Nebraska vs Penn State primer

Nebraska forward Shavon Shields is expected to play a little on Thursday night, but how much is anyone's guess.

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The Nebraska men’s basketball team looks for its fourth Big Ten road win of the season Thursday evening, as the Huskers travel to State College, Pa., to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Tipoff is set for 6:05 p.m. (CT) and the matchup will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Adam Amin and Craig Robinson on the call. It is also available on WatchESPN on mobile devices.

Thursday’s game will also air across the state of Nebraska on the Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call, 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.

Nebraska (14-14, 6-9 Big Ten) lost a heartbreaker to Ohio State, losing 65-62 in overtime Saturday night. The Huskers shot a season-low 27.1 percent, but led by two in the final 10 seconds and had a shot to win at the end of regulation. Freshman Jack McVeigh led the Huskers with 16 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, to pace three Huskers in double figures.

McVeigh has stepped into the starting lineup after Shavon Shields suffered a concussion against Rutgers on Feb. 6, and performed admirably. The 6-foot-8 forward is coming off his best week of the season, averaging 16.5 ppg on 50 percent shooting, including 8-of-16 from 3-point range, four rebounds and two assists per game.

Penn State (14-13, 5-9 Big Ten) comes into Thursday’s game having won two straight, including a 70-58 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Shep Garner had 20 points to pace four PSU players in double figures, while Brandon Taylor had 17 points and 14 rebounds. PSU has won its last two home games, knocking off nationally-ranked Indiana and Iowa this month. 

Thursday’s matchup between the Huskers and Nittany Lions is the second in a 12-day span, as Nebraska won 70-54 in Lincoln on Feb. 13. That game featured a career-high 35-point game by Andrew White III, while NU held PSU to 38 percent shooting.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
13 - Andrew White III needs 13 points to become the 14th Husker basketball player to score 500 points in a season. 

125 - Benny Parker will play in his 125th career game on Thursday. He will become only the eighth Husker to make that many appearances. WIth 22 3-pointers this year, he has already topped his previous three seasons combined (14).

2005 - The last time a Husker freshman averaged at least 10.0 ppg in conference play (Joe McCray, 15.8 ppg). Glynn Watson Jr. is currently averaging 10.0 ppg in Big Ten play.

41% - In Big Ten play, 41 percent of NU’s total minutes have come from freshmen. Over the last four games, that number has increased to 45 percent, despite NU being without the services of Ed Morrow Jr. during that stretch.

11.4 - Nebraska’s scoring average is 11.4 points higher than last year’s total. It is on pace to be the largest single-season increase in school history.


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