Huskers Picked to Host NCAA 1st and 2nd Rounds
Play will start on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. when the Kansas State Wildcats (20-10) of the Big 12 Conference take on the Wichita State Shockers (21-10) of the Missouri Valley Conference. Nebraska (24-4) will then take the court during Thursday's second match and will face the Jackson State Tigers (26-9), who recently won the Southwestern Athletic Conference title. The Huskers' match will start at 7 p.m. or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match.
The second round will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., as Thursday's winners will compete for the right to move on to the Honolulu Regional the following weekend. The winner out of Lincoln will take on Pepperdine, Missouri State, North Carolina or California, who will be playing in Malibu, Calif.
Tickets for the first and second rounds in Lincoln will go on sale Monday morning at 8 a.m. on Huskers.com, by calling the NU Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED or in person at the NU Athletic Ticket Office. All-session ticket prices are set at $34 (reserved) and $30 (general admission) and include the two first-round games, as well as the second-round matchup between the first-round winners.
Nebraska has never faced Jackson State. The Huskers and Kansas State competed 85 times as members of the Big 12 Conference, with Nebraska leading the series 82-3. Nebraska leads the all-time series with Wichita State 11-0.
The 2011 season marks the 27th time that Lincoln has played host to first and second-round competition. Last season, Nebraska hosted the first and second rounds at the NU Coliseum, where they swept Sacred Heart and Auburn to move onto the NCAA Regional in Seattle. The Huskers then lost a four-set decision to Washington.
Nebraska recently won its first Big Ten title in its first year in the league and is 82-26 (.759) in 29 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, ranking second among NCAA schools in both wins and winning percentage. The Huskers were one of eight Big Ten schools to qualify for the tournament, as No. 3 Illinois, No. 5 Purdue, No. 8 Penn State and No. 13 Minnesota will also play at home in the first two rounds while Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan will be on the road.
NCAA First and Second Round Schedule
First Round - Thursday, Dec. 1
4:30 p.m. | Kansas State (20-10) vs. Wichita State (21-10)
7 p.m.* | Jackson State (26-9) vs. Nebraska (24-4)
*- or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 4:30 p.m. match
Second Round - Friday, Dec. 2
7 p.m. | First-Round Winners