Recruiting: Dunbar football standout Scates down to two finalists

Published: Sunday, August 06, 2017 @ 4:36 PM

Wolverines' receiver down to final two schools

A lot of high school athletes can’t wait for the recruiting process to end, but Joseph Scates isn’t one of those guys. Dunbar’s highly touted receiver admits he likes the attention.

“It’s always been fun,” he said. “Ever since my sophomore year when I first started to get recruited I fell in love with the recruiting process.”

RELATED: Dunbar running back commits to Oklahoma

What’s not to like with schools like Alabama, West Virginia, Michigan State and Louisville offering scholarships to play for the best college programs in the country.

Scates isn’t quite ready to make his decision public just yet. He told me he’s down to two schools, Alabama and West Virginia, and he likely won’t make a verbal commitment until sometime after the first quarter of the school year.

That means the recruiting process will carry into the first half of his senior season at Dunbar, giving him a chance to make some official visits to the schools that are courting him.

It certainly seems like Alabama is the front runner to land Scates. He’s often seen wearing Crimson Tide hats and T-shirts around the halls at school.

“Alabama has been my dream school since I was 4 years old,” he said last week. “For them to want me to play for their team is a blessing.”

What John Beilein said after Michigan’s 72-52 loss to Nebraska

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:34 PM

Michigan basketball entered Thursday with a 16-4 overall record and a 4-2 record in Big Ten conference play. The Wolverines are currently ranked No. 23 in the latest AP Poll.

On Thursday night, at Nebraska, the Wolverines lost to the Cornhuskers, 72-52. Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. led all scorers with 19. Charles Matthews led Michigan in scoring with 15 and was the only Wolverine to score at least 10.

Here is what Michigan coach John Beilein said after the game.

What John Beilein said after Michigan’s 72-52 loss

USC finally beats Oregon: What we learned in Trojans’ 75-70 win

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:24 PM

It’s been all about stopping long losing streaks lately for USC, which ended a 14-game skid to Oregon on Thursday night with a 75-70 road victory. That comes a few days after the Trojans beat Utah for the first time in nine tries.

The Trojans (14-6, 5-2 Pac-12) started the game 0-for-8 from the field but still won their third straight game by dominating the boards, defending without fouling and getting the ball into the right players’ hands at the critical moments. Here’s what else we learned from Thursday’s big win.

It’s Boatwright before, Metu after

Junior forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu each had 18 points to lead USC, both making 7 shots from the field. That’s where the similarities ended for the Trojans’ top two scorers.

Boatwright had 12 of his 18 before halftime and was 4-of-7 from three-point range while Metu had 12 of his 18 in the second half with all of his shots coming relatively close to the rim. Metu was also 4-of-5 from the foul line.

With Boatwright only attempting 2 of his 14 shots in the second half it didn’t have a negative impact on the offense because Metu filled the gap.

Bad things happen when the ball isn’t in Jordan McLaughlin’s hands

It wasn’t the best night from a scoring standpoint for senior guard Jordan McLaughlin, who had 11 points but was just 2-of-6 from the field along with 7-of-9 from the foul line. But he more than made up for it in other ways, pulling down a team-high 9 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists.

McLaughlin didn’t turn the ball over until there was 5:04 left, and only one of his 2 giveaways should have counted since the other—originally called a block on Oregon’s Paul White—was reversed into a charge after a replay.

USC had 16 assists and 10 turnovers, a good ratio but one that drops to 9-to-8 when taking out McLaughlin’s contributions.

Jonah Mathews works best off the bench

Thursday was the third consecutive game that sophomore guard Jonah Mathews did not start but he was still very involved. He had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in 27 minutes, with 10 of those points coming in the first half.

Mathews had started 13 games but in his five non-starts he’s averaging 10.4 points per game compared to 8.6 when in the starting lineup.

Nebraska basketball upsets No. 23 Michigan, 72-52

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

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Nebraska’s 2017-18 season has had its ups and its downs, but as of Thursday night, the team is on a high.

At home, against No. 23-ranked Michigan, the Cornhuskers pulled off a 72-52 upset, pushing the team’s overall record to 14-7 and 5-3 in Big Ten play. Nebraska is currently sixth in the Big Ten standings.

Since the Cornhuskers took a 14-12 lead, the home team never looked back, controlling the game throughout. James Palmer Jr. led all scorers with 19.

The Cornhuskers shot over 54 percent from the field while the Wolverines shot 38 percent. The team also went 5-of-11 from three-point range, as Michigan went 4-of-18.

Nebraska will be in action again at 8 p.m. ET when the team faces Ohio State — who is unbeaten in Big Ten play — on Jan. 22 at Ohio State. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.

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Nebraska-Michigan basketball: Recap, stats, analysis (January 18, 2018)

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

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Nebraska basketball defeated No. 23 Michigan, 72-52, at home Thursday evening. Find the box score, key plays and more from the game below.

Nebraska-Michigan basketball box score

Nebraska-Michigan basketball live updates, score

Nebraska-Michigan basketball: Game time, information

Nebraska and Michigan play at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Date: Thursday, Jan. 18

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.

How can I watch the Nebraska-Michigan basketball game on TV and online?

Nebraska and Michigan will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. BTN2Go and FOX Sports Go will have the livestream.

Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel will call the game.

How can I listen to the Nebraska-Michigan basketball game on the radio?

Nebraska and Michigan can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.

Nebraska-Michigan basketball preview

Nebraska (13-7, 4-3 Big Ten) and No. 23 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) meet Thursday evening at 9 p.m. ET at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The meeting is the 17th between the two programs, dating back to 1949. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 14-2, although Michigan’s win over Nebraska in the 1992 Rainbow Classic was later vacated. The Huskers are looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to Michigan on Thursday.

Michigan is the only Big Ten team Nebraska has not defeated since joining the conference.

Nebraska comes into the game after an exciting 64-63 win over Illinois on Monday. James Palmer Jr. hit a 3-pointer with only 0.3 seconds left to win it. The last-second shot capped off a 24-point performance from Palmer against Illinois.

The Huskers last two games have come down to the wire, although the meeting at Penn State did not fall in Nebraska’s favor. Against the Nittany Lions, Nebraska lost in the final 2.7 seconds of overtime.

Palmer wasn’t the only star against Illinois. Both Isaiah Roby and Evan Taylor were key in the Huskers’ rally over the Fighting Illini. The game was Roby’s first start of the year and he nearly posted a double-double, finishing with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Taylor added 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.

As for Michigan, the Wolverines come to Lincoln having won 9 of the last 10 games. That includes a 10-point win over then No. 4 Michigan State last Saturday.

The No. 23 Wolverines defeated Maryland 68-67 on Monday. In another Big Ten game that came down the the wire, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s two free throws with 1.2 seconds left helped Michigan escape with the win. Beyond Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan also features the star duo of Moritz Wagner (14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Charles Matthews (14.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Michigan’s last loss was to Big Ten co-leader Purdue on Jan. 9. The team’s only other Big Ten loss was to Ohio State on Dec. 9.

The Wolverines are averaging 76.3 points per game and rank second in the Big Ten with 9.6 3-pointers per game. Michigan also leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+4.7 per game), committing a conference-low 9.8 turnovers per game.

The game marks the return of Nebraska center Jordy Tshimanga, who is back with the team after an absence last weekend.

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