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Husker Gamethread: Nebraska at Illinois

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Tipoff: 12:01pm CST Location: Assembly Hall - Champaign, Il

Television: Big Ten Network

Live Stats and Internet Radio:

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

Nebraska comes into today's game with an 0-3 start in league play, and again will need a big day out of someone to keep it close against the Illini. Originally, I would have been optimistic about this game, but quite frankly...I'm starting to have serious doubts about the Huskers chances of salvaging the season. Diaz and Talley will miss another game, one in which we will really need them. Ughh.

Tuesday's loss to Ohio State could better be described as a massacre. A mercy killing, at the hands of a far superior opponent. We knew that Sullinger was going to get his, but Nebraska couldn't even make it competitive, scoring just 40 points for the second time in 3 games. While I wasn't able to watch or listen to the game (probably for the best), it was clear that Nebraska was out-classed yet again this season. Shooting just 30% from the floor, and out rebounded by the Buckeyes 44-21, Nebraska really had no chance...and narrowly avoided one of the worst losses in the modern era.

What's disappointing, is that we are really starting to see the difference in personnel between the Big Ten and Nebraska. The athletes on the other benches are far superior to what we have going on in Lincoln right now. Our best shot at some swagger and point production was Bo Spencer, who is quickly becoming more of a liability than an asset. Poor shooting, and careless ball handling has left us wondering if that was such a great pickup after all. Spencer may be leading the Huskers, but the former LSU standout is looking more and more like a 1st or 2nd option off the bench on any other Big Ten team. Not quite what we expcected.

Hey, I thought the SEC was great at everything?

Game Notes |

- Nebraska is playing in Champaign for the first time since 1976. Illinois won that game 67-62,

- The Huskers are last in the Big Ten in average scoring margin, and are the only team with a negative margin. (-0.4)

- With Diaz sitting out yet another game last Tuesday, the Big Ten ranking for blocked shots is now headed by Illinois center Meyers Leonard, with 2.4 per game. Diaz was the top block man, averaging over 3 per game before foot problems kept him out of the lineup.

- Currently there is just one Husker, team or individual, in the top 5 of any Big Ten statistical category. Nebraska leads the conference in free throw percentage. Now if we could just find a way to shoot free throws all game..

- Nebraska's last two wins against the Illini came in 1990, with a 100-73 win in the San Juan Shootout, and back in 1921with a 30-25 win.

- Illinois has alternated wins and losses in it's last six games, with the Illini winning at Northwestern on Wednesday. Could Nebraska help them keep the trend alive?