Jacob Padilla
Staff Writer
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.
MSU Offers Tough Test, Family Reunion for Huskers and Fred Hoiberg
Michigan State has lost four of its last five and has fallen out of the top 25, but Fred Hoiberg still sees the Spartans as an "unbelievably talented team" led by senior point guard Cassius Winston. Thursday's game wont be easy for Hoiberg and the Huskers - but it will be a family reunion of sorts.
5 Thoughts on Lincoln North Star at Millard North
On Tuesday night, a sold-out Stable played host to a showdown between Millard North and Lincoln North Star. The Mustangs built up a big lead early in the fourth quarter and survived a furious Gator rally late to pick up a 69-67 win. Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on the game.
Padding the Stats: Transfer Freedom a Massive, But Needed, Change
Nebraska Football ⋅ 1 day ago by Jacob Padilla
The collegiate sports landscape could be in the process of undergoing a massive change to the transfer rules, and Jacob Padilla couldn’t be more excited about it.
High School Roundup: Big Week for Millard North
This week's roundup includes a recap of Millard North's big week, Latrell Wrightsell Jr. and Jadin Booth both going off and more.
Late Run by No. 19 Northwestern Ends Nebraska's Upset Bid
After leading for nearly 30 minutes, Nebraska surrendered a 9-0 run to end the game in a 60-56 loss at No. 19 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.
Hand Injury Ends Senior Matej Kavas's College Career
Matej Kavas’ college career has come to an end. Nebraska announced on Sunday morning that a hand injury he suffered during the Huskers’ loss agains Iowa on Saturday will knock him out for the rest of the season.
2020 Heartland Hoops Classic Roundup
The 13th annual Heartland Hoops Classic takes place in Grand Island on Saturday and Jacob Padilla is there bringing you running updates from the high school hoops event.
5 Thoughts on Millard North at Bellevue West
The top two teams in the state squared off on Friday night and No. 1 Millard North emerged from the Thunderdome victorious with a 70-60 win over No. 2 Bellevue West. Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on how it went down.
Plenty to Play for as Huskers Prepare for Wisconsin Rematch
Despite being mired in a nine-game losing streak, Fred Hoiberg said the Huskers still have plenty to play for this season as they're preparing for a rematch with Wisconsin.
Millard North, IMG Academy Headline 2020 Heartland Hoops Classic
Saturday marks the 13th annual Heartland Hoops Classic, the all-day high school basketball extravaganza held every year in mid-February at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. This year’s Classic features eight games, the first tipping at 8:30 a.m. and the last at 8:30 p.m.
Padding the Stats: A Glimpse of the Future in Huskers' Loss at Maryland
Nebraska didn't get a win on Tuesday against No. 9 Maryland, but that game might have given Huskers fans a glimpse into the future of what this team will look like if and when Fred Hoiberg gets things rolling.
Huskers Come up Just Short in College Park
Nebraska went toe-to-toe with No. 9 Maryland on the road Tuesday night but came up just short for its ninth straight loss, 72-70.
High School Roundup: Big Week for Donovan Williams, Husker Targets
This week's roundup includes record-setting performances by Donovan Williams, a big week from Hunter Sallis, Chucky Hepburn stuffing the stat sheet, Max Murrell's best game of the season and more.
Cheatham, Burke Questionable as Nebraska Heads to No. 9 Maryland
Nebraska has added injury and illness to the insult of the Huskers' worst loss of the season at Iowa on Saturday as a couple of Huskers are questionable to play when Nebraska heads to No. 9 Maryland for a Tuesday night game.
Huskers' Comeback Comes up Short against the No. 18 Hoosiers
A nightmarish first quarter and two mistakes late were too much to overcome for the Huskers on Sunday afternoon as Nebraska fell to No. 18 Indiana 57-53 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
5 Thoughts on Grand Island at Omaha Creighton Prep
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Last week, Omaha Creighton Prep took down Omaha Central on a buzzer-beater. On Saturday, Grand Island turned the tables on the Junior Jays with a buzzer-beater of their own in a 57-54 overtime victory. Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on the game.
Huskers Have a Lot Riding on Redshirt Trio
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
It's been a month since Nebraska's last win and the schedule doesn't ease up any time soon, but Fred Hoiberg has been in this position once before – and reinforcements are waiting for the calendar to turn to 2020-21.
Huskers Hit Rock Bottom in Iowa City
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Nebraska had no answer on either end for Iowa as the Hawkeyes rolled to a 96-74 win in Iowa City on Saturday that wasn't even as competitive as the final score indicates.
5 Thoughts on Omaha Central at Omaha South
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 12 days ago by Jacob Padilla
On Friday night, Omaha Central and Omaha South faced off for the first time since the the Packers knocked off the Eagles in the Class A State Championship back in March. Central got its revenge, dominating the second half en route to a 64-49 win. Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on the game.
Huskers Turn up the Intensity with the Hawkeyes on the Horizon
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 12 days ago by Jacob Padilla
After a flat second half against Penn State, Fred Hoiberg and the Huskers turned up the intensity in practice this week as Nebraska prepared for a rematch with Iowa.
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