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Gonzaga Creighton Basketball

Creighton's Ty-Shon Alexander (5) shoots over Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke (15) during the second half Dec. 1.

Creighton (6-2)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Davion Mintz; 6-3; Jr.; 8.6; 3.6

G Ty-Shon Alexander; 6-4; So.; 19.4; 2.9

G Mitch Ballock; 6-5; So.; 10.8; 3.0

G/F Damien Jefferson; 6-5; So.; 12.3; 5.6

F Martin Krampelj; 6-9; Jr.; 8.1; 4.6

Nebraska (7-2)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 14.6; 4.3

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 17.4; 4.2

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 7.0; 2.3

F Isaac Copeland; 6-9; Sr.; 15.3; 6.0

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 9.0; 5.4

Scouting: Creighton's Ty-Shon Alexander has had a breakout season in his move to full-time starter. He scored 36 against Clemson, making seven threes. He had 27 against Gonzaga, hitting five more triples. Alexander has hit three or more threes in seven of Creighton's eight games, and has made at least two makes from downtown every time out.

Trending: Saturday's game will be the ultimate match of strengths. Creighton is second nationally in three-point percentage, fourth in field goal percentage, eighth in made threes per game and averages 85 points per game. Nebraska is sixth in scoring defense, 12th in field-goal defense, 12th in three-point defense, 10th in blocked shots and allows four made threes per game. Something, as they say, has to give.

Forecasting: No matter what Nebraska does the rest of the way, this game could end up framing the season. Tim Miles was unusually candid in talking about the game's importance not only to him, but to the Nebraska program. Whoever gets the victory has a win that the NCAA selection committee will like a whole lot at the end of the season. It figures to be a special atmosphere.

— 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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