Husker Hoops set to host North Dakota Saturday
From: Nebraska Athletics
Following final exams, the Nebraska men’s basketball team is back in action Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers welcome North Dakota to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available for purchase by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, calling 800-8-BIGRED during business hours or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
The Kids Zone on the North Concourse will open 90 minutes prior to tipoff and kids will be able to get their picture taken with Santa Claus until 4:45 p.m.
The NU-UND game will not be televised, but carried online on BTN+ (subscription required) with Dustyn Stortzum and Buzzy Caruthers on the call. This is the final BTN+ broadcast for the 2019-20 season and information and sign up info is available at btnplus.com.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Nebraska (5-6) comes off its best performance of the season, a 70-56 win over Purdue last Sunday. The Huskers were led by Cam Mack’s triple-double (11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists), the first in Nebraska men’s basketball history, as
Nebraska’s 70 points were the most Purdue allowed this season. Dachon Burke Jr. led NU with a game-high 18 point and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds while Thorir Throbjarnarson added 13 points in the win. Mack’s performance overshadowed an outstanding defensive effort, as NU held Purdue to season lows in both points (54) and field goal percentage (.304).
North Dakota (5-7) snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 109-50 victory over Northland. In that game, Billy Brown’s 17 points led six players in double figures, as UND shot 64 percent from the field and made 13-of-33 3-pointers. The Fighting Hawks, under the direction of first-year coach Paul Sather, has been challenged by a non-conference schedule which included games at Gonzaga and at Minnesota. Former Creighton guard Marlon Stewart leads four UND players in double figures at 14.5 ppg.
Huskers looks to maintain momentum against North Dakota:
Nebraska continues trusting the process:
Cam Mack is one of nine players in Division I – and two in the Big Ten – with three double-figure assists performances in 2019-20. Mack is 13th nationally with 6.6 assists per game through the Huskers’ first 11 contests.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
2.05-to-1 – Nebraska’s assist-to-turnover ratio in the last two games, as the Huskers tied or set season bests in assists in each of the last two games. Against Purdue, NU had 22 assists on 26 baskets.
.500 – Thorir Thorbjarnarson is tied for third in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering the weekend. He is 15-of-30 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years.
8 – Nebraska has had eight of its nine eligible scholarship players reach double figures this season. The Huskers have four players currently averaging double figures.
21.5 – Points per game by Dachon Burke Jr. over the last two games, as he is connecting on 55 percent from the field and averaging 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in that span.
5.5 – Rebounds per game for freshman Ivan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2005-06.
50- Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.
SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota comes to Lincoln with a 5-7 mark after posting a 59-point win over Northland on Tuesday evening. First-year coach Paul Sather is no stranger to the region, as he spent the past nine seasons at Northern State, guiding that program to a trio of NCAA Division II Tournaments and a runner-up finish in 2018. His teams won the Northern Sun Conference title in each of the past two seasons. In his final two seasons at NSU, the team was a combined 62-11.
He inherited a roster which returned three starters and 11 letterwinners from last season. The group is led by senior guard Marlon Stewart, who began his collegiate career at Creighton. He averaged 14.3 points per game as a junior and is one of four double-figure scorers at 14.5 points per game. Sophomore forward Filip Rebraca has been a force inside, as he averages 14.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He had 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 13 rebounds against Gonzaga and reached double-figured in UND’s first 11 games, including six double-doubles. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 77.3 points per game, including 8.2 3-pointers per contest.
Series History: Nebraska leads the all-time series, 3-1, in a series that dates back to 1933. NU is 3-0 against UND in Lincoln, including a 92-70 win on Nov. 19, 2017. In that game, Isaac Copeland had a career-high 30 points, going 12-of-14 from the field, as Nebraska shot 53 percent from the field and put four players in double figures.