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Two of the Omaha World-Herald's biggest hoops junkies — Nebraska beat writer Chris Heady and Creighton beat writer Jon Nyatawa — team up to share their college basketball insight and analysis.

Latest Episodes

Half-Court Press: The pandemic’s impact on the preseason for Creighton, Nebraska

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon sort through the issues facing the Jays and Huskers as the teams work to solidify a regular season schedule in the wake of the pandemic. Will the NCAA's blueprint work? Will Creighton and Nebraska play this winter? Jon and Sam also discuss why CU feels it has more to prove, and why NU will be much improved. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

69 min3 w ago
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Half-Court Press: The pandemic’s impact on the preseason for Creighton, Nebraska

Half-Court Press: Half-Court Press: Creighton’s new Big East peer; Nebraska’s offseason questions

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady react to the UConn-Big East reunion. What does it mean for CU? Also, they answer some fan questions about Husker hoops: tidbits on Dalano Banton and Lat Mayen, and a starting five prediction. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

52 minJUL 2
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Half-Court Press: Half-Court Press: Creighton’s new Big East peer; Nebraska’s offseason questions

Half-Court Press: Evaluating the impact of coronavirus on Nebraska, Creighton hoops

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss the latest developments during college basketball's unprecedented hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the Huskers are on campus now. The Jays are not. What's this summer look like for the two programs? They also analyze NU's non-conference schedule and break down three CU storylines (NBA draft, roster adds and NCAA investigation) set to play out over the next couple months. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54 minJUN 17
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Half-Court Press: Evaluating the impact of coronavirus on Nebraska, Creighton hoops

Half-Court Press: More roster moves for Nebraska and Creighton

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss the Huskers’ addition of Trevor Lakes, the impact of the NBA draft on the Jays and the challenges of building a roster in this age of college basketball where player movement is so common. They also talk about their first-ever driveway basketball hoops, Dennis Rodman’s rebounding prowess and a hypothetical 2-on-2 game between current NU and CU players. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

66 minMAY 1
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Half-Court Press: More roster moves for Nebraska and Creighton

Half-Court Press: It’s transfer season at Nebraska and Creighton

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady break down the transfer market. Who’s in, and who’s out? They also discuss Nebraska’s situation at point guard for next year. And they evaluate the recruiting challenge facing Creighton, which has three open roster spots but not a lot of playing time to advertise. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

48 minAPR 8
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Half-Court Press: It’s transfer season at Nebraska and Creighton

Creighton's dream season ends abruptly; Nebraska's building a new team - March 24

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady react to the sudden end to the 2019-20 college hoops season. One of Creighton's best teams in school history won't get a chance to prove itself in March. The Jays have to deal with that. Meanwhile, the Huskers again find themselves in roster retooling mode as the transfer portal fills up. How different will Nebraska look next year? And will this always be the plan?

--MAR 25
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Creighton's dream season ends abruptly; Nebraska's building a new team - March 24

March Madness is canceled; recapping 48 hours of unprecedented events - March 13

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady react to the landmark decision to cancel the NCAA tournament in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This week featured an improbable 48-hour sequence of headlines, where Nebraska and Creighton each momentarily held a place within the national conversation. Fred Hoiberg got sick on the bench while coaching. The Jays played the final game of the college hoops season. Nyatawa and Heady discuss it all.

--MAR 14
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March Madness is canceled; recapping 48 hours of unprecedented events - March 13

Creighton's point guard gets injured in title-clinching win; Nebraska's lineup changes - March 10

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa recaps the recent headlines on the local college hoops scene. Creighton won a share of its first-ever Big East title Saturday, but a knee injury will likely keep point guard Marcus Zegarowski from playing in this week's conference tournament. Nebraska, meanwhile, will be without two of its top guards in the Big Ten tournament. But the Huskers announced two new additions Tuesday: football players Noah Vedral and Brant Banks.

--MAR 11
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Creighton's point guard gets injured in title-clinching win; Nebraska's lineup changes - March 10

Recapping Sunday letdowns by Creighton and Nebraska - March 2

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss a disappointing Sunday afternoon of hoops for both Creighton and Nebraska. The Jays gave up 14 3-pointers in a 91-71 loss to St. John's. The Huskers connected on just eight of their 30 free-throw attempts in an overtime defeat to Northwestern. How did this happen, and what does it mean?

--MAR 3
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Recapping Sunday letdowns by Creighton and Nebraska - March 2

Creighton stays hot; Nebraska’s skid continues - Feb. 25

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss Creighton’s remarkable surge in February and its potential in March. They also break down Nebraska’s defeat to Illinois before examining signs of progress during the losing streak.

--FEB 26
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Creighton stays hot; Nebraska’s skid continues - Feb. 25

Latest Episodes

Half-Court Press: The pandemic’s impact on the preseason for Creighton, Nebraska

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon sort through the issues facing the Jays and Huskers as the teams work to solidify a regular season schedule in the wake of the pandemic. Will the NCAA's blueprint work? Will Creighton and Nebraska play this winter? Jon and Sam also discuss why CU feels it has more to prove, and why NU will be much improved. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

69 min3 w ago
Comments
Half-Court Press: The pandemic’s impact on the preseason for Creighton, Nebraska

Half-Court Press: Half-Court Press: Creighton’s new Big East peer; Nebraska’s offseason questions

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady react to the UConn-Big East reunion. What does it mean for CU? Also, they answer some fan questions about Husker hoops: tidbits on Dalano Banton and Lat Mayen, and a starting five prediction. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

52 minJUL 2
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Half-Court Press: Half-Court Press: Creighton’s new Big East peer; Nebraska’s offseason questions

Half-Court Press: Evaluating the impact of coronavirus on Nebraska, Creighton hoops

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss the latest developments during college basketball's unprecedented hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the Huskers are on campus now. The Jays are not. What's this summer look like for the two programs? They also analyze NU's non-conference schedule and break down three CU storylines (NBA draft, roster adds and NCAA investigation) set to play out over the next couple months. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54 minJUN 17
Comments
Half-Court Press: Evaluating the impact of coronavirus on Nebraska, Creighton hoops

Half-Court Press: More roster moves for Nebraska and Creighton

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss the Huskers’ addition of Trevor Lakes, the impact of the NBA draft on the Jays and the challenges of building a roster in this age of college basketball where player movement is so common. They also talk about their first-ever driveway basketball hoops, Dennis Rodman’s rebounding prowess and a hypothetical 2-on-2 game between current NU and CU players. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

66 minMAY 1
Comments
Half-Court Press: More roster moves for Nebraska and Creighton

Half-Court Press: It’s transfer season at Nebraska and Creighton

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady break down the transfer market. Who’s in, and who’s out? They also discuss Nebraska’s situation at point guard for next year. And they evaluate the recruiting challenge facing Creighton, which has three open roster spots but not a lot of playing time to advertise. Support the show: https://www.omaha.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

48 minAPR 8
Comments
Half-Court Press: It’s transfer season at Nebraska and Creighton

Creighton's dream season ends abruptly; Nebraska's building a new team - March 24

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady react to the sudden end to the 2019-20 college hoops season. One of Creighton's best teams in school history won't get a chance to prove itself in March. The Jays have to deal with that. Meanwhile, the Huskers again find themselves in roster retooling mode as the transfer portal fills up. How different will Nebraska look next year? And will this always be the plan?

--MAR 25
Comments
Creighton's dream season ends abruptly; Nebraska's building a new team - March 24

March Madness is canceled; recapping 48 hours of unprecedented events - March 13

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady react to the landmark decision to cancel the NCAA tournament in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This week featured an improbable 48-hour sequence of headlines, where Nebraska and Creighton each momentarily held a place within the national conversation. Fred Hoiberg got sick on the bench while coaching. The Jays played the final game of the college hoops season. Nyatawa and Heady discuss it all.

--MAR 14
Comments
March Madness is canceled; recapping 48 hours of unprecedented events - March 13

Creighton's point guard gets injured in title-clinching win; Nebraska's lineup changes - March 10

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa recaps the recent headlines on the local college hoops scene. Creighton won a share of its first-ever Big East title Saturday, but a knee injury will likely keep point guard Marcus Zegarowski from playing in this week's conference tournament. Nebraska, meanwhile, will be without two of its top guards in the Big Ten tournament. But the Huskers announced two new additions Tuesday: football players Noah Vedral and Brant Banks.

--MAR 11
Comments
Creighton's point guard gets injured in title-clinching win; Nebraska's lineup changes - March 10

Recapping Sunday letdowns by Creighton and Nebraska - March 2

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss a disappointing Sunday afternoon of hoops for both Creighton and Nebraska. The Jays gave up 14 3-pointers in a 91-71 loss to St. John's. The Huskers connected on just eight of their 30 free-throw attempts in an overtime defeat to Northwestern. How did this happen, and what does it mean?

--MAR 3
Comments
Recapping Sunday letdowns by Creighton and Nebraska - March 2

Creighton stays hot; Nebraska’s skid continues - Feb. 25

On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Chris Heady discuss Creighton’s remarkable surge in February and its potential in March. They also break down Nebraska’s defeat to Illinois before examining signs of progress during the losing streak.

--FEB 26
Comments
Creighton stays hot; Nebraska’s skid continues - Feb. 25
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