Husker Update: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling News

Football

The Nebraska football team held its first spring practice on Monday morning, and Head Coach Scott Frost and eight Huskers met with the media following the two-and-a-half hour practice:

Monday’s practice was the first of 15 workouts for Nebraska this fall, culminating with the Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 18. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and tickets are still available online or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Nebraska will have two weeks of practice prior to Spring Break (March 21-29) and two more weeks of workouts following Spring Break.

Basketball

Husker men’s basketball players Cam Mack and Haanif Cheatham were recognized by the Big Ten, as the conference announced its 2019-20 awards Monday afternoon.

Mack was an honorable-mention selection by the media after averaging 11.6 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Big Ten play. He ranked second in the conference in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7-to-1). He totaled four double-doubles in conference play, highlighted by the first triple-double in school history in a win over Purdue on Dec. 15.

Cheatham was Nebraska’s nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for his contributions on and off the court this season. One of only two seniors on the 2019-20 roster, Cheatham led the Huskers and ranked 14th in scoring in Big Ten play at 13.1 points per game. He also ranked third in the Big Ten in steals (1.3 spg) in conference play while adding 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, as he started all 20 Big Ten contests. Cheatham reached double figures in 15 of 20 conference games, including a trio of 20-point efforts.

The Huskers open Big Ten Tournament action on Wednesday evening, as Nebraska takes on Indiana. Tipoff is set for 25 minutes following the conclusion of the first-round game between Northwestern and Minnesota.

Baseball

The Nebraska baseball team (5-8) continues its 10-games-in-10-days stretch with a pair of midweek contests against Northern Colorado (4-11) at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.

The Huskers and Bears face each other Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. (CT) and Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. (CT). The first 500 fans into Tuesday’s game will receive a coupon for a $1 hot chocolate at the concession stands at Haymarket Park.

Nebraska enters the week having won four of its last five games, including two wins by seven-or-more runs. Northern Colorado enters the series on a two-game losing streak. NU and UNC played each other for 15 consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2018, but didn’t face off in 2019.

Wrestling

Former Husker and current U.S. World Team member Jordan Burroughs defeated 2011 World silver medalist Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico 8-1 on Monday to win his fourth Pan-American Championship.

Burroughs used a takedown and turn to punctuate a 10-0 tech fall victory over Jorge Llano of Argentina in Monday’s first round. The former Husker grappler and 2012 Olympic champion had a tougher time with Jeandry Garzon Caballero of Cuba in the semifinal, but was still able to carve out a 3-0 victory.

In the final, Burroughs faced a familiar foe in Gomez. The two had previously grappled at the 2019 Pan Am Championships and 2019 Pan American Games. The four-time World champion defeated Gomez on both occasions and added a third head-to-head victory on Monday.

In addition to his World and Olympic medals, Burroughs is a three-time Pan Am Games champ.

 

 

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