Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. at Value City Arena and the game will be carried nationally on BTN (Ch. 610 on DirecTV, Chs. 439 and 9500 on Dish; Chs. 2, 1333 on Time Warner Cable) with Eric Collins and Jim Jackson on the call. The game will also be available online and on mobile devices on BTN2Go.
The Huskers (8-5, 0-1 B1G) enter Saturday’s game with an 8-5 record after dropping a 67-57 setback at No. 22 Iowa on Tuesday evening. In that game, the Huskers cut a 20-point deficit to 60-55 with under two minutes remaining, but Iowa hit enough free throws in the final minute to hold on. Nebraska, which was last in the Big Ten in rebounding, enjoyed a 44-42 advantage on the glass against Iowa, but could not overcome 30 percent shooting from the floor against the Hawkeyes.
If the Huskers are to pull their first upset against a top-five team away from Lincoln since 1994 on Saturday, the Huskers will need another strong rebounding effort and create some points against a Buckeye squad that leads the Big Ten in scoring defense at 55.1 points per game.
In the loss against Iowa, Nebraska put four players in double figures and received strong performances from sophomores Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford. Petteway led all scorers with 20 points – his third straight 20-point game – and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, while Pitchford put together his best game at Nebraska with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Nebraska and Michigan State are the only Big Ten teams on the road twice during the opening week, and the Huskers will be tested by an Ohio State (14-0, 1-0 BIG) team which is one of the last eight remaining unbeaten teams in the country. LaQuinton Ross leads a balanced OSU attack with 13.8 points per game, while All-Big Ten guard Aaron Craft averages 9.4 points, 5.0 assists and a Big Ten-best 2.5 steals per game.