The Nebraska men’s basketball team returns to action for the first time in a week, as the Huskers welcome the Illinois Fighting Illini to the Devaney Center this Saturday, Feb. 18.
Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.
The Huskers (11-13, 3-10 Big Ten) look to bounce back and snap a four-game losing streak following a 67-51 loss at Penn State last Saturday. In that game, the Huskers allowed the Nittany Lions to shoot 52 percent, as Penn State’s Tim Frazier nearly put together a triple double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. For Nebraska, Dylan Talley came off the bench and led the Huskers with 12 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Caleb Walker had 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
For Nebraska to return to the win column, the Huskers will need a strong defensive performance against the Illini. During the four-game losing streak, opponents are shooting 51 percent from the floor after Nebraska allowed opponents to shoot 43 percent over the first 20 games of the season.
Illinois (16-10, 5-8 Big Ten) comes to Lincoln hungry for a win following a 67-62 loss to Purdue on Wednesday. Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 22 points for the Fighting Illini, who have dropped four straight. Illinois features one of the Big Ten’s best scoring guards in Brandon Paul (15.4 ppg) while center Meyers Leonard ranks among the conference leaders in rebounds (8.1) and blocks (2.1) per game.