Game Time: Wednesday, Feb 22th, 2012 5:30 pm @ Purdue
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- Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Television: Big Ten Network
(Ch. 610 on DirecTV; Chs. 439, 9500 on DISH; Chs. 24 and 333-SH, 1333-HD on Time Warner Cable; Chs. 80 SD, 1080-HD on Cox Cable)
Play-by-Play: Eric Collins
Color: Dan Bonner
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: Kent Pavelka
Color: Matt Davison
Internet Radio/Stats: Google it dude
Satellite Radio: XM 190, Sirius 92
|Game Notes vs. Purdue|
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.
Time for a crossroads?
While highly unlikely, there is nothing like a big time home win to give you the realization that the Huskers could still play themselves into the NIT if they can start winning games. While Purdue might be down a couple of players they have, minus a blowout loss to Penn State, been taking out the teams they're supposed to beat.....which would define Nebraska. Purdue is a fairly small team...trotting out no one over 6-8 which bodes well for the Huskers. What doesn't bode well is the fact that Purdue is one of the best teams in terms of stealing the ball and generating turnovers. If Doc has been saving up Brandon for something, this might be the game to roll him out for 40 minutes.
Purdue has an ok team this year...not great but probably on their way to the tourney. Winning this game and a future Penn State home game would guarantee at least a .500 record in the toughest conference in the league. Unless the Boilermakers over look Nebraska or we're experiencing a Husker team that was simply "trying to hard" for the first 13 conference games, this should be a double digit win for the Boilers. Once again, please prove us wrong.
Prediction: Purdue 70 - Nebraska 59