Nebraska announced on Tuesday that former Husker Jake Muhleisen (pronounced MULE-high-sen) has joined the men’s basketball broadcast team on a full-time basis. Muhleisen will serve as the color commentator alongside long-time play-by-play man Kent Pavelka on the IMG Huskers Sports Radio Network.
Muhleisen, who filled in on the broadcast when needed in recent seasons, replaces Matt Davison whose new duties as associate athletic director for football will prevent him from continuing to call both football and basketball games for the university. Davison, a former football and basketball player at Nebraska, has served as the color commentator for the men’s basketball program for the last 15 seasons.
Muhleisen, a Lincoln Southeast product, started 98 of 100 career games at point guard for Nebraska from 2001 to 2005 and was a three-year captain. He totaled 901 points and 284 assists during his collegiate career.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Husker radio broadcast team and work alongside Kent Pavelka for the upcoming 2018-2019 basketball season,” Muhleisen said in a release. “I am fortunate to work for such a great company in Union Bank & Trust that encourages their employees to follow their passions outside of work and my customers will continue to be my top priority during the Husker basketball season. The Huskers have a great core of returning players and I appreciate the opportunity from Coach Miles, Kent, David Witty, Mike Elliott and the rest of the Husker Sports Network staff. I look forward to a great season of Husker hoops.”
Pavelka, a six-time winner of the Nebraska Sportscaster-of-the-Year Award, is entering his 32nd year of broadcasting Husker basketball and will call his 1,000th Nebraska basketball game this season.
Ben McLaughlin, the co-host of Sports Nightly who contributes to the network's football and baseball broadcasts, will also be part of the broadcast team for selected games during the year.
The IMG Husker Sports Network includes 25 affiliates around the state, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington. All broadcasts are heard live on Huskers.com, the Husker App, the TuneIn Radio App and TuneIn.com/Huskers while select games are available on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Fans will have a chance to get their first look at the 2018-19 Huskers at an open practice and scrimmage scheduled for Oct. 24th at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the team will practice until 6:30 with an autograph session to follow.
The season begins with an exhibition game against Division II Wayne State on Nov. 1. The season opener is slated for Nov. 6 when the Huskers will host Mississippi Valley State.
Hail Varsity can also confirm Jeff Goodman’s report that Nebraska will travel to Iowa State for a closed scrimmage on Oct. 21. The Huskers and Cyclones have squared off against each other in closed scrimmages before each of the last two seasons. Former Nebraska forward Michael Jacobson will be eligible for Iowa State this season after sitting out last year following his transfer from Nebraska.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.