Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska men's basketball team announced their 13 non-conference game schedule on Tuesday, with games against Creighton, USC, Wake Forest, and Oregon highlighting the group.
"I'm excited to get going with the season," new Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said. "Every year is different in how you create a non-conference schedule. Some teams need more of a challenge, and some need more grooming so you prepare accordingly. This one is a nice mix of everything. I think we will be challenged a great deal, and we will know exactly what we have going into the start of Big Ten play."
The Huskers will play nine home games in their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, including the previously announced Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic, which features Valparaiso, Nebraska-Omaha, Tulane and Kent State. Nebraska will also face Southern (Nov. 11), USC (Dec. 3), Creighton (Dec. 6), Jacksonville State (Dec. 18) and Nicholls State (Dec. 29) at the Devaney Center.
"We have put together a strong home slate when you look at the Joe Cipriano Classic, a rivalry game with Creighton and a Southern California team that believes it will be an NCAA-caliber team this year. I think that it is going to be fun for our fans."
In addition, the Huskers will make trips to Wake Forest (Nov. 27), Oregon (Dec. 15) as well as participate in the Sun Bowl Invitational (Dec. 22-23).
"Playing at Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge as well as playing at Oregon will be important games for us, Miles said. "We are also excited to return to El Paso for the Sun Bowl Classic. We had a great experience there with Colorado State last year. The hospitality was amazing, and we are looking forward to going back to be part of the event this year."
In 2011-12, Nebraska went 8-4 in non-conference action, with their biggest win coming against Pac 12 opponent USC in double-overtime, 64-61.
Nebraska will return only two players from last year's squad who averaged over 10 minutes a game on the court.
*** Parts of Nebraska's press release were used in this report