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Nebraska basketball hosting another big man, plus more Cornhuskers news

Nebraska basketball will host former Oklahoma center John Hugley next week, plus more in our Nebraska Cornhuskers news roundup.




Trying to keep pace with all of the happenings in the transfer portal has been difficult when it comes to Nebraska basketball and everyone else

College baskeball is crazy in that sense. You have to reload your roster every offseason and Nebraska is no different. Not only did Keisei Tominaga run out of eligibility, but Rienk Mast is undecided on his future, while key role players C.J. Wilcher and Jamarques Lawrence entered the transfer portal.

As it stands, the Huskers have added just one player from the portal — Andrew Morgan — a 6-foot-9 forward who is similar to Mast. They could play together, but it does have me worried that Mast isn’t returning.

Juwan Gary and Brice Williams are. Yet, Nebraska baskeball still has three starters it needs to replace. Morgan will either start for Mast or Josiah Allick. He could also come off the bench if Nebraska landed William Kyle and also kept Mast.

Another transfer portal target for Nebraska basketball

Clarity will come soon enough. Right now there are tons of scenarios and another is that Nebraska basketball is hosting former Pittsburgh and Oklahoma center John Hugley. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds last season while shooting 54 percent for the Sooners. He only played 17 minutes per game. At Pitt, in 2022-23 he also played under 20 minutes a game and averaged over eight points.

The dude can score and last season he was his best in terms of field goal percentage. He also shot 39 percent from 3-point range and has made 18 triples in the past two seasons. Two seasons ago, Hugley averaged 4.8 points and 7.9 rebounds for Pitt, including 2.7 offensive boards.

If the Huskers could get that kind of production, this would be a huge steal. But even if he plays 20 minutes per game off the bench, he’d be valuable. Xavier is the other team in the mix. He’ll visit Xavier Tuesday and the Nebraska Cornhuskers next Saturday. 

Nebraska Cornhuskers lose late lead to Rutgers

Brett Sears put together another quality start for the Nebraska baseball team and allowed just two runs in six innings of work. He was set to get the win as Nebraska led 6-3 going into the ninth, but the Scarlet Knights rallied and eventually won the game, 7-6, in extra innings.

Josh Caron got a hit in the 13th straight game for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Cayden Brumbaugh was 2-for-3 with a double; Gabe Swanson added two hits and Will Walsh blasted a three-run home run.

Nebraska (22-9, 5-2) has lost two Big Ten games in a row and three overall. The next matchup against Rutgers is Saturday at 2 PM CST on BTN+.

The Nebraska softball team also dropped a 9-3 decision to the Scarlet Knights on Friday.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska