Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, March 15, 2018
Aric Holman had 16 points and ten rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, Lamar Peters was four assists shy of a NIT record with a career-high 14 and Mississippi State won its first post-season game since 2010 with a 66-59 victory over Nebraska last night in the first round. Abdul Ado added 15 points and nine boards for the Bulldogs, which plays at Baylor in the next round. James Palmer Jr. had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two blocked shots for the Huskers, which was just 11-31 shooting in the first half and finished at 35% from the field. Teammates Isaac Copeland added twelve points and Isaiah Roby had ten points and eight boards. Nebraska, who trailed 33-28 at halftime finishes with a 22-11 record. Mississippi St. improves to 23-11.
Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been released by the Miami Dolphins at the start of free agency. The legendary former Husker was halfway through the $114 million, six-year deal he signed when he joined the Dolphins in 2015. Along with the incentive of creating $17 million in cap space this year, the move was widely seen as part of coach Adam Gase’s attempt to improve the locker room culture following a 6-10 season.
Former Nebraska offensive lineman Spencer Long has agreed to a deal with the New York Jets, according to multiple reports. Long spent the last four seasons with the Washington Redskins, who selected him in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft. He started 31 games for Washington, primarily at center. Long finished the 2017 season on injured reserve with a quad tendon injury that required surgery. By signing with the Jets, Long is expected to become the team’s starting center for next season. He’ll join two other former Huskers on New York’s roster in wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and offensive lineman Brent Qvale. Long, a graduate of Elkhorn High School, was a three-year starter for the Huskers at right guard, though his senior season in 2013 was cut short due to a knee injury.
Seven Nebraska wrestlers will compete at the NCAA Championships today through Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The first of six sessions begins today at 11:00. The seven Huskers that qualified for the national meet include Jason Renteria (133), Chad Red Jr. (141), Colton McCrystal (149), Tyler Berger (157), Isaiah White (165), Taylor Venz (184) and Eric Schultz (197). Renteria, Red, McCrystal, Berger, White and Venz qualified based on their finish at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago, while Schultz earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. Four Huskers earned seeds for the NCAA Championships. Taylor Venz is the highest seeded Husker at seventh at 184 pounds. Tyler Berger is eighth at 157 pounds, while Isaiah White is eleventh at 165 and Colton McCrystal is 13th at 149.
The Lincoln Journal Star has posted its preseason high school soccer rankings. Regarding the boys rankings, Omaha South is first in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, South Sioux City is first, Schuyler is ranked second, Columbus High comes in seventh, and Norfolk Catholic/Lutheran High Northeast is ranked ninth. In the girls’ rankings, Omaha Marian is preseason ranked first and Norfolk High is tenth. In Class ‘B’, Omaha Skutt is ranked first, Columbus Scotus is fourth, and Columbus High is ranked seventh.
The Omaha World Herald has posted its high school preseason baseball rankings. Omaha Creighton Prep is ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Norris is first in Class ‘B’.
The Norfolk High baseball team gets their season underway today when they visit Columbus for a doubleheader at 5:00. The Panthers will try to better last year’s 2-25 season. They return 13 players with starting experience. Norfolk’s home schedule includes meetings with Lincoln East, Lincoln High, Lincoln Southwest, Grand Island twice, Thurston/Cuming County, Hastings, Columbus, Wayne, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic/Scribner-Snyder/West Point-Beemer, Crete, South Sioux City, Lincoln Pius X, and Archbishop Bergan.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Columbus (Bsbl DH-5:00); Briar Cliff JV at NECC (SB DH-3:00).
Local Scores: NECC 19 Mc Cook CC 18 (Bsbl); Iowa Western CC 9-14 NECC 3-6 (SB DH); Nebraska 14 Northern Colorado 2 (Bsbl); Kansas 8 Nebraska-Omaha 6 (Bsbl); Nebraska 8-12 South Dakota St. 2-3 (SB DH); WSC 6-1 Truman St. 5-9 (SB DH).
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourn: Syracuse 60 Arizona St. 56; Texas Southern 64 NC State 46.
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 126 Milwaukee 117
Final 2OT Washington 125 Boston 124
Final OT Sacramento 123 Miami 119
Final Golden State 117 L.A. Lakers 106
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final SO Toronto 6 Dallas 5
Final OT N-Y Rangers 4 Pittsburgh 3
Final OT San Jose 4 Edmonton 3
Final New Jersey 8 Vegas 3
Final Anaheim 3 Vancouver 0