Keys to the Game: Oregon at Nebraska

The Huskers look for a 4-0 start and two wins against Pac 12 opponents this year when the take on Oregon Wednesday night.

Keep Spreading the Wealth

The Huskers have done a fantastic job of distributing the ball between their players. In fact, they set a passing record in their 83-63 win over Rhode Island. With 24 assists on 32 baskets, the Huskers tied the highest amount of assists since Doc Sadler took over.

Brandon Richardson dealt out a career-best eight assists, while Bo Spencer and Caleb Walker each added four assists. Oregon has allowed slightly less than 13 assists per game to their opponents, while Nebraska is averaging 14 assists per game.

The Ducks aren't a defensive force, surrendering 68 points per game, so Nebraska shouldn't find any difficulty in picking out their shots and getting to the hoop.

Don't Sit on a Lead

In their opening game, the Ducks were down by 20 points to Vanderbilt before trimming the deficit to just five points. Oregon has plenty of talented players, returning two starters from last season: E.J. Singler and Garret Sim.

Both Singler and Sim are averaging around 12 points per game, and the two combined for 35 points in Oregon's 86-61 victory over Southeast Missouri State.

The Huskers are coming off a decisive win over Rhode Island in which they didn't have to fight back much. But the one thing they did well was never letting the lead shrink, which is exactly what they must do if they can build a respectable lead Wednesday.

Think About the Children

It may sound irrelevant to the action on the court, but Wednesday's game will be Toys for Tots Night, which is designed to collect toys for needy children during the holiday season. In Nebraska's case, there's nothing better to give these needy kids and the loyal fans at the Devaney Center than an impressive win over a Pac-12 team that went 21-18 and won the CBJ championship game.

Did You Know?

*This is the first meeting between the two schools since 2007. Nebraska leads the all-time series, 7-4.

*Bo Spencer is just the fourth Husker since the start of the 2007-08 season to post consecutive 20-point games

*Jorge Brian Diaz ranks second in the Big Ten behind Ralph Sampson III (173) with 87 blocks for his career.

Phillippi's Player to Watch – Bo Spencer It may seem like an easy choice, but Spencer has dropped 20-plus PPG in back-to-back games and is set to do the same against a mediocre Oregon defense.

- Josh Harvey -


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