MEN'S BASKETBALL: NEBRASKA ATWISCONSIN
6 p.m. Wednesday • BTN • 590 AM Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
LINCOLN — Two days after Shavon Shields left the court on a gurney, the Nebraska senior forward was doing better as he rested at home, the team's athletic trainer said Monday night.
But Shields' status for Wednesday's game at Wisconsin still remains unclear.
Nebraska athletic trainer R.J. Pietig, speaking on the men's basketball weekly radio show on Husker Sports Network, said Shields' health had improved by Monday. Shields will continue to be evaluated.
"We'll look at things further (Tuesday) and decide what's going to be the best thing for Shavon," Pietig said.
Pietig said Shields is following Nebraska's concussion protocol procedures, which serve as a gradual reintroduction to physical activity for athletes who suffer a head injury. Shields must be free of any concussion-related symptoms as he progresses through each step of the evaluation process.
Shields was injured in the second half of the Huskers' 87-63 win over Rutgers Saturday. He fell awkwardly after attempting to block a shot. He landed hard and hit his head.
Shields was unconscious for about a minute — but by the time he left the arena, he was alert and had feeling in his extremities. He was hospitalized and released. He's been recovering ever since.
NU assistant coach Jim Molinari said on the radio show Monday that seeing the Shields fall was an "emotional" moment for the team. He said the locker room was silent after the win and that coach Tim Miles didn't really address the actual action on the court during his postgame conversation with the players. They talked about Shields' health and how they'd plan to visit him on Sunday, according to Molinari.
Shields, the three-year captain, ranks second on the team at 15.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He has started 106 consecutive games. Dave Hoppen holds the NU record with 111 straight starts.
The Huskers are set to play at Wisconsin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Miles is scheduled to address the media before the team leaves Lincoln Tuesday afternoon.