The NU men’s basketball team back in action tomorrow at home taking on Nicholls State in the final non-conference basketball game to be played at the Devaney Center. The Huskers last played Sunday, losing to UTEP in the Sun Bowl Invitational 68-52. Junior Ray Gallegos had a career high 22 points, his third game of 20+ this season. 2:05 tip tomorrow.
The second half of the basketball doubleheader at Devaney is the NU women hosting Grambling State, who is 1-9. The Huskers are going for their 10th win of the season. If the Huskers win, it will be Connie Yori’s 200th win at Nebraska. Her first win came back on November 22, 2002 against this same Grambling State. The women tip at 7:05 p.m.
Nicholls State has battled injuries through the non-conference season, as the Colonials come to Lincoln with an 1-8 mark. NSU has played a difficult slate, including games at Vanderbilt, Missouri and Michigan State while playing just one home game. The Colonials, who were picked to finish eighth in the Southland Conference, had been without as many as four of their regulars during stretches of the season and come off an 0-3 tournament finish at Utah State over the weekend.
Fifth-year senior Fred Hunter is the Colonials’ leading scorer, as he averages 19.9 points per game on 53 percent shooting and grabs a team-high 7.7 rebounds per outing. Freshman T.J. Carpenter has been a consistent scorer for NSU and had a game-high 21 in its last game against UC Davis. The Colonials are bolstered by the return of junior guard Dantrell Thomas, who missed the first six games of the season. Thomas, who was the team’s second-leading scorer in 2011-12 at 11.7 ppg, is averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 4.3 assists per outing since returning to the lineup.
Grambling State comes to Lincoln with a 1-9 overall record after suffering a 75-62 loss to Tulsa at the Hobdy Center in Grambling, La., on Dec. 22. The Lady Tigers will look to snap a three-game losing streak that includes a 90-59 loss at LSU on Dec. 19, and a 96-60 setback to Florida State on Dec. 15.
The game between the Lady Tigers and Seminoles was FSU’s first game after dropping a 78-77 decision to the Huskers at the Devaney Center on Dec. 8. Grambling State shared another common non-conference foe with NU, dropping a 73-55 decision to Sam Houston State on Nov. 17. That game immediately preceded the Huskers’ 85-72 win over SHSU in Lincoln on Nov. 20.
Grambling State’s other losses have come at the hands of Kansas, Wichita State, Fresno State, Liberty and Memphis. The Lady Tigers’ lone win came with a 64-63 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 1.