Glynn Watson and the Huskers head to Ohio State this weekend.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Travel to Ohio State on Saturday

By NU Athletic Communications

GAME 26: AT OHIO STATE
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: 5:06 p.m. (CT)
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Arena: Value City Arena

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2016-17 Record: 11-14, 5-8 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 74-81 (5th year)
Career Record: 357-301 (22nd year)

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
2016-17 Record: 15-12, 5-9 Big Ten
Head coach: Thad Matta
Record at Ohio State: 335-120 (13th year)
Career Record: 437-151 (17th year)

BROADCAST INFO
Television: BTN
Online: BTN2Go and BTN.com
Play-by-play: Jeff Levering
Expert Analysis: Stephen Bardo
Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Expert Analysis: Matt Davision
Also available online at Huskers.com, SiriusXM Radio, the Huskers App and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App.

The Nebraska men's basketball team look for an important road win Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers head to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Tipoff from Value City Arena is slated for 5:06 p.m. (CT) and the matchup will be televised nationally on BTN with Jeff Levering and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game is also available on the BTN2GO app for tablets and mobile devices and on BTN.com.
Fans can listen to Saturday's game and all of the action throughout the 2016-17 season on the Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison on the call, including on Huskers.com, the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and SiriusXM Radio. The broadcast starts 60 minutes before tipoff and a complete list of HSN affiliates is on page 5 of the release.

The Huskers (11-14, 5-8) are coming off one of their best performances of the season, an 82-66 win over Penn State on Tuesday evening. Jack McVeigh and Glynn Watson Jr., had 15 points apiece to lead four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska shot 55 percent from the field and enjoyed its largest victory margin since conference play.

Since moving Jordy Tshimanga into the starting lineup five games ago, the freshman center has continued his progress, averaging 9.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. The move has also allowed Tai Webster to be more of a distributor, as the senior is averaging 5.6 assists per game in that stretch. Webster enters Saturday's game third in the conference in scoring (17.8 ppg) and sixth in assists (4.2 apg).

Ohio State (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) looks to rebound after losing their last two games, including a 74-66 loss at Michigan State on Tuesday. Marc Loving led OSU with 22 points against the Spartans while JaQuan Lyle added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss. Alvin Ellis III led MSU with 18 points, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range. The Buckeyes have been tough at home, going 12-4 at Value City Arena, and rely on their balance with five players averaging double figures.

Ohio State won the first meeting in Lincoln on Jan. 18, 67-66 on Marc Loving's basket in the final second, while the last two matchups between the schools have been decided by a total of four points.


NUMBERS TO KNOW
2001 - The last time a Husker averaged at least 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.0 apg in a season (Cookie Belcher), numbers that Tai Webster (17.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.2 apg) is threatening this season.

.425 - In Nebraska's five Big Ten wins, the Huskers are shooting nearly 46 percent from 3-point range. In conference losses, that number dips to .306.

.600 - Nebraska is 6-4 this season in games decided by five points or less. Two of the losses came with 1.0 seconds left or less (vs. Ohio State; at Rutgers).

3 - Nebraska has three one-point losses this season, which is the most by a Husker team since 2001. Only the 1961-62 team, which went 3-4 in a school-record seven one-point games, had more one-point losses in a season.

3 - Tai Webster joins Dwayne Bacon (Florida State) and Josh Hart (Villanova) as the only power conference players to reach double figures in every game in 2016-17.

8.4 - Nebraska is out-rebounding opponents by 8.4 rebounds per game over the five contests and has out-rebounded its last five opponents, including a pair of teams in the top 10 nationally in rebounding margin (Purdue and Wisconsin).

12.1 - Jack McVeigh is averaging 12.1 points per game over the Huskers' last seven contests.

SCOUTING OHIO STATE
Under 13th-year Head Coach Thad Matta, Ohio State is 15-11 on the season and 5-9 in the Big Ten. Matta has guided the Buckeyes to 11 straight postseason appearances, including a pair of Final Fours, and 12 20-win seasons at the helm of the OSU program.

The Buckeyes have been up and down in Big Ten play, as they dropped their first four before wins against Michigan State and at Nebraska. OSU is 3-5 since the win over the Huskers with wins over Minnesota, at Michigan and against Rutgers. All five of OSU's wins are by six points or less, while they have four losses by the same margin.

OSU, which returned all five starters prior to the season, are without junior Keita Bates-Diop, who averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game before undergoing season-ending surgery. Junior forward Jae'Sean Tate, who was named to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Watch List, leads the Buckeyes in scoring at 14.0 points per game while averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. He is one of five Buckeyes who averages double figures. Senior Marc Loving is at 12.6 points per game and has scored 24 and 22 in the Buckeyes' last two games. Sophomore JaQuan Lyle is at 11.3 points and 4.9 assists per game, while junior center Trevor Thompson averages 10.6 points per game and leads OSU in rebounds (9.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg).

SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads the all-time series, 14-3, in a series that dates back to 1936. The Buckeyes are 10-1 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten with the Huskers' win coming in a 68-62 victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 20, 2014. Nebraska is looking for its first win in Value City Arena.

LAST MEETING
Tai Webster scored 18 points, including a basket with 34 seconds left to give Nebraska a one-point lead, but Ohio State scored with less than one second to play as the Huskers fell 67-66 on Wednesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Evan Taylor and Michael Jacobson chipped in 11 points apiece for Nebraska (9-9, 3-3 Big Ten), while Glynn Watson Jr. added 10.

Ohio State (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten) took its first lead of the second half with just over eight minutes to play at 53-52 on a dunk by Trevor Thompson. The teams traded baskets before a Webster 3-pointer with 3:18 to play brought Nebraska within one at 63-62. With Ohio State clinging to a 65-64 lead, Webster drove from the right side and finished with a left-handed shot off the glass to give Nebraska a 66-65 lead with 34 seconds to play.

Ohio State missed a three-pointer with two seconds left, but got the ball back as the loose ball went out of bounds off the Huskers. The Buckeyes found Marc Loving under the basket on the inbound play, and Loving made a layup with 0.6 seconds remaining to give the Buckeyes the final margin Loving led the Buckeyes with 15 points and 11 boards. Jae'Sean Tate and JaQuan Lyle added 13 points each for OSU.

LAST TIME OUT
Glynn Watson Jr. and Jack McVeigh had 15 points apiece to pace for Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska rolled to an 82-66 win over Penn State Tuesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena

The Huskers (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten) shot 55 percent from the field and used a balanced attack in posting its largest Big Ten win of the season. NU led from wire to wire in snapping Penn State’s two-game win streak.

McVeigh’s half court heave capped a 45-point first half and gave the Huskers a spark heading into the break, while Watson’s 3-point play with 11:52 left keyed a 9-0 run that turned the Huskers’ nine-point lead into an 18-point cushion.

Penn State (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten) cut a 13-point deficit to 56-47 before Watson went coast to coast, drawing contact and hitting the 3-point play. NU kept the momentum going, as freshman Isaiah Roby had consecutive dunks before McVeigh’s two free throws stretched the lead to 18.

NU eventually pushed the margin to 24 before emptying the bench in the final few minutes, as all 14 players who dressed saw action, while 10 Huskers got into the scoring column.
Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 12 each for the winners, as Tshimanga had 10 of his 12 points in the first half, while Webster added six assists, as Nebraska had 18 assists compared to just 12 turnovers.

WORTH NOTING

  • Tai Webster is one of only two power conference players in the country currently averaging 17.0 points, 4.75 rebounds and 3.75 assists per game. The other is Washington's Markelle Fultz, who is listed as the top prospect on Draft Express' 2017 draft board.
    To put Tai Webster's season averages (17.8 ppg; 4.8 rpg; 4.2 apg) in perspective, only one other Big Ten player - Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. - is currently averaging 14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg this season.
  • Nebraska will look for its third conference road win of the season on Saturday at Ohio State. If NU wins, it will mark the third time in four years (also 2014 and 2016) that NU has won at least three Big Ten road games. From 2000 to 2011, NU accomplished the feat just three times.
  • Junior guard Evan Taylor was born and raised in Cincinnati and lived there until he was 13 years old. His father, Kyle, played on Xavier's 1987 NCAA Tournament team.
  • Nebraska is averaging 73.4 points per game in Big Ten action, the Huskers' highest average since averaging 87.1 points per game in the Big Eight in 1993-94.
    More impressively, the Huskers are one of only 10 power conference programs who are averaging more points in conference play, and NU's +2.0 difference between its conference average and season average is the most of any power conference program.
  • Nine of the Huskers' 13 Big Ten games this season have been decided by eight points or less, including seven games by four points or less. In seven of its eight Big Ten losses, Nebraska has been within five points in the last five minutes.
  • The Huskers have played a trio of one-point games in Big Ten play, as the three one-point games are the most since 2010-11. It is the 15th time in school history that NU has played at least one-point games in a season.
  • Nebraska's strength of schedule leads the country according to the NCAA as of Thursday. The Huskers have played 11 games against teams currently rated in the top-50 nationally of the RPI, a total that leads the Big Ten and is one off the national lead. In addition, NU has played 16 games against teams currently rated in the top-100 nationally, while every remaining team on NU's regular-season schedule is in the top-100 of the RPI.
  • The Huskers have three wins over top-50 RPI teams, a total which trails only Purdue (5), Minnesota (4) and Michigan State (4).
  • The Huskers have played much better since the return of Ed Morrow. Jr. on Feb. 9. The 6-foot-7 sophomore played NU's first four Big Ten contests before being sidelined for a month with a foot injury. Morrow is NU's rebounder (7.9 rpg) and shot blocker (1.3 bpg) while ranking third on the team in scoring at 9.6 ppg.
  • Tai Webster has reached double figures in 26 straight games dating back to last year. Over the last two decades, the only Huskers with longer double-figure streaks are Tyronn Lue (36, 1996-97 and 1997-98) and Terran Petteway (30, 2013-14 and 2014-15). Webster is the only Big Ten player to reach double figures in every game this season.
  • The nine-point deficit NU overcame against Purdue on Jan. 29 was the third time in Big Ten play the Huskers have come back from trailing by at least seven points (7 at Indiana; 13 at Maryland; 9 vs. Purdue).

TAI TAKES OVER
Senior Tai Webster has emerged as one of the Big Ten's top guards in 2016-17. The Auckland, New Zealand, native comes into the weekend averaging 18.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

  • He is one of eight players in Division I currently averaging 17.0 points, 4.75 rebounds and 3.75 assists per game. Among power conferences, he joins Markelle Fultz (Washington) as the only players currently at those plateaus.
  • Webster is among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (third), assists (sixth) and steals (seventh).
  • Webster is one of three players in the top-10 in both scoring and assists (also Minnesota's Nate Mason and Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr.) and is also one of only three in the top 10 in both steals and assists (Minnesota's Nate Mason and Maryland's Anthony Cowan).
  • Webster is making a strong bid to join an elite club of Big Ten players. Since 1993-94, only eight Big Ten players have finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, a list which includes D'Angelo Russell, Michael Finley, Evan Turner and Denzel Valentine among others.
    In Big Ten play, Webster is second in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.5 points per game, which is on pace to be the highest scoring average in conference play since Tyronn Lue averaged 21.8 points per game in 1997-98. In over 100 years, only five Huskers have led the league in scoring during conference action. He is also fourth in assists (4.4 apg) and steals (1.5 spg).
  • Webster has been exceptional against the Huskers best foes, as he is averaging 19.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in NU's six games against ranked opponents this season.
  • He leads the Huskers with nine 20-point games, highlighted by career bests in both points (28) and rebounds (nine) at Michigan on Jan. 14. Prior to this season, he had just two 20-point games in three seasons.
  • He is the only Husker to score double figures in each of NU's 25 contests in 2016-17 and has been in double figures in 26 straight games dating back to last season.
  • Webster earned his first-ever Big Ten Player of the Week award on Jan. 2, as he averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game in helping NU to wins over No. 16 Indiana and Maryland. He keyed NU's comeback at Maryland with 18 points, including the Huskers' final seven points, in a 67-65 win.
  • He turned in a strong performance at the Wooden Legacy, averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in three games. Webster had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists vs. No. 14 UCLA and had 23 points and eight rebounds against Virginia Tech.

WATSON IS POINT OF IT ALL
Glynn Watson Jr. has continued his emergence as one of the best young guards in the Big Ten. The 6-foot sophomore enters the Ohio State game averaging 14.0 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Watson comes from a basketball family, as his older brother Demetri McCamey was a first-team All-Big Ten performer at Illinois, but Watson has quickly made his own name at Nebraska.

  • Watson is second on the team in scoring and assists and ranks among the conference leaders in scoring (11th) and steals (third).
  • In Big Ten action, Watson is 11th in the Big Ten in scoring (15.3 ppg) and is also among the Big Ten leaders in steals (1.6 3rd), 3-pointers per game (2.1, 7th) and 3-point percentage (.466, 9th). Most of Watson's numbers have improved since the start of conference action.
  • Reached double figures 18 times this season, including seven 20-point efforts. His most recent 20-point effort came at Michigan on Jan. 14, when he had 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Watson has been in double figures in 13 of the past 15 contests dating back to Dec. 18.
  • Carried the Huskers with a career-high 34-point effort against Iowa on Jan. 5. In that game, Watson went 11-of-18 from the field, including a blistering 7-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. His seven 3-pointers was one off NU's single-game record, while his .875 percentage was the fourth-highest total in school history.
  • Keyed NU's win over No. 16 Indiana with 26 points, five steals and four assists, as he had 19 second-half points.
  • Scored a then-career high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting against No. 14 UCLA, scoring 21 of his 27 points in the second half as Nebraska rallied back and cut a 15-point deficit to two.
  • Keyed NU's win over Dayton with 20 points, a career-high five steals and three assists while hitting a pair of game-winning free throws with 8.8 seconds left when the Huskers trailed 78-77.
  • Opened the season with a then-career-high 23 points along with six assists and five rebounds in NU's win over Sacramento State on Nov. 13.

As a freshman, Watson played in all 34 games and made 16 starts for the Huskers. He averaged 8.6 points per game and was in double figures 15 times.

  • Watson was one of five Husker freshmen to finish his initial campaign on NU's top-10 list for both freshmen points and assists, joining Eric Piatkowski (1991), Tyronn Lue (1996), Cookie Belcher (1997) and Jake Muhleisen (2002).
  • His 2.44-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2015-16 was the best by a Husker guard in nearly a decade and the fourth-best over the last 30 years.

TAKING ON A CHALLENGING SCHEDULE
Nebraska has faced a daunting 2016-17 non-conference schedule. The Huskers are 11-14 on the season and have played the toughest schedule in the country according to the NCAA's RPI as of Feb. 16.

  • Nebraska's non-conference schedule ranks fourth nationally as of Feb. 11 and was the hardest in the Big Ten.
  • The Huskers' Division I opponents are a combined 348-184, as the .654 winning percentage is first nationally.
  • In December, Nebraska completed a week where the Huskers played consecutive top-10 teams in non-conference play for the first time in program history (No. 10 Creighton, No. 3 Kansas).

HUSKERS LOOK FOR OFFENSIVE CONSISTENCY
After the Gardner-Webb game in December, the Huskers have reworked their offensive playbook. Despite having one senior and one junior in the primary rotation, NU has averaged 73.9 points per game over the last 13 games despite missing Ed Morrow Jr. and Anton Gill for significant stretches because of injuries.

  • Nebraska is sixth in scoring offense in conference play at 73.4 points per game after entering Big Ten play 14th in scoring offense.
  • NU is also seventh in field goal percentage (.436) and 3-point percentage (.351) after entering conference play 14th in both categories.
  • For the Husker offense, 70 points has been a magic number in recent years, as Nebraska is 45-12 (.789) in Miles' four-plus seasons at NU, including 9-4 this season.
  • The Huskers are 22-3 under Miles when scoring at least 80 points following the 82-66 win over Penn State on Feb. 14. NU is 7-1 this season when scoring 80 points and are 15-2 over the last two years when reaching 80 points.
  • In 2015-16, Nebraska averaged 72.2 points per game, the highest total since the 1996-97 team averaged 72.9 points per game. It marked the first time since 2003-04 that Nebraska averaged over 70 points per game.

MORROW ENJOYS BREAKOUT SEASON
Sophomore Ed Morrow Jr. has enjoyed a breakout season. One of the "Five Most Improved Players" in the Big Ten by BTN analyst Shon Morris, Morrow has raised his scoring average from 4.1 points to 9.6 points per game on 54 percent shooting, while pacing the Huskers in rebounds (7.9) and blocked shots (1.3).

  • Morrow saw his first action since Jan. 8 against No. 7 Wisconsin, finishing with 13 rebounds - his highest total in a conference game - and five points in 26 minutes of work. He had missed NU's previous seven games because of a foot injury.
  • Morrow's 7.9 rebounds per game was on pace to be the highest average by a Husker sophomore since Venson Hamilton averaged 8.4 caroms per outing in 1996-97. Only seven Husker sophomores since the 1953-54 season have averaged at least eight rebounds per game.
  • Reached double figures seven times this year after reaching double figures just four times in 2015-16.
  • Earned his third double-double of the season with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in the win over No. 16 Indiana on Dec. 28. In that game, Morrow had two big offensive putbacks in the final two minutes to preserve NU's lead.
  • Grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Gardner-Webb on Dec. 18. It was the highest total by a Husker since the 2006-07 season. He also matched his then-career high with four blocked shots in the game.
  • Turned in a strong effort at No. 3 Kansas, finishing with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds.
  • Earned his second career double-double at Clemson on Nov. 30, grabbing a then-career-high 12 rebounds and adding 10 points and three blocked shots.
  • Collected his first career double-double against Dayton, scoring 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds in the 80-78 win.
  • Morrow's mother, Nafeesah Brown, was a standout basketball player for the Huskers in the mid-1990s, as she averaged 16.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during her Husker career. As a senior, she averaged 20.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in earning first-team All-Big Eight honors.

JACOBSON AND TSHIMANGA HANDLE INSIDE GAME
Without Ed Morrow Jr. for the past month, the Huskers have relied on sophomore Michael Jacobson and freshman Jordy Tshimanga to handle the bulk of the time on the interior.
Jacobson started the last 50 games for the Huskers dating back to last season. In 2015-16, he became the first Husker freshman to start every conference game since Cookie Belcher in 1996-97. This season, Jacobson is averaging 6.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game.

  • Has played some of his best basketball in conference play, as he is averaging 7.0 points per game and ranks eighth in the Big Ten with 7.5rebounds per contest. Jacobson also leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounding, averaging nearly 4.2 offensive rebounds per game.
  • Posted his seventh double-figure scoring effort of the season with 10 points against No. 7 Wisconsin, hitting a game-tying 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left in regulation.
  • Played a key role in the Huskers' win over No. 20 Purdue on Jan. 29 despite battling the flu, totaling nine points, seven rebounds and two assists, while his steal in the final minute set up NU's go-ahead basket.
  • Recorded his second double-double of the season vs. Northwestern on Jan. 8 with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Keyed the win over Iowa on Jan. 5 with seven points, a career-high 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
  • Nearly posted a double-double in the win over Maryland, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and a game-high nine rebounds.
  • Jacobson recorded his first career double-double against South Dakota on Dec. 3, finishing with 11 points and setting career bests in both rebounds (10) and assists (five). He also hit a pair of 3-pointers in the win.

Tshimanga gives the Huskers additional size in the post, as he checks in at 6-foot-11, 275-pounds. As a high school senior, he averaged 18.3 points, 14.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game at The MacDuffie School.  As a freshman, he is finding his way and comes into Saturday's game at Ohio State averaging 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

  •  Moved into the starting lineup the last five games, and is at 9.8 points on 56 percent shooting and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game.
  •  Totaled 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes in the win over Penn State.
  •  Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, including five offensive boards, in just 14 minutes vs. No. 7 Wisconsin.
  •  Played just 17 minutes at Iowa, but made an impact with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
  •  Put together his best offensive effort of the season vs. Michigan State on Feb. 2, totaling 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, setting season bests in points, rebounds and minutes.
  •  Enjoyed a strong performance at No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 10, where he established then-season bests in points (10), rebounds (eight) and blocked shots (two) in 19 minutes of work.

AUSSIE, AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI, OI, OI
After falling out of the rotation during the first part of conference play, sophomore Jack McVeigh has found his niche as a scorer off the bench for the Huskers. McVeigh, a 6-foot-8 sophomore from Cabarita Beach, Australia, is averaging 7.8 points per game, but has averaged 10.4 points per game over the last 10 contests. McVeigh, a valuable floor spacer with his ability to knock down 3-pointers, started at Iowa because of Glynn Watson's injury and led the Huskers with 16 points.

  • Tied for team-high honors with 15 points and added three assists at Penn State, including a half-court shot to beat the buzzer.
  • His best performance of the season came in the Huskers' win over No. 20 Purdue where he tied his career high with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and added two blocked shots.
  • At Rutgers on Jan. 21, McVeigh nearly led the Huskers to victory, hitting four 3-pointers in the second half, including three in a two-minute span to erase a deficit and put the Huskers up 64-59.
  • He provided a spark against Northwestern, as his 3-pointer, his first make in a six-game span, triggered a 14-1 run to end the first half for the Huskers. 

McVeigh started NU's first 10 games and averaged 7.8 points per game before playing just 16 minutes in a four-game stretch between Dec. 20 and Jan. 5.

  • Against South Dakota on Dec. 3, led NU with a game-high 16 points and grabbing six rebounds.
  • He posted his first career 20-point effort in Nebraska's win over Louisiana Tech on Nov. 19, scoring 16 of his 21 points in the second half against the Bulldogs. He went 6-of-11 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and added five rebounds and a pair of steals
  •  McVeigh attended the Australian Institute of Sport, a program which has produced numerous NBA players, as well as former Husker Olympian Aleks Maric.

FRESHMEN FINDING ROLES
Nebraska's three-member freshmen class of Jordy Tshimanga, Isaiah Roby and Jeriah Horne have all found ways to make contributions for the Huskers this season. Both Tshimanga, who was highlighted earlier in the notes, and Roby have played in all 25 games, while Horne has appeared in 22 contests.

Horne has developed into a valuable scoring threat off the bench, averaging 4.3 points per game. He has seen significant action since mid-December, averaging 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game over NU's last 14 contests dating back to Dec. 18. He is also shooting 44 percent from the field in that stretch.

  • Horne provided a major spark in Nebraska's win over No. 20 Purdue on Jan. 29, with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and a season-high seven rebounds in 24 minutes. It marked his fourth double-figure effort since Dec. 20, and NU is unbeaten in those contests.
  •  Has been in double figures three times in Big Ten play, coming off the bench to score 11 against Indiana and he chipped in 12 points and adding three boards in a season-high 27 minutes in the double OT win over Iowa.
  • Horne put together his best performance against Southern on Dec. 20, setting season highs in points (18), field goals (seven), 3-pointers (four), assists (two) and blocked shots (two) while playing just 18 minutes.

Roby has made four starts for the Huskers and has played in all 25 games, averaging 3.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He is third on the team in blocked shots with 23 despite playing just 14.9 minutes per game.

  • He had six points and a pair of rebounds in the win over Penn State.
  • Roby shined in the overtime loss against No. 7 Wisconsin, finishing with eight rebounds, three blocked shots and a pair of steals.
  • Put together his best performance of the year in NU's win over No. 16 Indiana, scoring eight points, including a slam dunk which was the No. 5 play on SportsCenter, and adding six rebounds and three assists against the Hoosiers.
  • Established career highs in both rebounds (eight) and blocked shots (four) against Ohio State on Jan. 18.

TAKING ON THE BEST
Not only have the Huskers faced one of the most difficult schedules in the country, but have also faced many of the nation's top players. The Huskers have faced 10 of the 25 players on the Wooden Award midseason watch list.

Senior Tai Webster has played his best against some of the best guards in the country. In four games against Wooden Award candidate guards - Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Melo Trimble (Maryland), Maurice Watson Jr. (Creighton) and Frank Mason III (Kansas) - Tai Webster has put up similar numbers to the more heralded players.

Category PPG FG Pct. RPG APG SPG
Webster 19.8 .46 4.3 5.3 2.0
Wooden 18.5 .472 3.8 6.0 0.3


YOUTH MOVEMENT

With seven freshmen and sophomores in the Huskers' nine-man rotation, it is not surprising that most of the scoring and minutes have come from the underclassmen this season. Entering Saturday's game with Ohio State 66 percent of NU's minutes points have come from the freshmen and sophomore classes. In Big Ten play, the Husker freshman have taken on an increased burden, managing 22 percent of NU's minutes and 19 percent of the team's scoring.

TAI 1K
Senior Tai Webster became the 28th member of the 1,000-point club on Feb. 5, at Iowa. The 6-foot-4 guard became the third player under Head Coach Tim Miles to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway.

  • Webster is the second player from outside the United States to join the list, joining Aleks Maric.
  • Webster has accounted for most of his points in the past two seasons, as he had just 244 points in his first two seasons at Nebraska.
  • He has nine 20-point games in 2016-17, but has scored 25 or more points once in his career (at Michigan on Jan. 14).
  • Webster has 1,032 career points and is 24 points away from tying Herschell Turner for 27th place on NU's career scoring list.

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