Sports News-November 28, 2012
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It was supposed to be the best matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but it turned into a mismatch early in the second half. Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey combined to outscore North Carolina as the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers blasted the 14th ranked Tar Heels 83-59. Zeller finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the 7-0 Hoosiers, who allowed only one field goal during the first 8 ½ minutes of the second half. Oladipo and Sheehey each had 19 points and helped Indiana go on a 28-6 run bridging the two halves. Dexter Strickland had a team-high 14 points for the 5-2 Tar Heels.
Ray Gallegos scored 17 of his career-high 20 points after halftime to help Nebraska beat Wake Forest 79-63 last night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Andre Almeida matched his career-high with 20 points to go with a career-best eleven rebounds for the Cornhuskers, who blew open a close game after halftime. Gallegos went just 1-5 in the first half but hit seven straight shots after the break, helping Nebraska blow the game open and turn it into an ugly night for the Demon Deacons. After leading just 28-24 at the break, the Huskers scored on 16 of 19 possessions to start the second half and build a 22-point lead with 8:05 left. Gallegos had twelve points during the 20-3 run that turned it into a romp, including a pair of three-pointers. Nebraska improves to 5-1 on the season while Wake Forest falls to 3-3. The Huskers will be off until they host USC at the Devaney Center Monday night at 7:00.
Unanimous pick Gina Mancuso and fellow Nebraska seniors Lauren Cook and Hannah Werth have received All-Big Ten first-team volleyball honors. Mancuso, the Papillion La Vista graduate, is tenth in the conference in kills, service aces and points. Cook, out of Lincoln Pius X, is fourth in the league in set assists with 11.04 per set and averages 2.85 digs. Werth is pounding 3.06 kills per set. Meghan Haggerty is on the Big Ten's all-freshman team after averaging 1.96 kills per set and hitting .348.
Two of the Big Ten's best running backs will be on the field when 7-5 Wisconsin and BCS twelfth ranked 10-2 Nebraska meet in Saturday night's conference championship game at 7:15 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game is televised on FOX. The Badgers’ Montee Ball has been at his best lately after a slow start. The Huskers’ Rex Burkhead is running strong after aggravating a knee sprain. Ball, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist after rushing for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns, this week earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year with 1,528 yards and 18 TD’s. Burkhead was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 2011 after a 1,357-yard, 15-touchdown season. He sprained his left knee in the opener against Southern Mississippi, has aggravated the injury twice and appeared in only six games. Burkhead has 474 yards on 63 carries, a 7.5-yard average.
Wayne State shot over 50% for the fifth straight game and four players reached double figures as the Wildcats outran York College 86-71 in non-conference men’s college basketball played last night in Wayne. Wayne State is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 1967-68 season with the win while the visiting Panthers drop to 9-3. Senior forward Derrell Williams led a balanced Wildcat attack by recording 21 points and ten rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Senior guard Amry Shelby was right behind with 20 points followed by LaTroy Wright’s 15 points and Ryan Rolfzen added eleven. Wayne State opens Northern Sun Conference play this Saturday on the road visiting travel partner Augustana College in a 6:00 contest at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Wayne State women’s basketball team is up one spot to ninth in the latest USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll released yesterday. The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season after posting wins last week over William Penn and St. Ambrose. The Wildcats open Northern Sun Conference play Saturday at 4:00 taking on tenth ranked Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star announced their preseason high school girls basketball rankings. In Class “C-1”, Norfolk Catholic is third in the Lincoln Journal Star and fourth in the Omaha World Herald. The Lady Knights finished 19-5 a season ago falling to Boone Central in a district final. The Lady Knights open their season on Friday when they host Madison 6:15. In Class “C-2”, Lutheran High Northeast is ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald and eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star. The Lady Eagles are the Class “C-2” Runner-ups from a year ago as they lost to Crofton in the State Championship Game. They open their season at Wisner/Pilger on Thursday at 7:30 as part of the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal have announced their high school girls basketball preseason rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Southeast is ranked first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Class “B” Four-time Defending State Champion Seward is ranked first in their class. In Class “C-1”, Minden is first, Norfolk Catholic is ranked fourth, Boone Central/Newman Grove is sixth, Columbus Scotus comes in seventh, and Pierce is ranked eighth. In Class “C-2”, Defending State Champion Crofton is first, Homer is ranked fourth, Lutheran High Northeast is sixth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked eighth. In Class “D-1”, Defending State Champion West Point Guardian Angels is ranked first, Howells/Dodge is second, Pender is ranked third, O’Neill St. Mary’s is fifth, and Randolph is ranked sixth. In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High is number one, Defending State Champion Wynot is second, and Lindsay Holy Family is ranked fourth. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln Southeast is ranked first in Class “A” while Class “B” Four-time Defending State Champion Seward is ranked first in their class. In Class “C-1”, Minden is first, Norfolk Catholic is ranked third, Boone Central/Newman Grove is seventh, and Columbus Scotus comes in eighth. In Class “C-2”, Defending State Champion Crofton is first, Homer is ranked seventh, and Lutheran High Northeast is eighth. In Class “D-1”, Defending State Champion West Point Guardian Angels is ranked first, Howells/Dodge is second, Pender is ranked third, and O’Neill St. Mary’s is seventh. In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High is number one, Osmond is ranked second, Defending State Champion Wynot is second, Lindsay Holy Family is ranked fourth, Bancroft/Rosalie is ninth, and Ewing is ranked tenth.
Local Schedule: Boise St. At Creighton (MBB-7:05); Maryland at Nebraska (WBB-7:00); Creighton at BYU at Salt Lake City, UT (WBB-4:00).
Local Scores: Nebraska 79 Wake Forest 63 (MBB); WSC 86 York 71 (MBB).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 100 Dallas 98
Final Phoenix 91 Cleveland 78
Final Houston 117 Toronto 101
Final Minnesota 97 Sacramento 89
Final Indiana 79 L-A Lakers 77
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 1) Indiana 83 (14) North Carolina 59
Final ( 3) Michigan 79 (18) NC State 72
Final 2OT (19) Colorado 85 Texas Southern 80
Final (21) Minnesota 77 Florida St. 68
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 3) Baylor 89 Rice 49
Final (24) Iowa St. 87 Drake 45