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January 12, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Missouri

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Missouri Tigers
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2010 - 6:06 p.m. CT
TV: Fox Sports Midwest, ESPN FullCourt / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Missouri(14-2, 1-0 Big 12)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Colorado 89-76
G Matt Pressey (averaging 7.7 points per game) Sr. 6-2 185
G Marcus Denmon (leads team with 17.0 ppg, Big 12 Player of the Year candidate) Jr. 6-3 185
G Kim English (averaging 10.8 ppg) Sr. 6-3 195
F Laurence Bowers (scoring 12.2 ppg with 6.1 rebounds per game) Jr. 6-8 210
F Ricardo Ratliffe (averaging 11.4 ppg and team-high 7.0 rpg) Jr. 6-8 240

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (13-2, 1-0 Big 12 Conference)
Streak: Won 11
Last Game: Defeated Iowa State 63-62
G Lance Jeter (among Big 12 best in assists (7th), steals (3rd) and a/to ratio (1st) Sr. 6-3 222
G Drake Beranek (had 9 points, 7 rebounds in first-career Big 12 start vs. ISU) Sr. 6-4 200
G Caleb Walker (had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. ISU) Jr. 6-4 205
G Toney McCray (averaging 7.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg in last 5 games) Jr. 6-6 210
F Jorge Brian Diaz (shooting 59% on season, 10+ points in six of last seven games) So. 6-11 245

Road warriors

For the first time since March of 2010, Nebraska will travel away from Lincoln to play a true road game. The Huskers haven't had to deal with the adversity of playing on an opponent's home court this season, and it will be interesting to see how this team handles the pressure of not having the crowd on their side. Nebraska was 0-8 in Big 12 road games last season.
Control the pace

As is always the case when playing Missouri, Nebraska needs to do its best to control the tempo of the game and not get caught up in a shootout with the Tigers. If there's one thing Mizzou likes to do, it's run up and down the court in transition and fluster teams with a full-court press. Senior point guard Lance Jeter is going to play a huge role in making sure the Huskers can break the press and play their style of game.
Weather the storm

However the game ends up playing out, there's a pretty good chance that no mater what Nebraska is going to have to respond to a big Missouri run at some point. The key for the Huskers is being able to maintain their composure, battle back and not let the game get out of control. Along with slowing down the pace, NU needs to win the rebounding department and get some second-chance opportunities on offense.

Junior guard Caleb Walker on Nebraska stepping up for Big 12 play:

"This is where it really counts. I think we do get a lot of teams in the Big 12 where we come ready to play every night. We have a good, balanced team."
Senior guard Lance Jeter on starting Big 12 play with a win over Iowa State:

"It gives us confidence because we know we have a tough one on Wednesday (at Missouri). Just going into that game knowing we had a tough win gives us a lot of confidence going into the road games."

Missouri 73-67

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