Many of you probably thought that the Nebrasketball news would be over for a little bit with the announcement of James Palmer Jr. and Issac Copeland Jr. returning to the team for the 2018-19 season. You were wrong.
First things first, it looks like Nebraska is working on playing Oklahoma State this upcoming season at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Coach Tim Miles confirmed that the team would play in Sioux Falls but did not state who while being interviewed on the Husker Sports Network on Thursday.
Oklahoma State is coached by Mike Boyton who is heading into his second season with the Cowboys. In his first year he lead them to a 21-15 record and the NIT quarterfinals. The Huskers last played them in 2011 where Oklahoma State beat Nebraska 53-52 in the Big 12 Tournament.
Like many of you, I also had no idea what or where the Sanford Pentagon was. I was not even aware that any basketball arena used the word pentagon in the name. To me, the name alone says “play in me”. Or, this is just the midwestern version of our nations military complex? Either way, it should be a fun night for the teams.
And yes, it is indeed a pentagon.
Pretty nice place from what I can tell. It was built in 2013 and is home to the Sioux Falls Sky Force who are in the NBA D-League. It should be a good setting for the two former conference mates.
In other Nebrasketball news the Huskers will play Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. If this sounds familiar its because Nebraska played Clemson in the 2016 version of the challenge. That game the Tigers won 60-58.
At the Omega House— Husker Hoops Central (@HuskerHC) May 31, 2018
ESPN: ..and over here we have Clayton, Sidney, Miami, Florida St, and...
Nebraska: Clemson. We already met.
ESPN: Super! Then you'll have lots to talk about.
They are coached by Brad Brownell who is heading into this 9th season. He lead the tigers to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament last season and ended they year ranked 15 in coaches poll at 16 in the AP. They return four starters and should be a tough game for the Huskers.