Huskers to Face off with Illini

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Nebraska looks for its second Big Ten road win of the season Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers travel to Illinois for a Big Ten matchup.

Tip-off from the Assembly Hall is set for 4:15 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on BTN with Wayne Larrivee and Tim Doyle on the call. Saturday's matchup with Illinois is also available on BTN2GO on iOS or android devices.

Saturday'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.

Nebraska ran into a hot-shooting Wisconsin team Tuesday night, as the No. 17 Badgers hit eight of their first 10 3-pointers and finished the night shooting 51 percent from the floor in a 77-46 setback.

Entering the Wisconsin game, one of the Huskers' biggest strengths in Big Ten play was their defense against the 3-pointer, as Nebraska ranked second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense, allowing only 30 percent from long range in conference play. Last year, NU was eighth in the conference in 3-point field goal defense, allowing 36 percent in Big Ten play.

One of the few highlights for the Huskers against the Badgers was the play of senior point guard Dylan Talley, who led all scorers with 21 points and matched his season best with eight rebounds. The 6-foot-5 senior has been playing some of the best basketball of his career over the last three weeks. Talley is averaging 19.8 ppg over the last five games, a stretch which includes the top three teams in the Big Ten standings (Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin).

For the second straight game, the Huskers will face a rested foe, as Illinois (20-9, 7-8 Big Ten) has been off since a 71-58 loss to No. 4 Michigan on Feb. 24.The Illini have been a streaky team in Big Ten play, dropping six of seven games at one point before rolling off five straight wins, including a win over No. 1 Indiana on Feb. 7. The Huskers look to avenge a 71-51 loss to Illinois in Lincoln on Jan. 22.


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