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Nebrasketball takes on Northwestern, more bowl mania, a long-standing Husker bowl record goes down, and shooting Go-Pro cameras with a homemade cannon.

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Husker sports awake from their holiday slumber as Nebrasketball takes on Northwestern this afternoon (3 pm central). Northwestern will be a tough test for the Huskers. Check out Patrick's preview and join the daily thread, probably combined with an overall bowl game thread this afternoon.

Tomorrow (Thursday) the Husker women open conference play hosting Iowa at 1 p.m. central. The ladies blanked the Hawkeyes in Nebraska's first three years in the B1G, winning every game. Last season, Iowa came back with a vengeance and beat the Huskers three times. Both teams are replacing some key pieces, both brought in some good, young players and both are hovering around the same place in the pollster's minds. Will PBA Magic make the difference?

Or will Jess Shepard make the difference? Nebraska's 6'4" freshman wrapped up her fifth (out of seven possible) B1G freshman of the week awards.

MBB: Huskers Open B1G Action vs. Northwestern
Tipoff for the matinee is slated for 3 p.m. and tickets are available for the contest by calling the NU Athletics Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED, visiting or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

InsideNU's preview...

How to watch Northwestern at Nebraska: TV channel, live online streaming, game time, radio, betting line, more - Inside NU
It's both teams' Big Ten opener.

Some 'crootin news for Nebrasketball...

WBB: Huskers Tip Big Ten with Hawkeyes New Year’s Eve
The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens its Big Ten Conference season by colliding with Iowa on Thursday, Dec. 31.

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Six Huskers Advance to Midlands Semifinals - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
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A look back at the bowl game from our Bruin brethren... who have a slightly different perspective on Mike Riley than some Husker fans.

Mike Riley coaches circles around Jim Mora. Again. - Bruins Nation
Foster Farms Bowl post game wrap up

Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska rallies, holds off UCLA, 37-29 " Big Ten Network
Nebraska was one of three teams in the postseason with a 5-7 record. UCLA also arrived in the Foster Farm's Bowl slumping, losing two of its last three after looking like a contender in the Pac-12 South. But it was the Huskers who got to

Minnesota’s Quick Lane Bowl win means 5-7 teams went 3-0 in bowl games -
The Gophers held off Central Michigan in the fourth quarter. Nebraska and San Jose State also won their bowl games.

Last year, Art Briles' Baylor broke bowl season's passing record. This year, the rushing record -
The result? Absolute domination. The Bears ran for 645 yards, a record for most ever in a bowl game, breaking a record Tommie Frazier and Nebraska set in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

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Michigan State Spartans find success with under-the-radar recruits
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Leonard Fournette scores 5 TDs as LSU runs over Texas Tech
The Tigers beat the Red Raiders 56-27 and ran for 384 yards.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney confirms suspension of 3 players |
Clemson has suspended three players for the entirety of postseason play, coach Dabo Swinney confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday. Freshman wide receiver Deon Cain, senior kicker Ammon Lakip and junior tight end Jay Jay McCullough were all sent home after failing a drug test.

Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, dies at 90 " Big Ten Network
Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, has died. He was 90.

Just Because...

Watch Two Guys Stick A GoPro Into A Homemade Pneumatic Cannon And Shoot It Really High | TechCrunch
There are few things as exciting as shooting things into the air using a 3D-printed cannon. That's why this video is so important - and so educational. The..

Have a great Wednesday everyone!