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Husker hoops to host Seton Hall

November 14, 2018

The Nebraska men’s basketball team faces an early-season test on Wednesday, as the Huskers host Seton Hall in the Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup. Tipoff from a sold-out Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. Any returned tickets would be available at PBA beginning 90 minutes before tipoff.

Wednesday’s game will be carried nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris on the call. The game is also available online on BTN.com and on the BTN2Go and Fox Sports Go apps.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on SiriusXM radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff on many of the Husker Sports Network affiliates.

Wednesday’s game is part of the fourth-annual Gavitt Tipoff Games series between the Big Ten and the Big East. It is named in honor of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and basketball visionary. Nebraska will be looking for its first-ever win in the series, following trips to Villanova (2015) and St. John’s (2017).

The Huskers, who are 2-0 and ranked 25th in the most recent USA Today coaches poll, took control early in an 87-35 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday. James Palmer Jr. had 17 points, as the Huskers shot 56 percent and put six players in double figures. NU used runs of 22-0 and 22-2 to build a 36-point halftime lead. The Huskers also limited Southeastern Louisiana, which won 22 games and played in the NIT in 2017-18, to just 27 percent shooting and forced 25 turnovers.

Palmer (17.0 ppg) and fellow senior Glynn Watson Jr. (17.5 ppg) lead a balanced attack, as the Huskers feature four players averaging double figures and three more averaging at least eight points per game. Much of that has been because of the two blowouts, as no Husker is averaging more than 23 minutes per game.

Seton Hall comes into Wednesday’s game with a 1-0 record after blowing out Wagner, 89-49, in its season opener on Nov. 6. Myles Powell led all scorers with a 30-point performance, hitting 10-of-13 shots from the field, including five 3-pointers. As a team, Seton Hall shot 52 percent and held Wagner to just 32 percent shooting. SHU played its second exhibition game on Friday, topping New Haven, 73-62 behind a 20-point effort from Myles Cale.

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