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Creighton, UNO men's basketball will face off in a regular-season game for first time in 25 years
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Creighton, UNO men's basketball will face off in a regular-season game for first time in 25 years

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Creighton added UNO to its nonconference schedule, marking the first time in 25 years that the two Omaha programs will meet in a regular-season game.

This year’s Bluejay-Maverick matchup, announced Tuesday, is scheduled for Dec. 1 at the CHI Health Center.

The last time the teams played was in a charity exhibition in 2017 — CU won 96-67. Before that, they hadn’t faced off in any capacity since a 2009 exhibition.

Creighton won the last regular-season meeting 74-71 Nov. 30, 1995, at the Civic Auditorium. CU leads the series 40-3.

“Our players and staff look forward to the opportunity to visit Creighton,” UNO coach Derrin Hansen said in a statement. “It should be a game that garners a lot of interest in the Omaha basketball community, and it will serve as a great measuring stick for our team early in the 2020-21 season.”

The Jays and Mavs have been forced to alter their nonconference schedules because of the pandemic.

Creighton has only one available slot left for a nonconference game — and that is presumably reserved for the annual matchup against Nebraska, though a date has yet to be finalized.

The Jays will play 20 league games, the first four were announced last week. They’ll open their season with three games at the Crossover Classic from Nov. 25 through 27 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Creighton is set to host Kennesaw State and will play at Kansas in December.

UNO is also playing the Jayhawks this year — three days after CU. The rest of the Mav schedule has yet to be announced. The Summit League is planning for a 16-game conference schedule, where teams pair up each weekend and play twice at one site.

Creighton’s known schedule at this point:

Nov. 25 — vs. South Dakota State

Nov. 26 — vs. Wichita State or Dayton

Nov. 27 — vs. West Virginia, Texas A&M, Memphis or Ohio State

Dec. 1 — UNO

Dec. 4 — Kennesaw State

Dec. 8 — at Kansas

TBD — vs. Nebraska

Dec. 14 — Marquette

Dec. 17 — at St. John’s

Dec. 20 — at UConn

Dec. 23 — Xavier

UNO's known schedule at this point:

Nov. 25-27 — Gulf Coast Showcase

Dec. 1 — at Creighton

Dec. 11 — at Kansas

Omaha World-Herald: Local Sports

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