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Western Illinois' Brandon Gilbeck (second left) blocks the layup of Nebraska guard James Palmer (0) in the second half as the Leathernecks' Ben Pyle (left) and Isaac Johnson (right) converge Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Palmer had 19 points in the Huskers' 73-49 win.
Scouting: Marcquise Reed makes Clemson go. One of four fifth-year senior starters for Clemson, Reed averages nearly 20 points, six rebounds and three assists per game and had 27 against Creighton. Forward Elijah Thomas visited Nebraska during his recruitment before picking the Tigers.
Trending: You probably won't find many games this season with more experienced players on the court at one time than Monday's tilt. Clemson and Nebraska combine to start seven seniors, a junior and two sophomores. There won't be a lot the guys on these teams haven't seen. Six of the seven seniors are averaging double-figure scoring.
Forecasting: Clemson will be perhaps Nebraska's toughest challenge in the non-conference slate. The Tigers returned three starters and nine letterwinners from last season's team that came within a couple of possessions of advancing to the Elite Eight in an 80-76 loss to Kansas. All five Tigers starters Monday played in that game as head coach Brad Brownell has found some stability after an up-and-down start to his tenure at Clemson.
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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