Benny Parker and the Huskers host Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers, Mavericks Battle on Sunday

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Cornhuskers
2012-13 Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
                Record at Nebraska: 2-0 (1st year)
                Career Record: 285-220 (18th year)

Nebraska Omaha Mavericks
2012-13 Record: 1-3, 0-0 Summit League
Head coach: Derrin Hansen
                Record at UNO: 122-89 (8th year) 
                Career Record: Same

Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Live Video (subscription required):
BTN Replay: Monday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.
                Play-by-play: Jake Bockoven
                Color: Jake Sorensen

Radio: Across the state on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
                Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
                Color: Matt Davison
Internet Radio/Stats: Free on
Satellite Radio: None

Team autograph session after the game

Huskers, Mavericks Battle on Sunday
The Nebraska men's basketball team looks to remain unbeaten on the season this Sunday afternoon, as the Huskers take on Nebraska-Omaha this Sunday at 2:05 p.m. It is the first matchup on the court between the two programs since Nebraska-Omaha moved to the Division I level prior to last season.

Sunday's matchup with the Mavericks is the Huskers' second game of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic and tickets for the game can be purchased for as little as $5 by visiting, by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or by visiting the Devaney Center Ticket Office 90 minutes prior to tipoff.

Sunday's game will be carried across the state on the 29-station Husker Sports Network, including primary flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington, with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can be heard for free on and is also available on the Huskers' app on iOS or android devices.

Live video streaming of Sunday's game will be carried on the Big Ten Digital Network ( with Jake Bockoven and Jake Sorensen on the call, as the Nebraska-Omaha game is one of four regular-season Husker basketball games on BTDN in 2012-13. It will be aired on the Big Ten Network Monday at 1 p.m. (central)

The Huskers are coming off an effort that Coach Cipriano would have been proud off, knocking off a Valparaiso team which was the overwhelming favorite in the Horizon League by a score of 50-48. The Huskers held the Crusaders to 34 percent shooting and just 2-15 from 3-point range to improve to 2-0 on the season. Brandon Ubel continued his hot start, scoring 17 points and grabbing five rebounds, while junior guard Ray Gallegos chipped in 14 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers. Ubel is averaging 19.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while Gallegos is at 15 points per game and shooting 55 percent from the field.

Nebraska-Omaha comes to town looking to snap a three-game losing streak after falling at Tulane, 76-53, Friday afternoon, as Jordan Callahan's 27 points led three Tulane players in double figures. Alex Phillips had 13 off the bench to lead Nebraska-Omaha against the Green Wave, which faces the Huskers next Wednesday in Lincoln.

By the Numbers
5th - It is only the fifth time in the last 60 years of Nebraska basketball (since 1952-53) that Nebraska has held its first two opponents of the season to 55 points or less (1958-59, 1985-86, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13).

47% - Through the first two games, 47 percent of the Huskers' total minutes have been played by players who did not suit up for the Huskers in 2011-12.

19.0 - Brandon Ubel's points per game in his first two games of 2012-13, after having never scored more than 17 points in any game during his first three seasons at Nebraska.

1 - Number of combined turnovers by point guards Benny Parker, Mike Peltz and Trevor Menke against Valparaiso in a combined 50 minutes of action.

Huskers Host Joe Cipriano Classic
The Joe Cipriano Classic features seven teams - Nebraska, Kent State, Valparaiso, Tulane, Nebraska-Omaha, Bethune-Cookman and Chicago State - playing four games apiece from Nov. 13 to Nov. 24.  The Devaney Center will serve as one of the four host sites, and the Huskers will take on Valparaiso, Nebraska-Omaha, Tulane and Kent State during the next two weeks.

The event honors the many contributions of Joe Cipriano to the Nebraska basketball program.  He served as the Huskers' head coach from 1963 until 1980, when he died of cancer just four days short of the start of his 18th season.  His teams at Nebraska posted a 253-197 record and made three postseason appearances. He was a three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year (1967, 1978 and 1980) and his 253 wins at the time of his death were 167 more than any previous basketball head coach at Nebraska. Cipriano coached the Huskers to a 20-5 record and a No. 11 national ranking in 1965-66, the Huskers' first winning season in 15 years and the most wins at Nebraska since 1920.  The team is considered by many to be the best basketball team in the program's 117-year history.   The following season, he guided NU to its first postseason appearance, becoming the first Big Eight program to play in the NIT and his 1967-68 squad won the Big Eight Holiday Tournament, Nebraska's only title in the event's history. In the 1970s, his teams finished below the .500 mark only once, while his most successful Husker team of the decade was in 1977-78, which tied the school record for wins at the time with a 22-8 mark and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Cipriano family will be honored during the final night of the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 24 during a special halftime ceremony.

Scouting Nebraska-Omaha
Nebraska-Omaha comes to town with a 1-3 record following a 76-52 loss to Tulane in its first game of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic on Friday. The Mavericks are in their second year as a Division I program and first as a full member of the Summit League. UNO is playing a full Division I schedule and is in the midst of a 10-game road trip which will last until Dec. 15. Eighth-year coach Darrin Hansen brings back a lineup which returns four starters from last year. The Mavericks were picked to finish ninth in the Summit League preseason poll and have lost three straight following a 77-64 win over Northern Illinois.  On Friday, UNO dropped a 76-52 decision to Tulane, as the Mavericks shot just 29 percent.

Senior John Karhoff leads UNO with 12.3 points per game, while Alex Phillips comes off the bench an averages 11.8 points per game, including 7-of-13 from 3-poitn range.

Nebraska-UNO Series History
Nebraska leads the regular-season series, 2-0, but Sunday's matchup will be the first with both programs at the Division I level. In Nebraska's last meeting which came at the start of the 2006-07 season, Aleks Maric had 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamel White added 18 points in a 76-62 victory. The only other previous matchup was a 96-62 win on Jan. 25, 1988.

Last Time Out
Nebraska built a 14-point lead and held on down the stretch, picking up a 50-48 win over Valparaiso in the opening game of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic. The Huskers won the game on the defensive end of the floor, holding Valparaiso to just 34 percent shooting and 2-of-15 from 3-point range. The preseason favorite to win the Horizon League, the Crusaders came into Thursday's game averaging 77 points per game and shooting 54 percent from long range.

While Valparaiso struggled from long range, junior Ray Gallegos enjoyed a strong night from beyond the arc for Nebraska, hitting a career-high four 3-pointers and finishing with 14 points. Gallegos, who had a career-high 16 in NU's opener against Southern, was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.  Senior Brandon Ubel led the Huskers in scoring with 17 points and five rebounds, including a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to provide the Huskers with breathing room.

Nebraska, which led by six at halftime, used a 10-0 spurt early in the second half, as Gallegos drained a pair of 3-pointers to push NU's lead to 14. The Huskers led 48-37 with 7:21 remaining and withstood one final charge by Valparaiso for the win, as NU did not make a field goal down the stretch.

Worth Noting from the Valparaiso Game

  • Nebraska improved to 3-0 all-time against Valparaiso, as Thursday's game was the first between the schools since 1920.
  • Brandon Ubel reached double figures for the second straight game, scoring a game-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line. In his last eight games dating back to the end of the 2011-12 season, he's shooting 64 percent from the field and averaging 11.8 points per game.
  • Ray Gallegos totaled 14 points in the win, marking the second time in his career he has scored double figures in consecutive games. The other occurrence was from Dec. 2-6, 2009 (vs. UT Pan American and Creighton).
  • Gallegos' four 3-pointers were a career high, as he had three against UT-Pan American on Dec. 2, 2009.
  • NU held Valparaiso, which was 26-of-48 from 3-point range in its first two games to 2-of-15 shooting from long range. Valparaiso was shooting 52.5 percent from 3-point range and averaging 77.0 ppg as a team entering the game.
  • Valparaiso's 48 points was its lowest total in 29 games, as Ohio State held the Crusaders to 47 points on Nov. 25, 2011. Over the last three-plus seasons, Valparaiso has been held to 50 points or less four times.
  • The Huskers held Horizon League Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff to just eight points on 2-of-11 shooting, as Dylan Talley did most of the work on the defensive end, holding him in single figures for just the sixth time in the last 37 contests.
  • Nebraska's 50 points equals the fewest the Huskers have scored in a win since a 50-44 win over Oregon State on Dec. 12, 2009.


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