine products and electronic nicotine delivery systems to its tobacco regulations. 

The measure also would raise the minimum age from 18 to 19 for using, buying or possessing such products. Minors could possess them in their home under “direct supervision” of a parent or guardian, as they now can with tobacco products. 

The proposed ordinance must be approved twice more to be enacted.




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  The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and soon families will be coming together for a time of celebration and thankfulness. In addition to the turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all the other fixings, the Grand Island Fire Department encourages residents to put fire safety on their Thanksgiving menu.

   According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. In 2017, more than three times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving as on a typical day with U.S. fire departments responding to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on the holiday. 

   Along with NFPA, the Grand Island Fire Department offers the following tips to keep families safe this holiday season:

  • Be sure to remove previous food and grease buildup from burners, stove top, and oven before starting Thanksgiving cooking.

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If leaving the kitchen, turn off the stove.  

  • When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while the food is cooking. 

  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove as steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy, and other dishes can cause serious burns.

  • Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing while cooking and if wearing long sleeves roll them up. 

  • Keep the number of people in the kitchen to a minimum, including children and pets, to avoid injuries from hot spills or causing tripping hazards. Crowded kitchens can cause confusion and result in burns.

  • Be sure electrical cords from appliances such as electric knives, coffeemakers, plate warmers, and mixers are not dangling off the counter or within easy reach of children. 

  • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, and wrappers away from stoves and ovens.

  • Never leave children alone near lit candles. Furthermore, matches and utility lighters should be kept in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.

  • Test smoke alarms to ensure alarms are working properly.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.

   As noted above, many safety tips involve kids. The Fire Department suggests having activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during the busy food preparation time.  Games, puzzles, or books centered on Thanksgiving will keep kids busy, but still allows them to be included in the holiday celebration.

   Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says, “The GIFD wants you have a safe Thanksgiving that is free from fire or accidents.  Remember to stand by your pan and keep a close watch on your cooking and baking this holiday season.”       

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Two people already charged with kidnapping two people have been accused of killing one, whose body was found in a drainage pipe in southwest Nebraska.

Chase County Court records say 24-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes. 

The two were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Court records say they’re suspected leaving 22-year-old Annika Swanson, of Imperial, in a drainage pipe in a Chase County pasture on Nov. 14. The records say Carter told investigators that German beat up Swanson and, accompanied by Carter, forced Swanson down into the pipe on Nov. 14. Using Carter’s information, authorities found and recovered Swanson’s body in the pipe on Sunday. Her father had reported her missing three days earlier.

German, Carter and a third person are also suspected of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman. Authorities have said she’s safe now.


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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The McCook Community College men’s basketball team stretched a five-point halftime lead to a 48-35 lead 3:30 into the second half but couldn’t hold it as Laramie County Community College came back for a 75-66 win Friday.

“We need to find an inner dog and learn to fight back,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.

The Eagles, who were 1-7 entering Friday’s game, out-scored MCC 44-30 in the second half including a 16-2 run after MCC took its largest lead of the game to take back the lead for good with 9:45 left in the game.

MCC shot just 37.3 percent from the floor on 58 shots; made just three of 12 3-pointers (25 percent) and gave away 15 points at the free-throw line making just 19 of 34 shots (55.9 percent) and turned the ball over 17 times.

“We missed 15 free throws and couldn’t make a layup, you can’t win any game that way,” Drennan said.

LCCC shot 45 percent from the field, made six of 22 3-pointers and 23 of 29 free throws (79 percent).

Freshmen Catthadious Moore (Memphis, Tenn.) and Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC with 13 points each. Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) scored nine.

Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) led MCC with seven rebounds. The Indians lost the rebound battle 34-26.

The 6-7 Indians close out the 2019 portion of the schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT) in Torrington against Eastern Wyoming (6-3).

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Laramie County Community College ended McCook Community College’s six-game win streak Friday with an 84-56 win to give the Golden Eagles a five-game win streak of their own.

“We didn't come ready to play, our preparation wasn't there before the game, and that's on me to figure out and get them on track,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “Laramie played really well, they came out and shot the ball well. We have been really solid defensively all year, but we struggled to guard tonight.”

The Golden Eagles shot 45.5 percent from the field, made seven of 17 3-pointers (41.2 percent) and shot 81 percent from the line on 21 foul shots.

MCC shot 33.0 percent from the field, made seven of 21 shots from beyond the 3-point line and just nine of 16 free throws (56.3 percent). The Lady Indians turned the ball over 26 times and were out-rebounded 47-36.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) led the Lady Indian scoring with 16 points off the bench and nine rebounds. Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) scored 12 points.

“For as bad as we were, I thought Gail had a solid game and did everything she could to help us out,” Pritchett said.

Sophomore Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia) marked her return to the lineup with a 10 point night off the bench.

LCCC improves to 7-3.

“This team has depth, but we lack consistency. Once we figure out how to be consistent every time we step on the floor we will be hard to beat,” Pritchett said.

MCC falls to 10-2 and looks to close out the semester and avenge its lone loss on the season at Torrington to take on the 4-5 Lady Lancers Saturday.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

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Girls Final - GICC 30, Lincoln Lutheran 28 
Boys Final - GICC 50, Lincoln Lutheran 49 

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Stacia Rice after Lincoln Lutheran

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McCook Bison basketball will start the 2019-2020 season this Saturday night hosting Southwest Conference foe Valentine. Both games will be on The Zone 93.9 FM & with Matt Williams. Girls game at 4:30pm, boys will follow at approximately 6:15pm. 

Listen below to a season preview with both head coaches. 

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Kearney, Neb. – The Emporia State men's basketball team made 17 free throws and got 42 bench points to defeat Nebraska-Kearney, 78-68, Thursday night in Kansas.

This was the MIAA opener for the Hornets (6-3) while the Lopers (4-4) were coming off a Tuesday night home win Fort Hays State. Since joining the MIAA in 2012, UNK is now 0-7 in Lee Arena.

E-State led for most of the way and by as many as 13 points. UNK made nine triples, had only eight turnovers and was just minus two on the glass to hang around. However the Hornets never let Kearney make a big move in the second half.

Six-nine, 240 pound freshman reserve center Mason Thiessen made 6 of 7 shots, including a 4 of 4 effort from behind the arc, to score 16 points. Not to be outdone, junior reserve guard Justin Williams had 12 points, five boards and four times in 25 minutes with junior starter Jumah'Ri Turner had 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Kansas senior forward Morgan Soucie made 6 of 14 shots to tally a team-high 14 points for UNK. Iowa senior Kyle Juhl and Texas senior Chase Winchester both tallied 10 as they combined for five made threes with Bellevue redshirt freshman Cedric Johnson going 3 of 3 from the field to tally nine. 


Finally Kearney was a bit short-handed as Bellevue senior forward AJ Jackson didn’t play in the second half. He injured a finger on his shooting hand late in Tuesday night’s win; he played 11 minutes tonight in the opening half and went 1 of 7 from the field.

UNK is now off until next Friday when the face Division I South Dakota State. That'll be an exhibition game for the Lopers and a countable contest for the Jackrabbits. 

Kearney, Neb. – The Emporia State Hornets took advantage of 31 turnovers and scored 22 points in both the first and fourth quarters to down Nebraska-Kearney, 70-49, Thursday night in Kansas.

This was the MIAA opener for the Hornets (6-2) while the Lopers (7-1, 1-1) were coming off a Tuesday night home win over No. 3/5 Fort Hays State. The 7-0 start by UNK goes down as the fourth best in program history.

Emporia tallied 37 of its points off turnovers, thanks to 23 steals, with those Loper miscues also leading to 19 more shot attempts. UNK was just minus one on the glass and held E-State to 8 of 32 shooting (25%) over the second and third quarters.

The Lopers, shooting a 37% (16 of 43) on the night, trailed 37-26 at the break and 48-39 heading into the final quarter. Emporia sunk three of its eight threes over the final 10 minutes and used a 12-0 run to salt things away.

Redshirt freshman guard Tre'Zure Jobe (18 points, five steals, three assists & two rebounds), senior guard Jessica Wayne (14 points, six steals, five rebounds) and senior wing Mollie Mounsey (nine points, five boards & five steals) paced the Hornets.

UNK had nine different players score with Colorado point guard Haley Simental (10) leading the way. She had only two turnovers in 35 minutes and sunk two of UNK's seven threes. Finally South Dakota sophomore guard Klaire Kirsch (12 rebounds & nine points) almost recorded another double double with Missouri junior guard Adreon Bell supplying six points off the bench.

The Lopers host York College Monday night. That game has been moved back to a 7 p.m. tip off.

Kearney, Neb. – Seven different players registered at least two kills and second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney had 69 digs to sweep Oklahoma Baptist (-21, -17, -16) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

The match is part of the ridiculous Central Region which features seven of the nation's top nine teams. Top-seeded UNK (34-0) advances to the second round on Friday night where it'll face fourth-seed and eighth-ranked Northern State (25-5). The Wolves swept league rival and seventh-ranked St. Cloud State in its first round match.

Recording its 28th all-time NCAA win and advancing in this tournament for the first time since 2012, UNK out hit OBU (28-6) by a .218-.092 margin, was plus four in the serve game and dug up 15 more balls. Regular season and tournament champions of the Great American Conference, the Bison were making its' first-ever NCAA appearance and hung with the Lopers for about a set and a half.

"I could not be happier for our players who have had, especially the last part of the season, the bullseye on their back. Had it on there tonight too," UNK head coach Rick Squiers said.  "In the early going we were going blow for blow with a good team but found a way to wrestle control away from them."

GAC Player of the Year Malia Leatherland, a junior outside hitter, had five of her 10 kills in the first set which featured 12 ties and five lead changes. UNK used a 5-3 run to break a 12-all tie with a kill from junior setting Madison Squiers (Kearney Catholic) capping the spurt and forcing OBU to call timeout. The Lopers led the rest of the way, getting three kills, two blocks and three unforced Bison errors. Outsides Julianne Jackson (Bonner Springs, Kan.) and Kamryn Schuler (Gretna) combined for nine of UNK's 16 kills in this set.

"They really don't try and fool you. They just lay it up there and move those outsides around … one of their right sides too. They challenge you to stop them and for about half a set we couldn't stop them," Squiers said. "We finally got some touches and we also sided out well in the early going and that played a big role in getting us going."

Kearney out dug OBU 27-14 in the second set and held leads of 7-2, 16-10 and 19-12 before a late Bison charge. Four different Lopers had three kills here with junior right side Mary Katherine Wolfe (Omaha Marian) serving up two of the team's six aces. Finally Schuler and junior middle Anna Squiers (Kearney Catholic) had four kills apiece in the third set. UNK broke a seven-all tie thanks to a 5-0 run start began and ended with Squiers kills. The Lopers rolled from there with a kill by Bennington freshman Michaela Bartles ending the match.

“They are more than a worthy opponent. That’s the second time we’ve played them and they create a lot of problems for you. They are super competitive and their outsides do a fantastic job so we feel very fortunate to be moving on to the second round,” Squiers said.

Schuler had a team-high 11 kills with Jackson adding 10, pushing her career total to 995. Next, Bartles had seven kills and hit .412 with Anna Squiers providing six kills, four digs and three blocks. Finally, Madison Squiers had 33 assists, 13 digs, four kills and a block with junior defensive specialist Monique Schafer at 11 digs, many of them early on in key situations.

For OBU, Leatherland reached her 10 kills in 48 swings while also adding 15 digs with freshman Taneyah Brown at 11 kills and three blocks. 


106 — Caden Svoboda, AUR, pinned Caleb Alcorta, NW, 3:02
113 — Grady Arends, NW, pinned Colin Kennedy, AUR, 0:49
120 — Jeremy Oswald, AUR, pinned Ben Sutherland, NW, 1:32
126 — Caden Frederiksen, NW, pinned Kahle Greenwood, AUR, 4:43
132 — Brady Isley, NW, pinned Logan Jensen, AUR, 1:01
138 — Trevor Kluck, AUR, dec. Collin Quandt, NW, 10-4
145 — Owen Friesen, NW, pinned Brady Collingham, AUR, 2:53
152 — Austin Cooley, NW, pinned Britton Kemling, AUR, 3:43
160 — Kolby Wessels, AUR, pinned Alex Cabello, NW, 3:46
170 — Brody Sheeks, NW, won by forfeit
182 — Mack Owens, AUR, pinned Kyler Keeshan, NW, 1:17
195 — Kole Fiala, AUR, pinned Victor Isele, NW, 2:53
220 — Grady Griess, NW, pinned Meyer Sikes, AUR, 0:59
285 — Aaron Jividen, AUR, dec. Brody Stutzman, NW, 5-2

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Date: Sat., Dec. 7
Time: 1:31 p.m.  
Location: Omaha, Neb.
Arena:CHI Health Center

2019-20 Record: 4-4
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 4-4 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 119-60 (6th year)

2019-20 Record: 6-2
Head coach: Greg McDermott
    Record at Creighton: 213-111 (10th year)
    Career Record: 493-306 (26th year)

Television: FS1
    Play-by-play: Vince Welch
    Analyst: Nick Bahe
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports App
Radio: Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
    Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka    
    Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on, Huskers App, and TuneIn App. 
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch. 982


Husker Head to Omaha for Matchup with Creighton

The Husker men's basketball team looks for its second straight win in the annual in-state matchup, as Nebraska makes the short trek up I-80 to take on the Creighton Bluejays Saturday afternoon. It is Nebraska's longest running non-conference series and enters Saturday's game deadlocked at 26 wins apiece. 

Tipoff at the CHI Center in Omaha is set for 1:31 p.m., and the matchup between the Huskers and Bluejays will be televised on FS1 with Vince Welch and Nick Bahe on the call. The game will also be available on the Fox Sports app on tablets, computers and mobile devices.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (4-4) could not overcome a poor shooting night in a 73-56 loss at Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The Huskers, playing their first road game, shot 32 percent from the field, including 25 percent in the second half, as the Yellow Jackets pulled away down the stretch. Georgia Tech's Michael Devoe led all players with 26 pointers. 


Senior guard Haanif Cheatham was a bright spot in a losing effort, as he posted his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead four Huskers in double figures. It marked his fourth consecutive double-figure scoring effort, a stretch where Cheatham is averaging 18 points per game.

The Huskers' offense has been balanced during the early portion of the season with three players averaging over 12 points per game and a fourth in double figures, Much of that has been due to the play of point guard Cam Mack, as the sophomore is among the Big Ten leaders with 6.0 assists per game, while averaging 12.4 points per contest. Mack had 11 points and six assists in the loss at Georgia Tech. 

Creighton is 6-2 on the season following a 72-60 win over Oral Roberts on Tuesday. In that game, Christian Bishop's 17 points and eight boards led four Bluejays in double figures, as Creighton shot 49 percent, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range in building a 15-point halftime lead.

Thorir Thorbjarnarson comes off an 11-point, seven-rebound effort in Wednesday's game at Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-6 guard is shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range this season after shooting just 35 percent from the floor in his first two seasons.

4 - Double-digit scoring performances from Kevin Cross, which is the most by a Husker freshman since 2016-17 (5-Jeriah Horne and 4-Jordy Tshimanga). Cross is sixth among Big Ten freshmen in scoring at 8.5 ppg entering this week's action.

5.3 - Rebounds per game for freshman Ivan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2005-06.

6 - Three-pointers this season for Thorir Thorbjarnarson, as he is 6-of-14 from long range. In his first two seasons, he went a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe.

6.0 - Assists per game for sophomore Cam Mack, which is on pace to be the highest average since Brian Carr averaged 6.7 assists per game in 1986-87. 

8 - Nebraska has had eight players score in double-figures during the first eight games of the season. Nebraska has five players averaging at least eight points per game, including four in double figures. 

50- Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.

The Bluejays come into Saturday's game with a 6-2 mark following a 12-point win over Oral Roberts Tuesday evening. The Bluejays returned nine letterwinners and four starters from a team that went 20-15 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT. Creighton is 5-0 at home and 1-2 away from the CHI Health Center in 2019-20. Creighton's two losses came at Michigan in the Gavitt Games and against San Diego State in Las Vegas last weekend. 

Creighton's strength is an offensive attack that averages 75.1 points per game and averages 9.4 3-pointers per game. Sophomore guard Marcus Zegarowski leads the Bluejays with 17.9 points and 4.3 assists per game, while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor. He is one of three Bluejays averaging double figures, joining Ty-Shon Alexander (15.9 ppg) and Mitch Ballock (12.6 ppg). Creighton has seven players averaging at least five points per game. 

Greg McDermott is in his 10th year at CU after coaching at Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and Wayne State.

Series History: Nebraska and Creighton are meeting for the 53rd time in series history on Saturday, as the teams have tied at 26 wins apiece. It is the longest non-conference series on the Huskers' schedule. The home team has won 11 of the last 14 years, while Nebraska snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series with its win at Pinnacle Bank Arena last season.  The Huskers' last win in Omaha was a 71-70 win in the 2004 NIT.

All five starters scored in double figures as No. 24/25 Nebraska used a balanced and efficient offensive attack to cruise to a 94-75 victory over Creighton. Nebraska scored 47 points in each half while putting up the third-highest point total in its 52 all-time meetings with Creighton. The Huskers, who led by as many as 22, were up 13 at the half and Creighton never got closer than nine in the second half. James Palmer Jr. paced the Husker offense with 30 points, hitting 9-of-12 shots from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Thomas Allen added a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Isaiah Roby chipped in 15 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. 

Haanif Cheatham produced his first career double-double for the Huskers, but Georgia Tech's Michael Devoe flirted with a triple-double to lead Georgia Tech to a 73-56 victory in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup.

Cheatham paced the Huskers with 14 points and 11 rebounds, the first double-figure rebounding game of his career. Cam MackJervay Green and Thorir Thorbjarnarson all added 11 points for Nebraska, but the Huskers shot just 32 percent from the field – including 25 percent in the second half – and were 8-of-18 from the free throw line. Nebraska (4-4) also committed a season-high 18 turnovers which led to 18 Yellow Jacket points.

Devoe, the ACC's leading scorer, put up 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Georgia Tech (4-2), reaching the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in six games. Moses Wright added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who trailed by four late in the first half before outscoring Nebraska 21-6 over the final four minutes of the opening period and the first four minutes of the second half to pull away for the win.

• Saturday's game will be the second head coaching matchup between Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg and Creighton's Greg McDermott. The first came on Nov. 21, 2010, when Iowa State beat Creighton, 91-88, at the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa.

• Hoiberg was hired to replace McDermott when he took the Creighton job after four seasons in Ames in April of 2010, and took the Cyclone program to new heights. In Hoiberg's first season, ISU won 16 games which was the most since the 2005-06 season before beginning a string of four straight NCAA appearances with the Cyclones. 

• Thorir Thorbjarnarson is the only Husker with experience in the Nebraska-Creighton series, as he played the final minute of last year's win in Lincoln. Senior Haanif Cheatham has taken on Creighton four times, averaging 4.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg. Cheatham had his best game vs. Creighton in his last game in Omaha, scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 102-94 win over No. 7 Creighton during the 2016-17 season. 

• Saturday's game is the fourth consecutive game away from Lincoln for the Huskers and the middle of a three-game road trip. In all, NU will play six straight games away from Lincoln - the longest stretch since the 1997-98 season - before returning home to take on Purdue on Dec. 15. In all, Nebraska will go 24 days between home games.

• Through the first eight games, 76.4 percent of the Huskers' offense has come from players who were added in the offseason, including six of Nebraska's top seven scorers. 

• The Big Ten won both of its challenges for the first time, going 5-3 against the Big East in the Gavitt Tipoff games and posting an 8-6 mark to win the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten has won the last two Gavitt Tipoff Games, while the Big Ten's win over the ACC was the first by the conference since 2015.

• One of the biggest points of emphasis for Hoiberg and his staff has been to shoot better from 3-point range, and that work has paid off in recent games despite Wednesday's performance at Georgia Tech. Over the last five games, NU is shooting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range and averaging 8.6 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season. 

Huskers' 3-Point Improvement


First 3 Games

Last 5 Games

3 Pt. Pct.









• As a team, the Huskers have shot 49 percent or better from the floor in four of their last six contests after shooting 34 percent in the first two games of the year. In that stretch, the Huskers are shooting 47.1 percent from the field. 

• Nebraska put together one of its best rebounding performances of the season against Georgia Tech, as it was out-rebounded just 47-44. NU limited the Yellow Jackets to just seven second-chance points, which was a season-low for a Husker opponent. 

• Nebraska has put at least four players in double figures in seven of the last eight games dating back to Nov. 9. The only time it didn't occur was against South Florida on Nov. 27, when the Huskers had a pair of 20-point scorers in Haanif Cheatham (26) and Dachon Burke Jr. (21).  The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State on Nov. 25, the first time Huskers accomplished the feat since a win over Creighton last December. 

• The Huskers have averaged 77 points per game since the opening night loss to UC Riverside, including 90+ points in consecutive games against South Dakota State (90) and Southern (93). That marked the first time that the Huskers have scored 90 or more points in consecutive games since the 1999-2000 season. 

• Senior guard Haanif Cheatham earned a spot on the Cayman Islands Classic All-Tournament team last week, as he averaged 19.0 ppg on 70 percent shooting, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, in helping the Huskers to a 2-1 mark. Cheatham had 19 points and seven boards in the win over Washington State and a career-high 26 point night against South Florida. He needs just 59 to reach 1,000 points for his career.

• Nebraska enters Saturday's game fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.0 per game despite a season-high 18 turnovers against Georgia Tech. It marked the only time this season NU had more than 15 turnovers in a game. During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school. 

• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season and the 50 returning points is the lowest by any power conference team since 2009 according to noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.

• Nebraska has already played two overtime games in the first month of the season. The school record for OT games is four, set most recently during the 2007-08 campaign. 

• Cam Mack's 13-point, 11-assist performance vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 9 marked just the sixth time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assist double-double. Mack is third in the Big Ten with 6.0 assists per game and has three games with at least seven assists.

Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)





Cam Mack



vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19

Glynn Watson Jr.



vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18

Lance Jeter



vs. Kansas, 2/5/11

Lance Jeter



at Kansas State, 2/7/10

Sek Henry



at TCU, 11/21/09

Tom Wald



vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94

Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 18th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.1 seconds, which leads to NU ranking 41st nationally in adjusted tempo, averaging 73.3 possessions per 40 minutes. NU is second in the Big Ten in tempo after ranking eighth in the Big Ten and 238th nationally in 2018-19. 

• In his five seasons as a college coach, Hoiberg's teams have ranked in the top 20 in offensive tempo four times, including top-10 rankings in both 2014 and 2015. 

• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 93rd to 34th nationally in tempo and ranked in the top 40 nationally in tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.

• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee.

Two of the cornerstones of the Huskers' recruiting class were junior college transfers Cam Mack and Jervay Green. Mack (third) and Green (eighth) were both ranked in the top 10 nationally by in the 2019 recruiting class and have played a crucial role for the Huskers early in 2019-20.  

Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard recruit in the country, enters the Creighton game averaging 12.4 points per game while leading the Huskers in assists (6.0), steals (1.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2-to-1). He is also second in rebounding at 4.9 caroms per game. 

• Mack enters the weekend as the only Big Ten player who ranks in the top 10 in both assists (fourth) and steals (eighth) 

• His 6.0 assists per game is on pace to rank third in school history, trailing only Brian Carr, who averaged 7.9 assists per game in 1984-85 and 6.7 assists per game in 1985-86. 

• He has reached double figures six times, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15. 

• Mack made a run at the first triple-double in school history against Southern on Nov. 9, finishing with 13 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. His 11 assists against the Thunderbirds were the most by a Husker since the 2009-10 campaign.

• Last season at Salt Lake CC, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth nationally in assists per game. He totaled nine double-doubles and three triple doubles as a freshman and dished out 10-or-more assists nine times. 

Green was rated as the No. 2 combo guard nationally after a stint at Western Nebraska CC, has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Big Red, averaging 10.4 points along with 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He ranks on the top three on the squad in rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and 3-pointers. 

• Against Georgia Tech, Green finished with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and five rebounds.

• He nearly posted a double-double against Washington State with 16 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes.

• Green turned in his best performance of the year against Southern on Nov. 22, scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists in the win overtime win. His two 3-pointers helped key a 10-0 spurt in overtime to seal the win. 

• He nearly had a double-double against Southern Utah with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds, as he sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. 

• Green garnered NJCAA All-America honors at WNCC in 2019, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was eighth nationally in scoring and had six 30-point games, including a school-record 51-point outburst.  

Fifth-year senior Haanif Cheatham has been one of the leaders for a young Husker team. The guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is NU's most experienced player, as he played in 80 games between Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast before transferring to Nebraska for his final year. Cheatham's biggest impact has been on the defensive end, where he has the ability to guard multiple spots. Cheatham, who had not played since last December following shoulder surgery that ended his 2018-19 season after 10 games, has playing some of the best basketball of his career in the last 10 days, averaging 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds over the last four games. 

• Cheatham comes off his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4.

• He was in double figures all three games of the Cayman Islands Classic, averaging 19.0 ppg including a career-best 26-point effort against South Florida to garner all-tournament honors.

A former top-100 recruit out of high school, he was named Marquette's top defensive performer in each of his two full seasons at Marquette.

Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Nebraska since 2013 when he started against UC Riverside on Nov. 5. 

• Ouedraogo, who became the first true freshman to start in the frontcourt since Brandon Ubel in 2009, had nine points, three rebounds and a pair of steals and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action. 

• He is just the 11th true freshman and 13th freshman overall to start a season opener in the last 25 years at Nebraska, joining a group which includes 1,000-point scorers Tai Webster, Ryan Anderson, Cookie Belcher and Tyronn Lue. 

• Ouedraogo has started all eight games for the Huskers, averaging 5.4 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per game in just under 20 minutes per game.

• He has grabbed five or more rebounds in each of his last three games, including seven at Georgia Tech on Dec. 7. 

• He could become just the third freshman to lead NU in rebounding in a season, joining Aleks Maric (2005-06) and John Turek (2001-02). 

• He enjoyed his offensive effort of the season with 11 points, including six in overtime, and four rebounds against Southern on Nov. 22. He snared a team-high 12 rebounds against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.
Ouedraogo, who doesn't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, played for the French U-18 squad at the 2019 European Championships in July, averaging 4.0 points, 3.6 rebounds per game as France went 6-1 and finished fifth in the competition.

The other returnee from the 2018-19 season, Dachon Burke Jr. waited in the wings after transferring from Robert Morris. A 6-foot-4 guard, Burke has quickly shown the skills to flourish in Fred Hoiberg's attack, averaging a team-high 12.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Burke has reached double figures five times, including a 17-point, seven-rebound effort against South Dakota State on Nov. 15 and a 21-point performance against South Florida on Nov. 27.  Two years ago, Burke was one of the best players in the Northeast Conference, averaging 17.6 points per game while adding 5.8 rebounds and a conference-best 2.1 steals per contest. 

Freshman Kevin Cross has been an early contributor for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Little Rock, Ark., has been the first Husker off the bench in all eight games and ranks fifth on the team in scoring at 8.5 points per game while chipping in 3.8 rebounds per game. 

• Cross has found his shooting touch in recent games, shooting 51 percent (27-of-53) in his last seven contests. He had shot 50 percent or better from the field in five straight games before being held scoreless against South Florida on Nov. 27. He had two points in Wednesday's loss at Georgia Tech.

• He played a complete game in the win over Washington State, scoring 14 points, grabbing a season-high eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 27 minutes 

• Cross played a big role in NU's comeback against Southern, scoring all eight of his points in the second half as the Huskers overcame an eight-point deficit. 

• He was efficient against South Dakota State, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and two blocked shots.

• Against Southern Utah, he had a team-high 19 points, becoming the first freshman in 73 games to pace the Huskers in scoring. His 19 point effort was the highest by a Husker rookie since Shavon Shields in 2013.

• Cross has lost nearly 20 pounds since arriving on campus this summer, and showed glimpses of his potential during NU's trip to Italy, reaching double figures twice in four contests. 


Adams Central 57, Aurora 34

Alma 51, Bertrand 44

Amherst 74, Ravenna 68, 2OT

Anselmo-Merna 53, Paxton 50, OT

Arcadia-Loup City 46, Broken Bow 33

Arlington 49, West Point-Beemer 46

Axtell 48, Pleasanton 47

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 58, Omaha Nation 49

Bennington 68, Wahoo 53

Bloomfield 56, Wynot 32

Blue Hill 75, Kenesaw 65

Boys Town 58, Omaha Concordia 55

Cambridge 56, Hitchcock County 52, 2OT

Centennial 67, David City 44

Central Valley 68, Palmer 39

Chase County 51, Cozad 38

Conestoga 68, Louisville 67

Crete 67, Columbus Lakeview 19

Cross County 53, McCool Junction 8

Deshler 52, Exeter/Milligan 28

Diller-Odell 42, Pawnee City 34

Douglas County West 38, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 31, OT

Elkhorn Mount Michael 52, Omaha Skutt Catholic 32

Elm Creek 62, Shelton 31

Elwood 75, Wilcox-Hildreth 34

Freeman 56, Palmyra 34

Fullerton 76, Burwell 64

Harlan, Iowa 73, Blair 46

Harvard 52, Giltner 36

Hastings 62, Seward 21

Hastings St. Cecilia 45, Columbus Scotus 32

Heartland Lutheran 48, Spalding Academy 36

Hershey 69, Perkins County 40

Howells/Dodge 50, Pierce 47

Johnson-Brock 68, Sidney, Iowa 56

Lewiston 62, Friend 55

Lexington 73, Gothenburg 54

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Oakland-Craig 38

Loup City 46, Broken Bow 33

Medicine Valley 50, Southwest 26

Neligh-Oakdale 67, Summerland 51

Niobrara/Verdigre 49, Stuart 34

North Bend Central 62, Twin River 42

North Central 51, Boyd County 42

O'Neill 61, Valentine 50

Omaha Christian Academy 59, College View Academy 49

Osceola 60, St. Edward 26

Overton 75, Arapahoe 30

Plainview 51, Winside 17

Platteview 48, Fort Calhoun 36

Ponca 72, Hartington-Newcastle 57

Ralston 63, York 53

Republic County, Kan. 52, Thayer Central 23

Riverside 53, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Sandy Creek 50, Wood River 44

Schuyler 53, Madison 26

Sioux County 44, Crawford 36

South Platte 55, Arthur County 39

Southern Valley 63, Minden 39

St. Paul 51, Gibbon 40

Sutherland 48, Mullen 42

Wakefield 61, Pender 25

Wallace 53, Wauneta-Palisade 49

Walthill 109, Santee 38

Wilber-Clatonia 43, Tri County 30

Winnebago 54, Homer 52

Wisner-Pilger 56, Lutheran High Northeast 47

Fremont/NE/Westside/Bellevue West Classic=

Bellevue West 82, Fremont 38

Omaha Westside 66, Lincoln Northeast 61

GICC Tournament=

Grand Island Central Catholic 50, Lincoln Lutheran 49

Omaha Gross Catholic 85, Norfolk Catholic 69

HAC/Metro Challenge=

Millard North 84, Lincoln High 40

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Grand Island 15

Lincoln East Early Bird Classic=

Pod 1=

Elkhorn South 65, Norfolk 61

Lincoln Southeast 70, Lincoln East 52

Pod 2=

Kearney 60, Papillion-LaVista 55

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 57

Lincoln Southwest Early Bird Tournament=

Lincoln Pius X 58, Omaha Creighton Prep 56

Lincoln Southwest 44, Millard West 27

Lourdes Central Catholic Tournament=

Parkview Christian 62, Nebraska City Lourdes 56

Yutan 63, Elmwood-Murdock 41

OPS Jamboree=

Omaha Benson 88, Grand Island Northwest 60

Omaha Burke 48, Gretna 38

Omaha Central 76, Millard South 56

Omaha North 70, Omaha Bryan 66

Western Conference Tournament=

Alliance 53, Chadron 37

North Platte 72, Mitchell 62

Scottsbluff 69, Sidney 28

Sterling, Colo. 73, Gering 45


Anselmo-Merna 55, Paxton 11, OT

Arlington 43, West Point-Beemer 37

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 72, Omaha Nation 21

Bennington 68, Wahoo 53

Bertrand 56, Alma 7

Blue Hill 58, Kenesaw 25

Broken Bow 61, Arcadia-Loup City 43

Broken Bow 61, Arcadia-Loup City 44

Centennial 67, David City 44

Crete 64, Columbus Lakeview 34

Crofton 56, Hartington Cedar Catholic 40

Cross County 53, McCool Junction 8

Diller-Odell 42, Pawnee City 38

Douglas County West 38, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 31

East Butler 70, Cedar Bluffs 34

Elgin Public/Pope John 61, Riverside 12

Elm Creek 61, Shelton 18

Exeter/Milligan 55, Deshler 43

Freeman 56, Palmyra 34

Giltner 35, Harvard 21

Gothenburg 53, Lexington 51

Hastings St. Cecilia 59, Columbus Scotus 21

Heartland Lutheran 45, Spalding Academy 16

Hershey 46, Perkins County 29

Hitchcock County 76, Cambridge 42

Lewiston 24, Friend 16

Louisville 55, Conestoga 38

Lutheran High Northeast 43, Wisner-Pilger 28

Madison 27, Schuyler 19

Minden 46, Southern Valley 40

Mullen 46, Sutherland 32

North Bend Central 62, Twin River 18

North Central 37, Boyd County 22

O'Neill 59, Valentine 36

Oakland-Craig 64, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 24

Omaha Concordia 68, Boys Town 18

Omaha Mercy 43, Blair 42

Omaha Skutt Catholic 50, Bishop Neumann 38

Overton 44, Arapahoe 22

Palmer 42, Central Valley 35

Pender 66, Wakefield-Allen 52

Pierce 43, Howells/Dodge 39

Platteview 64, Fort Calhoun 15

Pleasanton 48, Axtell 47

Ponca 54, Hartington-Newcastle 27

Ravenna 50, Amherst 37

Santee 73, Walthill 38

Seward 46, Hastings 33

South Platte 67, Arthur County 30

Southwest 31, Medicine Valley 29

St. Edward 43, Osceola 39

St. Paul 56, Gibbon 44

Stuart 51, Niobrara/Verdigre 29

Summerland 55, Neligh-Oakdale 26

Sutton 45, Superior 33

Thayer Central 39, Republic County, Kan. 32

Wallace 36, Wauneta-Palisade 34

Wilber-Clatonia 34, Tri County 31

Wilcox-Hildreth 48, Elwood 44

Wilcox-Hildreth 48, Hi-Line 44

Winnebago 50, Homer 43

Winside 35, Plainview 31

Wood River 44, Sandy Creek 28

Wynot 67, Bloomfield 27

York 62, Ralston 48

Fremont/NE/Westside/Bellevue West Classic=

Fremont 70, Bellevue West 23

Omaha Westside 66, Lincoln Northeast 45

GICC Tournament=

Grand Island Central Catholic 30, Lincoln Lutheran 28

Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Norfolk Catholic 0

HAC/Metro Challenge=

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Grand Island 15

Lincoln East Early Bird Classic=

Pod 1=

Lincoln East 67, Lincoln Southeast 14

Norfolk 40, Elkhorn South 38

Pod 2=

Bellevue East 43, Lincoln North Star 42

Papillion-LaVista 67, Kearney 30

Lincoln Southwest Early Bird Tournament=

Lincoln Pius X 74, Omaha Marian 27

Lincoln Southwest 44, Millard West 27

Lourdes Central Catholic Tournament=

Yutan 35, Elmwood-Murdock 21

OPS Jamboree=

Grand Island Northwest 54, Gretna 49

Omaha Benson 52, Omaha Central 49

Omaha Bryan 46, Omaha South 35

Omaha Burke 79, Omaha North 36


Nebraska City Lourdes 48, Omaha Duchesne Academy 19

Western Conference Tournament=

Chadron 62, Gering 45

North Platte 72, Sterling, Colo. 36

Scottsbluff 63, Alliance 23

Sidney 50, Mitchell 11

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