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March 9, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:37 a.m. CT
TV: Big 12 Network / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Oklahoma State (18-12, 6-10 Big 12)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Oklahoma 64-61
G Keiton Page (scoring 13.1 ppg, leads Big 12 shooting 90% from FT line) Jr. 5-9 160
G Roger Dowell (averaging 4.2 points per game) So. 6-1 180
G Nick Sidorakis (averaging 2.4 ppg and 1.3 rpg) Sr. 6-4 195
F Matt Pilgrim (second on team with 5.3 rpg, averaging 5.0 ppg) Sr. 6-8 255
F Marshall Moses (leads team with 14.7 ppg and 7.5 rpg) Sr. 6-7 255

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (19-11, 7-9 Big 12 Conference)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Colorado 67-57
G Lance Jeter (ranks 8th on NU's single-season assist list with 138) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (had 19 points in 2010 Big 12 Tournament opener) Jr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (has three games with at least 10 rebounds) Jr. 6-4 205
G Toney McCray (ranked 5th in Big 12 play with 43.3% 3-point percentage) Jr. 6-6 210
F Jorge Brian Diaz (averaging 12.2 points and 2.0 blocks over last six games) So. 6-11 245

Key on Page

Few teams test opponents more from the perimeter offensively than Oklahoma State. Led by senior guard Keiton Page, who's shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc this season, the Cowboys run a spread out offense that works the ball all around the floor. Though OSU does have some decent players in the post, there's no question that it thrives on hitting big 3's to spark scoring runs and get the momentum completely in their favor. Keeping the Cowboys's guards in check should prevent another huge burst like what Colorado pulled off to open the game in Saturday's loss.
Make your fee throws!

No single stat has doomed Nebraska more over the course of the past four games than its dismal free throw shooting. The Huskers haven't shot better than 60 percent from the line in any of the last four contests, including two games of under 50 percent in losses at Iowa State and Colorado. For a team that has enough troubles as it is getting wins away from home, NU must be able to capitalize on free points when it has the chance, otherwise the Huskers' hopes for a miracle run through the Big 12 Tournament won't even make it through the first round.
Turn it around

Nebraska's struggles on the road over the course of the past two years - and even longer when you look at it - has been brought up time and time again. With no more home games currently left on the schedule, the Huskers now have no choice but to correct their losing ways away from the Devaney Center. In order to clinch and at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska will likely have to win at least three games in this week's conference tournament or win the whole thing. Problem is, NU has won back-to-back Big 12 road games just one in the past four seasons.

Head coach Doc Sadler on Nebraska's chances at making the NCAA Tournament:

"They're going to take six teams out of the Big 12, bottom line. I believe that. I don't know anything, but that's what I believe. Depending on what happens, you can sit there and say we're playing as well as some of the other teams. I don't think you have to win the tournament."
Junior guard Brandon Richardson on what the Huskers have to do in the Big 12 Tourney:

"If we don't win the whole tournament, we at least need to win three games to get in. It's going to be difficult, but it can be done. You can't look ahead, you have to take it one game at a time, but that's what we have to look at like."

Nebraska 64-55

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