Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018
Fourth-ranked Duke showcased its new talent in a 118-84 thumping of second ranked Kentucky in the season-opening Champions Classic at Indianapolis. Freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williams and Cam Reddish had a combined 89 points for the Blue Devils, who handed Coach John Calipari his most lopsided defeat at Kentucky. Barrett finished with 33 points and Williamson added 28 as both surpassed the Marvin Bagley III’s program record for points by a freshman in his debut.
Glynn Watson, Jr. scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures and Nebraska, which led by as many as 72 points, routed cold-shooting Mississippi Valley State 106-37 last night in the opener of the season. The 67-point victory margin was the Huskers’ largest at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The 106 points were the most Nebraska has scored at the five-year-old arena and the 37 points the fewest scored by a Husker opponent there. In other NU basketball news, James Palmer is one of 50 players on the watch list for the Wooden Award, which is awarded to college basketball’s most outstanding player. It’s the second preseason accolade Palmer has received this week. On Monday he appeared on the watch list for the Naismith Award, which is also given to the nation’s top player. Palmer, a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2017-18.
Martin Krampelj and Mitch Ballock scored 13 points apiece and Creighton turned back Western Illinois 78-67 in the season opener for both teams last night in Omaha. There were six ties and eight lead changes in the first half before Ballock hit a 35-foot buzzer beating three-pointer to put the Bluejays on top 43-41 at the break. An 8-0 surge early in the second half, featuring three-pointers from Ty-Shon Alexander and Samson Froling, put Creighton up 57-47. The Leathernecks never got closer than eight after that. Ballock also had five assists and two steals on the evening while Krampelj pulled down seven boards.
Amir Coffey opened the season for Minnesota with 18 points in 24 minutes to lead four players in double figures guiding the Gophers to a 104-76 victory over Nebraska-Omaha last night in Minneapolis. Zach Jackson led four players in double figures for the Mavericks with 21 points and five steals.
Ameer Abdullah was waived yesterday by the Detroit Lions. Abdullah, a second-round draft pick of the Lions in 2015, has played in only three games this season. The former Husker running back’s most productive season came as a rookie in 2015, when he had 597 yards rushing, 183 receiving and three total touchdowns. Injuries robbed him of all but two games in 2016, but he rebounded in 2017 with 714 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. He’s spent most of this season inactive, though, and slid to fourth on Detroit’s depth chart at running back.
The Creighton men’s soccer team has dropped from 14th to 17th in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. The Bluejays are 11-4-2 on the season after falling in their lone match last Wednesday to Georgetown 2-1. They return to action tonight when they host Marquette in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament at 7:00. Wake Forest stays at number one followed by Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Saint Mary’s.
The Lutheran High Northeast football team’s season has come to a close. The Eagles dropped their Class ‘D-1’ quarterfinal contest at Norfolk’s Veterans Memorial Field to Creighton last night 76-28 in a game heard on 106 KIX. The Bulldogs’ Bryce Zimmerer ran for 199 yards off ten carries and three touchdowns in the victory. Teammate, and cousin, Brayden Zimmerer scampered for 156 yards off eight carries and three TD’s and threw for another. Thad Hazen ran for 103 yards off just three carries and two scores while also catching a touchdown reception. In all, Creighton totaled 593 yards of offense with 539 occurring on the ground. Hazen had twelve tackles and Clay Curtis had ten stops to lead the Bulldog defense. Lutheran High Northeast, who was held to their lowest point total of the season, totaled only 99 rushing yards of their 332 total. Jaxson Kant had a touchdown pass and a touchdown run before suffering an arm injury late in the second quarter. Their final record is 9-2. Creighton improves to 11-0 and will host Exeter/Milligan/Friend in a semifinal game on Monday. EMF eliminated West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic in their quarterfinal game last night 46-12.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the Nebraska volleyball team takes on Iowa in Iowa City at 7:00, the Nebraska women’s basketball team hosts Drake at 7:00, and the Creighton women’s basketball squad entertains South Dakota at 6:00.
Local Schedule: Nebraska at Iowa at Iowa City, IA (VB-7:00); Drake at Nebraska (WBB-7:00); South Dakota at Creighton (WBB-6:00).
Local Scores: NECC 100 York JV 83 (MBB); Nebraska 106 Mississippi Valley St. 37 (MBB); Creighton 78 Western Illinois 67 (MBB); Minnesota 104 Nebraska-Omaha 76 (MBB); Nebraska-Omaha 20-21-25-25-15 Western Illinois 25-25-16-20-4 (VB); SW Minnesota St. 25-28-25 WSC 17-26-21 (NSIC VB Tourn.).
Class ’D-1 & ‘D-2’ Area FB Playoff Games: Creighton 76 LHNE 28; Burwell 43 Arcadia/Loup City 8; North Central 50 Dundy County/Stratton 14; Exeter/Milligan/Friend 46 West Point GACC 12 (D-1); Humphrey St. Francis 54 Falls City Sacred Heart 36; Johnson/Brock 72 Bloomfield 32 (D-2).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Charlotte 113 Atlanta 102
Final Dallas 119 Washington 100
Final Brooklyn 104 Phoenix 82
Final Portland 118 Milwaukee 103
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Columbus 4 Dallas 1
Final Toronto 3 Vegas 1
Final N-Y Rangers 5 Montreal 3
Final Ottawa 7 New Jersey 3
Final SO Detroit 3 Vancouver 2
Final Tampa Bay 5 Edmonton 2
Final St. Louis 4 Carolina 1
Final San Jose 4 Minnesota 3
Final L.A. Kings 4 Anaheim 1
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (1) Kansas 92 (10) Michigan St. 87
Final (4) Duke 118 (2) Kentucky 84
Final (3) Gonzaga 120 Idaho St. 79
Final (5) Virginia 73 Towson 42
Final (6) Tennessee 86 Lenoir-Rhyne 41
Final (7) Nevada 86 BYU 70
Final (8) North Carolina 78 Wofford 67
Final (9) Villanova 100 Morgan St. 77
Final (11) Auburn 101 South Alabama 58
Final (14) Oregon 84 Portland St. 57
Final (16) Syracuse 66 E. Washington 34
Final (17) Florida St. 81 Florida 60
Final (19) Michigan 63 Norfolk St. 44
Final (21) UCLA 96 Fort Wayne 71
Final (22) Clemson 100 The Citadel 80
Final (23) LSU 94 SE Louisiana 63
Final (24) Purdue 90 Fairfield 57
Final (25) Washington 73 W. Kentucky 55