The Nebraska men's basketball team rings in the 2013 calendar year in Columbus, Ohio, as he Huskers take on eighth-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten opener for both teams Wednesday afternoon. Tipoff from Value City Arena is slated for 5:31 p.m. (central) and the game will be carried nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Dan Bonner on the call. The matchup with the Buckeyes is also available on BTN2GO.
Wednesday's game will be carried across the state on the 29-station Husker Sports Network, including flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington, with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can be heard for free at Huskers.com and is also available on the Huskers' app on iOS or android devices.
Wednesday begins a challenging opening stretch for the Huskers, who play three of their first four games away from home. Nebraska is the only Big Ten team to open with three of its first conference games away from home and will likely face three ranked teams on the road over the first two weeks of the Big Ten slate (at No. 2 Michigan on Jan. 9 and at No. 18 Michigan State on Jan. 16).
First-year head coach Tim Miles brings the Huskers to Columbus with a 9-4 record despite having to replace four starters and seven of their top nine scorers from a team which won 12 games last year. Nebraska has relied on its veterans, primarily its senior class of Brandon Ubel, Dylan Talley and Andre Almeida, who account for an average of 35 points and 17 rebounds per game.
Nebraska comes off a 68-59 win over Nicholls State on Saturday, a contest where the Huskers built a 19-point second-half lead before holding on down the stretch. Nebraska placed four players in double figures, including a game-high 18 by Brandon Ubel, but needed to go 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final 57 seconds to preserve their ninth win of the season.
Ohio State will pose the toughest challenge to date for the Huskers, as the Buckeyes are 10-2 on the season and ranked as high as following an 87-44 rout of Chicago State on Saturday. OSU put six players in double figures, including a game-high 17 points from preseason All-American Deshaun Thomas. OSU's only two losses are setbacks at top-ranked Duke (73-68) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and to No. 6 Kansas (74-66), in Columbus on Dec. 22.