Husker Update: Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball News for 3/12

Basketball Season Ends – Hoiberg Influenza

Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg is back at the team hotel after being released from the hospital and diagnosed with influenza A, according to a release sent by the Nebraska athletic department.

Hoiberg was checked by medical personnel before the game and cleared, according to the release.

As the game progressed, Hoiberg became ill. Hoiberg left the bench at the under-four minute media timeout and was transported to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed.

As of 12:40 a.m., Hoiberg and the team had both returned to the team hotel. The Huskers had previously been held under quarantine in their locker room, following their Big Ten tournament loss to Indiana. Around midnight, they were slowly released and boarded a bus that took them to their hotel.

During the game, BTN cameras captured Hoiberg visibly exhausted on the sidelines, his head in his hands, as another assistant, Armon Gates, appeared to rub hand sanitizer on his hands.

Nebraska held a 33-27 lead with 4 minutes remaining in the first half, but Indiana responded with a 16-1 run going into halftime and pulled away for an 89-64 victory in the first round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Nebraska closes its season with a 7-25 record. Indiana advances to face Penn State in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Indiana shot 56.3 percent in the first half, compared to Nebraska’s 30.6 percent. The Hoosiers blocked 10 shots in the first half.

Wrestling

The NCAA released brackets this evening for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will take place from March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. This is the second season the NCAA has seeded each individual weight class 1-33, meaning all 10 Nebraska qualifiers received a seed.

Junior Eric Schultz (197) had the highest seed among NU grapplers, receiving the No. 3 seed. The Tinley Park, Ill., native is 23-4 on the season and is coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Schultz, making his third career NCAA Championships appearance, will face Cole Urbas (Penn) to begin the tournament.

The 2020 NCAA Championships will consist of six sessions beginning on Thursday, March 19  and will run through Saturday, March 21.

Baseball

The Nebraska baseball team (7-8) scored eight runs in the first three innings and never looked back in an 8-1 win over Northern Colorado at Hawks Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Aaron Palensky produced a career-high five RBIs as part of a 2-for-5 performance against the Bears. Jaxon Hallmark also notched a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, before finishing the game on the mound.

Freshman righty Quinn Mason, making his first career start, tossed a season-high 3.0 innings in his third appearance of the 2020 campaign. He allowed only one hit during his scoreless outing and tallied two strikeouts.

Ethan Bradford threw 2.0 no-hit scoreless innings out of the bullpen and recorded four strikeouts. Kyle Wisch struck out two batters and gave up one run in 2.0 innings of work. Tyler Martin (1.0) and Hallmark (1.0) each had no-hit scoreless outings.

The Huskers return to action this weekend when they visit Wichita State for a four-game series, starting on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT).

 

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