Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (1-7) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-3)
2 PM, Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, NE
TV: None; Radio: Husker Sports Network (Affiliates, Sirius 126, webcast on Huskers.com)
Two games remain between the Huskers and Big XII play, and there are still plenty of questions remaining. The Huskers still haven't managed to find an answer to their rebounding problem -- indeed, they are the 5th-worst offensive rebounding team in the country -- and still haven't found the consistency on offense that they'll need to compete with the top teams in the Big XII. So bad have things gotten inside that Doc has apparently discussed with Bo Pelini the possibility of borrowing Zach Potter, Pierre Allen, and Marcel Jones from the football team now that football season is over.
The good news is that the Huskers' D has generally played well enough to keep them in most games. The Huskers force turnovers on just over 29% of possessions -- best in the nation -- and are the best team in the Big XII in terms of scoring defense.
Today, the Huskers play Maryland-Eastern Shore, the 339th-ranked team out of 344 according to Pomeroy's ratings. This is the sort of game that the Huskers should win easily, but there's no guarantees, especially after the last game the Huskers played against a University of Maryland branch. The Hawks' only win thus far was over currently 0-13 NJIT. They are also the second of three straight MEAC opponents for the Huskers.
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Notes: Still no word on Jorge Diaz. Apparently, he's still waiting for test results to get processed. With classes starting on the 12th, the possibility that the much-needed big man will join the team this season is becoming smaller every day. ESPN.com apparently thinks very highly of the 2009 Husker recruiting class, grading all 4 prospects 85 or higher.