Action begins Friday, Dec. 4, at the NU Coliseum when the Washington State
Cougars (18-12) of the Pac-10 Conference take on the Northern Iowa Panthers
(30-2) of the Missouri Valley Conference at 4:30 p.m. Nebraska (23-6) will play
in the evening's second match and will take on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
(20-13) of the Big South Conference beginning at 7 p.m. or 30 minutes after the
conclusion of the first match.
Nebraska has never faced Coastal Carolina, as the Chanticleers' appearance in Lincoln marks the second straight year that the Big South champion has opened the tournament in Lincoln. Nebraska is 4-0-1 all-time against Northern Iowa, as the teams have not met since the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Nebraska has played Washington State only once, a 3-0 sweep in 1988.
The second round will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., as Friday's winners will square off for a right to compete in the Omaha Regional the following weekend. Tickets for the first and second rounds in Lincoln will go on sale Monday morning at 8 a.m. on Huskers.com, by calling the NU Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED or in person at the NU Ticket Office. All-session ticket prices are set at $32 (reserved) and $28 (general admission) and include the two first-round games, as well as the second-round matchup between the first-round winners. Both reserved and GA seating will be on sale.
The Huskers enter the NCAA Tournament with a 23-6 record, including a 16-4 Big 12 mark. Nebraska has won its last seven matches - all by sweep and will be making their 28th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2009 season marks the 25th time that Lincoln has played host to first and second-round competition. Last year, Nebraska hosted the first and second rounds at the NU Coliseum before advancing to the NCAA National Semifinals in Omaha. Nebraska is 77-24 (.762) in 27 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, ranking second among NCAA schools in wins and winning percentage.
The Huskers were one of six Big 12 schools to qualify for the tournament. In addition to the Huskers, Texas (No. 2) and Iowa State (No. 7) were national seeds, while Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M all advanced to the NCAAs.
NCAA First and Second Round Schedule
Friday, Dec. 4
4:30 p.m. First Round: Northern Iowa (30-2) vs. Washington State (18-12)
7 p.m.* First Round: Nebraska (23-6) vs. Coastal Carolina (20-13)
*- or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 4:30 p.m. match
Saturday, Dec. 5
5 p.m. Second Round: First-Round Winners