Nebraska Basketball: Huskers vs Illinois

David McGee
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Nebraska men's basketball is home against the Fighting Illini in a nationally televised game on BTN!

This is a big game for Nebraska if they want to keep their home record going, earn a potential postseason bid in the NIT (or NCAA if they play well the rest of the way).

Tipoff Time: 8:06 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Capacity: 15,000

Nebraska Cornhuskers
2013-14 Record: 12-10, 3-6 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 27-28 (2nd year)
Career Record: 310-248 (19th year)

Illinois Fighting Illini
2013-14 Record: 14-10, 3-8 Big Ten
Head Coach: John Groce
Record at Illinois: 37-23 (2nd year)
Career Record: 121-79 (6th year)

Television: BTN
(Ch. 610 on DirecTV; Chs. 439, 9500 on DISH; Chs. 24 and 333-SD, 1333-HD on Time Warner Cable; Chs. 80 SD, 1080-HD on Cox Cable)
Play by Play: Cory Provus
Expert Analysis: Shon Morris

Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Expert Analysis: Jake Muhleisen

Internet Radio/Stats: Free on

Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 108, XM Ch. 190

Scouting Illinois
The Fighting Illini come to Lincoln with a 14-10 record and are 3-8 in the Big Ten following a 60-55 win at Penn State on Sunday. The Fighting Illini, which had lost its last eight games, switched up their lineup and got big games from freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill. Nunn finished with a game-high 19 points, including four 3-pointers, while Hill added 11 points.

John Groce is in his second year at Illinois after he guided the Illini to a 23-13 record and the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Before taking the Illinois job, he led Ohio University to a 29-8 record and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012. Groce also served as an assistant at Ohio State, Xavier and North Carolina State before taking over the Bobcat program.

Illinois, which returned a pair of starters from the 2013 squad, won 13 of its first 15 contests, including wins against UNLV, Missouri and Indiana, before struggling at times in Big Ten action. The Illini are led by junior guard Rayvonte Rice, who ranks among the Big Ten leaders in scoring at 16.5 points per game while grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. He is one of three Illini in double figures as junior point guard Tracy Abrams averages 11.5 points and 3.2 assists per game, while senior Joseph Bertrand averages 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Junior center Nnanna Egwu is one of the top defensive centers in the Big Ten as he ranks third with 2.3 blocked shots per contests.

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