Nebraska Battles NC State in Big Ten / ACC Challenge

The Nebraska men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Raleigh, N.C., for a matchup with NC State as part of the 2021 Men’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The first meeting between the Huskers and Wolfpack will take place tonight (12/1) at 6:15 p.m. (central) at PNC Arena.

The Huskers (5-2) are looking for their fifth straight win following an 83-70 win over South Dakota on Saturday. In that game, the Huskers got a career-high 23 points off the bench from Keisei Tominaga. The junior college transfer hit 8-of-11 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, and keyed a 20-4 first-half run that erased an early deficit. Freshman Bryce McGowens (22 points, eight rebounds) and Derrick Walker (13 points) joined Tominaga in double figures, as the Huskers shot 46 percent from the field, including 9-of-23 from 3-point range.

NC State is 5-1 on the season following a 90-81 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

The 2021-22 season marks the 23rd edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten is 7-12-3 all-time in the challenge, but 7-2-3 over the past 12 years. In case of a tie, the Cup remains with the conference that won the event most recently. Last year, the Big Ten went 7-5, as two matchups were not played.

  • Nebraska is 5-5 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and looks to snap a two-game losing streak in the event. Among Big Ten teams, only Purdue (11-9) and Penn State (11-9) have better records in the event than Nebraska,
  • The Huskers are 3-2 in road games in the challenge, the only program above .500 in challenge road games.