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Fast-break points: Lineups and quick hits for Nebraska-Northwestern
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Fast-break points: Lineups and quick hits for Nebraska-Northwestern

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Iowa vs. Nebraska, 1.7

Nebraska guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson (34) shoots a three-pointer as teammate Cam Mack (3) looks on in the second half against Iowa on Tuesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Nebraska men's basketball looks to build upon an impressive win as it travels to take on a struggling Northwestern bunch Saturday.

Nebraska (7-8, 2-2)

Player Height Year PPG RPG
G Cam Mack 6-2 Sophomore 12.5 4.7
G Dachon Burke 6-4 Junior 11.7 4.0
G Thorir Thorbjarnarson 6-6 Junior 7.8 4.1
G Haanif Cheatham 6-5 Senior 12.9 4.2
F Yvan Ouedraogo 6-9 Freshman 6.1 6.3

Northwestern (5-9, 0-4 Big Ten)

Player Height Year Points per game Rebounds per game
G) Pat Spencer 6-3 Senior 10.6 3.3
F) Miller Kopp 6-7 Sophomore 12.6 3.6
F) Robbie Beran 6-9 Freshman 4.4 2.9
F) Pete Nance 6-10 Sophomore 9.8 6.4
C) Ryan Young 6-11 Freshman 10.7 7.1

Time, TV, radio: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN, 1400.

Scouting: Graduate transfer Pat Spencer played four seasons of lacrosse at Loyola (Md.) before coming to Northwestern to play hoops. Last year he won the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's version of the Heisman Trophy, and was a three-time first-team All-American in the sport before transferring to Northwestern.

Trending: Saturday's game matches the only two teams in the Big Ten not ranked in the top 42 of KenPom's metrics. Northwestern is No. 100 while Nebraska is No. 138. It's a brutally difficult, unforgiving league. And Saturday's game, along with the rematch on March 1, represent each program's best statistical chances at conference victories.

Forecasting: If Nebraska plays with the same energy it has in games against Indiana, Purdue and Iowa, the Huskers can win this game. But Northwestern has the ability to ugly things up, as evidenced by competitive losses to league leader Michigan State, Minnesota, and Indiana, among others. Nebraska must get the pace to its liking to give itself the best chance at victory.

— Chris Basnett

Contact the writer at cbasnett@journalstar.com or 402-473-7436. 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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