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Fast-break points: Lineups and quick hits for Nebraska-Butler

March 20, 2019

Butler (16-16)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Aaron Thompson; 6-2; So.; 6.1; 2.0

G Kamar Baldwin; 6-1; Jr.; 17.2; 5.0

G Paul Jorgenson; 6-2; Sr.; 11.7; 3.2

F Sean McDermott; 6-6; Jr.; 9.4; 3.8

C Nate Fowler; 6-10; Sr.; 5.4; 3.7

Nebraska (18-16)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 13.4; 4.0

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 19.6; 4.1

G Thorir Thorbjarnarson; 6-6; So.; 1.8; 2.0

F Tanner Borchardt; 6-8; Sr.; 2.9; 4.3

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 11.6; 7.0

Time, TV and radio: 8 p.m., ESPN2 (35), 1400.

Scouting: Kamar Baldwin makes the Bulldogs go. The junior was a second-team all-Big East pick in a league loaded with outstanding guards. Tough and strong, Baldwin will likely draw the attention of several Husker defenders.

Trending: James Palmer’s 666 points this season are third all-time at Nebraska, and the senior is within striking distance of Nebraska’s single-season record. He trails second-place Tyronn Lue (678) by 12 and first-place Dave Hoppen (704) by 38. Since scoring a season-low seven points at Michigan, Palmer has averaged 26 points per game over NU’s last five games. His 130 points in that stretch account for nearly 20 percent of his season total.

Forecasting: This seems like a good matchup for Nebraska, despite the decided lack of healthy bodies. NU’s size, especially at the guard spots, should give Butler some trouble. If the Huskers play with the same effort they did in Chicago, they could have their first low-stress game in a while.

— Chris Basnett

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