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Western Illinois vs. Nebraska, 11/25

Nebraska forward Isaac Copeland (14) drives to the basket against Western Illinois' Jeremiah Usiosefe in the second half Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Illinois (2-5)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Andres Feliz; 6-2; Jr.; 7.5; 2.1

G Trent Frazier; 6-1; So.; 15.7; 1.5

G Aaron Jordan; 6-5; Sr.; 12.0; 5.1

G Ayo Dosunmu; 6-5; Fr.; 13.6; 5.0

F Giorgi Bezhanishvili; 6-9; Fr.; 9.4; 4.7

Nebraska (6-1)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 14.8; 4.4

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 17.6; 4.4

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 6.6; 2.3

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

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 8.3; 5.6

Scouting: Trent Frazier is becoming a star for Illinois. The sophomore guard scored 29 against Gonzaga in Maui, with 27 coming in the second half. His potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer against Notre Dame was halfway down before popping out. The Huskers should be well aware of his talents. Frazier had 19 points, four rebounds and five assists last season when the teams played in Lincoln and had 12 in Illinois' win in Champaign.

Trending: Copeland is playing some of the best basketball of his career. The senior is averaging 16.8 points on 56 percent shooting and seven rebounds over Nebraska's last five games. He made the game-saving defensive play against Clemson and has been everything the Nebraska coaching staff could hope for from a fifth-year senior and former five-star recruit. He'll present Illinois with a serious matchup issue.

Forecasting: This is in no way a gimme for the Huskers, who have games against Minnesota, Creighton and Oklahoma State after Saturday's contest. Illinois has played one of the toughest schedules in the country and been right there against its toughest opponents, and four of its five losses are by single digits.

— Chris Basnett

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or 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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