Following a disappointing loss at Kansas State on Wednesday night, the Husker men’s basketball team looks to bounce today, as Nebraska hosts No. 2 Kansas at the Bob Devaney Sports Center . Tipoff is set for 3:01 p.m. and a sellout crowd of over 13,500 is expected for the Huskers’ final regular-season meeting with Kansas in the Big 12.
The Huskers (15-6, 3-4 Big 12) look to rebound after a disappointing 69-53 loss at Kansas State Wednesday night. In that game, Nebraska committed a season-high 22 turnovers – nearly doubling their Big 12 average – and Kansas State converted those miscues into 21 points.
Nebraska held Kansas State to just 41 percent shooting, but the Wildcats came up big at the charity stripe, knocking down 21 of 25 free throws after entering the game hitting 60 percent all season.
The Huskers get a rare opportunity against a top-two team, as it is only the third time since 1993 that Nebraska has welcomed a team ranked first or second into the Devaney Center (No. 1 Kansas in both 1997 and 2002).
The Huskers bring a 14-game home win streak into Saturday’s contest, including a comeback win over No. 13 Texas A&M in their last home outing.
The Huskers will need to play as well as they did in the first matchup last month, pushing Kansas to the brink in Lawrence before falling 63-60. In that game, the Huskers held Kansas to 46 percent shooting and out-rebounded the Jayhawks, 43-32.
Nebraska controlled the tempo and led by as many as 10 points before Kansas came back behind the play of the Morris twins and Thomas Robinson.
Kansas (21-1, 6-1 Big 12) comes off a solid 88-66 win at Texas Tech on Tuesday, as the Jayhawks shot 51 percent and had five players in double figures. On the season, the Jayhawks average 82 points per game and lead the nation in field goal percentage (.519).