The Nebraska men's basketball team ventures from the comforts of Pinnacle Bank Arena for the first time in the 2014-15 season to take on the Rhode Island Rams. The #21 Huskers look to push their record to 3-0. The Rams do not carry the national cache of future opponents for the Huskers, but for fans thinking this will be an easy win, better reconsider that notion. The Rams don't boast the experience the Huskers do and most of the Huskers that will see the floor will have contributed to victories in more hostile and venerable arenas, but this is a new season, and the first road trip of the season often can be an adventure. The Rams have not beaten a ranked team since they defeated the Utah Utes December of 1998. URI also will be a major step up in competition from what the Huskers have seen so far this season.
The Rams feature a pair of former top 100 recruits in Jared Terrell and E.C. Matthews. Terrell, a freshman, is expected to draw the duty of slowing down Terran Petteway. The Rams, however, are without their best post player, Jordan Hare who left the team just before the start of the season. Picking up his slack is Hassan Martin. A sophomore, Martin leads the team in scoring and is second on the team in rebounds, averaging 19.5 points and 8 boards a game. Rebounding has been a strength so far this season for the Rams, averaging 43 per game, whereas the Huskers need to find some answers there if they want this game to go as many expect it to.
Rhode Island does not often see Power 5 schools pay them a visit, much less ranked ones. As such, the Rams are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to create as raucous an atmosphere as possible inside the cozy Thomas M. Ryan Center Saturday evening. https://twitter.com/GoRhodyRams/status/534828265186533376
How far were they willing to go to get their students to show up? They gave away donuts.
Tai Webster - G
Terran Petteway - G
Shavon Shields - F
David Rivers - F
Walter Pitchford - F
Jared Terrell - G
Biggie Minnis - G
E.C. Matthews - G
Gilvydas Biruta - F
Martin Hassan - F
Tip off: 6:00 Central
Television: Cox Cable (Omaha) - Ch. 126
DirecTV: Ch. 639
Time Warner Cable (Lincoln), Dish Network: Go find a sports bar
Radio: 1400 (Lincoln), 1100 (Omaha), Huskers.com, Husker Sports Network, SiriusXM: Ch. 84