NORMAN — When the Cornhuskers announced they were moving to the Big Ten, the immediate reaction was the tradition rich Oklahoma-Nebraska football rivalry would be coming to an end.
But what about basketball?
The series dates back to 1921 when the two schools were in the Missouri Valley Conference, then the Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12.
Wednesday night's game at Lloyd Noble Center will be the 187th meeting.
"The Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry is strictly a football situation. But anytime you get an opportunity to play teams in the Big 12 we'd look forward to maybe doing that because the name recognition is really good," said NU coach Doc Sadler. "If Jeff (Capel) wants to continue maybe we can find some dates."
Capel said most of OU's non-conference schedule next season has been finalized but he would consider playing the Cornhuskers in the future.
"Possibly," Capel said. "That's a little bit down the road. I have a lot of respect for Doc. I personally hate to lose him in particular from our league but the friendship will remain."
Ranked 85th in RPI, the Cornhuskers (16-8 overall, 4-6 in league play) are a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament but could join the list of bubble teams with a strong finish.
"It's way too early for us to be talking about the NCAA Tournament," Sadler said. "We've got to win some games. We've got to win some road games."
Nebraska is 0-5 on the road in conference play and 1-7 away from home overall. The Cornhuskers' only win away from Lincoln was against Hofstra in the seventh place game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off.
The Sooners (12-12, 4-6) are 11-2 at Lloyd Noble Center.
"If we are going to be considered a decent basketball team you've got to win on the road because that's what separates the good teams from the OK teams," Sadler said. "It's going to be very difficult... Oklahoma has played really well at home and has beaten some really good teams."
Nebraska is ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.8) and is 11th nationally in scoring defense (59.9).
"They play really hard," Capel said. "They're playing with more confidence than in years past... I can tell by watching tape anyone who has played them will attest to how tough they are."
NEBRASKA AT OKLAHOMA
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Lloyd Noble Center
Radio: KOKC-AM 1520
TV: ESPNU (Cox channel 253)
Series: OU leads 104-82
Three things to know:
1. The Cornhuskers are 3-6 since they compiled an 11-game winning streak.
2. OU is 11-2 at home, losing to No. 3 Texas and No. 21 Texas A&M.
3. Nebraska leads Big 12 in scoring defense (58.9) and is second in FG percentage defense (37.8).