Huskers shoot for Cipriano Classic title
The Nebraska men's basketball team looks for its first in-season tournament title since the 2005-06 season Saturday night, as the Huskers play host to Kent State on the final evening of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.
Tipoff from the Devaney Center is slated for 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale for as little as $5 by visiting Huskers.com, by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or by visiting the Devaney Center Ticket Office 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
The Huskers come into Saturday's matchup with a 4-0 record following a 61-57 win over Tulane Wednesday night. Dylan Talley and Ray Gallegos topped the Huskers against the Green Wave with 14 points apiece, while Andre Almeida had nine of his 10 points in the second half to help the Huskers remain unbeaten. Nebraska held Tulane to just 39 percent shooting in holding the Green Wave to its lowest offensive output of the year.
With a win Saturday night, the Huskers can win their first tournament title since winning the John Thompson Foundation Basketball Challenge in 2005-06 and only the second tournament crown since 2000.
Standing in the way is a Kent State squad which has traditionally been one of the best teams in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes, who have won 20 or more games in 13 of the past 14 seasons, have been tested early on, knocking off Colonial Athletic Association favorite Drexel in the season opener and taking Horizon League favorite Valparaiso to overtime before losing. Kent State, which is 3-2 on the season, comes off a 69-68 win over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, as Randal Holt's jumper with 1.2 seconds left in regulation providing the margin.
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