After opening 2019 with a pair of road games, the Husker men's basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday evening to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. A limited number of returned tickets, if available, will be on sale at the PBA Box Office beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and on Huskers.com/Tickets.
Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m. (central) and the matchup will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Jason Benetti and Robbie Hummel on the call. Thursday's game will also be available on ESPN.com, as well as the ESPN app with cable authentication.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on XM radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff on many of the Husker Sports Network affiliates (affiliate list on page 7 of the game notes).
The Huskers (11-4, 1-3 Big Ten) look to bounce back after a 93-84 loss at No. 25 Iowa on Sunday. Senior Isaac Copeland had a season-high 24 points to lead four Huskers in double figures, but the Hawkeyes got a strong performance from Jordan Bohannon, who scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half. Iowa also went 10-of-22 from 3-point range and 29-of-32 from the foul line, while Nebraska shot just 4-of-23 from long range against the Hawkeyes.
Nebraska will look to sharpen its focus on the defensive end, as its last two opponents shot a combined 46 percent from the floor and averaged 83.5 points per game after the Huskers entered January allowing just 37 percent shooting and 57.8 ppg.
Nebraska hopes a return to Pinnacle Bank Arena will provide a spark, as Nebraska goes for a school-record 20th straight home win on Thursday night. It is the fourth-longest streak in the nation entering this week's action and the longest by a power conference program. A win against the Nittany Lions would match the streak set by the 1965-66 and 1966-67 squads.
Penn State (7-8, 0-4 Big Ten) looks to bounce back following a 71-52 loss to Wisconsin on Sunday. Lamar Stevens led PSU with 22 points, but was the only Nittany Lion in double figures. Stevens is among the Big Ten's top performers, averaging a team-high 18.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.