April 24, 2014

NU basketball will face UMass to open Charleston Classic

Nebraska will take on UMass to open the Charleston Classic, as the pairings for the eight-team field were unveiled Wednesday morning. The eight-team, 12-game tournament runs Nov. 21-24 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.  The Huskers will face UMass for the first time in program history in their tournament opener on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. (CT) .   UMass returns three starters, including All-Atlantic 10 point guard Chaz Williams, who ranked third nationally in assists per game (7.3 apg) in 2012-13 while also averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game.

Nebraska would take on either UAB or New Mexico on Friday Nov. 22, with the semifinal taking place at 1:30 p.m. (CT) and the consolation game taking place at 11 a.m.  New Mexico returns four starters from a team that went 29-6 and was a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Guard Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg, 5.0 apg) and center Alex Kirk (12.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg) highlight the Lobo returners. UAB returns four starters for second-year coach Jerod Haase, paced by All-CUSA forward Rod Rucker, who averaged 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior. Nebraska will meet one of the remaining four teams – Clemson, Davidson Georgia and Temple – on the final day of competition on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Colorado won the 2012 tournament title. Previous winners include Clemson (2008), Miami (2009), Georgetown (2010) and Northwestern (2011).

Nebraska, under second-year Coach Tim Miles, returns three starters from a team that went 15-18 in his first season, including guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields. Gallegos, who averaged 12.5 ppg in 2012-13, led the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game and ranked second in school history with 83 3-pointers, while Shields averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a true freshman. Rivers started NU’s final 17 games at forward and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In all, 10 letterwinners return for the Huskers in 2013-14, while eight newcomers, including three redshirts, will suit up for the Scarlet and Cream this season.

Charleston Classic  (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (CT) Game TV Network
Thu, Nov 21 11:30 a.m. Nebraska vs. UMass ESPN3
  2 p.m. UAB vs. New Mexico ESPNU
  4 p.m. Georgia vs. Davidson ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Temple vs. Clemson ESPN3
Fri, Nov 22 11 a.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU or ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  6 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 24 12:30 pm 7th-place Game ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPNU
  8 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2