Kansas St Info
Head Coach: Jerome Tang (2nd Season)
Location: Manhattan, KS
Conference: Big 12
Mascot: Willie the Wildcat
Line: Kansas St by 5.5
Typical Rotation Depth: 8
KenPom rank: 46
- This is the last game in the 3 game series vs KSU. KSU won at Nebraska and in KC.
- Reink Mast was teammates this summer with David N'Guessan for the Dutch team this summer
- The unofficial nickname for Bramlage Coliseum is the "Octagon of Doom"
- Center Nae’Qwan Tomlin transferred after being dismissed from the team. Went for 15 pts and 7 rebs vs Nebraska last season.
- With CJ Wilcher, Nebraska boasts 5 college graduates on the roster including Josiah Allick, Jarron Coleman, Rienk Mast and Brice Williams.
KenPom most used lineups
Player to watch: Tylor Perry
The 5th year senior PG transferred from North Texas where he was a highly effective 3 level scorer. Perry has struggled from 3 this season, shooting 32.2% this season
Player to watch: Cam Carter
KSU has asked Carter to pick up the scoring load this season and he's currently leading the team at 16.9 ppg. Carter isn't a very efficient from the 3pt line.
Player to watch: Arthur Kaluma
A familiar name here as Kaluma transferred from Creighton. In 2 games vs Nebraska he's scored 6 points but expect better from him in this game as his shot is falling much more consistently this season.
Others to watch
David N'Guessan and Will McNair are affective inside scorers but don't offer a threat from outside. Fr PG Dai Dai Ames has struggled to score this season. Soph Jerrell Colbert is depth in the frontcourt. Fr SG RJ Jones is depth in the backcourt.
UNL Game Notes
5 Ahron Ulis 6-3 190 lbs Junior - Likely out for the season
15 Blaise Keita 6-11 257 lbs Junior - Ongoing ankle injury recovery
Possible starters for Nebraska
10 Jamarques Lawrence 6-3 183 lbs Sophomore
30 Keisei Tominaga 6-2 179 lbs Senior
3 Brice Williams 6-7 213 lbs Junior
53 Josiah Allick 6-8 231 lbs Senior
51 Rienk Mast 6-10 248 lbs Junior
4 Juwan Gary 6-6 221 lbs Junior
0 C.J. Wilcher 6-5 214 lbs Junior
9 Jarron Coleman 6-5 213 lbs Senior
1 Sam Hoiberg 6-0 183 lbs Sophomore
2 Ramel Lloyd Jr. 6-6 210 lbs RS Freshman
11 Eli Rice 6-8 213 lbs Freshman
21 Matar Diop 6-10 213 lbs Freshman
31 Cale Jacobsen 6-4 200 lbs RS Freshman
35 Henry Burt 6-7 216 lbs RS Freshman
24 Jeffrey Grace III 6-3 197 lbs Sophomore
CJ Wilcher and Fred Hoiberg Presser
Josiah Allick should be available for today's game
Boogie Coleman responded well and should return to the rotation at some point
Nebraska finally rebounded from a 2 game skid in a big way vs Michigan St and looks to try and do again in a hostile atmosphere like Manhattan. With all due respect to the 3000 or so people up in Minneapolis, this will easily be the roughest environment this team will have experienced thus far. We shall see how they handle it.
Despite their lack of depth I don't think Nebraska wants to get into a running game with Kansas St considering the juice at home, the 9 days off they had, and most importantly Kansas St embraces a 'Helter-Skelter' style of basketball. At points the Wildcats will carelessly turn the ball over but they'll also generate second chance points on offense and pressure some steals on defense. Execution, not pace, will be key for Nebraska. You might see points where the whole team holds back on defense to secure a rebound in lieu of transition.
As far as opponents go, this one plays a style beneficial to Nebraska. Offensively they tend to take more 3s but don't hit them at a high rate. Defensively, Nebraska will get looks from 3 should be able to spread the Cats out.
Can Nebraska play another complete game? Can they play on their terms?
Prediction: Kansas St 74 - Nebraska 69