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Brian is a online editor and copy editor at The Omaha World-Herald. You can find Brian on Twitter @nortonbrian or e-mail him at bnorton@owh.com

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Dan Muller to coach Illinois State

Despite a report last night that Illinois State had promoted current assistant Rob Judson, the Redbirds announced on Monday evening that Dan Muller will be announced as the new head coach on Tuesday.

CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman broke the news shortly before Illinois State made the announcement.

Muller is currently an assistant at Vanderbilt and is a former Redbird. He played for Illinois State from 1995-98.…

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Report: Judson to coach Illinois State

The Pantagraph of Bloomington, Ill. is reporting that current Illinois State assistant coach Rob Judson will be selected to replace Tim Jankovich as the Redbirds head coach.

Judson has served as an assistant the past five years under Jankovich.

Illinois State is expected to compete for a Missouri Valley Conference title next season. The Redbirds return all of their key players from this past season.

Click here for the the full Pantagraph report.


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Win an iPad with the Big Red Today Facebook page

The World-Herald is giving away an iPad, and you can be one of six weekly winners to score cash prizes, too! All you have to do is fill out a simple registration form on Omaha.com to receive a Husker newsletter or be a fan of The World-Herald’s Big Red Today page on Facebook.

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Bluejays receiving national attention

The college basketball season ended Monday with Kentucky’s championship win over Kansas. And, of course, that means it is now time for the top college basketball sites to take a look back on the 2011-12 season and a look forward at next year.

The Bluejays have featured prominently in a number of national lists. Here’s a quick roundup:

>> College Basketball Talk’s Mike Miller has the Bluejays 9th in his early preseason Top 25. He says of Creighton: “Too high for a team that doesn’t play defense? Maybe. But Doug McDermott’s a player of the year candidate, Gregory Echenique’s among the best centers in the game and they have solid support. Just need to replace point guard Antoine Young …

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Social media reaction: Tim Miles, new Nebraska coach

On Friday night, Tim Miles resigned from his job at Colorado State to accept the Nebraska men’s basketball coaching position. A coach known for his relentless enthusiasm, Miles will be the 27th men’s basketball coach at Nebraska. Check out a photo showcase from his time at Colorado State.

Reaction to the hire was mixed on Twitter and Facebook. Here’s quick look at what fans and media members had to say about Miles:

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Bracket fun

It’s almost Selection Sunday and the Bluejays are dancing. To get prepared, let’s take a look at some bracket predictions from across the nation.

Most predictions have the Bluejays slotted from a 5 seed to a 7 seed. According to the Bracket Project’s Bracket Matrix, which looks at 81 projected brackets from across the Internet, the Bluejays current average seed is 5.9. Multiple brackets project the Bluejays at the 5 seed spot, while the highest projection is for a 9 seed.

Nationally, the most prominent bracketologists have the Bluejays in the 5 or 6 seed slots.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Creighton as a 6 seed in his latest bracket, set to face Colorado State in Nashville. The Rams would be an interesting matchup as …

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Men’s Basketball: Social media reaction to Sadler’s firing

Here’s a quick look at the reaction on Twitter to news that Nebraska had fired men’s basketball coach Doc Sadler. We’ll continue to update during the press conference, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. You can watch that here.

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Bluejays visit St. Gerald’s Catholic School

Fresh off a Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship win in St. Louis, the Creighton men’s basketball team visited St. Gerald’s Catholic School to answer questions and read to the children.

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MVC voting breakdown

Creighton’s Doug McDermott was named Missouri Valley Conference player of the year on Tuesday. Three other Bluejays were honored — Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs and Antoine Young. Get the full story here.

Here’s the breakdown on the player of the year voting. Keep in mind that people that work for or cover a team can’t vote for a player from that team. So The World-Herald’s Steven Pivovar could not vote for McDermott. His first place vote went to Joe Ragland.

Missouri Valley Player of the Year voting:

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Fun warm-ups for CU-Wichita State

Saturday’s Creighton men’s basketball game with Wichita State is one of the biggest games the Bluejays have played at the CenturyLink Center.

Steven Pivovar has a ton of pregame coverage in the Saturday morning paper and on Bluejays Today online, but we wanted to have a little fun before the big game as well with these three videos.

What exactly goes into creating a World-Herald sports special section cover? We’ve got a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot for our Saturday morning pregame cover.

Where have the Bluejays gone?

The Schick and Nick show received a copy of the “dry run-through” of Creighton PA announcer Jake Ryan’s starting lineups for Saturday. Hilarity ensues.

Saturday’s starting lineups

White and Blue Review put together a …

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