Game Time: Thursday, March 8th, 2012 7 pm @ Indy
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- Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Television: Television: ESPN2 (Ch. 35 on Time Warner Cable, Ch. 30 on Cox Cable; Ch. 209 on DirecTV; Ch. 144 on Dish Network)
Play-by-Play: Eric Collins
Color: Dan Dakich
Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network (including KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln; KFAB 1110 AM in Omaha; KRVN 880 AM in Lexington)
Play-by-play: Dave O'Brien
Color: Matt Davison
Internet Radio/Stats: Google it dude
Satellite Radio: XM 190, Sirius 92
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Shirt color not to wear: Old Gold and Black
Opposing player to watch: Robbie Hummel
Purdue had a great season last year led by a couple of future NBA draft picks in JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore ending with a 26-8 record in the 2nd round of the tourney. It's possible they might have gone further had Hummel not torn his ACL during the preseason. RH has made a full recovery and is now leading the team in scoring and rebounds. At 6-8 the senior is also one of the tallest Boilermakers on the team.
Opposing player to watch: Lewis Jackson
The leading assist man for the Boilers is not only the second leading scorer on the team but also noted as being one of the best defenders in the conference. Bo Spencer just dropped 27 on an Illinois team not caring on defense. Is he going to be reduced to taking low percentage NBA 3ptrs in this game?
Opposing player to watch: Ryne Smith
The other senior in Purdue's starting lineup, Smith is a fairly proficient 3 pt shooter currently hitting at a 41.5% clip. While not the best long range shooter on the team, Smith has the green light and leads the team in attempts behind the arc. Current 3pt% leader D.J. Bird is coming off a one game suspension for allegedly assaulting a bouncer while former starter Kelsey Barlow is simply off the team.
Last time the Huskers faced Purdue, Robbie Hummel personally tore apart the Huskers during the first half and the Boilermakers didn't look back. While this game is technically at a neutral site this time, it's a quick drive down to Indy for the Boilermakers. The only way that the Huskers win this game is by shutting down either Hummel or the 3pt line along with winning the boards. Considering the season the Huskers have had, this is going to be quite difficult.
One silver lining is that the game is played around 7 so you have that going for you. Should the Huskers hang on up next is Ohio State....oof. Might this be the last game of the Doc Sadler Era? I don't think we'll have to wait long to find out.
Prediction: Purdue 74 - Nebraska 60