Following a big road win at Oklahoma Wednesday night, the Nebraska basketball team looks to build on a potential postseason resume this weekend, as the Huskers host No. 3/2 (AP/Coaches) Texas at the Devaney Center Saturday afternoon.
The Huskers enter Saturday’s game riding a two-game win streak following its first regular-season sweep of the Oklahoma schools since 2006. On Wednesday, the Huskers got 17 points from Jorge Brian Diaz while Toney McCray scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, as the Huskers picked up a 59-58 win at Oklahoma, picking up their first road win in nearly two seasons.
The Huskers shot 52 percent from the field – their best shooting percentage in seven games – while holding Oklahoma to 43 percent to pick up their first victory in Norman since 1999.
Wednesday’s win put the Huskers in the middle of the pack entering the homestretch of the season, as Nebraska is in a three-way tie for fifth with Kansas State and Colorado and just one out of fourth place in the league race.
In all, three games separate third from 10th in the league standings.
The Huskers have three of their final five games at home where they are 15-1 on the season. The stretch begins Saturday against a Texas squad that has won 11 straight games and will likely be No. 1 in at least one of the polls with a win this weekend.
Saturday’s matchup features two of the best defensive teams in the Big 12, as both teams rank in the top five nationally in field goal percentage defense. Texas is second nationally, holding opponents to 36.5 percent shooting, while Nebraska is fifth, limiting foes to just 38 percent on the year.
Texas comes into Saturday’s contest with a 23-3 mark, including a perfect 11-0 record in Big 12 play. The Longhorns, who are ranked second by the coaches and third in the AP, have been dominant in Big 12 play, winning 10 of their 11 games by double figures, including a 73-55 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Saturday’s contest will also feature the pregame presentation of the 2011 class for the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame, including Bruce Chubick, who is one of only two players in school history to play on four consecutive NCAA teams. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 12:15 p.m. for the pregame ceremony.