Nebraska-Kansas basketball: Recap, score, analysis (December 16, 2017)

Nebraska basketball couldn’t hang on against No. 13 Kansas Saturday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers are now 7-5 overall on the season.

James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 14 points, with Thomas Allen right behind him with 13. Isaac Copeland had 12 points of his own, while Glynn Watson Jr. added 11 points.

Full game statistics below:

Nebraska-Kansas basketball live updates, score

Kansas 73, Nebraska 72 (Final): Well, that was quite the ending. Nebraska falls just at the end in what was one heck of a game otherwise.

Nebraska 72, Kansas 70 (H2, :40): This is intense.

Nebraska 68, Kansas 66 (H2, 2:25): James Palmer Jr’s 3-pointer gave Nebraska the lead. That 1-3-1 zone strikes again.

Pinnacle Bank Arena is also blaring DMX.

Kansas 66, Nebraska 63 (H2, 3:42): Huskers aren’t perfect, but they’re hanging in. The 1-3-1 zone has been problematic for Kansas, so we’ll see if that continues.

Also, Pinnacle Bank Arena just showed the score of the volleyball match from Kansas City. Crowd went wild.

Kansas 62, Nebraska 57 (H2, 7:13): Well, it was tied at one point. Kansas has responded by making its last four shots in a row. Sigh.

Kansas 51, Nebraska 51 (H2, 11:35): Nebraska forced a shot clock violation and is still tied at the U12 timeout. Crowd and Tim Miles are pretty amped up.

Kansas 51, Nebraska 51 (H2, 12:06): Thomas Allen with a 3-pointer to tie the game up. Pinnacle Bank is rocking once again.

Kansas 47, Nebraska 43 (H2, 15:45): Nebraska is 5-6 to start the half, while Kansas is 5-9. Huskers are struggling to defend against Udoka Azubuike. He has 20 points so far.

Kansas 36, Nebraska 33 (Halftime): Not a bad first half for Nebraska. Some areas need improvement, but Thomas Allen has been playing very well.

Kansas 36, Nebraska 33 (H1, 1:10): Nebraska is struggling from behind the arc. The Huskers are currently 3-for-11 and trail by 3.

Kansas 32, Nebraska 31 (H1, 2:34): Speaking of Thomas Allen, he’s been spectacular off the bench so far tonight.

Kansas 32, Nebraska 30 (H1, 3:18): Huskers now trail by 2 at timeout. It’s pretty loud in Pinnacle Bank Arena as we’ve already noted.

Kansas 30, Nebraska 30 (H1, 3:32): We’re tied!

Just kidding. Kansas answered pretty quick. Down by 2 again.

Kansas 30, Nebraska 28 (H1, 4:40): Nebraska only trails by 2 points and Pinnacle Bank Arena is loud.

Kansas 28, Nebraska 24 (H1, 6:38): Huskers are hanging in there. In fact, Nebraska has scored on 3 straight possessions to cut the Jayhawks’ lead.

Kansas 23, Nebraska 18 (H1, 10:05): Nebraska’s Thomas Allen turned down Kansas to play for the Huskers. He has a career-high 8 points off the bench so far.

Kansas 21, Nebraska 15 (H1, 11:11): Nebraska trails by 7 with 11:11 to go in the first half. Huskers have 5 team fouls, with Glynn Watson Jr. getting his second on a charge call with 15 minutes left in the first half.

With that said, Kansas is currently shooting 61.5 percent from the field and 75 percent from 3-point range.

Nebraska 0, Kansas 0 (H1, 20:00): Nebraska football coach Scott Frost was introduced prior to the basketball game. Emerged from the tunnel to fog and the song ‘I’m Coming Home’ playing. He stuck around to hug Tim Miles and offer high-fives with the players before departing.

Nebraska-Kansas basketball: Game time, information

Nebraska and Kansas play at 8:01 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Time: 8:01 p.m. ET/7:01 p.m. CT

Date: Saturday, Dec. 16

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.

How can I watch the Nebraska-Kansas basketball game on TV and online?

Nebraska and Kansas will be broadcast on FS1.  FOX Sports GO will have the live stream.

Joe Davis and Donny Marshall will call the game.

How can I listen to the Nebraska-Kansas basketball game on the radio?

Nebraska and Kansas can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at  Huskers.com, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.

Nebraska-Kansas basketball preview

Nebraska comes into the matchup with Kansas after a 75-65 loss to Creighton last Saturday. The Huskers led by as many as 8 points against the Bluejays but couldn’t keep the momentum going in the end. Despite it, the Huskers also have wins — like the one over then-No. 14 Minnesota — that are encouraging.

As for Kansas, the Jayhawks come into the matchup looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Kansas lost 74-65 to Washington and then 95-85 to No. 5 Arizona State. The Jayhawks hope to correct the issues of the last two games with a win over the Huskers.

Kansas returned two starters this season, and those players were part of a team that went 31-5 and reached the Elite Eight last season. The Jayhawks also boast one of the top offenses in college basketball, ranking in the top 20 nationally in scoring average (88.1, T-15th), field-goal percentage (52.0, seventh), 3-pointers per game (11.1, 12th) and assists per game (20.1, second). Kansas also ranks 35th nationally in field-goal defense, holding opponents to 38.6 percent shooting.

Nebraska will need big performances from players such as Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland to be competitive against Kansas. Watson — a third-year starter with the Huskers — is one of Nebraska’s leaders in scoring (13.9 ppg, second), assists (3.6, first) and steals (2.0, first).

As for Copeland, the 6-foot-9 forward leads Nebraska in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and is in the top three in scoring (12.7 ppg, third) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg, second). He has reached double figures in five of the last six games.

ESPN has listed Kansas as an 82-percent favorite to win the matchup on Saturday.

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