Sports News-February 4, 2014

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More than half of top-ranked Syracuse's offense came from one player last night in Trevor Cooney.  The Syracuse guard poured in a career-high 33 points in a 61-55 victory over Notre Dame.  Cooney tied a Syracuse record with nine three-pointers on twelve attempts.  Syracuse, which is now 22-0, and moved to number one earlier in the day after its scintillating 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Saturday night, extended its school record for most consecutive wins to start a season.  Two days after one of the most emotional wins in Jim Boeheim's 38 years as head coach, Syracuse played its first game as the nation's top team since the 2011-12 season.

The Creighton men's basketball team has jumped from 20th to twelfth in the Associated Press poll after a 63-60 home win over St. John's last Tuesday.  The 18-3 Bluejays, which have won three games in a row, return to action this week when they host DePaul on Friday and visit St. John's on Sunday.  Syracuse is the new number one followed by Arizona, Florida, Wichita State, & San Diego State.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the sixth time this season after leading Creighton to a 63-60 win over St. John's last Tuesday.  In addition, he was named ESPN.com National Player of the Week for the second time this year.  McDermott had 39 points, six rebounds and two assists, including a game-winning three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left, in Creighton's only game of the week.  Yesterday he was also nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year.

The 2014 college football recruiting cycle is in its final stage, and Nebraska football team signed a fourth player announced his verbal commit for next year's class according to the Omaha World Herald.  All pledges for 2015 have come in a three-day span.  Baldwin City, Kansas, offensive lineman Christian Gaylord is measured at 6'6, 275 pounds.  He attended NU's Junior Day over the weekend and became the first offensive lineman to pledge for 2015. A four-star prospect according to Scout and a three-star according to 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals, Gaylord had offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Oklahoma State, among others.

The Nebraska women's basketball team has reappeared in the Associated Press poll at number 22 after routing Michigan 84-51 last Wednesday and beating Iowa last Saturday 80-67.  The 15-5 Huskers return to action this week when they visit Wisconsin on Wednesday and host Michigan State on Saturday.  Connecticut remains first followed by Notre Dame, Stanford, Louisville, & Duke.

Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper captured her second Big Ten Women's Basketball Player-of-the-Week award of the season after averaging 25 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of Husker victories last week.  The 6'2 forward from Alliance, produced a truly historic week, becoming just the third Husker and fifth Big Ten player to achieve the combined career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.  Hooper reached those combined marks when she finished with 25 points and ten boards to power Nebraska to an 84-51 win over Michigan on Wednesday.  Hooper added her Big Ten-leading tenth double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds in NU's run past Iowa on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Mid State Conference Boys Basketball Tournament continues today with quarterfinal action.  In games at Northeast Community College, 9-7 Norfolk Catholic meets 12-5 Boone Central/Newman Grove at 6:15 and 8-7 Pierce plays 13-4 Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7:45.  In games at Norfolk Catholic High School, 15-3 Wayne faces 8-10 West Point Guardian Angels at 6:15 and Crofton takes on 12-5 O'Neill at 7:45.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Central remains first and Norfolk stays at number four in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  Elkhorn South is once again first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Lincoln Christian is the new number one, Wayne remains fourth, Columbus Scotus stays at number five, Boone Central/Newman Grove moves up from tenth to seventh, O'Neill and Columbus Lakeview enters the rankings at numbers nine & ten respectively, & Pierce and Norfolk Catholic falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Hartington Cedar Catholic is the new number one after moving up from second and Winnebago is once again seventh.  In Class 'D-1', Howells/Dodge remains first, O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number three, Clearwater/Orchard remains seventh, and Randolph stays at number nine.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Wynot drops from second to fourth, Bancroft/Rosalie slips from fifth to sixth, Wausa remains seventh, and Stuart falls from the rankings.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Central remains first and Norfolk is once again second in Class 'A'.  Elkhorn South is once again first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Lincoln Christian is the new number one, Wayne remains fourth, Boone Central/Newman Grove stays at number five, Columbus Scotus is once again sixth, Columbus Lakeview remains seventh, O'Neill enters the rankings at number ten, and Norfolk Catholic drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again first, Winnebago slips from seventh to eighth, and Crofton enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class 'D-1', Howells/Dodge is once again first, Clearwater/Orchard remains sixth, O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number seven, and Randolph is once again ninth.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Bancroft/Rosalie drops from third to fourth, Wynot slips from fifth to sixth, and Wausa drops from eighth to ninth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Benson remains first and Crofton moves up from ninth to eighth in the 'Nebraska Top 10'.  Omaha Benson stays at number one in Class 'A' while Lincoln Pius X is the new number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Pierce jumps from fifth to third, Norfolk Catholic enters the rankings at number ten, and Boone Central/Newman Grove falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Crofton stays at number one, Pender remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fifth, and Homer stays at number seven.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains fourth, Humphrey St. Francis moves up from sixth to fifth, and Howells/Dodge enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot moves up from fifth to fourth, Stuart drops from fourth to fifth, and Bancroft/Rosalie remains sixth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Benson remains first in Class 'A' while Holdrege is the new number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Pierce slips from fourth to fifth, Norfolk Catholic moves up from ninth to eighth, Boone Central/Newman Grove falls from seventh to ninth.  In Class 'C-2', Crofton stays at number one, Pender remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fifth, Homer stays at number seven, and Laurel/Concord/Coleridge drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's remains first, Humphrey St. Francis jumps from fourth to third, Chambers/Wheeler Central moves up from fifth to fourth, Howells/Dodge improves from tenth to ninth, and Emerson/Hubbard enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner is once again first, Wynot stays at number three, Stuart remains fifth, Ewing moves up from tenth to sixth, and Bancroft/Rosalie slips from sixth to seventh.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  The 15-2 Norfolk High boys remain second in the Lincoln Journal Star and fourth in the Omaha World Herald.  The 9-7 Norfolk Catholic boys drop out of both polls.  The 13-5 Norfolk Catholic girls jump from ninth to eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star and enter the Omaha World Herald rankings at number ten in Class 'C-1'.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team is 9-9 on the year after falling at Humphrey St. Francis last Saturday night 64-58.  The Eagles have beaten Emerson/Hubbard, Omaha Concordia twice, Homer, Ponca, Oakland/Craig, Heartland Lutheran, Battle Creek, and Clarkson/Leigh while losing to Wisner/Pilger twice, Twin River, Norfolk Catholic, Seward, Crofton, Pierce, Lourdes Central Catholic, & Humphrey St. Francis.  Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through 18 games 56.5-55.4.  Their opponents have a record of 170-132 for a win percentage of .563. The Eagles remaining schedule has them hosting Omaha Nation, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and West Point Guardian Angels while visiting Columbus Scotus and Boone Central/Newman Grove.  The Eagles return to action tonight when they visit Omaha World Herald fifth ranked in Class 'C-1' 15-3 Columbus Scotus.  The game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com starting at approximately 7:45.

The Norfolk High wrestling team is enjoying a first place finish last Saturday at their own invite.  The Panthers totaled 216.5 points while runner-up Columbus scored 196.5.  Caleb Licking, Landen Thieman, Dominick Carr, & Christian Hernandez-DeHorta were champions.  Kyle Temple, Cameron Dickie, & Shane Kalin got second.  Dylan Grey, Brady Fister, Isaiah Francis, & Nate Kathol placed third.  TeJai Clausen & Nathan Meier took fourth.  Alex Phipps, Ibraim Salinas, & Ben Ruda got fifth.  Avery Alder, Andrew Licking, & Brendan Yoch finished sixth.  This season, Norfolk has also got first at the West Holt & Omaha Burke Invites, got second at the Lincoln North Star Invitational, placed third at the Fremont Invite, went 9-1 at the Northeast Nebraska Duals Tournament, and went 3-4 at the Grand Island Flatwater Fracas.  The Panthers are currently 15-6 in duals this year. 

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team is 21-2 on the season and winners of six in a row and seven of their last eight games after beating Iowa Western Community College at home last Saturday 83-69.  The 14-0 start to this season for Northeast is the best start in program history.  They are outscoring their opponents by an average score of 78.7-59.2.  The Hawks return to action tonight when they visit Columbus to play Central Community College at 6:00. 

Tonight:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams visit Columbus Scotus in a 6:15 doubleheader starting with the girls game.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  Also, the Pierce boys basketball team faces Hartington Cedar Catholic in the quarterfinal round of the Mid States Conference Tournament from Northeast Community College at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at 7:25 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Wednesday Evening:  The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team hosts Southwestern Community College of Iowa at 5:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 4:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Mid State Conference GBB Tourn:  Nfk Cath 41 Boone Central/Newman Grove 37; West Point Guardian Angels 63 Hartington CC 36; Crofton 84 Battle Creek 18; Wayne 35 Pierce 28.

     BOYS BASKETBALL
     Parkview Christian 66, Dorchester 41
 East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Freeman 60, Malcolm 39
     Johnson County Central 62, Weeping Water 46
     Mead 50, Louisville 39
     Yutan 61, Elmwood-Murdock 55
 Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament
 First Round
     Bloomfield 49, Osmond 38
     Homer 51, Wakefield 44, OT
     Randolph 38, Emerson-Hubbard 36, OT
     Walthill 55, Hartington 51
     Wausa 66, Allen 18
     Winnebago 52, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 36
     Wynot 60, Plainview 43
 Lou Platte Conference Tournament
     Kearney Catholic 61, Centura 47
     Wood River 81, St. Paul 53
 Loup Valley Conference Tournament
     South Loup 51, Ansley-Litchfield 48
 Nemaha Valley Pioneer Conference Tournament
     Diller-Odell 52, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 31
 Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament
 First Round
     David City 52, Sandy Creek 43
     Thayer Central 56, Superior 34

     GIRLS BASKETBALL
     Boys Town 36, College View Academy 25
     Dorchester 51, Parkview Christian 12
     Omaha Roncalli 52, Omaha Mercy 36
     South Sioux City 54, Sioux City, West, Iowa 53
     Sterling 37, Lourdes Central Catholic JV 35
 East Husker Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Howells/Dodge 42, Twin River 25
     Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 47, Scribner-Snyder 33
     Pender 44, North Bend Central 28
     Stanton 49, Tekamah-Herman 29
 Fort Kearny Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Amherst 48, Eustis-Farnam 38
     Elm Creek 44, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 33
     Overton 55, Axtell 51
     Pleasanton 51, Wilcox-Hildreth 44
 Hiawatha Tournament
 Third Place
     Horton, Kan. 40, Falls City 31
 Lou Platte Conference Tournament
     Adams Central 56, Arcadia-Loup City 16
     Wood River 50, Gibbon 31
 Mid-State Conference Tournament
 First Round
     Crofton 84, Battle Creek 18
     Guardian Angels 63, Hartington Cedar Catholic 36
     Norfolk Catholic 41, Boone Central 37
     Wayne 35, Pierce 28
 Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Boyd County 62, Clearwater/Orchard 39
     St. Mary's 71, Elgin Public/Pope John 31
     Stuart 41, Ewing 34
 Pioneer Conference Tournament
     Johnson-Brock 57, Lewiston 31
     Pawnee City 39, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 18
 Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament
 First Round
     David City 45, Thayer Central 36
     Milford 44, Tri County 28
     Wilber-Clatonia 53, Centennial 33
 Twin Valley Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Blue Hill 61, Shelton 14
 Twin Valley Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Deshler 58, Franklin 16
     Red Cloud 35, Lawrence-Nelson 28
     Silver Lake 49, Kenesaw 39

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Indiana                  98    Orlando                79
      Final    Washington          100    Portland              90
      Final    Miami                    102    Detroit                96
      Final    Brooklyn              108    Philadelphia    102
      Final    Oklahoma  City      86    Memphis                77
      Final    Milwaukee            101    New  York              98
      Final    San  Antonio        102    New  Orleans        95
      Final    Dallas                  124    Cleveland          107
      Final    Denver                  116    L-A  Clippers    115
      Final    Toronto                  94    Utah                      79
      Final    Sacramento            99    Chicago                70
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Edmonton              3    Buffalo              2
      Final  OT    Pittsburgh          2    Ottawa                1
      Final  OT    Colorado              2    New  Jersey        1
      Final          Detroit                2    Vancouver          0
      Final          Columbus              4    Anaheim              2
      Final          Chicago                5    Los  Angeles      3
      Final          Philadelphia      5    San  Jose            2
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final            (  1)  Syracuse        61              Notre  Dame          55
      Final            (  6)  Villanova      81              Xavier                  58
      Final  3OT    (16)  Iowa  St.        98    (19)  Oklahoma  St.      97
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  7)  Baylor      81    Oklahoma      67

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