Sports News-February 5, 2013
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The Creighton men’s basketball team jumped from 21st to 16th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and moved up from 17th to 13th in the USA Today Coaches poll released yesterday. The 20-3 Bluejays swept two home games in the last week, beating Missouri State 91-77 last Wednesday and defeating Bradley 75-58 last Saturday. Indiana is the new number one in the AP Top 25. Florida, Michigan, Duke, and Kansas round out the top five. Creighton will be in action next when they visit 14-8 Indiana State on Wednesday at 6:05. The Bluejays are 9-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference while the Sycamores are 7-4. In other Creighton men’s basketball news, for the sixth time this season and eleventh time in his career, Doug McDermott has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 27 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in the two wins last week.
The 16th-ranked Creighton basketball team will visit Saint Mary's for a Feb. 23 game in the BracketBuster. The game in Moraga, California, will tip off at 5:00 and be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2. Bluejay coach Greg McDermott said after pairings were announced yesterday that his team is excited to play the Gaels in front of a national TV audience. Creighton is 20-3 and No. 28 in the RPI. Saint Mary's is 19-4, including 13-0 at home, and is No. 58 in the RPI. Creighton and Saint Mary's have split four all-time matchups. The Bluejays defeated the Gaels 79-73 in the last meeting, in December 1979. Creighton is 7-3 in BracketBuster games, including 3-0 against teams from California.
Nebraska-Omaha will host North Dakota on Feb. 23 in a 1:00 game in the BracketBuster. North Dakota is 9-12 overall and 6-6 in the Big Sky Conference. The Mavericks are 8-17 overall and 5-7 against Summit League opponents. North Dakota and UNO used to be rivals in the old Division II North Central Conference. The teams haven't met since March 2008, when the Mavericks won 75-68 in the NCC tournament.
The Nebraska sand volleyball team announced its 2013 schedule yesterday according to the Omaha World Herald. The Huskers will open their inaugural season of sand volleyball play on March 14 at Chula Vista, Calif., against Florida State. Nebraska will then participate in the Chula Vista Tournament on March 15 and 16. Competition will include Florida State, defending national champion Pepperdine, Cal State-Bakersfield and Grand Canyon. NU will take on Grand Canyon on March 17 before facing Long Beach State in Long Beach, Calif., on March 19. The Huskers will then face UCLA on March 21 in Santa Monica, Calif., and USC on March 22 in Los Angeles. The 2013 collegiate sand championships will be in Gulf Shores, Ala., during the first weekend of May.
The Nebraska State Interscholastic Administrators Association has announced award winners that will be recognized on March 6 in Lincoln. The organization’s Athletic Director of the Year is Wisner/Pilger’s Chuck Ross. Pierce’ Gary Timm was named the District III Athletic Director of the Year.
The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team appeared in both polls again this week. The Mavericks stay at number 14 in the latest poll from the website USCHO.com and slip from 14th to 15th in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine. UNO split their home series with Michigan Tech last weekend and return to action on Friday when they host North Dakota. Nebraska-Omaha is 16-10-2 overall and 12-6-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated their high school basketball rankings today. In the boys basketball polls, the 18-2 Lutheran High Northeast Eagles remain number one in the Lincoln Journal Star and second in the Omaha World Herald in Class “C-2”. They have won eleven games in a row and 13 of their last 14 after victories over Columbus Scotus and Omaha Nation last week.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school basketball rankings. In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha South remains number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Elkhorn South is once again first in Class “B”. In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove remains fourth, Wayne is once again sixth, and Columbus Lakeview slips from ninth to tenth. In Class “C-2”, Sutton stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast remains second, Hartington Cedar Catholic enters the rankings at number seven, and Creighton drops out of the rankings. In Class “D-1”, Paxton is once again first, Howells/Dodge remains second, O’Neill St. Mary’s moves up from fifth to fourth, and Clearwater/Orchard stays at number ten. In Class “D-2”, Wausa stays at number one, Wynot drops from third to fifth, Bancroft/Rosalie moves up from tenth to eighth, and Lindsay Holy Family falls from seventh to tenth.
In the boys rankings, in the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha South remains first in Class “A” while Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class “B”. In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High is once again first, Boone Central/Newman Grove remains third, Wayne stays at number four, and Columbus Lakeview is once again at number eight. In Class “C-2”, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number one and Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from tenth to fifth. In Class “D-1”, Howells/Dodge is once again first, O’Neill St. Mary’s stays at number three, and Randolph enters the rankings at number ten. In Class “D-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart remains first, Wausa stays at number three, Bancroft/Rosalie enters the rankings at number seven, Wynot slips from fifth to eighth, Humphrey St. Francis remains ninth, and Lindsay Holy Family drops out of the top ten.
In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Bellevue West stays at number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Beatrice remains number one in Class “B”. In Class “C-1”, Chadron stays at number one and Pierce remains second. In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first and Homer remains second. In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender is once again second, Howells/Dodge remains third, O’Neill St. Mary’s stays at number four, Emerson/Hubbard falls from sixth to seventh, and Randolph drops from ninth to tenth. In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot stays at number two, Lindsay Holy Family moves up from fourth to third, Osmond drops from sixth to ninth, and Humphrey St. Francis enters the rankings at number ten.
In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Bellevue West stays at number one in Class “A”. In Class “B”, Beatrice is once again number one. In Class “C-1”, Pierce remains first. In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first and Homer stays at number six. In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender remains second, Howells/Dodge is once again third, O’Neill St. Mary’s moves up from seventh to sixth, Emerson/Hubbard remains ninth, and Randolph stays at number ten. In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot is once again second, Lindsay Holy Family jumps from fourth to third, Osmond falls from third to sixth, and Humphrey St. Francis enters the rankings at number ten.
Local Schedule: West Point Guardian Angels at Nfk Cath (GBB-8:00); LHNE at David City High (GBB-7:30); NECC at Southeast CC at Beatrice (W&M BB-5:30).
This Evening: The Northeast Hawk women and men’s basketball teams visits Southeast Community College in Beatrice in a 5:30 doubleheader starting with the women’s game. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Indiana 111 Chicago 101
Final Washington 98 L-A Clippers 90
Final Philadelphia 78 Orlando 61
Final Miami 99 Charlotte 94
Final New York 99 Detroit 85
Final Oklahoma City 112 Dallas 91
Final Portland 100 Minnesota 98
Final OT Utah 98 Sacramento 91
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Carolina 4 Toronto 1
Final Dallas 3 Colorado 2
Final Phoenix 2 Minnesota 1
Final OT Vancouver 3 Edmonton 2
Final Anaheim 2 San Jose 1
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 9) Syracuse 63 (25) Notre Dame 47
Final (23) Pittsburgh 56 Seton Hall 46
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 8) Penn St. 69 (13) Purdue 61
Final (14) Texas A&M 74 LSU 57
Valentine 48, Ogallala 32
Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament
Bancroft-Rosalie 60, Wausa 55
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 76, South Sioux City 72
Fort Calhoun 47, Omaha Duchesne Academy 46
Oakland-Craig 51, Cedar Bluffs 20
Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament
Homer 54, Wynot 37