Penn State visits Lincoln Thursday

The Nebraska basketball team returns to Lincoln to begin a crucial two-game homestand Thursday night, as the Huskers welcome Penn State to Pinnacle Bank Arena.

A limited number of returned tickets are available for Thursday's game starting at $10. They can be purchased by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or (402) 472-3111 or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff, if available. A crowd of close to 15,000 is expected on Thursday night.

Tipoff is set for 6:02 p.m. (CT).

The Huskers (14-10, 6-6 B1G) are playing some of their best basketball over the last three weeks, culminating with a 60-51 win at ninth-ranked Michigan State on Sunday. Sophomores Walter Pitchford and Terran Petteway combined for 41 points, but Nebraska did its best work on the defensive end. The Huskers held the Spartans to season lows in both points (51) and field-goal percentage (.340), as MSU was held over 25 points below its season average.

Nebraska's improved defense has keyed the surge in recent weeks. During its current three-game win streak, Nebraska is holding foes to 52.7 points per game and 36 percent shooting from the floor. It has helped NU rally from a 1-5 confernece start to a .500 mark in Big Ten play entering the final three weeks of the season.

Penn State (13-13, 4-9 B1G) has also rebounded from a rocky start of Big Ten play in recent weeks. The Nittany Lions have won four of their last seven games since a four-point win over the Huskers in Happy Valley on Jan. 23, including road wins at both Ohio State and Indiana. The Nittany Lions feature one of the Big Ten's best backcourts in Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill, who combine for nearly 33 points, 10 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game.

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