Monday, August 01, 2005

Its Time For The Big Announcement...

Thank you for your patience and visits to this short lived site.

No, HHC isn't throwing in the towel already - actually, quite the contrary. We are far, far, far, far, far.. (you get the idea) from that.

HHC is relaunching, and relaunching two hundred thousand times better - actually, that has been our plan from the start, we just hoped to create a little buzz and energy over here while we finished assembling our staff and contacting former players to join our team. Oh, and the hundreds of hours of work and hundreds of dollars to asemble our site played a part, too.

Anyway, we'll stop babbling over here and without further adue, see you at...

www.huskerhoopscentral.com

--HHC Staff

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Only One More Day...

Until the big announcement...

Check back first thing in the morning Monday and be ready to explode.

--HHC Staff

Friday, July 29, 2005

2005-2006 Schedule Analysis: Part Two Of Four

7/29/2005

Happy weekend to you from HHC!

First things first, we have a major announcement coming on Monday. If you love Nebraska basketball as much as we do, we are 100% sure you are going to be excited out of your mind, and are pretty sure you're going to be in heaven... More details on Monday, right here on HHC.

Now as promised, our 2005-2006 schedule preview continues, with a look at the second half of the non-conference schedule. We hope you enjoy it and find it as useful as the first. Thanks for all of your e-mails and for being here from the start of HHC, where there are big things to come soon.

CREIGHTON: Sunday, December 11, 2005
After beginning the season with seven home games, the Huskers hit the road for what promises to be their annual struggle with the Creighton Bluejays. While the Qwest Center is only an hour from the Devaney Center, the drive has seemed much longer for Husker players and fans in recent years, as Creighton has won the past four regular season meetings in Omaha, and eight of the last ten tilts overall, including last years 50-48 loss in Lincoln that left the Huskers reeling.
Coach Dana Altman, in his twelfth year at Creighton, will rely heavily on returning scorer and rebounder Nate Funk (17.8 and 5.1) in leading Creighton to similar heights as a year ago, when the Blue Jays went 23-11 and earned a birth in the NCAA Tournament. Funk will have plenty of help, as Creighton also returns its second leading scorer in senior Johnny Mathies, who averaged 11.8 points per game a season ago. Other returning players of significance will include forwards Jimmy Motz, Dane Watts, and Anthony Tolliver, as well as guards Pierce Hibma and the oft-injured Nick Porter. In fact, Creighton loses only two players who logged significant minutes a year ago, and feels it is replacing them with talented incoming players, namely Bellevue West graduate Josh Dotzler, who earned Mr. Basketball honors in the state of Nebraska a year ago.
With a wealth of players returning to a program that has appeared in the NCAA Tournament six fo the last seven seasons, the Blue Jays and Coach Altman will hope that this season forever erases the label “mid-major” from their forehead. Besides just the NCAA Tournament, Creighton has proven they can compete with the big boys, finishing last season with wins over Missouri, Ohio State, Xavier, and yes, Nebraska.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE CREIGHTON BLUE JAYS:
-Creighton finished with an RPI of 44 a season ago. (collegerpi.com)
-Creighton has won the Missouri Valley Tournament in five of the past seven seasons.
-Creighton is one of twelve teams nationally with twenty or more wins in seven consecutive seasons.
-Creighton coach Dana Altman is just 9-11 all-time versus Nebraska, but 7-5 against the Huskers while at Creighton.
-Nebraska owns a 22-16 series lead over Creighton.
-Nebraska is 92-41 all-time versus Missouri Valley Conference opponents.

CHICAGO STATE: Saturday, December 17, 2005
After visiting in-state rival Creighton, the Huskers return home for a matchup with the Chicago State Cougars of the Mid-Continent Conference. Led by third year coach Kevin Jones, who recently received a three-year contract extension, the Cougars will face a daunting schedule in 2005-2006, as they will square off against Nebraska, Louisville, Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan, and Bradley. Unfortunately for Jones and the Cougars, facing the most challenging schedule in school history will be made extra difficult by the loss of center Deji Akindele, who declared early for the NBA draft and is currently with the Dallas Mavericks. The 7’1 center led the Mid-Continent Conference in blocks a season ago, and was third in rebounding. The Cougars also lose two other starters to graduation, and lose their top three leading scorers and rebounders from a year where they finished 9-19 and 7-9 in the Mid-Continent Conference.
As a result, Chicago State will be counting on improved play from their returning leading scorer Royce Parran, who scored 10.0 PPG a year ago, and extra hard work on the glass from returning rebounder Marin Mulic, (2.3 RPG) who will try and shoulder the load of Akindele. Besides Mulic, incoming transfer forwards Kourtney Calvin and Camron Clay will also help the Cougars in the post, which will be a key area if the Cougars are to stay competitive in 2005-2006.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE CHICAGO STATE COUGARS:
-Chicago State finished last season with an RPI of 255. (collegerpi.com)
-Chicago State faced two Big 12 opponents last season, losing 90-70 at Texas A&M, and 77-59 at Baylor.
-Chicago State was just 2-14 on the road a year ago.
-Chicago State and Nebraska will be meeting for the second time, with Nebraska defeating the Cougars last in 1990.
-Nebraska is 23-2 all-time against Mid-Continent Conference opponents.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T: Monday, December 19, 2005
With the possibility of reaching double figures in wins, Nebraska will square off against North Carolina A&T of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. (MEAC) Led by third year coach Jerry Eaves, the Aggies will enter the Devaney Center with nothing more than a small prayer, as they finished last season 1-18 away from Greensboro, and just 6-24 overall, including a 71-49 loss in Lincoln. However, perhaps Eaves has reason to be optimistic, as the Aggies do return their leading scorer and their top four rebounders from a year ago.
Spearheading the offensive attack for the Aggies will be the 2004-2005 MEAC leading scorer Sean Booker, who poured in 16.1 points per game a season ago. Booker will hope that sophomore swingman Demetrius Guions can help shoulder the scoring load, and improve on last season’s mark of 8.1 PPG. The Aggies also feel that incoming junior-college guard Austin Ewing will help in the scoring department, as Ewing average 19.4 PPG a year ago and will form a dangerous outside threat with Booker. In the post, leading rebounder Greg Roberts returns, although averaging only a modest 4.1 rebounds per game; the Aggies will also hope that incoming junior-college forward James Porter can provide post-depth as well.
In short, while the Aggies return their four best post players from a year ago, this fact is more by default than strength. If the Aggies are to be successful this season, it will be because of Booker, Guions, and Ewing, and this will require shooting a high percentage from behind the three-point mark.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES:
-North Carolina A&T finished last season with an RPI of 312. (collegerpi.com)
-North Carolina A&T faced one other Big 12 foe last season, losing at Texas A&M 89-56.
-North Carolina A&T and Nebraska will be squaring off for the fourth time in school history, with Nebraska leading 3-0.
-Nebraska is 9-0 all-time versus the MEAC.

ALABAMA A&M: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 Alabama A&M will land in Lincoln for game number eleven of the Husker season, and will join an elite class that already features Savannah State, Bethune Cookman, and Eastern Washington – that is, teams who travel to Lincoln for “Holiday Games.” While the Red Zone will be divided up and sparse for this contest, it likely won’t matter. However, the Bulldogs did finish with a record of 18-14 and made the school’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Not only this, but the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champions return three of five starters, and three of their top four leading scorers and rebounders, so perhaps the Huskers should pay more attention than we are.
Alabama A&M coach Vann Pettaway has called Normal, AL. home for twenty-one years, and will once again look at Obie Trotter to lead the way in scoring and improve upon his 15.3 PPG from a year ago. Rickey Ricketts will also hope to build on the 9.3 PPG he achieved last campaign, and the Bulldogs will be led on the boards by Joe Martin, who averaged an impressive 7.7 rebounds per game a year ago. Look for 6’7” newcomer Jason Hill to also play a large part in controlling the post for Alabama A&M.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE ALABAMA A&M BULLDOGS:
-Alabama A&M finished last season with an RPI of 226. (collegerpi.com)
-Alabama A&M faced two common opponents of the Huskers last year, losing at Texas A&M in heart-breaking fashion, 71-68, and at home to Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 75-74. (Editors note: We have no idea how they lost this one)
-Alabama A&M played an impressive 12-7 away from home a year ago.
-Alabama A&M moved to Division One in 1998.
-Alabama A&M and Nebraska will be meeting for the first time in school history.
-Nebraska is 4-1 all-time versus Southwestern Athletic Conference opponents.

FLORIDA STATE: Saturday, December 31, 2005
In a matchup that is sure to be hyped as “the battle of the football schools” by the local Nebraska media, HHC is excited about this game because it feels both schools are also on the brink of competing in basketball. In fact, there is no other matchup on the nonconference schedule we are looking forward to more than this meeting with the Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
While Creighton, Marquette, and UAB will have already tested Nebraska, it is coach Leonard Hamilton’s (4th year) bunch that could really tell the Huskers where they are at, especially by this point in the season. The Seminoles, just 12-19 a year ago in the nation’s toughest conference, return four of five starters and eight of thirteen letterwinners, including their returning leader in five categories, including both points and rebounds, All-ACC candidate Al Thornton (9.1 and 4.4). Senior point guard Todd Galloway is the ACC career leader in assists with 263, and senior sharp shooter Andrew Wilson also returns with ninety-nine career games played.
While Florida State definitely returns a solid core of experience, the fate of the Seminoles season and this game could easily fall upon the arrival of three highly publicized newcomers who can all score points – Uche Echefu, Caesaan Breeden, and Jerel Allen. Echefu, the 2004-2005 Gatorade Player of the Year from Maryland, averaged 21.2 points per game as a senior. Breeden, who was All-State in South Carolina, poured in 20.0 points per game. Allen, who was JUCO player of the year in the state of Michigan, put in 17.2.
Luckily for the Huskers, this game will be played on a neutral court, and likely will feature very few Seminole fans, as their football team will probably be playing around the same time in a bowl game. However, either way, Nebraska will have its hand full against this senior-laden team with perhaps the nation’s best recruiting class in the nation’s toughest conference.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES:
-Florida State finished last year with an RPI of 134. (collegerpi.com)
-Florida State has three consecutive top fifteen recruiting classes.
-Florida State has defeated six ranked opponents the past three reasons, including the nations number one, two, and three teams.
-Florida State had the highest scoring bench in the ACC a year ago, which further adds to their depth.
-Florida State shared one common opponent with Nebraska a year ago, winning at Minnesota 70-69.
-Florida State had a two-faced season – they beat Florida 82-69 and Wake Forest 91-83, but lost to Texas A&M Corpus Christi 70-67, and Florida International 65-60.
-Florida State and Nebraska will be meeting for the first time in school history.
-Nebraska is 1-2 lifetime against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

NORTHERN COLORADO: Tuesday, January 3, 2006
The Huskers wrap up the seasons non-conference slate with another holiday home game, this time against the Bears of Northern Colorado. Seventh year coach Craig Rasmuson leads the Bears, 8-21 a year ago, into the Devaney Center. However, the Bears are no stranger to Big 12 competition. The Bears faced Oklahoma (80-44 loss) and Iowa State (57-39 loss) a season ago, en route to their dismal road record of 1-16. There is hope for the Bears from Greeley, as they return four of their five leading scorers, and top two rebounders from a year ago. The most effective in both areas is sophomore center Kirk Archibeque, who average 12.2 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game in his freshman campaign. Joining Archibeque will be returning perimeter starters Matt Kline (9.9 PPG) and Sean Taibi (9.1 PPG), along with senior swingman Erik Olson. (8.1 PPG)
Northern Colorado, a Division One Independent, will look to pound the ball down low to Archibeque, and hope that the aforementioned perimeter players can knock down some open shots to keep the defense honest. Coach Rasmuson has much to look forward to, as four of this years five starters will be back in 2006-2007, including Archibeque.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS:
-Northern Colorado finished last year with an RPI of 298. (collegerpi.com)
-Northern Colorado faced Longwood twice in 2004-2005, defeating the Lancers both times by scores of 76-56, and 99-91, respectively.
-Northern Colorado was outscored by opponents 74.7-66.7 in 2004-2005.
-Northern Colorado and Nebraska are meeting for the second time, with Nebraska winning the other lone meeting in 1948.
-Nebraska is 3-0 all-time against Division One Independents.

Thanks for reading schedule analysis #2 of 4, and we welcome any comments and feedback right here. Also, as aforementioned, check back on Monday for the dream of your life if you are a diehard Nebraska basketball fan!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

2005-2006 Schedule Analysis: Part One Of Four

7/28/2005

As HHC first told you yesterday, the 2005-2006 schedule was released today by the Nebraska Athletic Department, and is really a very attractive slate. While its tempting for us to predict how the games will go, we are strapping our belts on tightly and refraining from doing so until a later time. Instead, as promised, we are going to deliver the most comprehensive, in-depth look at the 2005-2006 opponents and schedule that you will find ANYWHERE.

To do this, we will release the analysis in four parts, so that we are able to provide extensive coverage and allow you time to digest the schedule in quarter parts. In today's analysis, we will break down the first seven of Nebraska's thirteen non-conference games, in order of occurrence, and hope that you will find it useful as you determine exactly how good or bad you feel the 2005-2006 schedule is. Look for part two some time in the next couple of days, and parts three and four (the North and South of the Big 12) early next week.

Before we dive into our analysis, we'd like to point out a few things that jumped out at us about the 2005-2006 schedule.

1. Nebraska opens its season with seven consecutive home games, and only leaves the friendly confines of the Bob Devaney Sports Center twice in the non-conference season. (Creighton and Florida State) While we like the tough home games and variety of opponents, we wish there was at least one more road test.

2. HHC really likes how Nebraska has divided the non-conference schedule, with the PERCEIVED tough and easy games divided up in groups. (Notice how we say perceive - we know that nothing is certain on paper)

3. There are three Sunday tilts in this years non-conference schedule, which is three more than HHC can remember the Huskers playing in any recent time.

4. Its about time we open the Big 12 season at home - seemed like we went to Kansas first about ninety years in a row.

Okay, now on to the most comprehensive, in-depth look at the 2005-2006 schedule you'll find anywhere.


JOHN THOMPSON CLASSIC: Friday November 18th-Sunday November 20th, 2005.

LONGWOOD: Friday, November 18, 2005
The Huskers open the 2005 campaign and begin a long weekend of hoops at the Bob Devaney Sports Center with the Longwood Lancers of Farmville, VA. The Lancers, who will begin their second season at the Division One ranks, come off a season that can best be explained by the 1980's television show "Growing Pains," as they finished their first tilt at the highest NCAA level by going 1-30, with their lone win against Howard.
However, if there is one thing third year coach Mike Gillan has to look forward to, it is the return of all eight of last years leading scorers, including four out of its five starters and eleven of fourteen letter winners. Spearheading the returning players for the Lancers is Michael Jefferson, who poured in 15.4 PPG a year ago and was named to the 2005 All-Independent Second Team. Maurice Sumter, the leading rebounder for the Lancers at 6.0 per game, also returns, and Longwood will hope that a wealth of returning players, as well as several close calls a year ago, will propel them in the win column.
In fact, Longwood lost two games in overtime a year ago, as well as taking James Madison University down to the wire in Harrisonburg, Virginia, before losing 72-70. Longwood will try to remember these close calls for the 2005-2006 tilt, and forget the fact that they tied an NCAA Division One record for losses in a season with thirty, and the fact that the season ended on a nineteen game losing streak.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE LONGWOOD LANCERS:
-Longwood has four NCAA Division Two Tournament appearances, with the last coming in 2001.
-Longwood will play at Kansas State on December 5th.
-Longwood was founded as an all women's college in 1839, and didn't become coed until 1976.
-Longwood finished last season with an RPI of 329. (collegerpi.com)
-Longwood and Nebraska will be squaring off for the first time in school history.
-Nebraska is 3-0 all-time against Division One Independents.

LOUISIANA TECH: Saturday, November 19, 2005
The John Thompson Classic will continue for the Huskers on Saturday, November 19th, as they host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference. (WAC) The Bulldogs are lead by eighth year coach Keith Richard, who guided Tim Rattay's alma matter to a 14-15 record a season ago, including an impressive 64-55 win at Memphis, and wins over conference rivals Tulsa and twenty game winner UTEP.
Hailing from Ruston, LA., the Bulldogs will lose a lot from last years team, including three of their four leading scorers and three of the top five players in minutes per game. However, Louisiana Tech returns one of the more dynamic players in the WAC in Paul Millsap, who lead the team in both scoring and rebounding a year ago, at 20.4 PPG and 12.4 RPG, and turned down the chance at playing in the NBA to return to LA. Tech. The Bulldogs will also have hope that they can compete in the Devaney Center, as they played a respectable 5-9 on the road last season, as well as 1-2 in games played on a neutral site.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE LOUSIANA TECH BULLDOGS:
-Louisiana Tech played Husker opponent UAB on the road last year, and took them down to the wire, before ultimately falling 66-54.
-Louisiana Tech shot just 62.1% from the free throw line as a team in 2004-2005.
-Louisiana Tech finished last season with an RPI of 149. (collegerpi.com)
-Louisiana Tech and Nebraska will square off for the first time in school history.
-Nebraska is 8-4 all time against WAC teams.

YALE: Sunday, November 21, 2005
The Huskers will attempt to knock off two Bulldogs in one weekend, as the final matchup of the John Thompson Classic pits Nebraska against the Bulldogs of Yale. Hailing from the Ivy League and New Haven, CT., Yale will look to improve upon an 11-16 record from a season ago, and fourth year coach James Jones will hope that the Bulldogs can steal one in the Sports Center based on a wealth of tough road environments that Yale experienced a season ago, including a six point loss at Charlotte, (80-74) a double overtime loss at Boston College (82-80), and a first half fight at Wake Forest before being blown out. (99-72)
While Yale loses two of its top three leading scorers from a year ago, the Bulldogs do return three of five starters, including Dominick Martin, who poured in 12.3 PPG a year ago, and lead the team in rebounding at 7.8 per game. Not only this, but Yale also returns eight of eleven letter winners from a team that tied for third in the Ivy League in 2004-2005.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE YALE BULLDOGS:
-Yale finished the 2004-2005 season with a very respectable RPI of 190.
-Yale has made the post-season four times in school history, with its last appearance in the 2002 NIT.
-Yale and Nebraska will be meeting for the first time in school history.
-Nebraska is a perfect 4-0 all-time versus Ivy League opponents.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE: Sunday, November 27, 2005
Nebraska's first true home game of the 2005-2006 campaign will come against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Redhawks, who call the Ohio Valley Conference home, will hope to improve on last year's record of 15-14. However, to do this, Southeast Missouri State will have to rely on its youth, as they lose their top three leading scorers and top two rebounders.
To move the program forward, ninth year coach Gary Garner will rely on Terrick Willoughby, who is both the returning scorer and rebounder for the Redhawks, at 9.8 and 2.7, respectively. Southeast Missouri State will also hope to build upon its respectable 2004-2005 road record of 5-9, in which it took several teams down to the wire, including Bradley, and Ohio Valley foes Murray State and Samford.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE REDHAWKS:
-Southeast Missouri State finished the 2004-2005 campaign with an RPI of 205. (collegerpi.com)
-Southeast Missouri State defeated 2005-2006 Nebraska opponent South Dakota State by a score of 59-58.
-Southeast Missouri State and Nebraska will be meeting for the first time ever.
-Nebraska is 8-2 all-time against the Ohio Valley Conference.
-Southeast Missouri State, like South Dakota State, will face last years runner-up Illinois in 2005-2006.

MARQUETTE: Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The Marquette Golden Eagles will likely be the first true test of the 2005-2006 campaign for Nebraska, and will visit the Devaney Center with a completely new look from a year ago. Marquette, based in Milwaukee, WI., and formerly of Conference USA, will begin its first year of play in the Big East in 2005-2006, and will do so without four of its five starters from a year ago, including four of its five leading scorers and all-everything Travis Diener.
Coach Tom Crean, in his seventh year at the helm of Marquette, will have his hands full trying to improve upon last seasons mark of 19-12, in which the Golden Eagles defeated #22 Wisconsin and made an NIT appearance. The only two players of significance who return for Marquette are seniors Steve Novak (13.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 89 3-Pointers) and Joe Chapman. (8.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 40 3-Pointers) Perhaps there is hope for Marquette this season, though, as according to Hoopscoops, Marquette has the nation's sixth-best recruiting class, including newcomers Wesley Matthews, Dominic James, and Jerel McNeal.
Marquette's crop of talented young players bears noting, especially the three players previously mentioned. Wesley Matthews, a 6'5" wing player, was the Associated Press/Gatorade and Milwaukee Sentinel Player of the Year; Dominic James, a 5'10" point guard, led the state of Indiana in scoring; and Jerel McNeal was a first team all-state selection in Illinois.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES:
-Marquette finished last season with an RPI of 88. (collegerpi.com)
-Marquette finished 2004-2005 in a ninth place tie in Conference USA.
-Marquette and Nebraska have met seven times, with Marquette holding a 4-3 series lead after last seasons 81-62 victory over Nebraska in Milwaukee.
-Nebraska is 8-13 all-time against Big East opponents.

UAB: Saturday, December 3, 2005
Opponent number six of the 2005-2006 campaign is the Blazers of Alabama-Birmingham. UAB, who is coached by fourth year man Mike Anderson, will look to continue its string of postseason appearances, as Anderson has lead the team to the postseason in all three years he has been at the helm of Conference USA's most aggressive team. A season ago, UAB finished with a record of 22-11, including its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, in which the Blazers defeated LSU in the first round (82-68) before falling to Arizona in round number two. (85-63)
Noted for its "forty minutes of hell" pressure defense, UAB will continue to try and speed up the game in 2005-2006, and will be lead by Demano Eddins, who finished with 12.5 PPG and 4.8 RPG a year ago. Other than Eddins, UAB will struggle for returning leadership, as they lose two of their three top scorers from last year to graduation or the NBA. However, the Blazers will hope that a solid recruiting class, along with a dynamic pressure defense game plan, will allow UAB to continue its +7 Turnover margin per game from a season ago, and keep the Blazers in the upper helm of Conference USA.
The two most prominent newcomers for UAB will be JUCO guard Maurice Gibbs, who shot over 40% from the 3-point line a season ago and collected 14 PPG, and freshman forward Roderick Ollie, who at 6'6", was one of the most prominent high-school players in the state of Mississippi a year ago. (23 PPG, 13 RPG, 3 Steals PG)
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE UAB BLAZERS:
-UAB finished 2004-2005 with an RPI of 49. (collegerpi.com)
-UAB averaged 77.5 PPG last year, while allowing an average of 71.8 PPG
-UAB played 2005-2006 Nebraska opponent Louisiana Tech a year ago, and won 66-54.
-Nebraska owns a 2-1 series lead over UAB, with UAB's lone win coming last season in Birmingham. (80-66)
-Nebraska is 15-25 all-time against Conference USA opponents.

South Dakota State: Thursday, December 8, 2005
Nebraska finishes its seven game home stand to start the 2005-2006 season with the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. Hailing from Brookings, SD., and lead by eleventh year coach Scott Nagy, the Jackrabbits will hop into the Devaney Center hoping to pull-off a minor miracle, especially when you consider that South Dakota State defeated just one Division One opponent a year ago. (Defeating Tennessee State in Nashville, 82-80) While finishing 10-18 in their first year at the Division One level, thanks to a large number of Division Two victories, the Jackrabbits struggled much the same way Longwood did, losing often and losing large.
However, SDSU will hope to propel the program forward this year, and are confident they can do so, thanks to the return of each of its best three scorers and rebounders. The Jackrabbits will rely on Ben Beran (13.6 PPG) to shoulder the scoring load, while Joe Green (6.8 RPG) will patrol the glass. Not only this, but the Jackrabbits think they have struck gold in recruiting, as they add speedy New York City JUCO PG Jose Frias, (11 PPG, 5 Assists) and a pair of 6'10" high-school post-players from the state of Minnesota. (Mark Engen & Robert Bilitz)
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS:
-South Dakota State didn't receive an RPI from collegerpi.com a year ago, due to a large number of Division Two contests.
-South Dakota State finished last season 3-12 on the road.
-South Dakota State played two opponents from this year's Nebraska schedule a year ago, losing 59-58 at SE Missouri State, and losing at Marquette, 76-60.
-South Dakota State will play a murder schedule in 2005-2006, with games against Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Marquette, and Nebraska.
-Nebraska has played a surprising number of games against South Dakota State, leading the series history 9-0, although the last meeting came in 1982.
-Nebraska is 3-0 all-time against Division One Independents.

Hope you like Part One of the 2005-2006 Schedule. We welcome comments and hope you'll check back soon for Part Two and much, much more from HHC.

-HHC Staff

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What's To Come On Husker Hoops Central

7/27/2005

I thank everyone for the surprising number of hits since HHC was launched yesterday - in fact, I received far more hits with IP's reading "Nebraska" then I ever imagined after one day. Please continue to check back and let all Nebraska Mens Basketball fans know that HHC is the most complete coverage of NU's most exciting sport that you'll find anywhere.

There are a number of things that are brewing here at HHC Headquarters for the upcoming months, so I figured I'd start to let you in on things that you'll soon be finding as you stop by. In the coming days, expect:

1. A COMPLETE analysis of the 2005 Nonconference Schedule, which HHC has been told by very privy sources will be released on 7/28/2005. (tomorrow)

2. A COMPLETE breakdown of the Princeton offense versus the Nebraska offense, as broken down by a couple of former Nebraska basketball players and myself, as there has been much debate of this on other forums.

3. An introduction to the other members of HHC, who will help in providing you with the most complete coverage of Nebraska Mens Basketball anywhere.

Also, several weekly features will be on HHC, both in the offseason and during the season, including:

1. Where are they now - We will catch up with past NU Hoopsters with in-depth interviews - HHC will ask the questions you wish to know.

2. Hoopster Talk- Former NU players will breakdown what its like to play for Nebraska, go on road trips, game day preperation, practice, off-season conditioning, etc, etc. Everything you want to know about being a member of the NU hoops team, as brought to you by former players.

3. The most COMPLETE analysis of upcoming games, past games, coaches, players, heck, we'll even rate the prices at the Bob Devaney Sports Center snack bars, because HHC promises to keep you up to date with Husker Hoops, even if we have to kiss our Grandma.

On behalf of the other members of my team, I am pleased to welcome you here and hope you are as excited about whats to come as I am.

-Dave

Welcome To Husker Hoops Central

7/26/2005

Welcome to Husker Hoops Central, the official blog home for Nebraska Mens Basketball.

Let me introduce myself to you first - my name is Dave, and I am a longtime Husker basketball fan who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I look forward to being the first blog home for Nebraska Mens Basketball on the Internet, and discussing Nebraska basketball with its true fans.

Throughout the off-season, I plan to write once a week or so, since Nebraska basketball news is sparse, thanks to a lack of coverage by the media.

However, during the season, look for posts each day, as we discuss not only Nebraska basketball and its players/coaches, but also opponents, both conference and nonconference. Also, look for special features throughout the season and feedback from many.

Please bookmark and check back throughout the offseason, and I hope you are looking forward to this season of exciting Nebraska basketball as much as I am.

More soon...

-Dave