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    Game Day Essentials: Game #12 vs Samford


    hhcmatt
    • Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-4) vs Samford Bulldogs (7-3)


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      Date: Sunday, Dec 20th, 2015


      Time: 6:00 p.m. CST
      Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
      Capacity: 15,000

       

       

      Broadcast Information


      TV: BTN


      Announcers: Steve Physioc and Shon Morris

       

       

      Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.


      Play-by-play:

      Kent Pavelka
      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

    Samford Info
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    Head Coach: Scott Padgett
    Location: Providence, RI
    Conference: Southern
    Nickname: Bulldogs
    Mascot: Spike the Bulldog
    Last time out: Lost to South Alabama
    Typical Rotation Depth: 9-10 players
    Offensive Style: Hack attack
    Defensive Style: Pressure, Zone
    Line: Nebraska by 12.5
    Halftime: Red Panda!

     

    Player to watch: Darius Jones-Gibson

     

    The 6-1 Senior draws fouls at an elite Div 1 rate as over half of his shot attempts are in the paint and he's been to the line 80 times already (Shields leads the Huskers with 50 FT attempts) DJG is turnover prone and is a poor 3pt shooter

     

    Player to watch: Matt Rose

     

    Samford overall is a poor 3pt shooting team but Kentucky native Matt Rose and his 47.6% 3pt shooting is almost singlehandedly keeping them from being one of the worst.

     

    The Skinny

     

    From 1997-2012 Jimmy Tillette ran the Princeton offense at Samford, leading them to their only two tourney appearances in 1999 and 2000. Long time Tom Crean protege Bennie Seltzer took over in 2012 and was run out of town 2 years later after he had an astounding 14 players transfer on him. Current 2nd year coach and former Kentucky Wildcat player Scott Padgett has seen some success with his press and zone defense but has yet to beat anyone of note. If the Huskers show up, it won't happen tonight.

     

    This is a slightly dangerous matchup for Nebraska as the Bulldogs excel in turning teams over and drawing fouls which have been ongoing issues for the Huskers. Jake Hammond and Ed Morrow in particular will have to keep their hacking to a minimum or else will find themselves riding the bench again. On the flipside Samford is not a good shooting team and also draws a lot of fouls in their attempts to steal. There should be some opportunity on the offensive boards as well against this team.

     

    Look for Nebraska to have their full focus on Samford and beat the spread

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 79 - Samford 64 with a 79% chance of Runzas

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    Samford Probable Starters

    No. Name ******.....................Yr.....  ....Ht......Wt....G/GS... PPG..RPG..Other

    00.. Christen Cunningham... So.. G.. 6-2....185 - 10/10 - 14.7 - 3.4 - 3.3 apg
    15.. Darius Jones-Gibson.... Sr.. G... 6-2....185 - 10/10 - 15.8 - 3.0 - 2.4 apg
    1.... Jamal Shabazz.............. Sr. G/F. 6-6....200 - 10/10   - 8.3 - 2.9 - 0.6 bpg
    23.. Iman Johnson............... Sr... F... 6-5....215 - 10/10   - 3.4 - 3.4 - 1.2 spg
    33.. Wyatt Walker................. Fr... C.. 6-9....230 - 10/8     - 7.3 - 6.2 - 0.5 bpg

     

    Probable Starters*

    Nebraska          

    No. Name ******................. Yr. Ht... Wt.... G/GS.. PPG.. RPG.. Other

    0*  Tai Webster............ G... Jr.. 6-4.. 196.. 11/11.... 9.5... 3.9... 2.2 apg

    3*   Andrew White........ G... Jr.. 6-7.. 216.. 11/11.. 16.9... 5.1... 0.3 apg

    12* Michael Jacobsen.. F... Fr.. 6-8.. 222.... 11/2... 4.5... 2.9... 0.5 apg

    31* Shavon Shields.... G/F. Sr.. 6-7.. 225.. 11/11.. 15.3... 5.4 ...2.8 apg

    32* Benny Parke.......... G.. Sr.. 5-9.. 175.. 11/11... 3.9.... 2.3... 2.1 apg

     

    Probable Rotation*        

    No. Name ****** ..................Yr. Ht...... Wt. G/GS. PPG. RPG.. Other

    5*.. Glynn Watson, Jr... G ....Fr.. 6-0.. 165.. 11/0... 8.2... 2.2... 2.5 apg

    10. Jack McVeigh....... G/F... Fr.. 6-8.. 210.. 11/0... 5.1... 3.3... 0.8 apg

    11.. Bakari Evelyn....... G.... Fr.. 6-2.. 178.... 7/0.... 2.1... 0.7... 0.4 apg

    23.. Nick Fuller.......... G/F... So.. 6-7.. 204... 9/0.... 2.2... 2.0... 0.2 apg

    24* Jake Hammond..... F..... So. 6-10. 235. 11/8.... 3.9... 4.4... 0.3 apg

    30* Ed Morrow, Jr........ F..... Fr... 6-7.. 225. 11/1.... 3.3... 3.6... 0.2 apg

    (*) - Possible Starter

    Bench
    4 Johnny Trueblood.. G - Fr. 6-4, 195.....4/0 - 1.0 - 0.3 - 0.5
    15 Malcolm Laws....... G - So. 6-1, 190....3/0 - 0.3 - 0.3 - 0.0
    20 Tanner Borchardt.. F - Fr. 6-8, 274.....3/0 - 1.3 - 0.7 - 0.0

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