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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Nebraska at Hawaii
When: 11:59 PM ET, Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Nebraska is coming off back-to-back one-point games for the first time in 14 years and will be looking for an easier experience Monday when the Cornhuskers meet host Hawaii on the opening day of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Nebraska bounced back from an embarrassing loss Wednesday against visiting Incarnate Word to beat a solid Cincinnati team in double overtime Saturday. It wasn’t a pretty victory as the Cornhuskers committed 22 turnovers, their most in three seasons.

Nebraska has two dynamic scoring wings in Terran Petteway (19.8) and Shavon Shields (17.7) but the player turning heads lately is 6-10 power forward Walter Pitchford. He played 48 minutes against Cincinnati, the most by a Cornhusker since Jake Muhleisen also played 48 in a double overtime win over Kansas State in January 2005. Pitchford has combined for 19 points in the last two games, bumping his season scoring average to 6.7.

TV: 1 a.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT NEBRASKA (6-3): Benny Parker also averages 6.7 points for the Cornhuskers but what he does better than anyone on the team is steal the ball. He’s averaging a team-high 1.9 per game this season, putting him on pace to produce the program’s highest total since Cookie Belcher averaged 3.2 steals in 1999. Petteway has shown good hands this season as well, averaging 1.3 steals with at least three in two of the last six games.

ABOUT HAWAII (8-3): After posting 20 wins for the first time in a decade last season, the Rainbow Warriors are on course to hit that mark again, even after head coach Gib Arnold was removed in late October. Hawaii also watched one of last season’s best players, Isaac Fotu, sign a professional contract overseas and depart during the fall. Aaron Valdes has emerged as the team’s top player this season, averaging team highs of 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 40.9 from 3-point range.

TIP-INS

1. Petteway is looking to become the first Nebraska player since Tyronn Lue in 1998 to average at least 20 points in a season.

2. Hawaii has won six of eight previous meetings against Nebraska.

3. Nebraska is the first Big Ten team to participate in the six-year history of the Diamond Head Classic.

PREDICTION: Hawaii 74, Nebraska 73
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Nebraska 6-3 W1 5-2 1-1 0-0 1-0 5-3 0-0
Hawaii 8-3 W1 4-1 0-0 4-2 2-1 6-2 0-0
Last Meeting
Nebraska Hawaii
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/22/06 NEB 72 HAW 81 72 19 36.9 81 41 51.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Nebraska R. Anderson 29 40.0 6
Hawaii M. Lojeski 17 60.0 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Nebraska R. Anderson 6 1 5
Hawaii A. Gueye 11 4 7
Assists Player  
Nebraska C. Richardson Jr. 8
Hawaii M. Gibson 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Nebraska T. Petteway 178 41.1 41
Hawaii A. Valdes 185 57.3 42
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Nebraska S. Shields 65 19 46
Hawaii A. Valdes 80 34 46
Assists Player  
Nebraska T. Petteway 25
Hawaii R. Bobbitt 62
Quickchart Matchup
Nebraska Off vs  Hawaii Defense
70.3 Points For
68.9 Points Against
43.4 FG%
41.1 FG%
33.0 Reb
32.1 Reb
Hawaii Off vs  Nebraska Defense
71.1 Points For
63.7 Points Against
43.0 FG%
39.2 FG%
32.1 Reb
32.9 Reb