Nebraska/Rutgers B1G Tourney Preview

Nebraska and Rutgers square off in the first found of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday.

After a disappointing regular season, Nebraska (14-17, 6-12) will take on Rutgers at 6 p.m. CT Monday night in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

“What is done is done. What we haven’t done well, we haven’t done well,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles. “I think it’s pretty clear that if we go play hard on defense, that can help us on offense.”

In two matchups this season, Nebraska won by an average of 29 points against Rutgers, but recently the Scarlett Knights snapped a 17-game losing streak with a win against Minnesota.

“We needed a win to give us some momentum going into the tournament,” Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan said. “I was happy for our seniors … they’re all graduating and Jalen Hyde is a walk-on who’s going to be dean’s list. I’m happy for our kids, our seniors and I’m happy that we got a win.”


Tipoff at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and the matchup between the Huskers and Scarlet Knights will be televised nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler, Shon Morris and Mike Hall on the call. The contest will also be available on BTN2Go on laptops, tablets and mobile devices. 

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

Nebraska (14-17, 6-12 Big Ten) looks to snap a five-game losing streak following a disappointing 65-54 loss at Northwestern on Sunday. The Huskers, who shot just 37 percent from the field, rallied back from a 20-point deficit to within 55-49 with just over four minutes left, but were unable to pick up their fourth Big Ten road win. Andrew White III and Tai Webster led NU with 13 points apiece in the loss.

Nebraska brings one of the Big Ten’s best scoring duos to Indianapolis in junior guard Andrew White III and senior forward Shavon Shields. Both players rank in the top-10 in scoring with White in fifth at 16.5 ppg, while Shields is sixth at 16.4 ppg. NU joins Iowa as the only Big Ten teams with two players in the top-10 in scoring.

Rutgers comes into Wednesday’s game following a 75-52 win over Minnesota on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights got a 29-point effort from Mike Williams, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.

With a win on Wednesday, the Huskers would face sixth-seeded Wisconsin (20-11, 12-6 Big Ten) Thursday evening at around 8 p.m. (central).

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