Scouting Nebraska

News, notes and quotes on No. 1 KU's matchup with Nebraska today at 5 p.m. (CT) in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised on ESPNU with Clay Matvick and Reid Gettys calling the action.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA

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 (3.7 ppg).

LAST TIME

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 Texas.

"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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