Behind an opportunistic defense and a big second half from James Palmer Jr., a depleted Nebraska men’s basketball team rallied for a 68-61 victory over Rutgers Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago.
Palmer scored 27 second-half points, including five points during a game-changing 15-0 run that turned a five-point Husker deficit with six minutes to play into a 61-51 lead with 1:30 remaining. Palmer finished with 34 points, tying his career high and finishing one point shy of the Big Ten Tournament scoring record.
With the win, Nebraska improved to 17-15 on the season. The Huskers advanced to take on No. 5 seed and 21st-ranked Maryland on Thursday. Tipoff for that game is set for 25 minutes after the first game of the day between Ohio State and Indiana, which is set for an 11:30 a.m. (Central) start. The Nebraska-Maryland game will be broadcast on Big Dog 98.9 FM and 1340 AM with the Husker Sports Network.
Omaha native and two-time All-American Abigail Knapton won the platform dive event at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. She had a final score of 639.50 (321.10 carried over from prelims).
Earlier in the week, Knapton qualified for the 2019 NCAA Championships with her ninth-place performance in the three-meter dive (675.55).
Freshman Jessica Warak qualified for the NCAA Championships with her 9th-place finish in the platform dive event with her score of 512.80 (269.85 carried over from prelims).
Both Knapton and Warak will have a chance at All-American honors.
The duo will compete in the 2019 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas March 20-23.