James Palmer Jr. and the Huskers look to improve to 2-0 on the season Monday night.
Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Take on Mean Green on Monday

By NU Athletic Communications
Game 2: NEBRASKA VS. NORTH TEXAS

GAME INFO

Date: Monday, Nov. 13

Time: 7:01 p.m.

Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Tickets:  Huskers.com/Tickets


NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

2017-18 Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten

Head coach: Tim Miles

    Record at Nebraska: 76-86 (6th year)

    Career Record: 359-306 (23rd year)

 

NORTH TEXAS MEAN GREEN

2017-18 Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

Head coach: Grant McCasland

    Record at UNT: 1-0 (1st year)

    Career Record: 21-10 (2nd year)

 

BROADCAST INFO

Television: None

Radio: Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)

   Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka    

   Color: Matt Davison

Online Radio: Available online at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App.

Internet Video: BTN Plus and Flohoops.com

  Announcers: Kellan Heavican and Brennen Wohlford

Nebraska looks to improve to 2-0 on the season Monday night, as the Huskers take on North Texas at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7:01 p.m., and tickets are available beginning at $7 by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. 

Monday's matchup will be streamed online on BTN Plus with Kellan Heavican and Brennen Wohlfordon the call. The game is available on BTN2Go and online and on Flohoops.com. A subscription is required for both BTN Plus and Flohoops.

The Huskers (1-0) survived a tough early season test in posting a 72-68 win over Eastern Illinois. Nebraska overcame a six-point second-half deficit, as Glynn Watson Jr. scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half. The junior guard was one of four Huskers in double figures in the win, as Evan Taylor, James Palmer Jr. and Isaiah Roby helped in NU's balanced attack. Nebraska got to the foul line 39 times, the most by the Huskers since the 2013-14 campaign, but shot less than 60 percent after shooting 80 percent in its two exhibition contests. 

Roby, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, provided a major spark off the bench, setting career highs in points (11), rebounds (13) and blocked shots (six) in just 26 minutes of action off the bench. Roby's six blocked shots were the most by a Husker since 2005, and the third-highest total in the nation entering Sunday's games. Last year, Roby blocked just 25 shots in 30 contests.  

Nebraska used a strong defensive effort down the stretch, allowing one field goal in a span of 8:28 to turn a 54-48 deficit into a seven-point lead. In all, the Huskers blocked nine shots on the night and held EIU to below 40 percent shooting.

First-year North Texas coach Grant McCasland got the Mean Green off to an impressive start with a 122-65 win over Eureka College on Friday.  In the win, UNT shot 58 percent from the field and put six players in double figures, led by Roosevelt Smart's 23 points. 

Monday's game continues a stretch of four games in nine days, as the Huskers travel to St. John's on Thursday as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

OPENING NUMBER
9 - Nebraska had nine blocked shots in the season opener, the Huskers' highest single-game total since Jan. 5, 2011, vs. Savannah State.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
.593 - Nebraska is 16-11 all-time against current Conference USA members. NU is 2-1 under Miles against C-USA teams, including a win over Louisiana Tech last season.

2 - Nebraska had two players (Isaiah Roby and Jordy Tshimanga) grab at least 10 rebounds, the first time it happened since Feb. 9, 2017, against Wisconsin.

8 - Glynn Watson Jr. now has eight career 20-point efforts following his 21-point performance on Saturday. Watson has put up 20+ points in each of the last two Husker season openers.

9 - Glynn Watson Jr. is nine steals away from becoming the 25th Husker to record 100 steals at Nebraska. Watson was third in the Big Ten in steals last year, averaging 1.6 per game.

10 - Number of Husker opponents either ranked or receiving votes in the AP or Coaches preseason polls. In addition, the Huskers could play West Virginia (10/11) and Missouri (RV) in the AdvoCare Invitational.

PREVIEWING NORTH TEXAS
North Texas comes to Lincoln with a 1-0 record following a 122-65 win over Eureka College in its season opener on Friday. In that game, UNT put six players in double figures while the 122 points was the third-highest total in school history and highest by the school since 1975. Roosevelt Smart led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Ryan Woolridge added 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting.

Under first-year coach Grant McCasland, the Mean Green has one of the youngest rosters in the country, with nine freshmen or sophomores on the roster. McCasland went 20-11 at Arkansas State last season in his first year as a Division I coach. McCasland, who was an assistant coach at Baylor from 2011-16, helped the Bears to four NCAA Tournament appearances in that span, including an Elite Eight finish in 2011-12.

Despite the youth, North Texas returns three starters, including A.J. Lawson, who topped UNT in scoring last season with 11.4 ppg, among its five returning letterwinners. UNT was picked to finish 11th in Conference USA this season.

Nebraska leads the all-time series, 4-0, although the teams have not met since a 76-57 win at the Devaney Center on Nov. 29, 2006. In that game, Nebraska scored the first 12 points and built an early 18-2 cushion in leading from wire to wire. Aleks Maric had 26 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Ryan Anderson had 18 points and five caroms. This will be the fourth of five meetings between the teams in Lincoln, as the Huskers also posted wins in 1972 and 1988 in Lincoln while also winning the 1974 matchup in Denton.

LAST TIME OUT: 
Glynn Watson Jr. scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, as Nebraska overcame a tough shooting night to pull out a 72-68 win over Eastern Illinois.

The Huskers (1-0) used an 18-5 second-half run, holding Eastern Illinois to one field goal over 8:28 to turn a six-point deficit into a 66-59 advantage after a pair of Evan Taylor free throws with 46 seconds remaining. Watson had five of his points in the run, as his three-pointer tied the game at 54 with 5:54 remaining.

The Huskers, who shot just 23-of-39 from the line, were unable to put the pesky Panther squad away until the final seconds. Eastern Illinois cut the deficit to 68-66 on a three-point play from D’Angelo Jackson with 12 seconds left before Watson hit four straight free throws to ice the game. The 6-foot junior finished with 21 points, including 8-of-10 from the foul line, and three assists to pace four Huskers scoring in double figures.

Evan Taylor and James Palmer Jr. had 12 points apiece, while sophomore Isaiah Roby stepped up with his first career double-double off the bench. Roby finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots in 26 minutes, setting personal bests in all three categories. His six blocks were the most by a Husker in nearly 13 years. Nebraska shot just 38 percent from the field, but held EIU to 40 percent shooting, forced 16 turnovers and blocked nine shots.

POSTGAME NOTES
*-Nebraska improved to 83-39 (.680) all-time in season openers and has won 17 straight season openers.Last Time: Nebraska 72, Eastern Illinois 68
*-Nebraska improved 26-2 in its past 28 season openers dating back to the 1990-91 campaign.
*-Under Tim Miles, the Huskers have won all six of their openers by an average of 21.0 points.
*-Isaiah Roby blocked six shots, the most by a Husker since Wes Wilkinson, who had six blocked shots at Creighton on Dec. 11, 2005. Roby also collected his first career double double, setting highs in both points (11) and rebounds (13).
*-Glynn Watson Jr. finished with a game-high 21 points, his eighth career game with at least 20 points.
*-Jordy Tshimanga grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, topping his previous best of 10 set against Wisconsin on Feb. 9, 2017.

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