Huskers to tackle Michigan State

The Nebraska basketball team looks to continue its late-season surge this weekend, as the Huskers travel to East Lansing for a matchup with ninth-ranked Michigan State Sunday afternoon.

Tipoff is set for 2:10 p.m. (CT) at the Breslin Center.

The Huskers (13-10, 5-6 B1G) have overcome an 0-4 start in conference play to win five of their last seven games, moving into sole possession of sixth place in the Big Ten standings. Nebraska has won four of its last five games with the only setback coming at the hands of then No. 10 Michigan on Feb. 5. The Huskers could even its Big Ten record for the first time since joining the conference with a win on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore forward Shavon Shields enjoyed a career night in lifting Nebraska to a 67-58 victory over Illinois on Wednesday. Shields hit 8-of-12 shots from the field and all 15 free throw attempts to put together the first 30-point game of his career. It was the second-highest performance in conference action this year, trailing only Terran Petteway's 35-point effort against Minnesota on Jan. 26. Shields became only the 11th player in Big Ten history to hit at least 15 free throws without a miss.

While Shields carried the offensive load, a pair of Huskers were the unsung heroes off the bench. David Rivers matched a career high with seven rebounds in 28 minutes, while Benny Parker had four points and matched his career high with four steals in 24 minutes.

No. 9 Michigan State (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) has overcome a myriad of injuries to put itself in position for its eighth Big Ten regular-season title under Tom Izzo. The Spartans are tied with Michigan following an 85-70 win over Northwestern on Thursday. Adreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds against the Wildcats and is one of four Spartans averaging double figures.

By the Numbers

.846 - Nebraska's winning percentage in games decided by five points or less under Tim Miles. The Huskers are 11-2 in such games over the last two seasons following the win at Northwestern on Feb. 8.

3 - The 2013-14 season marked the third time in school history that Nebraska had multiple people have 30-point games in the same season.

Year Player, Opponent, Date
1989-90 Eric Johnson vs. Michigan State, 11/30/09
Rich King vs. Harvard, 12/1/89
1995-96 Tyronn Lue vs. Oregon, 11/25/95
Jaron Boone vs. Oregon, 11/25/95
2013-14 Terran Petteway vs. Minnesota, 1/26/14
Shavon Shields vs. Illinois, 2/12/14

4 - Nebraska has won four straight conference home games for the first time since a five-game Big 12 home win streak spanning the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

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