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Late Night Hoops Gamethread

Night owls might even have trouble staying up for this one. The Nebraska basketball team travels to the islands of Hawaii to participate in the Diamondhead Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tonight, the Huskers will take on the host Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Nebraska is coming off a 56-55 double overtime win over Cincinnati. The win ended a two game slide after falling to Creighton and Incarnate Word.

This tournament affords NU an opportunity repair some of the damage that was done before Cincinnati win. Tonight's opponent, Hawaii, will count as true road game, which for RPI purposes, would be a significant boost to the Huskers resume. Assuming everything else holds to form, if NU is able to win they will likely face #11 Wichita State. That would be an even bigger opportunity for NU to repair their reputation. A win over a borderline top ten team would do wonders for NU's postseason hopes and give the Huskers a big confidence boost heading into conference play.

Nebraska will still be without Moses Abraham and Leslee Smith. Abraham is due back right around the time conference play begins on New Years Eve vs. Indiana. The Huskers will likely still run with a tight rotation until they get back, but look for Jacob Hammond and Nick Fuller to play some this evening to give some of those in the rotation an opportunity to stay rested for another game less than 24 hours later.

Tonight's game will start roughly 25 minutes after the completion of the Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State game, so it's going to be a late night. Are you going to stay up to watch it?

Probable Starters:

Benny Parker
Terran Petteway
Shavon Shields
David Rivers
Walter Pitchford

Garrett Nevels
Roderick Bobbitt
Aaron Valdes
N. Webster-Chan
Mike Thomas

Tip off: 11:59 PM
Television: ESPNU, WatchESPN
Radio: Husker Radio Network