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Nebraska Basketball Preview and Game Thread: Cal State Fullerton

They aren’t as good as their baseball team

Cal State Fullerton v Purdue Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Date: Sunday November 26th, 2023

Time: 1:00pm CST

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE

Streaming: B1G+

Current Record: 2-3

Head Coach: Dedrique Taylor (11th Season) Record: 141-161

Mascot: Titans

Preview:

The last time Nebraska was 6-0, Doc Sadler was the head coach. It was also 2008-2009, so if it feels like a long time ago, it was. Fred Hoiberg has a group that could do some damage this season, and so far, they have done a good job against whoever they have been put up against. Time for the game before the Creighton game.

Cal State Fullerton comes into the contest with a 2-3 record. They last played on November 20th, which was a 74-67 win against Southern Miss in the Jacksonville Classic. Fullerton has lost their three contests by an average of double digits. The Titans average 64.6 points per game, while allowing 71.6 points per game. They shoot just under 42% from the floor, but only 26% from the three-point line. Fullerton averages 36.2 rebounds per game, so they aren’t afraid to crash the glass.

Once again Nebraska will face a team that is carried by its backcourt. Cal State Fullerton is led by University of Tampa transfer Max Jones. The Junior averages 16.2 points and 4 rebounds per game. Alcorn State Senior guard transfer DJ Brewton averages 13 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The two starting guards average nearly seven assists per game combined, so they are good at moving the ball as well.

Nebraska is coming off an 89-79 win over Duquesne on Wednesday night. Keisei Tominaga led the way with 23 points, as he was one of five Huskers who scored double digits. Juwan Gary made his presence felt with 20 points off the bench. Rienk Mast had a solid night again, scoring 10 points and securing 6 rebounds.

Scoring balance and depth have been the sparkplug for the Husker offense. Nine guys scored in the win Wednesday and every game has featured multiple guys scoring double digits. A strong defense has also led the way, as Nebraska has outshot its opponents in every contest while averaging nearly 10 more rebounds per game.

This is the last game before the “Big One” as Creighton comes to PBA next Sunday, so Coach Hoiberg and co. will look to not have a let down by looking ahead.