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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 27, 9:15 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawrence Joel Coliseum (14,665) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Nebraska 0-0, Wake Forest 2-0. Away Record: Nebraska 0-0, Wake Forest 0-0. Neutral Record: Nebraska 0-0, Wake Forest 1-2. Conference Record: Nebraska 0-0, Wake Forest 0-0. Series Record: Wake Forest leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Nebraska Cornhuskers go on the road for the first time this season as head to Lawrence Joel Coliseum to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Cornhuskers will be looking to bounce back after being defeated by 14 points in front of their home crowd by Kent State on Saturday. The loss was the first for Tim Miles as the school's head coach, as Nebraska went 4-0 to start the season. The team managed to beat Valparaiso and Tulane in the early going by narrow margins, but all of its action this season has taken place in Lincoln. Although Nebraska is 4-1, it is outscoring its opposition by only 3.2 ppg.
Wake Forest rebounded from losses to Connecticut (77-71) and Iona (94-68) in the early rounds of the Paradise Jam with back-to-back wins over Mercer (74-71) and William & Mary (63-57). The Deacons trailed by a a 13-point deficit in the first half versus the Tribe, but C.J. Harris scored 10 points in the final seven minutes to fend of William & Mary. Coach Jeff Bzdelik's squad shot just 3-of-19 from 3-point range in the contest as it had its lowest scoring output of the season with 63 points.
The game will be a rematch of last year?s meeting in Lincoln, in which the Demon Deacons walked away with a 55-53 win after a game-winning layup by Harris.
Nebraska is efficient on the offensive end with an average of just 11 turnovers per contest, but it is scoring only 62.4 ppg. The Cornhuskers won their first four games due to tremendous play on the defensive end of the floor, but Kent State managed to shoot 57.1 percent from the field to hand them their first loss of the season. Senior guard Dylan Talley scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed six boards in the setback. Talley is playing just over 35 minutes per game and leading the team in scoring with 16.2 ppg. Forward Brandon Ubel is the second option on the offensive end (15.6 ppg) and leading rebounder (8.0 rpg). Ubel came into the season with 59 career starts, while the rest of the team made a total of eight. The 6-11, 314-pound Andre Almeida always makes an impact due to his tremendous presence in the paint.
Harris finished Wake Forest's last game with a team-high 18 points. Junior forward Travis McKie added 15 points and six boards in the win. Aaron Roundtree III provided a spark with the best game of his career with seven rebounds, five blocks, four points, and two steals. Harris (15.8 ppg) and McKie (15.6) are the top scorers on the team, while Codi Miller-McIntyre is chipping in nine points per contest. The team is very young as McKie and Harris are the only two upperclassmen with game experience this season.
Wake Forest is going to get frustrated by the Cornhuskers' slow-paced, gritty style of play. The Deacons need to catch fire on the offensive end to force Nebraska out of its comfort zone. However, Nebraska will have no problem putting points on the board as its front line of forwards will have a huge size advantage inside.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 67, Wake Forest 60
11/27 10:35:00 ET
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