Huskers Men’s Basketball Hosts South Dakota at PBA

Nebraska caps a busy first week of the season on Tuesday evening, as the Huskers play host to South Dakota. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is slated for 8 p.m.

Nebraska comes off a 79-57 win over North Dakota State last Saturday. The Huskers put four players in double figures, led by 22 points from Teddy Allen, and limited the Bison to just 17 percent shooting in the second half. Allen, who scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, added seven rebounds and five steals for the winners. Trey McGowens chipped in a season-high 19 points and five rebounds, while Dalano Banton and Lat Mayen added 12 points apiece, as Nebraska never trailed against the Bison. The Huskers held NDSU to 29 percent, the lowest opponent by a Husker opponent in 70 games.

The Huskers’ strength in the early season has been its balance with five players averaging double figures and a sixth averaging 8.7 points per game. Allen enters the week ranked 10th in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.7 ppg, while Dalano Banton ranks in the top 20 in the Big Ten in scoring (14.7 ppg, 19th), rebounding (7.3 rpg, 14th), and assists (6.3 apg, fourth) while posting a nearly 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

South Dakota comes to Lincoln with an 0-2 following losses to Colorado and Drake last weekend. Senior guard Stanley Umude was a preseason All-Summit League selection and paces the Coyotes with 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Guard A.J. Plitzuweit also averages double figures with 11.5 points per game. South Dakota was picked fifth in the Summit League preseason polls.

The Huskers will continue their season-opening homestand on Sunday, Dec. 6, when Nebraska hosts Florida A&M. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.