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Quinn's Corner: NU, CU, UNO living The Good Life

It was a good weekend for sports in Nebraska
Quinn's Corner: NU, CU, UNO living The Good Life
Posted at 10:26 AM, Jan 29, 2018

Whether you're a Nebraska fan, Creighton supporter, or cheer for UNO, there's a pretty good chance you showed up to work happy Monday morning. 

Between the major programs at the state's three Division 1 schools over the weekend: Six wins, zero losses. You probably won't see that too often. Expand it out beyond just men's and women's basketball and hockey, and it gets even better.

Lets recap what was an incredible weekend around the state. 

Nebraska men's basketball def. Iowa, 98-84

James Palmer Jr. continued to make his case for All-Big 10 honors, dropping 28 points against the Hawkeyes, who can't defend to save their lives. I'd be surprised if Palmer doesn't get consideration for his second Big Ten POTW honor. 

Issac Copeland added 23, Isaiah Roby 17, and Jordy Tshimanga had his best game since his brief absence with 11 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Nebraska keeps winning the games they need to win. 

Creighton men's basketball def. Georgetown 85-77

Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas combined for 50 points, and the Jays finished off the season sweep of the Hoyas in front of a great crowd for the annual Pink Out Game. 

In a somewhat surprising development, true freshman Jacob Epperson saw his first action of the season, burning his redshirt on Saturday night.

UNO hockey sweeps Western Michigan

Since returning from winter break, UNO is 6-0-0 and home, including two huge sweeps in NCHC play. Given how difficult the conference is, weekends like this are crucial to setting up the possibility of an at-large NCAA tournament berth. 

UNO also avenged a road sweep to Western earlier this season. Coming off a dismal road performance at Denver, this was just what the doctor ordered for the Mavs. 

Nebraska women's basketball crushes #25 Iowa, 92-74

In what might be the most impressive performance of the weekend, Nebraska jumped out to a 30-pointy halftime lead over the Hawkeyes on the road. The Huskers outscored the Hawkeyes 34-14 in the second quarter alone. 

Nebraska now owns the season sweep over Iowa, and while NCAA tournament talk may have been premature a week ago, it sure doesn't feel like it anymore. The Huskers are squarely in the conversation. 

Creighton women's basketball beats Seton Hall, 81-64, in overtime

I'll be honest - I don't know anything about Seton Hall women's basketball, so I can't tell you how incredible of a win this is in the long run. 

What I can tell you is that Creighton owns the most incredible stat of the weekend: the Jays outscored Seton Hall 17-0 in the overtime period. You may watch sports for the rest of your life, and NEVER see a score line like that again. 

So those are the big ones - six wins, zero losses, and some incredible performances along the way. Amazingly enough, UNO men's and women's basketball didn't play over the weekend. 

Dig a little deeper, and good vibes continues for the Huskers, Jays, and Mavs. 

Nebraska wrestling rallied from a 12-0 deficit to beat Indiana on senior day at the Devaney Center. 

The Husker men's track and field team finished in 1st place at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs. The Husker women were 2nd. Nebraska women's gymnastics, ranked #12, upset #8 Michigan. 

The UNO swimming and diving team beat Western Illinois 139-84, and in a really cool story, UNO men's soccer standout Elvir Ibiesevic earned a call-up to the Bosia-Herzegovina national team, which drew 0-0 with the United States on Sunday. Ibiesevic came on as a sub in the 83rd minute of the match. 

To be fair, there were a few casualties, but not many. Creighton women's tennis defeated UNO 4-3 (I mean, someone local had to lose that one), and Nebraska lost to Vanderbilt and Virginia at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Nebraska swimming and diving also lost a tough one to Rutgers over the weekend. 

So hey, while it may not happen very often, enjoy it when it does. It was a pretty good weekend to be a sports fan around Nebraska.