Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball

Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska Cornhuskers athletic logo

University University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Conference Big Ten
Location Lincoln, NE
Head coach Doc Sadler (5th year)
Arena Bob Devaney Sports Center
(Capacity: 13,595)
Nickname Cornhuskers
Colors Scarlet and Cream


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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament appearances
1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1949, 1950

The Nebraska Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in college basketball. The program saw its first game in 1896 playing 7-on-7 basketball. The first collegiate game was against Nebraska Wesleyan University. Through the 2009-10 season, the program had 1,370 wins and 1,218 losses (.529) with 6 NCAA appearances and 16 NIT appearances.

Doc Sadler is the current Nebraska men's basketball head coach.[1]



While the University of Nebraska has experienced varying amounts of success for their intercollegiate athletic programs, men's basketball has been an exception. NU hasn't won a conference title since sharing the Big Seven Conference with Kansas and Kansas State in 1950, and they haven't won an outright conference title since going a perfect 12-0 through the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1916.

Nebraska has the distinction of being one of only three BCS programs to have never won a single game in the NCAA Tournament, with Northwestern and South Florida completing the list. In fact, in the over 90 years of varsity competition at the University, the first trip to the NCAA Tournament for Nebraska did not come until 1986. Much of the team's success came under the tenure of Danny Nee, head coach from 1987 to 2000. Nee is the team's all-time winningest head coach with a record of 254-190. Nee led the Cornhuskers to five of their six NCAA Tournament appearances, six bids to the National Invitation Tournament, including the 1996 NIT Championship.

Barry Collier, who led Nebraska from 2000 to August 2006, left to become athletic director at Butler University. He previously had been Butler's head coach from 1989 to 2000.[2]

Nebraska hired Doc Sadler from UTEP as men's basketball head coach following the departure of Collier.

As part of the 2010 NCAA conference realignment, Nebraska's basketball team will begin competing in the Big Ten Conference starting with the 2011-12 season.

NIT Tournament success

  • NIT Tournament appearances (17): 1967, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • NIT Tournament champions (1): 1996

Coaching staff

Coach Position
Doc Sadler Head Coach
Chris Croft Assistant Coach
Wes Flanigan Assistant Coach
Tracey Webster Assistant Coach
David Anwar Director of Operations
Jim Shaw Video Coordinator
Tony Schamber Team Manager/Player Development

As of July 25, 2010


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