Huskers Host Hoosiers Thursday Night
Game #20 Indiana
Game Date Jan. 30, 2014
Tipoff Time 7:15 p.m. (CT)
Venue Pinnacle Bank Arena
2013-14 Record: 10-9, 2-5 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 25-27 (2nd year)
Career Record: 308-247 (19th year)
2013-14 Record: 13-7, 3-5 Big Ten
Head Coach: Tom Crean
Record at Indiana: 97-86 (6th year)
Career Record: 277-185 (14th year)
Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
(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: Dave Revsine
Expert Analysis: Jim Jackson
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
Expert Analysis: Matt Davison
Internet Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com
Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 108, XM Ch. 190
Huskers Host Hoosiers Thursday Night
The Nebraska basketball team looks for its third win in the last four games on Thursday night, as the Huskers welcome Indiana to Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m. 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 Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson on the call. The game will also be available online and on mobile devices on BTN2Go.
A limited number of returned tickets are available for Thursday’s game starting at $10. They can be purchased by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or (402) 472-3111 or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff, if available.
Thursday’s game will also be carried across the state on the 27-station Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison 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 on Huskers.com and is available on the Huskers’ app on iOS or android devices, as well as Sirius and XM Radio.
The Huskers (10-9, 2-5 B1G) come off one of their finest offensive efforts of the season, knocking off Minnesota, 82-78 on Sunday. The Huskers shot 50 percent from the field, including 11-of-22 from 3-point range, and used a career night from sophomore Terran Petteway to subdue the Gophers. Petteway hit 10-of-15 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, while also going 11-of-14 from the foul line. His 35-point night was the highest in conference action, while the Huskers’ 82 points were the most in a conference game since 2011.
Petteway has been one of the best newcomers in the Big Ten, as the 6-foot-6 guard/forward is third in the conference in scoring at 18.2 points per game and has reached double figures in each of the last 15 games. In Big Ten games, he has been even better, ranking second in scoring (19.2 ppg), eighth in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.495).
The Huskers have been tough in their new home, going 9-1 in the first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena with the only loss coming in a 71-70 setback to Michigan on Jan. 9.
Indiana (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten) comes to Lincoln after turning in one of its best defensive performances of the year, holding Illinois to 46 points in a 56-46 victory. The Hoosiers, who snapped a two-game losing streak, held Illinois to 33 percent shooting and out-rebounded the Illini, 42-28. Sophomore Yogi Ferrell led IU with 17 points and five assists, and ranks among the Big Ten leaders in both scoring (17.5 ppg) and assists (4.0 apg).
By the Numbers
.818 - Nebraska’s winning percentage in games decided by five points or less under Tim Miles. The Huskers are 9-2 in such games over the last two seasons.
4 - Nebraska’s last five games have all been decided by six points or less.
8.5 - Rebounds per game for Shavon Shields over Nebraska’s last four games. He has at least six rebounds in each of those games, including a season-best 10 at Penn State on Jan. 23.
35 - Points by Terran Petteway against Minnesota, the second-highest scoring effort in the Big Ten this season. Petteway is also the only Big Ten player with multiple 30-point games this season.
1944 - The last time Nebraska and Indiana met when neither team was ranked (prior to the AP poll starting).
Indiana comes to Lincoln with a 13-7 record following a 56-46 win over Illinois on Sunday. Under fifth-year head coach Tom Crean, the Hoosiers are a different team than the 2012-13 squad which featured two NBA Lottery picks and won the Big Ten regular-season title. The Hoosiers returned just one starter from a 29-7 squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
Indiana has been up and down in conference play, including a win over then-unbeaten and No. 3 Wisconsin before falling at Northwestern at home four days later. While Indiana averages 76.3 points per game, the Hoosiers’ strength is a defense which holds teams to under 40 percent shooting, while IU out-rebounds teams by a conference best 11.1 boards per game.
Sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell is one of the Big Ten’s top performers, as he averages a team-high 17.5 points along with 4.0 assists per game to rank in the top 10 in the Big Ten in both categories. Ferrell also shoots better than 40 percent from 3-point range for the Hoosiers. Noah Vonleh is one of the front runners for Big Ten Freshman of the year, as the 6-foot-10 forward averages 12.0 points and a Big Ten leading 9.6 rebounds per game. He leads the Big Ten with eight double-doubles on the season. Senior forward Will Sheehey is the third Hoosier in double figures, as he averages 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
This is the third matchup between Crean and Nebraska Coach Tim Miles. In addition to last year’s meeting in Bloomington, Miles’ North Dakota State team upset eighth-ranked Marquette, 64-60, in the championship game of the 2006 Blue and Gold Classic in Milwaukee.
Nebraska-Indiana Series History
Nebraska and Indiana meet for the 12th time Thursday night, and third since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Indiana leads the all-time series, 9-2, but the teams have split the two meetings in Big Ten play. Last year, top-ranked Indiana posted a 76-47 win in Bloomington. In 2012, Nebraska erased an 11-point deficit in the final 6:38 for a 70-69 win over No. 11 Indiana. The two teams split the first two meetings in Lincoln during the 1919-20 season, including a 38-18 Husker victory. Seven of the 11 matchups were played before the end of World War II. Thursday’s game is the first time since 1944 where Indiana is not ranked.
Last time Out
Behind a career-high 35 points from Terran Petteway, Nebraska held off Minnesota, 82-78, in front of a sold out crowd of 15,945 at Pinnacle Bank Arena Sunday afternoon.
Petteway, a sophomore from Galveston, Texas, hit 10-of-15 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, and added six rebounds, as the Huskers improved to 10-9 on the season and bounced back from a four-point loss at Penn State. Petteway, who topped his previous career high of 30 against UMass in November, had 23 points in the second half, as Nebraska (10-9, 2-5 Big Ten) built a 15-point lead and held on down the stretch.
Leading 35-30 at the break, Nebraska opened the half on a 13-3 spurt to build a 48-33 lead after Leslee Smith’s steal and basket with 14:33 left. Nebraska led 58-46 before Minnesota used a 7-1 run to pull within six at 59-53 after Oto Osenieks’ basket with 7:16 left. Petteway then took over, hitting a long 3-pointer before Benny Parker’s alley-oop to Petteway pushed the lead back to 11.
The Gophers made one last run, as 3-pointers from DeAndre Mathieu and Austin Hollins keyed a 14-4 run that cut a 10-point lead with 1:20 left to 80-78 with 2.7 seconds left. On the inbounds pass, Pettway was fouled with 1.7 seconds left and the sophomore, who went 11-of-14 from the line, hit a pair of free throws to preserve the Huskers’ second win in three games.
Petteway was one of three Huskers in double figures, as Walter Pitchford totaled 13 points, while Shavon Shields added 10. In all, the Huskers shot 50 percent from the field, including a season-high 11 3-pointers, while matching a season best with 19 assists.
*-Nebraska looks to improve to 10-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena and has won 11 of its last 12 home games dating back to last season.
*-This week could be a busy week for Husker forward Shavon Shields. The sophomore is a candidate for Capital One Academic All-Districts honors announced Thursday. On Saturday, his father Shavon could get into the NFL Hall of Fame as he is one of 15 finalists for the class of 2014. If Shields gets in, he will join Guy Chamberlain and Bob Brown as the only Huskers enshrined into the NFL and College Football Halls of Fame.
*-The Huskers will look to string their first win streak in conference play since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2011-12.
*-Terran Petteway is now the 13th player with multiple 30-point games as a Husker and the first to do it since Aleks Maric, who was a first-team All-Big 12 center in 2007-08, was also the last Husker to put together consecutive 30-point games (31 vs. Missouri on 2/24/07; 36 vs. Iowa State on 2/28/07).
*-Petteway and Iowa’s Aaron White are the only two players who rank in the top-10 in the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding in conference play.
*-Petteway has scored in double figures in each of the last 16 games, the longest stretch by a Husker since Aleks Maric reached double figures in 17 straight games spanning the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
*-Over the last five games, Petteway is averaging 20.6 points per game on 52 percent shooting from the field and 6.0 rebounds a game.
*-Thursday’s game will be the first since junior guard Deverell Biggs was dismissed from the program on Jan. 28. The Huskers are 3-1 in the four games he missed with the only loss coming at No. 13 Cincinnati on Dec. 28.
*-Ray Gallegos is seven points away from cracking the top-60 career scoring list at Nebraska. Gallegos also is six 3-pointers away from moving into seventh place on NU’s career 3-point list (145, Tyronn Lue).
*-Nebraska has been a much better rebounding team in Big Ten action, posting a +2.0 advantage on the glass in conference play to rank fifth in the conference. Prior to the start of conference play, Nebraska was 11th in rebounding margin at -2.0 per game.
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.
This season, Nebraska is picked 12th in the preseason poll of writers with a roster which is 293rd (of 351 teams) in experience according to KenPom.com. Four of NU’s eight 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.
*-Nebraska enters the game at No. 74 with a schedule ranked 22nd nationally. According to RealtimeRPI, it is the fifth-toughest schedule in the conference, as six of the 12 schools have schedules in the top 25 nationally.
*-Of Nebraska’s nine losses, six are to teams ranked in either the AP or coaches poll this week (OSU, Iowa, UMass, Cincinnati, Michigan and Creighton).
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.
Finding Offensive Pace
Despite having several new faces in the 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 69.2 points per game is on track to be the highest at Nebraska since the 2003-04 season, when Nebraska averaged 70.5 points per game. In fact, Nebraska has averaged 70 points per game twice since 2000.
*-The Huskers’ tempo has vastly increased, as Nebraska was over 300th in adjusted tempo in each of the last three seasons and is now 166th this season entering Thursday’s game with Indiana.
*-Last year, NU was 12th in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 58.3 points per game. So far this season, Nebraska has been held under 60 points just four times in 19 games.
*-Nebraska is one of 54 teams averaging more than 10 points per game from 2013-14 entering this week’s action
*-Nebraska’s 82 points against Minnesota marked the most points by the Huskers in a conference game since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.
*-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 players reach double figures at least once this season. The Huskers had two games where five players reached double figures and six others with four double-figure scorers.
*-Nebraska has already scored 75 or more points five times this season after just reaching that plateau twice in 33 games during the 2012-13 season.
*-In two seasons under Miles, Nebraska is 20-8 when scoring over 60 points.
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.
*-Nebraska is on track to shatter the school’s single-season attendance record of 13,357 per game set in 1992-93. Nebraska enters Thursday’s game averaging 15,230 fans per game in 2012-13, including the six largest crowds in school history.
*-The previous school record for season ticket sales was 12,000 set in 1992-93. The Huskers sold nearly 14,000 season tickets for its first season in the building.
*-During non-conference action, attendance was up 56 percent from the 2012-13 season.
*-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). Nebraska is currently averaging 4,878 more fans per game than in 2012-13.
*-The Huskers have rewarded the fans by going 9-1 in the first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska finished non-conference play unbeaten for the first time since 2010-11, and knocked off their first ranked foe since 2012 with the win over No. 15 Ohio State on Jan. 20.
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 and a three-time NFL Hall of Fame finalist, 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.
*-Shields, who was hampered by a knee bruise suffered in practice early in Big Ten play, comes into Thursday’s game averaging 11.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, as he ranks second on the team in scoring and rebounding and third in assists.
*-He has been solid the last three games following the Huskers’ first bye, averaging 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 48 percent from the floor.
*-Shields has the team's longest starting streak at 38 games dating back to last season.
*-He has been in double figures 11 times, and has grabbed at least six rebounds in 12 of NU’s 19 contests. Shields tied or set season bests in rebounds in three straight games, including 10 boards against Penn State, before grabbing six caroms in the win over Minnesota.
*-Shields broke out against No. 17 Ohio State on Jan. 20 with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds. In the previous five games, he was averaging five points per game on 24 percent shooting.
*-Shields has paced the Huskers in scoring four 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 and Lute Olson National 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 - hitting 8-of-13 shots 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).
*-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.
*-Off the court, Shields is a microbiology major who wants to become a doctor following his basketball career and will be a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this season.
Petteway, Pitchford Provide Impact for Huskers
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 and Walter Pitchford, both of whom were sitting out in 2012-13.
Petteway, who began his career at Texas Tech, has been one of the Big Ten’s best newcomers. He enters the week ranked third in the conference in scoring at 18.2 ppg, while also averaging 5.4 caroms per outing.
*-Petteway has raised his scoring average over 15 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 18.2 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 three players have averaged more than 16 points per game as a sophomore - Dave Hoppen (19.9), Lue and Jerry Fort (18.0).
*-He put together the finest game of his career in the win over Minnesota with a career-high 35 points on 10-of-15 shooting and six rebounds. Petteway hit four 3-pointers in the win and went 11-of-14 from the foul line.
*-Petteway is the only player over the last two seasons with multiple 30-point games. The last person with three 30-point games in a season was John Shurna of Northwestern in 2011-12. Only nine Big Ten players have had multiple 30-point games in a season since 2010.
*-He has seven games of at least 20 points this season, including a career-high 30 points against UMass in the Charleston Classic. He is tied for second in the Big Ten in 20-point games.
*-Petteway had a streak of three straight 20-point games (27 vs. Citadel; 22 at Cincinnati; 20 at Iowa) - the first time that has happened at Nebraska since Aleks Maric had four consecutive 20-point games in 2006-07.
*-Nearly put together a double-double in the loss at Purdue with 19 points, nine rebounds and two steals, along with two blocked shots.
*-Recorded his first career double-double at Iowa on Dec. 31, leading all scorers with 20 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds.
*-Ranks sixth in the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 83.6 percent after shooting just 46 percent from the line during his lone season at Texas Tech.
*-Reached double figures in 18 of 19 games 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.
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 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-10 forward is a threat from long range, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range.
*-Reached double figures in scoring eight times, including a season-high 14 points against Western Illinois on Nov. 11, and 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting against Minnesota on Jan. 26. Against the Gophers, Pitchford had seven of Nebraska’s first 10 points and added a pair of assists.
*-Put together the best game of his career at Iowa on Dec. 31, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. Pitchford had eight offensive rebounds in the loss to the Hawkeyes.
*-Finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting against Michigan on Jan. 9.
*-Posted his first career double-double against Arkansas State on Dec. 14 with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
*-Played a key role in the Huskers’ win over Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with 13 points and five rebounds against Miami.
*-Totaled an incredible 339:23 without a turnover dating back to his time at Florida before his first turnover on Jan. 9. The streak lasted 22 games, as he was the last regular rotation player in the country without a turnover. On the season, he has just four turnovers in over 400 minutes of action.
Webster Makes a Point, Plays the Point
Tai Webster has found a home in the Huskers’ backcourt, averaging 5.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game coming into Thursday’s game with Indiana. While he is averaging just 4.0 points per game in Big Ten play, he also leads the Huskers in assists (15) and is second with nine steals. Webster had five points and four assists in 29 minutes in the win over Minnesota. He dished out four assists and matched his personal best with four steals at No. 22 Iowa on Dec. 31 and put together his best game in Big Ten play against No. 17 Ohio State with nine points, including 5-of-6 from the foul line, and two rebounds.
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. He has dished out a season-high five assists on three occasions, most recently against Arkansas State on Dec. 14.
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 8.1 points per game while averaging 1.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game.
*-Leads the Huskers with a career-high 4.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season and has nearly twice as many steals as turnovers on the year. Since moving back into the starting lineup on Dec. 4, Gallegos has a 5.4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
*-Is enjoying his best shooting season both overall (.395, previous best was .366 as a freshman) and from 3-point range (.372, previous best was .349 in 2009-10).
*-Ranks sixth in the Big Ten with 2.1 3-pointers per game, including 14 points and four 3-pointers against Michigan.
*-Has already set career high in assists on two occasions, including five assists against The Citadel on Dec. 21 and Minnesota on Jan. 23.
*-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 35 3-pointers this season and now sits in ninth place on Nebraska’s career 3-point chart with 139. He is six 3-pointers away from eighth place on NU’s career chart (Tyronn Lue, 145, 1996-98). Gallegos is also just seven points shy of moving into 60th place on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list.
*-Opened the 2013-14 season 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.
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 also been among the national leaders in that category, ranking 71st nationally with 11.3 turnovers per game. Nebraska is seventh in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +1.4 per contest. The Huskers also do a good job of getting the ball from opponents, ranking fourth in the Big Ten with 7.3 per game.