Players to watch for Nebraska vs. Northwestern basketball

When: 7:45 p.m. on Saturday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM

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2018-19 record: 12-12

Offensive efficiency (KenPom): 166th

Defensive efficiency (KenPom): 27th

Trending: Down. Since going to, and winning, the first NCAA tournament game in program history, Northwestern hasn’t done much. This year, it is starting to spiral out of control. After starting the year 10-5, Northwestern is now .500. Its best win is Indiana at home, but everyone has beat Indiana this year. So this is a game Nebraska, if it plays well, should be able to handle.

Players to watch

» Northwestern doesn’t have a ton of offense, but it does have Vic Law. He’s the Wildcats leading scorer, with 15.5 points per game, but does much more than that. The 6-foot-7 senior grabs 6.7 rebounds per game with 2.9 assists. He scored 24 against Iowa in a one-point loss on Feb. 10. He could be a matchup problem for Nebraska.

» Dererk Pardon’s first-ever game was a 20-rebound effort against Nebraska. So the 6-foot-8 center is always a threat. He scores 13.7 points with 7.6 rebounds. Against Ethan Happ, he battled, with eight points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Roby will have have to keep him in check.

» A.J. Turner is Northwestern’s leader in assists, with 3.1 a game. The 6-foot-7 junior shoots 37 percent from the floor, and isn’t a volume scorer, but a glue guy for the Wildcats. He could very quietly break Nebraska down.

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