BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Class A District Final=
Bellevue West 68, Lincoln Southeast 58
Omaha Central 55, Gretna 36
Elkhorn 37, Lincoln Northeast 35
Omaha Creighton Prep 64, Grand Island 60, OT
Class C1 District Final=
Auburn 58, Aquinas 35
Kearney Catholic 39, Bishop Neumann 28
Class C2 District Final=
Grand Island Central Catholic 64, Ainsworth 34
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 82, Twin River 52
Sutton 59, Oakland-Craig 56
Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Bridgeport 36
Centennial 57, Dundy County-Stratton 42
Class D1 District Final=
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 78, Elmwood-Murdock 43
Class D2 District Final=
Humphrey St. Francis 64, Giltner 18
Johnson-Brock 31, Mead 30
Randolph 47, Deshler 39, OT
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).
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.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Norfolk 84, Lincoln High 72
Lincoln Southwest 67, Omaha Northwest 64
Elkhorn South 85, South Sioux City 42
Omaha Bryan 68, Omaha North 55
Lincoln Northeast 72, Fremont 56
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Class C1 District Finals=
Lincoln Christian 57, Louisville 27
Chadron 46, Omaha Roncalli 34
North Bend Central 55, Norfolk Catholic 47, OT
Adams Central 52, Broken Bow 37
St. Paul 41, Syracuse 33
Malcolm 37, Ogallala 28
West Point-Beemer 47, Milford 35
Wahoo 51, Chase County 36
Class C2 District Finals=
Oakland-Craig 55, Wood River 38
Crofton 57, Freeman 13
Hastings St. Cecilia 46, Centennial 26
Clarkson/Leigh 45, Guardian Angels 44
Ponca 39, Nebraska City Lourdes 37
Grand Island Central Catholic 54, Bridgeport 32
Superior 43, North Central 41
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 43, South Loup 32
Class D1 District Finals=
Weeping Water 55, Twin River 20
CWC 77, Alma 28
Pleasanton 44, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38
Hartington Cedar Catholic 71, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59
Maywood-Hayes Center 37, Diller-Odell 27
Archbishop Bergan 36, South Platte 31
Pender 50, Cambridge 43
Dundy County-Stratton 46, North Platte St. Patrick's 43
Class D2 District Finals=
Falls City Sacred Heart 55, Wauneta-Palisade 20
Humphrey St. Francis 63, Bloomfield 21
Mullen 51, Leyton 24
Wynot 54, Crawford 13
Lawrence-Nelson 43, Dorchester 13
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Stuart 22
Sterling 39, Anselmo-Merna 35
Loomis 43, Silver Lake 38