Husker play-by-play man Kent Pavelka likes a full house as much as anyone.
By Randy York
Holly Adam, Nebraska’s assistant athletic director for tickets, said Thursday that 9,700 seats have been sold for Saturday night’s game against No. 4 Ohio State. Tickets for the OSU game and its 7 p.m. tip-off are available on Huskers.com and by phone. Prices begin at $20. Tickets also can be purchased by calling 402-472-3111 or 1-800-8BIGRED.
"I hope the Devaney is crammed to the rafters for the Ohio State game,” Nebraska basketball play-by-play man Kent Pavelka told his listeners after Doc Sadler’s Wednesday night post-game coach’s show.
Our translation of Pavelka’s comment: Even a radio guy knows the impact a full house can have on a national television audience, not to mention the extra adrenaline it can create in players who will battle valiantly to score an even bigger upset that could change the course of this historic season.
While leaving the Devaney Center last night, I heard one fan say: “This place will be sold out Saturday night. A lot of people want to see why everyone’s picking Ohio State to be national champs.”
“And why (Jared) Sullinger may be the Player of the Year,” his friend said.
Another Husker fan walking behind the two invited himself into the conversation. “A lot of them will be here Saturday night to see Nebraska, too,” he said.
Such conversations made hosting Kansas fun in the past. The odds were often stacked, but competitiveness was usually high. So was the entertainment value.
So here’s an N-Sider tip for Husker fans flocking to the Devaney: Saturday Night Live begins early at the Devaney Center. Husker fans, me included, should be in our seats by 6:30.
"Should be a great atmosphere," Pavelka said, "and I hope it’s another great game to call."
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