Nebraska Opens Men’s Basketball Season Against Western Illinois

The Nebraska men’s basketball opens the 2021-22 campaign on Tuesday night, as the Huskers play host to Western Illinois. Tipoff between the Huskers and Leathernecks at set for 7 p.m.

The Huskers went 2-0 in exhibition play, posting wins over Peru State (97-58) and Colorado (82-67). but have not played since Oct. 31. In the win over the Buffs, freshman Bryce McGowens had 15 points to lead four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska shot 49 percent from the field and hit 12 3-pointers in building a 27-point lead and withstood a late Colorado rally. NU was also stout on the defensive end, holding CU to 32 percent shooting and forcing 16 turnovers that led to 21 Husker points.

Western Illinois also went 2-0 in exhibition play, posting wins over Illinois- Springfield (92-80) and Monmouth College (88-34). In their most recent exhibition against Monmouth, Colton Sandage had 16 points, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, while Tamell Pearson added 11 points and 12 boards. Will Carius, a second-team preseason All-Summit League pick, had 30 points and five assists in the win over Illinois-Springfield.

Head Coach Fred Hoiberg begins his third season at the helm of the Husker program with a strong returning corps back for the first time in his tenure. The Huskers return three starters and seven letterwinners while welcoming eight scholarship newcomers.