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Nebraska Huskers Release 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

The Huskers have released their 2015-16 non-conference schedule.

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In a recent press release, Nebraska officially announced its 2015-16 non-conference schedule. The Huskers have faced several marquee teams in recent years including the Cincinnati Bearcats, Florida State Seminoles, and Creighton Blue Jays and have added even more for this season.

Admittedly, Nebraska only appears to have one matchup set against a true national power (Villanova) in non-conference play this season, but there are a handful of games against teams that are set to be nationally competitive next season and a few of these will be coming to Lincoln, which should certainly excite Husker fans.

Here is the full non-conference schedule.

2015-16 Nebraska Non-Conference Schedule:

  • Nov. 14 -- Mississippi Valley State
  • Nov. 17 -- Villanova
  • Nov. 19 -- Delaware State
  • Nov. 22 -- Southeastern Louisiana
  • Nov. 24 -- Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • Nov. 27 -- TBA (Barclays Center Classic)
  • Nov. 28 -- TBA (Barclays Center Classic)
  • Dec. 1 -- Miami (Fl)
  • Dec. 5 -- Abilene Christian
  • Dec. 9 -- Creighton
  • Dec. 13 -- Rhode Island
  • Dec. 20 -- Samford
  • Dec. 22 -- Prairie View
As mentioned earlier, the clear game that pops off this schedule is the road game against Villanova.  The Wildcats were not only an NCAA Tournament team last season, but were a #1 seed.  Though things didn't go that well for Villanova in March, they were still one of the best teams in the country and are expecting to continue their success into next season.  That is going to be an incredibly difficult game to win, but it's a matchup that should certainly get fans excited to open the season.

The other games that are intriguing here are the home matchups with Miami (Fl) and Rhode Island, the road game against Creighton, and the two Barclays Center Classic games.  Considering that Cincinnati, George Washington, and Tennessee are also participating in the Barclays Center, the Huskers could legitimately have five quality games outside of their early matchup with Villanova.  This is going to put a lot of pressure on the team to play well early in the season, but unlike the Villanova game, the majority of these matchups should be winnable and could put the Huskers in great position to make the postseason if they perform well.

The Huskers have a lot of question marks around their 2015-16 team, but should have some exciting contributors like Shavon Shields and Andrew White.  If a few of the younger players can step up, this could be an exciting season for Nebraska and their non-conference slate looks very exciting.