Huskers Look to Play Spoiler at Michigan State

By: Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations
By: Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations

The Nebraska men's basketball team faces a daunting task on Saturday night, as the Huskers travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a matchup with Big Ten leader Michigan State.

Tipoff is slated for 7:06 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart and Greg Kelser on the call. The game will also be available on and the BTN2Go App on select mobile devices.

Saturday's Nebraska-Michigan State game will also be carried across Nebraska on the 30-station IMG Husker Sports Radio Network with Kent Pavelka and Andy Markowski 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.

The Huskers (12-14, 4-11 Big Ten) performed well offensively at Purdue with 65 points on 52 percent shooting, but couldn't slow down Purdue's shooting. The Boilermakers shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half and connected on 13-of-29 from 3-point range on the night, as Robbie Hummel's game-high 29 points led five Purdue players in double figures.

Bo Spencer paced the Huskers at Purdue on Wednesday with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and five assists. The 6-foot-2 senior guard is averaging 23.0 points per game on 68 percent shooting in Nebraska's last two contests, including 8-of-12 from 3-point range.

While Spencer has enjoyed a hot shooting hand, fellow senior Brandon Richardson has been more of a distributor in recent games, averaging 5.7 assists per game in Nebraska's last three games. That is the best stretch of the senior's 115-game Husker career.

Michigan State (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten) comes into Saturday's game riding a six-game win streak following a 66-61 win at Minnesota Wednesday night. In that game, the Spartans trailed by seven in the final eight minutes before rallying for a crucial road win to stay one game ahead of Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten race.

The sixth-ranked Spartans are 16-0 at the Breslin Center this season and feature Draymond Green, who is the favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year. The senior forward is averaging 15.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on the season and had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists at Minnesota.

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations

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