Tulane (3-1) at Nebraska (3-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 21, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Devaney Sports Center (13,595) -- Lincoln, Nebraska. Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Tulane 3-0, Nebraska 3-0. Away Record: Tulane 0-1, Nebraska 0-0. Neutral Record: Tulane 0-0, Nebraska 0-0. Conference Record: Tulane 0-0, Nebraska 0-0. Series Record: Nebraska leads 2-0.
GAME NOTES: Both the Tulane Green Wave and the Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to extend three-game winning streaks when the two meet up in the final game of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic at the Devaney Sports Center.
After taking a setback on the road against Georgia Tech in its season opener, the Green Wave have been rolling. In three straight games Tulane has posted double-digit victories at home with the most recent, a 79-51 rout of Chicago State. Tulane will only be on the road for this contest before a four-game homestand that takes it into December.
Nebraska has also won three straight home games and has gotten the season off with a 3-0 start. In a matchup against instate foe Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday, the Cornhuskers had their largest winning margin of the early season with a 75-62 win over the Mavericks. Nebraska will play one more home game this weekend against Kent State before hitting the road for the first time as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
There have been only two previous meetings between these squads, both wins for Nebraska. The most recent was a 90-79 triumph during the NIT semifinals in 1996.
A solid shooting night mixed with some tough defense led Tulane to its win over Cleveland State. In the game the Green Wave connected on 46.2 percent of its shot attempts including 8-of-16 from beyond the arc while limiting the Vikings to 34.5 percent shooting. The Green Wave also dominated on the boards with 48 rebounds to just 23 by the Vikings. Josh Davis had an 18 point, 10-rebound double-double and Ricky Tarrant scored 21 points.
Davis and Tarrant have been a nice scoring combination for the Green Wave. Davis (19.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg) is the lead attraction and has also passed well from out of the post with a team-leading 12 assists. Tarrant (17.5 ppg) has played the most minutes for the Green Wave but has not been particularly effective from beyond the arc (7-of-21). Jordan Callahan has lit it up from 3-point range (10-of-22) and is the third member of the team to be scoring in double figures (1.3 ppg). After that trio there is less offensive firepower with Trevante Dry (6.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Kendall Timmons (6.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg) making there contributions felt on the glass more than on the scoreboard.
Led by a career night from guard Dylan Talley, Nebraska was easily able to overcome Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday. Talley put in 22 points and was one of four players in double figures for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska had a 39-23 edge on the glass and outscored the Mavericks 46-14 from the paint. Nebraska also forced 17 turnovers which it converted into 28 points.
The 75 points the Cornhuskers put up against the Mavericks was a bit out of the ordinary. Even though the Cornhuskers have come out with wins in all three games this season, they are scoring only 63.7 points per game, a showing they have made up for by limiting teams to just 55.0 points a contest. Talley's efforts against Nebraska-Omaha gave Brandon Ubel a night off. Ubel has gotten off to a very good start with team leads in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg) while finishing around the rim at a stellar 63.3 percent clip. Talley (!3.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) is no stranger to double-figure scoring and rebounds well out of the backcourt. Ray Gallegos (13.7 ppg) is also a scoring threat.
Something has got to give for one of these teams on Wednesday. Nebraska is not only playing at home but has the type of presence inside to not fall victim to the Green Wave the same way Cleveland State did.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 66, Tulane 60
11/21 10:37:27 ET