Huskers Host Southern in Miles' Debut
2012-13 Record: 0-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 0-0 (1st year)
Career Record: 283-220 (18th year)
2012-13 Record: 0-0*, 0-0 SWAC
Head coach: Ramon Banks
Record at Southern: 17-14 (2nd year)
Career Record: Same
*-at Iowa State on Friday
Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Live Video (subscription required): BTN.com
BTN Replay: Thursday, Nov. 15 at Noon
Play-by-play: Marc Zak
Color: Ryan Swanigan
Radio: Across the state on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Color: Matt Davison
Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com
Satellite Radio: None
*- Fans that purchase men's tickets vs. Southern also get in free to the women's game vs. Temple at 2:05 p.m.
*- Military Appreciation Day as all current or former military members get in free with Military ID (check in at North Concourse Ticket Office beginning 90 minutes before WBB game, as promotion is good for both contests).
Halftime: Husker Buddies Exhibition & KC DiscDogs
Huskers Open Season vs. Southern
The Tim Miles era officially begins for Nebraska basketball Sunday evening as the Huskers host Southern University at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Tipoff is set for 6:05 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center and will be carried across the state on the 29-station Husker Sports Network, including primary flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can be heard for free on Huskers.com and also available on the Huskers' app on iOS or android devices.
Live video streaming of Sunday's game will be carried on the Big Ten Digital Network (video.btn.com) with Marc Zak and Ryan Swanigan on the call, as the exhibition game is one of four regular-season Husker basketball games on BTDN in 2012-13.
Tickets for Sunday's season opener can be purchased for as little as $5 by visiting Huskers.com, by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or by visiting the Devaney Center Ticket Office 90 minutes prior to tipoff. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day, as all active or former military personnel can receive free upper bench seating with a military ID. Tickets can be picked up at the Nebraska Ticket Office during business hours (Mon-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or prior to Sunday's game at the North Concourse Ticket Office.
In addition, fans that purchase tickets to the Nebraska-Southern men's game can use those tickets to see the 18th-ranked Husker women's basketball team take on Temple at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday.
The Huskers are coming off a 68-40 win over Midland in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. Dylan Talley led a balanced offense with 10 points and seven rebounds, as 11 of the 12 players who saw action broke into the scoring column. Six players had at least eight points, including Andre Almeida, who had nine points and eight rebounds in his first game action since March of 2011. The Huskers improved as the game progressed, hitting 47 percent from the floor in the second half after hitting on 32 percent in the opening 20 minutes. NU used a 16-3 run in the final five minutes of the first half to build a 12-point halftime lead.
Southern will be playing its second game of the weekend, as the Jaguars face Iowa State in their season opener on Friday night in Ames.
By the Numbers
1,400 - Nebraska is looking for its 1,400th win in program history on Friday against Southern. The Huskers are 1,399-1,151, as they enter their 117th season of basketball. The Huskers will take their sixth crack at win No. 1,400 after losing their final five games of 2011-12.
1,097 - The total points scored at Nebraska by the eight returning letterwinners on the 2012-13 roster with nearly half of that number by senior Brandon Ubel (536).
4 - Steals by point guard Benny Parker during Nebraska's exhibition opener, as he was one of four players with at least two steals in the win.
40 - Midland's point total in Wednesday's exhibition, which is the second-lowest total Nebraska has allowed in 57 all-time exhibition games dating back to the 1966-67 season. The Huskers finished 49-5 all-time in exhibition games at the Devaney Center.
Nebraska begins its 117th season of basketball on Sunday and here are some facts and figures about season openers for the Husker basketball program.
•-Nebraska is 77-39 (.664) all-time in season openers and have won 11 straight season openers dating back to an 87-83 setback at Oral Roberts to begin the 2000 season. Nebraska is 18-2 in its past 20 season openers dating back to the 1992-93 campaign.
•-The last time Nebraska lost a season opener at home was 1980 when NU fell to Wyoming, 62-59, in overtime. The Huskers have won 22 straight season openers at home since that loss.
•-Nebraska is 34-2 in home openers since the Devaney Center opened its doors for Husker basketball in the fall of 1976. NU's only two home losses came to Iowa in the building's inaugural game in 1976 and to Wyoming in 1980, as Sunday's game will be the Huskers' final season opener in the building.
Miles Looks to Put Coaches Over .500 mark
Husker men's basketball coaches have enjoyed a mixed bag of success in their Husker debuts. Tim Miles is the 27th men's basketball coach at Nebraska and the eighth since the end of World War II. In that span, NU coaches have gone 3-5 in their debuts with the victories coming from L.F. Klein in 1945, Joe Cipriano in 1963 and Doc Sadler in 2006. All-time, NU coaches are 13-13 in their initial game on the Husker bench.
Under second-year coach Roman Banks, Southern heads to Lincoln for the second game of a two-day weekend, as the Jaguars opened the 2012-13 season at Iowa State on Friday night. Southern returns three starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 17-14 and placed second in the SWAC with a 13-5 mark. Southern was picked to finish second in the league in the SWAC Coaches Poll released in October.
Senior guard Derick Beltran is the team's top returnee, as he led the team in scoring with 13.2 ppg last season to earn third-team All-SWAC honors. He was fourth in the SWAC in conference action with 14.4 points per game and was a second-team preseason all-league pick for the upcoming season. Senior guard Jameel Grace anchors the backcourt, as he averaged 9.6 points and a team-high 4.2 assists per game, ranking third in the SWAC. The third starter back from the Jaguars three-guard offense is sophomore Cameron Monroe, who averaged 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game while starting 24 of 31 games, including all 18 conference matchups.
Sunday's matchup is the first on the basketball court between the two teams and one of three first-time opponents on the Huskers' 2012-13 schedule. Nebraska is 17-1 all-time against current SWAC members, including a 60-46 win over Alcorn State on Dec. 17, 2011.
Southern is NU's only scheduled game against a SWAC member in 2012-13, although NU could face Arkansas Pine Bluff at the Sun Bowl Invitational in December. Southern's contest against the Huskers is its first against a Big Ten team since a loss at Wisconsin on Nov. 19, 2006, which was the school's only previous matchup with a Big Ten member over the last decade.
Nebraska relied on a balanced attack in topping Midland University, 68-40 in an exhibition game Wednesday evening. Dylan Talley was the only Husker to finish in double figures, totaling 10 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes of action, but six players had at least eight points and 11 of the 12 Huskers who saw action broke into the scoring column.
Wednesday's game saw the return of senior Andre Almeida, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, as he finished with nine points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks, while David Rivers came off the bench to add nine points and five rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Brandon Ubel, Sergej Vucetic and Ray Gallegos, who redshirted last season, all added eight points apiece for Nebraska.
After an up-and-down first 15 minutes, the Huskers asserted themselves down the stretch, using a 16-3 run in the final five minutes to build a 30-18 lead going into the locker room. Nebraska trailed, 15-14, after a Dylan Travis 3-pointer, but responded with some nice shooting from long distance, as 3-pointers from Talley, Rivers and Gallegos highlighted the run for the Big Red. Nebraska went 5-of-13 from long range in the opening 20 minutes.
Nebraska had a seven-point lead at 38-31 with 14:48 remaining before taking control of the game with a 17-2 spurt. Baskets by Gallegos and Deverell Biggs and a dunk by Rivers got the run started, as the Huskers held Midland without a field goal for a stretch of 6:57 and took a 55-33 lead after a 3-pointer from Trevor Menke.
Nebraska held Midland to just 28.3 percent shooting on the night and forced 24 turnovers in tuning up for Sunday's season opener against Southern, slated for 6 p.m.
Noting Wednesday's Exhibition
- Nebraska improved to 51-6 all-time in exhibitions dating back to the 1966-67 season and have won nine straight since a 54-50 loss to SIU Edwardsville in 2006-07.
- Nebraska improved to 12-0 all-time against in-state opponents in exhibition play.
- David Rivers had nine points and five rebounds in 19 minutes, which would have tied to set career bests in both points and rebounds.
- Deverell Biggs had four points, three assists and a pair of steals in 18 minutes, as Wednesday's exhibition will be his only action of the 2012-13 season, as he will redshirt.
- Nebraska played four newcomers in Wednesday's win, junior college transfers Mike Peltz and Biggs, along with freshmen Benny Parker and Sergej Vucetic, who came off the bench for eight points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.