The Huskers host No. 13 Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener on Dec. 27.
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Huskers to Recognize Former Players at Big Ten Opener

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - As part of next Tuesday's inaugural Big Ten Conference men's basketball opener, the Nebraska Athletic Department is welcoming back former players to the Devaney Center for the Dec. 27 game against No 13 Wisconsin.

A large number of former players will be on hand and will be honored prior to the Huskers' 8:05 p.m. tip against the Badgers, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the special pregame ceremony, as the former players will be introduced individually and then will welcome the 2011-12 Huskers to the court for their first-ever Big Ten contest.

The 24 former Huskers already scheduled to attend as of Thursday afternoon include Willie Campbell, Matt Davison, Rex Ekwall, Ivan Gilreath, Jerry Hare, Wayne Hester, Dave Hoppen, Nate Johnson, Gayle Lebsack, Kelly Lively, Andy Markowski, John Matzke, Stan Matzke, Neil Nannen, Terry Novak, Marcus Perry, Beau Reid, Cole Salomon, Bob Siegel, Drew Stange, Dale Von Seggern, Jerry Solomon, Tony Wilbrand and Craig Wortmann.

In addition, it's not too late for any former player who would like to participate in Tuesday's pregame ceremony and needs tickets to the game can contact Associate A.D. Chris Anderson at

Wisconsin enters its final non-conference game against Mississippi Valley State on Friday night with a 10-2 record and is ranked 13th in this week's AP poll. Wisconsin's only losses this season are at No. 5 North Carolina and to No. 10 Marquette, as Wisconsin is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in this top 25 this week.

Tuesday's historic meeting is the first between the Huskers and Wisconsin since 1998, and the Badgers' first trip to the Devaney Center since 1991.

The Huskers will come into Tuesday's contest with an 8-3 record and riding a four-game win streak to close out non-conference action. Nebraska went 3-1 against ranked teams at the Devaney Center last year, including a win over then No 3 Texas.

Tickets can be purchased for Tuesday game with the Badgers by visiting or calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED. Tickets start at just $20 for the Hy-Vee Value seats for the Huskers' Big Ten opener. In addition, general-admission student seating in sections A4 (floor bleacher seating), B4-B5 and C5-C7 are also available for $25 apiece.


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