Date: Friday December 29th, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm CST
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, Nebraska
Current Record: 4-10 (0-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
Head Coach: Erik Martin (2nd Season 9-36 Record)
The Nebraska Cornhuskers welcome in their final non-conference opponent in the shape of the South Carolina State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, out of the MEAC, have a record of 4-10 on the season. SC State averages 71.7 points per game, while they give up 82.1 points per game. The Bulldogs shoot a respectable 41.1% from the floor, but a modest 27.9% from the three-point line. The free-throw line is where SC State struggles however, as they only shoot 66.1% as a team. Despite their record, the Bulldogs do outrebound their opponents, averaging 39.5 rebounds per game, and 4.4 more rebounds per game than their opposition. They do turn the ball over a fair amount, as they commit 15.5 turnovers per game.
SC State has only one guy who averages double figures, and that is Junior forward Davion Everett at 10.4 points per game. Junior Wilson Dubinsky and Freshman Mitchell Taylor are the 2nd and 3rd leading scorers, averaging 8.6 and 8.4 point per game respectively. Everett also leads the Bulldogs with 7.0 rebounds per game, while Junior Caleb McCarty and Freshman Drayton Jones average 4.9 and 4.8 rebounds respectively.
The Bulldogs have a decent variety of new faces and experience, with multiple Freshmen playing considerable minutes. Despite the rebounding statistics, SC State doesn’t possess a lot of overall height, which means they are a scrappy bunch who love to get after the ball on the glass. Nebraska will still be without Rienk Mast, and after the North Dakota game, the Huskers will look to control things better from missed shots. Nebraska was outrebounded in their last contest, so look for the Bulldogs to exploit that area with hustle.
If Nebraska wins, they will finish their non-conference season with a 10-1 record, which will be the best non-conference record under Fred Hoiberg. Nebraska’s current record of 10-2 is the best start to any season under Fred Hoiberg. Nebraska currently sits 54th in the KenPom Rankings, and 57th in the NET Rankings. South Carolina State is currently 335th in the KenPom Rankings, and 330th in the NET Rankings.