Nebraska (12-6, 3-2 Big Ten) and Penn State (12-6, 2-3 Big Ten) meet Friday evening at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. The matchup is a rare Friday night conference game for the Huskers.
The game is also the 16th meeting between Nebraska and Penn State. The Nittany Lions currently hold an 8-7 advantage in series history. Before the Huskers joined the Big Ten, the two programs had only met a total of 3 times. That included a home-and-home series in 1980-81, as well as a meeting in the second round of the 1995 NIT.
Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska and Penn State have split the 12 meetings between the two. The Huskers hold a 6-4 record during the regular season and an 0-2 record in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Friday night game is the first of two meetings this season. The Huskers and Nittany Lions will meet again on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Nebraska-Penn State basketball: Game time, information
Nebraska and Penn State play at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 12.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, Jan. 12
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa.
How can I watch the Nebraska-Penn State basketball game on TV and online?
Brandon Gaudin and Jon Crispin will call the game.
How can I listen to the Nebraska-Penn State basketball game on the radio?
Nebraska and Penn State 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 tipoff.
Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.
Nebraska-Penn State basketball preview
Nebraska comes into the game against Penn State having won 5 of its last 6 games. The Huskers’ most recent win was a 63-59 win over Wisconsin Tuesday night, the first regular-season win for the Huskers over the Badgers since 2014. Nebraska held Wisconsin to 42 percent shooting.
James Palmer Jr. led Nebraska with 18 points. He was joined in strong performances by both Jordy Tshimanga and Thomas Allen, with Tshimanga scoring 7 of his season-high 9 points in the second half. He also added 6 rebounds. Allen had 8 points off the bench.
Nebraska will be without Tshimanga Friday night as his future with the Huskers remains unclear. The sophomore did not travel with Nebraska to Penn State, and more should be known in the coming days according to the Lincoln Journal Star’s Steven M. Sipple.
“According to a source, Tshimanga apparently feels frustration about the way his season’s going,” Sipple wrote. “The coaching staff is trying to sort out the situation with the player, and his status likely will be determined within a few days, the source said.”
Without Tshimanga, Nebraska will need to rely even more on its depth against Penn State. The Nittany Lions return home after a 74-70 loss at Indiana on Tuesday. In the loss, Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens combined for 48 points, and Mike Watkins had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Carr is one of the best guards in the Big Ten and is currently averaging 18.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Penn State also has 5 players in double figures.
Beyond that, the Nittany Lions have proven to be difficult to beat at home. Penn State is currently 9-2 in State College, with both losses by 1 point.