Following a tough loss against Kansas State Wednesday evening, the Nebraska men’s basketball team looks to bounce back this afternoon as the Huskers travel to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.
The Huskers (18-9, 6-7 Big 12) suffered just their second home loss of the season Wednesday night in falling to Kansas State, 61-57, to fall into a tie with Baylor and Colorado for sixth in the Big 12 standings.
Nebraska held Kansas State to just 36.2 percent shooting and out-rebounded the Wildcats, 38-32, but shot a season-low 34.7 percent and turned the ball over 17 times. The miscues proved costly, as the Wildcats turned that into 24 points. During the Huskers’ three-game win streak, NU averaged just 12 turnovers per game.
The Huskers will need to bounce back quickly against an Iowa State team that is looking to snap a 10-game losing streak. The Cyclones (14-14, 1-13 Big 12) have been in nearly every game in Big 12 play, especially at Hilton Coliseum, where four of their five losses have come by six points or less.
The Cyclones are coming off a 76-53 loss at No. 5 Texas on Tuesday, ISU’s fourth straight game against a ranked opponent.
Nebraska will need a strong performance from senior Lance Jeter if the Huskers look to pick up their second straight road win. In addition to his ball handling duties, Jeter has been averaging 10.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game over the last four contests.
On the season, he is averaging 10.8 points, 4.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game and is the only player in the Big 12 averaging at least 10 points, four assists and four rebounds per game.
Jeter was the hero in the first meeting between the teams in Lincoln on Jan. 8, hitting a free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining to give Nebraska a 63-62 win. Jeter had 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals in the first game against ISU and averages 14.3 points per game in three career meetings with Iowa State.