After losing to Oklahoma on Thursday, the Huskers are looking to bounce back Friday afternoon when they take on Memphis at the ESPN Events Invitational near Orlando, Florida. the game will be broadcast on national television on the ESPNEWS channel. It will also air on 105.3 FM in Lincoln, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.
|Game 6: vs. Memphis|
|Date: Fri, November 25
Start: 4:30 pm (CT)
Location: Kissimmee, Florida.
Arena: State Farm Field House (4000)
TV online: Friday’s game will be nationally televised on ESPNEWS featuring Mark Neely and Randolph Childress. The game will also be available on the ESPN app.
Friday’s meeting between the two schools is only the second meeting between the two programs and the first since the 86-79 win over Memphis on December 22, 1954. It was the first year for Husker men’s basketball coach Jerry Bush, who is the grandfather of the current Husker head coach. Fred Hoiberg. Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and Hoiberg are two of 23 former NBA players to take the field this season.
Nebraska (3-2) struggled with a cold shot after losing 69-56 to Oklahoma City in the first round. The Huskers shot just 42 percent on the day, including 3 of 14 from 3-point range, while the Oklahoma hit 51 percent, including 9 of 20 from 3-point range. That difference in shooting was more than enough to overcome Nebraska’s 35-23 points lead.
junior striker Juwan Gary continued a strong streak with 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Big Red. Gary, a 6’6″ transfer from Alabama, has averaged 13.6 rebounds and 8.3 rebounds per game over the last three contests. In four career games at the ESPN Events Invitational, he averaged 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, well above his career average of 5.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds.
Memphis (2-2) suffered a heartbreaking 70-69 loss to Seton Hall when Tyrese Samuel hit a 3-pointer as time expired for the win. The Tigers trailed only once in the second half to win the game and had a four-point lead with just over a minute left. Kendrick Davis led Memphis with 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds and leads the Tigers in scoring with 20.5 points and 5.8 assists per game.
One Husker is intimately familiar with Davis, who is the 2022 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. senior defender Emmanuel Bandumel started alongside Davis for three seasons (2019-20 to 2021-22) helping the Mustangs to a couple of NIT games in 2021 and 2022.
Nebraska will play Stanford or Florida State on Sunday, with kickoff times to be determined by results on Friday. If Nebraska wins, it will play at 10:00 AM (Central Time) and a loss puts the Huskers at 6:30 PM (Central Time).