Nebraska returns to action after an extended layoff on Wednesday night, as the Huskers welcome Georgia Tech to Lincoln for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tipoff from Pinnacle Bank Arena between the Huskers and Yellow Jackets is set for 6:15 p.m.
The Huskers have been off since a 76-69 win over South Dakota on Dec. 1. Teddy Allen’s 23-point effort paced five Huskers in double figures, while the Huskers used a 19-6 spurt to break open a close game midway through the second half. Nebraska’s bench played a significant role in the win over the Coyotes, as Shamiel Stevenson, Kobe Webster and Yvan Ouedraogo combined for 24 points and 13 rebounds. Stevenson’s defense helped slow down USD’s Stanley Umude after he scored 17 of his 23 points in the first 26 minutes of the contest.
While Nebraska is averaging 80.8 points per game, the Huskers’ biggest improvements have been on the defensive end. NU has held its first four opponents to 37 percent shooting, compared to 41 percent in the first four games of 2019-20. The Huskers have held all four opponents to under 70 points after holding just five opponents in 32 games under that mark in 2019-20.
Georgia Tech comes to Lincoln with a 1-2 record following a 79-62 win over then No. 20 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon. In that game, Moses Wright’s 21 points and eight boards led five Yellow Jackets in double figures. Georgia Tech held Kentucky to 44 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers which led to 33 points. Wright is averaging 24.0 points per game on 55 percent shooting and 10.7 rebounds per game to lead five players averaging double figures.