Nebraska MBB: Huskers Head to Creighton Wednesday Night
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GAME 10: AT CREIGHTON
Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
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Huskers Head to Creighton Wednesday Night
Nebraska makes its only road trip of the month of December on Wednesday, making the 58.5 mile trek from Lincoln to take on the Creighton Bluejays.
Tipoff from CenturyLink Center in Omaha is slated for 7:05 p.m., and the annual matchup between the Huskers and Bluejays will be televised on the CBS Sports Network (Ch. 221-DirecTV; Ch. 158-DISH; Ch. 315 & 1322-TWC Nebraska; Ch. 234 & 1234-Cox Cable). Wednesday’s game will not be available online.
Wednesday’s will also air across the state on the Husker Sports Network, including KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln, KXSP 590 AM in Omaha and KRVN 880 in Lexington and is available on Huskers.com and the Huskers App with the broadcast beginning with a 60-minute pregame show.
The Huskers are 6-3 on the season following a 73-63 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska received a career-high 30 points from junior Andrew White III and 21 from Shavon Shields, as the Huskers extended a two-point halftime lead in the second half. White keyed the second-half run, scoring seven of his points in a 9-2 spurt to extend the lead to double figures. NU forced 20 turnovers, leading directly to 25 Husker points.
White, who is in his first year after spending two seasons at Kansas, and Shields, a fourth-year starter, have formed an effective combo for the Huskers. The pair combines for over 32 points and 10 rebounds per game, allowing a youthful roster to provide support.
Nebraska, which returned two starters and five letterwinners from last year, has been solid offensively, averaging nearly 76 points per game while facing a schedule which has included a trio of ranked teams including sixth-ranked Villanova.
Creighton (5-3) looks to bounce back after a pair of losses to Arizona State and Loyola (Chicago) last week. The Bluejays, who have won four straight in the series, feature an offense which has five players averaging double figures led by Cole Huff’s 12.4 ppg.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
1 – Nebraska was the only Big Ten team to face a ranked team in both the Gavitt Tipoff Games (at No. 11 Villanova) and Big Ten/ACC Challenge (No. 21 Miami).
4 – Andrew White’s steals against Abilene Christian. White had just three steals in 44 career games at Kansas, but is averaging 1.2 steals per game and had six in two games last week.
7 – 3-pointers from Benny Parker in 2015-16 after hitting a total of 14 3-pointers during his first three seasons at Nebraska. Parker is also shooting 41 percent from 3-point range this season.
20 – Turnovers NU forced on Saturday against Abilene Christian, the second time the Huskers have forced at least 20 turnovers in a game this season.
30 – Junior guard Andrew White III had a career-high 30 points in Saturday’s win and leads all Big Ten newcomers in scoring at 16.3 ppg.
1,270– Shavon Shields’ career point total. He is now just 30 points away from being the 13th player in school history with 1,300 points.
Creighton is 5-3 on the season and looks to snap a two-game losing streak. The Bluejays, who are averaging 85.2 points per game, won five of their first six games with only a setback to then-nationally ranked Indiana before suffering back-to-back losses to Arizona State (79-77) and at Loyola (68-65) last week. The Bluejays have retooled their lineup after a 14-19 campaign in 2014-15. Transfer Cole Huff leads a balanced CU attack at 12.4 points per game while another transfer, Maurice Watson Jr., averages 11.9 points and 6.0 assists per per game. The Bluejays’ top five scorers all average double figures, while Geoffrey Groselle averages 11.0 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game.
Greg McDermott is in his sixth year at CU after coaching at Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and Wayne State. McDermott and Miles have squared off several times before during their days at the Division II level and have met four times while leading Division I programs: a 67-54 Iowa State win over North Dakota State in 2006-07 and Creighton victories in the last three matchups between the two schools.
Nebraska and Creighton are meeting for the 49th time in series history on Wednesday, with the Cornhuskers holding a 25-23 advantage that dates back to the 1922-23 season. It is the longest non-conference series on the Huskers’ schedule. The home team has won eight of the last 10 years, while Nebraska looks to snap a four-game losing streak in the series. Nebraska’s last win in Omaha came in the 2004 NIT at then-Qwest Center Omaha and the Huskers are 9-16 all-time against the Bluejays in Omaha. NU is now 32-37 all-time against the current Big East programs following the loss to Villanova earlier this season.