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Game Day Essentials: Game #27 vs Rutgers: Husker Legends Day

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-8) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-14)

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Date: Saturday, Feb 10th, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm CST 
Arena: PBA

TV Broadcast:  BTN

Radio: Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
  Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka 
  Analysis: Jake Muhleisen

Rutgers Info

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Head Coach: Steve Pikiell
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Conference: B1G
Nickname: Scarlet Knights

Last time out: Lost to Indiana
Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
Line: Nebraska by 10 (currently at 9.5 as it always drops)

Tempo: Slower

Offense: Hero Ball

Style: Low assist % / Low 3pa%

Fun Fact: Rutgers lost to Steve Pikell's former team Stony Brook

 

All games

Four Factors
Effective FG%: 43.1 349 46.9 32 50.9
Turnover %: 17.1 78 21.5 36 18.8
Off. Reb. %: 33.0 57 29.6 211 29.0
FTA/FGA: 31.2 241 29.9 92 33.6

 

Conference only

Four Factors
Effective FG%: 40.0 14 51.3 8 50.9
Turnover %: 18.2 9 20.3 3 18.8
Off. Reb. %: 28.5 8 30.0 11 29.0
FTA/FGA: 27.4 12 35.4 13 33.6

 

Rutgers has drifted down to 349th out of 351 teams in eFG%. Their defensive numbers keep climbing the wrong way as they play more and more B1G opponents.

 

Halftime: Husker Legends Honored

Anyone who has come back for the 6th annual event will get to walk on the court at halftime.  If you're wonder who the dude is with the afro, it's Wilson Fitzpatrick who was part of the team that defeated a Wilt Chamberlain led squad in 1958

 

 

HHC Member Scouting

 

 

Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games

 

Nebraska

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  173  Jr
13 Anton Gill
6-3  195  Sr
24 James Palmer
6-6  210  Jr
15 Isaiah Roby
6-8  225  So
14 Isaac Copeland
6-9  221  Jr
30.9

 

Rutgers

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
3 Corey Sanders
6-2  176  Jr
0 Geo Baker
6-4  180  Fr
35 Issa Thiam
6-10  190  So
33 Deshawn Freeman
6-7  227  Sr
21 Mamadou Doucoure
6-9  243  Fr
21.7

 

Both teams have solidified their starting lineups since their last meeting

 

Notable Injuries:  Eugene Omoruyi and Mile WIlliams

Williams was out before Nebraska played Rutgers and the Senior guard has no timetable for this return from a severe ankle injury. Omoruyi  was a key piece off the bench as he was the most skilled of the not-that-skilled group of Rutgers post players.

 

Players to watch:  Issa Thiam

This team is desperate for shooting and pencil thin Issa Thiam is the one guy one the team with a consistent 3pt stroke, knocking them down to the tune of 44.6%. A passive player, it's very possible to shut him down but then you look to open up the driving lanes.  Defensively he gave James Palmer some trouble with his length last game.

 

Players to watch:  Corey Sanders

In terms of shooting percentage, Sanders has been in a Glynn Watson-esque funk for the last two years. Given his overall confidence and Rutgers' lack of option the star PG continues to shoot and leads the team in scoring. Known as one of the better defensive PGs in the league, it will be a fun matchup watching him and Glynn Watson duel.

 

 

 

Miles, Taylor, and Watson Presser

 

With Rutgers in town this would normally be a situation where a handful of regular reporters would show up and ask Miles some questions on the practice court. Evan Taylor read an opening statement and Miles filled in the gaps on the timeline that led to the Huskers basketball squad being vocal in reaction to a video of a racist student on campus.  Watson seemed to sum up the group's thoughts when he stated 'he wanted everyone to feel safe walking around campus.'  There is bound to be mixed reaction to all of this but given how used we are to seeing different programs suspending players or themselves for doing dumb things you have to credit this team for standing for something.

 

 

The Skinny

Here is the thing: we're going to beat this team.  It might be by a lot or it might be a struggle. At the end of the day we'll have a win over Rutgers. What are we leaving in the tank on Tuesday for Maryland? Is the tank fairly limitless at this point?

 

Prediction: Nebraska 75 - Rutgers 61


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21 hours ago, hhcdimes said:

Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games

 

Nebraska

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  173  Jr
13 Anton Gill
6-3  195  Sr
24 James Palmer
6-6  210  Jr
15 Isaiah Roby
6-8  225  So
14 Isaac Copeland
6-9  221  Jr
30.9

 

 

 

How often (if ever) have we used this lineup?

1 Watson

2 Palmer

3-4 Roby

3-4 Copeland

5 Tshimanga

 

And has it been effective? And, looking forward to next year, could this be a starting lineup in the event that we're not comfortable with Allen, Nana or Thor taking over at the 2?

 

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1 hour ago, jayschool said:

How often (if ever) have we used this lineup?

1 Watson

2 Palmer

3-4 Roby

3-4 Copeland

5 Tshimanga

 

And has it been effective? And, looking forward to next year, could this be a starting lineup in the event that we're not comfortable with Allen, Nana or Thor taking over at the 2?

 

 

I can't recall having Jordy, Roby, and Copeland on the court at the same time. Anyone else?

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