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The Nebraska men’s basketball team looks to snap a two-game losing streak Tuesday evening, as the Huskers travel to Iowa City to take on the No. 19/23 (AP/Coaches) Hawkeyes.
Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. from Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City and the game will be televised nationally on BTN with Dave Revsine and Shon Morris on the call. The game between the Huskers and Hoosiers will also be available on BTN2Go on laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
Tuesday’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 (8-7, 0-2 Big Ten) had a golden opportunity to knock off Indiana before falling, 79-69, on Saturday afternoon. Andrew White III and Jack McVeigh had 16 points apiece for Nebraska, but Yogi Ferrell and Thomas Bryant combined for 43 points and Indiana shot 55 percent from the field, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range.
One encouraging sign for the Huskers in Saturday’s loss was the play of the Husker freshmen. After combining for 13 points in Wednesday’s conference opener, the quartet of McVeigh, Glynn Watson Jr., Michael Jacobson and Ed Morrow Jr. combined for 30 of the Huskers’ 69 points against the Hoosiers. McVeigh tied his career high with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added six rebounds in 24 minutes.
Nebraska will need strong performances from Andrew White III and Shavon Shields to snap a four-game losing streak against the Hawkeyes. The pair combines for over 32 points and nearly 11 rebounds per game.
Iowa (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) comes into the week on a roll after knocking off No. 1 Michigan State in its Big Ten opener before going into West Lafayette and beating No. 14 Purdue Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes erased a 17-point halftime deficit behind a 25-point performance from Jarrod Uthoff while holding Purdue to 31 percent shooting in the second half.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
.909 - Shavon Shields free throw percentage over the last seven games, hitting 30 of 33 free throws. He has raised his free throw percentage from 65.7 percent to 77.9 percent in that stretch.
5 - Shavon Shields needs five rebounds to become the eighth Husker with 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. The other seven players are Dave Hoppen, Eric Piatkowski, Andre Smith, Aleks Maric, Rich King, Venson Hamilton and Carl McPipe.
5 - Jack McVeigh became the fifth different Husker to lead NU in scoring with his 16-point effort against Indiana. McVeigh also became the ninth different Husker to tie or lead the team in rebounds, as he had six rebounds against IU.
5 - Five Huskers are averaging at least one steal per game, as NU is second in the Big Ten with 7.5 steals per game.
9 - Nebraska has scored 70+ points nine times this season, which matches the number of times the Huskers did it during the entire 2014-15 season.
9 - Nebraska looks to snap a nine-game losing streak against ranked opponents when they take on the No. 19 Hawkeyes. The Huskers are 0-3 against ranked foes in 2015-16.