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December 21, 2010

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Grambling State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Grambling State Tigers
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 - 7:06 p.m. CT
TV: None / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Grambling State Tigers (2-8, 0-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Central Arkansas 70-60
G Rupert Rose (leads team with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio) Sr. 5-11 175
G Rydell Harris (played career-high 32 minutes against Central Arkansas) So. 6-5 180
G Justin Patton (leads team with 14.4 ppg, named SWAC Player of the Week last week) Jr. 6-7 200
G Donald Quals (averaging 8.6 ppg and shooting 40.6% from 3-point range) Sr. 5-7 155
C Peter Roberson (had 8 rebounds and 5 blocks against CAU) So. 7-0 250

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (9-2, 0-0 Big 12 Conference)
Streak: Won 7
Last Game: Defeated Eastern Washington 72-42
G Lance Jeter (leads the team in scoring (11.3 ppg), assists (4.0 apg) and steals (1.8 spg)) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (second on team with a 1.3 a/to ratio) Jr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (scored 10 points off the bench against EWU) Jr. 6-4 205
F Brandon Ubel (tied a career high with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting vs. Alcorn St.) So. 6-10 240
F Jorge Brian Diaz (has scored in double figures the past two games) So. 6-11 245

Make it 8

If Nebraska can get a win at home tonight against Grambling State, it would be its eighth straight win and would mark the team's longest winning streak since the 1994-95 season. There's really no reason the Huskers should have any trouble holding off the Tigers tonight, so it's likely they'll take the next step towards finishing the non-conference schedule 12-2.
Keep up the D

Arguably the most impressive stat during Nebraska's winning streak has been that it's held seven straight opponents to less than 60 points for the first time since 1981-82. Against a Grambling team that comes into tonight's game averaging just 60.2 points per game, that streak should stay alive and well for another game.
Attack the paint

As if Nebraska didn't already have a huge size advantage over the majority of teams it will face this season, the Huskers got even bigger when 6-foot-10 center Christopher Niemann played in his first collegiate game on Saturday against Eastern Washington. With four guys standing 6-10 or taller to work with, there's really no reason NU shouldn't own the paint in every game this season.

Sophomore center Jorge Brian Diaz on NU's getting into a rhythm offensively:

"I think so, especially (Saturday night) we had a really big advantage inside. We were trying to get it inside and if that didn't work, we would kick it out. We are getting more comfortable with the offense and getting in a rhythm and everything is just flowing right."
Sophomore center Christopher Niemann on Nebraska's size after his return:

"I think all of us bring something different. I think it's a great advantage having big guys that can score down low and open up for the guards. The rebounds help, too."

Nebraska 78-56

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