Game 9: at Oregon Game Date: Dec. 15, 2012 Tipoff Time: 3:36 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena Capacity: 12,369
Nebraska Cornhuskers 2012-13 Record: 6-2, 0-0 Big Ten Head coach: Tim Miles Record at Nebraska: 6-2 (1st year) Career Record: 289-222 (18th year)
Oregon Ducks 2012-13 Record: 8-1, 0-0 Pac 12 Head coach: Dana Altman Record at Oregon: 43-29 (3rd year) Career Record: 463-272 (24th year)
Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet Television: Fox Sports Net/Root Sports National: DirecTV (Ch. 671); DISH (Ch. 418) as well as many of the Fox Sports Regional Networks Lincoln: Time Warner Cable (Ch. 37-SD; Ch. 1309-HD) Omaha: Cox (Ch. 47; Ch. 1047-HD) Play-by-play: Justin Kutcher Color: Marques Johnson
Radio: Across the state on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka; Color: Matt Davison Internet Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com Satellite Radio (Oregon Feed): Sirius Ch. 85, XM Ch. 85
Huskers Look to Slow down Ducks
Following a nine-day break for final exams, the Nebraska men's basketball team looks to hit the road, as the Huskers travel to Eugene, Ore., to take on the Oregon Ducks Saturday afternoon.
Tipoff from Matthew Knight Arena is set for 3:36 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net/ROOT Sports with Justin Kutcher and Marques Johnson on the call (DirecTV (Ch. 671) and DISH Network (Ch. 418). In Lincoln, it can also be found on Time Warner Cable (Chs. 37, 1309) and on Cox Cable in Omaha (Chs. 47, 1047).
Saturday's 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.
Nebraska looks to rebound following a 64-42 loss to No. 16 Creighton on Dec. 6, a game that snapped the Huskers' two-game win streak. Dylan Talley led Nebraska with 14 points, but the Huskers were done in by shooting just 32 percent from the field, including 25 percent in the first half.
Despite the loss, the Huskers have played well during the first month of the season despite relying on six scholarship players for most of the stretch. Nebraska posted wins over Horizon League favorite Valparaiso, as well as victories against USC and at Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Huskers have relied on its trio of seniors on offense, as Dylan Talley (15.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Brandon Ubel (13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Andre Almeida (9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 bpg) have combined for over 60 percent of the Huskers' total points.
Nebraska will look for its third win against a power-conference school in the non-conference schedule, the first time it has happened since 2007-08 and only the fourth time it has occurred at Nebraska in the last 15 seasons (also 2003-04, 1999-2000).
The Huskers will receive a stern test against an Oregon team which is 8-1 on the season including a win at UNLV. The Ducks, who were just out of the AP top 25 this week, average nearly 80 points per game and have five players averaging double figures. Oregon is a perfect 7-0 at home this season.
By the Numbers 2.8 - Blocked shots per game for senior Andre Almeida in the Huskers' last five games. Almeida, who had four blocks in NU's loss to Creighton, now leads the Big Ten in blocked shots at 2.1 per game. He has had at least three blocked shots in four of NU's last five games.
1987- Nebraska's last win at Oregon, which was a 67-62 triumph on Dec. 12, 1987. Saturday's game is NU's first game in Eugene since the the 1987 season (the 2006 game was in Portland).
64 - Number of points allowed by Nebraska against Creighton, as the Huskers held the Bluejays nearly 20 points below their season average. The Huskers have held seven of their first eight teams below its 2012-13 scoring average, as only Kent State, which scored 74 on Nebraska on Nov. 24, has exceeded their season average against Nebraska.
Scouting Oregon Oregon comes into Saturday's game with an 8-1 record following an 87-35 rout of Idaho State on Dec. 8. The Ducks, who were picked seventh in the preseason Pac-12 poll, have exceeded expectations early, picking up a win at nationally ranked UNLV while the only blemish on Oregon's mark is a 77-66 loss to No. 11 Cincinnati on Nov. 24 in Las Vegas. Dana Altman is in his third season at Oregon following 16 seasons at Creighton where he went 327-176 and led the Bluejays to 13 straight postseason appearances. The Ducks won the CBI title in 2011 in Altman's first season and reached the NIT last season. He is 14-13 all-time against Nebraska.
Offensively, Oregon's strength is its depth and balance, as the Ducks have five players averaging double figures and 10 players who play at least 10 minutes per game. The Ducks average 79.4 points per game and have forced an average of 18 turnovers per game.
Seniors E.J. Singler (10.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg) and Tony Woods (10.2 ppg and a team-high 13 blocked shots) return from a team that won 24 games a year ago. Oregon welcomed in nine newcomers this year and several have played major roles in the early-season success. Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi transferred from Rice for his senior year and has stabilized the Oregon front court, averaging 9.3 points, team-high 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 steals per contest. The Ducks feature a freshman back court, with Damyean Dotson leading the team in scoring at 11.3 ppg and Dominic Artis averaging 10.3 ppg along with team-highs in assists (3.4 apg) and steals (2.3 spg).
Series History vs. Oregon Nebraska leads the all-time series between the two schools, 7-5, following Oregon's 83-76 win in Lincoln last season. Saturday's matchup will be the fourth meeting between the two schools since 2006, but the first in Eugene since Dec. 12, 1987. This is the second year of a home-and-home series, while the teams squared off in Portland (2006) and Omaha (2007).
Nebraska owns a 118-121 all-time record against Pac-12 teams following the addition of Colorado and Utah in July of 2011. Nebraska is already 1-0 against the Pac-12 this season with a 12-point win over USC on Dec. 3. The matchup with the Trojans and Ducks marks the seventh straight season the Huskers have faced at least one Pac-10 team (Oregon, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12; Arizona State, 2007-08 and 2008-09; Oregon State, 2008-09 and 2009-10 and USC, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12).
Nebraska's last win in the series came in an 88-79 Husker win at the Qwest Center in Omaha on Dec. 15, 2007. In that game, Ryan Anderson scored seven of his 21 points in overtime, as the Huskers outscored the Ducks, 14-5 in the extra period. Anderson also grabbed nine rebounds and was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the win, while Aleks Maric added 23 points and seven boards. Tajuan Porter led all scorers with 29 points for Oregon, including 7-of-15 from 3-point range, as he hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to tie the game, but missed the free throw on a potential four-point play.
Last Season's Game (Oregon 83, Nebraska 76) Nebraska posted a valiant comeback to erase a 15-point second-half deficit, but fell short in an 83-76 loss to Oregon at the Devaney Center. Trailing 68-53 with 10:31 remaining, Nebraska stormed back behind Jorge Brian Diaz, as the junior center scored eight of his 12 second-half points in a 22-7 spurt to lead the charge. Nebraska kept chipping away at the Ducks' lead before Bo Spencer's basket with 2:05 remaining tied the score at 75 and brought the Devaney Center crowd to its feet.
Diaz, who finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three blocks, blocked Oregon's next shot to give the Huskers a shot at the lead, but Nebraska could not capitalize. The Huskers were called for an offensive foul on the next possession, giving the Ducks the ball with 1:08 remaining. The Huskers forced a missed 3-pointer by Johnathan Loyd, but E.J. Singler got the offensive rebound and was fouled with 43 seconds left. Singler, who went 7-of-8 from the line as part of a 14-point night, sank both free throws to give the Ducks a lead they would not relinquish.
Nebraska had an opportunity to take the lead but Dylan Talley missed a 3-pointer on Nebraska's next possession, and Oregon got the rebound before Garett Sim's two free throws made it a four-point game. Oregon went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final minute to snap the Huskers' 26-game home conference win streak.
Diaz was one of four Huskers in double figures, as Talley came off the bench for 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Brandon Ubel had 15 points, including 5-of-7 shooting. Bo Spencer was the fourth Nebraska player in double figures, finishing with 11 points and five assists.
Oregon placed four in double figures, led by Sim's 20-point effort which included 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
Last Time Out Nebraska's cold-shooting night proved costly, as the Huskers dropped a 64-42 decision to No. 16 Creighton Thursday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. A sellout crowd of 13,368 – the Huskers' first non-conference sellout since 2006 - saw the Huskers held to a season-low 32.1 percent from the floor, including 25 percent in the first half, as the Bluejays (8-1) jumped out to a 28-17 halftime lead and were in control for much of the night.
All-American Doug McDermott led all scorers with 27 points for the Bluejays, while Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Creighton, which snapped the Huskers' two-game win streak and picked up its first win in Lincoln since 2004.
Seniors Dylan Talley and Brandon Ubel led the Huskers (6-2) with 14 and 10 points respectively, while Ubel grabbed eight boards in a losing effort. Nebraska held Creighton to a season-low 64 points, nearly 20 points below its season average, but NU missed 13 of its first 18 shots and never got on track offensively.
The matchup between the two rivals was a defensive battle for most of the half, as both offenses were held in check for the first 20 minutes and neither team shot better than 40 percent from the field. Nebraska was within 14-12 with 6:39 left following a Ray Gallegos basket, but the Bluejays ran off seven straight points as part of a 10-2 spurt to build a 24-14 advantage. In the second half, Nebraska got baskets on its first two possessions to pull within 32-21 and was within 40-28 after a Shavon Shields' 3-pointer with 15:08 left, but Creighton quickly responded. The Bluejays, who hit 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the second half, got 3-pointers from McDermott and Austin Chatman to push the lead back to 18 points and Nebraska was never able to cut into the CU advantage.
Worth Noting from the Creighton Game •-Nebraska's attendance of 13,368 was the Huskers' first sellout since Feb.5, 2011 (vs. Kansas) and first non-conference sellout since Nov. 18, 2006 (vs. Creighton).
•-Nebraska held Creighton to a season-low 64 points after Creighton entered the contest averaging 82.6 ppg. NU also held the Bluejays to a season-low 46.0 percent shooting.
•-Creighton collected its first win in Lincoln since 2004, as the Huskers had won the last three matchups at the Devaney Center.
•-The Huskers' 42 points and 32.1 percent shooting against the Bluejays were both season lows (points, 50 vs. Valparaiso; FG Pct. 37.3 vs. Valparaiso).
•-Andre Almeida had four blocked shots, the fourth time in the last five games he has had at least three blocked shots.
•-Freshman Shavon Shields established career highs in both points (five) and minutes (20) in a losing effort.
Creep, Walk, Crawl, Run With four new starters from last season and an eight-player rotation which includes only two players who saw the court last season, it has taken some time to implement a new offensive system and the headline has been a common mantra of Coach Miles during his first season on the job. Last year, his Colorado State team led the Mountain West Conference in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage, ranking in the top-10 nationally in both free throw and 3-point percentage. The 2012-13 Huskers come into Saturday's game at Oregon ranked ninth, 10th and seventh, in those respective categories.
One area where Nebraska has made early strides is getting to the free throw line more often. NU averaged just 12.5 attempts in its first three games, but has averaged 16.5 attempts in the last four games, despite getting to the line a season-low six times against Creighton.
Husker Defense Starts Strong While Nebraska's offense has been in transition, the Huskers have done a good job slowing tempo controlling things on the defensive end. The Huskers are eighth in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 59.2 points per game. NU has held seven of its first eight foes under their 2012-13 average, while four teams have been held to season lows. NU has held its last two opponents (USC and Creighton) to season-low point totals. The Huskers will be tested on Saturday by an Oregon team which averages nearly 80 points per outing.
Ubel Proving Offense, Leadership Senior Brandon Ubel came into the 2012-13 season as the Huskers' most known quantity and NU's most experienced player - by a wide margin. Ubel came into this season with 59 career starts at Nebraska, while the remaining seven returnees had combined for seven career starts for the Scarlet and Cream.
While most known for his rebounding, Ubel has picked up the scoring slack in the early going, averaging 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, as he ranks among the Big Ten leaders in both categories.
Ubel, who had one double-double in his first three seasons at Nebraska, already has a pair of double-doubles in 2012-13, a 21-point, 12-rebound effort against Southern on Nov. 11, and a 17-point, 13-rebound outing in the loss to Kent State on Nov. 24. Ubel's 13 rebounds against the Golden Flashes were the third-highest total in the Big Ten this season.
Ubel, who averaged only 5.7 points per game over his first three seasons at Nebraska, has become more offensive-minded as a senior, reaching double figures in seven of the the Huskers' first eight contests despite averaging less than 10 attempts per contest. He is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting at 59.7 percent.
He began the season with a career-high 21 points in the win over Southern before pacing Nebraska with 17 points in a 50-48 win over Horizon League favorite Valparaiso. Ubel had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the loss to Kent State and 11 points in 18 minutes in the win over Wake Forest. Against USC, he was held to nine points, but grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists and limited USC's Dewayne Dedmon to just two points. Ubel nearly had his third double-double of the season against Creighton, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The 6-foot-10 forward is the Huskers' top returning rebounder (5.3 rpg) and second-leading scorer (6.7 ppg) while being one of the Huskers' most consistent performers at the free throw line. Ubel is eighth on Nebraska's career free throw percentage, as he went over 200 career free throw attempts on Nov. 24 against Kent State. Last year, Ubel shot 82.5 percent from the foul line.
Ubel closed out his junior season by playing some of the best basketball of his career, averaging 9.3 points on 68 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in the Huskers' final six contests. He reached double figures in scoring seven times in 2011-12, including a season-high 17 points against Iowa on Feb. 28, on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor.
Talley Takes Offensive Role Senior Dylan Talley came into the 2012-13 season as the Huskers' most proven scorer and has shown versatility early in the season. The 6-foot-5 senior enters Saturday's game averaging 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He is seventh in the league in scoring and 17th in rebounding while ranking second in the BIg Ten in minutes played.
Talley put on a display against Kent State on Nov. 24, scoring a career-high 27 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists, as Nebraska suffered its first loss. Talley is averaging 17.5 points per game over Nebraska's last six games, beginning the stretch with a then-NU best 22 points against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 18. He also paced the Big Red with 17 points and seven assists in a 61-57 win over Tulane on Nov. 21 and had 14 points and seven rebounds in the win at Wake Forest. Talley also finished with 14 points in the win over USC and in Thursday's loss to Creighton.
His biggest contribution this year may have come in the only game he was held out of double figures. Against Valparaiso, Talley scored one point, but topped NU in rebounds (six) and assists (four) while holding reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff to just 2-of-11 shooting in NU's 50-48 win.
In his first season at Nebraska, Talley tied for the Big Ten lead in scoring by a reserve, averaging 8.9 points per game, as he was in double figures 11 times. Talley has been a prolific scorer throughout his collegiate career, earning America East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2009-10, averaging 11.8 points per game at Binghamton University. At Blinn (Texas) College, he was sixth nationally in scoring at 23.0 points per game.
Return of the Redshirts While Nebraska had six returning letterwinners back from the 2011-12 team, it is a pair of returning redshirts who have taken the slack from a lineup which lost four starters from last year. Senior center Andre Almeida and junior guard Ray Gallegos have played major roles early on.
Almeida missed all of last season following a knee injury after playing 30 games in 2010-11, but has been healthy and playing solid basketball early on. He is averaging 9.0 points on 64 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, leading the Big Ten in blocked shots and ranking second in field goal percentage.
After a slow offensive start, Almeida is playing some of the best basketball of his career, averaging 11.0 points on an eye-popping 79 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game over the Huskers' last six games.
He put together the best game of his career at Wake Forest, when he had 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and a career high 11 rebounds to earn Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors on Dec. 3. It marked the first time since 2009 that a Big Ten player had 20 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 90 percent from the field. He played just 15 minutes against USC because of foul trouble, but had eight points and three blocked shots in holding USC to a season-low 51 points. Almeida began the stretch against UNO on Nov. 18, when he had 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and matched his then-career best with seven rebounds. Against Tulane, the 6-foot-11 center keyed Nebraska's second half effort against Tulane on Nov. 21 with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks, scoring nine of his 10 points in the second half. Almeida had eight points and three blocked shots against USC and added six points, five rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots in the loss to Creighton.
In 2010-11, he averaged 5.2 points on 56 percent shooting, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game as the Huskers' top reserve in the post. Almeida reached double figures on five occasions, including a 20-point, seven-rebound effort in his debut against South Dakota. Two of Almeida's best efforts of 2010-11 came against a pair of top-five teams, as he had 10 points and seven rebounds at No. 3 Kansas and 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting and five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench in Nebraska's win over third-ranked Texas. Almeida was a force on the defensive end, ranking sixth in the Big 12 in blocked shots.
While Almeida used his redshirt year to recover from injury, Gallegos worked on improving his shooting and all-around game and the changes have been evident early on in 2012-13.
Gallegos, who averaged 2.6 points per game in 2010-11, is third on the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game, leading the Big Ten with 3.0 3-pointers per game. He is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and has been in double figures in six of the Huskers' first eight contests after reaching double figures just three times in his first two seasons.
Gallegos put together the best stretch of his career over the previous two weeks, posting consecutive 20-point efforts against Wake Forest and USC, a stretch where he shot 56 percent from 3-point range. Against USC, Gallegos had a career-high six 3-pointers and scored the Huskers' final 11 points of the first half to break open a tie game.
At Wake Forest on Nov. 27, he finished with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, as he made his first seven shots of the second half and totaled 17 of his 20 points after halftime. Gallegos has established career bests on three occasions in NU's first eight games, as he had 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the opener against Southern. His shooting also keyed NU's win over Valparaiso on Nov. 15, as he finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. He was held to just five points against Creighton.
As a sophomore, he played in 25 games, including a start in the season opener, and averaged 2.8 points and 1.0 rebound per game. The Salt Lake City native's best game of 2010-11 came against Grambling, when he came off the bench for 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
20-20 Vision When Andre Almeida and Ray Gallegos enjoyed 20-point efforts against Wake Forest on Nov. 27, it marked the first time since March 5, 2007, that the Huskers had multiple players with 20-point nights. In that game, Marcus Perry (25); Aleks Maric (23) and Paul Velander (20) all eclipsed the 20-point mark.
Husker Ironmen With a short bench, the Huskers have relied on their starters often through the early part of the season. Talley and Gallegos rank second and fourth, respectively, in the Big Ten in minutes per game whle NU has three players averaging over 31 minutes per night. Over the last 14 years, only one player - Charles Richardson Jr. in 2006-07 - has averaged more minutes than 32.5 minutes per game, while NU has two players on track this season to eclipse that mark.
Parker Makes a Point The lone freshman in the Husker starting lineup, Benny Parker became only the 10th freshman to start a season opener since 1995. Parker has been steady early on, averaging 5.4 points on 47 percent shooting and 2.9 assists per game. Parker has a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio and has had one turnover or less in five of the Huskers' first eight contests.
Parker dished out a career-high seven assists and had one turnover in Nebraska's 61-57 win over Tulane on Nov. 21, and totaled eight points, four assists and a career-high four steals at Wake Forest on Nov. 27. Against UNO on Nov. 18, he had eight points - all coming in the second half - after sitting most of the first half because of foul trouble. Parker also had seven points, three rebounds and three assists in a two-point win over Valparaiso on Nov. 15. Against No. 16 Creighton, Parker was held scoreless, but had five assists in the losing effort.
Parker was a four-year starter at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, leading the school to an 85-15 mark and a pair of state titles during his high school career. As a senior, he averaged 24.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game, winning the 2012 DiRenna Award, representing the top player in the Kansas City metro area.
Of Nebraska's three active point guards playing this season, two are Division I newcomers, as junior college transfer Mike Peltz joined the team in October. Sophomore Trevor Menke is the Huskers' other primary point guard, as junior college transfer Deverell Biggs is redshirting this season.
Rivers Looks to Get into Offensive Flow Throughout the summer and the preseason, one Husker returnee who was flying under the radar was sophomore David Rivers. The 6-foot-7 wing totaled only 20 points and 16 rebounds in 19 contests as a freshman, but has added nearly 20 pounds since last year and has made significant strides.
Rivers' improvement has been evident early on, as he has averaged 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as the Huskers' sixth man in 2012-13. He has already eclipsed his entire freshman year totals nearly every category, including points, rebounds and blocked shots. Rivers has been a consistent scorer off the bench, totaling at least five points in five of the Huskers' eight games, including four straight before the streak was snapped against Creighton on Dec. 6.
Rivers played a major role at Wake Forest with five points, a career-best seven rebounds and two assists in the win at Wake Forest and had five points and four rebounds in 23 minutes against USC. Rivers had seven points and five rebounds against Valparaiso and established personal bests in minutes (27), rebounds (six) and assists (three) in the opener against Southern.
Shields Returns to Add Depth For nearly the first month of the year, Nebraska relied on a shortened bench, as Shavon Shields missed five of NU's first six games with an elbow injury. The break following the Wake Forest game allowed Shields time to return to the court and give the Huskers a boost. Shields had two points and two assists in 10 minutes against USC before logging a career-high 20 minutes and adding five points in the loss to No. 16 Creighton.
His return helps the Huskers depth, as NU has only nine scholarship players available for the 2012-13 season, a total which includes former walk-on Trevor Menke. Of NU's nine scholarship players, only four (Dylan Talley, Brandon Ubel, David Rivers and Menke) saw action for the Huskers during the 2011-12 season.
Shields also provides the Huskers with another scoring option, as Nebraska has just 47 bench points in its first eight games (5.9 ppg).
Walk-on Tradition Continues While the Nebraska football program is nationally known for its walk-on program, Nebraska basketball has a pair of walk-ons playing significant roles this season in Mike Peltz and Trevor Menke. Peltz joined the Husker roster in time for the start of practice in October, and has become a valuable role player early on.
A two-year starter at Western Nebraska Community College, Peltz has backed up Benny Parker at the point guard spot, but has also seen time at guard and forward, depending on the matchup. He has averaged 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 17.0 minutes per game. Peltz played a career-high 22 minutes against Kent State, where he grabbed six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, and had three rebounds and two assists in the win over USC on Dec. 3.
Sophomore Trevor Menke came to Nebraska as a walk-on, but was put on scholarship for this season for his efforts in the classroom and on the practice court.
Menke, who played seven minutes as a redshirt freshman, played a career-high 16 minutes in Nebraska's season opener and has averaged 8.8 minutes per game in five contests. In addition, NU also has two other walk-ons who lettered last year in sophomores Jordan Tyrance and Kye Kurkowski.
Husker Tidbits •-Husker coach Tim Miles became just the sixth coach in the 117-year history of Nebraska basketball to win his first four games. In fact, only two Husker basketball coaches had won their first four games since 1920.
•-Nebraska's 4-0 start to begin the season marked the first time the Huskers had opened the year with four straight wins since the 2008-09 season.
•-Miles becomes the first Nebraska Head Coach to win his first road game at Nebraska since Paul Schlisser in 1919-20, a 47-9 win over Hastings College on Jan. 13, 1920. Prior to Miles' win, the previous 14 Nebraska basketball head coaches had lost their first road game as Husker head coach.
•-Nebraska's 66-55 win over Southern in the season opener was the 1,400th win in Nebraska's basketball history.
•-Nebraska's 16-point victory at Wake Forest was its largest road margin since a 77-60 win at Minnesota on Nov. 29, 2003, and the seventh-largest win over the past quarter century. Prior to the Wake Forest win, Nebraska has won nine road games by double figures over the last decade.
•-Nebraska's 51-point second half at Wake Forest was its highest scoring half since scoring 55 against Arkansas Pine Bluff on Nov. 15, 2010, a span of 67 games.
•-Nebraska held Horizon League favorite Valparaiso to just 48 points in a 50-48 win, the Crusaders' lowest point total in 29 games dating back to Nov. 25, 2011. Over the last three-plus seasons, Valparaiso has been held to 50 points or less just four times.
•-Nebraska's 50 points in the win over the Crusaders equaled the fewest the Huskers have scored in a win since a 50-44 win over Oregon State on Dec. 12, 2009.
•-Nebraska held Southern to 55 points and Valparaiso to 48 points, marking only the fifth time in the last 60 years that the Huskers had held its first two opponents of the season to 55 points or less (1958-59, 1985-86, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13).