Huskers Return Home for Red Wolves

Nebraska-Huskers-BasketballThe Nebraska basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Dec. 14, as the Huskers take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Tipoff for Saturday’s tilt is set for 3:01 p.m. and will be carried nationally on the Big Ten Network (Ch. 610 on DirecTV, Chs. 439 and 9500 on Dish; Chs. 2, 1333 on Time Warner Cable) with Kevin Kugler and Gregory Kelser on the call.

The game with the Red Wolves will also 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 and is available on the Huskers’ app on iOS or android devices, as well as Sirius and XM Radio.

A limited number of tickets are available for Saturday’s game in the 200 and 300 Level sections with prices ranging from $7-$15. Visit or call 800-8-BIGRED for more information.

Saturday is a busy day for Husker fans, as the Husker women host Creighton at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 11 a.m. before the men’s nationally televised game with Arkansas State. In addition, the Husker volleyball team is hosting an NCAA regional atthe Devaney Center on both Friday and Saturday. Because of the quick turnaround between events, Pinnacle Bank Arena doors will not open until 2 p.m. for the men’s contest with Arkansas State.

The Huskers are 6-3 on the season and look to bounce back from a disappointing 82-67 loss to Creighton on Dec. 8, snapping Nebraska’s three-game win streak. The Huskers fell behind early and dug too deep of a hole in the team’s first road game of the year. The performances of sophomores Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway were highlights in the loss to the Bluejays. Shields broke out of a mini slump with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Petteway had 21 points and six rebounds.

Arkansas State is 5-2 on the season and riding a three-game win streak following an 86-61 win over Niagara on Dec. 2. The Red Wolves average 78.7 points per game and are led by Melvin Johnson III, who averages 17.9 points per game and leads the nation in 3-point percentage at 64.3 percent. Johnson had 26 points in a win over Lamar on Nov. 30, when he went 8-of-9 from 3-point range.

Following Saturday’s game, the Huskers will be off for final exams before returning to the court on Saturday, Dec. 21 against The Citadel.

By the Numbers
– Number of regular-season meetings between Nebraska and Arkansas State. The only prior matchup between the programs took place in the 1989 NIT.

– Number of times in the last two seasons where two Huskers had at least 20 points in a game as Shavon Shields (22) and Terran Petteway (21) each had 20-plus points in the loss to Creighton. Prior to Tim Miles arrival last year, it had not happened since 2007.