Bill Moos has talked in the past about wanting to rekindle competition with former Big 12 opponents. He was talking primarily about football at the time, but that wish apparently extends to basketball as well as the Huskers announced a three-year series with Kansas State starting in 2020-21.
The Huskers and Wildcats will face off at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 19 to get the series stared. Kansas State will come to Lincoln on Dec. 18, 2021 to make its first appearance a Pinnacle Bank Arena and then the Huskers will head down to Manhattan for the return trip on Dec. 17, 2002, to play at Bramlage Coliseum.
“We are excited to renew this series with Kansas State,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said in a release. “There is more than a century of history between the two programs, and this is a matchup that our fans will look forward to over the next three seasons. The series upgrades our non-conference schedule as we build our program. Playing in the Sprint Center this December should also be a fun experience for our fans and student-athletes because of the number of Husker alums in the Kansas City area and the ability to make it a weekend trip around the holidays.”
Kansas State leads the all-time series — which began in 1905-06 — 127-93. The teams competed against each other in the Missouri Valley, the Big Eight and the Big 12 conferences before the Huskers left to join the Big Ten in 2011. The Wildcats won the last meeting 61-57, and Nebraska hasn’t beaten Kansas State since a 73-51 win at the Devaney Center in 2009.
Kansas State is coming off an 11-21 season but but won more than 20 games in the previous three seasons under Bruce Weber, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament all three years and making a run to the Elite Eight in 2017-18. The Wildcats will gave to replace their two three scorers from this year’s team.
The Huskers will also take part in the 2020 Myrtle Beach Invitational in the nonconference next season. The rest of the field includes Dayton, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Utah State, Loyola, Charlotte and Penn.
In non-schedule news, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported that former Nebraska guard Dachon Burke will transfer to South Alabama for his final season. He averaged 12.2 points in his one season under Fred Hoiberg after redshirting in Tim Miles’ last season at Nebraska but shot just 40.1% from the field.
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.