The Husker men's basketball team begins the postseason Wednesday afternoon, as Nebraska takes on Rutgers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. Tipoff from the United Center is set for 5:36 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised nationally on BTN with Brandon Gaudin, Shon Morris and Mike Hall on the call. The matchup will also be available on the Fox Sports App and BTN2Go with cable authentication.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on both Sirius and XM Radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff on many of the Husker Sports Network affiliates.
The Huskers (16-15, 6-14 Big Ten) look to build momentum following an improbable 93-91 win over Iowa in the regular-season finale Sunday afternoon. The Huskers, who had just seven scholarship players available against Iowa, not only overcame a 16-point second-half deficit, but trailed 74-65 with 50 seconds left before outscoring Iowa, 16-7, to get to overtime. In the extra period, Amir Harris scored the go-ahead basket with 10.8 seconds left, while Thorir Thorbjarnarson blocked Jordan Bohannon's 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to preserve the win.
Nebraska has relied on its two senior guards in James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr., as both players look to extend their careers in Chicago. Palmer, a third-team All-Big Ten pick by both the coaches and media, averages a team-high 19.1 points and 3.1 assists per game. He averaged 28.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals last week, including a 30-point effort against No. 9 Michigan State. Watson is averaging 13.0 points and 2.9 assists per game and has scored 20+ points in three of his last four games.
Rutgers (14-16, 7-13 Big Ten) have been one of the surprises of the Big Ten this season. The Scarlet Knights own wins over Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State and Iowa, knocking off the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on March 2. Rutgers has dropped its last two, including a one-point setback to Penn State on Wednesday. Rutgers won the only meeting with NU on Jan. 21, posting a 76-69 victory.
The winner of Wednesday's game will play fifth-seeded Maryland Thursday at 1:30 p.m. or 25 minutes following the conclusion of the Indiana-Ohio State matchup.