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The Nebraska basketball team looks to bring home some hardware Sunday night, as the Huskers take on UTEP in the title game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. central, or 30 minutes following the conclusion for the third-place game between Central Michigan and Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Sunday's Nebraska-UTEP game will be carried across the state on the 29-station Husker Sports Network, including flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington, with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can be heard for free at Huskers.com and is also available on the Huskers' app on iOS or android devices.
It will also be video streamed on UTEP's website (UTEPathletics.com), but a subscription is required to view the first-ever match up between the two programs on the hardwood.
Nebraska (8-3) comes off its best offensive performance since the 2009-10 season, an 89-75 win over Central Michigan. Dylan Talley's 21 points led four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska shot a season-high 57.1 percent, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range. Talley had a career-high six 3-pointers, while sophomore David Rivers came off the bench with the best effort of his career, a 20-point, seven-rebound performance. Rivers, who had played just 11 minutes over the previous two games because of an ankle injury, hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor in 25 minutes of action. Rivers' 20-point effort against Central Michigan matched his entire freshman year total over 19 games.
While Nebraska's three primary scorers - Talley, Ray Gallegos and Brandon Ubel - have provided the bulk of the offense, it has been the supporting cast who has stepped up in the last two games. Against Jacksonville State, freshman Shavon Shields had a career-high 14 points, while Rivers' effort against CMU helped the Huskers outscore the Chippewas bench by a 28-15 count.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles aims for his second straight Sun Bowl Invitational title, as his Colorado State Rams team won the event in 2011. Nebraska looks to become the first Big Ten team to win the event since Purdue in 1992. The Boilermakers are the only Big Ten team to win the event in the tournament's first 50 years, also capturing the title in 1984.