Lincoln – Five weekend Big Ten home games, including the conference opener against Illinois, highlight Nebraska’s 2018-19 men’s basketball conference schedule released Tuesday afternoon. The five home games include a trio of Saturday matchups at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as the Huskers will host conference games against Ohio State (Jan. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 16) and Purdue (Feb. 23). Nebraska’s two Sunday games bookend the Big Ten slate with a tilt against Illinois on Sunday, December 2, and a Senior Day matchup against Iowa on Sunday, March 10. The 20-game slate begins with a pair of conference matchups the first week of December, the game against Illinois and a trip to Minnesota on Wednesday Dec. 5.
Following non-conference action, the Huskers open 2019 on the road, traveling to Maryland (Jan. 2) and Iowa (Jan. 6) before returning home to host Penn State on Jan. 10. The rest of the January slate features home matchups against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and Wisconsin (Jan. 29) along with road trips to both Indiana (Jan. 14) and Rutgers (Jan. 21). The second half of the Big Ten schedule opens with a rematch at Illinois on Feb. 2 before returning home for three of their next four contests, including games with Maryland (Feb. 6), Minnesota (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 16). The only road game in that run is a matchup at Purdue on Feb. 9, the first of two matchups with the Boilermakers in a 15-day span. The homestretch features four straight games against postseason qualifiers, including road trips to NIT champion Penn State (Feb. 19), NCAA runner-up Michigan (Feb. 28) and a rematch with Michigan State (March 5) along with hosting Purdue on Feb. 23. NU’s game with Iowa on March 10 is on the final day of the regular season before the Big Ten Tournament returns to the United Center in Chicago from March 13-17. Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers’ Big Ten games, as well as the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised by one of the conference television partners, as the Big Ten has contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ESPN and ESPN2), CBS as well as BTN. Season tickets for the 2018-19 season, if any remain after the seat yourself process currently underway, will go on sale next Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The 18-game home slate includes 10 Big Ten games, as well as non-conference matchups with Seton Hall and Creighton.
Three games of Nebraska’s 2019 schedule have been set, as the matchups for the Frisco College Baseball Classic presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the STAR were announced on Monday. The third edition of the Frisco Classic is slated for March 1-3, 2019 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, home of the Frisco RoughRiders. Each day will feature two games, with each of the four teams playing three games during the weekend. Nebraska is joined by 2018 College World Series participants Texas Tech and Mississippi State, as well as Southland regular-season conference champion Sam Houston State for the 2019 Frisco Classic. The Huskers open on Friday, March 1 against the Red Raiders at 7 p.m. (CT). NU leads the all-time series against its former conference foe, 31-21. Texas Tech advanced through Regionals and Super Regionals at home last season before going 1-2 at the CWS in Omaha, Neb. The Red Raiders went 45-20 overall in 2018. Nebraska squares off against Sam Houston State on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. (CT). The Bearkats lead the all-time series against the Big Red by a 5-1 margin. In 2018, Sam Houston State went 39-20 overall with a 24-6 record in conference play en route to capturing the Southland Conference title. The Bearkats went 1-2 at the conference tournament to fall short of an NCAA Tournament bid. NU wraps up its trip to Frisco by facing Mississippi State on Sunday, March 3 at 11 a.m. (CT). The Bulldogs lead the all-time series against the Huskers, 2-0. Mississippi State, who went 39-29 last season, advanced through the Tallahassee Regional before taking 2-of-3 at Vanderbilt in the Super Regionals. At the College World Series, the Bulldogs went 2-2, losing both games to eventual champion Oregon State. Nebraska will be making its second appearance in the event after playing in the inaugural edition in 2017. The 2017 version featured Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Arizona. Television and streaming information for the 2019 Frisco Classic will be announced at a later date. Advanced tickets for the 2019 Frisco Classic are available at friscoclassic.com/tickets.
Nebraska’s 2019 Frisco College Baseball Classic Schedule
Friday, March 1: Texas Tech vs. Nebraska – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: Nebraska vs. Sam Houston State – 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 3: Nebraska vs. Mississippi State – 11 a.m.
Note: the home team is listed second
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Monday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media following practice to discuss the defense's progress and depth with less than two weeks until the season opener against Akron. "I would still say the deepest [position group] is probably the D-line," Chinander said. "I think we feel good about the linebackers and where we are at, but I think another deep position with the addition of some young guys and transfers is going to be the defensive backfield." When asked when the team would be ready to name the starters on defense, Chinander explained that the coaches already have a general idea of who is going to be getting the majority of snaps. "After the last scrimmage I think we got it figured out who the 1s and 2s are," Chinander said. "There are still a few position battles that are probably going to go down to the wire. If we had to name a depth chart today, we could.” Monday marked the first day of the fall semester on campus and Chinander said the players having to balance classes and practice should not be much of an adjustment. "The thing about this camp compared to others is there are no more two-a-days," Chinander said. "It's kind of a seamless transition. Now we have to change the schedule a little bit. We don't have as much meeting time in the afternoon so we have to condense that in the walkthrough. This week is going to seem almost like camp to the guys with the addition of class. Thursday and Friday, that's when they will start transitioning into scout team and getting ready for the first game." Chinander also discussed the importance of veterans stepping up and taking the newcomers under their wing in order to help them find success early on. "We tell the veterans 'If you're a real guy, our job is to replace you in recruiting,'" Chinander said. "But if you're a real guy, you are going to teach somebody to take your job and know that he can't do it. So I expect those guys to really do a nice job of helping bring those young guys along just like they did in the summer with the incoming freshman transfers. I think they've kind of grasped that concept a little bit." The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Tuesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team held its annual Red/White Scrimmage in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,965 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Red team won the match, 2-1 (25-19, 25-17, 20-25). The Red team had a balanced attack, as seven players combined for 33 kills with no one posting more than seven. Mikaela Foecke led the way with seven kills, and Lauren Stivrins and Sami Slaughter each had six. Jazz Sweet and Callie Schwarzenbach posted five kills each with Schwarzenbach adding a team-high five blocks. Setter Nicklin Hames paced the offense with 26 assists, three kills and three aces to go with her team-high 11 digs. Libero Kenzie Maloney added eight digs. Capri Davis had nine kills and three blocks to lead the White team. Former Huskers Kadie and Amber Rolfzen played for the White squad. Kadie Rolfzen had 10 kills and 11 digs. Anezka Szabo posted five blocks with two kills. Mari Kurkova recorded 15 assists as the White team's setter for the first two sets, while Brooke Smith set the third set and put up seven assists to lead the White team to the third-set win. Hayley Densberger had eight digs, while Smith had seven. The White team also got six kills on .308 hitting from student manager Jake Roberts. The Red started strong with 25-19, 25-17 wins in the first two sets. The Red had a decisive advantage in hitting, .264 to -.028, at intermission. White answered back in the third and final set with a 25-20 victory. White outhit Red .161 to .079 in the final frame. The scrimmage was just part of the festivities at the Devaney Center on Saturday. Before the match, the Huskers' 2017 NCAA Championship banner was officially unveiled in the rafters. After the scrimmage, fans were treated to the first viewing of the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. The documentary will be televised on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on NET and streamed at netnebraska.org. The second-ranked Huskers begin the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge next Friday and Saturday. NU will face No. 7 Florida in a 2017 national title rematch on Friday at 6 p.m. The Huskers will battle No. 18 Oregon on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice and was asked about last weekend’s scrimmage. "It went well," Walters said. "The guys went out and they competed. Offense beat the defense at times and then defense got the best of us, it's a good competition. We want to put the guys in game situation, coaches off the field and see how they react. I thought across the board on offense they did a good job." Walters was also asked about how the quarterback competition is shaping up after more than a week of fall camp. “They're all doing a good job,” Walters said of the quarterbacks. “This week we're going to evaluate them and then going into next week we'll make some decisions as we get closer to the game. All of those guys are competing and they all bring different elements to the table, and we've got to figure out which one leads the offense the best and that's going to be our guy." Walters also commended the work of the offensive line during fall camp and touched on the Huskers’ tight end unit.
"Jack (Stoll) has had a great fall camp," Walters said. "I'm excited about what he and Austin Allen are going to do. As a matter of fact, the tight ends probably played the best out of anyone in the scrimmage. They made some plays down the field in the pass game which is awesome. I think we've got tight ends that are good run blockers, so I'm excited about that group." As fall camp continues, Walters said the coaches want players to maintain focus and continue to improve. “This time in fall camp, the great players sustain,” Walters said. “The average players, you see a little dip in their production. Poor players, you see big dips. So, across the board we've got to maintain." Walters also noted that the offense has made a lot of improvement through the first week and a half of fall camp. "Across the board we've made progress, everyone is a lot better," he said. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
Nebraska volleyball senior co-captains Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney were named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Tuesday. The Huskers were also voted first by the league's head coaches in the preseason poll. Foecke, a 6-3 outside hitter, was one of seven unanimous selections to the preseason team. An AVCA second-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection in 2017, Foecke guided the Huskers to their second national championship in three years last season with a team-high 3.53 kills per set. The West Point, Iowa native collected her second Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Championships after 20 kills and 14 digs in the championship match against Florida. She became just the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years. Maloney, a 5-8 libero from Louisville, Kentucky, led the Huskers in digs last year with 3.62 per set and served a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament on her way to all-tournament team honors. Maloney played two of her best matches of the season at the final four, producing 21 digs, six assists and four aces in the semifinal against Penn State and 15 digs, two kills and an ace in the final against Florida. The Huskers, who have won back-to-back Big Ten titles, topped the preseason poll ahead of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and Illinois. Michigan came in at No. 6, followed by Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers.
The 2018 Huskers will set out to become the first squad in NU history to reach three straight final fours and will be hunting for a third straight conference championship for the first time since 2006-08 in the Big 12. Nebraska hosts its annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.
2018 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Ali Bastianelli, ILL
JORDYN POULTER, ILL
Taylor Louis, IOWA
CARLY SKJODT, MICH
Alexis Hart, MINN
STEPHANIE SAMEDY, MINN
SAMANTHA SELIGER-SWENSON, MINN
MIKAELA FOECKE, NEB
Kenzie Maloney, NEB
Taylor Leath, PSU
Kendall White, PSU
SHERRIDAN ATKINSON, PUR
DANA RETTKE, WIS
Tionna Williams, WIS
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2018 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
4. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media after practice, commenting on the play of the defense in the team’s recent scrimmage. “On our side of the ball, our plan was to play very basic stuff so everybody would have a chance to operate," Chinander said. "We were just evaluating technique, effort, communication and seeing who could tackle. For the most part it went pretty well, we have some things to clean up and some moves on the depth chart to make, but it was just a good evaluation tool for our coaches and our defense.” When prodded about the depth chart, Chinander elaborated that the coaches are evaluating what they have and thinking about how they can put their players in a position to be successful. “So far it’s been a pretty flowing depth chart," Chinander said. "We’ve been giving guys reps with the ones, twos and threes, whether they deserve them or not, just to see where they are at. That helps us evaluate each guy and see where they belong. Some of those guys, if they are with the twos and going against the twos, maybe they look better. Yesterday we were able to see guys who we thought were the ones go against the ones and see if they really should be there. I thought that was very important for us.” In terms of guys that have established themselves as starters, Chinander said that there are several players who have stood out in fall camp and they are working to get the ones and twos their reps to prepare them for the season opener. “We have another scrimmage on Friday, and I think that will help us solidify our depth chart on defense," he said. "We have a good idea who is going to be on the field but after that scrimmage we will be able to make some decisions and be able to tell you where guys are going to fall.” Chinander mentioned junior defensive lineman Carlos Davis as a standout in the scrimmage. He also praised the play of several members of his linebacker corps, including Mohammed Barry, Dedrick Young, Will Honas, Collin Miller and Luke Gifford. He also talked about bringing in former members of the Blackshirts to connect past Huskers with his defense. “I’ve said it before, I think the Blackshirts is the greatest tradition in college football. Coach McBride started it and we thought it was really important to embrace the past. The bar was set really high when the tradition started. We are not there yet, but we wanted our guys to get a taste of what that standard is and how you’re are supposed to act as a Blackshirt.” Former Huskers Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter came in last week to address the team. Chinander talked about the atmosphere when these two Blackshirts walked into the room. “It was an electric atmosphere and the way they were talking and describing things it felt like we were practicing," Chinander said. "It’s great for our kids to understand that it’s always on the line, whether we’re in the meeting room, lifting or stretching. You could tell when those guys were talking to us that it was on the line for them, and I think that was really cool for our kids to see. The next day we probably had our most impressive practice on defense and guys were flying around. I think that was a direct correlation to the talk that they gave to our defense.” The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Friday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice and talked about how the first week of fall camp has been.
“It’s been good, I see so much improvement from spring until now,” Frost said. “The improvement from January until now, it’s amazing how far the guys have come. We still have a lot to improve on and a lot to get better at, but overall I think [fall] camp has been really good, and the players have given us a lot of effort.” Frost also commented on how his team’s physicality has improved compared to last season. “[Strength Coach] Zach Duval is as good as there is in the business, and he’s changed our team,” Frost said. “All you have to do is walk out on the field and look at each individual and see how much improvement they’ve made with their bodies, with their speed, with their strength. Along with that it’s got to be guys that are willing to fight.” Frost also talked about the late addition of running back Maurice Washington, and how he’s impressed the coaching staff in camp. “We’re glad to have him,” Frost said. “He had a long road to get here, but he’s had probably a dozen big plays, spectacular plays already in this camp. So, he’s definitely opening some eyes, and I think he’s got a bright future here. I’d say to this point he’s better than what I expected. It’s amazing, he hadn’t worked out much and was focused in academics. We didn’t know what we’d get, but he’s going to be a pretty special player. The Huskers return to the practice field on Saturday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
University of Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles announced Friday that Vince Fritz has been named a graduate manager for the Husker basketball program for the upcoming season. In his role, Fritz will help in day-to-day operations of the Husker basketball program. “I’m happy to add Vince to the staff,” Miles said. “His credentials are terrific, looking at his high school background with his dad and his college experience with Kansas great Jeff Boschee. I think he will add a great deal to our program and work well with our players.” Fritz comes to Nebraska after playing collegiately at Missouri Southern for the past three seasons for Boschee. As a senior, Fritz played in 24 games as Missouri Southern went 20-10 in 2017-18, finished second in the MIAA and reached the 2018 NCAA Tournament. In his three seasons at the school, Fritz helped Missouri Southern to a combined 56-34 mark. He began his collegiate career at Sacred Heart (Conn.) University, where he spent his freshman season. A native of Overland Park, Kan., Fritz prepped at Blue Valley Northwest High School where he played for coach and father Ed Fritz. A four-year letterwinner, Vince Fritz was a two-time all-state performer who helped his team to a pair of state championships in Kansas. During his junior season, Blue Valley Northwest went 25-0 and finished 19th nationally by USA Today. A two-time first-team Eastern Kansas League selection, Fritz finished as the third-leading scorer in school history. He also played football at BVNW, earning all-league accolades as a punter and defensive back. Fritz comes from an athletic family. His father, Ed, has over 600 wins at the high school level in Kansas and has won four state titles since 2013 after playing at Baker University. His mother, Ann Costello, played collegiately at Nebraska from 1984-86, and has captured won a trio of state title at Blue Valley North. His uncle, Willie Fritz, is currently the head football coach at Tulane, while one grandfather, Vince Costello, is a member of the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame and another, Harry Fritz, was a college football coach and executive director of the NAIA. Vince, who will pursue his master’s in educational administration, received his undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern in 2018.