Nebraska (7-4, 1-1 Big Ten) and No. 13 Kansas (7-2, 0-0 Big 12) basketball meet at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday evening for a matchup of former Big 12 foes.
Kansas will be the first Big 12 team to visit Pinnacle Bank Arena, which is fitting considering the history between the programs. The Huskers and Jayhawks were founding members of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907, which later would be known as the Big Eight and then Big 12. Aside from the 1919-20 season when Nebraska competed as an independent program, the two remained in the same conference until 2010 when the Huskers departed for the Big Ten.
Dating to 1900, Kansas leads the all-time series 171-71. The Jayhawks also have won the last 18 meetings, which dates to a 78-67 Kansas win on March 3, 2004. The Huskers’ last win in the series was on Feb. 15, 2004, when Nebraska snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 74-55 victory over No. 12 Kansas.
Nebraska-Kansas basketball: Game time, information
Nebraska and Kansas play at 8:01 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Time: 8:01 p.m. ET/7:01 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Dec. 16
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.
How can I watch the Nebraska-Kansas basketball game on TV and online?
Nebraska and Kansas will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. FOX Sports GO will have the livestream.
Joe Davis and Donny Marshall will call the game.
How can I listen to the Nebraska-Kansas basketball game on the radio?
Nebraska and Kansas can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tip-off.
Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.
Nebraska-Kansas basketball preview
Nebraska comes into the matchup with Kansas after a 75-65 loss to Creighton last Saturday. The Huskers led by as many as 8 points against the Bluejays but couldn’t keep the momentum going in the end. Despite it, the Huskers also have wins — like the one over then-No. 14 Minnesota — that are encouraging.
As for Kansas, the Jayhawks come into the matchup looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Kansas lost 74-65 to Washington and then 95-85 to No. 5 Arizona State. The Jayhawks hope to correct the issues of the last two games with a win over the Huskers.
Kansas returned two starters this season, and those players were part of a team that went 31-5 and reached the Elite Eight last season. The Jayhawks also boast one of the top offenses in college basketball, ranking in the top 20 nationally in scoring average (88.1, 16th), field-goal percentage (52.0, seventh), 3-pointers per game (11.1, 12th) and assists per game (20.1, second). Kansas also ranks 37th nationally in field-goal defense and holds opponents to 38.6 percent shooting.
Nebraska will need big performances from players such as Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland to be competitive against Kansas. Watson — a third-year starter with the Huskers — is one of Nebraska’s leaders in scoring (13.9 ppg, second), assists (3.6, first) and steals (2.0, first).
As for Copeland, the 6-foot-9 forward leads Nebraska in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and is in the top three in scoring (12.7 ppg, third) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg, second). He has reached double figures in five of the last six games.
ESPN has listed Kansas as an 82 percent favorite to win the matchup on Saturday.