Huskers seed either 4th or 5th

Nebraska now knows it will be the No. 4 seed or No. 5 seed for the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.

Iowa’s loss to Illinois on Saturday night knocked the Hawkeyes out of contention for the No. 4 seed, and in turn, removed any chance Nebraska would fall to No. 6.

Nebraska would be No. 4 and earn a first-round tourney bye by beating Wisconsin on Sunday night.

If Ohio State loses at Michigan State on Sunday afternoon, the Huskers would have the No. 4 seed locked up before its game. An OSU win and an NU loss would slot the Huskers at No. 5.

Regardless, Nebraska knows it will play its first Big Ten tourney game at 1:30 p.m. CST – either Thursday as the No. …

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7-1 Canadian to visit Huskers

Look for some tall Canadian timber at Sunday’s Nebraska-Wisconsin men’s basketball game.

Link Kabadyundi, a 7-foot-1, 240-pound center from Montreal, is expected to make an official visit to the Huskers this weekend. He plays at Alma Academy in Montreal.

Kabadyundi committed a year and a half ago to Albany, but has since reopened his recruiting. He recently visited Oklahoma. Other schools interested are Providence, Minnesota, Miami, SMU and Temple.

He comes from a strong athletic family.

His father played for the African national team of the Republic of Zaire.  His brother played professionally overseas. His sister is a Providence volleyball recruit. And his younger brother, Jordy, is seen as a rising star in North America in the Class of 2016.

One visitor won’t make it …

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Huskers eye New Jersey point guard

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles appears to have some East Coast travel on his schedule this week.

On Thursday, Miles is expected to watch Tarin Smith, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound point guard from St. Anthony’s High in Jersey City, N.J. His coach is the legendary Bob Hurley, who has won 25 state championships.

Smith, a candidate to be class valedictorian, is getting growing interest from bigger schools as the season goes on, according to Hurley.

Smith has offers from Duquesne, Fordham, Boston U. and Delaware. Now, Mississippi has offered, and others showing interest include Nebraska, Creighton, Boston College and Providence.

St. Anthony’s is set to play Thursday night in the second round of the New Jersey non-public state tournament.…

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Miles ‘in head’ of slumping Husker

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles normally doesn’t say much to shooters who are in a slump.

That has changed entering Saturday’s home game against Northwestern with senior Ray Gallegos, who comes in hitting 18.5 percent of his 3s (5 of 27) the past seven games.

“I am in his head completely,’’ Miles said Friday. “We had a talk yesterday and it is unrepeatable. And I’ll be on him again today.’’

Gallegos, who averaged 12.5 points a game last season, is down to 7.0 this season and has scored in double figures only once since Jan. 30.

“I’ve talked to him often,” Miles said. “I’ve worked him out individually and done a whole bunch of things to try to get him going. I can’t think of anything else, so now, …

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Huskers get a Top 25 vote

Even with a 14-10 record, Nebraska got enough respect from someone in the coaches poll to get a Top 25 vote this week.

Individual ballots in that poll aren’t publicly revealed.

In recent years of Husker hoops, one Doc Sadler team and one Barry Collier team got a vote or two in the Top 25. But Nebraska hasn’t been in the Top 25 since the poll of Jan. 2, 1995.…

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Former Husker coach Danny Nee suspended after ‘incident’

Former Nebraska basketball coach Danny Nee’s job as head coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy may be in jeopardy after an unspecified “incident” that led the Division III school to sideline him since a Jan. 18 game.

The website reported the following statement from the school’s superintendent:

“The Academy’s first priority is the well-being of its students. Immediately after learning of the incident, I placed the individual on administrative leave. A full investigation will be conducted.”

Nee’s biography is still on the Merchant Marine Academy’s website. He is in his fourth season there.

Nee led Nebraska to five NCAA tournaments and five NITs in 14 seasons from 1986-87 through 1999-2000.…

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Arizona 7-footer, shooting guard on NU list

A 7-foot-1 center from an Arizona prep school and his 6-4 teammate who scored 65 points in a game last month are popping up again on Nebraska coach Tim Miles’ recruiting radar.

Husker coaches are working to arrange travel to Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix to visit Kingsley Okoroh of Watford, England, and Lyrik Shreiner of Glendale, Ariz.

Chances are good the Westwind coach will help NU get a meeting.

The head man is Jai Steadman, a native Nebraskan, former Lincoln resident and 1997 graduate of Nebraska, where he worked from 1992-97 with the basketball program under Danny Nee.

Since then, Steadman has been an assistant at five universities, two NBA D-League teams, one European team and one Continental Basketball Association team.

As for Steadman’s players:…

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Husker’s NBA draft mention “crazy”

The website threw some local basketball followers for a loop this week by projecting Nebraska sophomore Terran Petteway as a first-round choice in June — No. 28 to the San Antonio Spurs.

“That was before Michigan, right?” Husker coach Tim Miles cracked Friday.

Petteway scored just five points in the loss at Michigan, but his play is worthy of attention, Miles said. He’s still fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.5 points a game.

“It’s great for Terran and it’s great for our program,” Miles said. “At the end of the day, it’s pie in the sky. Terran has got to get a lot better. He feels like he’s got to get a lot better.”

Petteway hadn’t seen the list but knew about it when Miles …

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Huskers hold decision on Biggs until Tuesday

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles said Monday afternoon that his consideration of guard Deverell Biggs’ status with the team would continue Monday night and into Tuesday.

The junior out of Omaha Central missed Nebraska’s win over Minnesota on Sunday for “personal reasons.” Miles declined further comment.

Two sources told The World-Herald that Biggs missed a film session earlier Sunday. Biggs was suspended for Nebraska’s Dec. 28 game at Cincinnati for missing a film session.

Also, Biggs was issued a traffic citation on Jan. 5 by UNL campus police for operating a vehicle while having a suspended driver’s license.

UNL police said Biggs was pulled over at 2:10 a.m. for running a stop sign. Biggs license had been suspended for 60 days for driving while intoxicated on Dec. 23, 2012. …

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Huskers offer juco PG

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles offered a scholarship Saturday morning to 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard Trey Dickerson from Williston (N.D.) State.

Dickerson told The World-Herald his early preference list is Nebraska, Iowa, UNLV and Boise State.

The Queens, N.Y., native averages 20.2 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

Dickerson originally signed for this season at Murray State over Arkansas and Rutgers, but left school and enrolled in junior college at Williston. He would have three years of eligibility.

Nebraska has one scholarship open for next season, and could offer a second if there is any attrition.…

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