Huskers Host Midland in Exhibition Opener
Game: Exhibition Game 1
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)
Game: Exhibition Game 1
2012-13 Record: 0-1, 0-0 GPAC
Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC)
Head coach: Todd Eisner
Record at Midland: 19-13 (2nd year)
Career Record: 340-139 (15th year)
HUSKERS ON TV/RADIO/INTERNET
Live Video (subscription required): BTN.com (Marc Zak and Ryan Swanigan)
Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network (Internet only on Huskers.com and Huskers App)
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Color: Matt Davison
Internet Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com
Satellite Radio: None
Huskers Host Midland in Exhibition Opener
The Nebraska basketball team takes the Devaney Center floor for the first time in 2012-13, as the Huskers host Midland University in an exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center and will be produced by the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network with Kent Pavelka calling the action and Matt Davison adding color commentary. The game can be heard for free on Huskers.com and available on the Huskers' app on iOS or android devices.
Live video streaming of Wednesday'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 five Husker basketball games on BTDN in 2012-13.
Tickets for Wednesday's contest 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 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
All eyes will be on the Nebraska sideline, as Tim Miles begins his first season at the helm of the Nebraska program. Miles, who became the program's 27th head coach on March 24, 2012, spent the last five seasons building the Colorado State program into one of the best programs in the Mountain West. The Rams went 20-11 in making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine seasons. The Rams, one of four Mountain West Conference teams to earn NCAA bids in 2012, played against the fourth-toughest schedule in the nation in 2011-12, while producing the school's first 20-win campaign since 1997-98.
The 1998 season also marks the Huskers' last NCAA Tournament team, as Miles looks to reshape the Husker program. Nebraska returns only one starter from a team that went 12-18 in its inaugural Big Ten campaign, and of the 13 players who could see action during the regular season, only six saw any playing time in 2011-12.
Nebraska will rely heavily on its three seniors - Andre Almeida, Dylan Talley and Brandon Ubel - to provide significant scoring and rebounding for the 2012-13 Huskers, whose only action was a closed scrimmage at Iowa State last month.
Ubel is the unquestioned leader for the Big Red, as the 6-foot-10 senior has played in a team-high 94 games in his tenure at Nebraska. As a junior, he started all 30 games and averaged 6.7 points on 52 percent shooting and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per game despite playing out of position for most of the year.
While Ubel mans the interior, Talley will be looked to as more of a scoring threat. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 8.9 points per game in his first season at Nebraska, tying for the lead among all Big Ten reserves. Talley reached double figures 11 times in 2011-12 despite battling a thigh injury which limited his playing time for most of the season. He enters 2012-13 in the best shape of his playing career.
The third Husker senior makes his return to the court for the first time since March of 2011, as Almeida missed all of last season following a knee injury. As a junior, Almeida averaged 5.2 points on 56 percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds in just 15 minutes per game, while also ranking among the Big 12 leaders in blocked shots. The return of the Huskers' 6-foot-11 center allows Ubel to move to his natural forward position.
Second-year coach Todd Eisner brings his Midland University squad to Lincoln following a 74-73 double overtime loss to Park University on Monday. The Warriors were led by James Parrott, who had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Jerome Vaughn had 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 14 rebounds.
Eisner guided the Warriors to 19 wins and a berth in the GPAC semifinals in 2011-12. Eisner, who had served two stints as an assistant at Creighton, also was the head coach at Benedictine (Kan.) College, Bellevue University and Viterbo University following a playing career at Creighton.
The Warriors bring back seven players, but only one starter from last year. Midland is a youthful team with nine freshmen and sophomores on the 16-player roster. It is a homegrown roster with 13 of 16 players coming from inside Nebraska.
Junior guard Ben Imig is Midland's only returning starter, as he averaged 9.7 points and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. Midland's strength is in its wing players, as sophomore Jalen Hueser came off the bench to hit a team-high 57 3-pointers while shooting 42 percent from long range, while sophomore guard Galen Gullie hit 39 3-pointers, as the trio combined for 137 of the squad's 189 3-pointers in 2011-12.
Huskers in Exhibitions
Nebraska is 50-6 all-time in exhibition games dating back to the 1966-67 season and have won their last eight exhibition games since a 54-50 loss to SIU-Edwardsville prior to the start of the 2006-07 season.
This is the ninth straight year Nebraska has played an exhibition game against an in-state foe, as the Huskers are a perfect 11-0 all-time. Wednesday is the Huskers' only exhibition game, as NU traveled to Iowa State for a closed scrimmage on Oct. 28.
Last year, the Huskers downed Doane College, 76-54, as Dylan Talley and Brandon Ubel led Nebraska with 12 points apiece. Ubel led the Huskers with 12 points, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the floor, and grabbed eight rebounds, as the Huskers shot 53 percent and enjoyed a 48-24 advantage on the glass. Talley came off the bench for 12 points and had six rebounds in 18 minutes of action, as six players had at least eight points and 11 Huskers broke into the scoring column.
Welcome Back to Almeida, Gallegos
Wednesday's exhibition opener marks the return of a pair of Huskers who missed all of the 2011-12 season in senior Andre Almeida and junior Ray Gallegos. Almeida missed all of last season following a knee injury after playing 30 games in 2010-11. He averaged 5.2 points on 56 percent shooting, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. Almeida reached double figures on five occasions, including a 20-point, seven-rebound effort in his debut against South Dakota. Two of Almeida's best efforts of 2010-11 came against a pair of top-five teams, as he had 10 points and seven rebounds at No. 3 Kansas and 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting and five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench in Nebraska's win over third-ranked Texas. Almeida was a force on the defensive end, ranking sixth in the Big 12 in blocked shots and recording two-or-more 12 times in 30 games.
Gallegos used his redshirt year to get stronger and worked on improving his all-around game. As a sophomore, he played in 25 games, including a start in the season opener, and averaged 2.8 points and 1.0 rebound per game. The Salt Lake City native's best game came against Grambling, when he came off the bench for 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 22 minutes of action. Gallegos is one of NU's most experienced players, as he ranks second among Husker returnees in both games played (55) and starts (4).
Parker Looks to Join Rookie List
Benny Parker is in position to join an exclusive club of true freshmen starting the Huskers' season opener. The 5-foot-9 guard from Kansas City, Mo., is the frontrunner for the point guard spot and is on track to be the first true freshman to start a season opener since 2009 (Brandon Ubel). Over the past 16 years, only nine freshman have started for the Huskers in a season opener.
Parker was a four-year starter at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, leading the school to an 85-15 mark and a pair of state titles during his high school career. As a senior, he averaged 24.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game, winning the 2012 DiRenna Award, representing the top player in the Kansas City metro area.
Of Nebraska's three point guards playing this season, two are Division I newcomers, as junior college transfer Mike Peltz joined the team in October. Sophomore Trevor Menke is the Huskers' other primary point guard as junior college transfer Deverell Biggs will redshirt this season. Menke was awarded a scholarship for this year for his work on the practice floor and in the classroom.
Ubel Looks to Expand Game
The veteran of the Husker lineup, senior Brandon Ubel will be heavily counted on for the Big Red this season. The 6-foot-10 forward is the Huskers' top returning rebounder (5.3 rpg) and second-leading scorer (6.7 ppg) and has the skills that could flourish in Tim Miles' new offensive system.
He has been one of NU's top shooters, as he is a career 80.3 percent shooter from the foul line, including 82.5 percent during his junior year. Ubel has the shooting range that reaches out to 3-point range, including his freshman year when he went 11-of-21 from 3-point range.
Ubel closed out his junior season by playing some of the best basketball of his career, averaging 9.3 points on 68 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in the Huskers final six contests.
He reached double figures in scoring seven times in 2011-12, including a career-high 17 points against Iowa on Feb. 28, on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor.
Talley Takes Offensive Role
Senior Dylan Talley will be counted on to be one of Nebraska's top offensive threats. The 6-foot-5 senior was third on the team in scoring at 8.9 points per game while seeing action in 25 contests.
Talley tied for the Big Ten lead in scoring by a reserve, averaging 8.9 points per game, as he was in double figures 11 times in his first season as a Husker. Talley has been a prolific scorer throughout his collegiate career, earning America East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2009-10, averaging 11.8 points per game. At Blinn (Texas) College, he was sixth nationally in scoring at 23.0 points per game. In 51 career games at the Division I level, Talley has been in double figures 28 times.
Shields to be Sidelined
Nebraska Coach Tim Miles announced on Nov. 5, that Shavon Shields underwent surgery on Nov. 2, to clear up an infection that developed from a bursa sac rupture. Shields, who was one of the front runners for extensive playing time, has been limited in practice the last two weeks and could return to action later this month.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Season at Devaney Center
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history.
On the men's side, the memorable Devaney Center moments were compiled by Husker Sports Network radio play-by-play announcer Kent Pavelka and long-time Nebraska men's basketball beat writer Mike Babcock from Hail Varsity magazine. The men's basketball moments include Jamar Johnson' historic buzzer-beater in a win over Kansas, along with outstanding individual performances by legends such as Jack Moore, Andre Smith and Eric Piatkowski. The moments also include dramatic Husker wins over such teams as Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center. The Nebraska Athletic Department has created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that is displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Military Appreciation Night Set for Nov. 11
The Husker men's basketball team has a special promotion for Military Appreciation weekend for Sunday's opener vs. Southern. All active or former military personnel can receive free upper bench seating with a military ID.
To receive a free ticket, either visit the Nebraska Ticket Office (located across from Memorial Stadium) during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or prior to Sunday's game at the North Concourse Ticket Office.
The special is also good for the Husker women's game against Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:-05 p.m.
Biggs, Pitchford and Petteway To Sit 2012-13 Season
Nebraska will be short-handed for most of the 2012-13 season, as a trio of players will sit out. Transfers Terran Petteway (Texas Tech) and Walter Pitchford (Florida) were part of Tim Miles' first recruiting class, but both will sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Both players will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2013-14 campaign. In addition, Miles announced on Nov. 5, that junior college transfer Deverell Biggs will redshirt this year. He will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013-14.
Huskers to Host Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic
As the Nebraska basketball program begins its last season at the Devaney Center, one of the most memorable coaches in program history will be honored for his contributions, as Nebraska will host the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic this November.
The Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic will feature seven teams - Nebraska, Kent State, Valparaiso, Tulane, Nebraska-Omaha, Bethune-Cookman and Chicago State - playing four games each over a 10-day period from Nov. 15 to Nov. 24. The Devaney Center will serve as one of the four host sites, and the Huskers will take on Valparaiso (Thursday, Nov. 15), Nebraska-Omaha (Sunday, Nov. 18), Tulane (Wednesday, Nov. 21) and Kent State (Saturday, Nov. 24).
The event honors the many contributions of Joe Cipriano to the Nebraska basketball program. He served as the Huskers' head coach from 1963 until 1980, when he died of cancer just four days short of the start of his 18th season. His teams at Nebraska posted a 253-197 record and made three postseason appearances. He was a three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year (1967, 1978 and 1980) and his 253 wins at the time of his death were 167 more than any previous basketball head coach at Nebraska.
Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale
Single-game and mini-plans are now on sale for the final season of basketball at the Devaney Center. Fans can see the Huskers take on some of the best teams in the country, including matchups with nationally ranked Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Creighton, as well as contests against USC, Minnesota, Iowa and the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com, calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIGRED or (402) 472-3111 in Lincoln, or by stopping by the Husker Ticket Office during business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.).
Single-game tickets for most of Nebraska's non-conference games are set at $5 for upper bench and $10 for upper chair-back seating, while prices for the Big Ten games, as well as the Creighton game, are $10 for upper bench and $15 for chair-back seats. Brought back this year are the popular six-game mini-plans, where fans can create their own schedule package, featuring some of the top games on the Huskers' 2012-13 slate. Fans can save up to $10 if they purchase a six-game mini plan, as prices are $40 (upper bench) and $70 (chair-back) for the packages.
In addition, season tickets are still available for as little as $95 for the upcoming season, and fans who purchase season tickets will have priority over the general public when the Huskers move into Pinnacle Bank Arena for the 2013-14 campaign.
Parking at the Devaney Center
Public parking for fans that do not have a lot specific tag need to enter off of Salt Creek Roadway via entrances 2 and 4 (public cashier entrances). Fans with donor parking tags need to enter West Entrance Road via the intersection of N Antelope Valley Parkway and Military Avenue (donor permit entrance).
- Public Parking Lots - From 27th Street: Enter from the east on North Fair Park Drive, which winds around to the public cashier entrance into the north entrance of the lot. Please exit the same way you entered. From Military Road or Antelope Valley Parkway: Take the Saltcreek Expressway to the public cashier entrance and head north into public parking area. Please exit the same way you entered.
- Lot 51 - Enter from Antelope Valley Parkway (formerly 14th Street) onto West Entrance Road. Exit to Antelope Valley Parkway.
- Lot 52 & 54 - Enter from the west at the intersection of Military Road and Antelope Valley Parkway. Take a right to curve around the west side of the Devaney Center to Court Street. Please exit the same way you entered.
- Lot 56 - Enter from Antelope Valley Parkway heading north. Exit to Antelope Valley Parkway heading north.
- Lot 57 & 58 - Enter from Antelope Valley Parkway to West Entrance Road. Exit to West Entrance Road to Antelope Valley Parkway.
- Lot 59 - Enter from 10th Street or Antelope Valley Parkway to Military Road. Exit to Antelope Valley Parkway heading north.