For both the mens and women’s basketball programs at Nebraska, it’s the last season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, a venue that has served the Huskers well since it opened back in November of 1976. Starting in 2013, both programs will play at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Haymarket, a venue that’s currently under construction.
There’s a lot of history in the venue. It hosted the 1980, 1984 and 1988 men's NCAA basketball tournament Midwest first-and second-round games, and the 1993 women's NCAA tournament first round.
It’s also been the home of the Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships held each March.
“It’s [Devaney] nostalgic, no question. I’ve been around Nebraska for a long time, and it has been the history of our program and the men’s program since they started playing there in the ‘70s. It has a lot of memories, not just for me in the last 11 seasons I’ve been here at Nebraska, but I’ve had the opportunity to play here when I playing at Creighton,” head coach Connie Yori said Monday.
Yori went on to say, “Hopefully we can have a good year and get fans to come out and be a part of the last year here at the Devaney Center.”
Yori and the Huskers begin exhibition play next Monday when they take on Pittsburg State and then face Nebraska-Kearney a week from Sunday in the final exhibition game of the season before opening the regular season against North Carolina A&T on November 9.