Keys to the Game: Nebraska at USC

The Nebraska Cornhuskers Men's Basketball team has headed west, for a game tonight with the USC Trojans. Come inside as Big Red Report breaks it down.

Interior Play

Coming off an 11 point effort and a career-high five blocks, Jorge Brian Diaz will have a challenging task at hand: defend USC's seven-foot center DeWayne Dedmon. In the opening game, Dedmon recorded 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Nebraska will also have Brandon Ubel, who totaled four points and six rebounds, helping out on Dedmon in the paint.

The transfer big man finished 7-8 against Cal State Northridge, which means that once he catches the ball down low, he is a very effective shooter. Diaz will need to deny him of the ball as much as he can if Nebraska hopes to pull out their third straight victory over USC.

Walker's Hot Hand

In Nebraska's win over South Dakota, Caleb Walker recorded a career-high 16 points after draining all five of his shots from the field. He also racked up seven rebounds in the game.

There's no telling if it was a fluke game or not, but Nebraska needs to feed Walker early and often. If the senior responds with another stellar shooting performance, especially against a competitive Pac-12 team, than Nebraska will be able to add another weapon to their growing artillery.

Who's Taking the Final Shot?

In the past two meetings between Nebraska and USC, the losing team (USC) has had a chance to tie or win on the final shot of the game, which means that Monday's game has the making to be yet another close matchup.

In their opening games, Nebraska scored 65 points while USC scored 66 points. In addition to the comparable scoring totals, their stat lines from their first game are very similar, as well.

Both teams rely on multiple scorers; USC featured three players with 16 points, while Nebraska had four guys total double-figures.

Did You Know?

*Nebraska outrebounded South Dakota 45-29. The +16 margin ties for second most during Doc Sadler's five-year tenure as head coach.

*USC went 0-15 from behind-the-arc in their opening game while Nebraska made 7-of-14 from deep.

*Nebraska owns a 117-120 all-time record against Pac-12 teams

Phillippi's Player to Watch – Dylan Talley

In his debut with the Huskers, the JUCO transfer collected 10 points off the bench and five assists. He nearly recorded a double-double, falling just one rebound shy.

- Josh Harvey -


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