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February 9, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Baylor

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Baylor Bears
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2010 - 7:04 p.m. CT
TV: Big 12 Network / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Baylor Bears (15-7, 5-4 Big 12)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Texas A&M 76-74 OT
G A.J. Walton (ranks second in Big 12 with 5.2 assists per game) So. 6-1 185
G LaceDarius Dunn (leads Big 12 with 20.5 points per game) Sr. 6-4 200
F Anthony Jones (averaging 8.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg) Jr. 6-10 190
F Perry Jones III (Big 12 POY candidate, averaging 14.7 ppg and 7.0 rpg) Fr. 6-11 235
F/C J'mison Morgan (second on team with 21 blocked shots) Jr. 6-11 265

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (15-6, 3-4 Big 12 Conference)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Game: Lost to Kansas 86-66
G Lance Jeter (Leads Big 12 in A/TO Ratio (2.66-to-1) and is third with 2.0 spg) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (shooting 95% from the FT line 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 10.5 ppg on 48% 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

Save the season

Coming into the season, it's safe to say no one expected Nebraska to win at Kansas State and at home against Kansas in back-to-back games. That said, tonight is a game the Huskers have to win in order to keep any of their postseason goals alive. At 3-5 in Big 12 play, Nebraska must find a way to win some league road games, something it hasn't done in nearly two seasons. The Huskers' last Big 12 road win came at Baylor, and with essentially the season on the line in every game here on out, a repeat performance would be desperately needed.
Prepare for Jones

Even though he's just a freshman, Baylor forward Perry Jones could very well be the best individual player Nebraska will face this season. With his mixture of size, length and quickness, Jones is widely regarded as the potential No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft. The Huskers have seen their share of NBA talent already this season, but if they're going to have any hope of pulling off a road win over the Bears they're going to have to keep Jones quiet and make other players beat them. Only problem with that though is Baylor also features senior guard LaceDarius Dunn, who leads the Big 12 in scoring and ranks second in league history with 371 career 3-pointers.
Step up

Whenever you ask Nebraska's players about their 12-game Big 12 road losing streak, they all say it's just a matter of the team coming together and playing the way they're capable of. Well, time is running out to finally do it. After last week's miserable performance at Kansas State, the Huskers seemed to take 10 steps back after some admirable road showings at Kansas and Missouri earlier in the year. Nebraska knows what it needs to do in order to finally put an end to its road slump, but if they don't do it tonight, the rest of the season might just be a formality.

Junior guard Brandon Richardson on his recent offensive hot streak:

"My team needs me to be a scorer and be aggressive so that's what I have to do. I'm a junior now so I have to get out there and be able to make a play."
Head coach Doc Sadler on Baylor's Jones:

"From the time that he was a sophomore in high school I think everyone knew that he was going to be a special player, because it looked like he really enjoyed playing. Guys that enjoy playing, they have self-motivation to get better. Back in Duncanville (Texas), he'd always be in the gym working on something to get better. You knew that he was going to be a special player, and he's turned out to be what everybody thought he could be."

Nebraska 67-61

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