Nebraska Basketball: Huskers Need Walter Pitchford Back For Bubble Hopes

Walter Pitchford injured against Penn State

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers had their Thursday night game against the Penn State Nittany Lions well under control, but the energy that filled the Pinnacle Bank Arena dissipated in a snap. Forward Walter Pitchford collided with Penn State’s Donovan Jack, dropped to the court and began screaming in pain.

Husker fans were looking at one of the team’s three best scorers on the floor, writhing in agony. Perhaps one of the worst sights for a team grasping to climb into the 2014 NCAA tournament.

As Pitchford was helped off the court in tears by the Huskers’ two other highest scorers, guard Shevon Shields and forward Terran Petteway, you could hear a pin drop in “The Bank”.

A Cornhuskers team without Pitchford could still win enough games to enter the Big Dance. However, doing so would be much harder for a team that already dismissed one of its most talented players in Deverell Biggs for locker room cancer-like conduct.

Fortunately, a couple of tweets came out that should help Husker Nation breathe a little easier this evening:

Nebraska doesn’t play again until Sunday against the Purdue Boilermakers. The Huskers lost during their trip to West Lafayette, IN. 70-64. Even while hosting Purdue in one of the Big Ten‘s most dangerous road venues, Nebraska needs all the help it can get.

For Tim Miles, hopefully that thumbs up means the Huskers can expect Pitchford back on the floor soon.

Brandon Cavanaugh is a Big 10 writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @eightlaces, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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    From the Lincoln Journal Star’s Brian Rosenthal: Pitchford said has has a bruise; Jack got him below the knee, not on it. “I’m not gonna lie, it hurts like hell,” he said.