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MBB Game #22, (L, 71-64), Sat, 2/2 @ Illinois, (#84) (6-15) (2-8), 1:15pm CT, BTN

Red Don

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5 Year Member
Husker Rally Comes Up Short at Illinois
The Nebraska men’s basketball team got another 20-point performance from James Palmer Jr. and career efforts from Tanner Borchardt and Thomas Allen, but it was not enough in a 71-64 loss at Illinois Saturday afternoon.

Borchardt set career highs with 12 points and 18 rebounds, scoring in double figures for the first time in his career and pulling down double-digit rebounds for the second time in his career. While posting his first career double-double, Borchardt’s 18 rebounds tied for the most rebounds by a Husker in more than a decade. Palmer nearly had a double-double of his own, scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds. While Palmer reached the 20-point plateau for the 11th time this season, Allen had 11 points, his highest total in a Big Ten Conference game and the sophomore scored in double figures in back-to-back conference games for the first time in his career.

Behind Borchardt’s big day, Nebraska grabbed 50 rebounds and was plus-14 on the glass, both of which were its best efforts in a Big Ten game this year and second-highest totals of the season. The Huskers also benefited from an Illinois team that hit just 9-of-23 free throws, but the Illini shot 48.2 percent from the field and hit 8-of-20 3-pointers, while Nebraska shot just 35.7 percent and was 3-of-23 from beyond the arc.

With the loss, Nebraska fell to 13-9 overall and 3-8 in Big Ten play. Illinois was led by Kipper Nichols, who tied his season high with 18 points after being held scoreless in the previous five games. The Illini, which won for the third time in six games, improved to 7-15 on the season and moved to 3-8 in conference action.
Huskers (13-8) (3-7) KenPom ranking #24 @2/1/19 - (#38 Pre-Season)

Sat, 2/2 @ Illinois, (#84) (6-15) (2-8), 1:15pm CT, BTN

Huskers Look for Sweep of Illini

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:Hooray: LET'S GO HUSKERS!!! :Pirate: !!! :Broom: THE 'ILLINI'!!!!! :Hooray:


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Kent Pavelka & Jake Muhleisen on the Call

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The Huskers head to Illinois looking to complete a season sweep after winning 75-60 in the Big Ten opener on Dec. 2.

A bright spot for the Huskers following the season-ending injury to Isaac Copeland, Jr, was the performance of junior Isaiah Roby in the Wisconsin game. Roby nearly posted a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, along with three assists and two blocked shots. Roby has played solid basketball over the last month, averaging 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in that stretch.


The Fighting Illini have faced one of the most difficult schedules in the country, ranking third nationally (Nebraska is 13th) according to KenPom as of Jan. 30. The Illini started 2-7 on the season and lost its first five Big Ten games before defeating Minnesota on Jan. 16. Illinois is 2-3 in the last five games, highlighted by a 78-67 win over Maryland.

Sophomore Trent Frazier leads the Illini at 14.8 points per game, including 40 percent from 3-point range. Freshman Ayo Dosunmu is second on the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) while topping the Illini in assists. He is one of three newcomers among Illinois' top five scorers. Giorgi Bezhanishvili is averaging 11.1 points per game on 52 percent shooting while leading Illinois with 4.9 rebounds per game. Illinois forces 17 turnovers per game with its gambling defense, but allows opponents to shoot 47 percent.
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Husker Geek
5 Year Member
The Nebraska game hasn't even started yet and we already have a scoring drought!


15 Year Member
BTN is saying there are no "bad Losses" in the conference this year. However "too many losses" will become a factor