Lincoln – The University of Cincinnati and ESPN announced Wednesday that the Huskers’ game at Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec. 28 will be carried nationally. The Nebraska-Cincinnati contest will be televised on ESPN2 with a 3 p.m. (central) tipoff from Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati leads the all-time series, 3-0, but the matchup this December is the first between the schools since the 1996-97 season and the first on-campus game between the programs since 1960. The Huskers’ game with Cincinnati is the first of a home-and-home series with the Bearcats. UC will make its first trip to Lincoln for basketball during the 2014-15 campaign.
With today’s announcement, a minimum of six non-conference games will be available for broadcast. The Charleston Classic will be carried on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3), Nebraska’s game with Miami during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be shown on ESPNU, while Nebraska’s season opener against Florida Gulf Coast will be televised nationally on BTN. Other non-conference games are expected to be televised as television networks announce their non-conference schedules in the coming weeks.
The Huskers, under second-year Coach Tim Miles, return three starters from a team that went 15-18 in his first season, including guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields. Gallegos, who averaged 12.5 ppg in 2012-13, led the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game and ranked second in school history with 83 3-pointers, while Shields averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a true freshman. Rivers started NU’s final 17 games at forward and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In all, nine letterwinners return for the Huskers in 2013-14, while eight newcomers, including three redshirts, will suit up for the Scarlet and Cream this season.