Nov 13, 2019 3:19 PM

Eagles take on rival UNK in Kearney Wednesday night

Posted Nov 13, 2019 3:19 PM

By: Con Marshall

CSC Sports Information

CHADRON, Neb. -- November 12, 2019 -- The Chadron State College men's basketball team will play its only Nebraska opponent of the season Wednesday night (Nov. 13) when it visits the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. MST.

Both teams will enter the contest with 0-2 records. 

The Eagles opened their season last weekend with a trip to Texas and lost to Texas A&M International in Laredo 75-65 and to Texas A&M-Kingsville 67-66. Kearney launched its schedule during a classic at Shawnee, Okla., and lost to host Oklahoma Baptist 72-57 and to East Central University 86-78.

Turnovers plagued the Eagles. They had 24 in the first game and 33 in the second contest. Coach Houston Reed said the problem is "fixable," and remains optimistic about the season.

Brian Rodriguez-Flores, a 6-4 senior transfer from San Jose State in California, led Chadron State in scoring in both games in Texas with 21 and 25 points. Point guard Colby Jackson also reached double figures in both games, tallying 11 and 15 points, respectively.

A pair of tall seniors, 6-6 A.J. Jackson and 6-5 Kyle Juhl, totaled 27 and 23 points, respectively, for the Lopers in their first two games.

This will be the fourth year in a row that Chadron State and Kearney have met in an early-season game. The Lopers won the first of the previous three in overtime while the Eagles have won the last two by scores of 72-69 and 70-55.

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Nov 13, 2019 3:19 PM
Huskers prep for Wisconsin, Nelson awarded Blackshirt

Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours Tuesday morning inside the Hawks Championship Center in preparation for Saturday's matchup against the 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.


Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media following practice and talked about the challenges the Wisconsin offense presents to the Husker defense.


"They do a great job of scheming their offense for what they have," he said. "They have big offensive linemen. They have good tight ends and fullbacks. They've got some good receivers on the perimeter. They make you earn everything. They earn everything. They don't do anything stupid with the football. I think they do a tremendous job of coaching that group up. Then obviously they've got a first-round draft pick at running back (Jonathan Taylor). Stopping the run is of utmost importance right now."


Chinander also spoke on how Wisconsin's passing offense compliments its rushing offense, which ranks 16th nationally.


"Anytime you have a running back and run scheme like they have, guys start creeping up in the box," Chinander said. "Guys start getting their eyes miscued because everyone is so worried about stopping the run, and that obviously opens up the pass game. [Quarterback Jack] Coan has done a good job with the passing scheme they have. He's made some good decisions. He's thrown a couple of picks, but for the most part, he has made good decisions. He checks the ball down when he's supposed to check it down. He makes big throws when he needs to. I think he's improved every single game this year."

Also on Tuesday, Chinander announced that sophomore defensive lineman Damian Jackson and freshman linebacker Garrett Nelson were awarded Blackshirts.

"Garrett has done a good job to get on the field a lot more," Chinander said. "Being a Blackshirt is more than just performing on Saturday. Coach Frost and the staff felt like those guys were deserving of doing things the right way on the practice field, off the field, on game day and taking a little more of a leadership role. Those guys were deserving of it."


Nebraska will practice again tomorrow in preparation for Saturday's game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium. The game will begin at 10 a.m MT and will be televised on BTN with radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network beginning at 5 am MT.