The Huskers head to No. 15 Purdue Saturday evening.
Photo by Allyssa Hynes/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Travel to No. 15 Purdue Saturday Night

By NU Athletic Communications
GAME 24: VS. No. 15/15 PURDUE
Date: Sat., Feb. 9
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Arena: Mackey Arena

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2018-19 Record: 13-10, 3-9 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
  Record at Nebraska: 110-107 (7th year)
  Career Record: 393-327 (24th year)

NO. 15/15 PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
2018-19 Record: 16-6, 9-2 Big Ten
Head coach: Matt Painter
  Record at Purdue: 311-155 (14th year)
  Career Record: 336-160 (15th year)
BROADCAST INFO
Television: BTN
   Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler
   Analysis: Jon Crispin
Internet: FOX Sports App and BTN2Go
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
   Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka 
   Analysis: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available online at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App.

Satellite Radio: Sirius: 105 (Purdue feed)   XM: 384   Internet: 975
The Husker men's basketball team looks for its second road win at a nationally ranked opponent as Nebraska travels to No. 15/15 Purdue Saturday evening. 
 Tipoff at Mackey Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT) and  will be televised nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Jon Crispin on the call. The matchup will also be available on the Fox Sports App and BTN2Go with cable authentication.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on both Sirius and XM Radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff on many of the Husker Sports Network affiliates (affiliate list on page 7 of the game notes).
The Huskers (13-10, 3-9 Big Ten) look to regroup following a 60-45 loss to No. 24 Maryland on Wednesday. The Huskers held Maryland to its third-lowest offensive total of the season, but NU struggled from the field, hitting a season-low 21 percent from the floor against the Terrapins, including 4-of-17 from 3-point range. During the six-game losing streak, NU has averaged just 58.8 points per game after averaging 78.5 points per game during the first 17 contests. 
One bright spot for the Huskers in the loss was the performance of Isaiah Roby, who posted his second double-double of the season with 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Roby, who also added a season-high five blocked shots, has become a go-to performer after the season-ending injury to Isaac Copeland, averaging 15.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game in the last three contests. The performance is noteworthy as it has come against two of the Big Ten's best big men in Ethan Happ and Bruno Fernando. 
The Huskers turn their attention toward a Purdue (16-6, 9-2 Big Ten) team that has been on a roll over the last month.  The Boilermakers have won seven straight and have been off since a 73-63 win over Minnesota on Super Bowl Sunday. Junior guard Carsen Edwards leads the Big Ten in scoring at 24.5 points per game while also pacing Purdue in 3-pointers (85), steals (37) and assists (76). The Huskers will look to end Purdue's 13-game home win streak dating back to last season. 
OPENING NUMBER
1,004 - James Palmer Jr. became Nebraska's most recent member of the 1,000-point club when he eclipsed the mark against No. 24 Maryland on Wednesday. 
NUMBERS TO KNOW
.328 - Nebraska's shooting percentage during its six-game losing streak. NU was shooting 47.3 percent through its first 17 contests. 
+3.7 - Nebraska has out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 3.7 per game in its last three conference games. Prior to that, NU was out-rebounded by 6.1 per game in its first 12 Big Ten contests. 
+3.8 - Nebraska leads the Big Ten in turnover margin, as NU is third in both turnovers per game and forcing turnovers. 
5 - Nebraska had a season-low five turnovers against Maryland, its lowest total in a conference game since Dec. 3, 2017. 
8.5 - Rebounds per game for junior Isaiah Roby over the Huskers' last 12 contests. 
18 - Number of 20-point games for Husker players in 2018-19. James Palmer Jr. has 11 while Isaac Copeland Jr. (three), Isaiah Roby (three) and Glynn Watson Jr. (one) also enjoyed 20-point games this season.
SCOUTING PURDUE
After a slow start, the Boilermakers have picked up momentum and come into Saturday's game with a 16-6 record and sit at 9-2 in the Big Ten, just behind Michigan's 10-2 mark. Purdue has won seven straight, but has been off since a 73-63 win over Minnesota on last Sunday. Purdue, which replaced four multiple-year starters, opened with four straight wins, but lost five of seven during November and December. Since then, Purdue has won 10 of its last 11 with the only loss coming at Michigan State. The Boilermakers avenged that loss with a 10-point win on Jan. 27, snapping MSU's 21-game Big Ten win streak. 
Junior guard Carsen Edwards has been Purdue's offensive catalyst, as he leads the Big Ten in scoring at 24.5 ppg, while topping the team in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). Edwards has been in double figures all 22 games and has five 30-point games, including a season-high 40 at Texas on Dec. 9. Senior Ryan Cline averages 12.9 ppg and has 75 3-pointers while shooting over 44 percent from beyond the arc. Freshman Trevion Williams has provided the inside game during Purdue's hot stretch, as he has five double-figure efforts in the Boilermakers' last eight games after having one in the first 14 games. In Big Ten play, Williams and Matt Haarms combine for over 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. 
SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s game between the Huskers and Purdue will be the 20th all-time meeting between the two programs in a series that dates back to 1947. Purdue holds a 14-5 lead in the all-time series, including a 8-3 mark (7-2 in regular season; 1-1 in Big Ten Tournament) since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011-12. Including Saturday's game, Purdue has been ranked in the last five meetings with the Huskers. This will be the first of two meetings with Purdue in a 15-day span, as the Boilermakers visit Lincoln on Feb. 23.
LAST TIME VS. PURDUE
James Palmer Jr. had a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds, but Nebraska was unable to overcome an early deficit in falling at No. 13 Purdue, 74-62 on Jan. 6, 2018.
Palmer had a game-high 22 points, including 9-of-10 from the line, and paced the Huskers in rebounds (seven) and assists (three) to lead a pair of Huskers in double figures. Isaac Copeland had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but Nebraska fell behind by double figures early in the first half and saw its four-game win streak snapped. 
Vincent Edwards led three Boilermakers in double figures with 21 points, including 17 in the first half. Isaac Hass added 14 points and six boards while Dakota Mathias added 11 for Purdue (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten), which extended their home win streak to 18 games. 
The Boilermakers, who had won their last three games by at least 30 points, were pushed by NU, which was within 52-43 with 9:11 left. Nojel Eastern’s basket started an 11-3 run for Purdue as the hosts extended the margin to 63-46 on a P.J. Thompson 3-pointer with 5:23 left.  Nebraska continued to battle, using a 5-0 run to get within 72-59 after Isaac Copeland’s 3-pointer with 1:59 left, but could not get the deficit back to single figures.  Nebraska held Purdue to 44 percent shooting, including 6-of-21 from 3-point range, but the Huskers committed 16 turnovers that led to 19 Boilermaker points. 
LAST TIME OUT
Despite Isaiah Roby’s second double-double of the season, Nebraska fell to No. 24 Maryland, 60-45, Wednesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 
Roby was a bright spot for the Huskers (13-10, 3-9 Big Ten), finishing with 20 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots.  Roby’s third career 20-point game was not enough, as Maryland held the Huskers to season lows in points (45) and field goal percentage (21.1).  James Palmer Jr. added 12 points and went over 1,000 career points in a losing effort. 
Nebraska held Maryland to 38 percent shooting, but were out-rebounded 53-42, as Bruno Fernando (13 points, 19 rebounds) and Jalen Smith (18 points, 11 rebounds) each produced a double-double.
NU used an early 10-3 run to build a seven-point lead at 15-8, as Roby scored 12 of the Huskers’ first 15 points. The Huskers were unable to sustain the momentum, as Maryland went on a 15-0 run of its own, including 11 from Smith. In all, NU had just one field goal in the final 11:40 of the half and trailed 28-20 at the break.  
Trailing 31-20 in the opening minute of the second half, the Huskers made a charge with nine unanswered points, including six from Palmer, to pull within 31-29 after Palmer’s basket with 14:55 left. Maryland responded with a 10-1 run in the next two minutes to stretch their lead back to double digits at 41-30. Following the run, Thomas Allen nailed a three-pointer to trim the lead back to eight, but the Terps used a 14-2 surge to extend the lead to 20, at 55-35 with 6:22 to play.  The Huskers scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 13 at 55-42, but NU would get no closer.
PALMER ECLIPSES 1,000 POINTS AT NEBRASKA
James Palmer Jr. has joined an exclusive club at Nebraska, as he became the Huskers' 30th 1,000-point scorer. The 6-foot-6 senior guard has averaged 17.9 points per game in his two seasons and has been in double figures in 53 of his 56 career games since arriving on campus two seasons ago 
  • Nebraska's 30 1,000-point scorers hail from 15 states, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Palmer is the Huskers' first 1,000-point scorer from Maryland.
  • Palmer reached the 1,000-point mark in 56 career games, the second-fastest player to reach that milestone. He is just the third player to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons at NU, joining Terran Petteway and Dave Hoppen. 
  • He is the fifth Husker under Head Coach Tim Miles to reach the milestone, joining Terran Petteway, Shavon Shields, Tai Webster and Glynn Watson Jr.
FIVE NAMED TO ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HONOR ROLL
Five members of the Husker basketball team were honored Thursday, as they were named to the NU Athletic Honor Roll for the fall semester. The group included seniors Tanner Borchardt, Isaac Copeland Jr. and Johnny Trueblood, as well as sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson and redshirt freshman Justin Costello. It is the sixth time that Borchardt has garnered the honor, while Trueblood (fourth), Copeland (second), Thorbjarnarson (second) and Costello (second) are all multiple-time reciepients. To qualify for the honor roll, student-athletes must have a 3.0 GPA for the previous semester.
WORTH NOTING
  • Husker coach Tim Miles will be looking for his 50th conference win at Nebraska on Saturday. Only three Husker coaches (Joe Cipriano, Danny Nee and Moe Iba) won 50 conference games at the school.
  • Seven of Nebraska's 10 losses have been to teams who have been ranked in the top-15 at some point in the season (Texas Tech, Maryland-2x, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin). 
  •  According to KenPom, Nebraska's strength of schedule is 12th nationally, as eight of the top 20 toughest schedules are by Big Ten teams as of Feb. 6
  • Saturday's game features the two top scorers in the Big Ten in Purdue's Carsen Edwards (24.5 ppg) and Nebraska's James Palmer Jr. (19.0 ppg).  They are the only Big Ten players as of Feb. 6 averaging at least 19 points per game. 
  • Palmer has 11 20-point games this season, more than doubling his career total in 105 games entering this year. That total ranks among the highest 20-point games in a season under Tim Miles.
  • Palmer has reached double figures in 19 consecutive games dating back to Nov. 20. His eight-point effort in a win over Missouri State is the only game in the last 37 games he didn't reach double figures dating back to last season. 
  • With his eight free throws in the loss to Maryland, Palmer moved into a tie for 10th place with Tony Farmer on Nebraska's single-season chart with 137. Palmer needs four free throws to move from 10th to seventh and is 10 away from sixth (Aleks Maric, 147). 
  • Glynn Watson Jr. is one of six players currently on NU's top-10 list in both assists and steals, joining Brian Carr (1984-87), Cookie Belcher (1997-2001), Tyronn Lue (1996-98), Erick Strickland (1993-96) and Clifford Scales (1998-91). Watson will break a tie with Ryan Anderson (166) for fifth place on NU's steals list with his next steal. 
  • Glynn Watson Jr. was held scoreless for the first time since his freshman year on Wednesday and looks to bounce back like he did during his freshman year. The following game that season, he scored a season-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting in a win over Rhode Island. 
  • As of the Feb. 6 NET, Nebraska has played 15 of its 22 Division I games against teams in the top two quadrants. Currently, every Big Ten team is in the top-125 of the NET.
  • Former walk-on Tanner Borchardt has stepped into a crucial role for the Huskers following Isaac Copeland's injury. Borchardt is averaging 9.5 rebounds per game over the Huskers' last four contests and is averaging 24.3 minutes per game. Prior to Copeland's injury, Borchardt averaged just 2.9 rebounds per game in 12.3 minutes per contest. 
  • Balance has been key for the Husker attack this season. When NU has at least three double-figure scorers, the Huskers are 12-6, but just 1-4 when less than three NU players are in double figures.
  • NU has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 13 of the last 16 contests dating back to Nov. 24, and Nebraska's average of 10.0 turnovers per game is on pace to be a school record. Nebraska committed a season-low five turnovers against Maryland on Wednesday. Four of the five lowest turnover per game totals have come under Tim Miles.  
  • Nebraska is one of seven teams in Division I ranked in the top 25 nationally in field goal defense, 3-point defense and scoring defense through Feb. 5, a list which also includes Virginia, Michigan, Texas Tech, Houston, VCU and Texas State.
  • Nebraska ranks ninth nationally in average attendance at 15,615 per game as of Feb. 6. Of the eight schools ahead of the Huskers, all eight play in facilities of at least 16,300 seats. NU's attendance is 104 percent of PBA's 15,000-seat capacity. 
TANNER TALLIES REBOUNDS
Senior Tanner Borchardt put together the finest effort of his career against Illinois. The former walk-on from Gothenberg, Neb., posted personal bests in points (12), rebounds (18) and minutes (32) in just the third start of his career. Borchardt's 18-rebound effort was not only a career high, but matched the highest total by any Husker in more than a decade. 
  • Borchardt's 18 rebounds tied for the fifth-best rebound day in the last 25 years of Husker basketball, and was the most since Aleks Maric snared 19 rebounds against Missouri on Feb. 24, 2007. 
  • His 18-rebound effort tied for the third-highest total by a Big Ten player this season. Only Jordan Murphy, who had 21 rebounds against Penn State on Jan. 19, and Bruno Fernando, who had 19 against the Huskers on Wednesday, have grabbed more rebounds in a Big Ten game than Borchardt this season.
  • Borchardt's 11 offensive rebounds marked only the fourth time in the last nine seasons that a Big Ten player totaled at least 11 offensive rebounds in a game. Borchardt joins Jared Sullinger (2-29-12 vs. Northwestern), Gabriel Olaseni (1-24-15 vs. Purdue) and Dererk Pardon (1-2-18 vs. Nebraska) as the only Big Ten players to accomplish the feat.
Most Rebounds By a Husker in a Game (last 25 seasons) 

No

Reb.

Name

Opponent

Date

1.

21

Kimani Ffriend

Oral Roberts

12/22/99

2.

19

Aleks Maric

Missouri

2/24/07

 

19

Steffon Bradford

Eastern Illinois

11/23/99

 

19

Kimani Friend

Baylor

1/22/00

5.

18

Tanner Borchardt

at Illinois

2/2/19

 

18

Ed Morrow Jr.

Gardner-Webb

12/18/16

 

18

Venson Hamilton

vs. Old Dominion

12/30/96

 

HUSKER OFFENSIVE NOTES
Despite the offensive struggles in recent games, Nebraska enters the Purdue game averaging 73.3 points per game, which is higher than last season's average.  NU has scored at least 70 points 14 times, including seven games of at least 80 points.
  • Nebraska is 47th nationally in offensive efficiency according to KenPom through Feb. 6. In the KenPom era, only the 2003-04 team (25th) ranked in the top-50 nationally in offensive efficiency.
  • The Huskers are looking to break out of an offensive slump, as NU has averaged just 59.9 points per game on 35 percent shooting over the last seven contests dating back to Jan. 14.
  • The Huskers scored 106 points against Mississippi Valley State, the Huskers' highest total since the 2005-06 campaign. 
  • Nebraska opened the season with four straight games scoring at least 80 points, marking the first time NU has accomplished that since the 1996 NIT.
  • Nebraska scored 94 points in the win over Creighton, its third-highest total in 52 meetings in the series.
  • The solid offensive effort is not surprising based on what the Huskers brought back from last year's team that went 22-11, as Nebraska brought back its top four scorers for the first time in 15 years, including three players who averaged double figures. 
  • Nebraska returned three double-figure scorers (James Palmer Jr., 17.2, Isaac Copeland Jr., 12.9 and Glynn Watson Jr., 10.5) for the first time since the 1992-93 season (Eric Piatkowski, 14.3; Derrick Chandler, 12.3; Jamar Johnson, 11.2). 
  • Nebraska returned 73 percent of its scoring and 72 percent of its assists from last season. It marked the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous year.
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE
For Nebraska, the biggest thing over the last two seasons has been improvements on the defensive end. 
Last season, NU went from 13th to sixth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense and from 14th to second in 3-point percentage defense.  That has continued during the 2018-19 season as he enter the final month of regular-season play. 
  • NU ranks in the top-25 nationally in scoring defense (62.7 ppg, 15th), field goal defense (.396, 17th) and 3-point defense (.302, 24th) as of Feb. 6. The Huskers are second in steals (7.7 spg) and seventh in blocked shots (4.3 bpg).
  • Only one opponent has shot over 50 percent against Nebraska in the last 48 games dating back to last season. In 2018-19, NU has held 22 of its 23 opponents under 50 percent shooting, as only Minnesota has shot over 50 percent.
  • NU limited 10 opponents to under 0.85 points per possession. Mississippi Valley State and Southeastern Louisiana were held to 0.47 points per possession, the lowest number in Tim Miles' seven years at NU. On the season, the Huskers are 26th in Kenpom's adjusted defense through Feb. 6.
  • The Huskers have held six opponents to their lowest offensive total of the season.
  • In the loss to No. 6 Michigan State on Jan. 17, the Huskers held the Spartans to their second-lowest point total (70) and field goal percentage (.436) of the season at the time. 
  • Under Miles, the Huskers are 50-5 (.909) when holding opponents under 60 points, including 16-0 the past three seasons.
  • Under Miles, the Huskers are 58-18 (.763) when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting, including 21-4 (.840) the past three seasons. Nebraska is now 6-1 this season when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting following the loss to Maryland on Feb. 6.
Charting Defensive Improvement

 

2016-17 Season

2017-18 Season

2018-19 Season

Category

Overall (Conf. Rk.)

Overall (Conf. Rk.)

Overall (Conf. Rk.)

PPG Allowed

73.0 (12)

68.6 (10)

62.7 (3)

FG Pct. Def.

.447 (13)

.423 (6)

.396 (3)

3-Pt. Pct. Def.

.399 (14)

.322 (2)

.302 (2)

 

NEW GAME, SAME NUMBER FOR PALMER 
While senior guard James Palmer Jr. switched from No. 24 to No. 0 in the offseason, the All-American candidate continues to produce at a high level. Last month, he was named to the midseason watch list for both the Wooden and Lute Olson awards. This season, the 6-foot-6 guard is averaging 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game entering the matchup with Purdue.
  • He is among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (second), steals (ninth), free throw percentage (.783, 12th), 3-pointers per game (2.0, 12th) and assists (13th).
  • Palmer is challenging to be the first Husker to average 20.0 ppg since Tyronn Lue averaged 21.2 ppg in 1997-98. Only six Husker players have ever averaged 20.0 ppg in a season.
  • Palmer has shown the ability to get to the free throw line, as he ranks in the top-20 nationally in both free throws (137, 12th) and attempts (175, 8th), while shooting a career best 78.3 percent from the foul line. Entering this year, Palmer was a career 72 percent shooter.
  • His Husker career scoring average of 17.9 points per game is eighth among all power conference players spanning the last two seasons. The Big Ten features three of the top eight with Purdue's Carsen Edwards and Wisconsin's Ethan Happ. 
  • He is on pace to post one of the highest scoring averages in Nebraska history. Only two other players - Terran Petteway and Dave Hoppen - have averaged 18.0 ppg as a Husker during their career.
  • Palmer has reached double figures in 53 of 56 career games at Nebraska, including 19 20-point efforts and a pair of 30-point performances. 
  • He had his 11th 20-point effort in last Saturday's game at Illinois, finishing with 22 points and eight rebounds.
  • Palmer had 24 points, including 11-of-11 from the foul line, and a team-high eight caroms against No. 6 Michigan State.
  • He put together one of his best all-around games at No. 25 Indiana with 11 points along with a career-high nine rebounds and season-high seven assists.
  • Palmer led NU with 26 points at Maryland while adding seven rebounds, four assists and a career-high five steals. 
  • Palmer shouldered the scoring load in the win over Oklahoma State with a game-high 29 points, including 14-of-15 shooting from the foul line. 
  • Palmer enjoyed one of the best performances of his career with a 30-point game against Creighton. The effort included a career-high six 3-pointers. 
  • He turned in a strong performance in the Huskers' win at Clemson, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the second half and also snaring a career-high nine rebounds. 
  • Finished with 29 points against Seton Hall, the third-highest scoring night in his career, as he scored 18 of his points in the second half. 
Last season, Palmer averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth.  Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games in his first season at Nebraska, including eight 20-point efforts. Palmer’s junior year was highlighted by a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. Palmer joins Purdue's Carsen Edwards as returning first-team All-Big Ten selections by the conference coaches. 
  • Palmer averaged 18.8 points per game in Big Ten play last year, which is the highest average in conference play since Aleks Maric averaged 18.9 ppg in 2006-07. It is also the most by a returning Big Ten player since Tim Frazier in 2012-13.
WATSON KEYS HUSKER ATTACK
Glynn Watson Jr. is in his fourth year as Nebraska's starting guard and is putting together his best season as a Husker. He comes into the Purdue game averaging 12.2 points per game on 41 percent shooting, including 36 percent from 3-point range. He is also averaging career bests in assists (3.3apg) and rebounds (4.0 rpg).
  • Watson has been in double figures 16 times this season, including his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists in the win over Cal State Fullerton.
  • His on-ball defense has been instrumental in Nebraska ranking among the national leaders in field goal and scoring defense.
  • He put together an 18-point performance against Ohio State, which included a season-best 7-of-7 performance from the foul line.
  • He turned in a strong effort at No. 25 Indiana, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the second half, while adding five rebounds and two steals.
  • Watson led NU to a win over Penn State with 19 points and three assists. He scored eight straight Husker points late in the second half to extend a one-point lead. 
  • He guided the Husker attack in the win over Creighton with 13 points, five assists and a season-high three steals, while holding Creighton's Ty-Shon Alexander to just 2-of-10 shooting.
  • Watson led NU with a season-high 20 points and a career-high nine boards against Western Illinois.
  • He showed his playmaking ability by dishing out eight assists and totaling 14 points in the win over Seton Hall. 
  • His older brother Demetri McCamey was an All-Big Ten guard at Illinois during the 2009-10 season.
  • Watson is one of three alumni of St. Joseph to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Carl Hayes (1,136, 1990-92) and Clifford Scales (1,136, 1988-91). All three played for legendary high school coach Gene Pingatore, who is in his 50th year as coach at St. Joseph and has won over 1,000 games at the school. 
ROBY FILLS STAT SHEET
Isaiah Roby compliments the Husker attack with a unique skill set. The 6-foot-8 junior averages 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.  He leads the Huskers in blocked shots and rebounding and is the only Big Ten player ranked in the top 10 in the conference in both blocked shots and steals as of Feb. 6.
  • He is one of only seven players nationally and four in power conferences averaging 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per game as of Feb. 6. 
  • Roby has played some of his best basketball since conference play began in December, averaging 12.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game over his last 14 contests dating back to Dec. 5.
  • Roby has played his best against NU's toughest foes, averaging 14.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in NU's five games against nationally ranked opponents. 
  • He collected his second double-double against No. 24 Maryland on Feb. 6 with 20 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots. 
  • Roby put together a strong effort against No. 24 Wisconsin on Jan. 29 with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. 
  • He keyed NU's 70-64 win over Penn State with 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting, along with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
  • He enjoyed a solid performance against Iowa, finishing with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and a season-high nine rebounds despite foul trouble.
  • He scored a then-career-high 20 points against Cal State Fullerton while also topping the Huskers with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. 
  • Roby put together a complete game in the win over Creighton, with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
  • His dunk against Seton Hall on Nov. 14 marked the fourth time he's had a top-10 play on SportsCenter at NU, including highlight dunks vs. Rutgers (2018) and at Indiana (2016). 
  • Roby is one of only two returning power conference players to total 50 blocks and 50 assists last season, joining Missouri’s Jontay Porter, who will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. Roby is also one of four Huskers to have 50 blocks and 50 assists in a season, joining Aleks Maric, Venson Hamilton and Rich King. 
ALLEN ANSWERS STARTERS BELL
Sophomore Thomas Allen has emerged during his sophomore campaign, averaging 8.6 points per game on 44 percent shooting, including 36 percent from 3-point range, while chipping in 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He has been in double figures eight times after reaching double figures twice as a freshman.
  • Allen is fourth in the Big Ten in steals per game and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.05-to-1).
  • He has been in double figures in seven of NU's last 14 games after reaching double figures once in the Huskers' first nine contests.
  • Since the injury to Isaac Copeland Jr., Allen has averaged 9.3 points per game, including his first consecutive double-figure efforts in Big Ten action against No. 24 Wisconsin and at Illinois. 
  • Allen had a career-high 18 points, five assists and four rebounds against Creighton and had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting against Oklahoma State after missing most of the week with an illness. 
BENCH LOOKS TO CREATE A SPARK
With the loss of Isaac Copeland Jr., the Husker bench will be counted on to make a significant impact. NU's bench features sophomores Nana Akenten and Thorir Thorbjarnarson and freshmen Amir Harris and Brady Heiman. 
  • Akenten has started twice and is averaging 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He is fifth on the team with 21 3-pointers and has a pair of double-figure efforts. He had a career-high 18 points off the bench against Mississippi Valley State, including five 3-pointers, in just 13 minutes. He also had 11 points in the win over Missouri State and nine points in a start against Cal State Fullerton.
  • Thorbjarnarson has played in 13 games, averaging 1.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He has played more in the last three games than at any point of the season. Against No. 24 Wisconsin, he had 10 rebounds and three points in 17 minutes. He added six boards and three assists in 17 minutes against Illinois on Saturday and started against Maryland. 
  • Heiman has played in 20 games, averaging 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in just under 10 minutes per contest. He had 10 points against Southeastern Louisiana and nine points at Minnesota. He grabbed 13 rebounds in NU's opener against MVSU.
  • Harris has played in 15 games, averaging 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He missed nearly a month of action with mono and has played in NU's last six contests. He had season bests in points (six) and rebounds (five) against Mississippi Valley State in the opener. 
COPELAND'S STRONG SENIOR CAMPAIGN DERAILED BY INJURY
Senior forward Isaac Copeland Jr. was putting together a strong senior year before suffering a torn left ACL on Jan. 26 against Ohio State. Copeland had surgery on his knee on Friday, Feb. 1.  
After earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors as a junior, Copeland raised many of his numbers in 2018-19, averaging 14.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks per contest. 
  • Including his two-plus seasons at Georgetown, Copeland finished his collegiate career with over 1,300 points, 600 rebounds and nearly 100 blocked shots. 
  • Copeland reached double figures 16 times this season, including a trio of 20-point efforts (vs. Missouri State, vs. Texas Tech and at Iowa).
  • He had 11 career 20-point games (7 at Nebraska, 4 at Georgetown), including a pair of 30-point games. Copeland had 30 points against North Dakota in 2017 and a career-high 32-point night against Marquette during his sophomore year at Georgetown. 
  • Copeland averaged 17.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in NU's first three games against ranked opponents this season. 
  • He led NU with a season-high 24-point effort at No. 25 Iowa while adding six rebounds and two steals.
  • He earned a spot on the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 21.5 points per game on 61 percent shooting, 7.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. He was in double figures in both contests, including 23 points against Missouri State and 20 points and eight boards against Texas Tech.
  • Copeland collected his fifth career double-double in Nebraska's win over Seton Hall with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He had one during his redshirt year at Georgetown (2016-17) and three in 2017-18. 
  • Copeland earned his undergraduate degree in sociology last May and is currently working on his Master's Degree.

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