Creighton Bluejays vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Tip-off: Thursday, December 6, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, NE
YouWager experts consider the Creighton Bluejays didn’t have much trouble recovering from their first loss but this college basketball team could be tested tonight when they meet the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
After the game versus the Boise State Broncos 83-70 last Wednesday, the Bluejays (7-1) regrouped Saturday with an 80-51 rout of Saint Joseph’s, dominating Nebraska in almost every facet of the game.
Junior standout Doug McDermott led the way with 23 points for the Bluejays, which took a 27-point lead into halftime and never looked back. Creighton, who dropped five spots in Monday’s AP poll, held Saint Joseph’s to a season-worst 37.7 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers.
Coach Greg McDermott’s team will now try to keep things going in their first true road game. However, the Bluejays haven’t won at Nebraska (6-1) since pulling out a 50-48 win Dec. 11, 2004, with its last two defeats there coming by a combined seven points.
Creighton beat Nebraska 76-66 last Dec. 4, behind 24 points from McDermott, as the home team won for the seventh straight time in this series.
According to the college basketball schedule that works just right for the Cornhuskers, which come into tonight’s game riding a wave of momentum. After cruising to a 79-63 victory versus the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Nov. 27 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the Huskers beat Southern California 63-51 on Monday.
Junior Ray Gallegos, who notched career highs of 20 points in each of those games while going 10 for 18 from 3-point range, has played a huge role in Nebraska’s success. Picked to finish last in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers have also gotten a lot of help from seniors Dylan Talley (15.6 ppg) and Brandon Ubel (14.0 ppg).
Miles is trying to elude to Creighton center Gregory Echenique, who had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting Saturday after scoring nine against Boise State. The Bluejays may want to think about getting the 6-foot-9 senior more looks, as it’s gone 14-1 when he posts at least 15 points.
Nebraska is off to its best start since also opening 6-1 in 2008, but they haven’t had much luck against ranked teams lately. They were 1-6 versus Top 25 foes last college basketball season, dropping the last three by an average of 26.0 points.