Huskers Open Big Ten Slate at No. 22 Iowa
Game #13 at Iowa
Game Date Dec. 31, 2013
Tipoff Time 6:06 p.m. (CT)
Venue Carver-Hawkeye Arena
2013-14 Record: 8-4, 0-0 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 23-22 (2nd year)
Career Record: 306-242 (19th year)
2013-14 Record: 11-2, 0-0 Big Ten
Head Coach: Fran McCaffery
Record at Iowa: 65-52 (4th year)
Career Record: 316-229 (18th year)
Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Television: BTN (Ch. 610 on DirecTV; Chs. 439, 9500 on DISH; Chs. 24 and 333-SD, 1333-HD on Time Warner Cable; Chs. 80 SD, 1080-HD on Cox Cable)
Play by Play: Cory Provus
Expert Analysis: Stephen Bardo
Radio: 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
Internet Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com
Satellite Radio (Iowa feed): Sirius Ch. 111, XM Ch. 191
Huskers Open Big Ten Slate at No. 22 Iowa
The Nebraska basketball team begins its third season of Big Ten Conference action on New Year’s Eve, as the Huskers travel to Iowa City for a matchup with the Hawkeyes.
Tipoff is set for 6:06 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the game will be carried nationally on BTN (Ch. 610 on DirecTV, Chs. 439 and 9500 on Dish; Chs. 2, 1333 on Time Warner Cable) with Cory Provus and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game will also be available online and on mobile devices on BTN2Go.
Tuesday’s game will also be carried across the state on the 27-station Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka calling all of the action, including flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln and KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha (complete list of affiliates is on page five of the game notes). The game can also be heard for free on Huskers.com and is available on the Huskers’ app on iOS or android devices, as well as Sirius and XM Radio.
The Huskers’ Big Ten opener is the middle game of a three-game road swing, as Nebraska is 8-4 on the season following a 74-59 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon. In that game, Nebraska was within 47-44 with 9:30 left, but the Bearcats’ strength on the boards and foul shooting helped the hosts pull away. Cincinnati out-rebounded Nebraska, 40-30, and hit 25-of-30 from the foul line, including 18-of-21 in the second half. Nebraska’s two road losses have come against teams which are a combined 21-4 on the season (Cincinnati and Creighton).
Despite the loss, Nebraska received strong efforts from sophomore Terran Petteway and senior Ray Gallegos, who combined for 40 of Nebraska’s 59 points. Petteway had a game-high 22 points for his fifth 20-point game of the year, while Gallegos matched his season high with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
For the third straight season, the Huskers open Big Ten play against a ranked opponent, as Iowa is 11-2 on the year and ranked 22nd in the latest AP poll. Dating back to last season, this will be the third meeting between the two teams in Nebraska’s last six regular-season Big Ten games.
The Hawkeyes have been off since Dec. 22, after beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 86-61. Iowa averages a Big Ten best 88.7 points per game and has been held to under 80 points just once in its first 13 games. Senior Roy Devyn Marble’s 15.3 points per game leads seven Hawkeyes who average at least seven points per game.
By the Numbers
8 - It is the eighth time in the last 20 years that Nebraska has opened conference play against a ranked opponent, including all three seasons since joining the Big Ten. The last time NU topped a ranked foe in a conference opener was in 2005-06.
21.8 - Points per game for sophomore Terran Petteway in the Huskers’ five games outside of Lincoln this season following his 22-point effort at Cincinnati last Saturday.
Iowa is 11-2 on the season and ranked 22nd in the latest AP rankings (as of Dec. 29). The Hawkeyes have played only once since Dec. 14, a 86-61 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 22. Iowa opened the year with seven straight wins before falling to Villanova in the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 30. The Hawkeyes brought back four starters and 12 lettermen for Head Coach Fran McCaffery, who is in his fourth season at Iowa after serving stints at Lehigh, UNC Greensboro and Siena.
Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally in scoring average at 88.7 points per game. The Hawkeyes are outscoring foes by over 23 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. The Hawkeyes also outrebound opponents by over 10 rebounds per game.
Senior Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeyes at 15.3 points per game, as three IU players average double figures. Junior forward Aaron White averages 13.2 points on 68 percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds per game. Iowa’s biggest strength is its depth, as the Hawkeyes go 11 deep with the addition of Josh Oglesby, who returned to the lineup on Dec. 21. Transfer Jarrod Uthoff averages 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while coming off the bench. Tuesday’s matchup will be the only regular-season game between the programs in 2013-14, as the Hawkeyes are one of NU’s four single-play opponents this year.
Nebraska-Iowa Series History
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series, 14-9 in a series that dates back to 1907, but the two teams had not met prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten since the 1976-77 season. Nebraska has won just twice in 12 trips to Iowa City, posting wins in 1941 and in 2012. In that game, Brandon Richardson had a career-high 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field, including six 3-pointers. It is Nebraska’s third-oldest series against a Big Ten team, trailing only Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nebraska is 2-2 against Iowa since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.
Last Season vs. Iowa
March 9, 2013: Despite a career-high seven 3-pointers from Ray Gallegos, Nebraska fell to Iowa, 74-60, in the 2012-13 regular-season finale. Gallegos led all players with 22 points, hitting 7-of-14 from long range en route to his sixth 20-point effort of the season, but it was not enough, as Iowa shot 57.1 percent and put four players in double figures. The Huskers used an 11-3 run to whittle a 10-point deficit to 46-44 after a Dylan Talley basket with 14:21 left, but went ice cold from the floor, going nearly eight and half minutes without a bucket, as the Hawkeyes went on a decisive 17-0 run to take a 63-44 lead. Aaron White led the Hawkeyes with 19 points, while Woodbury added 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting.
Feb. 23, 2013: Dylan Talley’s 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left broke a 60-all tie, lifting Nebraska to a 64-60 win at the Devaney Center. With the score tied at 60, Nebraska got the ball with 44 seconds left after Brandon Ubel drew a charge on Roy Devyn Marble. Nebraska took a timeout with 20 seconds left to set up its final possession. Talley, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, took several seconds before he stopped and pulled up for a long 3-pointer over Mike Gesell to put the Huskers ahead. Iowa came down quickly after Talley’s basket and got off a shot to tie, but Gesell missed a game-tying shot. Talley finished with a game-high 18 points, including 7-of-11 shooting in the second half to lead the Huskers back from a 19-point first half deficit. He was one of four Huskers in double figures, as Shavon Shields had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Brandon Ubel and Ray Gallegos added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Last Time Out
Despite a game-high 22 points from sophomore Terran Petteway, the Huskers fell at Cincinnati, 74-59, on Saturday.
Petteway and senior Ray Gallegos kept the Huskers in the game, but a combination of Cincinnati’s rebounding and free throw shooting proved to be too much. The Bearcats out-rebounded Nebraska, 40-30, and went 25-of-30 from the charity stripe.
Sean Kilpatrick led UC with 21 points, including 17-of-18 from the foul line, to pace three players in double figures. Justin Jackson added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Kevin Johnson had 11 points off the bench, including seven in a run which gave Cincinnati the lead for good.
Gallegos matched his season high with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, but the Huskers were held to 35.7 percent shooting and held to their lowest offensive output of the year.
The Huskers, despite having Petteway on the bench with two fouls in the first 62 seconds, stood toe to toe with UC for most of the half until Johnson led the Bearcats on a 13-3 run late in the first half, turning an 18-all deadlock into a 31-21 lead. The freshman scored seven straight points for the hosts to break the deadlock, as UC eventually went into the locker room with an eight-point lead.
Nebraska trailed 47-38 before Petteway hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it a 47-44, but Jermaine Lawrence ended the run with an offensive putback and his jumper on UC’s next offensive possession extended the lead back to seven and force a Husker timeout. The Bearcats later used a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 65-48 after a Jermaine Sanders 3-pointer that beat the shot clock, but the Huskers would fight back.
Nebraska made one last run, as 9-2 Husker run cut a 17-point deficit to 67-57 after a pair of Petteway free throws with 2:46 left. The Huskers had a chance to cut the lead into single-figures, but Shields missed the front end of a 1 and 1 with 2:07 left. Cincinnati came back and got two free throws from Jackson and Kilpatrick to push the margin to 14.
Quick Look at Nebraska
As second-year coach Tim Miles continues his rebuilding process at Nebraska, the Huskers’ roster is starting to take shape. Only two of the 12 players on scholarship have been at NU longer than two seasons (Ray Gallegos and David Rivers), while Gallegos is the only scholarship senior on the 2013-14 roster.
Miles, who was given a seven-year contract when he was hired in 2012, led the Huskers to a 15-18 record last year, as 14 of NU’s 18 losses came against NCAA Tournament teams despite having only eight recruited scholarship players available. Nebraska played one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2012-13, facing 10 ranked teams while the strength of schedule was 13th nationally. The Huskers finished 10th in the Big Ten in 2012-13 after being picked to finish last by 23 of the 24 beat writers in the league.
This season, Nebraska is again picked 12th in the preseason poll of writers with a roster which is 293rd (of 351 teams) in experience according to KenPom.com. Six of NU’s 10 primary rotation players are in their first year of competition at Nebraska, although three of the newcomers (Pitchford-Florida; Smith-SMU; Petteway-Texas Tech) have previous Division I experience.
Huskers Vs. Ranked Teams
Tuesday’s game will be the first game against a ranked team this season, while the Big Ten has four ranked teams in the Dec. 23 AP poll, including three in the top five (Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State).
*- Nebraska is 59-231 all-time against ranked teams and has knocked off at least one ranked team in 11 of the past 13 seasons (all but 2010-11 & 2012-13).
*-Nebraska is winless in 10 tries against ranked teams under Tim Miles and has lost 13 straight games against ranked opponents since a 70-69 win over No. 11 Indiana at the Devaney Center on Jan. 18, 2012.
*-Nebraska looks to snap an 18-game losing streak against ranked teams on the road. The Huskers’ last road win against a ranked team was a 65-59 win at No. 22 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2008. In all, NU has lost its last 21 games away from home against ranked teams since the win over the Aggies.
Nebraska-Purdue Jan. 12 Time Set
The Big Ten Conference announced the start times for the men’s and women’s basketball games on Sunday, Jan. 12. The times were listed as TBA on the schedule until the NFL Playoff schedule was set. The Huskers will take on Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., at 11 a.m. (CT) and the game will be televised on BTN.
Finding Offensive Pace
Despite having six new faces in Nebraska’s primary 10-man rotation, the Huskers have been a much more prolific offensive team in 2013-14. The Huskers are averaging 11 points more per game than at this point last year, including a season-high 90 points against UMass on Nov. 21 - NU’s highest single-game total since the 2009-10 season.
*-Nebraska’s team scoring average of 72.2 points per game marks only the fifth time since 2000 that Nebraska has averaged more than 70 points per game through the first 12 contests and the first time since 2006-07.
*-Nebraska’s average after 12 games is the highest since the 2006-07 squad also averaged 72.8 points per game in its opening stretch.
*-Nebraska scored 80 or more points in consecutive games against South Carolina State and UMass, the first time that has happened since the 2008-09 season.
*-Nebraska has had eight of its 10 regulars reach double figures at least once this season. The Huskers had two games where five players reached double figures and four others with four double-figure scorers.
*-Nebraska has already scored 75 or more points five times after just reaching that plateau twice in 33 games during the 2012-13 season.
*-Last season, NU was 12th in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 58.3 points per game. This year, Nebraska’s season low in points is 59 in Saturday’s loss at Cincinnati. Nebraska is averaging nearly 14 points per game more than last season
*-According to KenPom.com, Nebraska ranks 52nd in free throw percentage rate this season after ranking 331st nationally in the category in 2012-13. Two of Miles’ final three Colorado State teams ranked in the top 40 in that category.
*-In two seasons under Miles, Nebraska is 18-6 with scoring over 60 points.
Setting a Benchmark
As the Huskers have looked at different lineup combinations, one constant during non-conference play has been improved bench play. Nebraska is averaging 24.9 points and 15.7 rebounds per game from its bench entering Tuesday’s Big Ten opener, with Deverell Biggs and Leslee Smith providing much of the punch off the bench.
Biggs is third on the team in scoring at 9.3 ppg while averaging 18.8 minutes per outing. He is shooting 42 percent from the floor and from 3-point range, and is fifth among all Big Ten bench players in scoring average. Biggs scored a season-high 18 points against Northern Illinois on Nov. 30, one of three double-figure efforts this season. The 6-foot guard also led NU with six rebounds in the loss to Creighton on Dec. 8, and dished out a season-high six assists against Arkansas State on Dec. 14.
Smith has been the Huskers’ most consistent performer in non-conference play according to Tim Miles, as he gives NU a post presence. Smith is averaging 8.3 points on 60 percent shooting and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game to rank 11th in the Big Ten. The 6-foot-8 junior college transfer has two double-doubles on the season, most recently 10 points and 10 rebounds against The Citadel on Dec. 21.
The primary rotation is rounded out by guards Benny Parker and Nathan Hawkins and forward David Rivers. Parker has been NU’s primary backup point guard and has appeared in all 12 games. Hawkins missed NU’s first eight games with a foot injury and has eased his way into the rotation, while Rivers has appeared in eight contests.
*- Nebraska’s bench has out-scored its opponents in eight of the last 10 games since Biggs and Ray Gallegos returned to the lineup on Nov. 17.
*-Against South Carolina State, Nebraska’s bench combined for 51 of the 83 points, making the fifth time in the last decade NU has received at least 50 points from its bench.
*- Last year, Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley both ranked among the top five in the Big Ten in minutes per game at over 35 minutes per game. This year, no Husker is averaging more than 31 minutes per game, while nine Huskers average at least 14 minutes per game.
*-Nebraska had three players reach double figures in the win over Georgia (Tai Webster-14; Ray Gallegos-11; Leslee Smith-18).
Record-Breaking Season Ticket Sales
The move to Pinnacle Bank Arena has been a boon to Nebraska basketball, as the Husker program has shattered season-ticket records. On May 3, all of the season tickets allotted for 2013-14 had been accounted for, as season-ticket sales were up nearly 95 percent from 2012-13. It marked the third straight season that tickets sales were up.
*- The previous school record for season ticket sales was 12,000 set in 1992-93. Nebraska is averaging 15,143 fans per game in 2013-14, including the four largest crowds in school history.
*- Over the last five seasons, only four schools have increased their attendance by more than 3,000 fans per game in a single season with the largest increase by BYU in 2010-11 (4,685 per game increase). Heading into the start of Big Ten play, Nebraska is averaging 4,791 more fans per game than in 2012-13.
*-The Huskers have rewarded the fans during non-conference play, going 7-0 at home and out-scoring foes by 15.4 points per game. Six of Nebraska’s wins have been by double figures, as the Huskers finished unbeaten in non-conference play for the first time since 2010-11.
The Son Also Rises
Nebraska sophomore Shavon Shields is on his way to creating an impressive resume in his own right. While his father, Will, is one of the greatest linemen in college and NFL history, the younger Shields has played an integral role over the last two years on the court.
As a freshman, Shavon overcame an early season elbow injury and averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 29 games. Shields started to shine during the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, averaging 16.5 points on 61 percent shooting in games against Purdue and Ohio State and becoming a leading option.
*- Shields enters the Iowa game averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, ranking first or second in all three categories.
*- Despite being a sophomore, Shields has the team's longest starting streak at 31 games dating back to last season.
*- He is 23rd in the Big Ten in scoring and had averaged 18 points per game in his previous three games before being held to a season-low two points at Cincinnati. In that game, he grabbed a season-high eight rebounds and matched his career high with three assists.
*- Shields has paced the Huskers in scoring three times and has a pair of 20-point games this season. Both of his 20-point nights came against 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifiers (Florida Gulf Coast and Creighton)
*- He was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his effort against Sweet 16 qualifier Florida Gulf Coast in the season opener. In that game he scored a game-high 28 points - one off his career high - on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and a perfect 12-of-12 from the line. The 6-foot-7 forward also led NU in rebounds (six) and assists (three) en route to earning Big Ten Player of the Week and the Lute Olson Award National Player of the Week.
*- Last summer, Shields played for the Denmark U-20 National Team, leading the country to the 2013 Nordic Cup Championship. He averaged 13.3 points per game in wins over Sweden, Finland and Estonia, capping the tournament with a 17-point, 12-rebound effort in a 101-94 double overtime win over Estonia.
Transfers Make Immediate Impact for Big Red
While the Huskers were short-handed last year with just eight recruited scholarship players available for action, Nebraska knew that help was on the way in the form of transfers Terran Petteway, Walter Pitchford and Deverell Biggs. The trio led a scout team which regularly pushed the Husker starters in practice and set the stage for the 2013-14 season. All three have played significant roles in the Huskers’ 8-4 start.
Petteway, who began his career at Texas Tech, has been one of the Huskers’ most valuable performers. He is seventh in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.3 ppg while also averaging 4.7 caroms per outing.
} Petteway has raised his scoring average more than 14 points from his true freshman year at Texas Tech. Prior to joining the Husker roster, his career high in points at the college level was 13 against DePaul in 2011-12.
*-Petteway is on track to enjoy one of the highest scoring sophomore seasons in school history. At 17.3 points per game, it would be the highest by a Husker sophomore since Tyronn Lue averaged 18.8 points per game in 1996-97. In fact, only four players have averaged more than 15 points per game as a sophomore - Dave Hoppen (19.9), Lue, Jerry Fort (18.0) and Carl McPipe (15.2).
*-He has five games of at least 20 points this season, including a career-high 30 points against UMass in the Charleston Classic. Petteway has put together 20-point games in each of his last two contests (27 vs. Citadel; 22 vs. Cincinnati).
*-Reached double figures in 11 of 12 games in 2013-14 after just having one double-figure effort prior to this season.
*-Led the Huskers at the Charleston Classic in November, averaging 22 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in three games.
*-Became the 25th Husker to post a 30-point game, as he had 30 points in a 96-91 loss to UMass. In that game, he hit 8-of-20 shots from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers, and converted 11 of 12 shots from the foul line.
*-Ranks second in the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 86.8 percent after shooting just 46 percent from the line during his lone season at Texas Tech.
Pitchford, who played 13 games at Florida in helping the Gators to the Elite Eight in 2011-12, has started at center for the Huskers, averaging 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-10 forward is a threat from long range, shooting 40 percent from 3-point range to rank 13th in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage.
*-Posted his first career double-double against Arkansas State on Dec. 14 with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
*-Reached double figures in scoring five times, including a season-high 14 points against Western Illinois
*-Played a key role in the Huskers’ win over Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with 13 points and five rebounds against Miami
Biggs has become a vital spark plug off the bench, as he averages 9.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while playing 18.8 minutes per game. He was a first-team NJCAA All-American at Seward (Kan.) Community College in 2011-12 before redshirting last season. Biggs, who is from Omaha, was the Huskers’ first scholarship recruit from Nebraska since 2001.
*-Enjoyed a memorable debut against South Carolina State on Nov. 17, scoring 17 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists in 23 minutes off the bench.
*-Reached double figures three times in nine games, including a season-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting in NU’s win over Northern Illinois on Nov. 30. In that win, he preserved NU’s lead by hitting four free throws in the final eight seconds to clinch the win.
*- Dished out a season-high six assists against Arkansas State on Dec. 14, the highest single-game total for a Husker this season.
Value the Basketball
Under Tim Miles, one major emphasis is taking care of the basketball, and the Huskers were among the nation’s best in that category in 2012-13. Nebraska finished 10th nationally with 10.7 turnovers per game - nearly three fewer than 2011-12. NU’s turnovers per game were the fewest in school history, bettering the 11.30 per game in 1984-85. Nebraska committed 10 turnovers or less 15 times in 2012-13, including a school-record two turnovers against Purdue on Jan. 16.
This season, the Huskers have been among the national leaders in that category, ranking 31st nationally with 10.4 turnovers per game. The Huskers have committed 10 turnovers or less in six of 12 contests.
Nebraska also ranks third in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.5 per contest. The Huskers also do a good job of getting the ball from opponents, ranking second in the Big Ten in both steals with 8.0 per game.
Webster Makes a Point, Plays the Point
Tai Webster has found a home in the Huskers’ backcourt, averaging 6.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game entering Tuesday’s Big Ten opener. Webster has been a much better distributor in recent games, setting or tying career highs in assists in each of the last five games before it was snapped against the Citadel on Dec. 21.
The 6-foot-4 freshman enjoyed the best game of his career on Nov. 24 against Georgia, scoring 14 points and dishing out three assists in NU’s 73-65 win. Webster scored 13 of his points in the second half and went 7-of-9 from the foul line. It was his second double-figure effort of the Charleston Classic, as he totaled 12 points and two assists in NU’s loss to UMass.
With his start against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 8, Webster became just the ninth true freshman to start a season opener in the last 18 years. Webster totaled nine points, two rebounds and an assist in helping the Huskers to a 79-55 win. He reached double figures for the first time in his young career against South Carolina State on Nov. 17, totaling 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Although he is a freshman who does not turn 19 until after this season, Webster was considered one of the top international guards in this year’s senior class. He played for New Zealand’s national team in qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, averaging 13.5 points per game in 52.5 percent shooting in three games. He also played in New Zealand’s National Basketball League, averaging 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last spring despite being the youngest player in the league. Webster is among the five Big Ten freshmen to watch by ESPN’s Paul Biancardi, joining Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn, Michigan’s Zak Irvin and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.
Gallegos Dials in From Long Distance
Senior guard Ray Gallegos is Nebraska’s top returning scorer, giving Tim Miles a luxury that few Husker coaches have had over the past few years. Gallegos’ 12.5 points per game average is the highest for a Husker returnee since Aleks Maric in 2007-08.
While Gallegos is known for being a long-range shooter who can hit shots in bunches, he has been more well rounded in 2013-14. He is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.7 points per game while averaging 1.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game.
*-Leads the Huskers with a 6-to-1 assist-to-turnover rate on the season during his first 10 games. He has been even better since moving back into the starting lineup on Dec. 4, posting a 16-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio over Nebraska’s last five games.
*-Is enjoying his best shooting season both overall (.397, previous best was .366 as a freshman) and from 3-point range (.397, previous best was .349 in 2009-10). He is 15th in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage.
*-Has already set career high in assists on two occasions, including five assists against The Citadel on Dec. 21.
*-Enjoyed one of his best games of the season at Cincinnati on Dec. 28 with a season-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while dishing out three assists.
*-Leads the Huskers with 23 3-pointers this season and will move into a tie for ninth place on Nebraska’s career list with Paul Velander (128, 2006-09) when he connects on his next 3-pointer.
*-Opened the 2013-14 by hitting six of 10 3-pointers in a win over South Carolina State on Nov. 17, the fifth time he has hit on at least six 3-pointers in a game.
*-As a junior, he connected on 83 3-pointers, a total which ranked second on Nebraska’s single-season list. It is more impressive when you consider that Gallegos made only 21 3-pointers during his first two seasons at Nebraska before redshirting in 2011-12.
*-Led the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game (2.5 per game) during the 2012-13 season. He became the first Husker basketball player to lead the Big Ten in any statistical category.
*-Connected on a career-high seven 3-pointers at Iowa on March 9, 2013, a total which is one shy of Nebraska’s single-game record.
The Huskers’ New Home
Opened on Aug. 29, 2013, the 15,000-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena is the new home of the Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball programs. Pinnacle Bank Arena is part of a $344 million project in the Haymarket District which also includes a 200-room hotel, 100,000 square feet of retail space, another 100,000 square feet of office space and 100 residential units.
The $179 million dollar arena is easily accessible in downtown Lincoln as nearly 5,100 parking stalls will be within walking distance of the facility by the fall of 2014. Pinnacle Bank Arena includes an expansive student section with 1,000 seats on the 100 Level, including behind the team benches. Pinnacle Bank Arena also includes 36 suites, 20 loge boxes and 11 permanent concession stands around the arena.
Containing 470,400 square feet, the Pinnacle Bank Arena seats over 15,000 fans when configured for Husker basketball games. It is divided into two bowls (upper and lower) and three levels (100, 200, 300) with Premium Seating Suites and Loge Boxes located between Level 100 and Level 200. There are over 160 concession points of sale and two private Club Lounges, one located on the Main Concourse (Level 100) and one on the Premium Level Concourse.
Captains Chosen for 2013-14 Season
Nebraska Coach Tim Miles announced on Oct. 12 that senior Ray Gallegos and sophomores Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway were chosen as team captains for the 2013-14 season. It is the first time that any of the three Huskers had been chosen captain. Shields and Gallegos are returning starters who started 19 and 33 games, respectively, while Petteway sat out the 2012-13 season after transferring from Texas Tech.