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Drake’s Takes: Women’s Basketball’s Surprising Loss and a Memorable Super Bowl

February 18, 2022

This week’s Drake’s Takes covers the women’s basketball team’s recent performance and looks back at last week’s Super Bowl. 

Women’s basketball loses to Penn State on the road

Nebraska women’s basketball followed up an upset over a top-five opponent in one of the worst possible ways.

The Huskers not only lost to 10-15 Penn State on the road, but blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the process. In a span of a minute and 36 seconds, the Nittany Lions went on a 15-0 run. In that stretch, Nebraska had three turnovers and allowed a pair of offensive rebounds that led to points. In the last seven-and-a-half minutes, the Huskers only made two field goals, the last coming at the very end with the game out of reach.

It also may be time to be concerned about the team’s struggles on the road. Nebraska is 2-6 away from Pinnacle Bank Arena in conference play. To be fair, four of those losses are to currently ranked teams, but given that the two wins are a three-point triumph over Minnesota (5-10 in Big Ten) and a blowout over last-place Illinois (1-10), it’s something to watch. 

For those who were rightfully clamoring for Nebraska to be ranked after the Indiana win, this loss probably eliminates the chances of that happening this week. However, not much changes drastically in the big picture.

The Huskers are still projected to be a 7-seed in the tournament, and will probably stay around that barring a disastrous finish to the year. The biggest question now is their place in the Big Ten standings. 

Nebraska moved down to seventh in the standings due to its recent loss. At 8-7 in Big Ten play, it’s a half-game back of Michigan State and a game ahead of Northwestern. There’s a good shot to regain sixth place, as the Spartans finish the year against two ranked opponents and the Husker schedule is lighter.

The advantage of one spot over another is hard to tell at this point, though, as just about every team could shift in the standings by the end of the regular season. We can revisit that next week. 

For right now, the Huskers need to get back on track with a home game against Minnesota on Sunday. As mentioned earlier, the Golden Gophers played Nebraska close in the first matchup. 

Wednesday will bring another interesting matchup. The opponent is Wisconsin, which Nebraska blew out by 33 in January. However, it’s in Madison this time, and the Huskers need to prove they can handle business on the road against teams they should beat.

Football season comes to an end

The finale of a great NFL season truly didn’t disappoint.

To the disappointment of many, Joe Burrow and the Bengals couldn’t pull off some magic one last time. However, the game was pretty much everything I could’ve wanted, and that’s all that really matters.

The stars all played incredible, including Ja’Marr Chase, Aaron Donald and Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp. The game was close and came down to the very end. The halftime show was amazing. Kendrick Lamar’s section was particularly memorable for me.

If I do have any complaint at all, it has to be the injuries. I was incredibly happy when Odell Beckham Jr. caught the first touchdown, but I would’ve loved to see him be able to finish the game. Burrow and Matthew Stafford both ended the fourth quarter with notable injuries.

Still, I came away happy with how this season concluded, and I’m even more excited for what’s ahead. It’s going to be a very hard road for either team to get back to the Super Bowl, especially the Bengals in the stacked AFC, but it’ll be fun to see how they perform next season.

I feel like I say this a lot, but football is in a really good spot right now.

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