Pitchin with Pritch: Rooting for Ohio State better than alternative

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Lots of football playoff games this past week and a National Championship game on Monday of this week. 

Since this is being written Sunday night, I don’t know who won the College National Championship.

But I will root for Ohio State. That will be difficult, but I would rather have a Big 10 team win it than Alabama.

On Saturday afternoon, the Husker men’s basketball team took on Indiana in Lincoln. The game was the debut for Derrick Walker. 

Walker is a transfer player that was hit with a 16-game penalty due to problems he had at his former school. 

The 16 games were eventually cut to 11 games, so Saturday was his first game where he was eligible to play. 

He is a 6-8, 235-lb. post player that the Huskers could really use to be more competitive. 

I think he will eventually help the Huskers a bunch and he didn’t have a bad game Saturday night, but he was not in basketball shape yet.  

He had not played in a game in over 600 days. 

The Huskers had an up and down game, but did put on a spurt in the second half and actually overcame a double-digit Indiana lead. 

They actually had a four-point lead with less than five minutes left but ended up going cold from the field again and lost to Indiana 84-76. 

This is the 21 consecutive loss in Big 10 play for the Huskers.

 I still have hope that the Huskers will put it all together and win some conference games and become a force in the Big 10.

Some things on the local front that are interesting. 

The SPVA wrestling tournament is Thursday in Hershey, and the SPVA basketball tournaments begin next week. 

Seeding for the girls and boys tournaments will be done this week. 

First-round games are held on the higher seeds’ home floor with the rest of the tournament played at North Platte Community College. 

Not sure how the SPVA is dealing with attendance, but I am sure they will do the best they can to safely get some people there to watch.

A milestone was met this past week when Brandon Knoles got his 100th - career win in wrestling. 

That is an outstanding accomplishment and congratulations are in order for him! 

So, congratulations Brandon on reaching number 100. Keep it going!


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