Pinnacle Bank Arena was rocking on Tuesday night. #21 Miami was in town and Husker Nation wanted a victory. After a hard fought contest, Huskers lost in overtime. What can we learn from the game?
Shavon Shields had an incredible night shooting 11-25 from the field and scoring 28 points. He even left the game injured but came right back and finished the game. He looked incredible, driving the ball to the hoop. He drew some fouls and made two three pointers too.
Glynn Watson Jr. looked really good off of the bench. He scored 11 points and made the game tying 3 to send the game into overtime. A huge positive from this game? Glynn Watson Jr. is going to be good. I mean really good. He's only a freshman but shows real flashes of a good point guard. Time will tell, but I think he is going to be a special player.
Foul trouble was a huge problem in the game. The officials called a lot of fouls in this game. A huge difference was that Miami shot 16 more free throws in this game. Nebraska only shot 12 while Miami shot 28. It's going to be hard to win basketball games that way.
The offense looked really good in this game. But I think they relied on Shavon Shields too much. Sure he had the hot hand, but I think towards the end of the game, they needed another player to step up and take the pressure off of Shields. Miami did a good job defensively, especially shutting down Andrew White III from beyond the arc. They obviously made a point to stop White and it worked well for them. Nebraska is going to have to find an offensive balance, especially before Big Ten Conference play.
What is next?
Nebraska played well in this game. They almost beat a really good Miami team at home. Now they need to get ready for Creighton next week. If they can win the rest of their non-conference games, they will have some serious momentum heading into conference play. The schedule is tough this season, but this game proved this team can compete with anyone.
Nebraska's next game is Saturday, December 5th against Abilene Christian. Tipoff is set for 1:00 P.M.