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February 9, 2013

Hoops Gameday: Nebraska vs. Penn State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2012 - 8:00 p.m. CT
TV: ESPNU / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Penn State (8-14, 0-10 Big Ten)
Streak: Lost 10
Last Game: Lost to Purdue 58-49
G Jermaine Marshall (seventh in Big with both 14.7 ppg and 1.5 spg) Jr. 6-4 205
G D.J. Newbill (sixth in Big Ten with both 15.7 ppg and 4.2 apg) So. 6-4 205
G Nick Colella (averaging 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game) So. 6-3 195
F Brandon Taylor (averaging 6.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg) Fr. 6-7 235
C Sasa Borovnjak (scoring 5.8 ppg with 3.4 rpg) Sr. 6-9 240

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (11-12, 2-8 Big Ten)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Game: Lost to Ohio State 63-56
G Dylan Talley (had 12 points in loss to Ohio State) Sr. 6-5 216
G Ray Gallegos (leads Big Ten with 2.5 3-pointers made per game) Jr. 6-2 181
G/F Shavon Shields (had 29 points in first meeting against Penn State) Fr. 6-6 215
F David Rivers (had 13 points and 6 rebounds against Ohio State) So. 6-7 191
F Brandon Ubel (ranks 8th in Big Ten with 6.8 rebounds per game) Sr. 6-10 235

Keep up the shooting

Nebraska has lost two of its past three games, but the silver lining is that the Huskers have shot as well as they have all season during that stretch. Shooting 45 percent as a team the last three outings, NU can at least be encouraged that some of its offensive woes from early in the year seem to be tapering off. Against a Penn State team that's struggled to put points on the board - it ranks 310th nationally with 60.7 points per game - another solid shooting performance tonight could be more than enough to lift the Huskers to their third Big Ten Conference win of the season.
Keep up the rebounding

One of the main reasons Nebraska still had a chance in the final minutes against No. 11 Ohio State last week was the fact that it not only held its own in the rebounding department, it actually controlled the glass much of the night. The Huskers' +5 rebounding edge (38-33) in that game marked just the second time they have out-rebounded a Big Ten opponent this year. Again, with the Nittany Lions' dismal shooting coming into tonight, NU would be well served to limit any second-chance opportunities for PSU to get any easy baskets while getting a few of their own on the offensive glass.
Match the intensity

When Nebraska and Penn State met three weeks ago in State College, both teams were fighting to try and pick up their first Big Ten victory of the season, and the Huskers were able to get that monkey off their backs with a 68-64 win. This time around, though, the Nittany Lions are still searching for their first league win, and the reality is that this is likely the one game left on their schedule they feel they have a legit chance of doing it. Nebraska will have to bring as much if not more intensity to the court tonight to keep PSU winless in conference play and complete their first season sweep of the season.

Head coach Tim Miles on Nebraska's six-day break this week:

"I think it was useful in terms of teaching our guys some situational things. We haven't had a whole bunch of situational issues this year… So I think that's really important to have that time. We tried to make it competitive. The guys are really edgy. They're tired of practicing against each other, so it's been a long that way, too. I thought (Thursday's) practice was a little edgy. That's good and bad. You don't want to get frustrated easily, but you want a highly competitive group. Hopefully it's one and not the other."
Senior forward Brandon Ubel what the Huskers are expecting from the 8-14 Nittany Lions:

"They're a team that all the times that we've played them, brings it every single night. You can watch film on them, and they do, they bring it every single night. They're similar to us in that they've been close in a lot of games against really good teams. They've been right there and just unable to get over the hump, so they're going to bring it. I know that for a fact."

Nebraska 70-61

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