Iowa State Cyclones (14-15, 3-11) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-11, 6-8)
6:30 PM, Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, NE
TV: FSN Midwest, ESPN Full Court/ESPN360; Radio: Husker Sports Network
Opponent's Blog: Clone Chronicles
With the NCAA Tournament effectively out of reach, the Huskers need to recoup and focus on getting to .500 in conference and getting a first-round home game in the NIT during the final week of Big XII play. The Huskers are all but locked into the 8-9 game in the Big XII Tournament, which would likely be an immediate rematch against Saturday's opponent, Baylor, unless Texas A&M loses to Colorado tonight and Missouri on Saturday. The Cyclones, however, can move into the #9 slot by winning tonight and Saturday, and Nebraska beats Baylor on Saturday.
Not counting a potential NIT home game, tonight will be the final home game for four Husker seniors: Steve Harley, Paul Velander, Nick Krenk, and Ade Dagunduro. Harley, Velander, and Dagunduro have all been major on-the-court contributors in their time at NU, and Ade has a shot at 2nd- or 3rd-team All-Big XII honors this year. Nick Krenk was a former student manager who tried out for and made the team during Doc's first year, and has contributed with minutes in clean-up time over the last 3 years.
In other news, it appears that Ade may not be the last Dagunduro in the pipeline: He and Ola have a younger brother, Olayinka, who is a freshman high school quarterback in California. He is talking now about wanting to play for USC (who doesn't these days?), but with two older brothers who played at Nebraska, maybe he'll keep the tradition alive.