The Nebraska men’s basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena this Sunday for the Huskers’ Big Ten opener with Illinois. Tipoff from a sold out Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 4 p.m. Nebraska is 6-1 on the season and a win on Sunday would give NU its best start since the 2003-04 campaign. Nebraska is coming off a 68-66 win at Clemson as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday, as the Huskers took control of the game down the stretch and handed Clemson just its second home loss in the last 20 contests.
Brad Underwood is in his second year at Illinois after previous coaching stops at Oklahoma State and Stephen F. Austin. Last year, the Illini went 14-18 and 4-14 in Big Ten play. Underwood guided Oklahoma State to a 20-13 record and a berth in the 2017 NCAA Tournament in his only season in Stillwater. Prior to that, he led Stephen F. Austin to three straight Southland Conference titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.