Huskers Travel to Creighton Sunday Afternoon

Posted 8 months ago

By Robert Lovell

Nebraska-Huskers-BasketballThe Nebraska basketball team makes the 56.5 mile drive up I-80 on Sunday afternoon, as the Huskers trek to Omaha to face the Creighton Bluejays.

Tipoff for the annual matchup between the two programs is at 5:07 p.m. (CT) on Fox Sports 1 with Cory Provus and Bill Raftery on the call. On DirecTV, the game will be shown on Ch. 219, while DISH Network has the game on Ch. 150. Fans should check with their local cable provider to see if the game is on their local cable packages, as Fox Sports 1 is not on all basic cable packages throughout the state of Nebraska.

Sunday’s matchup with the Bluejays will be carried across the state on the 27-station Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action, including flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln and KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha (complete list of affiliates is on page five of the game notes). The game can also be heard for free on Huskers.com and is available on the Huskers’ app on iOS or android devices, as well as Sirius and XM Radio.

The Huskers are 6-2 on the season and head into their first road test of the season riding a three-game win streak after a 60-49 win over Miami Wednesday evening in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Nebraska continued its string of solid efforts on the defensive end, holding Miami to 32 percent shooting and has held its last three opponents to just 57.3 points per game on 37 percent shooting.

Nebraska also received strong performances from forwards Walter Pitchford (13 points and five rebounds) and Leslee Smith (seven points and 10 rebounds), who combined to limit Miami’s two starting forwards to a combined 1-of-8 shooting.  Pitchford has now been in double figures in three of the Huskers’ last four games, while Smith has pulled down nine or more rebounds in four of Nebraska’s last five contests.

The Huskers have relied on its new faces this season, as five of the team’s top six scorers are in their first season of competition at Nebraska. On Wednesday, NU started a lineup which featured one freshman and three sophomores.

If the Huskers are looking to snap a two-game losing streak to the Bluejays, Nebraska will need another strong defensive effort on Sunday, as Creighton is averaging 83.4 points per game.  The Bluejays feature two-time All-American Doug McDermott, who averages 24.4 points per game and an experienced lineup around the four-year starter, including fifth-year senior Ethan Wragge and sixth-year senior Grant Gibbs.