Doane Tiger Preview
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 6:00pm CST
Location: Lincoln, NE
2019-20 Record: 7-23 (2-8 Great Plains Athletic Conference)
2020-21 Record: 5-8 (2-6 Great Plains Athletic Conference)
Coach: Ian McKeithn (4th Season)
Preview (via Husker Athletic Department)
Head coach Ian McKeithen and the Doane Tigers will be in the middle of four games during an eight-day stretch to close the month of December. The Tigers are 5-8 on the season heading into a matchup with Mount Marty University on Wednesday night. McKeithen came to Doane after serving as the head coach at Benedictine-Springfield for three years before the school dropped athletics. He guided the program from six wins in his first season to double-figure totals in the next two campaigns, including 10 conference wins in his final season. He also worked at Iowa Wesleyan, Dakota State and Augustana University after his internship under Hoiberg with the Timberwolves.
Doane has a Midwestern roster with 12 of their 16 players from Nebraska and three others from bordering states. All three of their double-figure scorers are from Nebraska, including senior guard Anthony Laravie, an Omaha North High School product who leads the Tigers in scoring (15.7 ppg), assists (2.3 apg), steals (1.5 spg) and 3-pointers (33) and is the only player to start all 13 games. Lincoln native Joe Burt, who played his high school basketball at Pius X, averages 11.1 ppg and is shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. Millard South product Jaxon Harre rounds out the double-figure scorers at 10.4 ppg on 50 percent shooting and a team-high 4.9 rpg. As a team, the Tigers average 71 points per game, and average over nine 3-pointers per game.
The Huskers lead the all-time series, 2-0, but have not met in a regular season game since a 57-3 win during the 1899-1900 season. That year, the Huskers went 5-0, including a 48-8 win over Kansas, the worst loss in Jayhawk history. The two teams have met twice in exhibition play since then, including a 91-63 Husker win prior to last season and a 75-54 win in 2011.