In the end, UNO had no answer for Dylan Talley and Andre Almeida. The two combined for 41 points as Nebraska had to scratch and claw before eventually pulling away from a pesky Maverick squad. The Mavs were led by Justin Simmons who scored 19. The Huskers had no answer for him early on as the Mavs built a 23-17 lead with 7:53 left in the first half. The Huskers were able to rally back to take a 36-34 lead into the break.
The two teams would stay locked in a tussle to start the second half until Andre Almeida finished a layup to take the lead for good at 48-46. The Mavs used a frenzied attack to catch the Huskers off guard early, which admittedly took the Huskers off guard. UNO was not able to sustain that pace as the bigger and stronger Huskers were able too wear down the Mavs.
Huskers fans got a good look today at what will likely be the future of Nebraska basketball offensively. Nebraska was able to attack the rim most of the day and dominated the paint. Coach Miles has talked before how he'd like to use that sort of an offensive attack. There will be days where that doesn't work, but for today it was enough to win the game.
Two areas that will need some work is perimeter shooting and finding ways to get to the foul line. Nebraska went 3-22 from the arc and despite attacking the rim much of the second half, only found their way to the line 9 times. Both of those areas need to improve if Nebraska is going to exceed expectations this season.
Up next for Nebraska is Tulane. The Green Wave is 3-1. The Huskers will look to improve to 4-0 to open the season Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 pm and can be seen on BTN.