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Could Terran Petteway be the Huskers' first all-conference player since 2008?

LINCOLN, Neb. - With a 26-point scoring effort against Penn State on Thursday night, Nebraska sophomore guard Terran Petteway moved into first place in the Big Ten in scoring.

The Texas Tech transfer is averaging 18.0 points per game, just ahead of Indiana sophomore Kevin Ferrell's 17.9 points per contest.

Petteway scored 17 of his 26 in the second half against the Nittany Lions on Thursday night, but managed to score nine straight points for the Huskers in the first half over a 2:44 span.

"I really just stayed aggressive and kept attacking the basket," said Petteway. "Last time we played, we weren't aggressive at all. We were hesitant to get to the right. It was really just about staying aggressive and attacking those guys when they did all those defense switching."

As Nebraska try position themselves for a NCAA tournament bid, another major storyline is heating up. Is Petteway positioning himself for a first-team All-conference selection?

The Huskers have not had a first-team all-conference player since Aleks Maric in 2008, when the Associated Press named him to the first-team All-Big 12 team. The same year, the coaches selected him on the second-team.

"All the awards will come," Petteway told BTN's Tom Dienhart, earlier this month. "I'm just worried winning games and getting us back to the tournament where we haven't been since 1998. And never won a game. We are trying to break all of those curses, you can call them."

According to the Nebraska media relations department, Petteway is trying to become the first Husker since Tyronn Lue in 1997-98, to rank among the conference's top three scorers. It's actually only been done three times at Nebraska – Andre Smith and Dave Hoppen are the other two to accomplish the feat.

Petteway is currently the co-Big Ten Player of the Week, after averaging 19.5 points per game last week in wins over ranked Michigan State and Illinois.

If he has another Penn State like performance against Purdue on Sunday, Petteway could very likely win the award for the second time this season.

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