Keys to the Game: Nebraska vs Wake Forest

It may surprise some to hear that Wednesday's game marks the first time Nebraska will play host to an ACC school.

Historically, the ACC has been a powerhouse for basketball, and Wake Forest has, for the most part, always been a contender in the conference as well. What a better way to greet the ACC onto your home court than with a good old-fashioned win?

And not to mention, this will be a tight Big Ten-ACC challenge, so every win matters. Nebraska could help out their new conference with a key victory.

Battle of the Benches

The Huskers have received major contributions from their bench, most recently in their 76-64 win over South Dakota State. Dylan Talley and Toney McCray each recorded 12 points and the duo combined for seven points during Nebraska's 11-4 run to close out the first half.

Freshman David Rivers also made his presence felt coming off the bench, tallying eight points and five boards. Overall, the Nebraska bench outscored NDSU by a total of 32-18.

In contrast, the Wake Forest bench did nothing to impress in their defeat of Texas Tech. The Demon Deacons' bench totaled just three points over 51 total minutes of play between Anthony Fields, Daniel Green and Chase Fischer. They shot a combined 1-5 from the field with their lone basket coming from a Fischer three-pointer.

The Demon Deacons' Duo

Wake Forest scored 70 points last game, and C.J. Harris and Travis McKie combined for 40 of those points. There's no hiding the fact that the Deacons' offense revolves around their three-point shooting guard, Harris, and their down-low presence, McKie.

Despite going 2-5 from behind-the-arc last game, Harris is shooting .480% from long range this season. AS a whole, Harris is averaging 19.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 2.5 APG. On the contrary, McKie does most of his work in the paint, averaging 19.2 PPG and 6.0 RPG.

Did You Know?

*Nebraska ranks 25th nationally in three-point percentage (42.2%).

*The Huskers are out rebounding their opponents by a +6.2 margin.

*As the head coach of Colorado, Jeff Bzdelik (Wake Forest's head coach) amassed a 3-3 record against Nebraska, but just 1-2 at the Devaney Center.

Phillippi's Player to Watch – Brandon Ubel

After hauling in a season-high eight rebounds and being one of four Huskers to tally double-figure scoring numbers last game, Ubel's performance against Wake Forest will go a long way in Nebraska's success vs. their ACC foe.

- Edited by Josh Harvey -

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