login / sign up / content filter is: on

Home > Blogs > Official Husker Locker Blog > Search

Official Husker Locker Blog

Blog (1 – 10 of 10)

  1. 2011 Mar 14

    Husker Heartbeat 3/14: No Doubts for a New Bo


    By HuskerLocker

    Blog post image

    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

    *Bo Pelini is ever confident, as he continues to reveal in a nice column from LJS Sipple. As usual, he creates a conflict where there probably wasn't much of one with the intent of using it for motivation.

    Midway through, Sipple writes a very accurate line:

    "Now I think we're seeing Pelini moving back to center. His tenure at Nebraska, in many ways, starts afresh in year four."

    Agreed here. The Big Ten move is part of it. The coaching staff changes are another. It all seems like a brand new project for whole enchilada: Fans, football team, athletic department, university. I don't think Bo gets a grace year - far from it - but fans may not look back much. It will be hard to compare whatever it is Tim Beck is doing with what Shawn Watson did.

    *And what is Tim Beck doing? Restoring some much-needed energy to the offense.

    *Hey There! Join our Tourney Pick Em Contest on Yahoo. Click right here! It's a private group, but the password is gobigred The winner gets a free year's subscription to Locker Pass and a DVD of one of last year's games! Second and third place get Locker Pass subscriptions, too!

    *Doc Sadler's OK with a NIT trip to Wichita State. At least Nebraska made it into a postseason tournament. Baylor struck out entirely.

    *UNO decides to drop football and wrestling and head to Division I in hoops. Good move? We'll see. It's a bold move by Trev Alberts, we know that. Supporters of the wrestling program are pretty fired up.

    *A handful of rowdy Ohio State fans are driving Kirk Herbstreit to move from Columbus to Nashville. We're not kidding.

    "I love Ohio State. Love the Blue Jackets. Love the Reds. Those are my hobbies. I don't like moving. I love living here. I don't want to leave. But I just can't do this anymore. I really can't keep going like this.

    "Eighty to ninety percent of the Ohio State fans are great. It's the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless."

    *There is trouble to be had in Aspen. Ask these two Michigan State football players.

    *Why Jim Tressel is even more a villain than some think, according to this writer.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, ncaa tournament, nit, mens hoops, big ten, jim tressel

  2. 2010 Mar 29

    WBB: Kentucky Cuts Short NU's Final Four Quest


    By HuskerLocker

    Blog post image

    A dream season for the Nebraska women’s basketball team ended abruptly and painfully Sunday night in the wake of Kentucky’s dizzying, chaotic style.

    The Wildcats, aided by a key 11-1 run to start the second half, stunned the top-seeded Cornhuskers 76-67 in the Sweet 16 round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. A combination of 13 offensive rebounds, ten steals and eight 3-pointers helped tenacious UK carve out a 19-point lead and hold off a strong Nebraska rally.

    Where a loose ball was to be grabbed, the Wildcats, shoving, stumbling and clawing, usually got there first. Kentucky pounded the taller Huskers on the boards 35-26 and swamped All-American Kelsey Griffin with ball pressure.

    “They were either as quick or quicker at every position than us, and that was the difference,” head coach Connie Yori said. “They got every loose ball. They chased down loose ball rebounds. They beat us to the ball.”

    Thus, a NU-friendly crowd at Kansas City’s Sprint Center sat on its hands until junior guard Dominique Kelley - who led all scorers with 22 points - spearheaded a furious run to bring Nebraska within seven in the final minute.

    The hole was just too big. Nebraska ended its season at 32-2, while fourth-seeded Kentucky, now 27-7, advanced to Tuesday night’s Elite Eight where Oklahoma - which beat Notre Dame 77-72 in overtime - awaits.

    In a season of record-breaking performances, NU won’t be defined by an ugly loss. But it cut short its quest for the Final Four nonetheless.

    Kentucky hounded the Huskers from the jump with its half-court trapping defense, forcing five quick turnovers. Still, Nebraska led 11-9 with 13:50 left in the first half. UK then hit 12 of its next 16 shots as NU struggled to handle the Wildcats’ perimeter quickness.

    “They came out and got us on our heels,” Yori said.

    Just a 31-percent shooting team beyond the arc during the season, Kentucky hit 8-of-16 Sunday night. Guards A’dia Mathies and Keyla Snowden combined to hit six of them. Five makes in a row helped the Wildcats build a 43-34 halftime lead.

    Nebraska wanted to quickly close that gap in the second half. Instead, the Huskers played their worst five minutes of the season. Six missed shots. Three turnovers. And the wrong end of a 11-1 run that left NU, with 15 minutes remaining, staring at its largest deficit of the season.

    “We didn't do the things we talked about at halftime,” Yori said.

    The Huskers crawled off the canvas and slowly began a counter-attack. Kelley gashed into the lane for layups. Griffin, who scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, better controlled the paint. Cory Montgomery, who spent most of the game getting overmatched by UK center Victoria Dunlap, started to create shots for herself.

    “We never were going to give up and just let Kentucky walk away with a win,” Montgomery said.

    Kelley sliced the lead to ten, at 68-58, with 3:40 left. Nebraska’s full-court pressure had begun to work. But UK got a huge break when a errant pass hit Dunlap’s hand and ricocheted into the basket for two points. A few plays later, a poor Wildcat shot caromed wildly into the hands of Mathies, who was all alone on the other side of the basket. She calmly laid in the ball.

    “Every time it seemed like we could kind of get a little break, they just hit a big shot or stole a ball,” Griffin said.

    Still, NU pressed forward, closing to 74-67 with 53 seconds left. Dunlap missed a shot on Kentucky’s ensuing possession, and Griffin, attempting a shot on her own end, appeared to draw a foul on Dunlap. No whistle came.

    Another Kansas City disappointment.

    “I'm sure it'll hit us all when we wake up tomorrow morning and don't go to the gym to practice,” Montgomery said.

    Beyond that initial sting is this: The most successful team, men’s or women’s, in Nebraska basketball history. A surefire All-American award for Griffin. A perfect 29-0 regular season that included a Big 12 title. Packed houses at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on frigid, snowy nights. Smiles, tears and laughs. A foundation for what could be an emerging power in women’s college basketball.

    Another NU squad may break through to the Final Four. But this senior-laden bunch, Yori said, broke the mold.

    “I've been a head coach for 20 years, and this is absolutely the most unselfish team that I've ever coached,” Yori said. “They didn't care who got the credit. They weren't about points, rebounds, stats, minutes.

    “They were just about being great teammates, working every day to get better, and there's nothing more that you can ask for as a coach than having an opportunity to work with the young women in our program who have that great character.”

    Said Griffin: “We have helped put Nebraska on the map, and I'm so excited to see what the team is going to do next year.”

    Tags: wbb, ncaa tournament, connie yori, kelsey griffin, dominique kelley, cory montgomery

  3. 2010 Mar 28

    WBB: Desire and Defense in KC


    By HuskerLocker

    Blog post image

    Let’s say you’re Kelsey Griffin, leader of the red parade that’s become Nebraska’s women’s basketball, and the latest proving hour of your athletic career is Sunday night, 9 p.m., in Kansas City, because ESPN is more concerned with TV ratings than a sensible start time for a college basketball game.

    You’re wading into uncharted territory, the Sweet Sixteen of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, to face fourth-seeded Kentucky at the Sprint Center, and you have to wait until the happiness of the weekend staggers on down the street, until every conceivable steak dinner prepared east of the Rockies has been consumed, the dishes washed, the cat put out, the kids hosed down, and, well, I don’t even know what else happens on Sunday night. I’m too busy praying Monday never shows up.

    First, if you’re Griffin, you’re happy about the start time. More chances to prepare for the pesky Wildcats.

    “We’re a preparation team,” Griffin said Friday at NU’s press conference.

    I say that’s a little weird, but when you can repeatedly snake your arm between three defenders and flip a ball into a hoop, you’re allowed a few quirks.

    Second, you’ll have ample time to enjoy the nice team hotel.

    “Maybe that’ll take our minds off it,” Griffin laughed.

    Third, you watch some NCAA tournament basketball. Men’s and women’s brackets.

    Griffin already has - remember, she played last Sunday night, too - and, in watching, she noticed something: the players on the losing teams. Their faces. Especially the high-seeded teams who brought their “B games” and lost as a result.

    “I don’t want to feel like that anytime soon,” Griffin said.


    The pressure is off, head coach Connie Yori said. Nebraska charted a course at the beginning of the year, and included making The Sweet Sixteen.

    Why stop there?

    “If you watched us practice, we’re not satisfied,” Yori said.

    Tunnel vision to the Final Four.

    Yori couldn’t say Friday which other teams - besides some of the obvious names - were remaining in the field. Maybe she could, but would like to convince herself she doesn’t know. And she put on blinders when asked about Oklahoma and Notre Dame, which play the other Sweet 16 game in the Midwest Region.

    “Talk to me Sunday night after the game,” she said.

    Presuming, of course, Nebraska is still dancing.

    Kentucky is trouble enough. Picked to finish 11th in the SEC before the season, the Wildcats blasted fifth-seeded Michigan State 70-52 in the second round, and remind NU senior guard Vonnie Turner of Texas A&M - the only team to beat Nebraska this year. Athletic, fast, aggressive.

    UK forces 23 turnovers per game and averages ten steals. That makes up for a small, relatively inexperienced lineup that routinely gets outrebounded.

    “All year we've been the underdog with a lot of games,” Kentucky forward Victoria Dunlap said. “But our mentality is just to go in as we're the top dog and not worry about what they're going to do but what we're going to do as a team.”

    Said Yori: “They’re going to play full court defense and get up in your grill.”

    The Wildcats, 27-7, press and trap for 94 feet, but, unlike UCLA, they don’t employ a junk zone defense to do it. On offense, Kentucky often scores off of the turnovers it creates and takes 25 free throws per game.
    That offsets its poor 3-point shooting (just 32 percent).

    UK is like Nebraska - dogged, tough and defensive-minded.

    And not like the Huskers - young, poor-shooting and occasionally sloppy.

    It’s that second category NU’s feasted on throughout the season.


    The prevailing notion is that Nebraska struggles with athletic teams, insomuch as a 32-1 team can struggle. Kentucky, perhaps more than any team not named A&M or Oklahoma fits the bill.

    Maybe. Nebraska seems to prefer teams that force their own errors, and UK does, committing 15 turnovers per game.

    The Wildcats boast a terrific player in Dunlap, the SEC Player of the Year, but their four-guard lineup lacks a matchup answer for a player like Cory Montgomery, who draws out to defenders to the 3-point line, thus opening passing lanes for Griffin, who may be double or even triple-teamed.

    The Sprint Center should be packed with Nebraska fans; 3,000 of them headed to Minneapolis last weekend. It could be double or even triple that in Kansas City.

    “We really want to be the dominant color in the gym that night,” Yori said.

    There is, also, the matter of desire. Griffin acknowledged Nebraska’s slow starts last weekend in wins over Northern Iowa and UCLA.

    But then she added something smart: Teams have been trying to knock out NU all season in those opening four minutes. After 33 games, there remains among opponents this prevailing belief that the Huskers will crumble.

    “Usually by the first media timeout, they’ve made their run, we’ve sustained it and we just have to start chipping away,” Griffin said.

    And then?

    “It’s about the team that wants it the most,” Griffin said. “You do need to be talented, you do need to have a good gameplan, but it really comes down to heart and drive.”

    Tags: wbb, ncaa tournament, connie yori, kelsey griffin, vonnie turner

  4. 2010 Mar 26

    Husker Heartbeat 3/26: More Meno, Cupcakes, Kentucky, and Life's Complications


    By HuskerLocker

    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

    Cool? Cool!

    *Good to see Meno Holt is still doing more interviews than catching passes.

    *NU right fielder Adam Bailey is having precisely the kind of year - against great pitching too - that he’d hoped to have after spurning the MLB Draft.

    *A look at Kentucky, Nebraska’s Sweet 16 opponent.

    *OWH’s Tom Shatel opines on the complications of life.

    *The Sprint Center stands could be packed with Husker fans. Plus, 2010 recruits react to Nebraska’s run.

    *FIU running back stabbed to death outside the campus rec center.

    *College coaches prefer bowls to a playoff by a 93-7 margin. In other news, cupcakes are fattening.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, baseball, wbb, ncaa tournament, menelik holt, tom shatel, bcs

  5. 2010 Mar 24

    Husker Heartbeat 3/24: Doc, Hoops, Lee B, and A Shot Across the Tebow


    By HuskerLocker

    Blog post image

    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

    Cool? Cool!

    *More coverage from the Husker women’s win over UCLA. Here’s an updated bracketand Sipple’s take.

    *BRN’s first spring roundtable.

    *Doc Sadler has given his players a Thursday deadline to tell him whether they’re going to transfer. Translation: Sadler wants to be able to offer some guys before the April signing day if some NU players choose to bolt.

    *USC signs the last piece of its 2010 recruiting class.

    *OWH’s Lee B chats on a variety of topics in the Big 12. Plus a little Doc news, if that moves you.

    *A Florida WR takes a dig at Tim Tebow.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, doc sadler, wbb, ncaa tournament, lee b, sipple, tim tebow, lane kiffin

  6. 2010 Mar 23

    Podcast 3/23: The Bruins Await Connie and Crew


    By HuskerLocker

    Please enable Javascript, or download the podcast here.

    Join Husker Locker today - it's free!

    Tags: podcasts, wbb, connie yori, ncaa tournament, adam bailey, springtime with bo

  7. 2010 Mar 21

    NCAA TOURNAMENT: Bench Helps Huskers Punch Out Panthers


    By HuskerLocker

    For one game of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the Nebraska women’s basketball team didn’t tie the yoke of victory to Kelsey Griffin’s back and ask her to carry it.

    Oh, Griffin still excelled in NU’s 83-44 win over No. 16 seed Northern Iowa: 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists. But as UNI swarmed Griffin with double and triple-teams in the first half, her Husker teammates forced 12 turnovers and hit seven 3-pointers for a 40-27 halftime lead.

    For the game, Nebraska hit 10 of 20 from long range - a stark contrast to its poor shooting performance in the Big 12 Tournament.

    “If they’re going to bring the double, we have to make some open shots,” head coach Connie Yori said. “…We made ten and that was very, very important for us to get a good shooting start because that hasn’t necessarily been something we’ve done real well lately.”

    Said guard Dominique Kelley, who finished with 11: “When she gets doubled, it opens a lot up for the guards on our team. She has confidence in us, and we have put in a lot of time. We’re confident that we can knock down those shots.”

    It'll have to continue in the second round against eighth-seeded UCLA, which hammered North Carolina State 74-54. The Bruins sport an accomplished post player of their own in Jasmine Dixon.

    The Panthers had no choice but to loosen up their defense in the second half. That’s when the top-seeded Huskers (31-1 overall) turned on the afterburners with a 18-5 run over the first eight minutes. Griffin scored ten of those points, and set up forward Cathryn Redmon for another two with a deft, no-look pass she whipped through three UNI defenders.

    In front of a healthy contingency of Husker fans at Minneapolis’ Williams Arena, Nebraska coasted to the finish as Northern Iowa (17-16) hit just 7 of 34 shots in the second half. Its leading scorer, Jacqui Kalin, missed 11 of 12 shots and scored just two. UNI committed 17 turnovers and chucked up wayward jumpers early in the shot clock to avoid NU’s pressure defense.

    “In the second half, I think there was just a wearing effect (on UNI),” Yori said.

    It'll have to continue in Tuesday's second round against eighth-seeded UCLA, which hammered North Carolina State.

    NU got 22 points from its bench, and a game-high 13 rebounds from Redmond. But it was Griffin who reached a big milestone, scoring her 2,000th career point in the second half. She joined Huskers Karen Jennings and Maurtice Ivy in that club.

    "As far as 2,000 points, any point is just like the other one," Griffin said.

    Tags: wbb, ncaa tournament, connie yori, kelsey griffin, cathryn redmon

  8. 2010 Mar 20

    WBB: Poise And Pressure in the Big Dance


    By HuskerLocker

    In the midst of the most extraordinary run in the history of Nebraska women’s basketball, members of its best team walk to a small table that sits in front of about 15 men who search for wise questions on a subject unfamiliar to them. One inquisitor, refreshingly blunt, simply asks: What should fans look for the in the 2010 NCAA Women’s Tournament?

    “The games?” NU senior forward Cory Montgomery answers, just so. She isn’t flippant or slow to the uptake. Like her teammates, Montgomery simply is not searching for storylines. Greatness tends to exude a walk, a whiff, a look for earned arrogance, so it is rare to call a great team modest. Especially one that heads into Sunday night’s first round as the favorite to advance out of the Midwest Regional.

    But the 30-1 and top-seeded Cornhuskers may actually achieve it. Sangfroid. Equanimity.

    “Whatever happens, happens,” said Kelsey Griffin of the NCAA Tournament. “It won’t be for lack of effort or lack of trying.”

    Nebraska is the outlier. Its best player, Griffin, often sounds like she’s writing a thank you card out loud. Her reaction on conventional 3-point plays is even better - as if finding an basketball shoe she thought she lost, a pleasant, well-earned surprise. Head coach Connie Yori, I suspect, has a Master’s Degree in self-deprecation. Off the court, NU is practiced in the sports science of self-denial. Charitable. Loyal. Considerate and deferential of teammates. All of that.

    Which is funny, because the Huskers play the actual game like they’re entitled to every last steal, shot and point. With their hair on fire, hands flying everywhere, squeezing and clawing and scrapping and scooping and flipping and everything short of a dunk. Nebraska insists itself on opponents, chiseling at their resolve, threatening to bust free like a basketball bull itching to run down a loose ball.

    As the spotlight bore down on a team relatively unaccustomed to attention, Nebraska thrived doggedly, relentlessly. When Oklahoma appeared ready to shatter a perfect regular season and crawl its way back into the Big 12 race, NU responded with its gutsiest three minutes of the season and iced the Sooners on their home court.

    “I don’t think the pressure got to us,” Yori said.

    Nor does she suspect it will now, despite the bigger stage. Nor do I.

    But I wonder if Nebraska peaked that night in Norman. I wonder if that style, so aggressive and furious, can hold up over six games with a bench that participates - but isn’t very prolific.

    In trying to save its legs for NCAA Tournament, Nebraska nevertheless seemed tapped out and weak-legged in the Big 12 Tournament. Only the indefatigable Griffin seemed totally herself, and when she got in foul trouble vs. Texas A&M, her teammates weren’t able to compensate.

    A week off may rejuvenate the Huskers. Or the effects of the grind - and that full-court pressure - may set in even further.

    None of that should matter vs. Northern Iowa a 16th seed that can’t keep up with the Huskers’ athleticism. But the second-round game vs. North Carolina State or UCLA - my money is on the Wolfpack - will be a test. From there, NU has to rinse and repeat in Kansas City, where I sense the Sweet 16 game, whomever it is against, might be easier than Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

    Tags: connie yori, wbb, ncaa tournament, kelsey griffin, cory montgomery

  9. 2010 Mar 15

    WBB: The Bracket Gods Smile Upon NU


    By HuskerLocker

    Blog post image

    The Nebraska women’s basketball team got precisely its wish as the bracket for the 2010 NCAA Women's Tournament was unveiled Monday night: The No. 1 seed in the Kansas City/Midwest region.

    There is an unexpected dose of intrigue, too, in NU's placement.

    The 30-1 Cornhuskers received as plum of a draw as they could have hoped for: On the opposite side of the bracket from defending champion Connecticut, with beatable Notre Dame as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest region.

    "There's been a lot of history made this year," head coach Connie Yori said on ESPNU's Selection Show. "It's been a special year in a lot of ways"

    NU will open Sunday at 6:05 p.m. in Minneapolis vs. No. 16 seed Northern Iowa, which beat Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

    Win there, and the Huskers Tuesday would face the winner of the UCLA/North Carolina State game. The Wolfpack’s point guard, ACC Freshman of The Year Marissa Kastanek, is a Crete native who spurned NU for Raleigh.

    Should Nebraska advance to Kansas City, a likely game with Michigan State or Kentucky awaits. On the bottom half of the Midwest bracket are the Irish - which lost three of their five games to Connecticut - and No. 3 seed Oklahoma, which the NCAA considered one of the nation’s best 12 teams despite a 23-10 record.

    UConn, Stanford and Tennessee also earned No. 1 seeds. Since the Huskies have won 72 games in a row, they are undoubtedly the tournament’s top overall seed; their coupling with Tennessee’s South Region means the NCAA Tournament committee considered NU the third best team overall.

    Given the Lady Vols' gilded history in women's college basketball - and ESPN's fervent wish that Pat Summit and Geno Auriemma meet in a highly-televised finals - Nebraska earning the third overall seed was a daring move by the committee immediately dismissed by ESPN talking heads.

    “We evaluated Nebraska’s resume, and even though they lost in the Big 12 Tournament, we felt it was still important to keep them on that first line,” said Jane Meyer, Chairwoman of the NCAA Tournament committee. “It was only one loss in their entire resume, so we gave them the third No. 1 spot and Tennessee the fourth No. 1 spot.”

    Stanford, the No. 2 overall seed, is the last team to beat Connecticut, in 2008. The Cardinal have not been seriously challenged since then. Stanford beat UCLA in the finals of the Pac 10 Tournament 70-46.

    "To be mentioned in the same breath with the UConns, Tennessees and Stanfords, it's a great example of what hard work and persistence can do," Yori said. "Obvioiusly UConn is the clear No. 1 favorite. We're just going to go in and do the best we can."

    NCAA Tournament Ticket Info

    Tags: wbb, ncaa tournament

  10. 2010 Mar 14

    Win Prizes with HL's NCAA Tournament Challenge!


    By HuskerLocker

    Blog post image

    We're back again with another terrific contest - with awesome prizes - from Husker Locker! Yah!

    This time, it's our 2010 NCAA Tournament Challenge. We're running it through Yahoo's Tourney Pick Em System, and we're offering prizes to the top finishers!

    The winner of this year's Tournament Challenge gets quite the cool package: A free year-long membership to Husker Locker Pass and a DVD of NU's 2010 spring game!

    Second place wins a free six-month HLP membership - plus Tom Osborne's book, Beyond The Final Score!

    Third and fourth place both win free six-month memberships to Husker Locker Pass!

    Pretty sweet, huh?

    The Husker Locker group can be accessed here. It's a private group.

    Group ID: 60828
    Password: gobigred

    Now, here's the key: You must give your bracket the same name as your Husker Locker username to claim one of the above prizes. In our Bowl Pick Em series, some Husker fans lost out because they didn't use their HL username. So don't forget!

    If you don't have a Husker Locker username and want to compete...join Husker Locker today - it's completely free!

    Tags: ncaa tournament challenge, husker locker

Click here for our FREE daily podcast.


Great Husker Merchandise and Video. Best of Big Red. Osborne Family Enterprises
Husker Locker - Blogged Paperblog Web Directory

Home > Blogs > Official Husker Locker Blog > Search