Huskers Begin Busy Stretch with Northwestern

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

The Nebraska men's basketball team begins the second half of the Big Ten season Thursday night, as the Huskers travel to Evanston, Ill., for a showdown with the Northwestern Wildcats.

Tipoff from Welsh-Ryan Arena is set for 6:02 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Dave O'Brien and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game can be seen in Lincoln on Ch. 35 on Time Warner Cable and in Omaha on Cox Cable Ch. 30, as well as nationally on both DirecTV (Ch. 209) and DISH Network (Ch. 144).

The Nebraska-Northwestern game will also be carried across Nebraska on the 30-station IMG Husker Sports Radio Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can also be heard on the Internet at and season audio packages are also available for purchase on the Huskers' App for your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Nebraska (11-9, 3-6 Big Ten) enters Thursday's game after a week off following a 79-73 win at Iowa on Jan. 26. Brandon Richardson picked a perfect night to put together a career performance, as the senior totaled a career-high 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Richardson went 6-of-7 from long range, as he eclipsed the 20-point mark for the first time this season and the second time in his 109-game Husker career. In addition to his scoring output, he also matched his season best with six rebounds and dished out five assists in 37 minutes of action.

Richardson's effort keyed a Husker offense which enjoyed its best output in conference play with 79 points, including a 48-point second half. It was Nebraska's highest-scoring effort since putting up 83 points against Rhode Island on Nov. 20.

Thursday's game against Northwestern kicks off a key stretch in the schedule, as the Huskers will play four games over the next 10 days.

Northwestern (12-8, 2-6 Big Ten) looks to break a three-game losing streak following a 58-56 loss to Purdue on Saturday. Three of the Wildcats' six Big Ten losses have been by two points or less, including a one-point setback to Illinois and a two-point overtime loss at Michigan. Northwestern features two of the league's top three scorers in John Shurna (19.0 ppg) and Drew Crawford (17.2 ppg).

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations

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