Rutgers at Nebraska
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, 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.
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.
2 p.m. ET, ESPNU
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.
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.
1. The Cornhuskers have had 10 or fewer turnovers in five straight
2. Fifth-year senior C Greg Lewis grabbed a
career-high 16 rebounds in 45 minutes against Illinois.
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
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