Huskers set to celebrate final year at Devaney
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be celebrating their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will be moving into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center
At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history. On the men's side, the memorable Devaney Center moments were compiled by Husker Sports Network radio play-by-play announcer Kent Pavelka and long-time Nebraska men's basketball beat writer Mike Babcock from Hail Varsity magazine.
The men's basketball moments include Jamar Johnson' historic buzzer-beater in a win over Kansas, along with outstanding individual performances by legends such as Jack Moore, Andre Smith and Eric Piatkowski. The moments also include dramatic Husker wins over such teams as Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
On the women's side, long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women's basketball in 2000.
The women's basketball moments range from Jan Crouch's 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore's triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more.
During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center.
To help celebrate the memorable moments in the final season of the Devaney Center, the athletic department will invite back some of the greatest players to ever grace the Husker hardwood to join in the celebration. The celebration will include the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic (Nov. 15-24), a Husker Legends Weekend (Michigan State, Feb. 16) and a Hall of Fame Weekend.
The Nebraska Athletic Department has created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" that will be displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Season tickets are on sale now for Nebraska men's and women's basketball at Huskers.com. Single-game tickets for women's basketball games are also available now, while men's basketball single-game tickets go on sale at Huskers.com on Thursday, Nov. 1. Tickets are also available by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIG-RED or at (402) 472-3111.
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