The Nebraska men’s basketball team looks for its first Big Ten win of the season on Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions.
Tip-off from the Bryce Jordan Center is set for 12:05 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Mike Crispino and Bob Valvano on the call. The game will also be available on the WatchESPN app for iOS or android devices.
Saturday’s game will be carried across the state on the 29-station Husker Sports Network, including flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington, with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can be heard for free at Huskers.com and is also available on the Huskers’ app on iOS or android devices.
The Huskers (9-9, 0-5 B1G) look to snap a five-game losing streak following a 65-56 loss to Purdue Wednesday evening. The Huskers dug too deep of a hole, falling behind by 20 points early in the second half before a spirted run cut the Boilermaker lead to five six minutes remaining, but could get no closer.
Freshman Shavon Shields turned in a strong performance in a losing effort with game-highs in both points (18) and rebounds (eight), as the freshman set a career best in scoring. Shields, who moved into the starting lineup after Andre Almeida’s ankle sprain four games ago, has given the Huskers another offensive threat, as he is averaging 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in that span.
The injuries to Brandon Ubel, who has missed the last two games, and Mike Peltz, who will miss the remainder of the season, has provided sophomore Jordan Tyrance an opportunity to see the most extensive playing time of his career. The walk-on has taken advantage, as he scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Wednesday’s loss. Tyrance, who had played just 13 minutes in NU’s first 16 games, has played double-figure minutes the last two games.
Penn State (8-9, 0-5 B1G) is also hungry for its first Big Ten win and comes off an 81-72 loss to No. 18 Michigan State on Wednesday. Jermaine Marshall paced all scorers with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while D.J. Newbill added 27 points and six assists in a losing effort.