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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Rutgers at Nebraska
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska and Rutgers both had opportunities to pull off an upset last time they played, but the Cornhuskers ran out of gas and lost to the nation's No. 3 team, Maryland, and Rutgers fell in triple overtime to Illinois. On Saturday, the Scarlet Knights head to Nebraska looking to break a 10-game losing streak and win their first Big Ten game since Jan. 11, 2015.



Nebraska, which shoots 47.8 percent in conference play, had a chance to pull off the upset but shot a season-low 31.8 percent and was able to convert 18 Maryland turnovers into just nine points. The Cornhuskers put themselves in a position to win by taking care of the ball -- they committed just six turnovers -- but a lack of execution on offense and in the running game doomed Nebraska. For the first time in Scarlet Knights history, two freshmen scored 20 points in the same game as Corey Sanders recorded 39 points and Jonathan Laurent 23 in the losing effort against Illinois. Sanders missed a free throw with 3.3 seconds left in regulation that would have put Rutgers up and in the driver's seat for a chance to end its skid.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU



ABOUT RUTGERS (6-17, 0-10 Big Ten): Sanders has been a bright spot in a dismal season as he leads the conference in steals (1.64) and is first among freshmen in scoring (15.4), while ranking second in assists (4.14). After scoring 39 points, handing out 12 assists and grabbing eight rebounds against Illinois, the freshman point guard is now averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 38.9 minutes over his past six games. Mike Williams, who scored 22 points in the loss to Nebraska on Jan. 9, has averaged 16.7 points per game in his past four contests.

ABOUT NEBRASKA (12-11, 4-6): Last time the two teams played, Andrew White scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Cornhuskers to a record-setting 35-point victory and ignited a four-game winning streak. Guard Tai Webster has emerged as a solid scoring threat, averaging 13.6 points per game over his past six games on 22-of-39 from the field. Throw out the Michigan State game when he went 12-of-20 and second-leading scorer Shavon Shields continues to struggle, having made only 19-of-54 from the field, including 4-of-17 against Maryland, in his past four games.



TIP-INS

1. The Cornhuskers have had 10 or fewer turnovers in five straight games.

2. Fifth-year senior C Greg Lewis grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in 45 minutes against Illinois.

3. The Cornhuskers are averaging 73.7 points per game, an increase of 12.2 over last season and the largest increase in school history.

PREDICTION: Nebraska 83, Rutgers 71
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Rutgers 6-17 L10 6-8 0-7 0-2 2-7 4-10 0-10
Nebraska 12-11 L3 8-6 3-4 1-1 5-4 7-7 4-6
Last Meeting
Rutgers Nebraska
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/9/16 NEB 90 RUTG 56 56 24 33.3 90 38 56.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Rutgers M. Williams 22 58.3 7
Nebraska A. White III 28 78.6 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Rutgers B. Daniels 6 2 4
Nebraska A. White III 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Rutgers B. Daniels 3
Nebraska G. Watson Jr. 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Rutgers C. Sanders 338 40.9 69
Nebraska A. White III 392 50.8 62
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Rutgers D. Foreman 144 38 106
Nebraska A. White III 140 32 108
Assists Player  
Rutgers C. Sanders 91
Nebraska S. Shields 67
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Rutgers Off vs  red bar Nebraska Defense
blue bar 68.4 Points For
red bar 68.8 Points Against
blue bar 41.6 FG%
red bar 43.2 FG%
blue bar 31.6 Reb
red bar 29.6 Reb
red bar Nebraska Off vs  blue bar Rutgers Defense
red bar 73.7 Points For
blue bar 80.7 Points Against
red bar 45.6 FG%
blue bar 45.5 FG%
red bar 29.6 Reb
blue bar 38.6 Reb