The Huskers' nonconference schedule was already interesting before they even put Creighton on the calendar, but now we have an official date for the annual game between the in-state rivals.
Creighton will travel to Lincoln to face the Huskers inside Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 8, the school announced Monday.
Last season, in Omaha, the Huskers lost by 10 to the Jays. Nebraska had a lead at halftime but was outscored by 15 in the second half. The loss was a heavy blow for a team whose nonconference strength of schedule ranked 288th by RPI.
The Huskers did, however, defend their home floor well last year. They lost once at The Vault in 17 games, a near-buzzer-beating three from Kansas that gave the Jayhawks a 73-72 win.
With almost every major piece back for the Huskers in 2018, the team is expected to build off of a 22-11 mark and fourth-place finish in the Big Ten a year ago. The Huskers will have all four of their top scorers return from a season ago (a first since 2003) in guards James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. and frontcourt running mates Isaac Copeland and Isaiah Roby.
That team missed the NCAA Tournament last season in part because of its nonconference strength of schedule and lack of any standout nonconference win. Beating the Jays this season would go a long way towards making sure that doesn't happen again, but doing so has been easier said than done in recent memory.
The Huskers haven't beaten Creighton since the 2010-11 season, seven straight double-digit losses by an average of 14 points.
This season, the team will also host Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 6), Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 11), Seton Hall (Nov. 14), and Western Illinois (Nov. 26) in the nonconference with road games against Missouri State (Nov. 19, Hall of Fame Classic), Clemson (Nov. 26, ACC/B1G Challenge) and Oklahoma State (Dec. 16 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota).