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November 30, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Wake Forest

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 8:15 p.m. CT
TV: ESPNU / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Wake Forest (4-2)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Texas Tech 70-61
G C.J. Harris (leads team with 19.5 points per game) Jr. 6-3 190
G Tony Chennault (averaging 12.4 ppg and 3.3 rebounds per game) So. 6-2 195
F Travis McKie (Second leading scorer with 19.2 ppg, leads team with 6.0 rpg) So. 6-7 210
F Nikita Mescheriakov (averaging 7.5 ppg and 4.0 ppg) Sr. 6-8 220
C Carson Desrosiers (second-leading rebounder on team with 5.2 rpg) Jr. 7-0 240

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (4-1)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated South Dakota State 76-64
G Bo Spencer (leads team with 16.0 ppg and assists with 4.2 per game) Sr. 6-2 196
G Brandon Richardson (second on team with 3.4 apg) Sr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (played just 12 minutes vs. SDSU due to illness) Sr. 6-4 205
G Brandon Ubel (leads team with 6.4 rpg) Jr. 6-10 235
F Jorge Brian Diaz (averaging 11.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.4 blocks per game) Jr. 6-11 244

Rotate on D

Nebraska already has a pretty good idea of what Wake Forest will bring to the table tonight offensively, seeing how Demon Deacons head coach Jeff Bzdelik used many of the same philosophies against the Huskers two years ago when he was coaching at Colorado. Doc Sadler is expecting much of the same Four Corners offense Bzdelik ran at CU, which means Nebraska's defense is likely going to be in for a workout keeping up with Wake's pass-heavy half-court attack. Quick, efficient rotations on defense as the Demon Deacons work the ball around will be key.
Guards step up

One of the first things that stands out about Wake Forest is the talent of its backcourt. Led by guard C.J. Harris comes into tonight's game as the second-leading scorer in the ACC this season, averaging 19.5 points per game. His play is part of the reason why Wake Forest ranks fourth in the its conference in scorer at 75.2 ppg and also leads the ACC with a +5.17 turnover margin. Nebraska's guards have played very well all year long, but this could very well be their toughest challenge of the year so far.
Handle the big stage

Nebraska has had numerous chances over the years to make a statement in nationally televised games over the past decade, but has fallen short more often than not. The Huskers get another chance to prove they can stack up in tonight's ESPNU contest. Sadler has called this game a chance for his team to show the type of swagger needed to win these types of games, especially with it being at home against a Wake Forest team trying to bounce back from a disastrous 2010-11 season. If there were ever a chance for the Huskers to pull out a win over a top-level program on the big stage, this would be it.

Head coach Doc Sadler on the confidence he wants to see his team play with this season:

"I get concerned that maybe the coaches are the only ones that think this team could be as good as I think they can be At some point, those guys sitting there have to get a swagger about them that they're a good basketball team."
Junior guard Caleb Walker on the Huskers playing their fourth game in 11 days tonight:

"We're holding up pretty good. We're just trying to stay at it. We're out here working, but it's tough having a stretch like this. It's a grind, but we have to keep going. To be that good team we want to be, we're going to have to go through these types of stretches."

Wake Forest 70-68

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