B1G Honoree Almeida Faces Big Challenge

The Big Ten Conference Monday named Andre Almeida (32) Player of the Week.

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By Randy York

A USC team that has beaten Texas in overtime this season features three 7-foot players, creating a big challenge Monday night at the Devaney Center for Andre Almeida, Nebraska’s 6-foot-11, 314-pound senior post player who was named the B1G Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Last week, Almeida made 9 of 10 shots, scored 20 points and snared 11 rebounds in a career-first double-double, leading the Huskers’ to a 79-63 mastery of the Demon Deacons in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.

Nebraska men’s basketball moves the entertainment needle up a notch this week with two popular halftime acts complementing a pair of high-interest home games in the Huskers’ final season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Tonight, Red Panda Acrobat will entertain at halftime of the 7 p.m. Nebraska-USC game. The 5-1 Huskers are seeking a fourth consecutive win over the Trojans after beating them by a total of eight points in 2009, ’10 and ’11.

Tonight’s game also will feature a unique twist in pregame player introductions for Husker fans, who will be eager to see if Almeida and Ray Gallegos (who made 7 of 8 shots in the second half of a 20-point performance at Wake Forest) can shoot as well at the Devaney Center as they did in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Krystal Niu is one of the most entertaining halftime acts in college basketball. A member of the famous Shanghai Acrobats, she started training at age 7 to develop her unique unicycle bowl-flipping act, a.k.a. Red Panda Acrobat.

Nebraska has sold 11,109 tickets for Thursday’s 7 p.m. annual showdown against a Creighton team that was ranked No. 13 nationally. That ticket number should continue to climb this week. Champions Forever is another unique halftime entertainment act scheduled for Thursday night.

Champions Forever is an act that features Bruce Crevier, a four-time Guinness world record-holder for basketball spinning. Crevier’s wife, Diane, and their 12 children complete the act, which performed last August in London, last October in Egypt and two weeks ago in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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