After an impressive home victory over Colorado on Tuesday night, the Nebraska basketball team hits the road this weekend, traveling to Texas Tech for an important game tonight. Tipoff from the United Spirit Arena is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be available on the ESPN Fullcourt package and on ESPN3.com.
The Huskers (14-4, 2-2 Big 12) turned in their most complete effort of the season on Tuesday night, snapping Colorado’s seven-game win streak and handing the Buffaloes their first conference loss to get back to .500 in Big 12 action.
Nebraska shot 57 percent on the night, including 64 percent in the second half, and placed four players in double figures. Junior guard Toney McCray continued his strong surge to open Big 12 action with team highs in both points (18) and rebounds (eight), while senior point guard Lance Jeter nearly had a double-double with 10 points and a season-high nine assists.
McCray has become a strong scoring threat for the Huskers in Big 12 action. He averages a team-high 14.0 points per game while shooting 54 percent while also chipping in 4.8 rebounds per game. He enters the weekend ranked 18th in scoring and in the top 10 in both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage.
Nebraska continued to shine defensively, holding a Colorado team that was in the top-10 nationally in scoring to just 67 points, its second-lowest output of the season, while the Buffaloes shot a season low nine free throws. Nebraska now ranks in the top three nationally in both field goal percentage and points per game allowed entering Saturday’s game.
The Huskers will need another strong defensive performance as they look to pick up their first road win of the season in Lubbock. With a win on Saturday, the Huskers can improve to 3-2 in the Big 12 after five games, which would be their best mark after the first five contests in league play since the 1998-99 season.
Texas Tech (8-11, 0-4 Big 12) looks to snap a four-game losing streak following an 83-74 loss at Oklahoma Tuesday night. John Roberson had a game-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers while Brad Reese totaled 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
Despite the slow start, the Red Raiders are a veteran club that returned all five starters from a 19-win team that reached the third round of the NIT a year ago.