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12/17 Big Ten Preview: Nebraska Hosts Doane

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Nebraska Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

There’s only one game tonight with Nebraska set to host Doane University. The Tigers are a member of the NAIA and were added to Nebraska’s schedule to replace their cancelled game against Florida A&M.

Game of the Night

Doane Tigers at Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Time/TV: 7:00 PM ET (BTN+ Online)

Tonight’s game isn’t televised (BTN is airing it online) and it features arguably the worst Big Ten team hosting a lower level NAIA team. Tonight’s outing against Doane was scheduled on the fly to help replace Nebraska’s cancelled game against a 1-4 Florida A&M team.

Doane is currently 5-8 this year (at the time of writing as they have a game at Mount Marty University on Wednesday night). The Tigers are led in scoring by Anthony Laravie, who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Doane is considerably undersized, with no player on the roster taller than 6’7”, and will be facing a considerable talent deficit against Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers are coming off of back to back losses against Georgia Tech and Creighton. Even more problematic is a Big Ten schedule that starts with a road trip to Wisconsin, followed by Michigan, at Ohio State and Michigan State. Not exactly a favorable schedule for a team that finished last in the conference in 2019-20 and is still trying to piece things together.

Teddy Allen has excelled so far with 18.7 points per game. The Cornhuskers also have three additional players reaching double figures, including 6’9” guard Dalano Banton. Banton is leading the team in rebounds (7.2), assists (5.0), and blocks (1.0) while also adding 13.8 points per game.

Nebraska has struggled as of late, including a 25 turnover performance against Creighton. With the Big Ten slate coming up set to be incredibly rough, Fred Hoiberg will have one last tune up game before things will get considerably more difficult. Look for an easy Cornhusker win as they try to build some momentum heading into conference play.

Pick: Nebraska