Nebraska/Purdue game notes

Robbie Hummel

Could today be the last game in the Doc Sadler era? Nebraska and Purdue tip off at 6:55 CT.

KEY MATCHUPS: Nebraska must locate and get out on Purdue's three-point shooting threats in order to simply stay in the game. Leaving Robbie Hummel, D.J. Byrd and Ryne Smith unguarded will produce the same results as the first meeting between these teams -- 13 three-pointers by Purdue.

FUTURES MARKET: Perhaps there's one bright spot for Nebraska's future: The recent play of Brandon Ubel.

The 6-foot-11 junior is averaging 10 points, 5.2 rebounds and two assists over Nebraska's last five games, while shooting 70.9 percent from the floor. For the season, he's averaging 6.6 points.

"I've kind of been a little more aggressive when I get the ball in the post, making quicker moves, instead of waiting to see," Ubel said. "Just being more aggressive has kind of been the story."

That, and the fact Ubel really isn't a center. He's a forward, but he's manned the center position most of the season, what with the loss of injured Jorge Brian Diaz, and the redshirt for Andre Almeida.

"It's been different, that's for sure, just going up against their biggest, strongest and usually longest guy every game," Ubel said. "That was difficult at first. But you kind of find your groove and your niche a little bit, and kind of get angles and make sure you do your work early instead of just trying to make one-on-one moves."

PLAYER NOTES

--Senior G Bo Spencer made seven 3-pointers, falling one shy of the school record, and scored 23 points against Minnesota -- all in the second half. Spencer picked up two fouls in the game's first 47 seconds and was limited throughout the first half. His seven 3-pointers, on 12 attempts, were the most by a Husker since Marcus Perry against Oklahoma State in 2007's regular-season finale.

--Junior G Dylan Talley's 16 points against Minnesota were his most in a game since scoring a season-best 18 against Oregon back on Nov. 23. Talley also tied a career high with five assists. He was 5-of-10 from the field after going 2-of-10 over his previous two games.

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