Nebraska (13-9, 1-6 Big 12) has lost six of its last seven games and
four of its last five since losing to Kansas, 84-72, at home on Jan.
13. The Huskers, whose lone victory during that stretch came at home
against Oklahoma (63-46) on Jan. 30, are coming off a 76-57 loss to No.
10 K-State at the Devaney Center on Tuesday. KSU scored the fourth-most
points against NU (Big 12-best scoring defense) this season.
The Huskers average 66.4 points per game while allowing 61. NU is
shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from beyond the arc,
and 65.3 percent at the free-throw line. Nebraska is holding foes to
42.1 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from three-point range,
while being slightly outrebounded 32.1 to 32.3. NU also averages 7.0
steals and 14.3 assists per game.
Senior guard Ryan Anderson leads the team with 10.7 points, 4.9
rebounds and a Big 12-leading 2.0 steals per game. Sophomore guard
Brandon Richardson is next in scoring (8.8 ppg), followed by freshman
center Jorge Brian Diaz (8.5 ppg, team-high 31 blocks), freshman
forward Christian Standhardinger (8.2 ppg), senior guard Sek Henry (7.5
ppg), junior guard Lance Jeter (6.8 ppg, team-best 87 assists),
freshman guard Eshaunte Jones (6.6 ppg, team-high 33 three-pointers),
freshman forward Brandon Ubel (4.9 ppg) and freshman guard Ray Gallegos
The Jayhawks (21-1, 7-0 Big 12) struggled early against NU in their
last game in Lincoln on Jan. 13. Nebraska raced out to a 12-1 lead and
held a 44-43 advantage at halftime. Kansas then outscored the Huskers
41-28 in the second half to win by 12. KU senior guard Sherron Collins
led all scorers with 22 points (his third straight game of 22-plus
points), while Marcus Morris added 19.
Kansas shot a scorching 57.8 percent from the field and 61.9 percent
from three-point range. Nebraska ripped the nets for 55.6 percent field
goal shooting in the first half, but just 30.8 percent after halftime.
Richards led three NU players in double-digit scoring with 18 points.
KU coach Bill Self knows his team can't let Nebraska get off to a hot
start like it did in Lincoln.
"We need to do a better job of getting to their shooters," Self said.
"Hopefully we won't dig ourselves a hole like we did last time."
KU sophomore forward Marcus Morris said the Jayhawks need to come out
with more energy "to put them away early and not have it come down to
the last couple of possessions. That is what really hurt us in the last
game. We came out sluggish and they got an early lead. It is better if
we just come out real intense and just get after it."
GOOD TO BE HOME
Kansas is glad to be home after two straight overtime road victories
against K-State and Colorado. KU's last game in the Phog was against
Missouri on Jan. 25, an 84-65 Jayhawk victory.
KU next has a quick turnaround with an ESPN Big Monday game looming at
"I couldn't wait to get back home," Morris said. "I feel like we have
been away for so long even though we really haven't. It is definitely
good to be back home. There is no place like the fieldhouse."
HONORING DR. BOB
NCAA officials will recognize former KU athletics director Bob
Frederick at halftime as the inaugural winner of the NCAA's
administrator's sportsmanship award. Frederick died last June in
Lawrence of a bicycle accident.
John Blanchard, senior associate athletics director at North Carolina
and chair of the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct,
and NCAA vice president for educational affairs Robert Vowels, will
make the presentation to Frederick's widow, Margey. The award will
annually honor an NCAA administrator who shows the highest respect for
intercollegiate athletics, demonstrates respect for competition,
student-athletes, coaches and officials, and encourages
student-athletes to demonstrate positive sportsmanship and integrity.
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