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February 5, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Kansas

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2010 - 3:01 p.m. CT
TV: Big 12 Network / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Kansas Jayhawks (21-1, 6-1 Big 12)
Streak: Won 3
Last Game: Defeated Texas Tech 88-66
G Tyshawn Taylor (averaging 8.5 ppg and team-high 4.8 apg) Jr. 6-3 185
G Tyrel Reed (has made team-best 43 3-pointers this season) Sr. 6-3 193
G Josh Selby (true freshman averaging 12.0 ppg, shooting 44% from 3-point range) Fr. 6-2 183
F Marcus Morris (leads team with 16.7 ppg with 6.8 rpg) Jr. 6-9 235
C Markieff Morris (leads Big 12 with 8.8 rpg and averages 12.9 ppg) Jr. 6-10 245

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (15-6, 3-4 Big 12 Conference)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Kansas State 69-53
G Lance Jeter (Leads Big 12 in A/TO Ratio (2.53-to-1) and is third with 2.0 spg) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (shooting 95% from the field in Big 12 play) Jr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (three games with at least 10 rebounds this season) Jr. 6-4 205
G Toney McCray (averaging 11.2 ppg on 49% shooting in Big 12 play) Jr. 6-6 210
F Jorge Brian Diaz (scored season-high 16 points vs. Texas A&M) So. 6-11 245

Get it together

Wednesday's loss to Kansas State was more frustrating and disappointing for Nebraska for a variety of reasons. One of the most obvious was the Huskers' complete lack of focus in game it desperately needed to win. With a season-high 22 turnovers and countless other unforced errors, NU essentially handed Kansas State the game without even putting up a fight. Afterwards, head coach Doc Sadler called it only the second game in his five years at Nebraska that his team played with less intensity than its opponent. If the Huskers are to have any shot at knocking off the No. 2 team in the country, they have to play with far more focus, fundamentals and desire than they did three days ago.
Contain the twins

While Kansas features plenty of threats on the perimeter, there's no question that the heart of Jayhawks is down in the post with Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris. Averaging a combined 30 points and 16 rebounds per game between them, Nebraska must once again focus on keeping the Morris twins out of the lane and not give them any easy scoring opportunities. In the first meeting in Lawrence, the Huskers did a great of job of double-teaming the twins every time they touched the ball in the post. Seeing how effective that strategy was the first time around, it's safe to bet that will the game plan once again today.
Defend home court

Nebraska can't seem to win a game whenever it leaves Lincoln, but it has been a completely different team inside the Devaney Center this season. The Huskers have won 14 straight home games this year and are 3-0 in Big 12 play. Today's game is expected to be the first home sellout since the 2007-08 season, and while there will be more than a few KU fans in the crowd, the Huskers need to feed off the energy of their home court as much as possible against a team as tested as the Jayhawks.

Head coach Doc Sadler on taking the season one game at a time:

"You don't get too discouraged or too excited, because every time you do one or the other then the next game is either something that can get you going or it might be something that can slow you down."
Sadler on lack of seperation in the Big 12 standings:

"If you really study that, man, it's fixin' to get interesting. You've got some teams with three or four wins right now who have benefited from the schedule."

Kansas 74-63

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