Huskers Return Home to Face USC
Game 7: USC
Game Date: Dec. 3, 2012
Tipoff Time: 7:06 p.m.
Venue: Devaney Center
2012-13 Record: 5-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 5-1 (1st year)
Career Record: 288-221 (18th year)
2012-13 Record: 3-3, 0-0 Pac-12
Head coach: Kevin O'Neill
Record at USC: 44-58 (4th year)
Career Record: 232-252 (16th year)
Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Television: BTN and BTN2Go
(Ch. 610 on DirecTV; Chs. 439, 9500 on DISH; Chs. 24 and 333-SH, 1333-HD on Time Warner Cable; Chs. 80 SD, 1080-HD on Cox Cable)
Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler
Color: Dan Bonner
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
Internet Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com
Satellite Radio: None
- Toys for Tots Collection prior to the match
- Red Panda Halftime Show
Huskers Return Home to Face USC
The Nebraska men's basketball team looks to begin the month of December on the right foot, as the Huskers welcome USC to the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets are on sale for Monday's contest by visiting Huskers.com, calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED or at the Devaney Center Ticket office beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Monday's game is also Toys for Tots Night, as fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or cash gift for children in the Lincoln community. Marines will be stationed at each of the main entrances of the Devnaey Center to collect the items.
Tipoff between the Huskers and Trojans is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be carried nationally by the Big Ten Network and available on BTN2go with Kevin Kugler and Dan Bonner on the call.
Monday's game 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 is also available on the Huskers' app on iOS or android devices.
Nebraska is 5-1 on the season and wrapped up one of its most successful Novembers in school history with a 79-63 win at Wake Forest on Nov. 27 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The win was NU's largest road win since 2003, as the Huskers handed the Demon Deacons their first-ever home loss in seven tries in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. NU's five wins in November ties for the second-highest total in school history, and the Huskers' 5-1 start is the program's best in five seasons.
Against Wake Forest, the Huskers received career nights from Ray Gallegos and Andre Almeida, as both players scored a career-high 20 points. Nebraska shot 62 percent in the second half and placed four players in double figures to bounce back after a loss to Kent State.
USC is 3-3 on the season and has been off since Nov. 25, when the Trojans lost to No. 25 San Diego State, 66-60. The Trojans have played a difficult early-season slate, traveling to Maui and also taking on Long Beach State and San Diego State in its first six contests.
By The Numbers
3.22.04 - Nebraska's 51 points in the second half on Tuesday was Nebraska's highest point total away from Lincoln since March 22, 2004, when the Huskers scored 51 points in the second half at Hawaii in the third round of the NIT. It marked the eighth time in the last nine seasons that Nebraska has scored at least 50 points in a half.
8- Nebraska's last three games against USC have been decided by a total of three points, including a pair of 3-point victories in Los Angeles (2009, 2011) and a two-point win in Lincoln in 2010. Nebraska senior forward Brandon Ubel is the only player on either roster to play in all three of the contests.
84.0- Shooting percentage of senior Andre Almeida in the Huskers last four games, a stretch where he is averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game.
The USC Trojans come to Lincoln Monday evening with a 3-3 record, but have not played since a 66-60 loss to No. 25 San Diego State on Nov. 25. Kevin O'Neill is in his fourth season as USC's head coach and led the Trojans to the 2011 NCAA Tournament where they lost to Final Four participant VCU. O'Neill has had stops at Northwestern, Arizona, Tennessee and Marquette as well as the NBA's Toronto Raptors. NU assistant coach Ben Johnson played for O'Neill at Northwestern in 1999-2000, leading the Wildcats in scoring (11.6) as he became just the fourth freshman at the time to lead Northwestern in scoring.
USC is a completely retooled team after winning just six games as the team was hit by a rash of season-ending injuries. In all, the Trojans lost three starters to season-ending injuries, including one to point guard Jio Fontan on the team's overseas trip. This season, the Trojans started with a pair of wins before a 1-2 showing at the Maui Invitational, where they defeated Texas and lost to both Illinois and Marquette.
The Trojans are led by junior guard J.T. Terrell, who began his career at Wake Forest and averages a team-high 12.5 points per game. He also leads the squad in 3-pointers (12) and is second in free throws (17). Fontan orchestrates the attack, as he averages 6.0 assists and has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio after returning from a torn ACL in August of 2010. In all, four of USC's top five scorers did not play in 2011-12.
Monday's meeting is the 10th on the hardwood between the two teams, with the Trojans holding a slim 5-4 lead after the Huskers have won the last three meetings.
The first six matchups were evenly split with each team hosting on its home court three times, including playing on back-to-back days in 1962 for the first meetings of the series. USC won both of those contests and went on to win on back-to-back dates a year later in 1963 to sweep the first four contests.
The Huskers' first win in the series came in 1991 when NU earned the victory in a high-scoring affair, 93-84, in Lincoln. Bruce Chubick led five Huskers in double figures with 15 points, while Eric Piatkowski had 13 for the Huskers in the win. In that game, Harold Miner set Devaney Center records for points (43) and field-goal attempts (35). USC came back the following year with a 74-64 win in Los Angeles. In 2009, Eshaunte Jones' only field goal of the game - a three-pointer with 11.7 seconds left - propelled NU to a 51-48 win, as that game featured eight ties and 20 lead changes. In 2010, the Huskers erased a 20-point first-half deficit and a 39-26 halftime deficit to roar back with a 60-58 win.
Nebraska owns a 117-121 all-time record against Pac-12 teams following the addition of Colorado and Utah in July of 2011. Monday's matchup with USC marks the seventh straight season the Huskers have faced at least one Pac-10 team (Oregon, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12; Arizona State, 2007-08 and 2008-09; Oregon State, 2008-09 and 2009-10 and USC, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12). Nebraska will take on a second Pac-12 team later this month, as the Huskers travel to Eugene to take on the Ducks.
Last Season's Matchup
Brandon Richardson keyed Nebraska's decisive 8-0 run in double overtime, as the Huskers gutted out a 64-61 win. Nebraska trailed 56-54 in the second overtime before Richardson and Bo Spencer keyed the run which put Nebraska up for good. Spencer tied the game at 56 with a jumper before Richardson found Jorge Brian Diaz for a layup to give the Huskers the lead for good with 3:03 remaining. On Nebraska's next possession, Richardson hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to give NU a 61-56 lead.
Spencer led the Huskers with 22 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Richardson totaled 12 points and matched his career-high in 3-pointers. Jorge Brian Diaz was the third Husker to finish in double figures with 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Last Time Out
Nebraska received career performances from Ray Gallegos and Andre Almeida, as the Huskers posted an impressive 79-63 victory over Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Gallegos and Almeida had 20 points apiece, as the Huskers broke open a close game with a 20-3 second-half surge in posting their largest road win margin since the 2003-04 campaign. Gallegos scored 17 of his career-high 20 points in the second half, hitting 7-of-8 shots in the final 20 minutes to improve Nebraska's record to 5-1 on the season. Nebraska scored on 16 of its first 19 possessions of the second half, turning a 28-24 halftime lead into a 24-point advantage in cruising to victory.
Nebraska, which scored 51 points in the second half, shot 62 percent in the second half and placed four players in double figures. Gallegos tied a career high with four 3-pointers, including a pair in the second-half surge, to help the Huskers hand Wake Forest its first home loss in seven ACC/Big Ten Challenge games.
While Gallegos was torching the Demon Deacons on the outside, Almeida put together one of the most dominant efforts of his career with his first career double-double. The 6-foot-11 senior matched his career high with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and blocked three shots, as Nebraska held Wake Forest to just 43 percent shooting from the field.
Wake Forest was within 42-37 after an Arnaud Adala Moto basket, before Gallegos and Dylan Talley combined to lead the Huskers on a 20-3 surge over the next six minutes to put the game out of reach. The pair combined for all 20 of the Huskers' points in the run, as Talley finished the night with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Worth Noting from the Wake Forest Game
- Nebraska improves to 1-1 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Huskers' win marks the first time in seven ACC/Big Ten Challenge games that Wake Forest has lost at home. Wake Forest falls to 10-3 all-time in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games.
- Nebraska's 79 points was a season high, topping the 75 against UNO on Nov. 18.
- Nebraska's 16-point victory was its largest road margin since a 77-60 win at Minnesota on Nov. 29, 2003, and the seventh-largest win over the past quarter century. Prior to Tuesday's game, Nebraska has won nine road games by double figures over the last decade.
- Nebraska Coach Tim Miles becomes the first Nebraska Head Coach to win his first road game at Nebraska since Paul Schlisser in 1919-20, a 47-9 win over Hastings College on Jan. 13, 1920. Prior to Miles' win, the previous 14 Nebraska basketball head coaches had lost their first road game as Husker head coach.
- Ray Gallegos' 20-point effort was a career high, topping his previous best of 16 against Southern in the season opener. Gallegos also tied his season and career high with four 3-pointers, set two other times in 2012-13 (Valparaiso and Tulane). He scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half, going 7-of-8 from the field.
- Andre Almeida recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Almeida's 20-point effort matched his career high set against South Dakota in the 2010-11 season opener, while his 11 rebounds topped his personal best of seven, set four previous times.
- Nebraska committed a season-low eight turnovers, eclipsing his previous low of nine on two other occasions. It marked the third time in the last four games that NU committed less than 10 turnovers.
- Nebraska shot 50.9 percent from the field in the victory, the third time in six games that Nebraska has shot over 50 percent. NU's 62.1 percent in the second half marked the Huskers' best shooting half of the season.
- Nebraska's 51-point second half was its highest scoring half since scoring 55 against Arkansas Pine Bluff on Nov. 15, 2010, a span of 67 games.
- Benny Parker tied or set career highs in both points (eight) and steals (four) in Tuesday's win. Parker now has committed one or fewer turnovers in five of the Huskers' first six contests. Parker now has a 2.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2012-13.
- David Rivers established a career high with seven rebounds against Wake Forest, topping his personal best of six in the season opener against Southern.
Creep, Walk, Crawl, Run
With four new starters from last season and a rotation which includes two current or former walk-ons among its top nine players, it has taken some time to implement a new offensive system and the headline has been a common mantra of Coach Miles during his first season on the job. Last year, his Colorado State team led the Mountain West Conference in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage, ranking in the top-10 nationally in both free throw and 3-point percentage. The 2012-13 Huskers come into Monday's contest with USC ranked seventh, 10th and 11th, in those respective categories, but come off a season-high 79 point performance against Wake Forest.
One area where Nebraska has made early strides is getting to the free throw line more often. NU averaged just 10.0 attempts in its first three games, but has more than doubled that in recent games. NU has averaged 23.0 free throw attempts in its last three contests.
Ubel Proving Offense, Leadership
Senior Brandon Ubel came into the 2012-13 season as the Huskers' most known quantity and NU's most experienced player - by a wide margin. Ubel came into this season with 59 career starts at Nebraska, while the remaining seven returnees had combined for seven career starts for the Scarlet and Cream.
While most known for his rebounding, Ubel has picked up the scoring slack in the early going, averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, as he ranks eighth in rebounding and ninth in scoring. He is one of only three players including preseason National Player of the Year Cody Zeller and fellow Husker Dylan Talley, to rank among the Big Ten leaders in both scoring and rebounding entering the weekend.
Ubel already has a pair of double-doubles in 2012-13, a 21-point, 12-rebound effort against Southern on Nov. 11, and a 17-point, 13-rebound outing in the loss to Kent State on Nov. 24. Ubel's 13 rebounds against the Golden Flashes were the second-highest total in the Big Ten this season.
Ubel, who averaged only 5.7 points per game over his first three seasons at Nebraska, has become more offensive-minded as a senior, reaching double figures in each of the Huskers' first six contests despite averaging less than 10 attempts per contest. He is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting at 63.6 percent.
He began the season with a career-high 21 points in the win over Southern before pacing Nebraska with 17 points in a 50-48 win over Horizon League favorite Valparaiso. Ubel had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the loss to Kent State and 11 points in 18 minutes in the win over Wake Forest.
The 6-foot-10 forward is the Huskers' top returning rebounder (5.3 rpg) and second-leading scorer (6.7 ppg) while being one of the Huskers' most consistent performers at the free throw line. Ubel is eighth on Nebraska's career free throw percentage, as he went over 200 career free throw attempts on Nov. 24 against Kent State. Last year, Ubel shot 82.5 percent from the foul line.
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 season-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 came into the 2012-13 season as the Huskers' most proven scorer and has shown versatility early in the season. The 6-foot-5 senior enters Monday's game averaging 15.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game - the only player in the Big Ten averaging at least 15 points, six rebounds and three assists per game entering this week's action. He is seventh in the league in scoring and 10 in rebounding while playing a team-high 35.5 minutes per game after being limited for most of last year with a thigh injury.
Talley put on a display against Kent State on Nov. 24, scoring a career-high 27 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists, as Nebraska suffered its first loss. Talley is averaging 19.3 points per game over Nebraska's last four games, beginning the stretch with a then-NU best 22 points against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 18. He also paced the Big Red with 17 points and seven assists in a 61-57 win over Tulane on Nov. 21 and had 14 points and seven rebounds in the win at Wake Forest.
His biggest effort this year may have come in the only game he was held out of double figures. Against Valparaiso, Talley scored one point, but topped NU in rebounds (six) and assists (four) while holding reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff to just 2-of-11 shooting in NU's 50-48 win.
In his first season at Nebraska, 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. 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 Binghamton University. At Blinn (Texas) College, he was sixth nationally in scoring at 23.0 points per game.
Return of the Redshirts
While Nebraska had six returning letterwinners back from the 2011-12 team, it is a pair of returning redshirts who have taken the slack from a lineup which lost four starters from last year. Senior center Andre Almeida and junior guard Ray Gallegos have played major roles early on.
Almeida missed all of last season following a knee injury after playing 30 games in 2010-11, but has been healthy and playing solid basketball early on. He is averaging 9.7 points on 63 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, ranking fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage and blocked shots.
After a slow offensive start, Almeida is playing some of the best basketball of his career, averaging 13.0 points on 84 percent shooting, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game over the Huskers' last four games. He comes off the best game of his career at Wake Forest, when he had 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and a career high 11 rebounds. It marked the first time since 2009 that a Big Ten player had 20 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 90 percent from the field. Almeida began the stretch against UNO on Nov. 18, when he had 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and matched his then-career best with seven rebounds. Against Tulane, the 6-foot-11 center keyed Nebraska's second half effort against Tulane on Nov. 21 with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks, scoring nine of his 10 points in the second half.
In 2010-11, he averaged 5.2 points on 56 percent shooting, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game as the Huskers' top reserve in the post. 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.
While Almeida used his redshirt year to recover from injury, Gallegos worked on improving his shooting and all-around game and the changes have been evident early on in 2012-13.
Gallegos, who averaged 2.6 points per game in 2010-11, is third on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game, while ranking third in the Big Ten with 2.8 3-pointers per game. He is shooting 38 percent from 3-point range and has been in double figures in five of the Huskers' first six contest after reaching double figures just three times in his first two seasons.
He enjoyed a career night at Wake Forest, finishing with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Gallegos made his first seven shots of the second half en route to 17 second-half points. It marked the second time this year that Gallegos has established a career best, as he had 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the opener against Southern. His shooting also keyed NU's win over Valparaiso on Nov. 15, as he finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
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 of 2010-11 came against Grambling, when he came off the bench for 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
When Andre Almeida and Ray Gallegos enjoyed 20-point efforts against Wake Forest, it marked the first time since March 5, 2007, that the Huskers had multiple players with 20-point nights. In that game, Marcus Perry (25); Aleks Maric (23) and Paul Velander (20) all eclipsed the 20-point mark.
With a short bench, the Huskers have relied on their starters often through the early part of the season. The Huskers two of the top five players in minutes per game entering the week and three players averaging over 30 minutes per night. Over the last 14 years, only one player - Charles Richardson Jr. in 2006-07 - has averaged more minutes than 32.5 minutes per game, while NU has two players on track this season to eclipse that mark.
Parker Makes A Point
The lone freshman in the Husker starting lineup, Benny Parker became only the 10th freshman to start a season opener since 1995. Parker has been steady early on, averaging 6.3 points on 52 percent shooting and 3.0 assists per game. Parker has a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio and has had one turnover or less in five of the Huskers' first six games.
Parker dished out a career-high seven assists and had one turnover in Nebraska's 61-57 win over Tulane on Nov. 21, and totaled eight points, four assists and a career-high four steals at Wake Forest on Nov. 27. Against UNO on Nov. 18, he had eight points - all coming in the second half - after sitting most of the first half because of foul trouble. Parker also had seven points, three rebounds and three assists in a two-point win over Valparaiso on Nov. 15.
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 active 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 is redshirting this season.
Rivers Looks to Get into Offensive Flow
Throughout the summer and the preseason, one Husker returnee who was flying under the radar was sophomore David Rivers. The 6-foot-7 wing totaled only 20 points and 16 rebounds in 19 contests as a freshman, but has added nearly 20 pounds since last year and has made significant strides.
Rivers' improvement has been evident early on, as he has averaged 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as the Huskers' sixth man in 2012-13. He has already eclipsed his entire freshman year totals in points, rebounds and blocked shots in just six games. Rivers had five points, a career-best seven rebounds and two assists in the win at Wake Forest and totaled six points, two rebounds and had a pair of blocked shots in the loss to Kent State on Nov. 24. Rivers had seven points and five rebounds against Valparaiso and established personal bests in minutes (27), rebounds (six) and assists (three) in the opener against Southern.
Shields Returns to Add Depth
For the first three games, Nebraska relied on eight scholarship players, as Shavon Shields was sidelined by an elbow injury. He was cleared for practice on Nov. 20, and made his debut the following night, playing 14 minutes against Tulane. Shields did not play in the Huskers' last two games and may be available for the USC contest.
His return helps the Huskers depth, as NU has only nine scholarship players available for the 2012-13 season, a total which includes former walk-on Trevor Menke. Of NU's nine scholarship players, only four (Dylan Talley, Brandon Ubel, David Rivers and Menke) saw action for the Huskers during the 2011-12 season.
Shields will also look to give the Huskers another scoring option, as only six players broke the scoring column in the Huskers' first three contests before Mike Peltz hit a 3-pointer in the win over Tulane. Nebraska has just 33 points off its bench in the first six contests.
When freshman Sergej Vucetic signed with Nebraska in early May, he was the first seven-footer to join the Husker program in over two decades. The last time NU had a seven-footer on the roster was during the 1990-91 season, when the Huskers had a pair of seven-footers in Rich King, who became a first round pick in the 1991 NBA Draft, and Kelly Lively. Vucetic has seen limited duty for the Big Red, playing one minute time in two contests.
Walk-on Tradition Continues
While the Nebraska football program is nationally known for its walk-on program, Nebraska basketball has a pair of walk-ons playing significant roles this season in Mike Peltz and Trevor Menke. Peltz joined the Husker roster in time for the start of practice in October, and has become a valuable role player early on. A two-year starter at Western Nebraska Community College, Peltz has backed up Benny Parker at the point guard spot, but has also seen time at guard and forward, depending on the matchup. He has averaged 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 16.5 minutes per game. Peltz played a career-high 22 minutes against Kent State, where he grabbed six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.
Sophomore Trevor Menke came to Nebraska as a walk-on, but was put on scholarship for this season for his efforts in the classroom and on the practice court. Menke, who played seven minutes as a redshirt freshman, played a career-high 16 minutes in Nebraska's season opener and has averaged 8.8 minutes per game in five contests.
In addition, NU also has two other walk-ons who lettered last year in sophomores Jordan Tyrance and Kye Kurkowski.
- Nebraska's 4-0 start to begin the season marked the first time the Huskers had opened the year with four straight wins since the 2008-09 season.
- Husker coach Tim Miles became just the sixth coach in the 117-year history of Nebraska basketball to win his first four games. In fact, only two Husker basketball coaches had won their first four games since 1920.
- Tim Miles became the first Husker basketball coach since 1920 to win his first road game when the Huskers topped Wake Forest, 79-63.
- Nebraska's 66-55 win over Southern in the season opener was the 1,400th win in Nebraska's basketball history.
- Nebraska held Horizon League favorite Valparaiso to just 48 points in a 50-48 win, the Crusaders' lowest point total in 29 games dating back to Nov. 25, 2011. Over the last three-plus seasons, Valparaiso has been held to 50 points or less just four times.
- Nebraska's 50 points in the win over the Crusaders equaled the fewest the Huskers have scored in a win since a 50-44 win over Oregon State on Dec. 12, 2009.
- Nebraska held Southern to 55 points and Valparaiso to 48 points, marking only the fifth time in the last 60 years that the Huskers had held its first two opponents of the season to 55 points or less (1958-59, 1985-86, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13).
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's 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. 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.
Home Sweet Home
Nebraska has been strong on its home court since the Bob Devaney Center opened in 1976. Nebraska has a 440-142 (.756) record in 37 seasons. Nebraska has enjoyed 36 consecutive winning seasons in the building, as the Huskers will celebrate their final season in the Devaney Center in 2012-13.