Huskers Start Road Swing With Missouri

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will start a two-game road swing this weekend when they head to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 23. The Huskers will have a difficult road ahead as they face the Tigers on their homecourt at Mizzou Arena, where MU has won 30 straight contests, the third-longest active homecourt winning streak in the nation. The Huskers and Tigers will tip off at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday in a game seen in select areas around the country on the Big 12 Network and ESPN FullCourt. Mitch Holthus (play by play) and Jon Sundvold (color) will call the game, which will also have a live video stream available on ESPN360.com. Kent Pavelka (play by play) and Matt Davison (color) will call the action for the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, which can also be heard around the world on the Internet at Huskers.com. The Cornhuskers will be aiming for their first conference win after suffering setbacks in each of their last three contests. Nebraska played well on the road in its league opener at Texas A&M and pushed No. 3 Kansas at home before faltering in the final minutes. Despite last Saturday’s three-point loss to Iowa State at home, Nebraska still has a chance to tie its best 19-game record in the Big 12 era. The Huskers were 13-6 after 19 games on three occasions in the Big 12 era, including the 2007-08 season, when NU started 0-4 in league play and rebounded for a 7-9 final mark in Big 12 action. Nebraska jumpstarted that stretch run with a victory at Missouri, where NU has won two of the past three seasons. For the Huskers to grab a victory, they will have to play extremely well including putting an extra focus on taking care of the ball. Nebraska has been one of the best teams in the country at ball security this year, ranking 27th in the country with just 11.6 turnovers per game. That strength will be tested this weekend as Missouri comes into the game ranked first nationally in steals per game, averaging 12.5 thefts. Both teams had the midweek off from game action, a benefit to the Huskers who have seen a number of injuries and illnesses alter the lineup in the past two weeks. One player who has been counted heavily in league play is senior Ryan Anderson, who leads the team with 11.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He paces the Big 12 with 2.3 steals per game while MU has three other players who rank 2-3-4 in the league in steals.