LINCOLN – The Nebraska men’s basketball team begins the final stretch of their regular season tonight, when they host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tonight’s contest starts a busy week for the Huskers, who will play four games in the next eight days, three of which are here at home. This is the second time the Huskers will take on Penn State, having narrowly earned a 62-61 victory at Penn State on Valentine’s day.
Both teams are coming off a loss, with the Huskers having fallen 75-58 to Purdue and the Nittany Lions losing to No. 11 Iowa by six points last Sunday. Tuesday’s game is the 22nd meeting with Penn State holding a 11-10 advantage. Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the Huskers are 9-9 against the Nittany Lions (9-7 in regular season; 0-2 in Big Ten Tournament). The teams played three times before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, a home-and-home series in 1980 and 1981 and in the second round of the 1995 NIT. Penn State’s 76-64 win in Lincoln last year was its first since the 1995 NIT.
The Huskers are 5-15 (1-12 B1G) and Penn State is 7-12 (4-11 B1G). Tipoff tonight is set for shortly after 7 p.m.