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Cal State-Fullerton vs. Nebraska, 12.22

Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby (15) drives to the basket against Cal State Fullerton’s Johnny Wang (33), Jackson Rowe (34) and Austen Awosika (10) in the second half Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers have won 18 straight at home, the longest active streak among Power Five schools.

Junior Isaiah Roby returned to practice Monday as the Nebraska men's basketball team finished up preparations for its road trip to Maryland.

Roby was limited last week and didn't play in Nebraska's win over Southwest Minnesota State after tweaking his groin in practice. Had it been a Big Ten game, a NU source said Saturday, Roby would have played.

"He had a good practice," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said Monday. "But those things are tricky. You have to be careful — to aggravate it doesn't take too much."

Roby's comfort level will be the key over the next 48 hours. The Huskers tip off at Maryland at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a decision on his availability may not come until game day.

"I'm hopeful. We'll see how this goes," Miles said. "If he's all sore tomorrow or whatever, we'll have a new problem."

The 6-foot-8 forward has played some of his best basketball of the season over the past month, averaging 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, two blocked shots and 1.5 steals in his last four games.

That includes season highs of 20 points and eight rebounds in his last contest, against Cal State Fullerton.

Miles said freshman guard Amir Harris also practiced Monday, albeit in a limited role. Harris, who was out with mononucleosis for much of December, was doing some cardio work in practice last week as he continues to recover.

Nebraska flew out of Lincoln on Monday afternoon. The Huskers will tour the U.S. Capitol Tuesday with Nebraska senator Ben Sasse.

The Huskers (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten) head to Washington, D.C. ranked in both polls, checking in at No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 23 in the coaches poll. 

Nebraska is 12th in the only rankings that actually matter, the NCAA's NET rankings. The NET replaced the RPI this season as the tool the NCAA Tournament selection committee will use to help seed the tournament field in March.

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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