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December 10, 2010

Gameday: Nebraska vs. TCU

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 - 1:07 p.m. CT
TV: Fox Sports Midwest / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Xavier MusketeersTCU Horned Frogs (7-3, 0-0 Mountain West Conference)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Texas Tech 81-77
G Ronnie Moss (second-team All-MWC selection last year, averaging 15.0 ppg) Jr. 6-2 210
G Hank Thorns (averaging 9.0 points and 6.3 assists per game as a juco transfer) Jr. 5-9 160
G J.R. Cadot (leads team with 6.5 rpg) Jr. 6-5 195
F Garlon Green (second-leading scorer on team with 11.2 ppg) So. 6-7 210
F Nikola Gacesa (only senior starter, averaging 6.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg) Sr. 6-9 240

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (7-2, 0-0 Big 12)
Streak: Won 5
Last Game: Defeated Alcorn State 78-54
G Lance Jeter (has 22-to-2 assist-to-turnover ratio in Nebraska's last four games) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (averaging 11.7 ppg in last three games) Jr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (has 10 or more rebounds in last two games, and had 12 rebounds vs. ASU) Jr. 6-6 210
F Brandon Ubel (tied a career high with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting vs. Alcorn St.) So. 6-10 240
F Jorge Brian Diaz (had 15 points against ASU, has shot at least 50 percent last six games) So. 6-11 245

Play 40 minutes

Nebraska was finally able to put together a solid first half offensively in Wednesday's win over Alcorn State. Problem was, they couldn't keep it up in the second half. For some reason, the Huskers haven't been able to put together a full 40 minutes this season, and there's no denying that's the No. 1 goal for this team today.
Pressure the ball

Part of Nebraska's success against ASU was it's defensive pressure, as it forced a season-high 17 turnovers by the Braves, including seven steals from senior guard Lance Jeter, which were one shy of the school record for a game. With the problems NU has had generating offense at times, getting a few extra points off turnovers would be a huge help as the season rolls along.
Use your size

Texas Christian isn't the biggest team out there, and Nebraska could definitely take advantage of its height against the Horned Frogs. While Diaz has been effective when he gets the ball down low, one could argue the Huskers haven't utilized their big men nearly as well as expected coming into the year. If there were a game to get the inside game going, this would be it.

Senior guard Lance Jeter on TCU:

"They have good guards who can do damage, and that's something our team and Coach (Sadler) noticed right away. We have to come ready to practice these next two days. TCU has our attention. This is going to be a good game and we want a good, quality home win."
Head coach Doc Sadler on Nebraska's first- and second-half inconsistencies:

"We reversed ends (of the court to shoot) in practice for the last couple of days. We shot it better in the first half (against Alcorn State), and in the second half, we shot it like we did in the first half in the other games. Maybe we can petition to get the rules changed where we can just play on that one end the whole game."

Nebraska 73-65

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