Preview: The Citadel at Nebraska
With a challenging three-game road trip awaiting the team starting next weekend, Nebraska attempts to wrap up its first unbeaten home non-conference schedule since 2010-11 when it hosts The Citadel on Saturday. The Cornhuskers improved to 6-0 at home with last Saturday's 79-67 victory over Arkansas State, collecting their fifth double-digit home win in the process. However, Nebraska will travel to Cincinnati, Iowa and No.2 Ohio State over a seven-day stretch after a long holiday break.The Cornhuskers have won eight straight at home overall and figure to increase that total against the Bulldogs, who snapped a four-game slide with a 79-68 triumph over Brevard College. Led by coach Chuck Driesell - the son of college basketball coaching legend Charles "Lefty" Driesell - The Citadel is 0-5 on the road, dropping four of those contests by an average of 22.5 points. Nebraska is 3-0 all-time against the Bulldogs, taking each of the annual meetings from 1990-92.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, No TV
ABOUT THE CITADEL (4-8): The top foul-shooting team in the Southern Conference (74.7 percent) showcased its accuracy from the stripe with a 31-for-33 effort against Brevard - the most free throws it has converted in a game since 2000. Marshall Harris III (career-high 22 points) and Matt Van Scyoc (21) became the second set of teammates to score at least 20 points in the same game this season. Van Scyoc scored his 500th career point in his 43rd game Saturday, putting him in a tie for third-fastest since 1972-73 to reach that benchmark for the Bulldogs.
ABOUT NEBRASKA (7-3): The Cornhuskers recorded 15 steals against the Red Wolves, their most since registering 16 against San Jose State in 2008 and tied for the most by a Big Ten team this season. Nebraska ranks second in the conference in turnover margin (plus-4.1) and steals (8.3) as well as third in turnovers forced (14.3). Due in part to their ability to value each possession (10.1 turnovers - 24th in the country), the Cornhuskers' scoring average after 10 games (73 points) is their highest since 2005-06 - and 14.7 points higher than last season.
1. Nebraska already has scored 75 or more points four times after reaching that plateau twice in 33 games during the 2012-13 campaign.
2. The Citadel is averaging 66.3 points in seven road or neutral-site games as opposed to 81.6 at home.
3. Eight Cornhuskers have posted at least one double-digit scoring effort this season - one more than all of last campaign.
PREDICTION: Nebraska 78, The Citadel 64