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    HHC Game Essentials: Oregon Ducks

    [caption id=" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Though he no longer coaches in the state, Nebraska native Dana Altman knows that clapping at all times is in the Nebraska fan DNA.]Dana Altman[/caption]


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    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)
    Broadcasters: Tom Hart and Keno Davis
    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: Free on Huskers.com
    Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 92

    bullet Game Notes vs. Oregon
    bullet Live Audio

    Mascot: Ducks
    Conference: Pac-12
    Shirt color not to wear: green/gold/feathers


    Opposing players to watch:  E.J. Singler

    EJ Singler
    EJ Singler: Spokesperson for the NCAA's "Everyone has nipples" campaign


    You might recognize the Singler name as E.J. is the younger brother of former Duke Blue Devil Kyle Singler.  While he might be the Eli to Kyle's Peyton, he's arguably Oregon's best player and the offense should run through him.  The 6-6 forward is leading the team in most offensive categories including points, rebounds, and number of former annoying Blue Devil brothers.  One thing you shouldn't do is put him on the line as the 2011 Pac-10's best free throw shooter hasn't missed one this year.

    Opposing players to NOT watch:  Tony Woods and Jabari Brown

    Oregon received two big additions this year in 5-star freshman phenom Brown and 6-11 Wake Forest transfer Woods.  On Saturday Brown quit the team after a two games and Woods ended up injuring his ankle on Sunday.  While the offense seemed to click against SE Missouri without Brown, we're talking about 2 out of 5 opening day starters.  Look for the Ducks to start undersized point guard Johnathan Loyd and human foul machine Olu Ashaolu.


    Possible Lineups (Ducks)

    Position Ht. Yr. PPG
    G Garrett Sim 6-1 Sr.  12.0
    G Johnathan Loyd 5-8 So.   6.3
    F E.J. Singler 6-6 Jr. 12.3
    F Tyrone Nared 6-8 Sr.  7.7
    F Olu Ashaolu 6-7 Sr.  7.0


    Possible Lineups (Huskers)

    Position Ht. Yr. PPG
    G Bo Spencer 6-2  Sr.  17.0
    G Brandon Richardson 6-0  Sr.   9.0
    G Caleb Walker 6-4  Sr.  12.3
    F Brandon Ubel 6-10  Jr.   2.3
    C Jorge Brian Diaz 6-11  Jr.  10.0


    The Huskers have seen enough of Dana Altman to know what sort of game plan Creighton Oregon will want to run:  A pressing defense that can generate points mixed with an aggressive offense that will generate free throws and the open three.  However, it's Oregon's roster volatility that makes this game such a question mark.  Three out of last year's four top scoring options graduated over the summer and 2 opening day starters aren't playing in this game.  The best recruit Oregon has had in the last couple of years quit the team on Saturday.  You have to wonder how the thin roster will effect the style of play and how the drama will influence the performance.

    Doc's most experienced crew demolished a Rhode Island press on Sunday so I'm not sure we'll see Oregon's pressure unless they're trying to make a run.  Also, this is the sort of poor 3 pt shooting team that Nebraska excels at defending.  You might witness a bizarre twist as Sadler attempts to play at an Altman-esque pace while Altman tries to grind the game to a halt.  As long as Nebraska can protect the ball and make Oregon work for points, expect this to be a brutal game for the Ducks.  Should Oregon start having foul trouble, this could get ugly early.

    Prediction:  Huskers 68 - Ducks 58 with a 28% chance of Runzas


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