Huskers get ready for rare home game
The Nebraska basketball team makes its only home appearance in a 23-day span on Tuesday night, as the Huskers play host to Jacksonville State at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tipoff is set for 8:06 p.m. CST.
The Huskers, who have not played at the Devaney Center since Dec. 6, will play their next two games away from home before returning to the Devaney Center on Dec. 29 against Nicholls State.
Nebraska looks to get on track offensively after averaging just 40 points per game in consecutive losses to No. 16 Creighton and Oregon, a pair of teams which are a combined 19-2 on the season. Nebraska is shooting 31.4 percent in that stretch, including 21 percent from 3-point range. One highlight for the Huskers has been the expanded role for Shavon Shields, who played in one of the Huskers' first six games. The 6-foot-6 freshman has posted career highs in points and minutes in each of the last two games, including seven points and two rebounds in 30 minutes at Oregon on Saturday.
While Nebraska's offense has struggled in recent games, the Huskers' defense has been solid, holding both Creighton and Oregon to nearly 20 points below their season averages. Nebraska has now held five of its nine foes to season-low point totals.
The Huskers will face a Jacksonville State squad which is 8-2 on the season and riding a five-game win streak. The Gamecocks allow just 59.5 points per game and are coming off a 66-59 OT win sat Presbyterian on Saturday night.
Jacksonville State comes to Lincoln Tuesday night with an 8-2 record and riding a five-game win streak. The Gamecocks, who returned four starters from a team that went 18-15 last year, have played well for fifth-year coach James Green, going 5-0 in games decided by 10 points or less. JSU's 8-2 start is their best-ever start since moving to the Division I ranks 15 years ago, and they lead the Ohio Valley Conference in defense, allowing just 59.5 points per game. The only two losses on the season were road games at UNLV and Oregon.
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