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Coaches open to continuing OU-Nebraska basketball series

Football may be the biggest draw in the OU-Nebraska rivalry, but basketball coaches Jeff Capel and Doc Sadler said they would be open to continuing the hoops series if they can work out their schedules.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: February 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm •  Published: February 15, 2011

When the Cornhuskers announced they were moving to the Big Ten, the immediate reaction was the tradition rich Oklahoma-Nebraska football rivalry would be coming to an end.

But what about basketball?

The series dates back to 1921 when the two schools were in the Missouri Valley Conference, then the Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12.

Wednesday night's game at Lloyd Noble Center will be the 187th meeting.

"The Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry is strictly a football situation. But anytime you get an opportunity to play teams in the Big 12 we'd look forward to maybe doing that because the name recognition is really good," said NU coach Doc Sadler. "If Jeff (Capel) wants to continue maybe we can find some dates."

Capel said most of OU's non-conference schedule next season has been finalized but he would consider playing the Cornhuskers in the future.

"Possibly," Capel said. "That's a little bit down the road. I have a lot of respect for Doc. I personally hate to lose him in particular from our league but the friendship will remain."

Ranked 85th in RPI, the Cornhuskers (16-8 overall, 4-6 in league play) are a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament but could join the list of bubble teams with a strong finish.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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NEBRASKA AT OKLAHOMA

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Lloyd Noble Center

Radio: KOKC-AM 1520

TV: ESPNU (Cox channel 253)

Webcast: ESPN3.com

Series: OU leads 104-82

Three things to know:

1. The Cornhuskers are 3-6 since they compiled an 11-game winning streak.

2. OU is 11-2 at home, losing to No. 3 Texas and No. 21 Texas A&M.

3. Nebraska leads Big 12 in scoring defense (58.9) and is second in FG percentage defense (37.8).

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