The Nebraska men’s basketball team is back in action on Tuesday night, as the Huskers play host to Tennessee State. Tipoff between the Huskers and Tigers is set for 8 p.m.
Tuesday’s game is the second of Nebraska’s multi-team event (MTE) with Southern, Tennessee State and South Dakota, as the event will continue until this weekend. NU’s final game of the event will be against South Dakota on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers (3-2) come off a solid 82-59 win over Southern on Sunday. Nebraska relied on its inside game against the Jaguars. Derick Walker, Eduardo Andre and Wilhelm Breidenbach combined for 27 points on 13-of-17 shooting, as Nebraska went 23-of-28 from inside the 3-point line. Walker’s 15 point marked the second straight game with a career high, as he is now 12-fo-13 from the floor in the last two contests.
Freshman guard Bryce McGowens led four Huskers in double figures, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds while also posting seasons highs in both assists (four) and steals (two). The 6-foot-7 freshman leads all conference freshmen in scoring (16.8 ppg) and is second in rebounding (6.8 rpg). McGowens has been more of a playmaker in the absence of his brother Trey, who is out with a foot injury.
NU was solid defensively, holding Southern to 33.8 percent shooting and turned 16 Jaguar turnovers into 23 points. The Huskers have held four of its five opponents to under 40 percent shooting and are second in the Big Ten in forcing turnovers at an average of 16.7 per game.
Tennessee State (1-3) looks to bounce back from an 83-66 loss at South Dakota on Sunday. The Tigers jumped out to a 22-11 lead in the first 10 minutes, but the Coyotes went on an 18-2 run to take control of the contest. The Tigers pulled to within 63-58 with 6:30 left, but South Dakota used a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach. USD got Tennessee State into foul trouble and proceeded to go 39-of-49 from the foul line. Carlos Marshall Jr. came off the bench for a team-high 16 points to lead three Tigers in double figures.