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    Game Day Essentials: Game #14 vs Northwestern

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      Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-5) vs Northwestern Wildcats (12-1)

       

      http://www.snappytv.com/snaps/1161560

       


      Date: Wednesday, Dec 30th, 2015


      Time: 3:00 p.m. CST
      Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
      Capacity: 15,000

       

      Broadcast Information


      TV: ESPNU


      Online: WatchESPN


      Announcers: Daymeon Fishback and Jordan Bernfield

       

      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

       

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    Head Coach: Chris Collins
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Wildcats
    Mascot: Willie the Wildcat
    Last time out: Beat Loyola MD
    Typical Rotation Depth: 8-9 players
    Offensive Style: Perimeter passing, 3pt shooting
    Defensive Style: Zone-Man Mix
    Shirt Not to wear: Purple, Gold, Cat
    Notable Alumni: 50% of ESPN personalities
    Line: Nebraska by 3

     

    Player to watch: Bryant McIntosh

     

    Collins has rolled with the Sophomore PG since day 1 and he's evolved from a good shooter to a very good shooter, knocking down 47.2% of his 3s which anchors his impressive 59.2 eFG%. Last season the Huskers hounded him into 4 turnovers and 3 points. This year it will be more about containment than shutdown as Northwestern has a decidedly better supporting cast.

     

    The Skinny

     

    The Christmas break has been much kinder to the Huskers as they've had a week to recoup from their December whereas Northwestern has lost their starting center Alex Olah indefinitely with a stress fracture. Northwestern however comes into Lincoln with their best start since 1931 though their 12-1 record has been against some so-so competition.

     

    Essentially returning their entire starting lineup from last year, this year's 3pt shooting NW team has been shooting lights out, their 57.2 eFG% is a top 10 number. Three players for NW shoot 40%+ from downtown and freshman stretch 4 Aaron Falzon shoots a respectable 36.8% as a 3pt specialist. Inside the Wildcats do have some serviceable bigs in VT transfer Joey Van Zegeren and freshman Dereck Pardon. Expect NW to continue to look inside to set up a rhythm 3pt shot as part of their offense.

     

    It's still the same slow-as-molasses NW team and the zone defense that the Wildcats will utilize often against the Huskers will slow things down even more. If the Huskers are going to attack this thing without passing, they'd better draw contact against a NW zone designed to kill hero ball. The lack of Olah also opens up the offensive boards a bit more for Nebraska. Sure it's overall a tall team that Collins rolls out but it's not a team you need to worry about killing you on the break.

     

    Can the Huskers be patient enough in their offense to crack NW's zone? Can they draw enough contact and hold onto the ball enough to overcome what will likely be a Northwestern team that outshoots them? Will the Olah injury lead to some Wildcat that we didn't scout well enough blowing up?

     

    Look for the 3pm Husker faithful to help pull out a close one against a NW team not used to playing against noise.

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 67 - Northwestern 63 with a 40% chance of Runzas

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    Northwestern - Probable Starters

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

    14           Tre Demps             G             Sr.           6-3          202         13/13     15.2        3.6          4.2 apg

    30           Bryant McIntosh     G             So.          6-3          185         13/13     16.2        3.2          6.8 apg

    34           Sanjay Lumpkin     G/F          Jr.            6-6          220         13/13     5.8          6.2          56.6 FG Pct.

    35           Aaron Falzon           F            Fr.           6-8          213         13/10     8.8          3.2          36.8 3-pt Pct.

    1            Joey van Zegeren    C             Sr.           6-10       235            9/1       4.3          4.1          1.6 bpg

     

     

    Nebraska - Likely Starters

    No          Name                        Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Yr.          GP/GS   MPG      PPG       RPG       APG

     3             Andrew White III         G           6-7         216         Jr.           13/13     27.6        17.1        5.5       0.3

     5             Glynn Watson Jr.        G           6-0         165         Fr.           13/1      21.3        7.5         2.2        2.6

    12           Michael Jacobson        F           6-8         222         Fr.           13/4      12.1        4.1         3.2        0.4

    31           Shavon Shields         G/F         6-7         225         Sr.           13/13     29.7      16.3        5.5         2.9

    32           Benny Parker             G           5-9         175         Sr.           13/13     25.3        4.1         2.2        2.2

         Rotation

     0             Tai Webster              G           6-4         196         Jr.           13/12     26.9         9.3         3.7          2.0

    10           Jack McVeigh           G/F         6-8         210         Fr.           13/0       16.8        5.0         3.1          1.0

    11           Bakari Evelyn           G            6-2         178         Fr.           8/0         12.8        4.0         3.2          0.4

    23           Nick Fuller               G/F         6-7         204         So.          11/0         8.5         2.6         1.8          0.2

    24           Jake Hammond        F           6-10        235         So.          13/8       13.8        3.3         4.1          0.2

    30           Ed Morrow Jr.           F            6-7         225         Fr.           13/1       13.6        3.1         3.8          0.2

          Bench

     4             Johnny Trueblood   G            6-4         195         Fr.           5/0          3.4         0.8         0.2          0.8

    15           Malcolm Laws          G            6-1         190         So.          3/0          3.7         0.3         0.3          0.0

    20           Tanner Borchardt     F            6-8         274         Fr.           4/0          4.0         1.0         0.8          0.0

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    Joey van Zegeren per minute is a better shot blocker than Olah but I don't expect the Dutchman to play more than 20 minutes because he fouls more than Morrow or Hammond.

     

    We should be attacking the rim whenever possible though once again I expect that NW watched game tape and will run a lot of their zone.

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    One key to the game is getting to the free throw line. We are 8 - 0 when we attempt more free throws than our opponent. We are 0 - 5 when we attempt fewer free throws than our opponent.

     

    If they out free throw us, we're losing this game.

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    One key to the game is getting to the free throw line. We are 8 - 0 when we attempt more free throws than our opponent. We are 0 - 5 when we attempt fewer free throws than our opponent.

     

    If they out free throw us, we're losing this game.

     

     

    Anyone know who the refs are?

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    One key to the game is getting to the free throw line. We are 8 - 0 when we attempt more free throws than our opponent. We are 0 - 5 when we attempt fewer free throws than our opponent.

     

    If they out free throw us, we're losing this game.

     

     

    Anyone know who the refs are?

     

     

    Not yet. I say this because McIntosh is the only active player on the team with over 40 FT attempts. They're a finesse 3pt shooting team, not a drive and draw contact team. 

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    One key to the game is getting to the free throw line. We are 8 - 0 when we attempt more free throws than our opponent. We are 0 - 5 when we attempt fewer free throws than our opponent.

     

    If they out free throw us, we're losing this game.

     

     

    Anyone know who the refs are?

     

     

    Ed Hightower, Karl Hess, and Jack McElwee. And the backup ref is the "BOOM" T-giver. :P

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    One key to the game is getting to the free throw line. We are 8 - 0 when we attempt more free throws than our opponent. We are 0 - 5 when we attempt fewer free throws than our opponent.

     

    If they out free throw us, we're losing this game.

     

     

    Anyone know who the refs are?

     

     

    Ed Hightower, Karl Hess, and Jack McElwee. And the backup ref is the "BOOM" T-giver. :P

     

     

    Is this an April Fool's joke?  Nightmare on  P Street?  If not today may be the day I get arrested.....

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    This is a must win.

    Do we know these refs?

    We don't know who the refs are yet I don't think.

     

     

    I was more or less asking if people recognize refs by name because of their reputation.

     

    ah....ok...yeah that's a different story. Yes...I'm guessing most of the people here do know who those refs are....but then again...you might have just been trying to be sarcastic in your question in the first place. ;)

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    This is a must win.

    Do we know these refs?

    We don't know who the refs are yet I don't think.

     

     

    I was more or less asking if people recognize refs by name because of their reputation.

     

    ah....ok...yeah that's a different story. Yes...I'm guessing most of the people here do know who those refs are....but then again...you might have just been trying to be sarcastic in your question in the first place. ;)

     

     

     

    We don't know who the refs are yet at all though hopefully we don't pull Hannah from the movie Youngblood.

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    One key to the game is getting to the free throw line. We are 8 - 0 when we attempt more free throws than our opponent. We are 0 - 5 when we attempt fewer free throws than our opponent.

     

    If they out free throw us, we're losing this game.

     

     

    Anyone know who the refs are?

     

     

    Ed Hightower, Karl Hess, and Jack McElwee. And the backup ref is the "BOOM" T-giver. :P

     

     

    I loved having Hightower as a ref, but only when we were on the road.  Whereas most refs generally give the home team the benefit of the doubt, Hightower seemed to intentionally irritate the fans by giving every call to the visitors :)

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    Hot off the presses

     

    Today's refs: Gene Steratore, Lamont Simpson, Chris Beaver

    NM

     

     

    I really just hope we don't get called for targeting when we're fundamentally boxing out a shot.

     

    well...as long as they didn't go to the same school at the officials for the football game the other day we should be ok.

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    This is a must win.

    Do we know these refs?

    We don't know who the refs are yet I don't think.

     

     

    I was more or less asking if people recognize refs by name because of their reputation.

     

    ah....ok...yeah that's a different story. Yes...I'm guessing most of the people here do know who those refs are....but then again...you might have just been trying to be sarcastic in your question in the first place. ;)

     

     

     

    We don't know who the refs are yet at all though hopefully we don't pull Hannah from the movie Youngblood.

     

     

    lol..yeah that's what I told him too.  I think he was asking about  if people knew those specific officials.

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