Published Saturday, February 23, 2013 AT 10:26 PM / Updated at 10:27 PM
Lists: Greatest college players, 10 classic college games at the Devaney
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All-time lists include only players who played in the Devaney Center, regardless of position:

GREATEST DEVANEY CENTER-ERA HUSKERS (MEN)

>> Dave Hoppen (1982-86): Three-time all-conference and NU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,167 points.

>> Eric Piatkowski (1990-94): Two-time all-conference, No. 2 all-time scorer and one of NU’s three first-round NBA draft picks.

>> Tyronn Lue (1995-98): All-conference, first-round NBA pick and a two-time NBA champion

>> Andre Smith (1977-81): 1981 Big Eight player of the year and No. 4 all-time scorer.

>> Venson Hamilton (1995-99): 1999 Big 12 player of the year and all-time NU leader in rebounds and blocked shots.

GREATEST DEVANEY CENTER-ERA OPPONENTS (MEN)

>> Wayman Tisdale (Oklahoma): In three games in Lincoln, the three-time All-America center averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds.

>> Paul Pierce (Kansas): Silky smooth forward averaged 23 points and eight rebounds while going 3-0 at the Devaney.

>> Kevin Durant (Texas): The one-and-done All-American made his lone trip to the Devaney memorable with 26 points, 15 rebounds and a ton of ooh-and-aah moves.

>> Harold Miner (USC): “Baby Jordan” set the arena scoring record at 43 points, and it might have been more had he not played on a bum ankle.

>> Derrick Chievous (Missouri): This slender wing, who led the Big Eight in scoring as a junior and senior, treated the Devaney like home, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds in four games.

GREATEST DEVANEY CENTER-ERA HUSKERS (WOMEN)

>> Karen Jennings (1989-93): All-time scoring leader (2,405), 1993 national player of the year and three-time academic All-American.

>> Maurtice Ivy (1984-88): First to 2,000 points (2,131) and 1988 Big Eight player of the year.

>> Kelsey Griffin (2005-10): Another 2,000-point scorer and a 2010 first-team All-American.

>> Amy Stephens (1985-89): First-team All-Big Eight guard whose 1,976 points came with only two years of the 3-point shot.

>> Kiera Hardy (2003-07): Creative guard joins Jennings, Ivy and Griffin as NU’s only three-time first-team all-conference picks.

NAMES YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER PLAYING IN THE DEVANEY

>> Kevin McHale (Minnesota): Longtime Boston Celtics star, now Houston Rockets head coach.

>> Bill Self (Oklahoma State): National championship head coach at Kansas.

>> Alan Bannister (Oklahoma State): Tallest player ever in the building at 7-foot-4.

>> >Keith Neubert (Nebraska): Former Husker basketball player, ex-NFL tight end, now host of History Channel show “Picked Off.”

>> Whitney Houston, Brittany Spears: Not the recording artists, but Colorado women’s players.

— Lee Barfknecht

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TEN CLASSIC COLLEGE GAMES IN THE DEVANEY

>> Louisville-Kansas State, March 9, 1980: Though Darrell Griffith was the star, Tony Branch’s last-second shot beats K-State in the second round. The Cards go on to win the title.

>> Nebraska-Kansas, Jan. 27, 1988: Beau Reid picks up a loose ball, takes two dribbles and buries a 19-footer at the buzzer. It’s the low point in KU’s championship season.

>> Vanderbilt-Pittsburgh, March 20, 1988: Trailing with 12 seconds left in the second round of the tourney, Barry Goheen hit two 3s to send the game into OT. Vandy upset Pitt.

>> NU-Michigan State, Nov. 28, 1990: This game sparked the best season in NU history. Reid buries a jumper — a 3 from the right wing — to upset Steve Smith and No. 5 MSU.

>> NU-Oklahoma State, Feb. 5, 1992: One of NU’s best-ever performances. On national TV, Jamar Johnson leads the Huskers to a resounding 85-69 win over the 20-0 Cowboys.

>> NU-Kansas, Feb. 19, 1992: Johnson’s 3 at the horn goes down and NU topples No. 3 KU. Don’t forget Bruce Chubick’s block on Alonzo Jamison at the end of regulation.

>> Jan. 30, 1993, NU-Missouri: Erick Strickland’s breakout game. The freshman guard scores 28 and NU holds off an 18-point Mizzou rally, winning 88-87 in overtime.

>> NU-Kansas, Feb. 7, 1993: With Dick Vitale sitting courtside, NU beats third-ranked Kansas, 68-64. Terrance Badgett leads the Husker rally from 12 down in the second half.

>> Kansas-NU, Feb. 24, 2002: The top-ranked Jayhawks are 13-0 in Big 12 play. But Nebraska hits 18 3s and KU needs a Keith Langford jumper to win, 88-87.

>> NU-Baylor, Jan. 12, 2005: The NU women’s team’s best game comes when Kiera Hardy scores 37 and Nebraska beats No. 2 Baylor 103-99 in three overtimes.

— Dirk Chatelain

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