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Today's links is stuck in snowy Nebraska instead of the sunny south. We also have a Husker women's hoops game tonight and take you on a tour of Jessica Shepard's growing list of awards. Check out the top 100 college football games of the year and learn what was found when Oregon State broke ground on a stadium expansion.

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I am supposed to be writing this from Atlanta. Sunny, warm Atlanta. However, I am still in Nebraska, looking at snow through my living room window.

Why?

I am still here because of a small, but perfectly-timed winter storm. It was not even big enough to call a blizzard, but a little bit of freezing rain followed by just enough snow and high winds to make travel difficult. I had a 3 hour drive to the airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight. Originally, I was going to drive in the middle of the night but the weather reports caused me to rethink that. Instead, I made my attempt the evening before, thinking I could just drive a little slower and find a nearby hotel room to grab a few Z's.

I made it 10 miles before turning around. Fortunately, the meeting organizers set up a web conference for remote participation, so I still will get most of my job done. I just have to be tethered to my computer with a headset most of the day. Don't you wish you were me?

Husker WBB Tonight!

The Husker women take on the Wisconsin Badgers tonight at 7 p.m. at The Vault. I am planning a game thread if anyone wants to hang out and chat tonight. You can get audio at huskers.com and video if you subscribe to BTNplus.

The Huskers are one of the hottest teams in the Big 10, winning five straight despite having their floor leader limited or out for a significant chunk of those (first for an "internal matter" and then a foot injury). Rachel Theriot is currently projected in tonight's starting lineup, but this might be a game-time decision like it was Sunday against Michigan.

The Badgers are 6-12 and 2-6 in the B1G and have lost 4 straight in the conference. They score an average of 66 points per game while allowing opponents to score 71 ppg. They are the only team in the Big Ten with a negative scoring differential. Nebraska averages 76 points per game and holds opponents to 65. Shepard is coming off the ONLY 30 point/20 rebound performance in Nebraska women's BB history and the reigning awardee for just about every women's hoops accolade out there. Kyndal Clark found her 3-point shot and has made 18 consecutive free throws.

I am going out on a limb and predicting a 73-65 Husker win! Huskers Ready for Big Ten Battle with Badgers - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

On paper, Wisconsin's interior looks like they will have a hard time matching up (height- or production-wise) with Shepard, Havers, and Blackburn. On the perimeter, they have more height than Nebraska (especially if Theriot is out) and I expect their game plan to revolve around chucking up a lot of long range shots and hoping their posts can clean up enough rebounds against a Husker team that is somewhat streaky (to put it kindly) in their rebounding. Given that Nebraska's perimeter defense has gotten gashed at times, it is not unrealistic to think the Wisconsin could pull off the upset.

The Huskers rediscovered their offensive overdrive against Michigan on Sunday, they cannot let up against a young (only one senior) and shorthanded (dressing nine players) Badger team.

More Nebraska News....

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This is not a new article, but I thought it was cool that the Big Ten's self-proclaimed "holder of the year" worked so hard to raise money for hospitalized kids at Christmas.

GOPHERSPORTS.COM Peter Mortell's Very Specialist Christmas Gift :: University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site :: Football
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This and That...

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