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Local connections to the NCAA men's and women's tournaments (and when you can watch them)

Local connections to the NCAA men's and women's tournaments (and when you can watch them)

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Colorado's Jeriah Horne (41) celebrates after play during the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals Friday in Las Vegas. Horne, a former Husker, is one of the Buffaloes' leading scorers.

The Creighton men will be representing the state when the Big Dance begins this week in Indiana. But there's a lot of local representation in the men's and women's tournaments. 

NCAA men's tournament

Creighton: The fifth-seeded Bluejays will play 12th-seeded UC Santa Barbara at 2:30 p.m. Friday. There are two Nebraskans on the roster — Shereef Mitchell (Omaha Burke) and walk-on Andrew Merfeld (Omaha Skutt).

Craig Smith, Utah State: Former Husker assistant coach under Tim Miles has Utah State in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The 11th-seeded Aggies will play sixth-seeded Texas Tech on Friday (12:45 p.m.).

Shiloh Robinson, Liberty: The Kearney graduate and sophomore forward is averaging 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. The 13th-seeded Flames will play fourth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday (5:25 p.m.).

Jeriah Horne, Colorado: The former Husker and senior forward is the Buffaloes’ second-leading scorer at 11.4 points per game, and he leads the team in made threes (51). The fifth-seeded Buffaloes will play 12th-seeded Georgetown on Saturday (11:15 a.m.).

Aguek Arop, San Diego State: The Omaha South graduate and junior forward has appeared in 20 games (seven starts) and is averaging 4.2 points per game. The sixth-seeded Aztecs will play 11th-seeded Syracuse on Friday (8:40 p.m.).

Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler, Wichita State: The Omaha Central graduate and junior forward has appeared in 17 games and is averaging 3.2 points per game. The Shockers will play Drake in an 11th-seeded play-in game Thursday (5:27 p.m.).

Donovan Williams, Oklahoma State: The Lincoln North Star graduate is in his first season with Oklahoma State, but had his season cut short by season-ending knee surgery. Oklahoma State, the fourth seed, will play 13th-seeded Liberty on Friday (5:25 p.m.).

Dana Altman, Oregon: The former Creighton coach and Wilber native led the seventh-seeded Ducks to the Pac-12 regular-season championship. They’ll play 11th-seeded VCU on Saturday (8:57 p.m.).

Lok Wur, Oregon: The former Papillion-La Vista South standout has appeared in 10 games for the Ducks.

Jim Molinari, Oklahoma: The Sooner assistant coach was an assistant at Nebraska under Tim Miles. The eighth-seeded Sooners will play ninth-seeded Missouri on Saturday (8:25 p.m.).

Porter Moser, Loyola Chicago: Former Creighton coach and player is in his 10th season as the Ramblers’ head coach. The eighth-seeded Ramblers will play ninth-seeded Georgia Tech on Friday (3 p.m.).

Steve Lutz, Purdue: Former Creighton assistant is in his fourth season with Boilermakers. The fourth-seeded Boilers will play 13th-seeded North Texas on Friday (6:25 p.m.).

NCAA women's tournament

Jeff Walz, Louisville: The former Husker assistant led the Cardinals to the ACC regular-season championship and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals will play Marist on Monday (7 p.m.).

Maddie Krull, South Dakota: The Millard South graduate is starting as a freshman and averaging 9.3 points per contest for the 11th-seeded Coyotes. They'll open against sixth-seeded Oregon on Monday (9 p.m.).

Regan Sankey, South Dakota: Lincoln East graduate has appeared in 19 games for the Coyotes.

Quinn Weidemann, Wyoming: The sophomore and Omaha Westside graduate is second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg). The 14th-seeded Cowgirls, who won the Mountain West Conference Tournament, will play third-seeded UCLA on Monday (9 p.m.).

Michaela Jones, Washington State: The redshirt sophomore and Beatrice graduate has appeared in 15 games for the ninth-seeded Cougars, who will play eighth-seeded South Florida on Sunday (8:30 p.m.).

Lauren Rongisch, South Dakota State: The sophomore guard from Millard West has appeared in seven games for the ninth-seeded Jackrabbits, who will play eighth-seeded Syracuse on Sunday (4:30 p.m.). 

Leigha Brown, Michigan: The junior forward and former Husker is second on the team in scoring at 16.9 points per contest. Sixth-seeded Michigan will play 11th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday (2 p.m.).

Callie Bourne, Idaho State: The sister of current Husker Isabelle Bourne is averaging 10 points per game for the 13th-seeded Tigers, who will play fourth-seeded Kentucky on Sunday (1 p.m.).


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