The Nebraska basketball team returns home tonight, as the Huskers host Oklahoma State in an important Big 12 showdown at the Devaney Center. Tip off for the contest between the Huskers and Cowboys is slated for 6:07 p.m.
The Huskers will look to snap a three-game losing streak following a 74-70 loss at Baylor Wednesday night. The Huskers had opportunities late in the game and trailed 69-67 in the final minute, but could not get the tying basket.
Baylor made just 20 field goals on the night, but made its living at the foul line, converting 31 of 44 free throws. Prior to the BU game, NU opponents were averaging less than 17 free throw attempts per contest and 20 per game during the first half of Big 12 play.
Despite the loss, the Huskers enjoyed a strong performance off the bench by junior Toney McCray, who totaled a career-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting. McCray had a trio of 3-pointers and also grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals. McCray has come off the bench the last two contests and is averaging 17.0 ppg for the Huskers in that span.
The Huskers are also showing signs of breaking out of an extended slump from 3-point range. Against Baylor, NU went 8-of-19 from beyond the arc and have hit 15 3-pointers in the last two games, the team’s highest total in consecutive games since the first week of December.
NU is also hitting at a 39 percent clip from long range in that span, up nearly 10 percent from the team’s total through 21 games.
The Huskers will be tested by a physical Oklahoma State team that is looking for its third straight Big 12 win. The Cowboys have been off since an 81-75 win over Oklahoma last Saturday, a game where the Cowboys overcame a 15-point first-half deficit.
OSU features one of the Big 12’s best power players in Marshall Moses, who averages team-highs in points, rebounds and field goal percentage.