Preview: Wisconsin at Nebraska
In just his second season at Nebraska, Tim Miles has done the impossible - getting Cornhusker fans talking about basketball over spring football. Sunday night's Big Ten regular-season finale against No. 11 Wisconsin is sold out and no standing room tickets are being sold because school officials are expecting a record number of students to attend, with many expected to stand on an open concourse in the arena. "We seat (about) 15,200, and I anticipate over 16,000 people being there," Miles said.
Not bad for a team picked 12th (last) in the Big Ten's preseason media poll. A win over the Badgers would give Nebraska the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and a first-round bye and also move it one step closer to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years. "It's probably going to be the toughest environment we've played in all year, and that's something that is going to be a lot of fun," Wisconsin junior guard Josh Gasser told Madison.com.
TV: 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
ABOUT WISCONSIN (25-5, 12-5 Big Ten)
The Badgers have won eight straight conference games, the team's longest Big Ten streak in the modern era and the longest since Wisconsin won its final 11 Big Ten games in 1940-41. Four Badgers average in double figures led by 7-0 junior forward Frank Kaminsky (13.3), who scored 22 points in 27 minutes in a 76-70 victory over Purdue on Wednesday. Forward Sam Dekker is second in scoring (13.1) and is tied with Kaminsky for the team lead in rebounding at 6.3 per game.
ABOUT NEBRASKA (18-11, 10-7)
Sophomore swingman Terran Petteway entered the weekend leading the Big Ten in scoring (17.8). No Nebraska player going back to 1950 when comprehensive records became available has won an overall conference scoring title. Forward Shavon Shields, son of former NFL offensive line star Will Shields, is second in scoring (12.2) while grabbing a team best 5.9 rebounds per game.
1. Wisconsin is averaging 8.1 turnovers per game, which leads the nation.
2. Nebraska is a Big Ten-leading 14-1 at home this season with the lone loss a one-pointer to Big Ten champion Michigan.
3. Petteway has scored in double figures in 27 of 29 games and has scored 20 or more points in 10 games this season.
PREDICTION: Nebraska 79, Wisconsin 74