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Nebraska Men’s Basketball in Matchup with the Michigan State Spartans: Preview and Game Thread

Syndication: HawkCentral Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen / USA TODAY NETWORK

I know some Nebraska basketball fans that were in a dark place after the loss to Minnesota.

Today is an opportunity to turn a few of those frowns upside down.

Michigan State is sitting at 4-4 but if their record makes you feel better about this game then I wouldn’t suggest looking at who their losses are to.

Wisconsin (ranked #23), Duke (#22), Arizona (#1) and James Madison (#18).

If Nebraska wants to pull this game off then it might be on the offensive side of the ball as in their two losses against Creighton and Minnesota - it was those runs in which they struggled to score that lead to those losses.

Michigan State is favored by 3.5 in Lincoln.


Pertinent Info

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE.

TV: Big Ten Network with Cory Provus, Stephen Bardo and Andy Katz on the call

Radio: Sunday’s game will be carried on the Huskers Radio Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington and will also be available on Huskers.com and the Huskers app. The pregame show begins an hour before tipoff.

Looking at Michigan State Matchup from Huskers.com:

The Huskers (7-2, 0-1 Big Ten) look to bounce back following a 76-65 loss at Minnesota Wednesday evening. Nebraska put together one of its best halves of the season to take a 39-24 lead, as NU shot 59 percent in the first half and had a +9 rebounding edge. The script flipped in the second half, as NU shot just 29 percent from the floor and committed 12 of its season-high 18 turnovers after halftime to see the Golden Gophers rally back.

Junior guard Brice Williams put together one of his best nights of the year, finishing with a team-high 18 points and six boards while matching career highs in both assists (four) and steals (three). A 6-foot-7 grad transfer from Charlotte, Williams is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while posting a nearly 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Jamarques Lawrence enjoyed one of his best shooting nights of the season, finishing with a career-high 16 points, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Lawrence is averaging 9.3 points per game over the last three games, while after averaging just 4.8 points per game in NU’s first six contests.

Michigan State (4-4, 0-1 Big Ten) comes off a 70-57 loss to No. 23 Wisconsin on Tuesday night. Tyson Walker had a team-high 22 points, while A.J. Hoggard had 14 points and seven assists, but MSU shot just 45 percent and was out-rebounded 36-22 against the Badgers. Walker is one of the Big Ten’s top guards, averaging 20.7 points per game to rank third in the conference in scoring.