Boston College vs. Nebraska, 11/29/17

Huskers Isaac Copeland (left) and James Palmer celebrate a basket against against Boston College in November at Pinnacle Bank Arena. More celebrations could be in order with both players returning next season.

Mississippi Valley State (0-0)

(2017-18 stats)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Tereke Eckwood; 6-2; Sr.; 6.6; 2.6

G Jordan Evans; 6-2; Sr.; 14.7; 3.0

F Dante Scott; 6-4; Sr.; 14.9; 5.6

F Lacurtis Allen; 6-4; Sr.; 2.1; 1.5

C Emmanuel Ejeh; 6-8; Sr.; 4.6; 4.6

Nebraska (0-0)

(2017-18 stats)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 10.5; 3.3

G James Palmer Jr.; 6-6; Sr.; 17.2; 4.4.

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 3.2; 1.0

F Isaac Copeland; 6-9; Sr.; 12.9; 6.1

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 8.7; 6.3

Scouting: Dante Scott and Jordan Evans each averaged close to 15 points per game for the Delta Devils last season, with Scott leading the way at 14.9. The duo combined to hit 100 three-pointers, with Evans shooting 37 percent and Scott 35 percent.

Trending: Nebraska is 22-1 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, including a 97-51 win over Mississippi Valley State in 2015. The teams of the SWAC are often early season fodder for larger programs — the league is the second-lowest rated conference nationally according to KenPom, just ahead of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Forecasting: It could very well turn out that the Wayne State exhibition was a tougher test for Nebraska than this game. Mississippi Valley State went 0-2 in exhibition games, losing to NAIA program Tougaloo College, and NCAA Division II program Delta State. A level of opposition similar to Delaware State last season.

— 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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