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November 24, 2012

Hoops Gameday: Nebraska vs. Kent State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Kent State Golden Flashes
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 - 8:00 p.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Network / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Kent State Golden Flashes (3-2, 0-0 MAC)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Bethune-Cookman 69-68
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Randal Holt (averaging 15.2 points per game) Sr. 6-1 170
G Kellon Thomas (led team with three assists against Bethune-Cookman) Fr. 5-11 180
F Chris Evans (had game-high 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks) Sr. 6-8 220
F Mark Henniger (scored just 5 points with 4 fouls) Jr. 6-9 215
F Chris Ortiz(scored 13 points with 8 rebounds against B-C) Fr. 6-8 225

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Streak: Won 4
Last Game: Defeated Tulane 61-57
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Benny Parker (has a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio this season) Fr. 5-9 164
G Ray Gallegos (has scored in double figures in each of NU's first four games) Jr. 6-2 181
G Dylan Talley (averaging 13 ppg, 63 rpg and 3.0 apg) Sr. 6-5 216
F Brandon Ubel (leads team with 15.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg) Sr. 6-10 234
C Andre Almeida (had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks against Tulane) Sr. 6-11 314




Control the glass
1

Nebraska was out-rebounded 33-26 by Tulane on Wednesday, including 11-3 on the offensive glass. While the Green Wave were the first team to match-up well with the Huskers physically, NU has to do a much better job in the rebounding department if it's going to continue its recent success against better competition. Andre Almeida and Brandon Ubel must establish their presence inside from the opening tip, as the Huskers can't afford to give up any extra possessions to anyone this season.
Get to the rim
2

The Huskers were able to get by offensively against Tulane by shooting a season-best 10-of-19 from 3-point range. However, head coach Tim Miles said his team can't rely on that kind of shooting on a nightly basis. As always, the key for Nebraska's offense is to attack the rim and either convert lay-ups or get fouled and get to the free throw line. They also need someone other than senior guard Dylan Talley to put the ball on the floor and get the ball in the lane.
Capitalize on the opportunity
3

With a 4-0 start, Nebraska has surprised pretty much everyone in the early portion of what was expected to be a disastrous first season under Miles. While the Huskers can't take anyone for granted, the reality is they have a pretty good shot to improve to 5-0 tonight against a mediocre Kent State team. With Wake Forest, USC, Creighton and Oregon up next on the schedule, NU has to take advantage of every game like this it can get.

Head coach Tim Miles when asked about the officiating in NU's win over Tulane:

"Does the Big Ten fine you or just reprimand you?"
Senior guard Dylan Talley on how the close win over Tulane will help the team moving forward:

"This is a game that will help our confidence, because we know we can get better. We know we did a lot of things wrong. We did some things well, but we competed for 40 minutes against a tough team that didn't let up for 40 minutes. They were coming at us the whole night. We competed and toughed-out a win. It will boost our confidence and help us win again. "



Nebraska 76-63




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