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    Game Day Essentials: Game #15 vs Rutgers

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-6) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-6)


      Date: Thursday, Jan 8th, 2015

      Time: 8:00 p.m. CST

      Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

      Capacity: 15,000

      Broadcast Information

      Television: ESPNU

      Online: WatchESPN

      Announcers: Adam Amin and Craig Robinson

      Satellite Radio: Sirius (Ch. 84); XM (84)

      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka

      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

      Rutgers Scouting Thread

    Rutgers Info


    Head Coach: Eddie Jordan

    Location: New Brunswick, NJ

    Conference: B1G 10

    Nickname: Scarlet Knights

    Mascot: Scarlet Knight

    Last time out: Beat Penn St.

    Typical Rotation Depth: 8 players

    Tempo: Middle of the road

    Offensive Style: Princeton

    Defensive Style: Obfuscate

    Opening Line: Huskers by 7.5

    Shirt not to wear : Scarlet, Batman

    Fun Fact : This is three conferences in three years for Rutgers. Last year they were in the AAC after leaving the Big East with the rest of teams with football squads.

    Other Previews

    Huskers.com - http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209826996&DB_OEM_ID=100

    Journal Star - http://journalstar.com/sports/huskers/mens-basketball/nu-men-huskers-focus-on-defense-to-try-to-slow/article_1d4da4ff-3b40-55b6-8324-4f168bc52ad3.html

    Possible Starters


    3 Benny Parker 5-9 172 Jr

    5 Terran Petteway 6-6 215 Jr

    31 Shavon Shields 6-7 221 Jr

    2 David Rivers 6-7 200 Sr

    35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 237 Jr

    Scarlet Knights

    4 Myles Mack 5-10 175 Sr

    5 Mike Williams 6-2 190 Fr

    10 Junior Etou 6-7 230 So

    35 Greg Lewis 6-9 245 Jr

    11 Kadeem Jack 6-9 235 Sr

    Player to Watch

    Kadeem Jack: The 6-9 Senior leads the Knights in shot attempts and offensive rebounds. He is part of a 5 man rotation of players that weigh 230+. Expect a slugfest all night of the Huskers attempting to keep the Rutger's big men out of the paint.

    The Skinny

    Tim Miles doesn't want to run a slow down offense but the pace of this team is trending towards the 2013-14 season instead of keeping pace with last year's team. We don't have a full bench of players we feel comfortable playing so this isn't exactly a surprising revelation. It's hard to play 7 guys in the B1G at a fast pace. Playing 7 guys slow isn't necessarily a losing formula...it's what Wisconsin is doing.

    Enter Nick Fuller. Fuller looked serviceable against Iowa and hopefully can provide some much needed outside shooting in order to open up the lane some more for Petteway and Shields. Whose minutes is he going to take? At the moment hopefully the answer is "everyone's" Currently we're playing few enough guys where 2-5 minutes from our top 6 guys is still going to have them playing major minutes. One other note about Fuller: As a guy who probably won't handle the ball much we could potentially see his minutes be turnover free..a major issue with this team.

    Rutgers is a team under 2nd year coach Eddie Jordan who runs the Princeton offense. Considering they are a poor shooting team, it should be a matter of the Huskers staying inside the arc like they tend to do anyway. The Knights also play a tough brand of defense which means that we should see an ugly game of basketball tonight. Hopefully the Huskers can play an average or better game and they should be able to come away with their first conference win of the year.

    Prediction: Nebraska 57 - Rutgers 51 with a 9% chance of Runzas

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