Joe’s Morning Sports-Friday, January 19, 2018
LeBron James and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head again, this time as captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game. James and Curry led their respective conferences in the fan voting and will draft from a pool of the rest of the NBA’s best for next month’s game in Los Angeles. The format was changed from the traditional East vs. West matchup for the first time after back-to-back lackluster games in which neither team displayed much interest in defense.
James Palmer Jr. scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures and Nebraska routed 23rd ranked Michigan 72-52 last night for its first win over the Wolverines since joining the Big Ten. The Big Red, which needed Palmer’s three-pointer to beat last-place Illinois 64-63 on Monday, led 32-21 at the half and never let Michigan get closer than ten points in the last 17 minutes. The Wolverines, which had won nine of its last ten games, suffered its most lopsided loss of the season and had a season-low for points. They had come in 8-0 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011-12, and Michigan had won ten straight in the series. NU is now 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten while the Wolverines drop to 16-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Michigan’s Charles Matthews led his team with 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Nebraska-Omaha men’s basketball team outlasted Denver 86-80 in double overtime last night at Baxter Arena in Omaha. Zach Jackson led four players in double figures for the Mavericks with 26 points, eight rebounds, and two steals. Jake Pemberton led three players in double figures for the Pioneers with 20 points and five boards. The game was tied at the end of regulation 63-63 and at the end of the first overtime 74-74. Nebraska-Omaha improves to 7-14 overall and 2-3 in the Summit League while Denver falls to 7-12 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Creighton forward Martin Krampelj will miss the rest of the season because of a major knee injury. The school says Krampelj tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Bluejays’ game against 19th ranked Seton Hall on Wednesday night. The sophomore from Slovenia started all 19 games and averaged 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. His 67% shooting ranks among the national leaders. Coach Greg McDermott said Krampelj was one of the most improved players in the Big East and that he looks forward to him returning next season.
Florida recruit Dominick Watt has committed to the Nebraska football team according to the Omaha World Herald. He is a four-star prospect according to Rivals and a high three-star recruit according to ESPN and 247 Sports Composite service. The 6’1, 200-pound Watt caught 26 passes for 512 yards last season at Miramar, where he played for his senior year. He had offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and South Florida, among others. Watt joins a class that includes one receiver in East Mississippi Community College transfer Mike Williams along with Jaron Woodyard, Justin McGriff, and Katerian Legrone. Also on Thursday night, Florida athlete Miles Jones committed to NU. He is listed as an “offensive weapon” who could play running back or slot receiver. NU now has 18 commits/signees in the class.
The Creighton softball team ranked fifth in the 2018 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll. Defending BIG EAST regular-season champion St. John’s edged out defending conference-tournament champion DePaul for the top spot. Creighton returns twelve letterwinners, including four position players that started at least 50 percent of last season’s schedule. The Bluejays open the 2018 season Feb. 9-11 at the Sportco Kick Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Eleven Wayne State College seniors received the ninth annual NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award announced yesterday. The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher and are exhausting their eligibility and on track to graduate. Among the athletes honored were Tekemah’s Erin Gross from the volleyball team, Columbus’ Derek Lahm from the track & field squad, and Scribner’s Katelyn Wobken from the softball team.
The Northeast Hawks have signed another volleyball recruit. Lewiston’s Megan Wehrbein will play for the Hawks this fall. During her senior year, she recorded 302 kills, 53 blocks, 47 ace serves and 172 digs for the Tigers. Her honors include being named to Mudecas and Pioneer Conference first teams and the Omaha World-Herald’s honorable mention team. She was also team captain. Wehrbein joins Wynot’s Julia Eskens; Columbus Scotus’ Elley Beaver; Alliance’ MaKayla Davidson; and Osmond’s Caitlin Kumm as 2018 Northeast volleyball recruits.
Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, in games that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, the Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys visit Clarkson to play Clarkson/Leigh starting with the girls’ game at 6:00. Pregame coverage at 5:40. Elsewhere, the Norfolk High girls & boys host Lincoln High starting with the girls contest at 6:00, the Norfolk Catholic girls & boys entertain Wahoo High starting with the girls game at 6:15, the Northeast Hawks women are home versus the Midland JV at 6:00, the Wayne State women & men host Winona State starting with the women’s game at 6:00, the Creighton women are in Indianapolis, Indiana to play Butler at 6:00, and the Nebraska wrestling team visit Evanston, Illinois to face Northwestern in a 7:00 dual.
Local Schedule: Lincoln High at Nfk High (G&B BB-6:00); Wahoo High at NC (G&B BB-6:15); LHNE at Clarkson/Leigh at Clarkson (G&B BB-6:00); Midland JV at NECC (WBB-6:00); Creighton at Butler at Indianapolis, IN (WBB-6:00); Nebraska at Northwestern at Evanston, IL (WR Dual-7:00); Winona St. at WSC (W&M BB-6:00).
Tonight: The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams visit Clarkson/Leigh starting with the girls’ game at 6:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. Also, the Osmond girls & boys basketball teams are at Orchard to play Clearwater/Orchard starting with the girls’ game at 6:30. Pregame coverage at 6:10 on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Market Grille at Hy-Vee East. This week: Nfk High’s Tony Siske & Jared Oswald; NC’s Shane Anderson & Henry Aschoff; LHNE’s Mike Wiederin; NECC’s Dan Anderson; & Humphrey High/Lindsay Holy Family GBB Coach Kandee Hanzel.
Saturday: The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visit Lincoln Pius X starting with the girls’ game at 4:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 3:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Local Scores: Nfk High 36 Elkhorn 28 (WR Dual); Pierce 42 NC 36; Battle Creek 72 NC 12 (NC WR Tri.); Nfk High 103 Kearney 82 (B. SW Dual); Nfk High 112 Kearney 73 (G. SW Dual); Nebraska-Omaha 86 Denver 80 (2 OT) (MBB); Denver 85 Nebraska-Omaha 74 (WBB).
CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Cleveland 104 Orlando 103
Final Philadelphia 89 Boston 80
Final Houston 116 Minnesota 98
Final Portland 100 Indiana 86
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OT New Jersey 4 Washington 3
Final SO Columbus 2 Dallas 1
Final OT Philadelphia 3 Toronto 2
Final Boston 5 N-Y Islanders 2
Final St. Louis 4 Ottawa 1
Final N-Y Rangers 4 Buffalo 3
Final Vegas 4 Tampa Bay 1
Final SO Nashville 3 Arizona 2
Final Colorado 5 San Jose 3
Final Pittsburgh 3 L.A. Kings 1
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (2) Virginia 64 Georgia Tech 48
Final Saint Mary’s (Cal) 74 (13) Gonzaga 71
Final Nebraska 72 (23) Michigan 52