Huskers to face Oregon at Qwest Center

The Nebraska men's basketball team will play at one of the Midwest's premier facilities in its home game against Pac-10 power Oregon on Dec. 15, Athletic Director Steve Pederson and Coach Doc Sadler announced Tuesday. The Huskers' matchup with the Ducks will be contested at the Qwest Center Omaha, one of eight sites for the 2008 NCAA Tournament first and second round.

"One of the great things about the University of Nebraska is it encompasses people from all across the state," Steve Pederson said. "We have a tremendous fan base in Omaha and to be able to play a game there is a bonus for us. We appreciate the fans who come to Lincoln and the Devaney Center, but we needed a neutral site for this game. Since the Qwest Center qualifies as a neutral site, this works well for us to play in Omaha."

The NU-OU contest is the second of a two-game series, both of which were originally scheduled to be played on neutral courts. Last year's game was played in the Rose Garden, home of the NBA's Portland Trailblazers. Nebraska trailed in the contest by just four points in the final two minutes before OU pulled away for a 68-56 victory.

The win over Nebraska last year was part of Oregon's strong opening surge, as OU began the year with 18 wins in its first 19 contests. The Ducks went on to finish the year 29-8, including seven victories over nationally ranked teams, before losing to eventual national champion Florida in the Elite Eight of NCAA Tournament.

Oregon, under the guidance of Coach Ernie Kent, returns four starters from last year's squad including a pair of 1,000-point career scorers in Malik Hairston and Bryce Taylor. Also back in 2007-08 will be long-distance threat Tajuan Porter, who set the OU and Pac-10 freshman record with 110 3-pointers last season, the second-highest total by a freshman in NCAA history.

"Oregon has a lot of talent returning from last year when it had a great run to the Elite Eight," Sadler said. "They are well-coached and will probably be the highest ranked team we'll face before conference play. It will be a tough matchup for us, but from what I've seen of Nebraska fans since I've been here, they will come out to support this team and make us feel right at home at the Qwest Center."

The game will be included as a part of all Nebraska season ticket packages, which will feature 19 regular-season contests and two exhibition games. Other than the Oregon contest, the other 20 games will be played at the Devaney Center and will include matchups with teams from the Pac-10 (Arizona State) and Big East (Rutgers), among others. NU's non-conference road contests will be at Creighton, also in the Qwest Center, and at Western Kentucky. Renewal of season tickets and new season ticket sales will begin later in the summer after the full schedule, including Big 12 Conference games, is released.

Single-game tickets for the contest will go on sale at a later date and will only be available through TicketMaster and the Qwest Center Omaha. Single-game ticket prices will be $30 for lower bowl, $25 for mezzanine and $15 for upper bowl, plus any surcharges and taxes accrued by the ticketing outlet. The ticket pricing structure is similar to Nebraska's Big 12 Conference games played at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.

Nebraska will bring in its own floor for the contest and will have access to all of its normal game-day activities for fans and sponsors. A student section will also be set up for the Red Zone, as the game will also be a part of the student season ticket package. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. and is not scheduled to be televised, but will be heard around the state on the Husker Sports Network and across the globe on the Internet at Huskers.com.


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