Huskers seem to be bouncing back against Memphis

After a loss to Oklahoma on Thursday, the Huskers will try to bounce back Friday afternoon when they take on Memphis at the ESPN Events Invitational just outside of Orlando, Fla. The tipoff between the Huskers and Tigers is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (central) and the game will be broadcast nationwide on ESPNEWS. It will also air on 105.3 FM in Lincoln, on Huskers.com and on the Huskers app.





Game 6: Against Memphis
Date: Friday, November 25
Tipoff: 4:30 PM (CT)
Location: Kissimmee, Fla.
Arena: Field House of the State Farm (4,000)

In the air
Radio
: With Friday’s football game, the Husker basketball game will be available on 105.3 FM in Lincoln with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the line. The game will also be available on Huskers.com and the Huskers app. The pregame show starts an hour before the tip.

Online television: Friday’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNEWS with Mark Neely and Randolph Childress on hold. The game will also be available on the ESPN app.

Friday’s meeting between the two schools is just the second meeting ever between the two programs and the first since an 86-79 victory in Memphis on December 22, 1954. That 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 on the Division I sidelines this season.

Nebraska (3-2) struggled with cold shooting after losing 69-56 to Oklahoma in the first round. The Huskers shot just 42 percent on the day, including 3-of-14 from 3-point range, while Oklahoma shot 51 percent, including 9-of-20 from 3-point range. That shot difference was more than enough to overcome Nebraska’s 35-23 advantage on the glass.

Junior forward Juwan Gary continued a strong streak of performance with 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Big Red. Gary, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Alabama, has averaged 13.6 and 8.3 rebounds per game over the last three games. In four career games at the ESPN Events Invitational, he averaged 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, well above his career averages of 5.6 ppg and 3.5 rpg.

Memphis (2-2) dropped a heartbreaking 70-69 loss to Seton Hall as Tyrese Samuel reeled in a 3-point pointer as time expired for the win. The Tigers trailed only once in the second half to the winner of the game and held a four-point lead with just over a minute left. Kendric Davis led Memphis with 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds and leads the Tigers with 20.5 points and 5.8 assists per game.

One Husker is well acquainted with Davis, who was the 2022 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Emanuel Bandoumel started three seasons alongside Davis (2019-20 to 2021-22), helping the Mustangs to a pair of NIT appearances in 2021 and 2022.

Nebraska will play Stanford or Florida State on Sunday and the start time will be determined by Friday’s results. If Nebraska wins, it will play at 10 a.m. (center), while a loss puts the Huskers in the 6:30 p.m. (center) game.

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