James Palmer Junior scored 34 points to lead the Nebraska men’s basketball team to a 68-61 win over Rutgers in the play-in game of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. Palmer hit 9 of 19 shots including two three pointers. He also made 14 of 22 free throws. Glynn Watson Junior chipped in with 11 points. Isaiah Roby had 10. The Huskers used a late 15-0 run in the first half to take control of the game. Nebraska is now 17-15 on the season and will play Maryland today. The Terps are 22-9 and have beaten Nebraska twice this season, 74-72 in College Park and 60-45 in Lincoln. Tip-off will be at 1:40pm. We’ll have it on “The Breeze,” KLIQ 94.5FM and 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 12:30pm.
In other action, Illinois got by Northwestern 74-69. The schedule today has Ohio State playing Indiana at 11:30pm followed by Nebraska and Maryland at 1:40pm. Minnesota will play Penn State at 6:00pm followed by Iowa and Illinois at 8:00pm. We’ve got all the games from the Big Ten Tournament on ESPN 1550 KICS.
The Nebraska Athletic Department has cancelled this weekend’s three game baseball series between Nebraska and New Mexico State at Hawks Field because of field conditions. The Huskers hope to play Air Force on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hastings College men’s basketball coach Bill Gavers has signed a 6-foot-6 player from Ord to a letter of intent to play basketball for the Broncos. Hayden Grint averaged 15.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game his senior season. He shot an impressive 59 percent from the field.
The Hastings College baseball team hopes to get on the field this weekend. The Broncos have moved a four game series with Doane to the Bettis Family Sports Complex in Topeka, Kansas. The Broncos have played only seven games this year and have had 11 games either postponed or cancelled because of the weather. The softball team has played ten games this season. The Broncos are scheduled to play at Bethany College on Sunday, Sterling College on Monday and at Kansas Wesleyan on Tuesday.
Hastings St. Cecilia held a celebration for their Class C-2 Girls State Basketball Championship last night at the Chapman Gym. It was the fifth state championship for the Hawkettes, but their first since 2011. Head coach Greg Berendt says he wants the girls to enjoy the championship, but figures his team will be in the hunt again next season.
In college basketball last night, 16th ranked Virginia Tech beat Miami 71-56 in the second round of the ACC Tournament.