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The Nebraska basketball team wraps up the Lincoln portion of the Barclays Center Classic Tuesday night, as the Huskers (3-1) host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-3) at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised online on BTN Plus and carried on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network. A limited number of returned tickets for Sunday’s game are available by visiting Huskers.com or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
The Huskers opened tournament play with a 92-65 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday. In that game, Nebraska scored the first 12 points and raced out to a 19-2 lead as part of a 53-point first half. NU put five players in double figures, led by Glynn Watson Jr., who had 14 points and three assists. Watson was one of three Husker freshmen to crack double figures in the win, as Michael Jacobson and Ed Morrow Jr. had 11 markers apiece.
The Huskers have gotten solid production from their freshman class, as four of NU’s top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Watson’s 9.8 points per game. The Husker freshmen account for a Big Ten high 43 percent of NU’s scoring after four games.
While the freshmen have helped NU average 81.5 points per game in the first four contests to rank fifth in the Big Ten, two veterans are among the Big Ten scoring leaders with Andrew White III (16.3 ppg) and Shavon Shields (13.5 ppg) ranking in the top 20 in scoring entering this week’s action.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 1-3 on the season against a rigorous early season slate. The Golden Lions have already played Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Cincinnati and will play Hawaii, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Missouri before starting SWAC play in January.
After Tuesdays game, the Huskers will play the final round at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, including a matchup with No. 24 Cincinnati on Friday night. Friday’s other matchup features Tennessee and George Washington.