After spending a week in final exams, the Nebraska basketball team looks to regain its winning ways Saturday night, as the Huskers take on Eastern Washington at the Devaney Center. The Huskers will be trying to win their seventh straight game.
The 8-2 Huskers come off their best effort of the season, a 70-56 win over TCU last Saturday. In that game, the Huskers shot 50 percent from the field, including 10-of-17 from 3-point range, and had three players (Lance Jeter, Toney McCray and Jorge Brian Diaz) finish in double figures, including double-doubles from both Diaz and McCray.
Nebraska has shot the ball for most of the season, entering the weekend third in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 48.1 percent, but the Huskers’ strength has been on the defensive end.
Nebraska is second in the Big 12 and 14th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 56.6 points per game. Nebraska, Kansas and Baylor are the only three teams in the top five of the Big 12 in both field goal percentage and field goal defense entering this weekend’s action.
Eastern Washington comes into Saturday’s game with a 3-6 record after defeating Seattle University, 95-91, Wednesday night.
The Eagles are now at full strength, as point guard Glen Dean returned from a stress fracture in his foot and missed the team’s first seven games. The Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 2009-10, he is averaging 17.0 points and 4.0 assists per game since his return.
The Huskers and the Eagles will play tonight at 6:06.