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Nebraska Bowling In Elimination Bracket At NCAA Bowling Championships

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The Huskers will be in do or die mode Saturday

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It’s never easy when you’re trying to win a National Championship at the NCAA Bowling Championships. The Nebraska Bowling team will have to fight through win or go home situations tomorrow.

Nebraska is in the Elimination Bracket at the NCAA Championships at the Raising Cane Rivercenter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They will have to win out to make the TV show finals tomorrow night.

The Huskers qualified in a tie for 3rd, but got the 4th slot in the double-elimination bracket due to their head to head record vs. Stephen F. Austin. Their first Baker match was against Fairleigh Dickinson, where the Huskers won the match 4 games to 1 (152-201, 213-158, 204-192, 203-155, 226-178).

The Huskers moved on to take on McKendree, coached by Shannon O’Keefe and former Nebraska Men’s Club superstar Bryan O’Keefe. They fell in that match 4 games to 2.

If there’s one team that has the inner workings to win the title other than Nebraska, it’s McKendree. They lapped the field in qualifying, going 6-1 and only having one game under 950 for 5 bowlers in the whole tournament.

The Huskers will take on Maryland Eastern-Shore, who sent the defending National Champions home, defeating Stephen F. Austin in 7 games.

Vanderbilt will take on McKendree in the winners bracket after defeating Arkansas State to send them into the Elimination Bracket.

Arkansas State will take on Sam Houston State, who eliminated Fairleigh Dickinson.

Nebraska Junior Kelly Belzeski led all of the ladies in qualifying, knocking down 1523 pins in 7 games, good for a 217.6 average.

The action resumes tomorrow for Nebraska in downtown Baton Rouge at 8:30 Central. If Nebraska can get past Maryland Eastern-Shore, they will have to defeat Vanderbilt two times to make the live ESPN finals Saturday night.