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January 29, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Texas A&M

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2010 - 1:06 p.m. CT
TV: None / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Texas A&M Aggies (17-2, 4-1 Big 12)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Kansas State 64-56
G B.J. Holmes (second on team with 3.5 apg and 9.2 ppg) Sr. 5-11 175
G Dash Harris (leads team with 3.6 assists per game) Jr. 6-1 175
F Khris Middleton (averaging a team-high 15.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg) So. 6-7 215
F Nathan Walkup (averaging team-best 5.8 rebounds per game) Sr. 6-7 210
F David Loubeau (only other Aggie scoring in double figures with 10.9 ppg) Jr. 6-8 230

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (13-4, 1-2 Big 12 Conference)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Texas Tech 72-71
G Lance Jeter (Leads Big 12 in A/TO Ratio (2.59-to-1) and is third with 2.0 spg) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (scored career-high 20 points vs. Texas Tech) Jr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (three games with at least 10 rebounds this season) Jr. 6-4 205
G Toney McCray (team-high 12.8 points on 51% shooting in Big 12) Jr. 6-6 210
F Jorge Brian Diaz (had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting vs. Colorado) So. 6-11 245

Defend home court

While Nebraska hasn't been able to catch a break on the road over the past two seasons, one this it has done this year is capitalize on home court advantage. The Huskers have won 13 in a row at the Devaney Center and are 2-0 at home in Big 12 Conference play. Considering their recent road struggles, it will be absolutely vital to win at home if they are going to have any chance at a NCAA Tournament berth.
Rebound, rebound, rebound

As has been said all week, there wasn't a more glaring stat in last week's loss to Texas Tech than Nebraska getting dominated in the rebounding department. Today, controlling the glass will once again be the No. 1 key in knocking off the Aggies, who come into the game ranked first in the Big 12 with a rebounding ration of +10.5. In particular, centers Jorge Brian Diaz and Andre Almeida have to have a much bigger presence on the boards, as they combined for just two rebounds against Tech.
Make your shots

As if Nebraska hasn't had enough problems scoring points this season, it will have to find a way to get the ball in the basket against a Texas A&M team that ranks second in the conference only behind NU in scoring defense with 58.8 points allowed per game. The Huskers currently rank dead last in the Big 12 in 3-point shooting percentage, so for them to have any chance at pulling off the upset they're going to have to figure out a way to make some shots from the perimeter.

Head coach Doc Sadler on the importance of winning the rebounding battle:

"Even though we didn't give up that many at Kansas, the games that we've lost that's always been an issue, especially at critical times… Not only are they one of the best rebounding teams in this league, they're one of the best in the country, so it's definitely going to be something we have to contend with."
Sadler on today's game not being televised:

"Honestly I didn't know it wasn't on TV. I kind of like the idea that it's not. Maybe we'll have a sellout."

Texas A&M 68-63

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