(Neb)-Husker Men, Women Open Big Ten Play Tonight
LINCOLN - The struggling Nebraska men and women open Big Ten Conference action tonight, the men at 16th-ranked Indiana and the women are home against Northwestern.
The men's game will be carried nationally on BTN, but tipoff has moved up half an hour to 4:30 MT to be finished in time for the Foster Farms Bowl game...which has Indiana against Utah. As a result, our broadcast on KCSR-AM begins with pregame at 3:30 and there will be no Live @ 4.
The Huskers opened the season 4-0, then lost 6 of 7...including 3 to teams now ranked in the Top 10...before beating Southern 81-76 victory over Southern last Tuesday to even their record at 6-6. They're 6-1 when hitting at least six 3-pointers and 0-5 when being held to 5 or less
Nebraska has played the toughest non-conference schedule in the Big Ten, based on RPI, but 10-2 Indiana has had some tough games, too...beating North Carolina and Kansas...early in the season and has won 28 straight at home. They lead the Big Ten in scoring, 3-pointers per game, field goal percentage, and rebounding margin.
Indiana leads the all-time series 12-4 and 4-3 since Nebraska entered the Big Ten...winning their last 3 meetings.
The Nebraska women are just 4-8, but they played the toughest non-conference schedule in program history...the 12th-toughest in the country and 2nd-toughest in the Big Ten, based on strength of schedule...including losses to 3 unbeaten teams: Virginia Tech, California, and 4-time defending national champion Connecticut.
Preseason 1st-team All-Big Ten selection Jessica Shepard was shut down by UConn, but has otherwise lived up to her billing by averaging a double-double at 18 points and 10.5 rebounds a game and has 6 actual double-doubles, but no other Husker is averaging in double digits in either scoring or rebounding.
11-2 Northwestern comes to Lincoln with 4 seniors who've scored over 1,000 points each in their careers..3 of them 4-year starters and the other providing firepower off the bench. The Wildcats are 9-0 at home, but just 2-2 on the road.
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