Conference realignment has cost us a few big rivalries, like Texas-Texas A&M, Pitt-West Virginia, and Kansas-Missouri. Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten cost us a few as well.
While members of the Big 12, Nebraska shared pretty heated rivalries with clubs like Oklahoma and Colorado. The Buffs and Huskers met this year, but for the most part, they’ve been replaced by Big Ten West foes like Wisconsin and Iowa.
Nebraska’s profile in basketball has been raised under head coach Tim Miles in recent years, and one prominent voice in the area thinks the biggest rivalry for the athletic department may come on the hardwood, and not the gridiron.
In a recent column for the Lincoln Journal-Star, Steven M. Sipple says he thinks Nebraska’s basketball rivalry with nearby Creighton is the most heated that the Huskers have.
He thinks it is pretty definitive as well, which is interesting.
My partner in crime on “Early Break” (93.7 FM), Jake Sorensen, raised an interesting question Tuesday morning: Did you ever think you’d see a day at Nebraska where it’s basketball that has the most heated rivalry of any of the school’s sports?
No question, Creighton-Nebraska on the hardwood has gotten hot and even a bit nasty. No other rivalry in the Husker realm elicits as much energy, much of it visceral in nature. Tell me you’re not already looking forward to next season’s game.
One of the casualties of Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten was football rivalries dating to the Big Six days going by the wayside. Give it time, though.
The Huskers are coming off of a big 94-75 win over the rival Bluejays to go to 8-2 on the season.
In time, the Nebraska-Iowa or Nebraska-Wisconsin games will probably overtake any basketball series, especially if the Huskers start competing for Big Ten West titles under Scott Frost. It isn’t the worst thing for the athletic department as a whole for some other programs to start to draw similar interesting, though. Big rivalries are a part of that.