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Nebraska hoops practice, 9.25

Coach Fred Hoiberg and assistant coach Doc Sadler talk during the first official practice at Hendricks Training Center on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.

As the Nebraska men's basketball team grinds toward the beginning of the season, the Huskers got a special look into the past Monday.

Jimmy Kubacki, who hit the game-winning shot to lift Nebraska over Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in 1958, visited Monday's practice.

What made the visit even more special? Kubacki's coach on that 1958 Husker team was Fred Hoiberg's grandfather, Jerry Bush.

Judging from the smiles on both men's faces in a photo posted online by NU assistant coach Doc Sadler, it was a special reunion.

Hoiberg has spoken often and fondly about his grandfather's time at Nebraska since taking the NU job. At his introductory press conference, Hoiberg was presented with Jerry Bush's original contract, which had been framed and matted.

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During that 1958 game, Bush probably looked at his bench and saw Kubacki sitting there in street clothes, unable to play because of a knee injury. But when Nebraska's Gary Reimers had to leave the game with a leg injury of his own, Kubacki convinced Bush to let him suit up and enter late in the contest.

The rest, as they say, is history. With the game tied at 41 in the dying seconds, Kubacki drained his famous shot.

The win remains one of the biggest upsets in program history. Just two weeks earlier, Kansas had beaten Nebraska 102-46, with Chamberlain scoring 46 points. Nebraska celebrated by carrying Bush into the team showers afterwards. The victory, on a Saturday, led to NU cancelling classes the following Monday.

An all-time moment for the Nebraska basketball program. And Monday, a special moment for the Huskers' new coach.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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