After battling a pair of ranked teams on the road last week, the Nebraska basketball team returns to the Devaney Center Wednesday night, as they host the Purdue Boilermakers. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (central) and tickets for the contest are available for as little as $10 by visiting Huskers.com.
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.
The matchup between the Huskers and Boilermakers will be televised nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris on the call, as every remaining Husker game in 2012-13 will be televised nationally. Wednesday's game is also available on BTN2GO, including iOS or android devices.
The Huskers (9-8, 0-4 B1G) were on the cusp of their first road win over a ranked opponent since 2008, as the Huskers were within a point of No. 22 Michigan State with two minutes left, but the Spartans got a big 3-pointer from Gary Harris and pulled away for a 66-55 win.
Nebraska, which was without two of the top eight players because of injuries, shook up its lineup and produced its highest offensive output in Big Ten play. Sophomore David Rivers made his first career start and responded with 18 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the floor and added six rebounds. He was one of three Huskers in double figures against the Spartans, as Dylan Talley had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Ray Gallegos added 12 points.
Rivers, who did not score a point in nine Big Ten games as a freshman, has averaged 7.8 points per game and is shooting 74 percent from the floor in conference action this season.
Purdue comes into Wednesday's game with an 8-8 record after a 60-42 win over Penn State on Sunday. The Boilermakers, who are 2-2 in Big Ten action, make their first trip to Lincoln since 1978, and feature one of the youngest lineups in the Big Ten with three freshmen starting.