Last night, Nebraska squeaked past Dayton 80-78. The Cornhuskers had a 13-point lead, but the Flyers came all the way back to take a 78-77 lead with just 8.8 seconds to play. Glynn Watson Jr. made two free throws to make it 79-78 and to give the Huskers the lead for good.
Like Portland, the Bruins’ opponent last night, the Huskers look to be a defensive-oriented team. Nebraska is currently second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 57.8 points per game and they are fourth in their conference in opponents’ field goal percentage with .363.
The difference, of course, is that Nebraska is a Big Ten team, while Portland is a West Coast Conference team, meaning that Nebraska may be tougher defensively than Portland proved to be.
Tonight’s game is the first meeting between the schools since the 1985 NIT and the first regular season matchup since 1956. The winner advances to the Wooden Legacy championship game on Sunday against the winner of today’s game between Texas A&M and Virginia Tech while the loser will play in the third place game.
#14 UCLA Bruins (5-0)
Opponent: Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0)
When: Friday, November 25, 2016, 9:00 pm PT
Where: Titan Gym at Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
TV: ESPN2 with Doug Sherman, Sean Farnham and Jeff Goodman
Stream: WatchESPN.com and the ESPN App
- 570 AM in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
- And, of course, the Bruins Nation Game Thread!
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