The Nebraska men’s basketball team looks for its second straight win on Tuesday night, as the Huskers play host to Illinois at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. (central) and tickets can be purchased for as little as $10 by visiting Huskers.com or by calling 800-8-BIGRED.
Tuesday’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.
The matchup between the Huskers and Fighting Illini will be televised nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Eddie Johnson on the call, as every remaining Husker game in 2012-13 will be televised nationally. Tuesday’s game is also available on BTN2GO, including iOS or android devices.
he Huskers (10-9, 1-5 B1G) picked up that elusive road win on Saturday, posting a 68-64 win at Penn State. Nebraska used an 11-0 second-half to take the lead for good and held on down the stretch. Freshman Shavon Shields put together the finest performance of his young career with 29 points on 10-of-11 shooting and six rebounds. His point total was one off of Nebraska’s freshman record and capped a strong week where he averaged 23.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game to earn Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors.
Shields’ emergence has helped the Huskers in recent games, as Nebraska has averaged 60.0 ppg in the last three games after averaging just 44.0 ppg in the Huskers’ first three Big Ten contests.
Tuesday’s matchup between the Huskers and Illinois matches the Big Ten’s newest head coaches - Nebraska’s Tim Miles and John Groce of Illinois. The Fighting Illini come into Tuesday’s game with a 14-5 record, but are just 1-4 in Big Ten play. Illinois has been off since a 68-54 loss to Northwestern on Thursday night. Illinois features one of the Big Ten’s most prolific scorers in senior guard Brandon Paul, who is second in the Big Ten at 18.2 points per game. Paul is one of four returning starters back this season for Illinois, which looks to snap a three-game losing streak.