Local Sports 11-27-2019

Ohio State has jumped over LSU in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings.  The Buckeyes are 11-0 on the season after last weeks 28-17 win over Penn State.  LSU drops to second in the rankings this week followed by Clemson and Georgia.  Rounding out the top ten are Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Baylor and Penn State.


Dachon Burke had 14 points to pace four Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska was unable to slow down George Mason in the second half as the Huskers fell 85-66 in the semifinals of the Cayman Islands Classic last night.  George Mason hit 60 percent of their shots in the second half, including 7 of 12 from three point range to pull away for the win. Nebraska is now 3-3 on the season and will play South Florida in the consolation game at 4:00pm this afternoon.  We’ll have it on ESPN 1550 KICS beginning with the pre-game show at 3:00pm.


Nebraska men’s basketball player Shamiel Stevenson has been denied a waiver from the NCAA and will not be eligible to compete until the start of the 2020-2021 season.  Stevenson will have two full years of eligibility remaining. He transferred to Nebraska in May of 2019 from Nevada after head coach Eric Musselman took the Arkansas head coaching position.  Stevenson began his career at Pittsburgh, where he played as a freshman, as well as four games as a sophomore before transferring at the end of the 2018 fall semester.  Stevenson averaged 8.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 36 games at Pittsburgh and did not play at Nevada.


The Hastings College basketball teams will play host to Midland today at Lynn Farrell Arena.  The games were originally scheduled for last night, but were postponed by bad weather.  The Bronco women will be looking to extend their season opening winning streak to eight games, while the men will be looking to get back on track after suffering an 95-77 loss to Morningside on Saturday. The women’s game begins at noon with the men to follow at 2:00pm.  We’ll have coverage on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 11:45am.


Three more state champions were crowned yesterday at the State High School Football Championships at Memorial Stadium.  Bellevue West capped off a perfect 13-0 season with a 35-0 win over Omaha Westside in the Class A title game. Husker walk on recruit Trevin Luben scored five touchdowns to lead Wahoo to a 38-0 victory over Pierce to win the trophy in Class C-1.  And Sutton managed just 154 yards of total offense and lost to Oakland Craig 19-0 in the Class C-2 championship game. Omaha Skutt, Osceola High Plains and Humphrey St. Francis won the other championships on Monday.


COLLEGE BASKETBALL> There was a major upset in college basketball last night as Stephen F. Austin beat number one ranked Duke 85-83 in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The Lumberjacks became the first non Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat Duke at home since St. Johns in February of 2000.  The loss also ends a 150 game home winning streak against nonconference opponents for the Blue Devils.


NFL> Devlin Hodges has been named the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for Sunday’s game against Cinncinnati.  This will be the second career start for Hodges, who made his debut against the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this season.  Hodges completed 15 of 20 passesfor 132 yards with one touchdown and one interception in that game.  He takes over for Mason Rudolph.

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