Nebraska vs. Wisconsin basketball

Nebraska's James Palmer (0) shoots past Wisconsin's Kobe King during the first half of a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal Friday in Chicago.

Butler (16-16)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Aaron Thompson; 6-2; So.; 6.1; 2.0

G Kamar Baldwin; 6-1; Jr.; 17.2; 5.0

G Paul Jorgenson; 6-2; Sr.; 11.7; 3.2

F Sean McDermott; 6-6; Jr.; 9.4; 3.8

C Nate Fowler; 6-10; Sr.; 5.4; 3.7

Nebraska (18-16)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 13.4; 4.0

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 19.6; 4.1

G Thorir Thorbjarnarson; 6-6; So.; 1.8; 2.0

F Tanner Borchardt; 6-8; Sr.; 2.9; 4.3

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 11.6; 7.0

Time, TV and radio: 8 p.m., ESPN2 (35), 1400.

Scouting: Kamar Baldwin makes the Bulldogs go. The junior was a second-team all-Big East pick in a league loaded with outstanding guards. Tough and strong, Baldwin will likely draw the attention of several Husker defenders.

Trending: James Palmer's 666 points this season are third all-time at Nebraska, and the senior is within striking distance of Nebraska's single-season record. He trails second-place Tyronn Lue (678) by 12 and first-place Dave Hoppen (704) by 38. Since scoring a season-low seven points at Michigan, Palmer has averaged 26 points per game over NU's last five games. His 130 points in that stretch account for nearly 20 percent of his season total.

Forecasting: This seems like a good matchup for Nebraska, despite the decided lack of healthy bodies. NU's size, especially at the guard spots, should give Butler some trouble. If the Huskers play with the same effort they did in Chicago, they could have their first low-stress game in a while.

— Chris Basnett

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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