Nebraska (16-10, 8-6 Big Ten) is flourishing under second year coach Tim Miles, who has done an admirable job in turning the Cornhuskers program around in a short time span.
“Obviously their transfers that sat out last season are huge, with Petteway playing at a high level, and Walter Pitchford also hitting some big shots, including some clutch baskets from long range to beat Michigan State earlier this month in East Lansing,” Groce remarked.
Miles had some high praise for Nunn as well, saying “he is a big time player. It just takes a period of acclimation for someone to get going, and Coach Groce has done a good job with them.”
Illinois (15-12, 4-10 Big Ten) is still near the bottom of the Big Ten standings, but with the league being so tight in the middle of the pack, one or two more wins will go a long way in moving them up in the standings.
The game between Illinois and Nebraska this evening is slated for an 8 p.m. central time tip-off, and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The game will be broadcast locally on WDAN AM-1490 and WDNL FM 102.1, as well as statewide on the Fighting Illini Sports Network.
Game 28 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Site -- State Farm Center at Champaign When -- 8 p.m., today Records -- Nebraska 16-10 overall, 8-6 in the Big Ten Conference; Illinois 15-12 overall, 4-10 in the Big Ten Conference. Rankings -- Both teams are unrated. Television -- Big Ten Network Radio -- Fighting Illini Sports Network with Brian Barnhart and Jerry Hester. Local stations include WDAN-AM 1490 and WDNL-FM 102.1. Previous results -- Illinois leads the all-time series 10-4 over Nebraska, with Nebraska winning the last game 67-58 on Feb. 12 at Lincoln, Neb. Last games -- The Illini defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 62-49 last week; while the Cornhuskers defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 76-57 on Sunday for their sixth straight win. Up next -- Illinois plays Michigan State on Saturday at 3 p.m. at East Lansing, Mich.; while Nebraska hosts Northwestern at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Starting lineups -- Illinois: G Tracy Abrams, 6-2, jr.; G Kendrick Nunn, 6-3, fr.; G Rayvonte Rice, 6-4, jr.; F Malcolm Hill, 6-6, fr.; C Nnanna Egwu, 6-11, jr. Nebraska: G Tai Webster, 6-4 fr.; G David Rivers, 6-7, jr.; G Terran Pettway, 6-6, so.; F Shavon Shields, 6-7, so.; F Walter Pitchford, 6-10, so. Scoring leaders -- Illinois: Rice 16.2 points per game, Abrams 11.3, Joseph Bertrand 9.7, Nebraska: Petteway 18.4, Shields, 12.0, Deverell Biggs 9.9 Rebounding leaders -- Illinois: Rice 6.0 per game, Egwu 5.6, Jon Ekey 5.4, Bertrand 4.7. Nebraska: Shields 5.5, Leslee Smith 5.2, Petteway 5.0 Assist leaders -- Illinois: Abrams 3.1, Jaylon Tate 2.1, Rice 1.6. Nebraska: Webster 2.2, Petteway 1.6, Shields 1.5