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    Game Day Essentials: Game #3 at Rhode Island


    hhcmatt
    • #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0) at Rhode Island Rams (2-0)

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      Date: Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

      Time: 6:00 p.m. CST

      Arena: Thomas M. Ryan Center

      Capacity: 7,567

      Broadcast Information

      Television: Saturday’s game is available on DirecTV (Ch. 639); Cox Cable in Omaha (Ch. 126)

      Play-by-play: Eric Frede

      Analysis: Abu Bakr

      Online: Coxhub.com ($5 for event)

      Satellite Radio: Sirius (Ch. 135); XM (None)

      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka

      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison Jake Muhleisen

      Rhode Island Scouting Thread

    Rhode Island Info

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    Head Coach: Dan Hurley

    Location: Providence, RI

    Conference: A-10

    Nickname: Rams

    Mascot: Rhody the Ram

    Last time out: Beat UMass-Lowell

    Typical Rotation Depth: 10 players

    Tempo: Learning to fly

    Offensive Style: To the rim

    Defensive Style: Pressure

    Line: Nebraska by 2.5

    Famous Alumni: Lamar Odom

    Other Previews

    Huskers.com - http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=209774935http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=209774935

    Journal Star - http://journalstar.com/sports/huskers/mens-basketball/nu-hoops-notes-numbers-confirm-slow-starts/article_ab0406b1-a395-5647-acdf-dcb9f68cf10d.html

    Rhody Rampage - http://rhodyrampage.com/2014/10/17/rhode-island-basketball-2014-15-schedule-preview-nebraska-cornhuskers/

    Possible Starters

    Huskers

    0 Tai Webster 6-4 199 So

    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

    Rams

    32 Jared Terrell 6-3 220 Fr

    10 Biggie Minnis 6-3 200 Jr

    0 E.C. Matthews 6-5 190 So

    55 Gilvydas Biruta 6-8 235 Sr

    12 Hassan Martin 6-7 230 So

    Player to Watch: E.C. Matthews

    Matthews was a highly sought after 4 star recruit out of Michigan who hit the ground running as the A-10 co-freshman of the year. Dan Hurley rotates through his players quite a bit but the southpaw NBA prospect should be on the court most of the time.

    The Skinny

    Huskers have their first big test in an up and coming Rhode Island team on the road. Dan Hurley's squad are the A-10 version of the Huskers having built up the talent level with a few transfers and top 150 recruits. However, it's still a young team that the Huskers should be able to handle.

    The Rams have mucked it up over the last couple of season and are attempting to transition into a full court pressure defense so you'll see a lot of different rotations. Speaking of rotations, the best lineups for the Huskers has included Benny Parker on the court. If Nebraska starts out slow again, you'll see the Energizer out on the floor immediately. I think Coach Miles finds a way to get Walt Pitchford immediately involved on the offense...am I the only one who misses the familiarity of him jacking up a 3 to start the game? Miles has also hinted the role of David Rivers on offense could increase. His outside shooting stroke will certainly come in handy on nights when a path to the lane doesn't exist.

    The keys to this game will be how Nebraska fares on the boards and how Rhode Island handles the ball. The Rams don't have a ton of height but they have beefy players who excel at pulling down rebounds. Rhody has been turning the ball over without pressure so transition points should be there for the Huskers. Expect them make their living on the run and at the charity stripe when the Rams are hacking away.

    Rhode Island really doesn't have the type of team that can hurt the Huskers. It's probably a close game with the home court advantage.

    Prediction: Nebraska 72 Rhode Island 67

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