February 12, 2007

Hardwood Analysis: K-State at Nebraska

Kansas State has never won eight league games in a single Big 12 Conference season, but the Wildcats, with five conference contests still left to play, are just one win short of that mark under first year coach Bob Huggins. The Wildcats can assure themselves of their first .500 or better league year since the Big 12 began play in 1996 with a win at Nebraska on Tuesday and earn a season sweep of NU in the process.

Hardwood Analysis: Kansas State (18-7, 7-3) vs. Nebraska (14-9, 3-6)
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln Neb.

The dish: Nebraska's center gets most of the Huskers' press, but the reality is that Doc Sadler's team is a guard-oriented bunch. Seven of Nebraska's top eight minute getters are guards, with Ryan Anderson, Marcus Perry, Jamel White, Charles Richardson and Sek Henry all averaging a least 23 minutes and seven points a game this season. Most of that group is capable of knocking down shots from beyond the arc, particularly Anderson, who shoots nearly 47 percent from long range while averaging 11 points a contest. Anderson played well in Nebraska's most recent outing, a 66-55 loss to Texas A&M, scoring 18 points against the Aggies. K-State shook up its lineup a bit against Colorado, starting guards Jermaine Maybank and Blake Young in favor of Clent Stewart and Lance Harris, a switch that makes K-Sate a little better defensively. Don't be surprised if Maybank and Young see extended action on Tuesday in an effort to really bother Nebraska's shooters. The Huskers' get the edge here because of their depth and ability to knock down shots, but K-State did a very nice job controlling Nebraska's guards in the previous meeting and are certainly capable of doing so again.

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