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February 26, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Iowa State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 - 12:45 p.m. CT
TV: Big 12 Network / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Iowa State (14-14, 1-12 Big 12)
Streak: Lost 10
Last Game: Lost to Texas 76-53
G Diante Garrett (leads Big 12 with 6.0 apg, leads team with 17.3 ppg) Sr. 6-4 190
G Jake Anderson (last week's Big 12 Co-Rookie of the Week) Sr. 6-2 205
G Scott Christopherson (ISU's career leader in 3-point percentage at 44.5%) Sr. 6-3 195
F Melvin Ejim (averaging 5.0 offensive rebounds in his last four games) Fr. 6-6 215
F Calvin Godfrey (started last 3 games, averaging 9.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg and shooting 63.2%) Fr. 6-8 230

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (12-2, 0-0 Big 12 Conference)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Kansas State 61-57
G Lance Jeter (leads team with 4.4 apg, ranks 3rd in Big 12 with 1.8 spg) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (shooting 88% from FT line in Big 12 play) Jr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (leads team with 4.7 rpg and averaging 6.4 ppg) Jr. 6-4 205
F Toney McCray (averaging 11.3 ppg since the start of Big 12 play) Jr. 6-6 210
F Jorge Brian Diaz (averaging 10.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg and shooting 53%) So. 6-11 245

Let Jeter lead

No player has a bigger impact for Nebraska on a regular basis than senior point guard Lance Jeter. Jeter has been averaging 10.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game over the last four contests. On the season, he is averaging 10.8 points, 4.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game and is the only player in the Big 12 averaging at least 10 points, four assists and four rebounds per game. In Wednesday's loss to Kansas State, though, Jeter scored a team-high 11 points with seven rebounds, but his impact wasn't truly felt until the final minutes. To win this huge game on the road, NU will need Jeter to bring it for a full 40 minutes.
Cut the turnovers

Maybe it's just the fact that Nebraska can't seem to hold onto the ball against Kansas State, but there's no question that the No. 1 factor in Wednesday's game was the Huskers' inability to hold onto the ball. Overall, NU committed 17 turnovers - including 12 in the first half - which led to a 24-1 advantage for the Wildcats in points off of turnovers. Nebraska turned it over just eight times in the first meeting with Iowa State compared to 14 by the Cyclones, and, oddly enough, ended up winning 63-62.
Save the season

While Wednesday's loss to the Wildcats was a huge blow to Nebraska's chances of securing an NCAA Tournament berth, it didn't end the Huskers' post-season dreams just yet. It will definitely be an uphill battle, but if NU can win its remaining three games and even get a victory in the Big 12 tournament, it will still have a resume worthy of earning a ticket to the Big Dance. However, the Huskers have to take care of business today first. Iowa State has struggled all season, but keep in mind that Nebraska hasn't won in Ames, Iowa, in five seasons under head coach Doc Sadler.

Junior guard Caleb Walker on the importance of today's game:

"It's big, it means a lot. It's the same situation as Texas Tech. We went down there for a big game and couldn't come away with the win. Iowa State is a good team. We had a battle with them here in the first game between us. It's not going to be easy. We just have to go down there prepared and ready."
Senior guard Lance Jeter on how NU can bounce back from Wednesday's loss:

"You have to have a short memory. When you win you have to have a short memory, and when you lose you have to have a short memory. After Texas we got back on track because we knew what kind of game this was going to be and we had to do that same thing. Right now we're hurt because we feel like we let this one go. Iowa State plays good at home, so we have to regroup and go get this road game. This one really hurts us. We are going to come out Saturday ready to play.

Nebraska 61-59

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