Nebraska set for 12-1 Northwestern

Nebraska opens up Big Ten play on Wednesday afternoon against 12-1 Northwestern.

NU MEDIA RELATIONS:

Nebraska begins Big Ten action on Wednesday afternoon, hosting Northwestern in the conference opener for both teams.

Tipoff for the matinee is slated for 3 p.m. and tickets are available for the contest by calling the NU Athletics Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED, visiting Huskers.com or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Jordan Bernfield and Daymeon Fishback on the call. The game between the Huskers and Wildcats will also be available on the WatchESPN app and online on WatchESPN.com.

Wednesday’s contest will also air across the state on the Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison, including KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln, KXSP 590 AM in Omaha and KRVN 880 in Lexington and is also available on Huskers.com and the Huskers App.

The Huskers closed non-conference action with an 81-50 win over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 22. In that game, the Huskers trailed 34-33 with 17:33 left, but took over with an 18-2 run and outscored the Panthers, 47-16 the remainder of the way. Andrew White III and Shavon Shields led the Huskers with 19 points apiece while Tai Webster added 10 points and three steals off the bench.

Nebraska (8-5) has relied on its high-scoring forward duo of Shavon Shields and Andrew White III, as the pair combines for over 33 points and 11 rebounds per contest. White ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.1 ppg, while he is fifth in 3-pointers per game at 2.5 per game. Shields, who earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors in 2014, is right at his heels at 16.3 ppg and paces the Huskers in both assists (2.9 per game) and steals (1.5 per game). 

Northwestern comes into Wednesday’s game with a 12-1 record after a 74-59 win over Loyola (Md.) on Sunday. In that game, Bryant McIntosh had 33 points and eight assists, as the Wildcats shot 66 percent from the field in the second half to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit. The Wildcats’ 12-1 start is their best since 1930. 

NUMBERS TO KNOW

4 - Number of Big Ten schools with multiple players averaging at least 15 points per game (Nebraska, Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana).

6.8 - Rebounds per game for Andrew White III over the last six contests. 

7 - Ed Morrow Jr. became the seventh different Husker to lead NU in rebounding with six caroms against Prairie View A&M. Morrow is second on the team with 21 offensive rebounds while averaging 13.6 minutes per game.

7.8 - Steals per game for the Huskers, a total which leads the Big Ten.

10 - Huskers who have recorded double-figure games in 2015-16.

19.7 - Shavon Shields’ scoring average over the past six games, as he is shooting 49 percent in that stretch. The senior is also averaging 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

 96 - Shavon Shields will make his 96th consecutive start on Wednesday vs. Northwestern. The 96 starts would tie him with Tyronn Lue for 10th on NU’s career starts list.


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