Huskers Look to Bounce Back at Northwestern
Game #22 at Northwestern
Game Date Feb. 8, 2014
Tipoff Time 12:02 p.m. (CT)
Venue Welsh-Ryan Arena
2013-14 Record: 11-10, 3-6 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 26-28 (2nd year)
Career Record: 309-248 (19th year)
2013-14 Record: 12-11, 5-5 Big Ten
Head Coach: Chris Collins
Record at Northwestern: 12-11 (1st year)
Career Record: Same
Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
(DirecTV Ch. 208, Dish Ch. 141, Ch. 235 on Time Warner Cable; Ch. 220 on Cox Cable)
Play by Play: Mike Couzens
Expert Analysis: Darrin Horn
Online: WatchESPN app on android and iOS devices
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 (Northwestern Feed): Sirius Ch. 136, XM Ch. 192
Huskers Look to Bounce Back at Northwestern
Nebraska hits the road for the second time this week, as the Huskers travel to Evanston, Ill., for a meeting with Northwestern Saturday afternoon.
Tipoff at Welsh-Ryan Arena is set for 12:02 p.m. (CT) and the game will be carried nationally on ESPNU (DirecTV Ch. 208, Dish Ch. 141, Ch. 235 on Time Warner Cable; Ch. 220 on Cox Cable) with Mike Couzens and Darrin Horn on the call. The game will also be available on the WatchESPN app for iOS or android devices.
Saturday’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 (11-10, 3-6 B1G) ran into a buzzsaw Wednesday night, as Nebraska fell, 79-50, at No. 10 Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines shot 63 percent in the first half, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range, to race out to a 28-point halftime lead and end the Huskers’ two-game win streak. Glenn Robinson III led three Michigan players in double figures with 23 points while Caris LeVert and Zak Irvin added 16 apiece.
Shavon Shields led three Nebraska players with 13 points, but the Huskers shot 35 percent on the night, including just 5-of-21 from 3-point range. Michigan was also able to hold Terran Petteway out of double figures for the first time since Nov. 17, as he finished with just five points. Petteway had averaged 21.5 points on 61 percent shooting over the previous four contests. One of the few bright spots was the play of freshman Nathan Hawkins, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half, including a trio of 3-pointers. Hawkins, who had played sparingly in Big Ten play until last week’s game against Indiana, played a season-high 20 minutes against the Wolverines.
Northwestern (12-11, 5-5 B1G) has been the surprise of a wild Big Ten season, as the Wildcats have won four of their last five games for first-year coach Chris Collins. Last week, Northwestern won at both Wisconsin and Minnesota and have been off since a 55-54 win over the Gophers on Feb. 1. The Wildcats have excelled on the defensive end, holding six of their last seven foes to 60 points or less.
The Huskers’ schedule turns after Saturday’s game, as Nebraska will be home for five of its final eight games beginning with Wednesday’s game against Illinois.
By the Numbers
.238/.453 - Nebraska’s 3-point percentage at Michigan compared to the previous three games.
.833 - Nebraska’s winning percentage in games decided by five points or less under Tim Miles. The Huskers are 10-2 in such games over the last two seasons.
3 - Consecutive games in double figures for sophomore Walter Pitchford, which is his longest stretch of the season. Pitchford is averaging 11.3 points per game and shooting 56 percent in that stretch.
11 - In the NCAA’s official RPI released Monday, 11 of the 12 teams are in the top-100 of the RPI, including five schools in the top 22.
35 - Points by Terran Petteway against Minnesota on Jan. 26, 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.
Northwestern comes into Saturday’s game with a 12-11 record and 5-5 in the Big Ten following a pair of road wins last week at Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Wildcats are led by Chris Collins, who spent the last 13 seasons at Duke under Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski before taking the Northwestern job last spring.
Northwestern, which returned four starters and eight letterwinners from 2012-13, got off to a slow start, going 7-9 including three straight losses in Big Ten play before righting the ship over the last month. The Wildcats have been exceptional defensively, holding six of their last seven foes to 60 points or less, including 43 by Illinois and 47 by Indiana in a 54-47 win in Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Fifth-year senior Drew Crawford has been the catalyst for the Wildcats, as he leads the team in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (6.8) per game. He had 30 points in a win at Wisconsin last week and ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding. Northwestern has relied on its length since an injury to Dave Sobolewski in early January forced the Wildcats to adjust. JerShon Cobb has been solid for the Wildcats at the point, averaging 11.4 points per game and dishing out 50 assists. Sophomore Tre Demps gives Northwestern another outside scorer as he averages 10.7 points per game off the bench while shooting 35 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore Alex Olah mans the interior with 8.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while blocking nearly two shots a contest.
Nebraska-Northwestern Series History
Nebraska and Northwestern meet for only the seventh time ever on Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers hold a 4-2 lead in a series that dates back to 1933. This is the third time Nebraska has visited Evanston, and the Huskers are 1-2 there with the lone victory coming on Dec. 20, 1976.
Last year, Brandon Ubel and Dylan Talley combined for 34 points and 20 rebounds in a 64-49 win over Northwestern. Talley paced Nebraska with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Ubel added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskers. Nebraska helped limit Northwestern to 49 points on just 32.1 percent from the field, including 6-of-29 from the three-point line.
Two years ago, Nebraska saw its three-game win streak in the series snapped in an 84-74 loss in Evanston. In that game, Nebraska cut a 15-point second-half deficit to one behind the shooting of Bo Spencer, who scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half. The Wildcats went 14-of-31 from beyond the arc, as John Shurna and Drew Crawford combined for 49 points. Shurna was 9-of-13 from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Crawford finished with 21 points.
The 2013-14 season marks the first time Northwestern and Nebraska will meet twice, as the two teams will square off in Lincoln on Saturday, March 1.
Last time Out
Nebraska ran into a hot-shooting Michigan team as the 10th-ranked Wolverines topped the Huskers, 79-50, in Crisler Center Wednesday evening. Michigan hit 13 3-pointers, including nine in the first half, as the Wolverines put the game away early and snapped Nebraska’s two-game win streak.
Glenn Robinson III paced the Wolverines in double figures with 23 points, while freshman Zak Irvin added 16 points and Caris LeVert had 16 each, as Irvin came off the bench to score all 16 of his points before the break.
Michigan blitzed the Huskers in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 63 percent from the field, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range to build a commanding 49-21 halftime lead. Michigan shot 50 percent on the night and also went a perfect 14 of 14 from the foul line. Michigan got off to a quick start, outscoring the Huskers, 13-3 in the first three and a half minutes before the Huskers regained their footing. NU cut the lead to 16-7 after baskets from Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields and continued to battle, as Shields scored five straight points to pull within 16-12.
Unfortunately for the Huskers, that would be as close as Nebraska would get in the first half, as Irvin took over for the Wolverines. The freshman, who averaged just 6.5 points per game, sparked a 9-0 run with a pair of baskets, as Michigan built a 25-12 lead after a Robinson jumper.
Trailing 30-15, Michigan put the game out of reach with a 15-0 run, as Irvin scored 11 points in the run, including three straight 3-pointers, as he went 4-of-7 from long range in the first half.
While the Wolverines were knocking down shots, the Huskers struggled from the field, shooting 32 percent, including 2-of-12 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan continued to pull away in the second half, while the only bright spot for the Huskers was freshman Nathan Hawkins, who had all 11 of his points in the second half. Shields led NU with 13 points, while Walter Pitchford added 10 as Nebraska was held to 35.2 percent shooting and scored a season-low 50 points.
*-Nebraska looks for its second straight win over Northwestern and fifth in seven meetings against the Wildcats.
*-The Huskers have played well on ESPNU, going 5-1 during Tim Miles’ tenure at Nebraska with the only blemish coming in a four-point loss at Penn State on Jan. 23.
*-Nebraska looks for its first true road win of the season and is 0-7 on the road this season. In addition to the five Big Ten losses (Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue), the Huskers’ non-conference road games were at Creighton and Cincinnati, a pair of teams currently in the top 12 of this week’s AP poll.
*-Terran Petteway looks for a bounce back effort against Northwestern on Saturday. The only other time he was held out of double figures on Nov. 17, his next performance was a 30-point outburst against UMass in the Charleston Classic.
*-Despite being held to just five points at Michigan, Terran Petteway is now in ninth place on Nebraska’s sophomore scoring list. He moved past Andre Smith (364) and Jaron Boone (366) on Wednesday and is 16 points away from Beau Reid for eighth.
*-Saturday’s game at Northwestern is homecoming for sophomore forward Walter Pitchford, who grew up in Chicago before moving to Grand Rapids, Mich., as a teenager. Pitchford, who has started 20 of 21 games for the Huskers, is playing some of his best basketball of the year, averaging 11.3 points per game over the last three contests after averaging 5.6 points per game on 36 percent shooting in the previous five games.
*-Ray Gallegos could jump two spots on Nebraska’s career 3-point chart on Saturday, as he enters the game with 143 in his career. He is within striking distance of eighth (Tyronn Lue, 145) and seventh (Cookie Belcher, 146) on NU’s all-time list.
*-Freshman Nathan Hawkins became the ninth Husker to reach double figures in a game this season with his 11 points at Michigan on Wednesday.
*-Terran Petteway saw his streak of consecutive games in double figures snapped at 17 on Wednesday. It matched the longest streak by a Husker since 2000, as Aleks Maric also had a 17-game streak that spanned the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
*-Shavon Shields led the Huskers in scoring at Michigan, marking the first time in Big Ten play that Petteway did not lead or share the team lead in scoring. Shields has been in double figures 13 times, including four of the past five games. He is shooting 42 percent (5-of-12) from 3-point range during that stretch.
*-Tai Webster enters Saturday’s game needing three steals to crack into the top-10 list for steals by a Husker freshman. Webster has 22 on the season, one behind Leslee Smith for the team lead. Cookie Miller is the last Husker freshman to lead NU in steals during the 2007-08 season.
Quick Look at Nebraska
As second-year coach Tim Miles continues the 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.
*-Nebraska enters the game at No. 73 in the RPI and a schedule rated as the 16th toughest nationally according to real time RPI. The schedule will continue to get tougher as eight of Nebraska’s final nine opponents are currently rated in the top 100 of the RPI.
*-Of Nebraska’s 10 losses, five are to teams ranked in either the AP or coaches poll this week (Iowa, Cincinnati, Michigan and Creighton), while two others (Ohio State, UMass) are receiving votes this week.
*-Nebraska has relied on its youth, as its top three active scorers (Petteway, Shields and Pitchford are sophomores and of the nine players who played at least 10 minutes last night, only one is a senior. During Big Ten action, the Huskers have typically started one freshman (Tai Webster), three sophomores (Petteway, Shields and Pitchford) and one senior.
*-Miles is not afraid to play freshmen, as at least one freshman has started in 52 of the 54 games he has coached at Nebraska over the last two seasons.
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.
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 nearly 10 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 68.7 points per game is on track to be the highest at Nebraska since the 2004-05 season, when Nebraska averaged 68.0 points per game.
*-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 five times in 21 games.
*-Entering this week’s action, Nebraska is one of only 44 teams nationally to average more than 10 points per game more than last season.
*-The Huskers’ tempo has vastly increased, as Nebraska was over 300th in adjusted tempo in each of the last three seasons and is now 182nd this season entering Wednesday’s game at Michigan.
*-Nebraska’s 82 points against Minnesota on Jan. 26 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 nine players reach double figures at least once this season. The Huskers had two games where five players reached double figures and seven 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 21-8 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 February averaging 15,239 fans per game in 2012-13, including the seven largest crowds in school history.
*-The previous school record for season ticket sales was 12,000 set in 1992-93. The Huskers sold over 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 4,887 more fans per game than in 2012-13.
*-The Huskers have rewarded the fans by going 10-1 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 for the Huskers.
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 Saturday’s game averaging 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, as he ranks second on the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. All three categories are up from his freshman year.
*-After a week off during Nebraska’s first conference bye to get healthy, Shields has been been solid, averaging 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game over the last five contests. The stretch began against No. 17 Ohio State when he scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Shields had 11 points and set career bests in both assists (four) and steals (four) against Indiana and led NU with 13 points in Wednesday’s loss to No. 10 Michigan.
*-Shields has the team's longest starting streak at 40 games dating back to last season.
*-He has been in double figures 13 times, and has grabbed at least six rebounds in 12 of NU’s 21 contests, including a season-high 10 rebounds against Penn State on Jan. 23.
*-Shields has paced the Huskers in scoring five 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 was named first-team Academic All-District VII on Jan. 31, as he carries a 3.77 GPA in mircobiology.
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 second in the conference in scoring at 17.5 ppg, while also averaging 5.1 caroms per outing.
*-Petteway has raised his scoring average nearly 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 17.5 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 on Jan. 26 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 four of the seven away from Pinnacle Bank Arena.
*-Reached double figures in 19 of 21 games after just having one double-figure effort prior to this season and has tied or led Nebraska in scoring in 10 straight games before the streak was snapped against Michigan on Wednesday.
*-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 fourth in the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 83.3 percent after shooting just 46 percent from the line during his lone season at Texas Tech.
*-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. He is now one of only 13 Huskers in program history with multiple 30-point games.
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 4.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-10 forward is a threat from long range, shooting 37 percent from 3-point range.
*-Reached double figures in scoring 10 times, including a season-high 14 points against Western Illinois on Nov. 11.
*-Has been a consistent scorer in recent games, as he has reached double figures in each of the last three games. He had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting against Minnesota, 11 points against Indiana and 10 points on Wednesday at Michigan.
*-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.
Webster Makes a Point, Plays the Point
Tai Webster has found a home in the Huskers’ backcourt, averaging 5.4 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game coming into Saturday at Northwestern. While he is averaging just 3.5 points per game in Big Ten play, he also leads the Huskers in assists (18) and steals (11) and shooting 70 percent from the line in conference play.
Webster had five points and four assists in 29 minutes in the win over Minnesota and had four points, two assists and two steals against Indiana. 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 7.9 points per game while averaging 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
*-Leads the Huskers with a career-high 3.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season and has more than twice as many steals as turnovers on the year. Since moving back into the starting lineup on Dec. 4, Gallegos has a 4.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
*-Is enjoying his best shooting season both overall (.393, previous best was .366 as a freshman) and from 3-point range (.379, previous best was .349 in 2009-10).
*-Ranks sixth in the Big Ten with 2.1 3-pointers per game, including a trio of 3-pointers in the win over Indiana on Jan. 31. He also has four 3-pointers in the first matchup with Michigan on Jan. 9.
*-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 39 3-pointers this season and now sits in ninth place on Nebraska’s career 3-point chart with 142. He is two 3-pointers away from eighth place on NU’s career chart (Tyronn Lue, 145, 1996-98). Gallegos also ranks 60th on NU’s all-time scoring list with 723 points and would tie Brian Conklin (729, 2001-04) with six points at Northwestern.
*-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.http://www.nusports.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbaskbl.html?event=1292434&school=nw&sport=mbaskbl&camefrom=&startschool=&