Husker Update: Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Golf

Men’s Basketball

Winless on the Road

A red-hot Minnesota team made a season-high 18 shots from 3-point range and shot 56.9 percent from the field overall, and the Gophers defeated Nebraska 107-75 on Sunday in the final game of the regular season for both teams.

Nebraska (7-24, 2-18 Big Ten Conference) finished winless in conference road games and will be the No. 14 seed in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, where the Huskers will face Indiana on Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

Suspensions

Nebraska guards Cam Mack and Dachon Burke have been suspended indefinitely, coach Fred Hoiberg announced in a call to reporters Saturday morning.

Hoiberg called the decision difficult and frustrating, but necessary to build the culture he wants in Lincoln.

Hoiberg said the future of both players with the program is unclear. Mack is a sophomore, Burke is a junior. Hoiberg will meet with every player at the end of the season. That’s when a decision on if Burke and Mack will remain with the program will be made.

This is the fifth time this season Mack’s been disciplined by the coaching staff. Nebraska’s starting point guard did not travel for Thursday night’s game at No. 25 Michigan and was suspended for violation of team rules. The Huskers lost their 15th straight game 82-58.

This is Burke’s first suspension. The junior transfer from Robert Morris has appeared in 29 games, starting 27 of those.

Wrestling

The fourth-ranked Nebraska wrestling team finished in second place with 132 points at the 2020 Big Ten Championships, the program’s best-ever finish as a member of the Big Ten conference and its best conference championships finish since tying for first at the 2009 Big 12 Championships. NU finished behind Iowa, which scored 157.5 points.

The Huskers were led by Eric Schultz (197), who placed second at 197 pounds. In the title bout, No. 2 seed Schultz was matched up against No. 1 seed Kollin Moore (Ohio State). Moore handed Schultz the latter’s lone dual meet loss of the season in Lincoln on Feb. 2 and proved his mettle once again, topping Schultz 4-1 on Sunday to capture his third career Big Ten title.

The Huskers now have two weeks to prepare before heading to Minneapolis, Minn., for the 2020 NCAA Championships, which will take place March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Baseball

Leading 7-5 after the top of the seventh, Nebraska (5-8) scored five runs over the next two innings on its way to a 12-5 win over Columbia at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Five Huskers notched multi-hit efforts to help NU’s offense compile 15 hits altogether. Spencer Schwellenbach and Luke Boynton led the way with three hits apiece. Boynton, Luke Roskam and Cam Chick each produced three-RBI efforts.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday against Northern Colorado at Hawks Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. (CT). The two-game series between the Huskers and Bears concludes on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m.

Golf

After their worst round of the season, the Nebraska Men’s Golf Team bounced back in a big way firing their second-best score of the season with a 292 (+12). The Huskers jumped two spots in the team standings on the final day finishing 9th with a score of 903 (39). 10th ranked Vanderbilt ran away with the team championship winning the meet by 24 strokes with an 842.

The Huskers were led on the final day by two career performances from sophomore Caleb Badura and junior Tom Westenberger. Badura and Westenberger each shot a career-low 70 (-2) while Badura finished with his lowest 54-hole score as a Husker firing a 223 (+7). Badura would record his first top-25 finish, as he tied for 21st and would jump 16 spots on the final day

The Huskers will return to action on April 4-5 at The Aggie Invitational in College Station, Texas at the Traditions Club.

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