Last season: 12-19, third straight season with no postseason appearance.
Coach: Tim Miles.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: G Tai Webster, F Ed Morrow Jr. (transfer to Marquette), F Michael Jacobson (transfer to Iowa State), F Jeriah Horne (transfer to Tulsa), F Nick Fuller (graduate transfer at South Dakota).
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois went on a 3-point shooting spree in the second half in a 73-57 victory over Nebraska on Sunday.
Tracy Abrams added 13 points and Maverick Morgan had 12 for the Illini (17-12, 7-9), who won their third straight road game and for the fourth time in five games overall.
Tai Webster had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Cornhuskers (12-16, 6-10).
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An easy win over Penn State provided a huge morale boost to a Nebraska team that had lost eight of its last nine games, including a bunch of close ones.
Glynn Watson Jr. and Jack McVeigh scored 15 points apiece to lead four Cornhuskers in double figures, and they used their best shooting half of the season to set the tone in an 82-66 victory Tuesday night.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nigel Hayes had made just four of his previous 20 3-point attempts and hadn't even attempted one against Nebraska before his time came Thursday night.
Hayes hit the go-ahead 3 with 18.4 seconds left in overtime and Ethan Happ blocked Tai Webster's shot on Nebraska's last try, giving No. 7 Wisconsin a 70-69 victory.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers finally put together a 40-minute game in conference play and coach Steve Pikiell earned his first Big Ten win with a 65-64 nail-biting victory over Nebraska on Saturday.
Corey Sanders scored a season-high 25 points, including the game-winner with one second left.
Sanders stole a ball that bounced off Nebraska's Tai Webster's foot with 12 seconds to play. Following a timeout, Sanders drove to the basket, corralled his own rebound and gave Rutgers the lead.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Marc Loving was so open when he caught C.J. Jackson's inbounds pass, there was only one thing for him to do.
"Easy," he said. "Lay it in."
Loving did just that after he took Jackson's pass from under the basket. The ball bounced on the rim before dropping through with less than a second to play, giving Ohio State a 67-66 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Derrick Walton made up for some early foul trouble with another inspired performance down the stretch.
Walton scored 16 of his 20 points in the final 7:25, and Michigan held on for a much-needed victory Saturday, 91-85 over Nebraska. Walton played only 10 minutes in the first half because he picked up two fouls, but the senior helped the Wolverines pull through against another opponent that shot terrifically from 3-point range.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could have let its surprise start in the Big Ten slip away when it failed to put away Iowa at the end of regulation.
Instead, the Cornhuskers kept battling through two overtimes and finally won 93-90 on Thursday night, and now they're off to their best start in conference play since 1975-76.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota junior guard Nate Mason has received a co-player of the week honor by the Big Ten.
The conference announced Mason and Nebraska senior guard Tai Webster on Monday as the winners for the opening week of league play.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — If the start of Big Ten play is any indication, this could be a very special season for the Nebraska basketball team.
Tai Webster scored 18 points, and the Cornhuskers closed with a 14-0 run to beat Maryland 67-65 Sunday and end the Terrapins' six-game winning streak.
Nebraska trailed 65-53 with six minutes left before charging back behind Webster, who scored the game's final seven points.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Nebraska coach Tim Miles had the perfect motivational speech for his weary team Wednesday night.
Beat No. 16 Indiana, take Thursday off.
Tai Webster and Glynn Watson Jr. made sure everyone got that badly needed break. Watson scored 26 points, Webster added 21 and together they provided the scoring punches in a closing flurry that helped Nebraska shock the defending Big Ten champs 87-83 in the conference opener for both teams.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tyrell Nelson knew what Sunday's 70-62 win over Nebraska means for Gardner-Webb.
"This is huge, this one is huge," Nelson said. "We somewhat struggled in the beginning (of the season) but this win is very big for us, going into the Christmas break and going into conference. It's very, very big for us."
Nelson scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half to help Gardner-Webb beat Nebraska 70-62 on Sunday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Creighton's 90-points-a-game offense didn't show up until late against Nebraska.
No problem. The 10th-ranked Bluejays were still more than good enough to beat their in-state rival again.
Maurice Watson Jr. scored a season-high 25 points, Cole Huff added 13 and Creighton dominated the second half in a 77-62 victory Wednesday night.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska hadn't planned to run its offense through Tai Webster and Jack McVeigh Saturday. It just worked out that the pair each had career scoring nights to lead the Huskers over Louisiana Tech 65-54.
Webster had 17 of his 23 points in the first half, many of them coming off drives to the basket on which he either scored or went to the free throw line where he hit 7 of 8 shots.