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The MCC Indians Boosters, Inc. are sponsoring a youth volleyball tournament April 6 and 7 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Event’s Center on the McCook Community College campus.

There are four divisions or this tournament: 12-and under; 14-and under; 16-and under; and 18-and under. Cost is $120 per team.

The tournament schedule calls for the 12 and 14 year-olds to play April 6 and the 16 and 18-year olds to play on April 7.

To register, please send coach’s email address and phone number to: MCC Indians Boosters, P.O. Box 936; McCook NE. 69001. You can also find registration forms under “News and Events” on the MCC Boosters website at mccboosters.com

For more information, contact Bob Elder at (308) 345-4296 or (308) 340-4557.





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The McCook Community College volleyball team signed another player Wednesday when Eaton High School (Colo.) senior hitter Quinci Johnson signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball in the Fall at MCC.

“I came to open tryouts last summer and felt really welcome here by Coach Kobza and players and everybody I came in contact with,” Johnson said. “I liked the feel of it and how well MCC seemed to suits me that I came back for a second open tryout.”

“The players and were impressed with how well she did at her first tryout but when she came back for a second time, it was pretty obvious how much she wanted to be a part of our team,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

Johnson, a 5-8 hitter, is expected to play multiple positions for the Lady Indians.

“I think that is one of her strengths is her versatility and being able to go back and forth between the right side or outside,” Kobza said. “That’s a great option for a team when you have someone who can come in and help you out at either position and make that transition instantly.”

“I’m just happy to be part of this group that looks to build on what’s taken place the past several years,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to bonding with my teammates because they are going to be my family for the next two years and I plan to work hard to earn a spot on this team.”

Johnson, who played softball and ran track in middle school, decided to focus on volleyball her freshman year at Highland High School, then transferred to Eaton, where her team won state in 2017, and made it to the semifinals this past season.

“From a recruiting standpoint, we’ve had good luck with players who come from winning programs,” Kobza said.

Johnson plans to focus on nursing classes when she enrolls for classes in the Fall.





Quinci Johnson

Hayley Kobza

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The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) and the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) announced the advancement of 14 coaches and an athletic director as finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year. The nominations were based on each coach’s career accomplishments through the 2017-18 athletic seasons. Two former Nebraska prep coaches will be honored by being inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame as well.

 

Jack Tarr Malcolm Athletic Director
Jim Hansen Lincoln Pius X Boys Assistant Coach
Kevin Scheef Wahoo Boys Basketball
Shane Fruit Ogallala Boys Cross Country
Doug Goltz Falls City Sacred Heart Football
Kevin Hubbell Lincoln East Girls Assistant Coach
Trudy Samuelson Malcolm Girls Basketball
Jeremy Haselhorst Papillion-La Vista South Girls Cross Country
Nancy Lockmon Giltner Girls Track & Field
Scott Steinbrook Kearney Soccer
Terry Graver Elkhorn South Softball
Rich Hood III Omaha Burke Swimming & Diving
Matt Wiemers McCook Tennis
Darcy White Exeter-Milligan Volleyball
Dean Boyer Plainview Wrestling

Eight finalists from across the nation, in nineteen recognized sports categories will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA’s national convention in Bismarck, North Dakota on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in each sports category.

All Nebraska coaches were nominated for this national honor by the Nebraska Coaches Association. The selection is based on career longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

 

NATIONAL HALL OF FAME: Coaches Gail Peterson, Crofton and Sharon Zavala, Grand Island Central Catholic will be inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame at the same NHSACA Convention. Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place on June 25.

 

It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Matt Wiemers from McCook High School as a finalist for the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of tennis. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories. Coach Wiemers was nominated for this national honor by their state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

 





Matt Wiemers

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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 66, CWC 23

Allen 55, Wynot 47

Alliance 68, Gordon/Rushville 23

Amherst 44, Shelton 34

Anselmo-Merna 64, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 44

Ashland-Greenwood 50, Yutan 47

Axtell 55, Arapahoe 46

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Wakefield 55

Battle Creek 54, Guardian Angels 52

Blair 59, Omaha Concordia 41

Blue Hill 60, Harvard 47

Conestoga 65, Palmyra 62

Crofton 57, Wayne 56

Cross County 64, Dorchester 18

David City 62, Shelby/Rising City 59

Douglas County West 59, Louisville 49

Dundy County-Stratton 71, Wallace 48

Elkhorn 62, Columbus 43

Emerson-Hubbard 47, Homer 42

Exeter/Milligan 50, Meridian 33

Falls City Sacred Heart 58, Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 51, OT

Fort Calhoun 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 44

Freeman 65, Malcolm 26

Giltner 54, East Butler 42

Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Grand Island Northwest 22

Hartington Cedar Catholic 67, Creighton 29

Hastings St. Cecilia 43, Superior 38

Heartland 78, High Plains Community 39

Johnson County Central 54, Weeping Water 14

Johnson-Brock 95, Lewiston 25

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 81, Hartington-Newcastle 57

Lincoln North Star 62, Grand Island 44

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Arlington 33

Loomis 68, Southwest 60

Lutheran High Northeast 77, Walthill 38

Madison 62, Stanton 44

Maxwell 66, Brady 42

McCook 41, Lexington 39

McCool Junction 25, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 23

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 51

Milford 60, Columbus Lakeview 46

Millard West 57, Omaha Bryan 55

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Nebraska City Lourdes 69, Auburn 36

Neligh-Oakdale 63, Clearwater/Orchard 53

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 69, Columbus Scotus 49

North Central 62, Niobrara/Verdigre 57

O'Neill 47, Wagner, S.D. 38

Oakland-Craig 72, Tekamah-Herman 20

Omaha Creighton Prep 59, Omaha Westside 55

Osmond 61, Bloomfield 31

Overton 76, Elwood 42

Pawnee City 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 38, OT

Paxton 52, Hitchcock County 40

Platteview 64, Nebraska City 48

Ponca 59, Winnebago 40

Randolph 58, Winside 17

Schuyler 38, Central City 36

Seward 70, Crete 29

Silver Lake 49, Franklin 28

South Loup 64, Arcadia-Loup City 52

Southern 42, Diller-Odell 37

St. Mary's 84, Santee 46

St. Paul 55, Minden 41

Sterling 61, Omaha Christian Academy 53

Sutton 91, Ravenna 44

Syracuse 46, Plattsmouth 44

Thayer Central 51, Friend 27

Tri County 80, College View Academy 25

Wahoo 83, Raymond Central 36

Wausa 39, Elkhorn Valley 38

West Holt 55, Plainview 43

Wisner-Pilger 51, Twin River 40

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Hershey 51, Sutherland 37

2019 Thunder Classic Basketball Tournament=

Falls City 49, Jackson Heights, Kan. 44

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Creek Valley 66, Minatare 63

Garden County 56, Potter-Dix 11

Leyton 45, South Platte 43

Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=

Hay Springs 55, Crawford 49

Sioux County 51, Edgemont, S.D. 45

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Elkhorn Mount Michael 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 52

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 63

South Sioux City 68, Beatrice 52

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alliance 47, Gordon/Rushville 34

Amherst 61, Shelton 21

Arlington 58, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34

Auburn 34, Nebraska City Lourdes 32

Aurora 40, Holdrege 30

Axtell 34, Arapahoe 29

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 56, Wakefield-Allen 49

Blair 37, Omaha Concordia 26

Bloomfield 47, Osmond 35

Blue Hill 55, Harvard 18

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 34, McCool Junction 32

CWC 68, Ainsworth 40

Centennial 57, Wilber-Clatonia 12

Central City 50, Schuyler 24

Crete 39, Seward 31

Crofton 60, Wayne 36

Cross County 35, Dorchester 23

David City 36, Shelby/Rising City 27

Diller-Odell 48, Southern 37

Dundy County-Stratton 64, Wallace 14

Elkhorn 50, Columbus 39

Elkhorn Valley 67, Wausa 37

Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 37

Falls City 41, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29

Giltner 68, East Butler 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 52, Wood River 40

Guardian Angels 67, Battle Creek 66

Hampton 40, Nebraska Lutheran 37

Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Creighton 42

Hartington-Newcastle 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Superior 45, OT

Heartland 49, High Plains Community 20

Hitchcock County 61, Paxton 32

Homer 49, Emerson-Hubbard 25

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 54, Pawnee City 38

Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 31, Falls City Sacred Heart 25

Johnson-Brock 59, Lewiston 25

Lawrence-Nelson 49, Deshler 40

Lincoln North Star 67, Grand Island 43

Loomis 58, Southwest 15

Lutheran High Northeast 68, Walthill 51

Malcolm 32, Freeman 24

Maxwell 50, Brady 31

McCook 41, Lexington 39

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 14

Medicine Valley 35, Eustis-Farnam 20

Milford 66, Columbus Lakeview 59

Millard West 60, Omaha Bryan 9

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Neligh-Oakdale 35, Clearwater/Orchard 26

Norfolk Catholic 55, Gretna 43

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 38, Columbus Scotus 24

North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 59

O'Neill 69, Wagner, S.D. 48

Oakland-Craig 62, Tekamah-Herman 38

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, Fort Calhoun 48

Omaha Marian 63, Omaha Central 49

Overton 48, Elwood 38

Palmyra 43, Conestoga 31

Platteview 52, Nebraska City 28

Pleasanton 55, Ansley-Litchfield 19

Ponca 59, Winnebago 42

Randolph 52, Winside 12

Silver Lake 47, Franklin 35

South Loup 53, Arcadia-Loup City 37

St. Mary's 66, Santee 52

St. Paul 46, Minden 40

Stanton 62, Madison 12

Sterling 49, Omaha Christian Academy 37

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34, Anselmo-Merna 33

Sutton 43, Ravenna 37

Syracuse 57, Plattsmouth 34

Thayer Central 54, Friend 28

Tri County 62, College View Academy 9

Twin River 33, Wisner-Pilger 29

Wahoo 64, Raymond Central 36

Weeping Water 51, Johnson County Central 34

West Holt 59, Plainview 24

Yutan 60, Ashland-Greenwood 30

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 59, Perkins County 22

Chase County 49, Kimball 25

Hershey 48, Sutherland 20

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 53, Nebraska Christian 38

Central Valley 60, Riverside 23

Fullerton 49, Spalding Academy 19

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Palmer 25





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

College View Academy 65, Whiting, Iowa 36

O'Neill 46, Neligh-Oakdale 42

Omaha Benson 65, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 52

Omaha Nation 74, Homer 53

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 47, Kimball 24

North Platte 50, Perkins County 37

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 64, Central Valley 55

Fullerton 76, Nebraska Christian 47

Humphrey St. Francis 73, Spalding Academy 29

Riverside 76, Heartland Lutheran 39

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Cedar Bluffs 48, Boys Town 31

College View Academy 69, Whiting, Iowa 45

Ewing 55, West Holt 42

Flandreau Indian, S.D. 65, Walthill 45

Homer 83, Omaha Nation 43

O'Neill 69, Neligh-Oakdale 41

Omaha Benson 51, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 46

Wynot 44, Viborg-Hurley, S.D. 27

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Bayard 57, Creek Valley 39

Leyton 68, Potter-Dix 26

Minatare 47, Garden County 24

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Omaha Gross Catholic 50, Beatrice 45, OT

Omaha Roncalli 57, Omaha Mercy 54

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 22

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Duchesne Academy 44




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The Air Force Prep Huskies banked in a 3-pointer off the boards as time expired to sink the McCook Community College Men Tuesday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center 81-80.

MCC had taken the lead on sophomore Peanut Cunningham’s (Louisville, Kent.) drive down the lane that put the Indians up 80-78 with 9.4 seconds remaining. Air Force Prep got the ball up court for a 3-pointer that missed but Prep’s Marcus Hill ran down the rebound and put it up and in for the win.

“We box out and we’re happy with a great win over a quality team,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “Instead we’re disappointed with a loss.”

The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half. The Indians took an eight-point lead at the 12:56 mark but Air Force Prep fought back to lead by five points at the 7:12 mark. MCC took the lead back but the Huskies worked a last-second shot to end the first half and brought them to within four points of the Indians 40-36.

“We’re just having a hard tie guarding in half-court,” Lenhart said.

MCC stretched the lead to double-digits in the early part of the second half until the Huskies switched things up defensively.

“They went to a zone and it slowed us down for four or five possessions,” Lenhart said.

The Huskies cut the MCC lead to 62-59 at the 10:00 mark and the game remained tight down the stretch.

“Peanut really lifted us in the second half,” Lenhart said.

Cunningham scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to pace the Indians. Freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) hit three 3-pointers in the second half on the way to a 17-point night. Freshmen Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) and Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) both chipped in nine points.

Air Force Prep canned 30 of 55 field goals for the game (56.7 percent) and 14 of 34 shots from beyond the 3-point line (41.2 percent) including 10 of 21 in the second half (47.6 percent).

“You just can’t allow a team to shoot 56 percent for the game, 42 percent from the 3-point line and let them take 34 of them,” Lenhart said.

MCC shot 49.3 percent from the field on 69 shots, and 32.1 percent from the 3-point line on 28 shots,

The Indians out-rebounded the Huskies 35-31 with Sophomore Ron White (New York, N.Y.) leading MCC on the boards with seven.

“I mean there was a lot of good that took place tonight, but in a loss you give up an inch here and an inch there and it adds up,” Lenhart said.

The Indians forced Air Force Prep into 17 turnovers, while committing nine.

The Indians fall to 7-8 on the year and begin Region IX South Division Play this weekend in Colorado, Friday at La Junta, Colo. against Otero Junior College and Saturday at Trinidad State. Then comes two more Region IX road games Jan. 22 at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska and Jan. 25 at Sterling, Colo. against Northeastern Junior College.

MCC's only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball





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Kearney, Neb. - The Nebraska-Kearney wrestling program hosts the seventh annual Midwest Duals this Friday and Saturday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

Nineteen colleges (NCAA Division II, NAIA and JUCO), 16 high schools and several youth club teams from Nebraska and surrounding states will take part. Action begins at 9 a.m. on both days and runs until the early evening hours.

On Friday, NAIA, junior colleges and a UNK "reserve" team will compete along with smaller class high schools. On Saturday, the action will include Division II schools, kids clubs and larger class high schools. 

Cost of admission per day is $10 (adults) and $8 (seniors/youths). Those who have the UNK All-Sports pass or a Nebraska Coaches Association pass will also gain admittance; the passes must be shown to get in. All proceeds benefit Loper wrestling.





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View below the boys & girls Southwest Conference tournament brackets. Teams that fall in the first round will play another game at Gothenburg high school on Jan. 24th. The semi-finals & championship games will be played at Lexington high school on Jan. 25th & 26th. 



Ralston, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Omaha Lancers by a final score of 4-2 Sunday at Ralston Arena. Colton Kalezic and Brendan Budy scored the Storm’s goals in the loss. Despite the loss, Tri-City kept its 1st place position in the USHL league standings and will return home to the Viaero Center on Friday to host the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop for the matchup is set for 7:05pm.

 

Colton Kalezic netted his 10th goal of the season just over seven minutes into the game to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Kalezic’s goal was assisted by Ronnie Attard and Connor McMenamin. Omaha answered the Storm’s opening goal with a tying goal at 13:46 of the 1st period. The goal was scored by Tyler Carpenter, and tied the game at 1-1. Kyle Kawamura scored his 2nd goal of the season on the power play at 17:17 of the 1st period to give the Lancers a 2-1 advantage. Omaha outshot Tri-City 14-9 and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period.

 

No goals were scored in the 2nd period and Omaha increased its lead to two goals with under five minutes to play in the 3rd period. Tyler Carpenter scored his 2nd goal of the game to give the Lancers a 3-1 lead at the 15:43 mark of the period. Tri-City answered back with a shorthanded goal from Brendan Budy with 2:08 remaining in the game to bring the score back to within one goal. Omaha’s Aleksi Peltonen scored his 6th goal of the season on an empty net goal at 18:37 to give Omaha a 4-2 win on home ice. Goaltender Jake Barczewski stopped 29 of 32 shots in the Storm’s loss.

 

The Storm dropped to 25-7-1-1 in the loss and currently hold a one point lead over 2nd place Muskegon in the USHL league standings. Tri-City has won 14 of 17 home games this season, and plays host to Muskegon on Friday night




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The Nebraska basketball team started fast and finished strong Monday night, never trailing No. 25 Indiana in a 66-51 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

The Huskers scored the first nine points of the game and held Indiana without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than two years. With the win, Nebraska improved to 13-4 on the season and the Huskers evened their Big Ten Conference record at 3-3. Indiana fell to 12-5 overall and dropped to 3-3 in league play.

Nebraska’s seniors shined in the upset win. Glynn Watson Jr. paced the Huskers with 15 points - including 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half - while Isaac Copeland chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Tanner Borchardt was big off the bench, scoring seven points – one shy of his career high – and grabbing five rebounds. Together, the four seniors combined for 47 points and 27 rebounds, while Thomas Allen added 10 points for the Big Red and Isaiah Roby had nine points and four rebounds.

Defensively, the Huskers held Indiana to a season-low 51 points, 12 points fewer than the Hoosiers managed against No. 2 Michigan. Nebraska also limited Indiana to a season-worst 36.5 percent from the field and held the Hoosiers to a season-low two 3-pointers. Romeo Langord led Indiana with a game-high 18 points, but he was just 5-of-14 from the field. Juwan Morgan added 17 points, but no other Hoosier had more than five points.

Nebraska started the game fast, hitting its first four shots to race out to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. The Hoosiers answered with five straight points before Nebraska responded with a 16-2 run to build a 25-7 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. The Huskers held Indiana scoreless for more than six minutes at one point during the run, outscoring the Hoosiers 11-0 in that stretch, with Copeland scoring six of those 11 points.

Following the 16-2 run, Nebraska went cold from the field, missing 12 straight shots. A nearly nine-minute drought without a field goal allowed Indiana to trim the lead to single digits. The Hoosiers used an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 26-20 with one minute left in the half. Copeland snapped the drought with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to nine, and after a pair of Indiana free throws, Palmer closed the half with a driving, one-handed dunk to send the Huskers into the locker room with a 31-22 lead.

Both teams struggled with their shot in the first half, with Nebraska shooting 39.4 percent from the field and Indiana hitting only 29.6 percent of its shots. The Huskers held the Hoosiers 22 points, their lowest point total in any half this season. Copeland led Nebraska with 10 first-half points, while Palmer had seven points, six rebounds and four assists in the period.

Nebraska stretched its lead back to double digits in the opening two minutes of the second half before Indiana scored seven straight points to pull within three at 35-32. But Watson responded by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that pushed the Husker lead back to 11 six minutes into the half.

The teams then went back and forth, with Nebraska hitting 6-of-7 shots at one point, culminating with a Thomas Allen three that gave Nebraska a 57-44 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Huskers maintained their 13-point advantage over the next four minutes, leading, when Nebraska was on top 62-49 with 3:23 remaining. Indiana never got closer than that, as Nebraska held the Hoosiers without a field goal over the final 5:39.

Nebraska returns to action on Thursday when the Huskers face their second straight ranked opponent in No. 6 Michigan State. Tipoff between the Huskers and Spartans is set for 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the matchup will be televised on FS1, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.





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