Holy smoley, what a difference a week makes. The Nebraska men's basketball team picked up a big win on the road last night against Michigan State, their third conference win in a row. It was the first time they'd won three straight conference road games since 1998. They also snapped a 10-game losing streak to ranked teams.
The win moved Nebraska's hoopty shooters to 12-8 overall, 4-3 in conference, and 7th place in the Big Ten. Next game up is Michigan at PBA in Lincoln on Saturday.
Nebraska seems to own Michigan State right now. I believe the last loss any Husker team suffered to Sparty was last year's baseball team in the Big Ten tournament.
Check this out. Kinda creepy, huh?
The obvious question is - how far can this team go? Can they sustain success and make the NIT? Or the NCAA tournament? It's nice to think about but I'm not ready to glob those expectations on them. All I know is that we now have a men's basketball team that is fun to watch. There are multiple players who can score! Really!
The Nebraska women's basketball team won a one-point game over Purdue 62-61. That gave the Boilers only their second conference loss, and puts the Huskers in 5th place in the Big Ten. The women have run off four straight after getting annihilated at Maryland. This just after I pushed internal discussions here at CN about whether it was time for Connie Yori to go.
Yesterday the athletic department announced new series with Oklahoma and Arizona. I would bet that I am less excited about Oklahoma that most of you. That rivalry is in the past; Oklahoma made their choice and it was Texas, not Nebraska. If you want to be excited about it, be excited about the fact that we're playing a quality opponent (or it looks that way right now, who knows what either program will look like in 2031).
I would also bet there's more than a 50/50 chance I'm not going to be around for those games, but if I am, I'll probably have grandchildren for whom I'll have to explain "The Game of The Century" as we watch Johnny Rodgers return that punt for the 345,312th time. They'll probably mention how it looks like it was "a thousand years ago", which will prompt the following by me:
"A thousand years ago? A thousand? Things were more advanced than you give us credit for. We didn't have driverless cars or brain transplants, but we were on the moon.
That's right you little bastards. We put men on the moon. Did it with a slide rule.
You put any men on the moon? No. And you still haven't made it to Mars. And we still don't have flying cars, do we? You damned kids aren't as smart as you think you are."
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Tom Izzo hates Tim Miles.
MLive's Detroit Lions awards: Ameer Abdullah wins rookie of the year | MLive.com
Editor's note: This is the third installment in a six-part series in which MLive's Detroit Lions beat writers will hand out our admittedly pointless but hopefully entertaining postseason awards. Hopefully. Today: Rookie of the year. Tomorrow: Most improved. Rookie of the year Winner: Ameer Abdullah Honorable mention: Quandre Diggs, Laken Tomlinson
Why Abdullah: He started slowly, then was benched midseason due to his issues hanging onto the football. But Jim Bob Cooter turned to him in the second half of the season, and Abdullah finally started to spark. He averaged 4.8 yards every time he carried the ball in the final seven games, and finished with a team-best 597 rushing yards overall. Oh, and with just one exception, he was able to shake those fumble problems down the stretch too. He certainly looked like a guy who was turning a corner, and could be poised for a breakout in Year 2. Abdullah wasn't just drafted to carry the ball, though. He was also expected to be an upgrade over Jeremy Ross as a return man, and he was every bit that. He was leading the league in kick returns late in the season, and wound up second overall after being...
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DI board approves waiver for alcohol sales at baseball, softball championships | NCAA.com
Part of the impetus for the decision came from school reports that indicated once they started selling alcohol at events, alcohol-related incidents declined sharply. Theories suggest that making alcohol available in the stadium prevents incidents of binge drinking before events and discourages people from attempting to bring outside alcohol into the venue.
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