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Huskers Return Home to Face Illinois

 
Huskers Return Home to Face Illinois
Posted February 11th, 2014 @ 11:42am

The Nebraska basketball team begins the home stretch of the Big Ten season Wednesday evening, as the Huskers play host to Illinois at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Tipoff is set for 8:06 p.m. with pre-game coverage on News Radio 1110 KFAB starting at 7:04.  Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhlheisen will be courtside to bring you all the action.

A limited number of returned tickets are available for Wednesday’s game starting at $10. They can be purchased by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or (402) 472-3111 or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff, if available.

The Huskers (12-10, 4-6 B1G) look to build momentum for a potential postseason run following a 53-49 win at Northwestern Saturday afternoon. Nebraska, which has won four of its last six games following an 0-4 Big Ten start, has climbed to eighth place and is just one-half game out of sixth place entering this week’s action. The Huskers have been on the road for six of its first 10 games, and now begin a stretch of playing five of their final eight contests at Pinnacle Bank Arena, where they are 10-1 on the season.

Nebraska has been relying on its sophomore class, as Terran Petteway, Walter Pitchford, Shavon Shields and Benny Parker combined for 46 of the Huskers’ 53 points against Northwestern. While Petteway has been one of the Big Ten’s top newcomers and ranks fourth in the conference at 17.5 points per game, Pitchford has developed into a consistent scoring option in recent games. The 6-foot-10 forward has been in double figures in each of the last four contests, including a career-high 15 points against the Wildcats.

Illinois (14-10, 3-8 Big Ten) looks for its second straight win following a 60-55 win at Penn State on Sunday. The Fighting Illini, who broke an eight-game losing streak, also features one of the Big Ten’s top newcomers in junior guard Rayvonte Rice, as he tops the squad with 16.5 points and a 6.0 rebounds per game.

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