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NCAA Cal St Fullerton Purdue Basketball

Cal State Fullerton guard Kyle Allman drives during a first-round game in the 2018 NCAA Tourament against Purdue last March in Detroit. Allman was the leading scorer in the Big West Conference last season.

Cal State Fullerton (3-8)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Austen Awosika; 6-3; Jr.; 7.2; 4.8

G Kyle Allman; 6-4; Sr.; 18.3; 3.5

G Jamal Smith; 6-3; Jr.; 4.2; 2.5

F Johnny Wang; 6-9; So.; 3.5; 2.2

F Jackson Rowe; 6-7; Jr.; 10.4; 6.7

Nebraska (9-2)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 13.7; 4.2

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 19.6; 3.8

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 8.6; 2.5

F Isaac Copeland; 6-9; Sr.; 15.0; 6.0

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 9.2; 5.8

Scouting: Fullerton is carried by their guards. Kyle Allmann is second in the Big West in scoring after leading the league last season, and senior Khalil Ahmad is third in the conference in scoring at 17.6 points per game. Ahmad, who has come off the bench in Fullerton's last two games, scored 40 against Monmouth earlier this season while hitting eight three-pointers, and had 31 against Arizona State.

Trending: Fullerton has played the 17th-toughest schedule in the country, according to KenPom, and will play just four nonconference home games. Saturday's contest could be an unexpectedly raucous atmosphere — the game is a sellout, including student tickets, and a Saturday afternoon tip on Christmas weekend could mean fewer empty seats than normal this time of year.

Forecasting: This and next week's Southwest Minnesota State game are the last contests Nebraska has that resemble anything close to breathers. The grind of Big Ten play starts after the new year, so anything the Huskers can do to get the big guns off their feet early would be rather important.

— Chris Basnett

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

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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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