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Indianapolis - Big Ten Sixth Player-of-the-Year Leigha Brown produced game highs with 22 points and six assists, but it was not enough to prevent No. 7 Michigan from rallying in the second half for an 81-75 women's basketball win over No. 10 seed Nebraska in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career highs with 16 points and five blocked shots to go along with a team-high six rebounds off the bench for Nebraska, as the Huskers closed the regular season with a 17-13 overall record that included a 7-11 Big Ten mark.

Michigan, which improved to 20-10 overall after going 10-8 in the league, advances to play Big Ten regular-season co-champion Northwestern on Friday. Sophomore point guard Amy Dilk led Michigan with game highs of 22 points and six assists of her own, while first-team All-Big Ten forward Naz Hillmon added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Nebraska, which built a 42-34 halftime lead, saw Michigan open the third quarter on a 13-2 surge in the first five minutes to take a 47-44 lead. The Huskers were never able to recover, as the Wolverines built a 58-52 edge heading to the fourth quarter by outscoring NU 24-10 in the third period.

The Huskers found more offense in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to get stops in the first five minutes, as Michigan extended its lead to 71-61 in the first five minutes of the final period. The Wolverines took their biggest lead of the night at 74-62 with three minutes left, but Nebraska refused to surrender. Brown scored five points in a 7-1 surge for the Big Red that cut the margin to 75-69 with 1:09 left. After a free throw by Dilk with 1:02 left, Nebraska got a Nicea Eliely layup with 43 seconds left to trim it to 76-71. Dilk hit 1-of-2 free throws with 38.2 second left to push the edge to six, with Nebraska coming down with a chance to make it a one-possession game. However, a Husker turnover gave the ball back to the Wolverines and ended the Husker hopes of a Big Ten Tournament run.

Nebraska fell despite hitting 50.9 percent (28-55) of its shots from the field and 75 percent (12-16) of its free throws on the night. The Huskers were also 7-of-19 from three-point range (.368), but got out-rebounded 35-27 and lost the turnover battle 16-13. It was just the second time this season that Nebraska hit better than 50 percent of its shots from the field.

Michigan answered by hitting 46.2 percent (30-65) of its shots, including just 3-of-10 threes. The Wolverines also struggled at times from the line, hitting 18-of-28 free throws (.643). But 19 offensive rebounds and 24 second-chance points doomed the Huskers, as Hillmon pulled down six boards on the offensive end.

In a first half that started with foul trouble for Nebraska center Kate Cain and Hillmon, the Huskers played outstanding offense and forced 10 first-half turnovers by the Wolverines.

Cain, a Big Ten All-Defensive selection and honorable-mention all-conference pick, was called for two fouls just seconds apart against Hillmon in the first 1:07 of the game and went to the bench with Michigan leading 4-0. Just 2:53 later, Hillmon was whistled for her second foul with Michigan leading 8-5.

With Cain and Hillmon both off the floor for the final six minutes of the first quarter, Nebraska closed the quarter on a 15-5 surge thanks in large part to seven huge points from Bourne and a three-pointer by forward Kayla Mershon in place of Cain - all in place of Cain.

Nebraska took a 20-13 lead to the second quarter, before Brown's second three-pointer and a bucket by Bourne pushed the Husker lead to 25-14 just 46 seconds into the period and force a Michigan timeout. Another Husker stop was followed by a three-pointer from Sam Haiby, who finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the game at 28-14 with 8:28 left in the half.

The Huskers maintained a 31-18 lead with 6:05 left before Michigan Coach Kim Barnes Arico rolled the dice and inserted Hillmon with two fouls. Hillmon scored seven points in the final 5:27 of the half to help stabilize the Wolverines and cut the margin to eight heading to the second half.

Cain, battled more foul trouble throughout the second half, but managed to go 6-for-6 from the field and finish with 12 points and three blocked shots. Her three rejections pushed her season total to 101, breaking her own Nebraska single-season record. As a team, Nebraska matched its season high and school conference tournament record with 12 blocks as a team.

Nebraska will await word on a 2020 Postseason WNIT bid, which will be announced late in the evening on Monday, March 16. If the Huskers are invited to the tournament, they could open tournament play as early as Wednesday, March 18 and could be set to host in the first round of the 64-team field at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 



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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A District Final=

A-2=

Millard North 85, Kearney 55

A-4=

Omaha Westside 73, Papillion-LaVista 60

A-7=

Omaha South 55, Lincoln Pius X 38

Class C1 District Final=

C1-1=

Adams Central 61, O'Neill 22

C1-4=

St. Paul 45, North Bend Central 44

C1-5=

Ashland-Greenwood 54, Chase County 28

Class C2 District Final=

C2-4=

Yutan 60, Shelby/Rising City 39

Class D1 District Final=

D1-1=

North Platte St. Patrick's 69, East Butler 51

D1-3=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 63, Anselmo-Merna 37

D1-4=

Osmond 63, McCool Junction 33

D1-5=

Paxton 53, Axtell 45

D1-6=

Southern Valley 63, Heartland 50

D1-7=

Fullerton 63, West Holt 60

D1-8=

Pleasanton 51, Elm Creek 40

Class D2 District Final=

D2-5=

St. Mary's 74, Hyannis 42

D2-6=

Parkview Christian 58, Wallace 33





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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month's ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood's third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball. The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.

UNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson's name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking this afternoon. At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A District Final=

A-1=

Bellevue West 68, Lincoln Southeast 58

A-3=

Omaha Central 55, Gretna 36

A-5=

Elkhorn 37, Lincoln Northeast 35

A-6=

Omaha Creighton Prep 64, Grand Island 60, OT

Class C1 District Final=

C1-2=

Auburn 58, Aquinas 35

C1-8=

Kearney Catholic 39, Bishop Neumann 28

Class C2 District Final=

C2-1=

Grand Island Central Catholic 64, Ainsworth 34

C2-2=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 82, Twin River 52

C2-3=

Sutton 59, Oakland-Craig 56

C2-7=

Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Bridgeport 36

C2-8=

Centennial 57, Dundy County-Stratton 42

Class D1 District Final=

D1-2=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 78, Elmwood-Murdock 43

Class D2 District Final=

D2-1=

Humphrey St. Francis 64, Giltner 18

D2-7=

Johnson-Brock 31, Mead 30

D2-8=

Randolph 47, Deshler 39, OT





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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh) had 41 points, 20 rebounds and six assists to carry the Milwaukee Bucks to their sixth straight win, 93-85 at Charlotte. Charlotte kept it close until the final two minutes, when the Greek Freak hit a baseline jump, grabbed an offensive rebound, hit a pair of free throws and scored on a driving layup with 1:09 remaining to send fans to the exits. Brook Lopez added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who've won 20 of their last 22 games and improved to an NBA-best 52-8 on the season.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LeBron James notched a triple-double of 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers held off Zion Williamson and the Pelicans, 122-114 at New Orleans. Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-mah) helped make up for the absence of injured forward Anthony Davis by scoring 20 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers up 113-109 with 3:40 to go. Williamson poured in a season-high 35 points but committed six turnovers that helped Los Angeles improve to 46-13.

UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers remain tied for second in the NBA’s Western Conference. Nikola Jokic recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists in leading the Nuggets over the short-handed Toronto Raptors, 133-118. The Clippers ran their winning streak to four games as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 30 points and Paul George chipped in 24 in a 136-130 victory over the 76ers.

UNDATED (AP) — Creighton has become the fifth top-10 team to lose since Monday. Greg Williams Jr. poured in a career-high 21 points on seven 3-pointers as St. John’s stunned the 10th-ranked Bluejays, 91-71. Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-uh) had 20 points and 12 rebounds as 11th-ranked Louisville beat Virginia Tech, 68-52. And Duane Washington Jr. tied a career high with 20 points to send 23rd-ranked Ohio State past No. 19 Michigan, 77-63.

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals continue to lead the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by three points over Philadelphia. The Capitals ended a four-game road losing streak as Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) contributed two goals and an assist in their 4-3 triumph at Minnesota. Derek Grant and Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) each had a goal and an assist as the Flyers picked up their sixth straight win, 5-3 over the Rangers in New York.




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NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Williams Jr. made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points as St. John's slowed down No. 10 Creighton with a surprising 91-71 rout. Rasheem Dunn had 19 points and 10 assists for the Red Storm, who stopped a three-game skid. One of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country, St. John's went a season-best 14 of 22 from long range in its biggest victory under first-year coach Mike Anderson. Damien Jefferson equaled a career best with 20 points for the Bluejays, who had won five straight and nine of 10. 



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The Nebraska women's basketball team will open the 2020 Big Ten Tournament by taking on No. 7 seed Michigan on Thursday in Indianapolis. Tip-off between the Huskers (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (19-10, 10-8 Big Ten) is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Maryland, ranked No. 7 nationally, and Northwestern, ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press, shared the Big Ten regular-season title with 16-2 conference marks. The Terps earned the No. 1 seed in the five-day tournament, while the Wildcats claimed the No. 2 seed. Maryland and Northwestern joined No. 3 seed Iowa, which is ranked No. 18 nationally, and No. 4 seed Indiana, ranked 22nd by the AP, in earning double-byes in the 14-team tournament.

The Big Ten Tournament opens Wednesday, March 4 with No. 12 seed Wisconsin and No. 13 seed Illinois facing off at 1 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. No. 11 seed Minnesota will clash with No. 14 seed Penn State in Wednesday's second game.

Action resumes Thursday with No. 8 seed Michigan State tangling with No. 9 seed Purdue at 11 a.m. (CT), before the winner of Wednesday's game between Wisconsin and Illinois square off with the No. 5 seed Rutgers.

The Thursday evening session tips off with Nebraska and Michigan, before No. 6 seed Ohio State takes on either Minnesota or Penn State in Thursday's final game.

No. 10 seed Nebraska, which defeated Michigan 74-71 on Jan. 19 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, would advance to face No. 2 seed Northwestern on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) if the Huskers can get past the Wolverines in the tournament's second round on Thursday. 

All of the first 12 games in the tournament from Wednesday through Saturday will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Sunday's Big Ten Championship Game will be televised by ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (CT).



Phoenix, Ariz. – Nebraska's offense exploded for 17 hits and five home runs, as the Huskers overcame a 5-0 deficit to knock off 12th-ranked Arizona State, 18-10, in the series finale at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Leighton Banjoff blasted two home runs and tallied six RBIs in a 4-for-6 effort. Spencer Schwellenbach also produced four hits, while Jaxon Hallmark compiled three hits, including a home run, to help lead NU's offense. Cam Chick and Joe Acker also homered, as NU (2-7) salvaged the series against the Sun Devils.

Sophomore left-hander Cade Povich, making his third start of the season, recorded seven strikeouts and didn't allow a walk in 5.0 innings of work. On the season, Povich has a team-high 22 strikeouts and only one walk. Paul Tillotson came out of the bullpen for 3.0 innings, allowing a pair of runs, before Trey Kissack pitched the final 1.0 inning in scoreless fashion. As a pitching staff, the Huskers didn't allow any walks on Sunday.

In the opening frame, Aaron Palensky drew a two-out walk, but was NU's lone baserunner in a scoreless inning for the Big Red. In the bottom of the first, Trevor Hauver hit a solo home run to give ASU the early 1-0 edge.

The Huskers were retired in order in the top of the second on a pop-out and two groundouts. In the bottom half, Arizona State added four runs to build a 5-0 lead. Five of the first six Sun Devil batters reached, with four hits and a hit-by-pitch, before NU recorded back-to-back outs to end the frame.

Nebraska responded with six runs in the top of the third to take a 6-5 lead. Acker reached on an error in the leadoff spot before advancing to second on Hallmark's base hit. Schwellenbach loaded the bases with an infield single. Palensky drew a walk to bring in one run before Roskam was hit-by-pitch to drive in another run. With the bases still loaded, Banjoff launched a grand slam to left field for his first career home run. Povich tallied one strikeout and forced a pair of groundouts in the bottom of the third, as ASU went down in order.

NU added two runs in the top of the fourth to extend its lead to 8-5. Acker drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Chick also drew a walk before Schwellenbach drove in one run with an RBI single. Palensky brought in another run with his sacrifice fly to center field. ASU responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at 8-8. Spencer Torkelson hit a three-run home run after two of the first three ASU batters singled.

Nebraska's offense continued the onslaught with seven runs in the top of the fifth to build a 15-8 lead. NU annihilated three home runs during the frame, the first time since March 13, 2010 against Houston Baptist that the Huskers jacked three bombs in an inning. Banjoff launched a leadoff shot for his second homer of the game. After back-to-back outs, Acker smashed his first career home run. Hallmark singled before Chick drove him in with a two-run missile. Schwellenbach and Palensky each singled before scoring on Roskam's two-RBI double. Banjoff, batting for the second time in the inning, doubled to drive in Roskam. In the bottom of the fifth, Povich allowed a leadoff double, but forced outs to each of the next three batters to keep ASU from scoring.

In the top of the sixth, NU went down in order with two groundouts and a strikeout. The Huskers responded on defense by retiring all three Sun Devil batters in the bottom half of the frame.

Nebraska scored one run in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 16-8. Chick hit a leadoff single before stealing second base. After Palensky reached on an intentional walk, Chick scored on a wild pitch. Banjoff reached on an error, but he and Palensky were left stranded on second and third. In the bottom of the seventh, ASU scored two runs to cut the deficit to 16-10. After a leadoff double, Hunter Swift hit a two-run home run before three consecutive flyouts.

In the top of the eighth, NU tacked on two runs to take an 18-10 advantage. After Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk, Hallmark blasted a two-run home run to bring him in. Schwellenbach singled during the frame, but was left stranded. In the bottom of the eighth, all three Sun Devil hitters were retired.

Banjoff and Hagge each singled in the top of the ninth, but NU left two runners stranded in a scoreless frame. ASU managed a single in the bottom of the ninth, but a flyout and double play groundout ended the game.

The Huskers return to action next weekend when they open their home schedule with a four-game series against Columbia at Hawks Field. Tickets for the series, which begins Friday at 1:35 p.m. (CT), can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/tickets.



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ALL CLASSES BRACKET 

Coverage on the KRGI Sports Network 
Thursday, March 5th 
10:45am - C1 - St Paul vs Wahoo - Country 96.5 & krgi.com 
10:45am - B - GINW vs Sidney - 2DAYFM 103.1 & 2dayfm1031.com 
3:45pm - C2 - GICC vs Ponca - KRGI 1430/105.5 & krgi.com 







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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A=

District A-1=

Norfolk 84, Lincoln High 72

District A-2=

Lincoln Southwest 67, Omaha Northwest 64

District A-3=

Elkhorn South 85, South Sioux City 42

District A-4=

Omaha Bryan 68, Omaha North 55

District A-5=

Lincoln Northeast 72, Fremont 56

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class C1 District Finals=

C1-1=

Lincoln Christian 57, Louisville 27

C1-2=

Chadron 46, Omaha Roncalli 34

C1-3=

North Bend Central 55, Norfolk Catholic 47, OT

C1-4=

Adams Central 52, Broken Bow 37

C1-5=

St. Paul 41, Syracuse 33

C1-6=

Malcolm 37, Ogallala 28

C1-7=

West Point-Beemer 47, Milford 35

C1-8=

Wahoo 51, Chase County 36

Class C2 District Finals=

C2-1=

Oakland-Craig 55, Wood River 38

C2-2=

Crofton 57, Freeman 13

C2-3=

Hastings St. Cecilia 46, Centennial 26

C2-4=

Clarkson/Leigh 45, Guardian Angels 44

C2-5=

Ponca 39, Nebraska City Lourdes 37

C2-6=

Grand Island Central Catholic 54, Bridgeport 32

C2-7=

Superior 43, North Central 41

C2-8=

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 43, South Loup 32

Class D1 District Finals=

D1-1=

Weeping Water 55, Twin River 20

D1-2=

CWC 77, Alma 28

D1-3=

Pleasanton 44, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38

D1-4=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 71, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59

D1-5=

Maywood-Hayes Center 37, Diller-Odell 27

D1-6=

Archbishop Bergan 36, South Platte 31

D1-7=

Pender 50, Cambridge 43

D1-8=

Dundy County-Stratton 46, North Platte St. Patrick's 43

Class D2 District Finals=

D2-1=

Falls City Sacred Heart 55, Wauneta-Palisade 20

D2-2=

Humphrey St. Francis 63, Bloomfield 21

D2-3=

Mullen 51, Leyton 24

D2-4=

Wynot 54, Crawford 13

D2-5=

Lawrence-Nelson 43, Dorchester 13

D2-6=

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Stuart 22

D2-7=

Sterling 39, Anselmo-Merna 35

D2-8=

Loomis 43, Silver Lake 38





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