At a Glance: Nebraska

A closer look at Illinois next opponent - the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Illinois (14-10, 3-8) at Nebraska (12-10, 4-6)
Wed. Feb. 12, 8:06 p.m. CT - Lincoln, Neb. - Venue Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000)
Big Ten Network - Cory Provus, Shon Morris

Notes (per Nebraska sports info):

The Huskers (12-10, 4-6 B1G) look to build momentum for a potential postseason run following a 53-49 win at Northwestern Saturday afternoon. Nebraska, which has won four of its last six games following an 0-4 Big Ten start, has climbed to eighth place and is just one-half game out of sixth place entering this week's action. The Huskers have been on the road for six of its first 10 games, and now begin a stretch of playing five of their final eight contests at Pinnacle Bank Arena, where they are 10-1 on the season.

Nebraska has been relying on its sophomore class, as Terran Petteway, Walter Pitchford, Shavon Shields and Benny Parker combined for 46 of the Huskers' 53 points against Northwestern. While Petteway has been one of the Big Ten's top newcomers and ranks fourth in the conference at 17.5 points per game, Pitchford has developed into a consistent scoring option in recent games. The 6-foot-10 forward has been in double figures in each of the last four contests, including a career-high 15 points against the Wildcats.

By the Numbers:

.846 - Nebraska's winning percentage in games decided by five points or less under Tim Miles. The Huskers are 11-2 in such games over the last two seasons following Saturday's four point win.

2 - Number of 30-point games by Terran Petteway this season (vs. UMass and Minnesota). He is the only Big Ten player with multiple 30-point games this season.

4 - Consecutive games in double figures for sophomore forward Walter Pitchford, which is his longest stretch of the season. Pitchford is averaging 12.3 points per game and shooting 58 percent in that stretch.

49 - Northwestern was the third opponent held to under 50 points this season. Over the last two years, NU has now held six foes under 50 points.

2004 - Nebraska looks for its fifth win in the last seven conference games on Wednesday. It would mark the first time since 2003-04 that has happened for the Huskers.

Probable starters:
Tai Webster: G, 6-4, 194, Fr. - 5.1 ppg, 2.2 apg
Gallegos: G, 6-2, 182, Sr. - 7.8 ppg, 1.5 apg
Petteway: G/F, 6-6, 209, So. - 17.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Shields: G/F, 6-7, 219, So. - 11 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Pitchford: F, 6-10, 234, So. - 8.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Off the bench:
Leslee Smith: F, 6-8, 255, Jr. - 6.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Nathan Hawkins: G, 6-5, 198, Fr. - 2.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Series history:
Series Record: Illinois leads 10-3
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Record at Lincoln: Illinois leads 3-1
Series Streak at Lincoln: Illinois W-1
Last Year's Meetings: ? ILL 71, NEB 51 (Jan. 22, 2013 at Lincoln)
ILL 72, NEB 65 (March 2, 2013 at Champaign)
Groce vs. Nebraska: 2-0

Notable quotable:

Illinois Coach John Groce: "Obviously they're a great challenge. They're 10-1 at home. I've only seen it on T.V., but it looks like a heck of an environment. We're gong to have our hands full with that, but also I think our guys will look forward to that opportunity having to play them. I think watching them, Petteway, I think he's a terrific talent. He scores really at all three levels of the court. I love his toughness. I love his swagger and confidence. Looks like he'd be a fun guy to coach. He reminds me a little bit of Ray (Rice)."

Fun fact:

At least one freshman has started in 52 of Nebraska's last 54 games.

Nebraska team info:

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