Iowa vs. Nebraska, 3.10

Herbie Husker high-fives a fan as the Huskers take it to overtime against Iowa on March 10 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska defeated Iowa 93-91.

Finally, a chance to avenge the 1991 Citrus Bowl loss.

OK, not really. But, the Nebraska men's basketball team will play at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game was announced Thursday. It will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, with the start time announced at a later date.

The Huskers and Yellow Jackets have met once on the hardwood, a 66-49 Georgia Tech win in 1983.

This will be Nebraska's second consecutive road game in the event, as the Huskers won at Clemson early last season. Nebraska has played on the road four previous times in the challenge, also winning at Wake Forest and Florida State.

Georgia Tech went 14-18 last season, finishing 10th in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets return their top three scorers in guard Jose Alvarado, forward James Banks III and guard Michael Devoe. Alvarado led Georgia Tech in scoring (12.5), assists (3.4) and steals (1.8) per game.

The announcement of the Georgia Tech game means five of NU's nonconference games have been officially announced. The Huskers will play three games at the Cayman Islands Classic on Nov. 25-27. The Huskers will also host Southern Utah on Nov. 9, according to an announcement from the SUU basketball Twitter account. Nebraska is also expected to continue its series with Creighton, though that game hasn't been officially announced yet.

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There have also been reports of Nebraska hosting South Dakota State, UC Riverside and Southern in nonconference play, but none of those games has been officially announced.

Season-ticket renewals are also underway for the 2019-20 season. Invoices had been sent to season-ticket holders prior to Thursday’s announcement with the expectation of 18 home games, including a home game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. However, with Nebraska playing a road game in the Challenge for the second consecutive season, ticket holders will receive email communication regarding updated invoices to reflect a 17-game home schedule.

For the first time in at least four seasons, the price of season tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena has increased. Tickets in all three levels will cost $2 more per game than last season.

"With the transition (to a new coach) it made sense," said Marc Boehm, NU's executive associate athletic director of external operations. "We've been very sensitive to not increasing prices dramatically."

Boehm said the last price increase came before the 2015-16 season, when a $1-per-ticket increase was instituted in the 100 and 200 levels after Nebraska's run to the NCAA Tournament the previous season. Other than this year's increase, prices in the 300 level had remained the same since Pinnacle Bank Arena opened prior to the 2013-14 season.

"We think men's basketball is still one of the best values in town," Boehm said.

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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