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Purdue Penn St Basketball

Purdue's Carsen Edwards (3) drives past Penn State's Rasir Bolton (13) during the first half of Thursday's game in University Park, Pa.

Nebraska (13-10, 3-9 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 12.2; 4.0

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 19.0; 4.5

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 8.6; 2.6

F Tanner Borchardt; 6-8; Sr.; 2.6; 4.0

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 11.2; 7.2

Purdue (16-6, 9-2)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Carsen Edwards; 6-1; Jr.; 24.5; 3.3

G Ryan Cline; 6-6; Sr.; 12.9; 2.5

G Nojel Eastern; 6-6; So.; 6.8; 5.1

F Grady Eifert; 6-6; Sr.; 4.7; 4.7

F Trevion Williams; 6-9; Fr.; 6.3; 4.0

Time and TV: 7:30 p.m., BTN (24)

Scouting: Carsen Edwards is one of the most dangerous scorers in the nation, and has been in double figures every game this season while scoring fewer than 17 points just twice. He'll take some bad shots and have some off nights — he was 6-for-20 from the field and 1-for-9 from three against Minnesota last week — but he'll also have nights where he gets the Boilers 35 or 40 points.

Trending: Purdue has gone 8-1 at home in Big Ten play each of the previous four seasons, is 6-0 this year and hasn't lost more than three home games in a season overall since 2013-14. That's bad news for a Nebraska team that has never won at Mackey Arena and has lost five of the six games it's played there by double digits.

Forecasting: On paper it looks like a terrible matchup at a terrible time for the Huskers, a team that has forgotten how to shoot going against one of the best offenses in the league. Mackey has been a house of horrors for NU since it first played there in 1979. Can Nebraska find some semblance of a spark, even in the face of a tall challenge?

— 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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