Tipoff: 8:15pm CST Location: "The Bob" - Lincoln, NE
Television: ESPNU | Live Stats and Internet Radio: Huskers.com
Radio: IMG Husker Sports Network | KLIN 1400 in Lincoln - KFAB 1110 in Omaha - KRVN 880 in Lexington
Play by play - Kent Pavelka Color - Matt Davison
Welcome to the Wednesday evening game thread, and some Husker Basketball! Tonight, we have day two of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which pits the traditionally powerful Wake Forest Demon Deacons against our Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Deacons went horribly wrong last season ending with a final record of 8-24 and 1-15 in the ACC Conference. No thanks to attrition problems, Wake is working with just 8 scholarship players out of the allotted 13 spots on the roster. The Deacons are 4-2 so far this season, but their biggest win so far is Texas Tech.
Nebraska is coming off a pretty solid win over SDSU on Sunday. Nothing fancy about it, but the game was not as close as the score makes it look. The Huskers were in control, and never really let the Rabbits get too close. Spencer picked up his game, and Brandon Ubel made some great contributions on the scoring end. A very interesting note: We saw some very solid minutes out of 6'7" freshman David Rivers, adding yet another weapon to the much maligned Husker offense. Keep an eye on this kid as the season goes along - The added depth will be critical as conference season gets underway in the Big Ten.
-Wake Forest reminds us of the 2009 Huskers. The Deacons are starting 3 sophomores, and the first 3 options off the bench are all freshman. That's a young squad.
-Nebraska will be playing its first game versus the Deacons, and also hosts an ACC team in Lincoln for the first time in history.
-Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik holds a 3-3 all time record versus Doc Sadler, as he was the coach at Colorado for three seasons prior to taking the WF job.
-Wake Forest will be the 5th team out of six games this season with at least one player averaging 15 points per game. Wake Forest's Travis McKie and C.J. Harris are both averaging 19 ppg this year. Oregon was the only team that did NOT play a high scoring threat - Nebraska's only loss.
-In the spirit of the Big Ten /ACC Challenge, it's notable to point out that Wake Forest has a projected SOS(Strength of Schedule) of 93rd in the country. Nebraska is projected to have a SOS of 10th in the land.Guess we know what conference looks to be stout.
-Nebraska is working on ball control. Starting the season with a horrid 18 turnover game against South Dakota, the Huskers are averaging just 12.5 per game since then. Much closer to the number (12) that Doc proclaimed as his turnover goal for the season. Gamebreaker Stat: If Nebraska wants to win, they will need to limit turnovers tonight, as the Deacons are forcing around 18 per game this season.
-Wake's Carson Derosiers is ranked #1 in the ACC in blocked shots per game (3.0), while NU's Jorge-Brian Diaz is ranked 2nd in the Big Ten (2.4).