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December 8, 2010

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Alcorn State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Alcorn State Braves
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 - 7:06 p.m. CT
TV: None / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Xavier MusketeersAlcorn State Braves (0-7, 0-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference)
Streak: Lost 7
Last Game: Lost to No. 5 Kansas State 89-55
G Kendrick McDonald (second-leading scorer with 7.6 ppg) Jr. 5-10 165
G Marquiz Baker (averaging team-high 15.3 ppg with three games of at least 20 points) Jr. 6-2 195
F Chris Davenport (averaging 6.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg) Jr. 6-6 235
F Ian Francis (averaging 3.1 ppg and 3.0 rpg) So. 6-8 195
F Michael Starks Jr. (leads team with 4.1 rpg) So. 6-8 211

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (6-2, 0-0 Big 12)
Streak: Won 4
Last Game: Defeated Creighton 59-54
G Lance Jeter (has 16-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in Nebraska's last three games) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (scored 18 points with four 3-pointers vs. Creighton) Jr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 5 rebounds and 5 assists vs. JSU) Jr. 6-6 210
F Brandon Ubel (hauled in a career-high nine rounds against Davidson) So. 6-10 240
F Jorge Brian Diaz (shooting 58 percent from field and is second on team in blocked shots) So. 6-11 245

Start fast

While Nebraska is on a four-game winning streak, it's had to dig itself out of some big holes in the second half to get there. The Huskers have finally started to address their first-half scoring woes this week, and it will be interesting to see if they can actually put up some offense in the first half tonight against a dismal Alcorn State team
Run the floor

Part of the reason Nebraska has been able to get going offensively in the second half has been because it has to pick up the tempo of its game. As a result, the Huskers' offense has been considerably better after halftime. Nebraska needs to play with the same type of urgency for 40 minutes to prevent getting down early, and picking up the pace of the game from the opening tip is definitely a start.
Dominate the glass

The rebound battle shouldn't even be close tonight, as Nebraska should dominate the glass on both ends floor all night. Going up against a team whose leading rebounder is only pulling in four boards per game, the Huskers should get a ton of second-chance points, which in turn should help provide a spark to the offense.

Senior guard Lance Jeter on the reason for NU's slow starts:

"I think it's a mental thing. You just have to come out in the first half the same way we do in the second half, with a little bit of urgency. We do come out with urgency but when our shots don't fall I feel that we forget about defense sometimes too, so we don't play a complete game. We just have to come out and play hard in the first five minutes."
NU guard Brandon Richardson on NU's offensive problems:

"We can't have those kind of mess-ups. They had five offensive rebounds and we gave up six transition baskets, so that's something we have to fix before next game."

Nebraska 78-60

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